How can I start playing?
Tell me more about cricket
- Cricket is a social sport with many formats. Games can be played ranging from 15 minutes to five days.
- It's a team sport, but the three key elements - batting, bowling, fielding - rely on individual skills.
- Traditionally it's played on a field with 11 players per side but there are many ways to play newer, scintillating styles - indoors, local parks, playgrounds and, in some cases, cages.
Who can play?
If you want to play for fun or be right up there challenging for honours, there's a place for everyone. Here are some helpful links to get you started.
- All Stars Cricket - aimed at providing children aged five to eight with a great first experience in cricket.
- Dynamos Cricket - focuses on children from eight to eleven developing skills while having fun.
- Chance 2 Shine - a sports charity that aims to give schoolchildren across the country the chance to play cricket and also brings cricket to thousands of young people in inner-city areas with Street Cricket.
- The Lord's Taverners - provide cricket programmes across the UK. They enable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with disabilities to enjoy sport through programmes such as Table Cricket, Disability Cricket Championships, and Wicketz.
- Women's softball cricket teaches the basic skills you need to get started.
- Cage Cricket - an all-action, high-octane version of the sport aimed at giving people living in inner city areas a chance to play the game. Mike Bushell explains it here.
- You can try Sports Coach UK for coaching opportunities across the country. If you want to lend a hand to a club near you, find out about volunteering in England, Wales,Scotland and Northern Ireland.
To get you in the mood ...
See our full list of activity guides for more inspiration.