Ball Bat Tennis Racket (optional)
A ball (usually a tennis ball) is tossed underhand at a batsman. The batsman stands legs together, facing the bowler, with the legs serving as a wicket. Using a bat or tennis racket, the batsman defends his wicket (legs) by swinging at the ball in an uppercut motion. The legs must stay still at all times when swinging. Any number of fielders can stand around the batsman, with the fielder who catches the ball usually replacing the batsman. The batsman is out if his/her legs are hit with the ball or if a hit ball is caught. Runs are scored by revolving around the bat after hitting the ball.
French Cricket is a less structured version of cricket, usually played by children or by adults at parties. The main difference being the batsman is not allowed to move his legs, and can only hit the ball in an upward or scooping-like motion. Fun for kids and adults, French cricket is a simplified (and not so French) version of cricket. Batsman stand with their legs together to form a wicket, and take uppercut swings at a bowled tennis ball. The fielder that catches the ball becomes the next batsman. Runs are scored by revolving around the bat after hitting the ball.
The origins of cricket can be traced back to 16th century England. Started as a children's game, cricket was soon adopted by adults and was played in inter-village competitions. As England spread its influence around the world, cricket exploded in popularity. By the end of the 19th century, cricket had become established in India, North America, the Caribbean, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Throughout the 20th century, the game went through a number of changes, as different styles of play were introduced. One of these new styles, French cricket, developed primarily as a children's game. The game is popular today with both children and adults.