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You will need a table for your playing surface, a ping pong ball,a wicket, 4 or more bendy drinking straws and four or more players for this breathtakingly cheap game.

It is probably best if you don't use the highly polished dining table that has been in the family forever because you will need to make some field markings somehow.

About Blow-off Cricket

The game is based, loosely, on indoor cricket but is an individual game not a team one.The 'bowler' tries to hit the wicket by rolling the ball toward it and the 'batsman' tries to stop it hitting the wicket and also get 'runs', by blowing through the straw at the approaching ball.Fielders are placed around the table, with straws, to attempt to stop the 'batsman' getting any 'runs.'Let's say that you have six players. One player goes into bat and the other five form the fielding team.
Each of these five will take turns to roll six balls down to the batsman.
When the 30 balls are rolled the batsman hands over the position to the next player in line until all players have 'had a bat'One point is lost by any player, except the 'bowler' during the roll, who touches the ball with the body or the straw.

  • Set up the playing field (table) by placing a 'bowling line' about 30 cm (1 foot) in from one end of the field and placing a wicket about 15 cm (6 inches) in and in the centre, at the other end.You can use an old floppy disk for the wicket, or something of similar size, laying down flat on the table.

  • Please only use bendy drinking straws with the little end in your mouth because when the game gets rough you really don't want the big end down your throat, do you?



The Rules of Blow-off Cricket


  • The batsman stands behind the wicket and attempts to deflect the ball away from the wicket by blowing through the straw
  • The batsman, that person who, at any given time is facing the bowler, has to attempt to score runs without getting out.
  • Runs are scored by the batsman blowing the ball over any of the front three edges of the table (not the batting edge)
  • The batsman is 'out' if on rolling the ball down the bowler can hit the wicket of the playing batsman.
  • The batsman faces six rolls from each of the fielders and then hands the position over to the next player in line until all players have batted.
  • To score, the ball must be Blown-off the edge of the table by the batsman.
  • One run (score) is achieved for each time the ball is blown over the side boundaries on the batsman's side of the bowling line,
    4 runs are scored for blowing the ball off either side of the table beyond the bowling line and 6 runs for blowing the ball off over the bowler's end of the table.
  • Each time a player is OUT s/he loses 5 runs though that player continues for the full number of overs allocated.
  • Each person on the fielding team rolls for one over of six rolls to each batsman.
  • The ball must be rolled by the bowler flat on the table and from behind the bowling line
  • Chucks not meeting this rule are declared a no roll resulting in one run going to the batsman and requiring that roll be had again.
Getting Out
  • If, when playing the ball, the batsman misses and the ball hits his/her wicket the batsman is out.
  • when a fielder blows the ball to stop a run being scored, after the batsman has blown it, and it hits the wicket the batsman is out.
  • The fielding is done by all players except the batsman.
  • Balls can only be stopped or deflected by blowing through the straw.
  • Bearing in mind the style and ability of a batsman the fielding team should be placed to stop any scoring blows.

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