GOT HIM: Sports editor Keagan Elder's bowling proves too much for deputy editor Will Hunter in a heated back yard cricket match.
GOT HIM: Sports editor Keagan Elder's bowling proves too much for deputy editor Will Hunter in a heated back yard cricket match. Keagan Elder

South Burnett Times Christmas backyard cricket guide

FROM the backyard to a quiet street or even on the beach, each festive season backyard cricket is played by the nation.

Here are some of South Burnett Times reporter Katherine Morris' top tips for a fair and enjoyable game of our favourite backyard sport.

1. Keep the batting and bowling of the Under-10s to a minimum. A couple each. (Unless they're a Sippel, then you've been warned.)

They can still field and be apart of the game.

2. Kids can bowl underarm.

3. Over the fence is six and out.

4. Hit the fence on the full is four.

5. Hit an inanimate object on the full is out.

6. We play tipsy run, but it's up to you if you want to do the leg work or make them work for your wicket. But a fast game's a good game.

7. No one can get out on the first ball.

8. The Morris family does not play the one hand one bounce is out rule. Which means a fielder may catch a ball with one hand after it has bounced and it's considered out. No other part of the body can be used. 9. Everybody gets a bat and a bowl - everyone else fields.

10. No LBW or (Leg Before Wicket).

Backyard cricket tools

Ball: Tennis ball, rubber cricket ball or well-worn cricket ball. No rocks.

Wickets: Plastic and wooden stumps can be picked up for cheap. But if you are low on numbers or the bowling talent isn't so great, a wheelie bin can act as both wickets and wicket keeper.

Hat, sunscreen and long sleeves: keep it sun safe.

Stubbie holders for all beer drinkers: you don't want your drink to get to hot too quickly.

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