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Backyard Cricket: The Unofficial Rules

It's been debated for years

Backyard Cricket: The Unofficial Rules

No summer would be complete without the classic catches and family arguments started with a simple game of backyard cricket. Here's a handy guide to the rules - although let's be honest, the rules can change at a moment's notice depending on who's playing, how good they are, and quite simply how hot it is.

EQUIPMENT

If you don't have stumps, it is highly recommended a wheelie bin substitute as the wickets. 

The ball may have one side heavily covered in electrical tape to assist with swing.

Ensure a well stocked esky is nearby at all times. It is important to stay rehydrated!

YOU CAN'T GET OUT FIRST BALL

So if you're bowling, don't waste a good one first up.  

SIX AND OUT

Yes, you get six runs for the slog... but then you've got to go to the neighbours, apologise for hitting the ball into their garden, bring it back, and you're still out. 

ELECTRIC OR AUTOMATIC WICKIE

You nick it, you're out. (Depending on how long the batter has been in, this can be extended to ELECTRIC FIRST SLIP or ELECTRIC GULLY just to get them out of there.)

LBW

Once again, this depends on how long the batter has been at the crease. Usually it's no LBW for the first ten balls... then if they get hit (even if it's two foot outside leg stump) they're in trouble. 

ONE HAND ONE BOUNCE

If the batter is being boring and not hitting catches, the one hand one bounce rule may be enacted. If you catch the ball one handed before it bounces twice, the batter is out. This rule also brings fielders holding a beer into the game a bit more.

TIP AND RUN

If you've got a batter who is just blocking the ball, the tip and run rule will sort them out. The batter has to run from wicket to wicket every time they hit it.

BOWLING

Underarm bowling is allowed... particularly if you are bowling to someone under the age of 8. 

FINISH

The game ends when the BBQ is ready, if someone bats too long, if the ball gets stuck on the roof, or if the cricket on the TV gets really interesting.

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