Sticky Wicket is a Freeware (originally released as Shareware) cricket game for DOS by Mark Carter. It plays a fictitious 40 over league with 8 teams in it.
When you start the game and have selected your team (for me that was Worcestershire) you are presented with a menu with the following options
Continue Season - This will play your next match. When batting you get an overhead view of the ground and see the bowler deliver the ball and the batsman hopefully hit it. You have no control over this part. Once the ball is hit though you control whether to run or not and how many to run. At first this will probably result in a lot of run outs but you soon master the quick single. The only real criticism is that there are only very few 2 and no opportunities to run 3. When bowling the computer simply cycles through all his bowlers in 1 over spells which is unrealistic.
When bowling you have a choice of 5 fielding setting Orthodox, Defensive, Attacking, Highly Attacking and Unorthodox. There is no option to define your own fields. You select the next bowler to bowl and this time you only get the graphical view for highlights (4s, 6s, missed chanced and wickets). You can only have 5 bowlers in a side but the game is intelligent enough to prevent you bowling a bowler if it means one bowler would be unable to complete his allocated 8 overs.
Result of games not involving your team are shown as a summary.
Change Team Selection - Allows you to select your team. You can see Fitness, Batting, Bowling, Form and Overall ratings for your players. You team has to be made up of 5 batsman, wicket keeper and 5 bowlers.
Fixture List - Displays upcoming fixtures.
League Table - Displays the current Sticky Wicket league table.
Career and Season Averages - You can view the batting and bowling averages of any county in the league. You can also toggle between career and season averages to see how well your players have performed for you.
Your Career Records - Shows your career performances compared to other captains in the league.
Save/Restore Position - These options are disabled in the shareware version.
Sticky Wicket is quite fun to play. I actually registered this program without playing the shareware version as a result of reading a review in a magazine. The 2 player version was quite fun as well as I shared a house with a friend who was also a big cricket fan. For a long time this was the only shareware cricket program around. It may have dated a little bit nowadays but still runs fine on today's much faster PCs.
The registration price of Sticky Wicket is £15. ** Update ** Sticky Wicket is now Freeware. When you register you can play the full Sticky Wicket League with any 8 teams (288 players and all 18 counties are included) of your choosing. You can also play in the Sticky Cup, save/restore your position. You also get a 2 player game of Sticky Wicket to play against a friend (this 2 player game is missing from the new Freeware release).
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Team Selection screen
Main playing screen
Scorecard of a dismal Worcestershire performance
Career Record as captain
Saturday, 16 March 2013.