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Old 08-30-2019, 05:48 AM
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All competitive sport is governed by a whole plethora of rules, many of them arcane. Try golf; just a walk in the park while whacking a small ball into holes in the ground? ( or baseball (

I suppose that the original game was pretty simple. A bunch of kids, with a piece of wood and a ball, were probably the beginning of the game and it had spread to adults by the seventeenth century; not surprisingly gambling was involved and that meant - rules. As it became more competitive, people would push the limits; for example, there were few rules about the size and shape of the bat at first, so naturally, someone turned up with a bat wider than the wicket.