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The Children's Game of Cricket
Electonic mail message from Larry Haas, Sun City,
Arizona and Roger Haas, Portland, Oregon.
Larry and Roger Haas grew up on a farm in near Eureka, South Dakota.
As children we played a game we called "cricket"
but it is different from the game called "cricket" that comes from
England that involves a ball. I am wondering if this was a German-Russian
game. We dug a small hole (about two inches cubed) and laid a short
stick (about 4inches long) across the hole. All players went out
to the field except the "cricket lifter/batter"; who would lift
the short stick (cricket) out of the hole with a longer stick (about
2 feet long) and attempt to throw the shorter stick out in the field
where there were fielders. If it was caught by a fielder, that person
was up to bat.
If there was no catch, then the batter continued
with step two which was to place one end of the short stick into
the hole, and then strike the exposed part of the stick with the
longer stick. Once it was hit, the short stick would spin up into
the air and it had to be hit into the playing field. If the batter
failed to hit the stick after three tries, he was out and the next
batter was up to bat. The next batter was predetermined by pulling
out a number from a cap.
If the batter succeeded not to be put out by striking
out or having the cricket caught by a fielder, he had a third step
to throw the stick in the air and batting the cricket out into the
field. If he failed to strike the stick after three tries, he's
was out. If he batted it out to the field and it was not caught,
he continues the three step pattern until the stick is caught.
This was a dangerous game, because catching the cricket
with a bare hands stung or hurt many times, especially if it was
going at a high speed or if a person was in close proximity. Once
one fielder got hit in the forehead and he was unconscious for a
Contributed by Roger and Larry Haas who grew up
in rural Eureka, SD.
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