Cricket is popular sport around the world. It is more popular in some countries than in others. Most popular cricketing countries are Australia, South Africa, England, Pakistan, India, West Indies, Sri Lanka etc. Cricket bat and ball are the keys of the modern game. And a cricket ball is an integral part of a cricket match. It is made of a core of cork tightly layered and wound by strings and covered by a leather case with a slightly raised sewn seam.
How Much Does A Cricket Ball Weigh?
A cricket ball’s weight can be different based on men’s and women’s play. Men’s cricket ball’s standard weight is around 5.5 to 5.75 ounces or 156 to 163 grams which is just a bit heavier than a major league baseball.
Women’s cricket balls weigh around 4.94 ounces to 5.31 ounces or 140 grams to 151 grams.
At present there are 3 types of cricket balls used in test matches. Which are Duke, SG and Kookaburra.
Kookaburra balls are popular and used in all cricket paying countries except West Indies, England and Ireland who use Duke balls. India uses SG balls. And white Kookaburra balls are used in T-20 and one-day (ODI) matches.
Kookaburra cricket balls are mainly produced in Australia. Machine is used to make this type of ball where cork strips and tightly wound strings go with high-quality leather. SG and Duke balls are made by hands.
How Much Does A Cricket Bat Weigh?
A cricket bat is a piece of equipment mainly made of willow wood and raw unboiled linseed oil. It has a cane handle that is attached to a flat front blade. A batsman uses cricket bat to hit the ball. There are two main types of cricket bats available which are English willow and Kashmir willow.
Cricket bats are available in three categories which include light, medium and heavy.
+A light cricket bat weighs around 2 pounds 6 ounces to 9 ounces or 1077 grams to 1162 grams.
+Medium size cricket bat weighs 2 pounds 9 ounces to 11 ounces or 1162 grams or 1219 grams.
+Heavy size bats weigh around 2 pounds 11 ounces to 3 pounds or 1219 grams to 1360 grams.
Where Is Cricket First Played?
Cricket is first played in the late 16th century in southeast England. In the 18th century, it became England’s national sport. Globally developed in the 19th and 20th centuries. The first international cricket match was played between USA and Canada in 1844. The first international cricket match was played between England and Australia at the MCG(Melbourne Cricket Ground) in 1877.
Different Types of Cricket Ball Size Chart:
|Men, boys who are over 13||5.5 to 5.75 oz or 156 to 163 grams||8.81 to 9 inches or 224 to 229 mm|
|Women, girls who are over 13||4.94 to 5.31 oz or 140 to 151 grams||8.25 to 8.88 inchies or 210 to 226 mm|
|Children under 13||4.69 to 5.06 oz or 133 to 143 grams||8.06 to 8.69 inches or 205 to 221 mm|
|Younger children||Kwik plastic cricket ball is often used.|
SG,Kookaburra, Duke ball details info:
|SG Ball||Kookaburra Ball||Duke Ball|
|Stitching type||Hand stitch||2 inside rows hand-stitched, 2 outer rows on each side stitched by machine||Hand stitch|
|Used In||India||New Zealand|
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