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Making the Bat and Ball


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Sizes of bats in cricket

Law 6 of the Laws of Cricket, as the rules of the game are known, state that the length of the bat may be no more than 38 in (965 mm)
and the width no more than 4.25 in (108 mm). Bats typically weigh from 2 lb 7 oz to 3 lb (1.2 to 1.4 kg) though there is no standard.

  • A = Calculating the the length of the bat: Find that lumpy bit of bone at the top of your leg. The length of the bat should be from the ground to about there.

  • B = Calculating the length of the handle: Hold your hand as in the picture above and measure the distance between the bottom of your little finger and the top of your pointing finger 1. Your handle should be about two and a half times this distance.

    C = Calculating the width of the handle: Hold your hand as the picture above. Measure the distance from inside your thumb to the first foldy bit on your pointing finger 2. This is the width of your handle.

       D =Calculating the width of the bat: The width of your bat will be about two and a half to three times the width of your handle.

  • E = Rounded Shoulder: Round off the shoulder of the bat, where the handle meets the body, to add some strength to your bat, and the bottom of the bat so that you don't bang off the corners.
Note: These are suggested measurements only. As your design should be comfortable for you some adjustments may be required.

Making your bat

  1. The bat can be made from old cardboard cartons or, if you have the resources, from something like 10 mm (3/8" plywood). Draw out your full size design, using the measurements above, on a sheet of brown paper or newsprint.If using old cardboard cartons build up layers of board to about 2 mm thick using the method shown on our Ping Pong Paddle page. If using plywood mark out your design and cut out.If using old cartons it might be a good idea to glue a strip of wood down the back of the bat from the top of the handle to the bottom of the bat to add some strength.Tidy up the basic bat and wind electrical tape or a non slippery packaging tape around the handle until it feels really comfortable.
  2. To protect your bat from moisture you may wish to paint it. Then add stickers to suit.

Making a Scrunch Cricket ball
  • You will need access to pink food colouring and an old newspaper (Please make sure that everyone has read it).
    The newspaper should not be the shiny kind or have too much colour.
  • Make at least six Scrunch Cricket balls so you have a few spares for the dog (or in case you lose or break some).
  • Take a full double page of newspaper.
  • Put on some rubber gloves and an apron in case you get yummy colours all over you.
  • In a glass bowl or old plastic bowl put one big mug full of cold water.
  • Put two capfuls of colour in and mix it all up. You can add more colour if you wish but we are trying to save money.
  • Take six or more of the pages and, one by one, get them very wet in the bowl.
  • When each is very wet scrunch it up into a ball kind of thing and put it aside to dry where it won't be in the way or stain anything.

You can air dry them or have an adult dry them slowly in the oven. When fully dry they will be sort of hard and bounce on the floor with a delicious thunk.

Making the wickets

You will need two sets of wickets and these should be about 90 cm (about a yard) high for adults or less depending on the size of the players. Their full width should be around 15 cm or 6".
For those not familiar with cricket the wickets normally consist of three round stick looking things that are banged into the ground with two little dowel kind of things balanced on top (the bails). When the bails are knocked off the batsman is out. In the origins of the game these represented the fort that was being protected, by the batsman, from the siege, the fielding side.
You can use six, three for each end, lengths of 25 mm, about 1", dowel or make a similar structure from cardboard or old tree stumps if you must.


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