Video explains cricket

I've never seen anyone fringe the ring quite like that before. [Jiskefet via Reddit]


    1. There is a great Indian film called “Ran” that came out a few years back about a cricket match between the locals and the British. It takes place during the Victorian era. I think it’s like 3 hours running time, but my god, watching it you feel like you are at this cricket match for days….thing just drags on…but it was very entertaining.

      1. Perhaps there are many movies about cricket matches between the British and the subcontinent locals in the 19th century, but I believe the movie you are referring to is called “Lagaan”, roughly translates to “tax”.

      2. There is a great Indian film called “Ran” that came out a few years back about a cricket match between the locals and the British.

        Were they wearing armor and playing cricket with katana?

  1. finally I can chat with the Indian folks in the office, I can’t wait till Monday, “and a trefflled for him”. they are going to think I’m so cool.

    1. sure that’s not your kind of cricket, but today with the kids and the TV, folks really like to see more treffeling and more than one threesome in a test.

  2. I do find cricket a more interesting sport than, say, American Football. Living in the Commonwealth  makes you strange like that.

  3. I like the fact that this is getting a lot of appreciative comments from Americans, praising the in-depth explanation and the way they’ve memorised the rules. Show this video in England, and the reaction is “Well, yes. But they’re leaving a lot out.”

    No mention of reverse passing on opposite Thursdays, we don’t even see the award and/or use of  the amber tokens, and that’s before we even get into the complexity of Tufte’s rule for incorporating a nearby game of Mornington Crescent into the flow of play.

    I do believe that a good return play in this situation would be to fluff on the next turn, accept the possibility of Wilkinson’s gambit, making the obvious next move Turnham Green.

    1. A left-handed gimlet rues ever so slightly.  For my turk I’d have misted the Keynes, having Wednesdayed with the nun, for rip-what.  But what a castigate!  One or three latecomers from now, that sected elbow’ll long-divide as the uncharitable canon of the late knocker, the flanker.  Kiss the bleater or you gliss for Sandwich, they say.  Trade winder rummaged on the flotsam and Johned himself the gimlet, if you can eye those knickerbockers!

    2. I knew Mornington Crescent was going to come up at some point. We Americans have our own game played on college campuses across the country. It’s a more physical game. You may have heard of it: Calvinball.

  4. Awesome to see my heroes here at boing boing :D
    Jiskefet is cool because a lot of there sketches make no sense at all
    thats their humor XD
    look for Schnautzi der Wunderhund also XD XD XD
    THX !!!

    1.  Excellent comedy, I have to agree. I love how he skips right over the actual play of the game, and spends his time detailing minutae which won’t help a casual player.

  5. For people who don’t live in the UK the BBC show 2 hours of this game (now called Old Cricket) every weekday evening from 7- 9pm, over 50% of people watch it. Often whole families watch it together and play along with the home sets and scoring cards, often wearing “whites” (the white jumpers and trousers), however it is illegal for women to play it in public. 

  6. Been to a couple of real cricket games here in Houston with my Jamaican co-worker. His wife and friends are there so he slips into patios , so the game is almost as incomprehensible as this video.

    All I know is that Jamaican store clerks and medical assistants beat the UK Consulate, but lose to the Pakistani consular team.

    The good news is that baseball/rounders lives on among the children of Yorkshire. So I have been told by an online friend from Hull. 

    1. The good news is that baseball/rounders lives on among the children of Yorkshire. So I have been told by an online friend from Hull.

      One of my favorite memories of a recent trip to London involved finding a group of twentysomethings engaged in a raucous attempt of a softball game in Regents’ Park.  God, it was hilarious.  Fit and athletic, one and all, but nobody seemed to know how to hold, let alone swing, a baseball bat.  But man, were they having fun.

      I have no doubt they’d have cleaned my clock at just about any other sport you could name.  But I was sorely tempted to drag my then-37-year-old scrawny ass over to them and Show ‘Em How It’s Done In The Colonies.  For a brief, shining moment I coulda been Roger Effin’ Maris.

  7. Cricket is much simpler than it appears.

    You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. 
    Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out. When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side thats been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. 

    Sometimes you get men still in and not out. When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. 

    There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game.

  8. My favorite Lesser-Middle Brittania squadron are the Sirs Digby Chicken Ceasar.  Pity about the local hooligans though – They tend to give the sport a terrible chafing.  They’re like wet woolen petty-garters, the lot of them.

  9. I just don’t understand how Europeans can have fun at professional gentlemen’s sports like this with the gaping absence of cheerleaders on the sidelines…

      1.  I think it’s unfortunate that non-European sensibilities required the men’s threesome to be offscreen, and elided by a cut, in this version for US audiences.

        1. Too true. In fact, it boggles the mind that Americans seem unaware of our habitual afternoon threesome. What kind of life it that?

    1. Facepalm.

      The reason cricket doesn’t need cheerleaders is because it is the greatest, most refined sport on the planet.

      Nonetheless, it now has them. I give you Twenty20 cricket. Hooray. 

  10. The comments and the video reminds me of the Cricket described in The Coming of the Terraphiles. That didn’t make any sense either. 

  11. Ah, makes me yearn for dear old Johnners and his obsession with cake on Test Match Special

    Brian Johnston started the fad of the public sending cakes to the commentary box. In Johnston’s day they were chocolate cakes, whereas now fruit cakes seem to be more popular. Indeed, the Queen herself reportedly had a fruit cake baked for the TMS team. She said that it was baked “under close supervision” by her following Jonathan Agnew’s light hearted questioning of her as to whether she might have baked it herself. Henry Blofeld is reported to have said that it contained a goodly portion of “Royal brandy”.

  12. Having spent several enjoyable afternoons watching cricket on UK TV, I can only say, 1) hilarious; and 2) spot on, lads. 

  13. Reminds me of Bill Bryson’s take on listening to cricket on the radio from In a Sunburned Country:

  14. That was much more engrossing than the actual game.
    You go to the real game & it’s more interesting to watch the crowd watching the game.
    Cup Snakes are fascinating.

    1.  It’s a lot more complicated than that and there are various layers of strategy involved but you’ll soon get the hang of it after a few frobets.
      Mind you, at my school we always played Powester’s Thursday rules, which as I’m sure you’ll realise, requires three and three quarter players, with the odd man in required to change his/her direction of dangle based on the score and thud of the other players and the referee’s surname.

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