The oldest form of crickett dice are the so called Owzthat dice, played with two, six sided rolling dice on paper. One dice is labelled 1,2,3,4,|
'owzthat' and 6. The second dice is labeled 'bowled', 'stumped', 'caught', 'not out', 'no ball', and 'L.B.W.'.
Specialist dice can now be bought, but prior to this the game was played on 6 sided pencils, shaved back to bare wood,
with the numbers and words written on. The game was certainly played in pre-war Britain, and has been passed down generations,
although exact origins are not known.
The game is usually played between two players but can be played alone.
Before commencing, the form of 'cricket' is agreed e.g. Test cricket or limited overs.
An appropriate cricket score card is then drawn up and the teams are written in. A toss of a coin decides which team elects to bat or field.
The bowling side then starts the game by rolling the numbered dice. The game is then scored like a usual cricket game and the scorecard completed.
This includes deciding on bowlers and scoring separate overs as in a normal game of Cricket.
When 'owzthat' is rolled on the dice an appeal is made ('owzthat' being slang for the formal cricket appeal of ' How was that?').
The appeal requires that the second dice is then rolled. On rolling the second dice the 'batsman' has a 1/3 chance of being not out,
if the 'Not Out' or 'No Ball' is rolled. If 'No Ball' is rolled an extra is added to the total and a ball added to the over.
The batmanís is out if 'bowled', 'stumped', 'caught', or 'L.B.W.í are rolled, and the next batsman comes to the crease.
The game then continues to a conclusion.
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