10 Maximum Scores by Cricket Teams in ODI

Do you remember in one of our post we talked about the 10 minimum scores by cricket teams in ODI matches? Well when we have discussed the lowest one, it’s now the turn of discussion about the highest scoring team, which will also help to improve the online cricket knowledge. We suggest all the players of daily fantasy cricket games stay up to date about the past and present records and happenings in the world of cricket.  

In this post, we just help the fantasy cricket league players to stay updated. Read on about the top ten teams with record-breaking ODI scores. 

England vs. Australia 

We can say England is the team ruling the modern cricket if we see their records. England team is taking the first place in this record since 2016. The team has recently scored 481/6 in total 50 overs with a run rate of 9.62. The match was held Trent Bridge in Nottingham against Australian cricket team on 19 Jun 2018. Australian team went all out in 200s and England won the match by 242 runs. 

England vs. Pakistan 

This one was the first record set by England cricket team, though this record is now holding the second place. But still! The ground was again Trent Bridge in Nottingham and the date was 30 Aug 2016 but the opponent team was Pakistan. By batting first England scored 444/3 at a run rate of 8.88. With such an enormous score England won by 169 runs. 

Sri Lanka vs. Netherlands 

Third position is acclaimed by Sri Lanka playing against Netherlands. On 4 Jul 2006, Sri Lanka scored 443/9 at a run rate of 8.86. The match was held at VRA Ground in Amstelveen. Sri Lanka won the match by 195 runs. 

South Africa vs. West Indies 

The fourth place goes to South Africa. On 18 Jan 2015, playing against West Indies a New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa scored 439/2 at a run rate of 8.78. The match concluded with South Africa winning by 148 runs. 

South Africa vs. India 

The crown of fifth is for South African cricket team playing against India at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. On 25 Oct 2015, South Africa scored 438/4 in 50 overs with a run rate of 8.76. South Africa won by 214 runs. 

South Africa vs. Australia 

The sixth place in this list is taken by South Africa again. On 12 Mar 2006, South Africa chased and made 438/9 against Australia in 49.5 overs with a run rate of 8.78. The match was played at New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg and South Africa won by 1 wicket. If you have watched the match, just remember the nail-biting thrill it created. 

Australia vs. South Africa 

South Africa captures the seventh place in this list. On 12 Mar 2006, Australia played against South Africa and scored 434/4 with a run rate of 8.68 at New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. South Africa chased the run and won by 1 wicket. 

South Africa vs. Zimbabwe 

The eighth place is for South Africa. On 20 Sep 2006, South Africa played against Zimbabwe and scored 418/5 with a run rate of 8.36 at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom. South Africa won by 171 runs. 

India vs. West Indies 

India captures the ninth place in this list. On 8 Dec 2011, India played against West Indies and scored 418/5 with a run rate of 8.36 at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. India won the match by 153 runs. 

Australia vs. Afghanistan 

Australia captures the tenth place in this list. On 4 Mar 2015, Australia played against Afghanistan and scored 417/6 with a run rate of 8.34 at WACA Ground in Perth. Australia won by 275 runs. 

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Know More About Piyush Chawla

He is the lucky mascot of Indian online fantasy cricket team! A handy batsman! And a bowling all-rounder! You have guessed right. We are talking about Indian leg-spinner Piyush Chawla.

Being a 15-year old, Piyush Chawla represented India U-19, along with Uttar Pradesh U-22. He was part of the successful Indian team in the ICC T20 World Cup 2007 and then the ICC World Cup 2011. He evolved into the discussing point in the global circuit after getting the better of English batsman Kevin Pietersen in 2007. Let us take a look at some of the interesting info about Piyush Chawla, the appealing Indian leg-spinner:

Born and raised

Chawla was born on 24 December 1988 in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.

Major teams where he played

He represented India, Central Zone, Air India, India Under-19s, India Green, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab, Somerset, Rajasthan Cricket Association President’s XI, Sussex and Uttar Pradesh.

Hogging the spotlight

In the Challenger Trophy of 2005-06, he bowled Sachin Tendulkar with a googly and bowled in an outstanding manner, getting the wickets of MS Dhoni and then Yuvraj Singh too. Next to which his name was pointed out in the media and everybody including the selectors had taken notice.

U-19 highs

He initially represented India U-19 up against the England U-19 team in 2004-05, picking up 13 wickets from 2 U19 Tests with only a bowling average of above 12. Chawla even played in the 2005-06 home series against Australia U-19, in which they won the 5 match ODI series 4-1; also he had made a contribution of 8 wickets.

U-19 Record

Chawla certainly is the 2nd highest wicket picker in U-19 ODIs, with 71 wickets. He has also the 2nd best average in U19 Tests was 15.82. The bowler picked up the most wickets for the Indian team in the U19 World Cup 2006 with 13 wickets record.

Test debut

He made his debut at the national team in 2006, with the 2nd Test against England cricket team in Mohali, causing him to be the 2nd youngest Test debutant for India after Sachin Tendulkar.

ODI debut

He made his ODI first appearance in the national side against Bangladesh in the year 2007. Chawla took three essential wickets in that match.

County champion

In 2009, Chawla was selected for Sussex County Cricket Club for a month, being cover for Yasir Arafat who had been with Pakistan. In the first County Championship match vs Worcestershire, he took 8 wickets in the match, and arrived at number 9 in the 1st innings, and scored 102* from just 86 balls.

Big games

He was selected for the 2007 ICC World T20. He was chosen for 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in West Indies. Later on, he made the cut for ICC World Cup 2011 too and played a match against English cricket team.

IPL star

From 2008 to 2013, Chawla played in the IPL for the Kings XI Punjab. He had an excellent time at Punjab. At the end of IPL 4 he had picked up 57 in 55 matches and just 5 players had better stats than this leggie.

KKR man

In the IPL 7 auction, Chawla was bought by KKR for INR 425 lac. He bowled superbly for the Knight Riders and also hit the winning runs against his earlier franchise Kings XI Punjab in the last match of the season.

Milestones

Piyush Chawla, playing for KKR, evolved into the 4th bowler following Harbhajan Singh (MI), Amit Mishra (DD) and Lasith Malinga (MI) to pick up 100 wickets in the Indian Premier League.

Express bowling

Chawla at one time bowled Shane Watson with a faster one, 117 km/hr. It was one of many fastest deliveries by a spinner.

Somerset’s match winner

The Indian spinner, arriving at number 9 made a classy century of 140 balls during 2013 County championship.

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10 Minimum Scores by Cricket Teams in ODI

One Day International matches of cricket do bring with it the element of surprise with every game and it amazes everyone with different stats, different numbers in almost every game. Sometimes they are good records and sometimes they are records teams or the players would not be proud of. 

For playing online fantasy cricket, the players require to know all about the previous records of the team whether they are good or bad. Trust us when we say that these researches and detailed studies on records help during the formation of fantasy cricket teams. 

Zimbabwe against Sri Lanka 

The first place in this list goes to Zimbabwe cricket team. On 25 Apr 2004 Zimbabwe played against Sri Lankan team at Harare. With a run rate of 1.94, the Zimbabwe team got all out in 18 overs scoring just 35 runs. Sri Lanka won the match by 9 wickets. 

Canada against Sri Lanka 

The second place goes to Canadian cricket team; though Canada is not in the ICC list of top 12 teams. On 19 Feb 2003 Canada played against Sri Lanka at Paarl. With a run rate of 1.92, the Canadians got all out in 18.4 overs scoring 36 runs. Sri Lanka won the match by 9 wickets. 

Zimbabwe against Sri Lanka 

The third place again goes to Zimbabwe cricket team. On 8 Dec 2001 Zimbabwe played against Sri Lanka at Colombo. With a run rate of 2.42, the Zimbabwe team got all out in 15.4 overs scoring 38 runs. Sri Lanka won the match by 9 wickets. 

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Sri Lanka against South Africa 

At the fourth place, we get the Sri Lankan cricket team. In 11 Jan 2012 Sri Lanka played against South Africa at Paarl. With the run rate of 2.13, the Sri Lankan team chased and got all out in 20.1 overs scoring 43 runs. South Africa won the match by 258 runs. 

Pakistan against West Indies 

At the fifth place, we get the Pakistani cricket team. On 25 Feb 1993 Pakistan played against West Indies at Cape Town. With a run rate of 2.16, the Pakistani team got all out in 19.5 overs scoring 43 runs. West Indies won that match by 7 wickets. 

Zimbabwe against Bangladesh 

At the sixth place, we get the Zimbabwe cricket team. On 3 Nov 2009 Zimbabwe played against Bangladesh at Chittagong. With a run rate of 1.77, the Zimbabwe team got all out in 24.5 overs scoring 44 runs. Bangladesh won the match by 6 wickets. 

Canada against England Manchester 

At the seventh place, we get the Canadian cricket team. In 13 Jun 1979 Canada played against England at Manchester. With a run rate of 1.11, the Canadian team got all out in 40.3 overs scoring 45 runs. England won the match by 8 wickets. 

Namibia against Australia 

At the eighth place, we get Namibian cricket team. On 27 Feb 2003 Namibia played against Australian team at Potchefstroom. With the run rate of 3.21, the Namibian team chased and got all out in 14 overs scoring 45 runs. Australia won the match by 256 runs. 

India vs Sri Lanka 

At the ninth place, we get Indian cricket team. On 29 Oct 2000 India played against Sri Lanka at Sharjah. With the run rate of 2.03, the Indian team chased and got all out in 26.3 overs scoring 54 runs. Sri Lanka won the match by 245 runs. 

West Indies against South Africa 

At the tenth place, we get the West Indies cricket team. In 25 Jan 2004 West Indies played against South Africa at Cape Town. With the run rate of 2.31, the West Indies team chased and got all out in 23.2 overs scoring 54 runs. South Africa won the match by 209 runs. 

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Interesting Stat Records in Cricket History

It has been over 100 years that cricketers are involved with the game and playing it professionally. Cricket as a sport has seen many evolved since the day it has been played. Test cricket, 60 over cricket, 50 over cricket, T20 cricket games, IPL fantasy league and now the fantasy cricket games. 

With the advent of the online cricket games for the cricket from the last two decades, cricket has reached another height. Today we will tell you some amazing records created by some of the famous cricketers around the world. These records are both ironical and good ones. 

Ishant Sharma and his drops 

Edgbaston 2011 – Ishant Sharma drops England’s Alastair Cook’s ball and Cook scores 294. 

Sydney 2012 – Ishant Sharma drops Australia’s Michael Clarke’s ball and Clarke scores 329*. 

Wellington 2014 – Ishant Sharma drops New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum’s ball and McCullum scores 302. 

Longest Inning of Shahid Afridi 

Shahid Afridi has played 398 ODI matches, in which he has scored over 8064 runs with 6 centuries and 39 half centuries, but he has not played 100 balls in an innings. The highest number of balls he had played is 94 when he scored 109 runs. His longest stay at the wicket was as a runner for Saeed Anwar during his 194 against India. 

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Wickets in First Over 

Pacer Shaminda Eranga of Sri Lanka has grabbed his 1st wicket in 1st over of his debut in all three formats – TEST, ODI and T20 internationals. 

Two Innings in One Day 

On July 19, 1952, India became the first international test team to be dismissed twice in one day. England restricted the Indian to paltry scores of 58 and 82 at Old Trafford. (Scorecard) 

Diamond Duck 

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar is only the second batsman in ODIs to be out for a diamond duck (0 off 0 balls) but not get run out. He was stumped off a wide in his first ball. 

Man of the Team 

Being number one ODI bowler in ICC ranking several times, Saeed Ajmal has played 110 one day international matches, and never got man of the match award. Another entrusting fact about him, that he never bowls a no-ball in his career. 

Accuracy at his Best 

Michael Holding has a unique record of bowling more than 900 overs (5473 deliveries) in one-day internationals without a single wide. His teammate Joel Garner is second with 5330 deliveries. 

Oldest/Youngest to Debut 

At 49 years 119 days, James Southerton is the oldest player to make a Test debut, a record unlikely to be eclipsed – he was also the first Test cricketer to die. on 3 Oct 1996, Hasan Raza makes international debut in the age of 14 years and 227 days. 

Keepers are Bowlers 

1st Test: South Africa v India at Johannesburg, 18 to 22 Dec 2013, MS Dhoni and AB de Villiers both removed their Pad and Gloves and bowl for their teams. This was the first time both keepers have bowled in a test match. 

No Need to hit Sixes 

Don Bradman has hit just 6 sixes in his entire career. His simple theory was ‘The less you hit the ball in the air, the less you tend to get out’. 

Say No to Century 

Shane Warne is the leading run scorer of all time that has never hit a century (145 matches, 3154 runs). And Misbah is the leading runs scorer in ODI without scoring a single ton look at complete list. 

First of the First 

Geoff Boycott was the one who faced the first ever ball in One-Day international cricket. Graham Mc-Kenzie was the bowler. 

Hunter of Greats 

Inzamam-ul-Haq took his first ever wicket on the very first ball of his bowling career. do you know who was the victim? It was none other than great Brian Lara. 

Enjoy reading and playing fantasy cricket! 

What All the Cricket Terms Mean

What comes up in your mind when you hear fantasy cricket? Well as the term itself suggests, it lets your imagination run wild and lets you live your dream. Dream cricket basically means a game where you can build up your own fantasy XI. All cricket fans have their own dream XI, and they always wish to create their dream team. T20 cricket games is an opportunity for such cricket fans to unleash their cricketing brains. Additionally, use their knowledge to create their dream team. 

You have been playing fantasy cricket and not aware of the common terms used, is that even possible? If you are not aware of the common terms of cricket, how will you select your 11 team members based on their quality?

Let’s find out some of the terms: 

Striker

A batsman facing the bowler is caller striker and the opposite end, called as non-striker. 

Off-side/leg-side

One half of the ground is called off-side and the other side is called leg-side. From the perspective of a right handed batsmen, the pitch in front of his body as he takes a strike. Similarly, the left half of pitch, i.e. the pitch behind body while taking a strike, called as leg-side. 

Run

It is the basic unit of scoring in cricket. A team scores when a striking batsman hits the ball bowled and runs between the stumps along with non-striker. He scores in ones, twos, and threes. 

Four

Ball hit by the batsman crosses the boundary rope by rolling on the ground. Then, it has known as a boundary or four runs. 

Six

Shot that ensures the ball lands directly outside the rope is called six or six runs are allotted to the batsman. 

No-ball

If a bowler’s foot crosses the popping crease while delivering the ball then, it is called a no-ball. The ball directed above waist of the batsman without pitching on the ground is a no-ball too. 

Wide

A ball that is bowled away from the batsman and moves wide of the return crease on the off-side at the batting end is called wide. Another definition can be ball that bounces over the head of the batsman after pitching, also called as wide. 

Out

When a batsman gets out, it gives opportunity to the next person on the batting side to play until 10 players out of 11 dismisses in various ways. The most common ways of getting out – bowled, caught, run-out, LBW and stump out.

Bowled

It is a way of getting out where the batsman misses the ball bowled and the stumps behind are disturbed. 

Caught

A batsman is declared out when the fielder catches the ball on full that is hit by the batsman. If it caught by the wicket-keeper then called caught-behind. 

LBW

LBW stands for leg-before wicket. A batsman declared out as LBW when he tries to play the ball. He does this with his body that has directed on to stumps. 

Run-out

If a fielder disturbs the stumps with ball in hand while the batsman not in crease after playing a shot, then the batsman is run-out. 

Stumped

A batsman moves out of crease to play a ball and misses, the keeper gathers the ball and hits the stumps with ball in hand. Then, the batsman declared out as stumped. 

Spin bowling

Bowlers run short distance from stumps and release the ball with the use of wrist or fingers to get maximum revolutions. The ball tossed in the air spins after pitching. Off-break and leg-break are two varieties of spin bowling. 

Fast bowling

Bowlers sprint and deliver the ball at high speed to batsman. To do so, they take long run-up from stumps. Slow-medium, medium-fast, and fast are the popular fast bowling varieties. 

Extra runs

All the runs given by fielding team where the batsmen have not hit the ball with the bat considered as extra runs. For example, wide, no-ball, etc. 

Innings

A session of batting and bowling where either the batting team is all-out or the permissible number of overs fielding team bowls completes. 

Enjoy playing fantasy cricket! 

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5 Amazing Cricket Trivia for Cricket Fans

Playing fantasy cricket leagues is all about showing your cricket skills to the other players. But for that, you need to stay updated about the current as well as the past of the cricket world.  

We have brought you some unknown thrilling info, so that it helps you in showing your knowledge and understanding about the sport for playing fantasy cricket. Read on 

Shahid Afridi used Sachin Tendulkar’s bat to hit the fastest ever ODI century 

October 4, 1996, the cricketer stepped in to play against Sri Lanka but didn’t have proper playing kit. Pakistani spinner Saqlain Mushtaq offered him his boots and helmet and Sachin’s bat. The bat was with Waqar Younis as Sachin had given the bat to Younis to get a similar one from Sialkot. In just 37 balls he had 11 sixes to his credit and he managed to score fastest hundred in ODIs. 

The record broken later by Corey Anderson (36 balls), now belongs to South Africa’s AB de Villiers (31 balls) 

All four innings of a test on the same day 

It happened thrice in the history of cricket. In 2000, the Lord’s witnessed all the four innings on the same day during an England-West Indies match. In 2002 again the same incident happens in a match between India and New Zealand at Hamilton and the most recent occurs in 2011, when the history repeats itself at Cape Town during a South Africa-Australia Test. 

Slowest ODI innings 

Sunil Gavaskar one of the greatest batsman ever produced by India holds an unusual record to play slowest ODI innings against England on June 7, 1975. England batted and piled up 334 for 4 in 60 overs, at the time the highest total in one-day cricket. In India’s reply, Gavaskar had crawled to 36 not out off 174 balls with just one four. India had scored 132 for 3 and had lost by 202 runs. This innings by Gavaskar is one of the most selfish innings by a batsman. 

Slowest Test innings 

Geoff Allott – New Zealand’s left arm fast bowler Geoff Allott was out on duck after playing 77 Balls in 101 minutes batting in the first innings of the first Test match played in Auckland against South Africa in 1999. Geoff Allott did not make any runs in that innings, so his strike rate was 0.00. It is the slowest innings ever in the history of test cricket for score minimum runs. 

First batsman being declared run out by the third umpire 

Sachin Tendulkar, on November 14, 1992, at Durban, against South Africa. Tendulkar, who had scored 11, glance the ball to the backward point where Jonty Rhodes was fielding. Sachin attempted a quick single but sent back by non-striker Ravi Shastri. Rhodes threw the ball to the stumps where Andrew Hudson, who had moved in from short leg, broke the wicket. It was a close call so square-leg umpire Cyril Mitchley asked third umpire Karl Liebenberg to decide. The TV replay clearly showed that Tendulkar was run out. 

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Wicketkeepers Bowling And Setting Records

Playing cricket in India is like a dream come true for any cricket fan. But if you cannot play on-field, do not get disheartened and begin playing fantasy cricket games.  

We know, cricket is one that sport having the tendency to modify itself with the course of time. And it gets more competitive in the process whether on-field or online. 

With the advent of fantasy cricket and more and more people engaging with cricket through the online medium, knowledge about cricket is crucial for playing online. There have been many cricketers who have performed dual responsibilities. For instance legendary wicketkeepers such as Andy Flower, Adam Gilchrist and Mark Boucher carrying out the role of bowler as well. 

Let’s know about them a bit: 

The first wicketkeeper to bowl was Alfred Lyttelton of England in a test match against Australia at London in 1884 during the first innings of the match. 

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Mark Boucher 

Mark has served South African national cricket team for over a decade and is a respected cricketer in the world of cricket. 

In 2005, during a test match South Africa played against West Indies in Antigua with both the teams scoring massive scores of 588 and 747 respectively. The match headed for a slow draw when Mark got the ball. 

Tatenda Taibu 

The talented skipper of Zimbabwe team was a wicketkeeper batsman. He made headlines in his cricketing career when he chose to bowl against Sri Lankan team at Bulawayo in the first ODI. 

Devon Thomas 

The West Indies wicketkeeper Devon Thomas didn’t expect this to happen when he made his debut in 2009 against Bangladesh. He took the crucial wicket of Mahmadullah on the second ball of his first over, when Bangladesh team was gaining momentum, cutting them off. 

MS Dhoni 

What can be said about this brilliant Indian skipper? There is not anything that Dhoni cannot pull off in the cricket field. This Indian captain is one of the best wicketkeeper and captain India has got.  

Dhoni is an expert of trying unique and unconventional moves. One such move was witnessed in South Africa when India was playing against West Indies in the 12 match of the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy.  

On a pitch well-suited for pacers, West Indies team was struggling at 49/4 in 16 overs with DE Barnard and TM Dowlin at the crease. 

Dhoni decided to bowl the 17th over. He asked Dinesh Karthik to keep wickets, much to the amazement of fans and commentators. He bowled at a decent pace and managed to swing the ball. 

His first two deliveries were sent to the boundary line by Dowlin but the fourth delivery took the cake. 

Dhoni pitched a full-length ball that met with a thin inside edge off Dowlin’s bat and rattled the off-stump. His bowling figures in the match were 2-0-16-1. 

Enjoy reading and playing fantasy cricket! 

Gavaskar and Tale of Haircut In Middle of Test Match

Cricket is an amazing sport. Nearly the entire world is a fan of cricket. Apart from the frequent cricket matches, we now are concentrating in the fantasy cricket more and more for entertainment and showcase our cricket knowledge by building an online fantasy cricket team who can compete with others and win prizes. 

There are lots of interesting tales in the vast world of cricket and daily fantasy cricket. We are going to tell you about one such tale of Indian cricketer who is known for various records. This is a tale which will bring smile on your face. 

It is a known fact that Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar have been the record breaker and record creator in the 70s. He was quite a trendsetter in those days with his wavy curly locks. 

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And something happened surrounding those locks back in 1974! As you know, Sunil Gavaskar has many records, before others broke them. However, let us tell you that he is the only cricketer in the history of cricket who has gotten a haircut in the middle of the field, during a match. 

Know the tale now:

At a test match in 1974, where India was playing against England. Gavaskar was on the field with the wind challenging his long curly locks. Now, we would expect him to carry on playing and visit a barber later, however guess that came to his recue and gave him a haircut, instead. It was none other than the then umpire Dickie Bird, who was maybe carrying a pair of scissors with him, and cut a chunk of Gavasakar’s hair, which were falling on his face and blurring his vision, while he was playing. 

Sunil Gavaskar went on to score 101 runs that day however, India still lost the match! But whatever might be the outcome of the match, we got a really cute, hilarious and memorable incident. 

Enjoy reading this humorous tale and play cricket online as always!

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English Culture and England Cricket Team

England is said to be the modern initiator of cricket around the world. This is the nation who has initially popularized the sport slowly taking them to their colonies and playing there. As we all know that fantasy cricket is the recent trending game for cricket lovers, the sport has evolved a lot from the ancient times and has reached to this spot. 

Take a look at the history of cricket in England and be sure you play fantasy cricket later after knowing is brief history: 

Sports experts have found a reference of a game. It was like cricket in the household accounts of Edward I in 1300 being played in Kent. 

The English game originated in the sheep-rearing nation of the South East. It was the small grass of the down-land pastures which made it possible to bowl a ball of wool or rags at a target. That target was normally the wicket-gate of the sheep pasture. It which was defended with a bat in the form of a shepherd’s twisted staff. 

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More to the story:

By 17th century the sport was fairly popular as a rough rural pastime, but in the next century the leisure classes took up the sport, especially in Sussex, Kent, and London. An organised match was hosted at the Artillery Grounds, Finsbury, London, in 1730. During the middle of the 18th century, cricket was being played at every niche of society, from the wealthy estates to the village greens. But, the game lacked a rational set of rules. 

The first and most significant cricket club in the land was formed at Hambledon, Hampshire, in the 1760’s. The club was sponsored by wealthy patrons, but the players were local tradesmen and farmers. The Hambledon club established techniques of batting and bowling which still hold today. 

The centre of power soon shifted to London, most notably with the advent of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which had its headquarters at Lord’s ground. In 1835 the MCC gave cricket its first formal laws, which still stand mainly intact today.  

A main boost for the sport of cricket was offered by famous schools like Eton, Harrow, and Winchester. The sport proved so admired among the wealthy students that an annual match termed as “Gentlemen vs. Players” took place at Lord’s from 1806-1963. 

Major cricket matches can last as long as 5 days, with each side having two “innings”, or turns at bat. Recent substitutes to the longer matches are “limited over” matches. These events may take a fairly short 3-5 hours during the course of one day.

The modern day:

Cricket is now played global, and in spite of rare successes, it is fair to say that the real power in the game has shifted from England to nations like India, South Africa, Australia, Pakistan, West Indies, etc.  

In England the major focus of the game is the county championship, with both four-day and one-day events running concurrently during the summer months. But conventional village cricket is still played in towns and villages all across the UK. 

Enjoy reading and playing online cricket!