Not everyone who comes to watch the Perth Scorchers knows the ins and outs of cricket, so we’ve done our best to break down how Big Bash is played!
The aim of the game is to score runs and take wickets. T20 matches are played by two teams of 11 players. Each team gets the chance to bat and bowl. A coin toss or bat flip at the start of the match determines which team bats first. The team batting first has 20 overs to score as many runs as they can, then the opposition has 20 overs to chase down their score. These 20 overs are grouped into an innings and each team gets one innings, so two innings make up a match.
Batters play in pairs with one located at each end of the wicket, standing behind a white line (the crease) which is their safety zone. The aim of the batters is to hit the ball into a space away from the fielders and run from one end of the pitch to score as many runs as possible. If a ball is whacked into or bounced over the boundary rope the batter scores four runs for their team. But if the ball is bashed over the rope on the full, it’s six runs!
The aim of the bowler and the fielding team is to take wickets. There are a lot of ways a batter can get out!
The team’s captain tells their players were to strategically stand in the field. Two positions are set - the bowler and the wicketkeeper. The other nine fielders can be placed anywhere. During the first six overs only two fielders are allowed in the outfield with the rest remaining in the infield. At the end of the first six overs another three players can head out onto the outfield. After the batter hits the ball, the fielders will run, dive catch and block the ball to stop it from hitting the boundary. They’ll also try to catch the ball if the batter hits it into the air.