The Origin of the Name “Cricket”. Now, this is the part you’ve all been waiting for. Since it’s not quite clear as to where the game first originated from, the name “cricket” has several derivations. For starters, it is believed to have either come from the Old French word croquet, which means stick, post, or goal.
Why is the British sport called cricket? The name is originally thought to either have been derived from the Old French “criquet”, meaning “goal, post, or stick” or from the Middle Dutch “kricke”, meaning “stick” or “staff”.
A number of words are thought to be possible sources for the term "cricket". In the earliest known reference to the sport in 1598 (see below), it is called creckett. The name may have been derived from the Middle Dutch krick(-e), meaning a stick; or the Old English cricc or cryce meaning a crutch or staff.
Today I found out the origin of the name of the sport Cricket. The name is originally thought to either have been derived from the Old French “criquet”, meaning “goal, post, or stick” or from the Middle Dutch “kricke”, meaning “stick” or “staff”. The latter Middle Dutch derivation from “kricke” is generally considered more likely due to the strong medieval trade connections between south-east England and Flanders, which belonged to the Duchy of Burgundy.
Cricket was originally played in England exclusively by aristocrats, and as such it successfully upheld their lifestyle, unwritten codes, and general preserved air of superiority of this social hierarchy. These aristocrats were also called ‘Gentlemen’ and thus cricket earned its title as the game of these gentlemen.
The view that it was originally a children's game is reinforced by Randle Cotgrave's 1611 English-French dictionary in which he defined the noun "crosse " as "the crooked staff wherewith boys play at cricket" and the verb form "crosser " as "to play at cricket".
With more and More Cricket Betting Sites opening every year. Betting has become more Feasible and fair.The Spirit and Qualities with which the Cricket was once played and which cricket has managed to retain, to a certain extent, is the only Thing that make’s it a Gentleman's game.
Cricket is believed to have begun possibly as early as the 13th century as a game in which country boys bowled at a tree stump or at the hurdle gate into a sheep pen. This gate consisted of two uprights and a crossbar resting on the slotted tops; the crossbar was called a bail and the entire gate a wicket .