French Cricket is a social version of cricket that can be played anywhere, though mostly it is played in the park or at the beach. I have no idea why it is called French Cricket, and it is probably called something else outside of Australia.
The rules of French Cricket will vary, but here is a list that many a game is based on.
- The game requires one batter and any number of fieldsmen. No stumps or pitch are required
- The batsman makes a stance with the bat held vertically in front of the legs.
- The person with the ball throws it towards the batsman (any bowling/throwing action is OK)
- If the batsman hits the ball, they are able to move to another position (further away from the ball), but most stop and take up the batting stance when the ball is picked up
- If the batsman misses the ball they are not allowed to move position.
- Whoever retrieves the ball becomes the next bowler from the location they retrieve the ball
- The batsman is out when caught or when the ball hits their legs.
- The person who bowls the batsman out, or who catches the batsman out is the next batsman.
- See also the Backyard Cricket rules
- Beach Cricket
- Rules of car cricket
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