Getting started

To play backyard cricket you just need some friends, a bat, a ball and wickets. To learn the skills, children can participate in a clinic, or join a local youth league.

Rules of the game:

The basic rules of cricket are:

  • The object of the game is to score more runs than the opposing team.
  • One team fields while the other team is the batting side.
  • The fielding team bowls the cricket ball at the batsmen who tries to hit the ball with their bat. The fielding team is trying to get the batsmen out while the batting team is trying to score as many runs as they can without getting out.
  • When the two batters cross over to each other’s wicket, they have scored one run for their team. Batters may run on any ball whether it is hit or not. Off each delivery a batsmen can score 0 through to 6 runs.
  • If a ball is hit to the boundary along the ground it is worth 4 runs. If a ball is hit over the boundary it is worth six runs.
  • When the batting team has only one player remaining that is “not out” they must switch around and become the bowling team.

Source: USYCA