The Beastwear National Indoor Cricket League is one of our favourite forms of the sport, it brings together the concept of all the fast-paced action of the Big Bash League but also narrows it’s field of play to not only further speed up the action, but create more fun and excitement with a closely set infield. This season is about to get underway with the first action-packed game to start this weekend on the 15th of April!
For the first time the sport will be live streamed so you can get your cricket fix online, or even stream it to your TV. So make sure you’re online and tuned in to the NICL website (www.indoor.cricket.com.au/) for the Round 1 clash!
Sunday 15th April
South East Queensland Zone
Action Indoor Sports Victoria Point
6pm Women’s Match: Action Indoor Sports Victoria Point v Victoria Point Vipers
8pm Men’s Match: Action Indoor Sports Victoria Point v Victoria Point Vipers
If you’re keen for cricket but have never tuned in for an indoor match, be sure to brush up on the arena and the rules as they differ from the traditional style of cricket.
Don't forget to prepare yourself for some mad action like this:
The length of an indoor cricket pitch is the same as a conventional cricket pitch and has 3 stumps at each end, but there the similarities end. The arena is completely enclosed by tight netting, a few metres from each side and end of the pitch. The playing surface is normally artificial grass matting. Although the pitch is the same length, the batsmen do not have to run the entire length. The striker's crease is in the regulation place in front of the stumps, but the non-striker's crease is only halfway down the pitch.
Indoor cricket is played between 2 teams of 8 players. Each player must bowl 2 eight ball overs and bat in a partnership for 4 overs.
Scoring in indoor cricket is divided into 4 types: physical runs, bonus runs, the usual extras and penalty-minus runs. Physical runs are scored by both batsmen completing a run from one crease to the other. Bonus runs are scored when the ball hits a net. Bonus scores for particular parts of the nets follow:
- Zone A (front net – behind the keeper): 0 runs
- Zone B (side nets between the striker's end and halfway down the pitch): 1 run
- Zone C (side nets between halfway and the bowlers' end): 2 runs
- Zone D (back net – behind the bowler): 4 or 6 runs depending on the manner in which the ball hit the back net.
- On the bounce: 4 runs
- On the full: 6 runs
- Zone B or C onto Zone D: 3 runs
NB: For bonus runs to be scored, at least one physical run must be scored. The bonus runs are then added to the physical runs. For example, a batsman strikes the ball, hitting the back net on the full (6) and makes one physical run, for a total of 7 runs. Extras/sundries are the same as those in formal cricket and consist of wides, no balls etcetera. Penalty-minus runs are the set number of runs deducted from a team’s score for each dismissal.
A batsman can be dismissed in the same ways they can be in conventional cricket – with variations in the case of LBW and mankad (see below) – and with the exception of timed out. When a batsman gets dismissed, however, five runs are deducted from their total and they continue to bat. Batsmen bat in pairs for 4 overs at a time, irrespective of whether they are dismissed. A player can also be "caught" by a ball rebounding off a net, except off a "six", as long as it has not previously touched the ground. This negates any physical or bonus runs that might have been awarded.
A method of dismissal in indoor cricket that is far more prevalent than its outdoor counterpart is the mankad. A mankad is given out if the bowler completes their bowling action without releasing the ball, breaks the stumps at their end without letting go of the ball and the non-striker is out of their ground.
Whilst LBW is a valid form of dismissal in indoor cricket, it is a far rarer occurrence in indoor than it is in outdoor cricket. A batsman can only be dismissed lbw if he does not offer a shot and the umpire is satisfied that the ball would then have hit the stumps.
A final method of dismissal can occur if a ball comes off a net and is caught on the full from a fielder as seen in this awesome action video below
Keen to learn more? You'll find more info about the NICL and where to get your favourite fanfare and gear here! Keep an eye out for our next blogs where we will reveal the latest in NICL gear and Apparel produced by us!
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