>>Sort of like the old joke about the Englishman watching his
>>first baseball game. He asks the guy sitting next to him
>>the batter went to first base without hitting the ball.
>>said the spectator, he got four balls."
>>"Oh, exclaimed the Englishmen, no wonder he can't run."
>Reminds me of my Dad, at his first game,(on one of his trips
>over), someone,(I think Piazza), hit a home run--fans were
>their feet, shouting "at the top of their lungs", he could
>understand what the commotion was about, stating,"what
>LOL!!! I'd be just as lost at a cricket match...probably more
Thats why, (Cricket,) the fellow could not understand going to "base", without hitting the ball.
The object is to protect the wicket, and prevent the bowler from "bowling the batsman out", and ONLY run on a "hit", that is, if he so decides.
The batter could theoretically be there all day, deciding which hit to run on "a tap here, a tap there".
Of course if he "whacks it" to the boundary line he is Guaranteed 4 runs, and if he "whacks it" over the boundary he gets six runs guaranteed, the "hitting for six" being equivalent of a "home run".
Don't forget that after each six consecutive bowls, the umpire shouts "Over", and they then change ends, I always wondered WHY on that one., also there is lunch in the middle, and if they go past 4 O'clock they briefly stop for a "teabreak"., now, Larry you've "got it",------- right?