Wicket Keeper Dallas Goode and batter Annalise Mawer play a game of backyard cricket.
Wicket Keeper Dallas Goode and batter Annalise Mawer play a game of backyard cricket. Tony Martin

The ultimate guide to backyard cricket this holidays

CHRISTMAS in Australia is about gathering the family and friends around, eating until the button on your pants explodes, and trying to come out on top in backyard cricket.

Many a memory has been created in the backyard, from memorable catches through to stubbies being wiped out.

Here are a number of tips to ensure you have a memorable and law-abiding experience this Christmas Day.

1. Electric wicketkeeper

For those who don't have the numbers/space for a wicketkeeper, the electric wickey is an important rule.

If you nick one through to the wall on your off-side, you best be walking back to the pavillion. If it goes to the leg-side, consider yourself safe.

2. Six and out

We all like to pretend we're David Warner and try and belt one through to Allora, but it is just not on in this day and age.

The cost of tennis balls is rising, not to mention the displeasure your neighbours experience when their backyard resembles Rod Laver Arena.

3. One hand off the fence

A highly contentious rule.

Batsmen should never be punished for finding the fence, and if the fielders are desperate for that wicket, they're going to have to be prepared to leap.

4. Ball tampering

Using electrical tape to add swing to the ball is not in the spirit of the game.

If your bowling is that poor that you need to resort to cheating, maybe you've entered the wrong sport.

5. Leg Before Wicket (LBW)

There are no LBW's in backyard cricket.

If you continually cover up the stumps though, don't be surprised when you cop a bounce or two.

6. First ball wicket

There are plenty of myths flying about that you can't be out off the first ball.

That's exactly what it is, a myth. Backyard cricket isn't about making sure everybody has a fun time, it's about winning.

7. Length of bowler's run up

No bowler is allowed to come in off more than a metre.

If you're trying to bowl as fast as Brett Lee, get in contact with the Warwick Cricket Association about joining a team.

8. Stumps

Ideally the plastic stumps are the way to go, however eskies and small garbages are acceptable.

When using foreign objects as stumps, any hit results in a dismissal.

9. Drinks breaks

If a bowler or batsmen is running low on their beer, an official drinks break may be called.

Fielders have to run the gauntlet during a change in bowler to refresh their stubby holder.



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