Dart Games: English Cricket

English cricket, also known as Bowlers and Batters, is quite different than American cricket but is vastly popular in Britain. In English cricket all the numbers on the board are used, but since all scores must be over forty, the higher numbers are the most popular. The game is similar to scram because the game is played in two separate rounds where the players have a specific role in each round. One player is designated a batter and the other is a bowler; the batter goes first. There are ten wickets assigned and it is the bowlers task to remove these wickets by hitting bull's-eyes: a single bull's-eye erases one wicket and a double bull erases two. The batter's objective is to score as many points, or runs, as they are often called in English Cricket, while there are still wickets remaining. There is a catch though, the batter must score over 40 or no points score. For example, a score of 36 would score no runs, a score of 43 would score three runs, and a score of 58 would score 18 runs.

Scoring ends once the bowler has erased all ten wickets by hitting bull's-eyes. At this point the batter marks down the amount of runs he scored and the players change roles, the batter becomes the bowler and the bowler the batter and another round is played. The winner is the player who scored the most points while being the batter.

English Cricket Stategies

It is up to debate whether there is an advantage to be the bowler or batter first, some players prefer one and some the other. The biggest thing you have to worry about here is how accurate you are, especially at hitting bull's-eyes. The more accurate you are the better you will succeed in English cricket.