Action Indoor Sports England, in partnership with the ECB, offers you the opportunity to play Action Indoor Cricket – the ‘fast paced indoor version’ of the game within tensioned netted courts.
“A Fun, Fast and Furious Version Of Cricket!”
Indoor cricket is a fast and furious version of the classic game, and is a great way to enjoy this traditionally fair-weather sport all year round!
Indoor cricket involves 2 teams of 8 players on a much smaller pitch enclosed by netting. Matches feature 2 innings of 16, 8-ball overs.
For experienced cricketers, indoor cricket is a new and challenging way to play the game – you need to take into account how the ball might ricochet off the netting and by hitting different sections of the net you score a different number of runs.
For younger or inexperienced cricketers, indoor cricket can be a more exciting, exhilarating game and a great way to get into cricket without having to give up your weekends throughout the summer, or fork out for expensive kit.
For non-cricketers, indoor cricket is a fun, social activity that you can play with work mates, clients or friends, whatever your group’s ability level.
Indoor Cricket Benefits
Indoor Cricket, also known as ‘Action Cricket’, is an exciting team game that last for approximately 1½ hours. It combines fun, fitness, and competition, and it’s simplicity allows men; women; young; old; cricketers; or non-cricketers to play!
Whether beginner or pro, the game involves the basic principles and skill of traditional cricket: batting, bowling, fielding and running. It is because of this that Indoor Cricket has some great benefits:
▪ Stay sharp during off season
▪ It can be social OR competitive
▪ Never rained off!
▪ Improve your close fielding
▪ Build and maintain team spirit
▪ Improve fitness
▪ Minimal time commitment
With ALL players batting and bowling for an equal amount of overs, everyone gets to play their part in a team victory. For every game played you are guaranteed involvement – no more fielding on the boundary!
Indoor Cricket Rules
Below are the ‘Rules in Brief’
The Game Format
▪ 8 players per side
▪ 32 overs per game, 16 per side
▪ Everyone bowls two overs
▪ Everyone bats for 4 overs per pair
Batting / Scoring Runs
How Runs Are Scored
▪ You bat in pairs and face four overs as a partnership
▪ The non-facer stands at the running crease, as shown on the court
▪ If you are out you do not leave the court, you stay at the crease and continue to bat for the full four overs
▪ Every time you are out your team loses five runs from the total
▪ In order to score runs you must complete a run between the wicket (from the batting crease to the running crease). For this you will be given one run, plus additional runs depending on where you hit the ball.
o The back net at the keepers end is 0 runs, plus one for running = 1
o The side nets before the half way line are 1 run, plus one for running = 2
o The side nets after the half way line are 2 runs, plus one for running = 3
o If you hit a side net and then subsequently the back net at the bowlers end you get a bonus run
o The back net, if hit on the floor is 4 runs, plus one for running = 5
o The back net if hit on the full is 6 runs, plus one for running = 7
▪ When there are two non scoring deliveries in a row the batters must run on the next delivery, unless that delivery is called a wide or no ball by the umpire. This is called 3rd ball and the scoreboard must change in this instance be that through an extra, a run being scored or a wicket falling.
▪ There are eight players in the fielding team
▪ The field has to have four players in each half of the court before the delivery is bowled
▪ Once the ball is released fielders are free to move in either half of the court
▪ Everyone has to bowl
▪ An over lasts 8 balls
▪ At the batsman’s end there are guidelines painted for leg side wide deliveries as shown to the right. The ball must be inside these lines in order to be considered a good ball.
▪ On the offside the ball must simply be within the pitch.
▪ A ball that starts on the pitch but goes off it before it goes past the batsman will be called a wide ball.
▪ You can be run out and stumped off of a wide ball.
▪ There are five types of no balls that can be called. They are:
o Front Foot: In indoor cricket no part of your foot can touch the front line
o Full Toss: If the ball does not bounce in front of the batter and passes them at waist height or above
o Bouncer: If the ball pitches before the half way line this will be called a no ball.
o Ball Off The Pitch: If a delivery lands outside of the pitch area this will be called a no ball.
o Fielding No Ball: This is when the team have more than the four players allowed in either half of the court.
▪ You cannot be out caught or stumped off of a no ball but you can still be run out.
Dismissals/ Getting Out
▪ Caught (anywhere except off the back net when the batsman hits a 6)
▪ Run out