Thanks jemmo and banjo. The fog clears a little. How hard is the cricket ball? Like, baseball hard? Must hurt like hell on a jetski to try and catch it.
So, when a batter hits a ball and it rolls out of the ring, that counts as four points. Is it possible to hit it within the ring and still score more than four points by running back and forth? And the only way a batter can be out is if he hits a ball that is then caught by the opposing team or if his wicket is struck? Can he be tagged out while running from wicket to wicket? Is it three outs and they switch like in baseball? And why is Stephen so hot as an umpire?
To try to answer your questions, Fryphile:
1. The ball is made of cork bound by leather and yes, it's as hard as a baseball. When it's travelling at 90 miles and hour or so it can kill you if it catches you on the head. Lots of cricketers get broken and split fingers when catching/fielding the ball. There are techniques for catching balls safely, but every so often....ouch !
2. When a batsman/woman hits the ball and it passes the 'boundary' (that circles the cricket pitch) but the ball touches the ground at least once (by bouncing or rolling) then they automatically score 4 runs. IF however, they give the ball a real crack and knock it outside the boundary and it's never touched the ground, they score 6 runs.
If you look closely at Peter's hand motions, you can see the difference with his signals (look for the bit with Scott playing). If he sticks a hand straight out and then sort of 'swipes' it across his body, that signals a 4. If he puts his hands up in the air, that's a 6.
3. It IS possible to score more than 4 by just running. Sometimes the fielders mis-throw it to each other and it gets dropped. The batsmen/women can keep running for as long as they dare !
4. Yes, a batsman/woman can be 'tagged out' whilst running from wicket to wicket. We call it being 'stumped' - because the three vertical bits of wood are 'the stumps'. If these are hit before a batsman can get his bat to a certain line that's marked on the pitch (just in front of the stumps) then he's out.
5. There is another way a batsman can be out. it's called 'leg before wicket' or LBW for short. This is where it is crucial for an umpire to watch the ball when it's being bowled.
If a bowler bowls a ball and it hits the batsman but he misses it with his bat...and... here's the crucial part...if the UMPIRE thinks that, had the ball carried on it would have hit the stumps, then the batsman is out LBW.
Umpires MUST keep their eyes on the ball until it is actually hit for this reason. If you've ever seen a televised cricket match, you may have heard a shout go up from the fielding team of 'Owzat?' (how's that?). This means that THEY think it's an LBW and they are asking the umpire to make an LBW decision.
6. Unlike baseball, if a batsman is out, he's out. No second chances. The umpire signals with one hand by pointing at the batsman and off he goes back to the changing room. Another batsman then walks out and takes his place.
7. When you ask about Stephen being 'hot', I don't know how to take that.
Do you mean, 'is he hot because the umpire wears hats/jumpers that the bowlers/fielders have discarded for a while because THEY are hot' ? Or do you mean, 'why is Stephen so HOT
' ? Heh.
Phew...I need a coffee !
Hope this helps.