Stephen Fry Explains the Rules of Cricket in 10 Animated Videos

Found­ed in Lon­don in 1787, The Maryle­bone Crick­et Club (MCC) began pub­lish­ing The Laws of Crick­et in 1788, and lat­er became the gov­ern­ing body of the game. More than two cen­turies lat­er, the MCC has passed gov­ern­ing respon­si­bil­i­ties to The Inter­na­tion­al Crick­et Coun­cil. But it still pub­lish­es The Laws of Crick­et and helps young play­ers and casu­al fans learn more about the bat-and-ball game that dates back to ear­ly 16th-cen­tu­ry Eng­land, if not before. And let’s face it, if you did­n’t grow up in a coun­try that fig­ured into the British Empire, you can prob­a­bly use a primer. Or maybe 10 ani­mat­ed ones nar­rat­ed by actor, writer, crick­et lover and occa­sion­al umpire Stephen Fry. Click the play but­ton on the video above, and you can watch the col­lec­tion of ani­ma­tions, cov­er­ing every­thing from what hap­pens when a “wick­et is down” to when the “bats­man is out his ground.” When you’re done, you can enjoy some oth­er Fry nar­ra­tions we’ve fea­tured in blog posts past. See the “relat­eds” below.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Stephen Fry Reads Oscar Wilde’s Children’s Sto­ry “The Hap­py Prince”

Stephen Fry Intro­duces the Strange New World of Nanoscience

Stephen Fry Explains Cloud Com­put­ing in a Short Ani­mat­ed Video

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  • Elizabeth Gomes says:

    The Maryle­bone Crick­et Club pub­lished the book “The Law of Crick­et” and lat­er was gov­ern­ing body of the game. MCC’s con­tri­bu­tion to The Inter­na­tion­al Crick­et Coun­cil passed gov­ern­ing rules two decades ago. MCC still pub­lish­es The Law of Crick­et to cheer up the young play­ers and fans to under­stood what bat and ball actu­al­ly sym­bol­ize. the video clear­ly depicts when a wick­et is down what a bats­man has to do. The young­ster will def­i­nite­ly fall in love with this law of crick­et.

  • alex hales says:

    Owing to the clo­sure of the British Legion in St Boswells, the club has tak­en the deci­sion to open at var­i­ous times over the Christ­mas and New Year peri­od. On Sat­ur­day 27th Decem­ber (time TBC) there will be a Bar Games Evening and gen­er­al drinks ses­sion(!) for mem­bers and their guests host­ed by Mucky.

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