Play up, play up and play the game

is a quotation from Sir Henry Newbolt (Vita Lampada).

The game of cricket has a language of its own.  I don’t understand all the rules or the fielding positions, but listening to a radio commentary of a cricket match can be fun even if you don’t know any more about the game than I do.  So this is not a comprehensive guide to cricket, just a few comments about some of the expressions.File:Pollock to Hussey.jpg
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Knocked for six.
If a cricket ball reaches the boundary without hitting the ground first, the score is six and the batsmen do not need to run.  If something knocks a person for six, it affects their ability to cope at least in the short-term.

The batsmen can be out in a number of ways, caught out if the ball does not bounce before a fielder catches it.  It is possible to be caught out in life too, perhaps in a lie or other wrongdoing.  Of course, the opposite of out is “in”, which can also mean “at home”.  In the days when the clergy had time to visit their parishioners, there was a joke: “The vicar called and caught you out!”

Howzat? Is an appeal to the umpire to give a decision about whether a player is out.

Silly mid-on and silly mid-off are positions where fielders may stand.

Another way of being out is to be stumped.  To be stumped has entered the vernacular as being at a loss for an answer.

Players can also be run out.  I’m not going to attempt to explain how!  Just to point out that if a commodity runs out, there isn’t any left.

That’s not cricket…
…means something isn’t being done according to the rules.

The spectator sees more of the game.
This can be true in life as well as in sport.  However the spectator may not have all the facts!

In the Bible there is a story about something not running out.  Click to read the story in 1 Kings Chapter 17 verses 7-24