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Ian Botham's Test Match

Ian Botham's Test Match

Ian Botham's Test Match

"A very playable and attractive game."
A&B Computing

"The graphics used in the game are quite reasonable, it is just a pity that the game is so awkward to play."
Electron User


Experience a thrilling and challenging game of cricket from the comfort of your armchair.

  • Three different Matches available:1. Limited Overs, 2. One Day Match, 3. Test Match
  • Full Pitch visible at all times
  • Placement of Fielders and type of ball bowled controlled by the player

C.C.I. says, 'A good game; fun even for myself who normally detests cricket.'"

Start-Up Options

Note : If no input is entered within approximately 30 seconds, the computer will enter a demonstration mode. To exit this, hold SPACE down until screen clears.

  1. Choose teams : C or Q
    Pressing C lets you use the present computer team
    Pressing Q lets you enter your own 22 players
  2. Number of players : 1 or 2
    By pressing the SPACE bar, the number of players will alternate between 1 and 2.
    A one player game will let you play against the computer.
    A two player game means two players using the keyboard at the same time.
    Having selected the number of players with the SPACE bar, press Q.
  3. Game Type
    There are three types of game available;
      Limited Overs - 10 six ball overs
      One Day Match - 20 six ball overs
      Full Test Match - with two full innings
    To select one, press the bar until required game is displayed then press the Q key.
  4. Placing The Fielders
    When one of the fielders appears at the bottom of the screen, use the directional keys to move the fielder to the desired position.
    1. A fielder can only be placed in an orthodox cricket position. Having selected the fielding position of a player, press Q to place him there.
    2. A - Up Z - Down X - Left C - Right
    Having placed the last player on the field, the match can commence.
  5. Batting
    To bat, there are four directional keys plus the actual strike key. These keys are:- > - Forward left ? - Forward right
    + - Behind left * - Behind right
    To strike the ball, hit the RETURN key within one-tenth of a second of the ball stopping (This will take time but in time, an 80% success rate should be achieved). Do not attempt to anticipate the ball when it is moving, always wait for the ball to stop before playing your stroke. If a directional key is held down whilst the RETURN key is hit, the ball will move in that direction.

    Choosing bowler type:-
    Press SPACE to step through the options. These are: Fast, Medium, Bouncer, Spin
    When the desired option is reached, hit the Q key to select that option. This will be used during that over.
    To commence bowler's run, hit Q.

    If the ball is hit, and it runs to a fielder, he will automatically return it when controlled by the computer. However, the SPACE bar should be hit when controlling a fielder at the precise moment the ball reaches him. By moving the cursor using the four directional keys over a fielder and hitting SPACE, you will take control of the fielder. Moving it to the ball and hitting Q at the moment of contact will cause the fielder to return the ball or catch it. If you miss it, the ball will continue and award the batting team four runs.

In General

Scan scoreboards = SPACE
Once committed to running, a player will continue to run until (1) he is run out or (2) the RETURN key is released (even if only for a split second) or (3) he achieves four runs. A bowler can be changed at the end of each over by pressing at bowler type and hitting Q as desired option.


Cover Art Language(s): English
Compatibility: BBC Model B, BBC Model B+, BBC Master 128, Acorn Electron
Release: Professionally released On Cassette
Original Release Date: 1st Jul 1986
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Ian Botham's Test Match (Cassette)
Ian Botham's Test Match (5.25" Disc)
Ian Botham's Test Match (3.5" Disc)