Indoor Miniature Cricket
A good mixer and informal icebreaker indoor cricket game that is suitable
for both boys and girls and is lots of fun.
A 50-60mm diameter foam or polyurethane ball, or otherwise any very soft ball.
Material to make miniature cricket bats and wickets (see below):
Four 20mm diameter wood dowels.
Two blocks of wood 250mm by 150mm by 50mm thick.
A piece of wood 600mm by 80mm by 20mm thick.
An electric drill and a 20mm wood bit.
A hand saw.
A file and/or sandpapaer.
An impartial and very firm referee!
Refreshments for recovery afterwards.
The wicket stumps are made from four 600mm lengths of 20mm diameter wood
dowels and the two wicket bases are 250mm by 150mm by 50mm thick wood
blocks. For the batting wicket base, drill 20mm holes 40mm deep
and 70mm apart for three wicket posts. Drill a 20mm hole 40mm
deep in the centre of the second block for the bowling post. Then
glue all the wicket posts into these holes to complete the wicket stumps.
Wicket bails are not needed for this game.
Bats are made from a piece of 600mm by 80mm by 20mm thick wood. Then
mark two 250mm parallel lines 20mm in from the sides at one end.
Cut down these lines and cut off the two side pieces to form a handle.
Round off the sides of the handle and sand the rest of the bat.
Setting up the Cricket Game:
This is a good mixer game that can be played in the hall Both boys
and girls can play this game since it relies on skill. Set up
the wickets 5 to 7 to metres apart at one end of the hall (depending on
the type of ball used and how far it can be comfortably thrown or hit).
A single player bats the while the other team fields. The
bowler stands at the single wicket stump and bowls underhand to the
player. The fielders are placed all around the wicket. Runs
are made by the player running to the single wicket and the back again
to his own wicket.
Playing the Game:
Divide the group into teams of five to ten players. Spin a coin to
select which side is to bat first. The game is played very
similar to conventional cricket. The first player takes up his
position and bowling begins. Fours are scored if the ball reaches
the sides of the hall or to a marked out distance. Sixes are
scored if the ball reaches the base of the hall or again to a marked out
Play time is restricted to ten to fifteen minutes a side. A score
of runs made and players bowled or caught out is kept. The
winning side is the one with the most runs and/or least players bowled
out. If players are very good batters, allow a "one bounce - one
hand catch" to get them out!
An alternative way to play the game to allow all players to bat, is to let
each player face only five balls. After this the next player
is in, and the innings continues until all the team members have batted.
The total runs for the team are then added up and recorded.
Continue the match until all teams have batted and then hold a play-off
final to find the winning team. Exhausted teams are again revived