1. The match is played on an oval-shaped ground somewhat longer and wider than a football field. At the center are two wickets (sets of three wooden stumps), placed 22 yards apart. In front of each wicket is a popping crease, or batsman's safety zone, which measures roughly four by 12 feet.
2. Each team has II players: four main bowlers, four batsmen, two all-rounders (players who both bat and bowl) and one wicketkeeper (the equivalent of a catcher).
3. The batsmen face bowlers who alternate bowling "overs," which consist of six playable balls. A bowler tries to hurl the ball past a batsman and hit the wicket; if he succeeds, the batsman is out. The batsman tries to hit the ball while protecting the wicket. If a hit ball is caught on the fly, the batsman is out. If the ball is not caught on the fly, the batsman can remain in his crease or try to score runs.
4. A run is scored when a batsman hits the ball, and then he and another batsman, who waits at the opposite crease, run across to the other's crease. They may continue to score runs until the ball is returned to the wicketkeeper or the bowler, or one of the batsmen is stumped out (see Rule 5). Four runs are scored automatically when the ball rolls to the outer boundary, and six runs when it goes over the boundary on the fly.
5. A batsman hits until he is out. Besides being caught out or being bowled out (his wicket is struck by the bowler), he can be run out (his wicket is struck by the ball while he is out of his crease trying to score a run), stumped out (he steps out of the crease while trying to strike the ball) or called out for deliberately blocking the ball with his body.
6. A game consists of two innings. In each innings one team's batsmen face the other's bowlers, whose teammates are spread about the ground as fielders. One innings consists of 50 overs or 300 playable bowled balls.