What is stoolball
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.
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.
The wickets are wooden boards on stakes and the ball is similar to a rounders ball .
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.
For a full set of all the rules and more information on the sport you can visit the Stoolball England website
Dimensions of the wickets