The idea is that each team tries to get as many of its bowls as possible closer to the stumps than any of their opponents’ bowls. Bowls that touch the stumps are called ‘touchers’ and are marked with a white chalk tick by another official called the Tickitkeeper. Touchers only count towards the score if each team has a bowl or bowls that are equidistant from the stumps in the opinion of the umpires.

If a bowl knocks off one or both of the bails on the stumps then the Umpire shouts ‘Bocket’ and the team whose bowler knocked off the bail are deducted two points instantly, the wicket is repaired, and the game continues.

Each team bowls 8 bowls at one end of the pitch and then the game commences at the other end of the pitch with a further 8 bowls per team being delivered towards the other set of stumps. In a full game of Bocket both teams bowl from each end of the pitch 5 times.