The Rules of Cricket.


They walk to the wicket with confidence,

The first two of the side,

Who is in.

Surrounded by the eleven in the field,

Who are out.

The two carry bats,

The men are covered in pads and masks,

Because once they are in,

They don’t want to be out.

The first batter in faces a ball from the bowler,

Who is out.

The batter who is in,

Misses the ball,

Which hits the stumps;

So he is no longer in,

He is out.

He walks from the field

And is passed by another man,

Who is now in.

Once the team that come in,

Have ten men come in,

And go out,

They then become

The team that is out.

And the team that was out,

Become the team

That is now in.

The game then restarts

With the team that was in,


And the team that was out,


Until ten of the men

From the team that were out,

And are now in,

Are both in and out.

Then the team that was in,

And became out,

Are now in again.

And the team that was out,

And then came in,

Are now out again.

The team that were out,

And then in,

And then out again,

Now become the team,

That is in again.

And the team that was in.

And then out,

Then in again,

Now become the team

That is out.

Then the team that is in,

Become the team that is out,

Both teams are then out.


  • Author: Goldfinch60 (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: September 10th, 2017 01:23
  • Comment from author about the poem: A bit of Sunday fun. The cricket season is finished in UK for this year and the England Cricket team were very successful in beating both the South Africa and West Indies in the two best of three test matches. For our friends in the USA I though that I would explain the rules of cricket to them.
  • Category: Humor
  • Views: 39
  • User favorite of this poem: dusk arising.


  • Michael Edwards

    So simply explained Andy - really grateful - even as a Brit I have difficulties with things like silly mid on (if he's silly why is he playing) and leg before wicket (well of course it is).

    This really gave me a chuckle - much appreciated.

    • Goldfinch60

      Thanks Michael, just a bit of fun.

    • orchidee

      Erm yes - either fully explained, or clear as mud! A fine write G/F.

      • Goldfinch60

        It is easy Orchi, you are either in or out if you are in you are in until you lose your wicket then you become out, once you are out you eventually try and get the team that come in out so that although you are out you now become in - it is so easy.

      • BRIAN & ANGELA

        The INS & OUTS of Cricket are a closed book to ALL Americans and other Foreigners who have not had the benefit of being part of the British Empire ! I went to a Grammar School so we always played according to WISDEN always wore Whites and knew where Silly Mid-on was and also how to Bowl a Maiden Over. My Father was an excellent Amateur Cricketer and we both reported on Cricket for the Local Rag ! If we had Cricket in the Olympics it would guarantee the UK another GOLD ! Please check my Fusion on Where would you like to live ? Yours BRIAN

        • Goldfinch60

          Thanks for you comments Brian, much appreciated.

        • dusk arising

          OH okey cokey cokey, oh okey cokey cokey ..... I creased with laughter at this.......
          Next job? .... explain the off-side rule!
          Excellent really enjoyed it and its going into my favourites.

          • Goldfinch60

            Thank you DA, if I made you laugh then my work was a success.

          • WL Schuett

            What's Cricket? Just kidding but it's true I haven't a clue what's going on , but I do like the ole in and out , lol

            • Goldfinch60

              I could always explain it again WL starting with those that are out before going in and then getting out.
              Thank you for your comment, so kind.

            • myself and me

              Thank God, both are out at the end. My mind still spin. I would rather watch you play with the words than watching the game.

              • Goldfinch60

                I used to play the game many years ago. Thank you for commenting M and M.

              • Jooles

                Aww I don't have a clue about cricket but I do love your work

                • Goldfinch60

                  Thank you Jooles, much appreciated.

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