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Scrunch Cricket
The Rules



 As usual, we will give you the rules even though we know you like to make them up yourself.
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A game of scrunch Cricket is played by two teams of 8 players each.

Each team bats and bowls for 16 overs each two batsmen play simultaneously for four overs with each over consisting of the delivery to the batsman, by chucking, of six scrunch balls.

At the end of each over the playing batsmen change ends.

On completion of the four covers the playing batsmen are replaced by another pair until all of the batting team have played.

Only the two playing batsmen of the batting team can be on the field at any time (unless you are short of players and want to make up the rules yourself.)

At the end of the 16 covers the batting team becomes the fielding team and the fielding team the batsmen. (you could always borrow some cricket and indoor cricket books from the library if we are confusing you.)


The batsman, that person who, at any given time is facing the bowler, has to attempt to score runs without getting out.To score s/he must either hit scores (see scoring) or hit the ball so that s/he and the batsman at the other end can run safely between the wickets.

The batsman is 'out' if a. On delivering the scrunch ball (chucking) the bowler can hit the wicket of the playing batsman, b. The scrunch ball, having been hit by the batsman, is caught on the full, c. Before the ball is declared safe, when the immediate play is completed and the scrunch ball has been delivered to the bowler to begin the next, the ball hits either wicket while the batsman at that end is not inside the crease.

To be safe inside the crease a part of the batsman or the bat in hand must be inside the crease and on the ground at the time the scrunch ball hits the wicket.


To score, the scrunch ball can be hit across any of the scoring boundaries or when the scrunch ball is hit the two batsmen can change ends by running without getting out.

One run (score) is achieved for each time the batsmen can safely change ends,

One run is scored for hitting the scrunch ball over the short boundary F.

2 runs are scored for hitting the scrunch ball over the long boundary G,

4 runs are scored for hitting the scrunch ball over the bowling base line 2 and 6 runs for hitting over that line on the full.

Each time a player is OUT that team loses 5 runs though that player continues for the full number of overs allocated.


Each person on the fielding team chucks (bowls) for two overs of six chucks.

The scrunch ball must be chucked, either overarm or underarm, so that it arrives, or would have arrived, at the batting crease at a height of between the lower calf and the shoulder of the playing batsman and close enough to the batsman's body that it can be hit.

Chucks not meeting these rules are declared a no scrunch resulting in one run going to the batsman and requiring that chuck be had again.

If, in making the approach to chuck, the bowler notices that the non playing batsman is outside of the bowling crease the bowler can hit that player's wicket resulting in that player being out and the batting team losing 5 runs.

Getting Out


when playing the ball, the batsman misses and the scrunch ball hits his/her wicket the batsman is out.

The batsman chose not to play at the scrunch ball and is hit on the leg when the normal travel of the scrunch ball would have hit the wicket the batsman is out.

when running between wickets the scrunch ball is thrown at the wicket by a fielder and hits while the batsman running toward that wicket is not safely inside the crease that batsman is out.

a fielder catches the scrunch ball on the full off the bat that batsman is out.


The fielding side is made up of the bowler (rotating as above),

A wicket keeper who stands behind the batsman to stop the scrunch ball running away allowing the batsmen to run, catching any bad hits on the full or stumping a running player by hitting the wicket with the scrunch ball while the batsman is not safely in the crease.

Bearing in mind the style and ability of a batsman the rest of the fielding team should be placed to stop any scoring hits and to catch the batsman on the full.


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