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The game of bowlywicket, played at least as late as 1980, resembled a poor man's cricket, and used a broomhandle, three empty soda cans piled one-on-two, and a common "pinky" drugstore ball. Batters defend the teetering cans, and run to a second base to score runs.
It has been played in the city of Fall River MA, often by immigrants from France and Brazil, and may have evolved from a game played by workers from English cities in the late 1800s.
Alan Powers, "Bowlywicket: The Provenance of a New England Street Game," Folklore (UK), volume 93 (1982), page 164.
Supplied by John Thorn, email of 5/10/2011.
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