A Stoolball pitch is 16 yards long. Bowling is underarm from a bowling crease 10 yards from the batsman’s wicket, and the ball does not hit the ground before reaching the batter. The wickets are wooden boards on stakes. Teams usually have eleven players, with one team fielding and the other batting. The bat is the shape of a table tennis bat, made of willow with a long, sprung and spliced handle.
The scoring and rules are similar to those of cricket, with the batting side defending the wickets. There are runs, boundaries, catches and run-outs, and also body-before-wicket (BBW). But there are eight balls in each over, as there were originally in cricket.
Training and/or matches are played every Wednesday from May to August at 6.45pm; some matches are also played on a Monday evening.
Why not come along and give it a go?