Cricket is a bat and ball game played between two teams, traditionally of 11 members each but there are many modified versions. Cricket is played on an oval field, at the centre is a pitch with a wicket (a set of three wooden stumps) situated at each end. One team bats and attempts to score as many runs as possible, whilst their opponents bowl and field.
There are many different formats of cricket from backyard and beach cricket, to short quick games using modified equipment (softer balls and plastic stumps), traditional club cricket, as well as fun and fast paced indoor cricket which is great to develop your skills and increase your fitness.
If you’re new to batting, concentrate on the basics. Concentrate on your stance and balance, grip your hands close together, keep your line of sight level, and lift the bat backwards as the first part of your swing.
- Overall fitness
- Teamwork and leadership
- Hand-eye coordination
- Make new friends
As a beginner wear sports clothes and shoes. Clubs will generally provide the required equipment, including bats, balls and pads. Bring a bottle of water.
Many clubs offer 'come and try' sessions using modified equipment (softer balls and plastic stumps) where no protective equipment is required.
Seasons / typical registration period
Cricket is a summer sport. Registrations commence in August and September. There may be opportunities to register for different competitions and programs throughout the summer.
Indoor cricket is played during the winter months with registrations in February and March.
Approximate participation costs
Registration for girls’ cricket leagues is approximately $100.
Levels of competition
Cricket is easily modified according to the skill level of the participants. Many participation programs and social cricket competitions are played with modified equipment (softer balls and plastic stumps), with harder balls and protective equipment introduced once skills have developed.
Girls can participate in all levels of cricket, from entry level programs to girls’ leagues, regional representation up to playing in the Women’s Big Bask League (WBBL) and for Australia.
Australia’s Women’s Cricket Team (the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars) will play three T20 internationals against New Zealand in February 2017:
- 17 February, 2:05pm, MCG, Melbourne
- 19 February, 2:35pm, Kardinia Park, Geelong
- 22 February, 1:35pm, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Baseball and softball.