Old-style village cricket.
....and not so young.
It's a game that embodies the personality of men from the country; it requires strength, bravery, subtle cunning and well-honed skills. But mostly it requires endless patience; there's a lot of waiting in cricket - it's a ritual and an art as much as a sport.
This is how the game was once explained:
- There are two sides, one out in the field and the other in.
- Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out.
- When they are all out, the side that's out comes in and the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out.
- Sometimes you get men still in and not out.
- When a man comes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man comes out to go in.
- There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out.
- When both sides have been in and all the men are out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including the not outs, then that's the end of the game.