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The Bowler
 
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Together with the batsman, the bowler is the most important player in the game.

The bowler runs towards the bowling crease in direction of the batsman. He has to release the ball before reaching the bowling crease, otherwise the shot becomes invalid.

It is the aim of the bowler to bowl in such a way that the batsman will be dismissed. He has to achieve this aim as soon as possible, that means he should try for the batsman to make as few scores as possible during his turn.

A bowler bowls a maximum of ten overs. This is a quota or spell. There are six balls bowled per over. In the case of fouls or extras it is possible that more balls are bowled. No bowler bowls for two subsequent overs. If a bowler finishes his over without the opponents having been able to score a single point, it is called a maiden over.

A bowler is primarily judged on the economy rate of his shots. The economy rate is the relationship between the number of balls bowled and the scores made on them. An economy rate below four is very good, one above six is bad, above eight is out of question.