Crease (cricket) facts for kids
In cricket, the creases are lines on the field that separate different areas of the field from each other. There are two popping creases (which are the main creases), return creases, and two bowling creases.
The two popping creases extend across the field, and are 58 feet (about 20 meters) away from each other in the center of the field. They are the edges of the area between the two batsmen's grounds.
The return creases define which parts of the field the bowler may bowl legal deliveries from; a no-ball is called when the bowler's back foot touches or goes over a return crease before he has released the ball.
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The popping crease is visible here, with England's Marcus Trescothick playing a shot that has involved him moving forward over his own crease to intercept the ball. In taking a successful run, he must ground his bat behind the corresponding crease at the other end of the pitch, and his batting partner must in turn ground himself behind Trescothick's crease. Should Trescothick have ventured beyond his crease in playing his shot, he risked being stumped.
Jim Allenby bowling; he must ground some part of his foot behind his popping crease and within the return creases for the ball to be a legal delivery. As a member of the fielding side, he can also attempt to run out a batsman by breaking the stumps with the ball before the batsman manages to return to the popping crease.
Here the batsman has played a shot and missed, with the wicketkeeper receiving the ball. The 'keeper, believing that in playing his shot the batsman has ventured beyond his popping crease, has broken the stumps with the ball in an attempt to dismiss him 'stumped'. He is appealing to the umpire to review and either accept or refuse the dismissal. It now falls to the umpire to adjudge whether the batsman had indeed ventured beyond his crease, a decision that in modern cricket is assisted by technology and replays.
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