The Noble Game = Cricket: eine Sportart, bei der zwei Mannschaften mit je elf Spielern versuchen, Punkte zu erzielen, indem sie einen kleinen, harten Ball mit einem Schläger schlagen und zwischen zwei kleinen Holzpfosten hindurchlaufen
“It’s Not Cricket: Skullduggery, Sharp Practice and Downright Cheating in THE NOBLE GAME - An eye-opening survey of cricket, from the crowd violence and blatant match-rigging of the eighteenth century, down to the twentieth century’s glaring abuses of the spirit of the game.”
Simon Rae - ‘It’s Not Cricket’ - Publisher: Faber & Faber (2002)
cricket (The Noble Game)
- a sport in which two teams of eleven players try to score runs (= points) by hitting a small, hard ball with a bat, and running between two sets of small wooden posts
- fair and honorable behavior
- a brown or black insect that makes short, loud noises by rubbing its wings together
The Cambridge Dictionary / Merriam-Webster
The word “cricket” is from the 1590s, from the Old French criquet “goal post, stick”, from Middle Dutch/Middle Flemish cricke “stick, staff”, from the same root as crutch.
The sense of “fair play” is first recorded in 1851, based on the notion of “cricket as it should be played”.
WHY CRICKET IS CONFUSING TO FOREIGNERS
- You have two sides, one out in the field and one in.
- Each man that’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 in, out.
- Sometimes you get men still in and not out.
- When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in.
- There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out.
- When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game.
- characterized by being fair, just, or impartial
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“If you read ‘It’s Not Cricket’ by Simon Rae, you realize that THE NOBLE GAME isn’t always so noble after all!”
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