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Bat and Trap

Bat and Trap sets from Jaques have been crafted to the highest standards to ensure durability so you can play Bat and Trap for many years to come. Jaques offer Bat and Trap equipment as a complete set or individually.

The game of Bat and Trap is an English pub team game with 8 players on each side, for garden play a minimum of 3 players per side is recommended. A coin should be tossed to decide which team bats first. An inning of Bat and Trap consists of each player on the team having one chance to bat, each player batting until they are out.

The front part of the trap is the wicket which is a square white target with a black painted disc for the bowlers to aim at. This is hinged at the bottom and stands vertically so that a successful throw will knock the flap down. On the top of the trap is a simple see-saw mechanism that propels the ball upwards when the batsman pushes down the other end. The wooden bat has an oval face maximum 8” long by 5” wide. The ball is special sorbo rubber.

Only one player bats at a time. To start, the batsman stands beside the trap and knocks the lever down smartly with his bat which shoots the ball upwards where it can be hit with the bat. The batsman is allowed 3 attempts to shoot the ball to a sufficient height to be struck but as soon as a swing is made at the ball, the strike is deemed to have been taken. The objective is to strike the ball so that is passes between the two posts. If the batsman misses the ball or the ball does not manage to cross the line between the two posts or if the ball passes over the line at a higher altitude than the top of the fielders heads, the batsman is out. Behind and between the two posts, the opposing or fielding team stand in a line ready to field the ball.

The fielders must remain behind the posts but should the ball be caught by one of the fielders before touching the ground, the batsman is caught out. This is quite unusual however and normally the ball bounces once or twice before successfully crossing the line where it is stopped by the fielders.

After each successful hit, the fielder whose turn it is to bowl next, returns the ball to the batting end by bowling it back towards the trap. If the bowler hits the wicket with the ball so as to knock it flat, the batsman is bowled out. If the bowler does not succeed, the batsman scores one run and continues to play.

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