Silent Cricket

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Although this drinking game is based on cricket, you don’t actually need any knowledge of the sport to be able to play; you simply need to be able to count up silently as far as possible without making a mistake. Actions are performed for each number and the game is played in silence.

How to Play

Players sit in a circle and the starting player calls “To my right” or “To my left” and then performs the action for number 1 (explained below). Play then moves round in the appropriate direction, but in complete silence. If anyone says a number out loud or whispers to help another player, they must drink the 3 fingers penalty.

Rules for actions to be followed are:

  • On a number that is either divisible by 4 (or has a 4 in it) the cricket signal for 4 runs is performed (waving the arms horizontally in front of you several times).
  • On a number that is either divisible by 6 (or has a 6 in it) the cricket signal for 6 runs is performed (both arms raised aloft above the head); the direction of play is then reversed.
  • If the number is both divisible by 4 (or has a 4 in it) AND is divisible by 6 (or has a 6 in it), then the 4 and 6 signals must both be performed. If the player performs the 6 signal first, then play continues in the same direction. If they perform the 6 signal second, then the direction of play is reversed.
  • On a ‘normal’ number (i.e. those not falling into the categories above) any cricket shot is performed, by miming appropriately.

Play continues until a mistake is made. Whoever makes the mistake must drink 3 fingers. Play then begins with that player, starting again from 1.

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