Stoolball

Barns Green Ladies Stoolball Team

 

Barns Green Ladies Stoolball team play in the Chanctonbury Ladies League and matches are played Monday evenings on the village Green.

The game of Stoolball, over 500 years old, is the forerunner of cricket. It's played with similar equipment on any grass area with a 90 yard diameter boundary.

Each team should if possible supply an Umpire and a scorer. The game is played very much as in cricket and is great fun for all.

The pitch is 16 yards long. Bowling is underarm from a bowling crease 10 yards from the batsman's wicket and teams consist of 11 players - either ladies or mixed.

Stoolball is comparatively cheap and doesn't need an immaculately maintained pitch, which is great for schools. The equipment can even be set up on a playground.

The wickets are wooden boards on stakes and the ball, aimed at the wicket, does not hit the ground before reaching the batter. Teams usually have eleven players, with one team fielding and the other batting. The bat is the shape of a table tennis bat, made of willow with a long, sprung and spliced handle.

The scoring and rules are similar to those of cricket, with the batting side defending the wickets. There are runs, boundaries, catches and run-outs, and also body-before-wicket (BBW). But there are eight balls in each over - two more than in cricket.

The Barns Green ladies are a great bunch; Captained by Ann Tingley and Vice Captain is Abbie Garner. They deserve a lot more support than they currently get and anyone interested in joining the club is most welcome, just come along on Thursday or get in touch with me or one of the ladies mentioned.

Very Best Wishes

Each team should if possible supply an Umpire and a scorer. The game is played very much as in cricket and is great fun for all.

Jim W Brown
secretary
brown@bjim4.orangehome.co.uk

 

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