Sensory cricket

This cricket-inspired game is a fun way to get active as a group, playing with a ball and two wickets. This game uses up a lot of space, so make sure there’s enough room between the fielders and the batter to move freely.

This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either in your own space or in an educational setting.

A man playing cricket indoors, hitting a ball that's coming towards him

Who is this for?

This is a sports activity for people or groups of people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities, and can be enjoyed by anyone.

Why does this make a difference?

This activity supports social inclusion and getting active, and helps people use their senses to connect with their surroundings, while learning new skills and building confidence while making friends.

How to play

What you’ll need

  • Two ‘wickets’, like chairs, cones, or similar
  • A ball

How to set up

  • Set up your ‘wickets’ about 5-6m apart
  • The participant who is batting  stands close to the first wicket, with their back to it, so they’re facing the second wicket at the other end
  • The fielders stand around the edge of the arena, also facing the second wicket

Rules of the game

  • The batter holds the ball and then starts by pushing or throwing it as far as they can
  • The fielders try to catch or grab the ball
  • As soon as the ball is released, the batter starts moving around both wickets as many time as possible to collect ‘runs’ while the fielders are catching the ball
  • Once a fielder has got the ball, they throw it at the second wicket to end the turn and hit the batter out

Top tips

  • Make it easier or harder with different sized balls
  • Use bright colours for the ball and wickets, or play a sound every time a run is scored to make it more sensory