The Cricket World Cup is being held RIGHT NOW in the West Indies. The competition format is as follows:
1st Round - Group stage, consisting of four groups with four teams in each group. Each team plays each other once (i.e. 3 games each in the group stage). The top 2 teams from each group advance to the 2nd Round.
2nd Round - a knockout affair played over one game. winner advances to next round.
This repeats til there are two teams left. And that last game is the final!
Each match is played as a 'on-day' game, so 50 overs (consisting of 6 balls an over) per team to slog as many runs as possible. I think thats all you need to know right now, but any questions do ask and I'll do my best!
The Groups (favourites in bold)
Group A: Australia, South Africa, Scotland, Netherlands
Group B: Bermuda, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India
Group C: Kenya, New Zealand, England, Canada
Group D: West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Pakistan
(I've given the West Indies a 'favourite' tag for playing on home soil, but they're a shadow of the 1970s/80s team).
So far there have 3 matches, with the following results:
West Indies beat Pakistan by 54 runs
Kenya beat Canada by 7 wickets
Australia beat Scotland by 204 runs
if a team beats another team by 'wickets' it means that the losers were batting first and posted a score that was beaten by the winners when they batted. for example, Canada batted first and posted a score of 199 with all their batsmen dismissed. Kenya achieved 203 with only 3 batsmen being dismissed. As there are 10 'batters' Kenya had 7 wickets (or batsmen) spare.
if a team beats another team by 'runs' it means the winners were batting first, posted a score that the losers couldn't match in their batting. For example, Australia batted first and achieved 334 runs. Scotland batted second and could only manage 131 before all their batsmen were dismissed.
Today, Ireland are playing Zimbabwe.
So. I've bamboozled you enough now. I doubt those of you in the US will get ANY TV coverage whatsoever, so i suspect this thread will be the preserve of the smattering of Commonwealth inhabitants that visit here every so often