Club cricket is an amateur, but yet very formal, form of cricket, normally involving teams playing only in matches at weekends or at night. There is however a lot of variation in game format too, though the basic Laws of Cricket are almost always observed. The matches are played between clubs which may be from any locality, and the matches are scheduled for a fixed duration which may vary with each club. There may also match between two teams that are of different clubs. The match results are announced either through the T20I format (where the live results are announced on the day of the match), the point system (where points are scored based on a run, hit or foul) or the coin toss.
Cricket is played between clubs which are governed by a governing body called the Association of International Cricket Clubs (AICC). Though there are many countries which are known to have developed their own cricketing culture, such as England, the most famous of these nations being the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The history of the game itself can be traced back to the 18th century when it was known as Cricket but was first known as “hand-ball”. It is believed that it was invented in England where players used to throw stones at each other from the top of a round wooden bat. The game was slow in progress and the cricket clubs were not developed until the later half of the nineteenth century.
Currently, cricket is played throughout the world in dozens of countries. Cricket is especially popular in India, Pakistan and West Indies where it is the most attended sports in those countries. England is the current world champions and is consistently challenging for the title with New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka and India. Cricket is widely played as a competitive and social activity in all those countries. Cricket is also a popular form of entertainment for television viewers from all over the world.
In England, the most famous of all clubs is the Millwall Saints. The Saints is a member of the West Coast Cricket Association (WCCA). The Saints play their matches at Old Hall Park, formerly known as the Millennium Stadium. Other teams that are part of the WCCA are Ford Farm Wanderers from Suffolk, Fleetwood Clippers from Merseyside, and Watford Flyers from Notthingham.
Cricket is also a popular leisure activity for many people in England who live in the cities. One of those people is Nick Cairns, who has played cricket for the West Indies Cricket Club (WICAC). Cairns started playing cricket when he was only eight years old and went on to win the novice category for the Australian Cricket Academy. He was then invited by captain Mark Taylor to join the national team and made his debut in the second test against England at West Indies. He impressed the selectors enough to be selected in the national squad and made seven appearances for the senior team.
The game of club cricket is different from the official game of England and Wales in a number of ways.
First of all, wicket keeper is not an automatic player, and bowlers are usually required to hit the stumps with the bat, not throw it. The cricket clubs in England and Wales have also implemented a point system that decides the positions for players. Each player gets ten points for each wicket taken, plus three points for each over and not bowled. The bowler and batsman get three points for each overtaken, and two points for each stump hit.
Besides making cricketing a fun game with a competitive edge, amateur cricket clubs in England and Wales have helped create a new skill – the knowledge of proper cricketing etiquette. It is now mandatory for players to be careful about the kind of clothing they wear, and about the kind of equipment they are carrying. They should take care to keep the wicket in mind while hitting the ball. There are many rules about the selection of shirts and other accessories, and those who break the rules can be disqualified from the club cricket team. In addition, many cricketers have discovered that their friends and families often join in on the matches and find themselves playing against each other, something that was unknown when cricketers played individually.
Club cricket clubs in England and Wales are thriving institutions that have helped create a new skill and instill a sense of community within local communities. For parents who have children of school age, or for anyone who wants to play a friendly game with other young people, a local club is the perfect place to meet. Most of these clubs offer low-cost or free fixtures, which make it easy to enjoy a good game without investing too much money. With the support of parents, the sport of club cricket will continue to grow.
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