Preview: Murdoch Mysteries scores on the cricket pitch

First of all, if you don’t already watch Frankie Drake Mysteries you should on Monday. I won’t spoil it for you, but just check it out. I promise that you WILL scream and clap your hands together. OK, enough with the public service announcement; we’ve got a new Murdoch Mysteries to discuss!

Tonight’s instalment is called “Biffers and Blockers,” and here’s what the faithful folks at CBC have revealed as the main storyline:

When a player dies violently on the cricket pitch, Murdoch and Brackenreid encounter some very unsportsmanlike behaviour.

Sounds positively dreadful! And here are more details we can share after watching the episode written by Dan Trotta and directed by Megan Follows.

Cricket, anyone?
I still don’t get how cricket is played. Or more succinctly, how it’s scored. I love the whites, the laid-back attitude, the strikeouts (wait, are they called strikeouts?) and all that, but I’m still not clear on how the game is scored and why some games go on for more than one day. Can a Murdoch fan help me out? Thanks in advance. Oh, by the way, it’s Henry who is on the cricket pitch for the main story and lands several great scenes and dialogue all episode long. Also? The cricket setting is stunning.

Julia’s fresh eyes
We’ve loved the direction Julia is headed in this season. She’s more flirty and playful and teasing William like mad. It’s awesome. Turns out she’s got an eye for athletes. And, as it turns out, she has some news for William. Squeeee!

The dead have risen
No, zombies haven’t invaded Toronto (again) but a previously dead character re-appears. I’m not going to spoil it, other than to say I was A) thrilled to see them return, and B) stoked at how they were worked into the story.

Paulino Nunes guest-stars
Nunes, who previously played Carlo Corsi in “Murdoch at the Opera,” returns to portray a hotshot cricket player who doesn’t win any friends amongst the players on the field pitch. Honestly? Trotta’s script turns him into an instantly memorable character. He’s a real hoot.

Murdoch Mysteries airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBC.



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Prior to becoming a television critic and owner of TV, Eh?, Greg David was a critic for TV Guide Canada, the country's most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from hundreds of television series from Canada, the U.S. and internationally. He is a podcaster, public speaker, weekly radio guest and educator, and past member of the Television Critics Association.
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5 thoughts on “Preview: Murdoch Mysteries scores on the cricket pitch”

  1. Cricket is scored by each run scores 1 if you hit it to the boundary its 4 but it you hit the boundary in the air without hitting the ground it’s 6, each over is 6 balls 1 day cricket is limited to 40overs a team, 5 days is limited overs from 11 am to 6pm with tea taken at 4pm, umpires stand at the stumps and left of the stumps they can award extra runs to the score for no balls and wides of the stumps
    It’s been the UKs national summer sport for over 200yrs.
    It’s great when we play the Australians
    For the Ashes which stems from the burning of the bails. Hope this helps
    And the best cricket team the Yorkshire tykes

    1. Whilst cricket hasn’t been in Australia for over 200 years it’s still pretty close. There are three forms of the game: Test (each one being scheduled for 5 days long with each day being divided into 3 sessions); One Day games (each side gets 50 overs and the game is completed in a day – hence the name) and T20 (each side gets 20 overs and the game is done in 3-4 hours). Now Joanne has correctly described an over as 6 balls. Those 6 balls are bowled at one time from the same end of the pitch by the one bowler to the batsman at the other end of the pitch. At the end of each over the bowling end of the pitch is swapped, and bowled by a different bowler. In test cricket the number of overs a bowler bowls each day is unlimited. If a bowler’s foot comes down on the pitch side of the white line, it’s a no ball and has to be bowled again. If the ball has been bowled too wide for the batsman to hit it, it’s a wide. There are 2 batsmen on the pitch – one at each end. Each time they cross over after one of them has hit the ball away runs are scored. A batsman gets out one of 5 ways: caught, when one of the fieldsmen – including the wicket keeper – catch the ball after the batsman has hit it, but before it hits the ground; stumped, when the wicket keeper removes the bails from the stumps while the batsman is on the pitch side of the white line; run out, when the ball has been thrown at the stumps by a fielder and they have been hit thus removing the bails while the batsman is on the pitch side of the white line whilst completing a run; bowled – when the bowler delivers a ball that passes between the batsman’s legs and bat and hits the stumps removing the bails and LBW (Leg Before Wicket) a complicated decision to be made by the umpire but basically it’s when the batsman is decided to have put his leg in the way of a ball that would have knocked over the stumps. At the end, the side with the most runs wins.
      I hope this has helped your understanding of cricket a little better.

    2. Ah, Joanne! Yes. The Ashes are the best – regardless of who wins. And Cricket on Murdoch! I’ve been waiting for that. I wonder if we’ll see Murdoch caught out in slips? Or Julia fielding at silly leg? Either way, they’re keepers. When you’re watching cricket, Just remember that when the batsman who’s in gets out, another batsman comes in until the whole team has been in and got out. Then the team that was out comes in and the whole thing starts again. And maybe, after five days, you have a winner.

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