The ICC Cricket World Cup is taking place across England and Wales in 2019. It runs from May 30th until the final at Lord’s, London, on July 14th.
That’s a whole six weeks of top-notch cricket to absorb. But for those of you who don’t know your stumps from your bails, or your return crease from your popping crease, the game can seem a little complex. It’s not, really.
We’ve decided to demystify some of the terminology and rules of cricket, especially for those of you with a growing interest in the sport who might fancy a punt or two on a match but don’t necessarily know it inside-out.
The Cricket World Cup starts tomorrow. All a bit complicated though isn't it… pic.twitter.com/8WA9oU4doL
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) May 29, 2019
What’s it all about?
The tournament is played in a One Day International (ODI) format, meaning 50 overs per innings, ie each team (comprised of eleven members) bowls and bats for a maximum of 50 overs.
But what the f*ck is an “over”, I hear you ask?
Basically, it’s a unit comprised of six balls bowled by a bowler. Once those six balls are completed, another bowler must bowl an over, and so on until 50 overs are completed or the match/innings comes to a conclusion (more on that later). In a 50-over innings, an individual bowler is limited to 10 overs.
During their 50-over innings, the team who bats first will try to make as many runs as they can, posting a “total” that the second team to bat must chase. If ten of the eleven batters are dismissed by the opposition before the 50 overs are bowled, that team is “All Out” and we move on to the second innings.
There are other subtleties and potential variables, but ultimately the aim of the team batting second is to surpass the first innings total before their 50 overs are bowled. If they fail to reach the total in that time, they lose, and if the opposition gets them all out before reaching the total, they lose.
Okay, but what about the tournament structure?
There is a single group of ten teams with each team playing each other in a round-robin format. The majority of games will start at 10:30 with 7 additional group games being played at 13:30. All matches will be broadcast on Sky Sports – and on paddypower.com!
The top four teams progress to the semi-finals which take place on 9th and 11th July.
Australia are reigning champions, beating New Zealand in the final in Melbourne four years ago. England go into the tournament as 7/4 favourites. No, really, England are going into a major sporting event as favourites.
What are we offering on paddypower.com?
We will have live streaming for all games, as mentioned above.
We’ll also be offering markets on every match of the tournament including all group games.
On top of this, we will be offering #WhatOddsPaddy markets, Power Prices and additional Innings Interval Runs markets, ie “How many runs will be scored in the first 5 Overs, 10 Overs, 20 Overs, etc.”
Bowling/Fielding Team: The team throwing and trying to catch the ball, or “run out” the opponent, etc.
Batting Team: Basically, the team hitting the ball trying to score as many runs as possible in their innings.
Innings: The name given to the time period where one team takes their turn to bat.
Over: The period within an innings where the Bowler “bowls” the ball to the Batter six times.
Wicket: Two sets of stumps (basically three sticks in the ground) with smaller sticks on top of them called bails. These are at either end of the pitch where the Batters stand. A ‘Wicket’ is also the name given when a Batter is dismissed.
Runs: The unit of scoring. The batting team gets one run when the Batter hits the ball and successfully runs from one wicket to the other.
Boundary: When the Batter hits the ball over the marked boundary of the field. Four runs are awarded if the ball bounces before crossing the line and six are awarded if it goes out on the full.
Leg Before Wicket (LBW): A form of dismissal where the ball would have hit the wicket but instead hit a part of the Batter’s body.
Run Out: A form of dismissal when the fielding team hit one of the wickets before the Batter has run from one wicket to the other.
Stumping: A form of dismissal where the Wicket Keeper puts down the wicket while the Batter is out of his ground, usually after attempting to hit the ball.