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The Ultimate Australian Guide to Backyard Cricket

14 Dec 2017

Each backyard has their own set of rules to suit the size and players, so here’s some Australian backyard cricket basics that come into play in every game.

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Backyard cricket is a rite of passage for Australian families. Whether you’re watching the professionals during the Ashes or Big Bash, you’ll get inspired for a backyard game, so we’ve put together some rules necessary for a good, solid match without too many dummy-spits.

The Roar lists a great bunch of backyard cricket laws from the ICC, and here’s a few of the important rules:

  • First ball dismissal: no one can get out on the first bowl. Not everyone’s natural, so this gives amateurs the opportunity to have more than one go (and prolongs the time before little Henry gets teary and competitive).
  • One hand, one bounce: you can have a chance to catch the ball if it comes off the ground, the fence, the window or uncle Trev’s head. This rule’s specifically for the fielders carrying a bevvie or snag.
  • Six-and-out: if the batsman whacks the ball over the fence they will be awarded six points. They also need to retrieve it and will consequently be deemed out (you know they’re only going to do it again). No points are awarded if the ball goes on the roof.
  • LBW: no legs before wicket (unless everyone agrees the BBQ chef can act as umpire).
  • Extra equipment: if you’re lacking in a set of wickets, the esky, bins or chairs come into play.
  • Pet players: the dog counts as a fielder, so if they catch the ball, you’re out! Any slobber is up to the bowler to deal with.
  • End of game: this is determined when the BBQ is ready, when there are no more balls, or when it gets dark. Any damage to the garden is deemed as happening before the game started.

Here are some more rules we think make a good, fair game:

  • Equal players: you can decide what is considered ‘equal’ for each team.
  • Tip-and-run (tippy-go): as long as you hit the ball you have to run, even if it’s obvious you’ll get out.
  • Distance establishment: mark what counts as a four and a six, which will vary in each backyard.
  • Maximum score: if you’ve got a few good batsmen consider implementing a point limit so they don’t hog all the runs.

Come play your game of backyard cricket at one of our holiday parks. Set up the field at our camping or caravanning sites and show the neighbours what your team is made of!

We’ve partnered up with Triple M’s broadcast of The Ashes and will be visiting a bunch of them this January for a game of cricket. Book your stay at any of these parks to play with the Rock Patrols – you might even get some free merch, drinks and lollies!

Book your stay with Discovery Holiday Parks today. 


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