Vigoro is a team sport invented by Englishman, John George Grant, in 1901, though it is now played mostly by women in Australia, particularly in New South Wales, Tasmania and Queensland. The sport is also played in some other countries, including the United Kingdom and South Africa. Vigoro was originally a combination of cricket and tennis, though in its current form is closer to combined elements of cricket and baseball.
The objective of the game is to score runs by hitting a ball and to prevent the other team from scoring runs. The game is played by two teams of 12 players each on a grass field, typically a cricket oval, with a pitch in the middle.
The pitch is divided into two parts, with a "batting crease" at each end where the batters stand. The ball is bowled overarm, and the batters use tennis-style rackets to hit the ball. The balls used in Vigoro are also lighter than the ones used in Cricket.
Two bowlers bowl alternately from one end only, and can incorporate any type of throwing action as long as it is not underarm. If the ball is hit forward of the crease, the batter must run. The modes of dismissal is the same as in cricket.
Vigoro is a fast-paced and physically demanding sport, with players having to run quickly between the wickets and field the ball in order to prevent the other team from scoring runs. The game is played in innings, with each team batting and fielding in turn.
- Cricket — a team sport played on a rectangular pitch in the center of a large grass oval, two batters protect their wicket while the fielding team try to get them out.
- Lawn Tennis — a court sport using a stringed racket to hit a ball over a net.
- Baseball — a bat and ball game in which the aim is to hit the ball and score runs by running around four bases.
- Kilikiti — a traditional Samoan and Tuvalu sport similar to cricket.
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