National Geographic : 1936 Feb
© National Geographic Society Finlay Photograph by W. Robert Moore A MOMENT OF ACTION IN A CRICKET MATCH, AS A BOWLER (RIGHT) DELIVERS A FAST BALL INBASIN RESERVE, WELLINGTON Wherever English colonists or soldiers have gone, there is cricket. In New Zealand the game is popular. Amatch isplayed bytwo teams of11 men each, the winner garnering the most runs in two innings. Wickets are stuck upright in the ground 22yards apart. Each isdefended by a batsman. The bowler (right) bowls the ball and strives to put out the opposing batsman (left center)by knocking down his wicket ormaking him hit the ball high so the players in the field can catch it on the fly. If the batsman hits the ball to asafe distance and can run totheopposite wicket (right) before he is "run out" (similar to tagging in baseball), then he has scored a run. Beyond the men cricketers isamatch played bywomen.