Baseball is the national ball game of Japan, but now cricket seems to be catching on.
SV Assistant Professor of Kobe Gaigo university explains uses of bat, ball and pads to member of University team (4 shots)
CU Professor placing bail on wicket
SV Team takes to cricket field
CU Bowler delivers ball to batsman whose wicket is broken (2 shots)
SV Batsman hits ball which is caught by fielder who then studies his hands ruefully (2 shots)
GV Bowler??? to batsman who hits ball. Fielder picks up ball and breaks wicket with throw as teammates applaud (3 shots)
SV Captain directing players on field
GV Batsman prepares to receive ball
GV Batsman hits full toss for one run
SV Batsman hits ball to leg side for two runs (3 shots)
SV PAN Batsman hits ball to leg, ball is fielded
GV PAN Batsman hammers ball to offside PAN TO ball
CU Right arm spinner bowls batsman and players applaud (2 shots)
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Background: Baseball is the national ball game of Japan, but now cricket seems to be catching on.
SYNOPSIS: The assistant professor at Kobe's Gaigo University explained the intricacies of bat, ball and pads to the bemused members of the University team. Cricket is an almost unknown game in Japan but at the Kobe University, which has a large foreign community, a few enthusiasts mostly British and Indian, have encouraged young Japanese to leave their baseball bats at home and take up the willow.
Japanese should adapt to cricket with relative ease. Baseball which was introduced to the country last century is extremely popular. The transition from pitching and slugging to bowling and batting should not be too difficult.
And fielding is a skill they already have.
The last British game to be introduced to Japan, ru???by has proved to be a great success and so the expatriate Britains and Indian at Kobe University have high hopes that their game will also catch on.
There's a long way to go though before the fine points of a full toss or googly are recognised, let alone understood in Japan. And the translation of such British cricketing terms as silly mid on, short leg, backward square leg, mid-off or silly point could prove more than a little difficult.