The Bandits Blog
The event took place on Sunday, May 5th and all participants met up at 12 noon in front of Palez de Cz, Haeundae Beach.
For future reference, check out the Google Map for directions.
With summer looming, it turned out to be a nice sunny day. The Bandits, with friends and family, showed up in full force and introduced beach cricket to Busan and Haeundae Beach. For many, it was their first taste of cricket and fun was had by all. The match naturally attracted a lot of local attention. Many people out to enjoy the warm sunny weather were curiously watching on and taking pictures.
After the match there was a lot of tired and sun-kissed bodies. Many of whom will feel the pain the day after. The Wolfhound Pub & Restaurant offered drink specials after proceedings on the beach and the 'refreshment station' was well attended.
Due to its success , more such beach events will be staged during the summer months. Watch this page for updates on upcoming events or Contact Us for more information.
Bring your family, friends or team, and join in on the fun. If you're not sure what beach cricket is all about, scroll down to read more about the game.
AND, it is always a good idea to bring your own beach gear and refreshments for the duration of the event.
Right, so ...
What is Beach Cricket?
Beach cricket is a casual version of the game played on the beach and includes just about anyone that wishes to play. Every player is free to participate in the making of the rules before, or as the game progresses. This makes it an ideal game for families, friends, wannabe cricketers and just about anybody who has never wielded the willow before.
While there are some serious competitions and tournaments happening on beaches around the world, each of which have their own guidelines and variations, we'll make an effort to provide you with some of the basics. These basics covers most of beach cricket variations ... all of which are loosely based on the conventional regulations of the gentleman's game.
- Standard equipment includes a bat, ball (generally a tennis ball - it hurts less and tends to bounce more than any other kind of ball) as well as two sets of stumps (more than often a beer cooler at opposite ends will do the trick).
- If only one set of stumps (or none) is readily available, the non-strikers end can be marked by anything and everything. Just use your imagination. The strikers-end usually has a wicket-keeper, but again, pretty much anything can be used to try and stop the ball if missed by the batsman.
- There are generally no limitations or hard and fast rules as to the number of players allowed. Pretty much anyone and his (or her) dog can play. Teams may also vary from one (1) to a hundred (100) or even more per side! Whatever makes you happy on the day will suffice.
- Even the number of fielders depend on the rules that have been made up for the game. Often than not, everyone involved in the game can field until all the batsmen are out or retired. Simply decide what works best for you.
- Often the individual getting the batter out, gets to bat next. This will largely depend on whether you are playing as teams or as individuals.
- Matches could be made up of any number of overs per side (6 balls being one over). If time allows, more innings can be added in between the all-important lunch, drink and adult refreshment breaks.
- If there is a limited number of players, each player can keep their own scores or team up in twos, threes etc. This usually leads to any number of disagreements and controversy, but it's all part of the fun.
- Wides and no-balls normally do not exist in beach cricket and the 'leg before wicket' (lbw) rule is optional at best - simply because there are no umpires involved.
- Batsmen can be out via any one of the usual methods such as being caught, run out, or bowled. More rules to get a batsman out can be made up - ANYTHING GOES.
- A ball hit directly (without a bounce) into the sea, is generally declared a six (6), but the responsible batsman is given out and has to collect the ball - no exceptions! Furthermore, if a batsman hits the ball into a group of unsuspecting (and pissed off) beachgoers, he or she needs to man up (or woman up) and personally collect the ball. Again, no exceptions!
- A one-handed catch frequently implies that the innings in play has come to a sudden halt (is over). Also, the batsman may be obliged to run when his or her bat touches the ball when attempting playing a shot. This rule is negotiable.
- If the ball is lost in the sand, or someone's dog ran off with it, the batsman who played the shot may continue to run between the wickets until the ball has been retrieved. This kind of (rare) situation could lead to a record number of runs and possibly a mention in the Guiness Book of Records.
- Batters are allowed to keep their own score and must it call out at the end of each run. Cheaters are usually dealt with (harshly) after the match(es).
- Batters are generally expected to "declare" after reaching a 100 not out. This is to prevent the game from running out of daylight, boredom setting in, or even more concerning ... running out of beers. These concerns could happen in any particular order.
- A match should never (ever) be stopped because of rain. A tsunami or cyclone, hurricane and typhoon (depending on where in the world and what beach you are playing) could well be an exception. Other than a possible (aforementioned) disaster, only an empty cooler may halt proceedings. SUCH irresponsible and atrocious planning is considered bad sportsmanship and is usually dealt with in any number of appropriate manners .
- Beach cricket rules are made to be stretched to the point of ... well, you know what we mean. Just see what you can get away with on the day.
- Any participant found guilty of annoying calls, comments, cheating, backchatting and sledging are allowed to be (unceremoniously) dunked in the sea - or dealt with in any other manner deemed proper.
There you have it folks. Beach cricket is an improvised free-for-all game where anything goes. You can expect (almost bet the family farm on) fluke catches, demolished sandcastles, regular 'adult refreshment' breaks, idiots that hogg the batting, frequent tantrums and bitching as well as relationship breakups.
Watch the video below to get more of an idea of what it is about ...
If you intend doing some more research into the game, you could possibly take a look at the rules employed in the Beach Cricket Tri-nations series which was contested in the past by former cricketing greats from Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa.
Rules include eight overs in an innings, the use of ‘Captain's Choice’ overs when the captains are allowed to field the batsmen and bowlers of their own choosing.
Also, when a batsman is dismissed, he or she keeps batting but loses runs. This means that, if a team is really bad, it is possible to make a negative score.
All seriousness aside, beach cricket is far more fun if you just relax and make up the rules as you go along.