Game name (and type): 'Cricket' (bat and ball game)
Alternative types: ball games, team games

Handwritten description of the bat and ball game 'Cricket' written for Dr Dorothy Howard by R. Stoelwinder, a student at Double View Government Primary School, presumably on 25 March 1955. Stoelwinder describes 'Cricket' as a popular game in Australia and English, requiring two teams of ten players. The author continues with an explanation of a common foul on the ball called a 'no ball', claiming that the foul usually occurs when the batsman's back leg passes the crease. Stoelwinder states that the rule 'tip and run' is usually played during school matches, which requires batsman to run even if they only tip the ball. The author notes that if a batsman is declared out, they must bowl against the player who took the wicket.

One of a collection of letters describing a children's games written to children's Folklorist Dorothy Howard between 1954 and 1955. Dr Howard came to Australia in 1954-55 as an American Fulbright scholar to study Australian children's folklore. She travelled across Australia for 10 months collecting children's playground rhymes, games, play artefacts, etc. This letter, together with the other original fieldwork collected by Dr Howard during this period, is preserved in the Dorothy Howard Collection manuscript files, part of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection (ACFC), Archive Series 3. The ACFC is an extensive collection documenting children's folklore and related research

Physical Description

Handwritten game description in pencil on lined paper. Text printed on one side only.

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