If you're not a cricket fan, the most you've probably heard about the Cricket World Cup (CWC) is that Pakistan's coach, Bob Woolmer, was mysteriously found dead after his team lost to Ireland. For those of you just tuning it, 16 teams have been playing in the West Indies since March 13, and tomorrow morning at 9:30 AM, Australia (the defending champions) will go against Sri Lanka in the championships.
1. The cricket world cup is "One Day Cricket" (as opposed to "Test Cricket" in which one match can last up to five days). In one day cricket each team has the opportunity to hit 300 balls (50 overs; one over = 6 balls = one at bat)
2. On the field are two sets of wickets. A wicket is a set of wooden stumps with small pieces of wood, called bails, resting on top. There are always two batsmen, one at each wicket.
3. The person who throws the ball is the bowler, not the pitcher (knowing this is like knowing how to pronounce Houston St.). The batsman tries to hit the ball and switch places with his teammate at the other wicket.
4. You get one run if you and your teammate reach each other's wicket before the ball hits either the wicket or the player, you can also score if the ball crosses the boundary in mid-air (6 runs) or after a bounce (4 runs)
5. There are four ways to get out in cricket.
a. The bowler hits the wicket with the ball.
b. The batsman kicks the ball with his legs (when it would have likely hit the wicket)
c. A fielder catches the ball before it hits the ground
d. The ball is fielded, thrown and hits the other wicket before the batsman reaches them
6. According to the BBC, a good score in one day cricket is between 250 and 300 runs.
There are two numbers in a cricket score. The first represents the number of runs a team has scored and second represents the number of outs. If there is no second number (all out) it means that all ten batsmen have gotten out or all the overs have been thrown.