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Kleenheat’s backyard cricket rules

It’s that time of year when the cricket is on TV; the Big Bash or the famous Boxing Day Test Match and we all need to do something to work off that Christmas feast…I am talking about the age-old Australian tradition of ‘Backyard Cricket’.

(Image credit: tenplay.com.au)

All that’s required is at least three willing mates, family members or the kids next door and a thin strip of flat backyard. The more obstacles in the backyard; the better, as those obstacles like the big Conifer bush, or Mum’s treasured concrete pighead statue or Dad’s shed – can be automatic fielders if hit on the full!

Grab a cricket bat, a couple of tennis ball and anything that resembles cricket stumps like the green wheelie bin and follow these simple Backyard Cricket rules:

  1. One hand, one bounce and you are out!
  2. ‘Tip and Run’ – if the backyard is big enough to allow for free flowing scoring.
  3. No player can be dismissed first ball when batting – to ensure everyone gets a fair go!
  4. Automatic wicketkeeper or ‘wickie’ – think the green wheelie bin or a chair (this is to save a fielder). The auto wickie never drops a catch.
  5. No Leg Before Wicket or LBW – remember a fair go for everyone.
  6. Six and Out – in the pool or over the fence (no one likes a big hitting show-off).
  7. One hand off the house/tree/fence: catches must be taken one-hand if the ball comes off the house/tree/fence.
  8. Earn a boundary (four runs) by using the pool fence or back fence as the boundary
  9. A quick game is a good game – batsman to retire after reaching 50 runs.
  10. Have fun!

Whether you think you are the next Steve Smith, with his unrepeatable batting technique or the next Terry Alderman with a taped up tennis ball swinging the ball around corners in the backyard then grab some willing players and start a game of backyard cricket. To truly enjoy an authentic Backyard Cricket experience – slip, slop and slap to protect from the sun, grab a cold drink, whack a snag on your BBQ powered by a Kleenheat Kwik-Gas bottle and enjoy our summer!

Kleenheat is a proud partner of the Perth Scorchers and their quest for BBL and WBBL glory!

As WA’s local energy provider, we’re excited to power the Perth Scorchers’ second big season in the WBBL.

Like the Scorchers, Kleenheat already has runs on the board and big ambitions for the future – including our commitment to drive gender equality in business and the community.

We’re excited about energising women’s cricket in WA and helping inspire the next generation of Scorchers. Read more about our partnership here.

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The writer is Kleenheat’s own Alex Penter, our Regulatory Specialist and lawyer-in-training, and a swing bowler with over 240 wickets in WACA Premier Cricket, who has either dismissed or been a teammate of 12 out of the 18 Perth Scorchers Male BBL players.

One Response to “Kleenheat’s backyard cricket rules

  1. December 24, 2016 at 2:53 pm
    Warwick Boardman said:

    I agree with (7) but do not like (1) (assuming it is a bounce off the ground). I also think it can be fun to allow runouts – the thrower can hit either ‘stump’ but they must hit it and overthrows are allowed. It might be a good idea to let a person have ‘two’ batsmen, since they have to retire at 50 anyway – and if they get out first ball it counts!

    I’m surprised that a gas bottle isn”t recommended as the stumps.