CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Cricket is a sport that's been around for hundreds of years.
It was first played in southern England in the 16th century. By the end of the 18th century, it had developed into the national sport of England.
The expansion of the British Empire led to cricket being played around the world. In India, the sport unifies every part of their society and is played by all ages.
It's a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players on a roughly circular field, at the center there's a rectangular 22-yard long "pitch."
Each team takes it in turn to bat, in which they attempt to accumulate as many runs as possible, while the other team fields, attempting to prevent the batting team from scoring runs.
Teams may bat once or twice each depending upon the format of the game.
Each turn is known as an innings(with the "s" an the end). The game progresses as one member of the fielding team known as the bowler delivers the ball to the batsman down the length of the pitch.
The batsman then attempts to strike the ball with his bat so that the ball either reaches the boundary or enables him to run to the other end of the pitch and thus accumulate runs.
The batsman may continue batting until he is dismissed. Once ten batsmen from the batting side have been dismissed, the team is said to be all out and the two teams change roles.
This morning on Larry's Look, Anu Dixit from the Charlotte-Ballantyne Cricket Club gave us a close-up view of the sport, with Larry trying his hand at batting and bowling. His batting skills were a little better than bowling!
For more about the team and the sport, go to: www.ballantynecricket.com.