|In baseball, when you hit the ball (into fair territory) you must run. In cricket, you never have to run. You choose to run only when you think it is safe to do so.|
|In baseball, the distance batters must run from one base to the next is 27.43m (90'). In cricket, the distance batsmen must run from one crease to the other is 17.68m (58').|
Runs are credited to the batsman who hit the ball.
The batsmen generally carry their bats as they run, and turn for another run by touching the ground beyond the crease with an outstretched bat.
The batsmen stay at the wicket they end up at. So if they have run an odd number of runs, they have swapped ends and their striker/non-striker roles are swapped for the next ball (unless the ball just completed is the end of an over).
|In baseball, you can tag out a runner between bases by touching him with the ball. In cricket, to get a runner out you hit the wicket with the ball. You don't have to be holding the ball - you can throw it at the wicket.|
|In baseball, if you hit a home run you still have to run the bases. In cricket, if you hit a 4 or 6, you score the runs without actually having to run.|
|In baseball, if you catch a fly ball and then fall over the home run fence, the batter is out. In cricket, if you catch the ball and then fall over the boundary, the batsman scores six runs and is not out.|
If a fielder touches both the ball and either the boundary marker or anything beyond the boundary at the same time,
the ball is deemed to have reached the boundary. This means the batsman scores a four if the ball has touched the
ground since he hit it, or a six if it has not.
If a spectator encroaches on to the field and touches the ball while it is live, it is also considered to have reached
Extra Detail: Overthrows
The batsmen usually stop taking runs when a fielder is throwing the ball back towards one or the other wicket.
If no fielder near the wicket gathers the ball and it continues into the outfield again, the batsmen may take more
runs. Such runs are called overthrows. If the ball reaches the boundary on an
overthrow, four runs are scored in addition to the runs taken before the overthrow occurred.
Extra Detail: Short Runs
If, while running multiple runs, a batsman does not touch the ground beyond the popping crease before he returns for
the next run, then the umpire at that end will signal one short, and the
number of runs scored is reduced by one.
If a spectator encroaches on to the field and touches the ball while it is live, it is also considered to have reached the boundary.