Tape ball cricket tips

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Tape ball cricket tips
Tennis balls are used in tape ball cricket. (Tennis Ball image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)

Cricket is a British game that helped inspire the game of baseball and is still played around the world. The ball is quite hard and can cause injury, so people have begun using tennis balls, known as tape ball cricket. There are a number of different tips for playing this form of the game, which is safer and more friendly to beginning cricket players.

No Glove Needed

As a tennis ball is much softer then the hard leather cricket ball that can break bones or seriously injure you if it hits you at a high speed, wicket keepers in tape ball cricket don't need to wear gloves. This allows them more mobility to catch and receive a ball being thrown or hit at their wicket. This also saves money on buying this extra piece of equipment and makes it easier to play tape ball cricket just about anywhere, at any time, as long as a tennis ball is available.

Tennis Ball Bowling

In traditional cricket, leather balls are easier to bowl or pitch to the batter, as they are heavier and easier to guide. In tape ball cricket, tennis balls are lighter and softer and more difficult to guide at a high speed over a certain area. This means those who become good at bowling tennis balls in tape ball cricket will be well versed at bowling in traditional cricket, though it may take them a short amount of time to get used to the new weight of the ball. However, tennis balls allow bowlers to spin, bounce and dip the ball with proper practice.

Dangerous Shooting

Due to the lower risk of injury with the tennis balls, batsmen are more willing to attempt and perform dangerous shots, as they probably won't be hurt if they are hit with the tennis ball. These shots include the hook and the pull, which puts them in the line of fire during the pitch and are usually only performed by the most experienced players at the top of the line-up in traditional cricket. This allows everyone the ability to get a big hit and help their team score, teaching them the glory of the game of cricket, in whatever form they play.

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