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    Icon5 Tennis-ball / Tape-ball Cricket

    I have heard about Tennis-ball / Tape-ball Cricket, but I have never watched them.
    My friend said to me that he played Tennis-ball Cricket in India and catching ball was more difficult than normal Cricket ball.

    Are the "Tennis ball" used in Tennis ball Cricket heavier than normal Tennis ball?
    Where I can purchase these balls on the internet?
    And how about the Japan-born Baseball gum-ball, alternative to Tennis balls?

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    in tennis ball / tape ball cricket the overs are 8 balls

    if a batsman doesnt score off the over, he is out.
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    We used to play this at school, but we used to get a syringe and fill the ball with water as well so it bounced madly as well as the tape making it swing like mad.

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    I thought Tennis ball cricket was that if you played and missed or left a hittable ball you were out?


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    Quote Originally Posted by 91Jmay View Post
    I thought Tennis ball cricket was that if you played and missed or left a hittable ball you were out?
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    Few varieties. Normal 15-20 over with 6 ball overs is one of them. then you have six a side matches where the match is 5 overs long. Buddy cricket is another variety where you have to play everything along the ground. P laying area is about a 30 yard circle. Six hits are out, with 8 players per side with 8 overs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    We used to play this at school, but we used to get a syringe and fill the ball with water as well so it bounced madly as well as the tape making it swing like mad.
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    They are not heavier than the normal tennis balls; they are tennis balls.

    You just get a normal tennis ball and tape it yourself.
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    We have played test matches(1 innings each) with tennis balls on concrete pitches The best thing to do on a Sunday when we don't have much time to organize stuff or play a proper cricket match. And unlike normal tennis ball cricket, where batsmen just slog wildly, you would see proper cricket shots and some wonderful field settings to trouble the batsmen, and there are no rules when it comes to field placing in tennis cricket, you can experiment with any kind of field you want + no limit of bouncers which are anyways easy to bowl with the tennis ball.
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    Used to play with one-bounce + one-hand-catch out rules. It actually took an incredible amount if skill, because the tape balk would swing like mad and you had to play with extremely off hands yo make it drop atleast twice before a fielder got to it/ or hit out hard enough for it to reach the rope. And if the spinner came on it became even harder with close in fielders. Had to jam the ball down because of a rule which favoured fielders so heavily
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Nationaux View Post
    They are not heavier than the normal tennis balls; they are tennis balls.

    You just get a normal tennis ball and tape it yourself.
    Oh, thank you for correcting my misunderstanding.
    My friend who played Tennis-ball Cricket said; "catching a ball is more difficult than normal Cricket".
    If normal Tennis balls are used, how about the Japan-born Baseball gum-ball, alternative to Tennis balls?
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    how about multiball. sometimes we bowl with more than one ball at a time, is this appropriate?

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    The number of variations of tape/tennis ball cricket are immense.

    As far as the ball itself is concerned,the one used for Tennis Ball Cricket in Pakistan is a normal Tennis Ball,and thus much lighter than a Cricket Ball.Taping it adds more speed and zip to the ball,whereas playing with a non-taped ball adds much more bounce but kills the speed significantly.Personally,i always thought catching it was easier than catching a Cricket Ball,primarily because the ball wasn't as hard and generally made fielding easier.
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    At school we used to play tape ball cricket sometimes on the basketball courts. Ball would just skid so fast off the surface. Would also often use the tape to create a seam. Definitely easier to catch and safer but also quicker than a hard ball especially on the hard courts.
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    So how difficult is hitting tape-ball long in comparison with hard-ball?

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