- zones, score-sheet download, balls-per-over, skins
Hey, I just want to score ....
And so you shall....one
way or another. Runs are scored by a) both batsmen safely running
to the opposite
ends, plus b) 'bonus' runs for hitting the ball into specified
sections of the net (including 4 for a direct hit to the back
net and 6 for a direct hit, on the full, to the back net), and
sundries (wides, no-balls). I have prepared a diagram showing
scoring zones of the nets,
with a plain-English explanation. I also have an example of a
score-sheet (in Adobe pdf format) which you can
download and use.
Each dismissal deducts
5 runs from the batting side's score, but the batsman out continues
for his/her allotted 4 over innings (a 'dismissal' is an "out",
often refered to as "losing a wicket" if you're batting,
or "taking a wicket" if you're bowling). It is therefore
possible for a team to have a minus score for its full innings.....and
it does sometimes happen.
All standard ways of losing
your wicket apply, with an important exception regards Leg Before
Wicket, and the added condition that catches can be taken of the
netting (excluding a direct hit, on the full, to the back net....this
is scored as a "six", and you cannot be caught off a
six). A batsman can only be out LBW if he/she does not play a
shot and the ball meets all the other conditions of the LBW rule.
which can have an effect on scoring is the number of balls per
over. The standard is six, in line with Cricket in general. However,
all National Championships in Australia held in conjunction with
the current ruling body (the Australian Indoor Cricket Federation)
have eight ball overs. Indeed, when Indoor Cricket first started
in the late 1970's (in Perth, Western Australia), eight ball overs
were the norm. Eventually they moved to seven, then the current
six. Whereas the move in Cricket in general (in Australia) from
eight to six ball overs was to allow more advertisement breaks
during TV coverage, the move in Indoor Cricket was to allow more
games to be played every night, thereby increasing the centres'
income. The pen may be mightier than the sword, but the mighty
dollar leaves them both for dead.
The other apsect of scoring is part
of game-points which can be won. League competitions allocate
points for a win. Additionally, many now award points for "skins".
A "skin" is won when one pair of batsmen score more
than the corresponding pair of opposing batsmen. i.e Team A's
third pair vs Team B's third pair, etc. Skins and game-points
are explained further in the Rules page. Skins adds an extra level
of interest and excitement, and are one of the better innovations
of recent years.
and commentary on all the above is contained in the "Rules"
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