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Kwik Cricket Rules

Kwik cricket is a simplified version of cricket that’s played with a soft ball and a light bat to minimize risk of injury, according to Julia Hickey’s “Understanding Cricket.” Kwik cricket is meant for kids ages 5 to 11. The next step up, inter cricket, is played by kids ages 12 to 14. The rules for kwik cricket facilitate developing skills and having fun, advises BBC Sport.

Kwick cricket teams each have eight players. At least one player must be female. The batting team is divided into four pairs, and each pair bats for two over, making a total of eight over, according to BBC. An over is six balls bowled consecutively to a batsman by one bowler.

Each member of the fielding team is required to bowl one over. This can be done with either an over arm or an underarm technique. No fielders can be within 10 yards of the batsman with the exception of the wicket keeper. The fielder called the bowler delivers the ball to the batter in an area called a pitch. Within the pitch are wickets. A bowler stands next to a set of wickets when delivering the ball and the batter stands in front of the other one. The bowler tries to hit the other set of wickets to get the batter out, says Anthony Dowson in “More Fun and Games.”

Teams start out with 200 points on the board. Teams are able to score runs and add to the total. However, each time a batter is out, five runs are deducted. If a ball is bowled wide or if a no-ball is bowled, the batting side gets two added to its score, according to BBC. A no-ball means the ball was delivered illegally because the bowler stepped over the crease when delivering it.

A batter can get out by being bowled out, meaning he misses balls; caught, meaning the ball is caught by a fielder before it hits the ground; by being hit with his own wicket; by being run out, meaning he is short of the batting crease when the field team breaks the stumps or by being stumped. A batsman may be stumped when he comes down the wicket to smash a ball if the wicketkeeper collects the ball and knocks bails off before the batter is able to get his bat or any part of his body grounded within the batting crease, according to BBC. Bails lie atop the stumps and form the wickets. 
However, there is not a leg before wicket rule in kwik cricket as there is in regular cricket. This means that a ball an umpire thinks will hit the wicket gets blocked by a batsman’s legs. This is an out in regular cricket, advises the English Club.