Single wicket cricket

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Single wicket cricket is a historic format of cricket that was frequently played in England during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. As the name suggests, there is only one batsman on the field in a single wicket match, instead of the normal two, so the batsman is always "on strike" for the duration of his innings. There were rules in some matches which limited the areas of the field in which runs could be scored. Single wicket was especially popular among gamblers.



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  • Wisden: Wisden Cricketers' Almanack (annual). John Wisden & Co. Ltd (1864 to present).