How was live cricket started?

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Cricket is no longer a summer sport that was only practiced in England. It is now enjoyed all over the globe, with particular popularity in Australia and Pakistan. This craze has led to a search for a live match video of the game. It can now be accessed here.

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Cricket is a bat and ball game between two teams of 11 players. The oval field is rectangular in shape with a pitch measuring 22 feet (20.12 meters) x 10 feet (3.04 meters) in the middle. Two rows of three sticks each are found at either end of the pitch. These are known as wickets. The bails are horizontal pieces that run along the top of each wicket. This can be explored in a live match video.

As the teams alternate between bowling and batting (or pitching), each turn is called an “inning.” Each side gets one to two innings depending on how long the game is. The goal of the game is to score as many runs as possible. To cause the bails to fall, the bowlers must hit the wicket with their ball and deliver it straight. There are many ways to put the batter out of action. A bowler ends an “over” by completing six runs at one wicket. After that, a new player from his team throws six runs in the opposite direction. The batting team defends its pitch.

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Origin

It is believed that cricket began as a game where village boys would bowl at a stump or the gate to a sheep corral. This was as far back as the 13th century. The gate consisted of two uprights and a crossbar that rested on the slotted tops. It was also known as the whole gate or a wicket. This was preferable to the stump because the bail could be moved during the wicket’s strike. In early manuscripts, the size of the wicket (which received a third stump during the 1770s) varies. However, by 1706 the pitch, or the space between the wickets, was 22 yards in length.

The ball, originally a stone, has not seen much change since the 17th century. The weight of the ball was set at 5.5 to 5.75 ounces (163 and 163 grams) in 1774.

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The ancient bat was a shaped branch from a tree. It was very similar to the current hockey stick but longer and heavier. The straight bat was created to protect against length bowling. This technique had been developed in Hambledon, a small community in southern England. The bat’s shorter grip combined with a wider, straighter blade made forward play, driving, and cutting possible. Because of the poor bowling technique, batting dominated bowling throughout the 18th century.

The first years

For an 11-aside game, a 50-guinea wager was placed in Sussex. It was the first time that this game was mentioned in 1697. Although it is possible that there was a system of rules (or laws) to regulate the conduct of the game around this time, the first publication of such regulations dates back to 1744. In 1709, Kent and Surrey met in an intercounty match at Dartford. Some sources claim that cricket was not popular in England’s southern counties until the beginning of the 18th century. As time passed, cricket gained popularity and was eventually introduced to London. In particular, to the Artillery Ground at Finsbury, where a famous match between All-England and Kent took place in 1744. Unruly crowds and intense betting were common at games.

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), based in London, was preceded by the Hambledon Club in Hampshire, which played on Broadhalfpenny Down. The original team was a cricket team that played in White Conduit Fields. In 1787, the MCC changed its name to the MCC and moved to the Lord’s Cricket Ground of the St. Marylebone Borough. In the following year, MCC published its first updated set. Lord’s, named after its founder Thomas Lord, has lived in three cities over its history. Lord’s moved to St. John’s Wood in 1814 and became the center of international cricket.

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In 1836, the first match between North-South counties in cricket was played. This proved how popular the sport was. From 1852, when some of the top professionals–including John Wisden, who would later compile the first of the renowned Wisden almanacs on cricketing–separated to form the United All-England XI, these two teams monopolized the best cricket talent until the rise of county cricket. William Clarke, a Nottingham native, founded the All-England XI and began touring the country in 1846. They provided the players for the first English team that traveled overseas in 1859.

Development

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All bowling was underhanded up until the 19th century. Most bowlers preferred the high-tossed lob. Many bowlers raised the point at which the ball was delivered during the “round-arm revolution.” In 1835, the MCC amended the legislation to allow the hand to be raised as high as the shoulder. As a result, the tempo or speed of bowling increased greatly. Slowly, bowlers threw their weight around and raised their arms higher and higher to defy the rule. Things reached boiling point when an England team was forced to abandon the field by Surrey after an umpire declared that the bowler had delivered an illegal ball.

All bowling was underhanded up until the 19th century. Most bowlers preferred the high-tossed lob. Many bowlers raised the point at which the ball was delivered during the “round-arm revolution.” In 1835, the MCC amended the legislation to allow the hand to be raised as high as the shoulder. As a result, the tempo or speed of bowling increased greatly. Slowly, bowlers threw their weight around and raised their arms higher and higher to defy the rule. Things reached boiling point when an England team was forced to abandon the field by Surrey after an umpire declared that the bowler had delivered an illegal ball.

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