Every bar-going adult should know how to play Cricket. Though most people who step up to the duct-taped line and take aim at the dartboard typically opt for 301, a simple game in which each player takes turns until someone scores a cumulative 301 points, Cricket is far superior. Here’s how to play.
What you’ll need:
- At least three darts (or more if you don’t wish to share)
- A dartboard
- Paper and pen to keep score (or a chalkboard and chalk, or pull up this cricket scoreboard on your phone)
Object of the game:
The overall object of Cricket is to have more points than the other team once numbers 15 through 20 and the bullseye have been “closed out.”
Rules of the game:
Players take turns throwing three darts at the board, trying to hit 15 through 20 and the bullseye. If you hit any other number, nothing happens. Cricket requires each person to “close out” numbers, meaning players have to score each number (15 through 20) and the bullseye three times before the game can end. If you hit the outer ring of a number, that counts for two, and if you hit the inner ring, that counts as three (unless you’re aiming for the bullseye, in which the outer ring counts for one and the inner circle counts for two). So, if you hit the inner ring of 15, for example, that closes it out for your team. If a player closes out a number before the other does, that player can start racking up points every time they hit that number until the other player closes it out. Once both teams have closed out a number, it is no longer in play and neither team can score points on it. The team that closes out the board with greater or equal points wins.
Set up the scoreboard with a chart divided into three sections, two for each team and one in the middle for numbers 15 through 20 and the bullseye: