Cricket Footy Pups


Cricket

Preschool sports series. Cricketer Niall O'Brien shows Rachel and the team how to strike a cricket ball. The cheerfleaders' rivals come down with a bad case of cricket-pox.


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JOHN MOTSON: The crowd are going wild!

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Here come the Footy Pups!

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# They play like a dream when they work as a team

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# Footy Pups Go, go, Footy Pups

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# There's Pickles and Rex and Geraldine next

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# Footy Pups Go, go, Footy Pups

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# Rozzie and Benny and manager Freddie

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# Footy Pups Go, go, Footy Pups

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# There's Rachel, too And, of course, all of you

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# Footy Pups Go, go, Footy Pups

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# Go, go, go, go, Footy Pups! #

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Rachel Yankey, top international footballer

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and all-round sporting superstar.

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But when Rachel's not scoring goals for her team,

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she's playing with the Footy Pups.

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THEY CHEER

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Hi, everyone. We're all warmed up, so it's time to get moving.

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Today, on my team, we have...

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Number one, Emily.

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Fantastic, Emily!

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Number two, Dan.

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Oh, nice dribbling, Dan!

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Number three, Paige.

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Oh, I like that, Paige!

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Number four, George.

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Well done, George!

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Number five, Erin.

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Fantastic dribbling, Erin!

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Number six, Finley.

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Woo, look at that, Finley!

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Also joining us are Footy Pups, Rex and Rozzie.

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So, that's today's team.

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CHEERING

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-OK, guys, gather round. It's team-talk time!

-ALL:

-Yay!

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Today, we're going to look at cricket.

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It's a sport you play in teams with a bat and a ball.

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Cricket is quite different to football,

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so I've invited along a friend to tell us a bit more.

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Niall O'Brien -

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international cricketer, superstar batsman and wicketkeeper.

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When Niall's not playing for Ireland...

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he's playing with his county cricket club.

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Hi, Niall. Thanks for joining us.

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-Thanks for having me.

-Can you explain cricket to us?

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Yeah. Cricket is like football. There's two teams.

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One team bats and protects the wicket,

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while the second team bowls.

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The wickets are three poles with two pieces of wood on top, called bails.

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It's like a goal in football.

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A bowler tries to hit it and the batsman defends it.

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Wow! Sounds exciting.

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So, we strike the ball with our bat, instead of our boot.

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Is there a special way to hold the bat?

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If we place one hand on top of the handle, second hand underneath,

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and you can see we've got two Vs.

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-That's how we hold it.

-OK. Brilliant. Shall we have a go?

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Let's see if we can make those Vs with your hands. Well done.

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-Excellent!

-What are the three things to remember when batting?

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We need to make sure we lift the bat up, not too high.

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Step towards the ball and swing through.

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-So, Niall's set us up with a game. What do we need to do here?

-OK.

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The aim is to keep the ball on the ground,

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line ourselves with the ball and hit it through the arch.

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Great start from the team!

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Lift your bat back, step forward and then swing your bat forward to hit.

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Yeah!

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Brilliant stuff!

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See that power?

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Nice!

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Dan lines it up. Lovely!

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Focus your eyes on the ball.

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-Yeah!

-Yes!

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One V, two Vs, OK? That will give you control.

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Emily takes a swing.

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Nicely done!

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That's a good shot!

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Whilst these guys keep practising, here's a reminder for you at home.

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Raise your bat, step forward

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and swing the bat forward to strike the ball.

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Now, we have a challenge.

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Throw the ball to your partner who needs to bat it away.

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Off you go!

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Good bowl from Dan.

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Great hit!

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-Yeah!

-Yeah!

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Keep your eyes on the ball,

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so you can get the timing right of when to swing for it.

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Lovely stuff!

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Too early. Step into it.

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Great advice, Niall.

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Awesome!

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Brilliant, Emily! High five on that one!

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Oof! Good catch!

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-Well done, Rex!

-Thanks, Rozzie! Cricket is fun, isn't it?

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Remember that time Freddie taught us how to play?

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Ha-ha! Oh, yes.

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Welcome to Pupton Park, where the Cheer-fleaders

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have turned the ground... into a cricket pitch?!

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Woo-hoo!

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-Agh!

-Woo-hoo! Hee-hee!

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Huddle up, Pups!

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Today, you're going to play a game

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of cricket against the Cheer-fleaders.

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But we've never played cricket before!

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Oh! This looks scary!

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Don't worry, Pups.

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Cricket uses some of the same skills we use in football.

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And, look, I've made a cricket scoreboard

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out of some bits of wood I found in my shed.

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Isn't she beautiful?

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Oh!

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In cricket, one team bowls the ball, to try and hit these bits of wood,

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called a wicket.

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The other team protects the wicket, using their bat to hit the ball.

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The batting team works in pairs.

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When they hit the ball, they score points, known as runs,

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by running from one wicket to the other! Woo-hoo!

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What fun!

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Agh!

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If a fielder catches the ball before it bounces,

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the batter is out.

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The batter is also out if the bowler hits the wicket with the ball.

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Ah, wow! Let's play!

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Oh, can I bowl first?

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Sounds like a Puppy Plan!

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Ha-ha-ha!

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Being wicketkeeper is just like being a goalkeeper -

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I get to practise my catching and guard the wicket.

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Ooh! The ball's a bit smaller, though.

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Hee-hee-hee!

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Oh!

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You won't catch any cricket balls here, lad.

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That's what I'm hoping!

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Woo-hoo!

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Catch it, laddie! Agh!

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-Oh!

-Argh! Oh! Argh!

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I'm supposed to chase the ball! The ball isn't supposed to chase me!

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Yippee! Four runs!

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Argh!

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Woof! Ha-ha!

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Nice catch, Benny.

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Pickles, stay still.

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-Huh?

-I'm trying to hide from the ball!

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Ooh!

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Oh, what a howler!

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Three more runs! Woohoo!

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Those Fleas have been rushed off their feet,

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scoring an impressive 60 runs.

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Now, it's the Pups' turn to bat, but what's Rex wearing?!

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Ha-ha!

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This'll stop that naughty ball from hitting me! Ha-ha!

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Whoa!

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Oof!

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Do you need a hand up, Rex?

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No, thanks. I'm just going to stay right here.

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First in to bat for the Pups is Geraldine.

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Allez! Woo, woo, woo!

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Well done, Geraldine. That's one run.

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Now, it's my turn.

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Yah!

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Oh! Mind my beautiful scoreboard!

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Geraldine is running,

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-but a Flea fielder has hit the wickets and she's out!

-Oh!

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And as Benny goes in to bat, the score is now...erm...

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Oh! Hang on a minute! Oh!

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..60 runs to the Fleas

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and 16 to the Pups.

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-Yeah!

-Woof!

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-Out!

-Oh!

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-Oh!

-Do you want me to bat next, Rex?

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Thanks, Rozzie.

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Freddie, can I, uh, miss my go? I don't want that ball thrown at me.

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Oh, that's what the bat's for, laddie.

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You use it to deflect the ball,

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just like you do with your foot in football.

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Watch Rozzie.

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Quick! Run, Pickles!

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-HE GASPS

-Look out!

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I'll save you!

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-Oh!

-Argh!

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Great shot, Rex. You saved me and my scoreboard!

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Uh, does that mean I can go for tea now?

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No, I think it's your turn to bat.

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Uh-oh!

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Whoa, whoa!

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Oof. Huh? Hmm.

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Oh, Rex!

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You're meant to hit the ball with your bat, not your tail!

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Use the bat? Of course!

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Oh! Yah!

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Don't forget to run, Rex!

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Oh, yeah.

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Ha-ha-ha! I think I'm getting the hang of this!

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And as the match continues,

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Rex and Pickles are the perfect pair,

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scoring run after run!

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Agh!

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This is no place for my precious scoreboard!

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Oh!

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Looks like the Pups and Fleas have 60 runs each,

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which means the Pups only need one run to win the match.

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Yah!

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-Ah! We've done it!

-Oh, I want to keep running!

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Hee-hee-hee-hee!

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Oh, at last, my scoreboard is safe!

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Oh!

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Oh! Whoa!

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You!

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Rex and Pickles have scored another six runs...

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-BOTH:

-Bow-wow!

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..meaning the Pups have won!

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-Oh!

-HE SOBS

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-FLEAS:

-Use your bat like a football boot!

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When you hit the ball, just swing and shoot!

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Go, go, go...

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-Cricket bats!

-ALL CHEER

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Oh, well done, Rex!

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Huh? Whoa!

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-Oh, scones!

-ALL LAUGH

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Oh, Rex!

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There was no need to be scared

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of that cricket ball in the end, was there, Rex?

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No, I just needed the bat to help me strike it.

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-BOTH:

-Hi, Rachel!

-Hi, guys.

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R-R-R...Rachel, what have you got there?

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Huh? Oh, it's my bat friend.

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Rex told me to bring him along.

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Rachel, I meant your cricket bat, not a real bat!

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-THEY LAUGH

-Oh, silly me!

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Do you guys remember how to bat in cricket?

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Raise your bat, step forward

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and swing the bat to strike the ball.

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-OK, guys, who fancies a game?!

-ALL:

-Yeah!

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So, I've split you up into two teams.

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We've got the Reds.

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-Reds, can I have a cheer?

-ALL:

-Yay!

-Brilliant!

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And we've got the Blues.

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-Blues, let me hear you cheer! ALL:

-Yay!

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Let's take a look with the Footy Pups, to see how to play.

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Come and have a look.

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To play this game, you need to bat, bowl and run.

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A player from one team throws the ball to a player

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from the other team who is batting.

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They must strike the ball,

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and if they do, they run back and forth to score a point.

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If a ball hits the batter's wicket, they cannot run.

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Oh!

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After two balls, the team-mates batting and bowling swap over.

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The winners of this game are the team who score the most points.

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-Three, two, one...

-WHISTLE BLOWS

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Both teams look ready. Oh, it's a huge hit from Erin!

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Emily's got her work cut out to get that ball, as Erin scores a point.

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Have another bowl, Emily. Swing your arm back.

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She strikes again. Oh, she nearly forgot to run.

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Sensational! Another point scored!

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Good effort, well done!

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Wait until he gets there, Finley.

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-Finley bowls.

-Go, go, go, go!

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-BOTH:

-Go, Dan! Go, Dan!

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Dan, well done!

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Finley lines up another.

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Oh, he's got the wicket!

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Paige is next bowling and George for the Blues batting.

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Lift the bat up, step forward and swing through.

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Wow, nicely done, George!

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-Run, George! Run, run!

-And George scores a point.

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A quick fastball from Paige, but he gets it.

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-Paige runs to get the ball.

-Well done!

-Well done, George!

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WHISTLE BLOWS It's all over. Let's have a replay.

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The Blues were brilliant at batting.

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They hit ball after ball and scored point after point.

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Time for the Reds to bat. It's Erin bowling to Emily.

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-Great hit!

-Run, Emily! Up and back!

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That ball's trying to get away from Erin.

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-BOTH:

-Emily! Emily!

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Keep your eyes on the ball.

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It's a short one, but she gets it

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and is ready to run back and forth to each wicket.

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Well done!

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-Next batsman in.

-Dan bowls out to Finley.

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He gets it away.

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Good shot!

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And he scores another point for the Reds.

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-BOTH:

-Finley! Finley!

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Another strong strike there. I'm on the edge of my seat!

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Fantastic stuff here!

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-Come on, Paige!

-She looks determined.

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George to bowl...

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She misses.

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Oh! Not to worry.

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George bowls another, Paige gets it. She's pleased with that.

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Can she make it back?

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-Well done!

-WHISTLE BLOWS

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Phew! It's all over!

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I could do with a cucumber sandwich, but let's have a replay first.

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The Reds had a great game, striking the ball and scoring points.

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Let's go to Footy Pups Rex and Rozzie for the final scores.

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Both teams scored five points, making today's score a draw.

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My team today have been incredible at cricket.

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We've held the bat correctly...

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we've batted the ball...

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and we've made runs...

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all thanks to cricket superstar Niall O'Brien.

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That's it for today, guys.

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Now you've got the skill,

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-remember to pass it on!

-ALL:

-Yay!

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Irish international cricketer Niall O'Brien shows Rachel and the team how to strike a cricket ball. At Pupton Park, the Footy Pups save the day when the cheerfleaders' rivals come down with a bad case of cricket-pox.


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