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Re: Automatic Sports Co. Cricketer at HutchinsonScott

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:27 am
by bryans fan
Alexander Thynn, otherwise known as Lord Bath (6.5.1932 - 4.4.2020) the 7th Marquess of Bath, was what we in the UK call "an eccentric" both in his dress sense and his private life. :lol:

Re: Automatic Sports Co. Cricketer at HutchinsonScott

Posted: Fri Apr 30, 2021 10:48 am
by yooser27
pennymachines wrote: Wed Apr 28, 2021 12:30 pm I'm amazed a Cricketer was still being operated so 'recently', yooser27. Great to hear those memories. Yes, do quiz your brother. !THUMBS!
Hello,
My brother doesn't remember much more than me except that the cricket game was boring
I will be going past Raby Mere tomorrow and will have a nostalgic look around.
Cheers from Neale.

Re: Automatic Sports Co. Cricketer at HutchinsonScott

Posted: Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:07 pm
by moonriver
It's a good job your brother isn't contributing to the auction catalogue then. !!UHOH!!

Re: Automatic Sports Co. Cricketer at HutchinsonScott

Posted: Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:22 pm
by treefrog
He is right though; a large proportion of early coin op is dull to play. You wonder how operators ever made money. I guess life was much more simple then. :HaHa:

Re: Automatic Sports Co. Cricketer at HutchinsonScott

Posted: Fri Apr 30, 2021 5:11 pm
by pennymachines
Gameplay on these earliest machines can be a bit underwhelming, but that's now part of their charm. It's fun to see their primitive mechanisms in action and marvel at what naive amusement a penny could buy at the start of the 20th century.

The Cricketer mechanism is evidently more or less identical to the Two Man Footballer. On that game you insert one penny and can win it back by shooting the ball into either of the goals. If it goes beyond the goals, you lose.

Looking at the instructions and various pictures, the win targets on the Cricketer seem to be the losers on the Footballer. The aim seems to be to knock the ball beyond the left hand or right hand boundary (marked by red and blue flags), presumably achieved by either striking it with the bat, or bowling it beyond the batsman. It appears that directly hitting the stumps would result in a lose, which seems a bit counterintuitive. Perhaps I'm mistaken. :!?!:

Re: Automatic Sports Co. Cricketer at HutchinsonScott

Posted: Fri Apr 30, 2021 8:10 pm
by sweetmeats
The game is to show the skill of the batsman. As clearly this is W.G. Grace, everyone would want to bat. So as a two player game the operator would hope for at least two plays. The batsman wins if he scores a boundary; any other result when the batsman is out bowled, caught or stumped gives no reward to the bowler other than the satisfaction of beating Mr. Grace!

Re: Automatic Sports Co. Cricketer at HutchinsonScott

Posted: Fri Apr 30, 2021 9:49 pm
by pennymachines
Now you put it that way, it all makes sense. :cool:
If the bowler throws it past WG and it goes out of bounds, the coin's returned for another play.

Re: Automatic Sports Co. Cricketer at HutchinsonScott

Posted: Sat May 01, 2021 3:29 am
by sentimental salvage
I have cricket, golf and football, certainly not among my favourite machines but they do have their place in the history of coin op.

Re: Automatic Sports Co. Cricketer at HutchinsonScott

Posted: Sat May 01, 2021 7:27 pm
by pennymachines
That's quite a set! It would be great to see pictures of them.

Re: Automatic Sports Co. Cricketer at HutchinsonScott

Posted: Sun May 02, 2021 12:08 pm
by sentimental salvage
I’ll grab a pic of the golf later :)