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The Bermudian

More and more of our visitors, it seems, are taking time out to watch Bermudians playing the grand old game of cricket.

At the Cup Match, for example, there were many such people, easily recognized by their pale skins and air of bewilderment with which they viewed the goings on on the field.

Our spouse, being a cricket fan of some standing, was recently wondering about how best to explain the game to visitors who turned up regularly at the Southampton Rangers field on the South Shore. Eventually he took to giving them a kind of running commentary which confused them a great deal more then if they have been left to work things out for themselves.

Finally, after listening to him patiently one day, one old Bermudian character leaned over and handed him a printed card. Entitled “The Game of Cricket” it gave the following explanation, which we thought we would share with you:

“You have two sides – one out in the field and one in. Each man who’s in the side that’s in, goes out and when he’s out, he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out. When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming out out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out. When their team has been in and got out. When both sides have been in and out, including the not outs. That’s the end of the game. Got it?”

We trust that this has answered your questions on the subject.

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