90s Games We Played – Hwishu (Ghetto cricket)


A ball game similar to cricket in concept where you have two teams. The [X] represents one team and the dot the opposition. It can be played by an even number of players from four upwards. The more the merrier.


The game consisted of a large circle where the team [X] that was on the offensive would all gather. The defending team [C] would stand in strategic positions behind the scoreline [F]. Player A would roll the ball towards team X. A player from X would come out and kick the ball as far as he could then the whole team would run and touch the scoreline and back to the home base where they were safe.

Players can only kick the ball only once for each roll. One completed cycle will be worth 1 point. The defensive team have to collect the ball and try to strike a player before he makes it back to the home base.

Players can also be eliminated if they kick the ball in the air and the opposition catches it in the air bounces and shouts “Hwishu!” If a player kicks outside a defined boundary which was usually someones yard (Balls would get confiscated and destroyed so a reserve ball would always be on standby.) Again if a player kicks a ball and it doesn’t go past the scoreline then he is eliminated.

Once the offensive team reached a certain number of points then those who had been eliminated could get a second life. Once games limit had been reached everyone who was eliminated would have to run from the sidelines into home base for a second life. The opposing team could strike you with the ball and eliminate you before you reached the home base. Once all have been eliminated the two teams would swap.

Other games

Games we also played included; Hwai Hwai, Fish FishNhodo, One Touch, Dhudhudza, Raka Raka, Dhiritsa, Matsva, Chisveru, Deya, Chihwande hwande, Chabuta, Stechu, Hondo yemaKinha, Tauya Kunoona Mary, Country Game and Pada

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