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The Playing Card Cricket game is played by two players using a single pack of playing cards.
The duration of each game can be determined by nominating at the outset, the number of innings and
matches that will constitute the contest.
At the commencement of play, the pack of cards is divided into two halves, one half comprising the red
suits and the other comprising the black suits. The Joker is discarded.
One half of the divided pack is taken by each player who take part either as the team batting or in the field.
The toss of a coin or a drawn card can determine the order of play.
A score sheet is required to accumulate and maintain the score, the appropriate form is attached.
Order of Play and Scoring
Play commences with the fielding team bowling the first ball by dealing two cards face upwards followed
by the batsman, who also deals two of his cards in the same manner.
The bowler takes wickets by:
Bowling the batsman - by dealing a pair with a value one to eleven i.e. Ace to Jack inclusive.
A dismissal L.B.W. - by dealing the first card with a value one to eleven i.e. Ace to Jack inclusive,
followed by the next highest card in the same suit.
The bowler concedes extra runs as follows:
1 extra run - by dealing either a King or a Queen first and any other denomination second.
(These are deemed no-balls or wides and the over is extended by one ball for each.)
2 extra runs - by dealing a King and a Queen
3 extra runs - by dealing a pair of Queens
4 extra runs - by dealing a pair of Kings
( multiple extras are deemed bys and do not add to balls bowled in the over.)
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Six sets of two cards dealt by each player constitute an over ( except where the batsman misses a turn
or where the over is extended as the result of a single by.)
At the end of every over, each player collects and shuffles the two suits comprising his half of the pack
and exchanges the shuffled cards with his opponent ready to repeat the above sequence to start the
The batsman faces and plays in turn after each two card hand by his opponent, he also deals two cards
face upwards - the result is determined as follows:
( The batsmen misses his turn however, each time he is - bowled - dismissed L.B.W. or when the bowler
concedes extra runs.)
The batsman loses his wicket as a result of:
A catch - by dealing a pair with a value one to eleven i.e. Ace to Jack inclusive
A run-out - by dealing a card with a value one to eleven ( i.e. Ace to Jack inclusive ) followed by the
card with next highest value in the same suit.
The batsman scores runs as a result of shots played in accordance with the following table:
No runs can be scored from out balls.
Runs scored ( including extras conceded by the bowler ) are marked off and entered progressively on
the score sheet. The cumulative runs scored are entered at the end of each over in the 'runs' column.
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Runs Scored - Table
Wickets are recorded on the score sheet as they fall and marked with the designation
B - Bowled L - L.B.W. C - Caught R - Run-out
The cumulative sum of wickets fallen should be recorded at the end of each over.
The loss of (10) ten wickets ends each innings.
At the end of each innings the players reverse the fielding and batting order
The batting team must 'declare' the innings at the end of the 25th. over.
Copyright P.R.& M.T.Sherwin ©
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