Backyard cricket tips
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.