[AS. crook, a small staff.] A game played with bat and ball and wickets. It is the favorite game in England and the British Colonies. In the colleges and cities of the Eastern States it has become popular. Eleven men make a team. The man with the bat stands in front of the wicket, which is three upright stakes with two short bails or sticks resting on their top, when these are knocked off the player is out. The ball is bowled with an over-hand throw with the purpose of knocking the wicket.