Back­yard cricket tips

North West Telegraph - - Sport - Mitchell Wood­cock

Back­yard cricket is as Aus­tralian as budgie smug­glers, bar­be­cues and prawns at Christ­mas.

But it is fair to say there are a num­ber of ar­gu­ments that take place about the rules by which you must play.

So be­fore you grab the wheelie bin, old bat and taped up ten­nis ball, you should read the rules: 1. Au­tow­ickie is al­ways in play. 2. There is no LBW. Even if nanna just stands in front of the stumps and doesn’t hit it, there is no LBW. 3. You can­not be out first ball. 4. Tip and run. If you hit it, you must run. So be pre­pared to run a sin­gle ev­ery time to make a run.

5. One hand, one bounce. To stop the best bats­man from play­ing a long in­nings, this rule is a must.

6. An au­to­matic out when the ball is hit into par­tic­u­lar ar­eas.

7. Un­der­arm bowl­ing is only al­lowed if you are un­der 12. 8. Max­i­mum of eight-ball over. 9. Sledg­ing must be rated PG. 10. End of a game. If there are no more drinks left in the esky, it is time to go. The same goes if din­ner is ready or it’s just too hot.

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