Bat For The Draw (Cricket Top Trumps)

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Remember Top Trumps? Course you do.

Picking a category and hoping that the number on your card’s higher than the number on your opponent’s card. What could be more thrilling?

We’ve got cricket Top Trumps on the site now. Repetitive and totally unsociable – it’s the perfect King Cricket game.


It’s called Bat For The Draw. Tell us what you think of it in the comments.


Mike Gatting wasn't receiving the King Cricket email when he dropped that ludicrously easy chance against India in 1993.


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  1. Great game, KC. Appreciate the effort you’ve gone to. Just wasted 15 minutes, and still 14 cards each.

  2. I’m one of those “I’ve Never Seen Star Wars” types who had never seen this game before.

    But I soon got the hang of it.

    And using skills I acquired playing bridge as a child (remembering what’s on cards that have gone before) I managed to teach myself the game and win in about 4 or 5 minutes.

    I feel sorry for the computer though, which is clearly not a great player.

    Have I missed the point of all this?

  3. Using only 18 cards, and an uncanny sixth ‘top-trumps’ sense, I kicked the computer’s ass. It mattered not one jot whether the computer was a poor player or not. It never stood a chance.
    11 out of 10 guff talking for Hayden? Conservative. Surely he’s the best the game’s ever seen.

  4. Allan Lamb’s bowling average is the ace in the hole. Although I was gutted to see my Monty out-bearded by Amla. Fair enough, mind you.

  5. I was undone by Monty being outbearded by Big Merv – not sure about the accuracy of that.

  6. Out facial haired, Benno.

    Merv’s ‘stache is the king of ‘staches and is superior to some full beards.

  7. There have been some (two) actual cricket Top Trumps issued.

    I tried to buy the Ashes 05 one for my Aussie mate, but they’d sold out. Perhaps September 2005 wasn’t the best time to try.

    Top Trumps is underrated as an educational tool. I know, for example, that in the early eighties Aeroflot had more planes than British Airways, and that the Ford Mustang had more power than the Alfa Romeo Spider. You don’t get that sort of in-depth knowledge from school.

  8. A wonderful addition to the Top Trumps canon. Girth and facial hair are the only true measures of the cricketing greats.

  9. How very fab – but Bell – facial hair – the “hardman” ginger stubble he’s been sporting – surely a minus mark? And KP – only 6 for guff? Shome mishtake shurely he’s up at Hayden standards.

    Terrific fun though. Trying to work out a ‘ladies only’ version

  10. I’ve noticed that if it’s a draw, the opposition player wins the round. At school, we always played that both cards went ‘in the middle’ and then the player who called last called again.

  11. Haha, that’s brilliant! Love the categories. Have bookmarked the page for future time wasting opportunities!

    Ceci, love the idea of a ‘ladies only’ version. I might have a few suggestions!!

  12. I think KP gets minus points in the guff stakes (and yes, there are such stakes) for frequently giving direct answers to questions. Like “do you think Peter Moores is the right coach for England?” for example.

  13. Brilliant. I was doing really well in one round, but every time I was on a roll, at the back of my mind I knew that the David Capel card was in my deck….somewhere…just WAITING to suck.

  14. I am tremendously pleased to see a photo of my hand replacing Hayden’s face on the front page.

    Also, the lamination of the bat for the draw cards came in useful the other month when they went through the wash and are still (mostly) playable!

  15. The “Big Ship” played in the 30s with what we would now call a Hitler moustache, which surely should have earned him some bonus facial-hair points. This shocking omission rather makes a mockery of your game, which was otherwise rather splendid.

  16. Ian Bell a bigger talker of guff than KP?
    Pietersen sort of waits, inactive, for long periods of time beneath a surface of semi-psychotic team-mateyness and then explodes into utter inanity.
    Bell seems to talk in a single, continuous stream of clichés: irritating yes, but worthy of a 7?
    Hayden has a score of 11 and KP is about as close as England (or South Africa) has come to producing a Matty Haydo clone (may he never be given a commentating berth anywhere I might choose to listen).
    Just a though, from a brain wracked by lack of sleep and for some reason over anxious that this aberration be rectified.

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