Cricket is their Baseball

Trip Start Aug 28, 2012
Trip End Jun 06, 2013

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Flag of South Africa  , Eastern Cape,
Wednesday, December 5, 2012

On November 23, I was able to go to my first cricket game ever. Although it was one of the lowest scoring games ever (according to my friends) and the stands were pretty empty, it was so much fun! We bought lawn seat tickets which meant we were able to bring our own blankets and chairs to camp out on the grass. It was a perfect day out. I enjoyed my favorite South African drink, a Brutal Fruit, and tried some of the stadium's donuts. Very healthy, I know. haha

Anyway, this game was between two South African teams at the field in Port Elizabeth: AXXESS St. George's Park. Both teams were sponsored by Chevrolet. It was the Chevrolet Warriors representing the Eastern Cape (which includes Port Elizabeth) versus the Chevrolet Knights, from Bloemfontein. AXXESS St. George's Park also hosts international games between the national South African Cricket team and other countries (like England for example), but these games only come to PE every once in awhile. I was very pleased just to see cricket live, no matter how "poor" it was.

I must say, cricket is a complicated game to learn! I luckily picked up a few things about cricket, but not a ton. The basics I learned include that cricket is a sport involving two teams of eleven players, when they "pitch" the ball it is called "bowling" in cricket, and LBW stands for Leg Before Wicket. Basically this is one way that a batsman can get out. If the ball hits the batsman's leg or other body part, as determined by the official, before it hits one of the two wickets (wooden pieces on a stump that is placed behind the batter) the batter is out. A batsman can also get out if the bowler hits the wicket behind him.

One team plays the first half of the game, aiming to score as many runs as possible. What I mean is that they don't rotate teams in each inning. For example, the Knights were up first. All 11 batsman on that team were up. They each got bowled 6 balls, called an over. During that time, they want to score as many runs as possible. Depending on the field, if they hit it to certain areas they can score 4 points, but other areas are worth 6 points. When all 11 batsman have played, their turn is up and the rest of the game is for the other team to do the same, either scoring as many runs or not as the other team. When the second team has finished their line-up the game is over, the winning team is the one with the most runs. Unfortunately for us, the Warriors just couldn't catch up to the Knights when it was their turn; we lost miserably. 

There are other little things I learned here and there, but I recommend that you just google the rules for yourself  haha; there are just too many that I am not 100% certain on!

It is a fun sport to see though. I am very fortunate that I also was given a beautiful night to go.  I really enjoyed learning more about cricket. I must say though, I couldn't watch a cricket game that lasts for more than 5 hours. It's a very slow-paced game. I can't believe some go on for DAYS. All-in-all, this was such a fun experience; however, with no disrespect to cricket, I think I will stick to watching baseball.

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