Capita Symonds to advise on Cage Cricket

5 December 2011

Capita Symonds has been appointed by a consortium led by Sir Ian Botham to advise on the development and roll out of ‘Cage Cricket’, a new sport aimed at towns and cities across the UK

Cage Cricket is a new, exciting, fast-paced urban form of cricket which embraces the core values of ‘street’ sport – creativity, inclusiveness, adaptability and identity. Designed to develop core life and social skills as well as cricketing competence, the game will play an integral role in breaking down traditional barriers to sports participation for young people. It will also become a key tool for outreach and development organisations working across education, health and social inclusion.

Devised specifically to be played in urban areas where there is a lack of local playing areas and few opportunities to join a local cricket club, Cage Cricket has already been successfully piloted in schools and communities in the UK.

The game is played by six players for 50 minutes in a basketball sized court, such as a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) or similar. There are currently over 12,500 MUGAs and over 10,000 disused tennis courts and many sports halls within the UK which are readily accessible to host the game.

Cage Cricket is easy to play. Each player takes one of six zones in the ‘cage’ per over (batting, bowling, fielding etc). Points are scored in all positions - by the batter hitting the numbered target zones on the walls, by the bowler taking wickets and by the fielders for taking catches. Crucially, every player gets equal time in each of the six zones with the winner being the player who has accumulated the most points at the end of the game.

An interactive website - - will be used as a virtual hub for players and organisers of the game while social networking will play a key part in organising matches and engaging with the playing community (ownership of the game will be in the hands of the playing community not a governing body).

The brainchild of ex Hampshire cricket star Lawrence Prittipaul and Trevor McArdle, Cage Cricket already has a number of high profile supporters (as well as world cricket legend and ICC Hall of Fame member Sir Ian Botham): the West Indies most capped Test player and ICC World Cricketer of the Year Shivnarine Chanderpaul; Pakistan great Shahid Afridi; and Australia’s Brett Lee. Trustees of the charity include Lord Hutton, Lord Patel, actor Colin Salmon and a range of other influential backers who bring a wealth of experience of sport, business and social development work to Cage Cricket.

Sir Ian Botham said: “I have come across many cricket initiatives in my time as a player and as a commentator but Cage Cricket is the best I have ever seen. It is a fresh new approach to the game and something that is fun, exciting and competitive. If someone can go from beach cricket to playing for the West Indies, then why can’t we have a vehicle that does the same in our urban areas? I think Cage Cricket is it.”

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For further information contact Tom Pinnington 

a) The Game

Players: Six

Duration: 50 minutes / 30 overs

The Rules:        

  • Each player takes one of six zones in the cage - batting, bowling or one of four fielding zones (including the Red Zone) - per ‘over’ (six balls).
  • All players can score points at any one time. The batter scores by hitting the numbered target zones on the walls of the cage (without being caught).
  • The bowler can get the batter out by hitting the wicket or ‘out’ marker, while fielders can catch the batter out directly or one handed off the wall of the cage.
  • The winner is the player with the most points after 30 overs.

Red Zone:The most vital part of Cage Cricket. Ownership of the game is with the players, and the Red Zone is where all the game’s decisions are made. It ensures that the game is run in a smooth and fair manner without the need of an external umpire or referee, and encourages educational, social and ethical development of individuals and the group as a whole.

Skills: Cage Cricket is designed to promote the best ‘cricketing values’ including:

  • Leadership – decisions in the red zone are final;
  • Respect – only the individual within the Red Zone can make decisions;
  • Communication – breaking the barrier of communication with others;
  • Concentration / Focus – understanding the rules of the game.

Progression:      There is a key development pathway associated with Cage Cricket – the ‘Street to Elite’ concept. The Elite form of the game, which includes an arena based ‘King of the Cage’ entertainment spectacle involving some of cricket’s biggest names, is an aspirational target for street players, where they can complete with world class cricketers.

b) How to get involved

There are three entry positions:

i) Purchasing a Cage Cricket kit and starter pack for £1,000 (plus VAT). This includes the pitch overlay that can be used to adapt a basket ball court sized gymnasium in any school or community facility. The adaptation is temporary and can be removed and packed away afterwards, and so can also be used for more than one facility. The package includes a one day course for up to twelve individuals on the game and its’ values, and a further development session. The kit also includes bats, balls, and scoreboard.

ii) Permanent adaptation of a MUGA for £3,000 plus VAT. This will enabled Cage Cricket to be played alongside basketball and five-a-side football.

iii) Conversion of a MUGA into fully coloured facility at a cost of £5,000 plus VAT. This will still enable the facility to be used for the existing sports, but will create a strong Cage Cricket image and make it much more compelling to the intended user.