Cribbage

A friendly game of Crib
Pegging the score

Cribbage evolved from an earlier English game called “Noddy,” and the man credited with inventing it is Sir John Suckling, a wealthy English poet. Cribbage affords players both the anticipation of the luck of the deal as well as ample opportunity to exercise their skills in discarding and play.

One of the novel features of Cribbage is that a Cribbage board is used for scoring rather than the usual pencil and paper. The rectangular wooden board is equipped with holes that accommodate pegs. The board speeds up scoring, and in this fast-moving game, pegging greatly reduces the chances for errors.

In Cattistock, Cribbage is played in the Fox and Hounds over the winter on Monday nights with a 7.30pm start. The season begins around the end of September and runs until April. Matches are played home and away. There are currently only four teams left in the league: The Piddle Inn, Poachers at Piddletrenthide, The Royal Oak in Cerne Abbas and the Fox an Hounds, Cattistock. There are six players in a team, we play in pairs over five games and a beer leg. There are also singles, pairs and a knock out cup over the season. We have a month break over Christmas and last season we finished the league by Christmas so we played another set of league matches afterwards. There are trophies at the end of the season. The beer leg is £1 whilst the match games are 50p.

We are always looking for new members, either experienced or those wanting to learn. It’s a great social game to play over the dark winter nights and we welcome you to come along and find out and have a go.

You can either just turn up on the Monday evenings or contact myself, Dave Swatridge on 01300 320720.