When we played this game, we never knew that it is the equivalent of the great Baseball game played in the US. Nevertheless, we play it according to our way and our rules. There will be two teams made up of between 2 up to 10 per team (not rigid in the numbers); with a bat made up of any size able stick and a tennis ball to hit. Normally there will be 3 bases, arranged in a triangle set up.
One team to batter up and the other to defence. A bowler will bowl the ball over and the battering team will hit the ball as hard and as far as he or she could. The points are calculated by the number of runs a batter achieved - just like how they played in US Baseball. The bowler or the base wait will be out when the opponent 'cap' him with the ball or the base is compromised. Once all bowlers are out, we changed side; the defence team will then be battering. No matter how it is played in the US, we play according to our rules and our own 'bola rounders' way!
You win when you made more runs (including home runs) and when we feel tired, we stop. It is normally played with the boys, however sometimes girls may be included. Among others, Ena, Eno, Bojei, Ajih Baroh, Ajai, Abod, Ayang, Posah, Tipah, Abang Teh, Abang Dil and a host of other nearby friends we played with. When we feel tired or hungry, we stopped and go home for food. With Nintendo and other computer games available now, whether the 'kampong boys' still play this game; we wonder! Keep wondering - it is good for the mind.
2 weeks ago