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T20 Beer Cricket

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A game of tactics and endurance, following the basic principles of cricket.

How To Play

Any number of players may take part in a game. Drinks required will be a large quantity of a light alcoholic beverage and a smaller quantity of a stronger beverage. (Recommended would be light cider and wine).


The game consists of twenty ‘overs’ of six ‘balls’. For each ball every player must choose to drink a quantity of alcohol. Different amounts and strengths offer different points (or runs to stick to cricketing terms);

  • 1 fingers width for 1 run
  • 2 fingers widths for 2 runs
  • 3 fingers widths for 3 runs
  • 1 shot of the stronger beverage for 4
  • 2 shots of the stronger beverage for 6

Players drink simultaneously, you may choose to have each ‘ball’ a set time from the last; for example one minute; or you may choose to simply play the next ‘ball’ when all players are ready.

To add to the tactical level of the game each player is allotted an amount of ‘defensive shots’, if they choose to deploy one of these they are excused from drinking for that ball. The amount of defensive shots can be altered depending on how smashed you want to get, though a recommended amount would be ten or twenty. All players must start with the same number of defences (although females may want more).

The aim of the game is to complete the full twenty overs and finish with a higher score than the other players.

Players may fail to finish due to the standard reasons (light-weightedness, giving up, death etc.) but also each time a player excuses themselves to release bodily fluids (in any form) the other players acknowledge this by proclaiming “HOWZAT?!!!!!” and raising a finger in the cricketing style. This counts as an ‘out’ for that player, ten ‘outs’ and you’ve been ‘bowled out’ and lose the game.

The beauty of this game is that it is highly adaptable, most aspects of the game can be changed to taste, including the number of overs, the number of defences, the consumption/point ratios and the number of outs before a player is bowled out.

It is recommended that a score sheet is used to record scores to avoid cheating and inaccurate scoring (which is particularly likely to occur toward the end of the game). If you have a non-drinking friend at your disposal it is recommended you requisition them and appoint them with the title ‘umpire’ and place them in charge of recording scores and settling any disputes that may arise.

Game originally developed by J D Wain, Loughborough University 2010 (Ed: many thanks to Josh for sending this in, we’ve been playing it and it’s a cracker!)

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