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Backyard Cricket Alliance!!! (pg. 2)
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Originally posted by JulesPLees
and for true Coburg gotta tape the ball up and then tape tennis racket strings along the ball to make a seam

HAHAHAH learn something new everyday, this is enough to bring that desire for backyard cricket again me thinks.
best thing about backyard cricket is you can have a beer while ur playing ;)
Originally posted by jizza
why lie for phil? i reckon it went more like this;

you: wanna play cricket?
your sis: yeah alright but only if you dont cry if i hit you with the ball
you: ummm ok i promise
your sis: bowls a corker and hits you in the throat
you: cries to mummy and asks for hugs to make it better

i hate beach cricket! it eliminates my one formidable weapon... spin bowling. stupid sand, its like specifically made to deter spin bowlers and lessen their impact. perhaps we should put sand on our pitches when murali comes over... perhaps we should dress as women and parade around in the streets... :conf:

yes well after the hugs i returned to make a brilliant double century not-out :p

perhaps you just aren't skilled enough jizza? i had no troubles bowling spin at the beach the other day, quite a bit of turn indeed.

and how can we forget tipidy? always a controversial topic in the school yard or the back yard!
one of my fav feats was extracting some swing while bowling spin with the half taped ball...
did you all have the whole street play when a game was started? it was always good cause it would be easier to get the balls when hit into yards
we had this one lady who would sit on her porch and yell at us when the ball got nicked into her yard...she died and when the new neighbours moved in, we were +4 players
ahh those were the days
Here is the field setting. After counting the number of fieldsmen in view, we conclude that it is unlikely that the bowler will allow the amplitude of the wave function of the ball to be large on the leg side. Diffraction with the bat-pad gap therefore appears highly probable

The next diagram, not to scale, shows how the fieldsmen are distributed as a function of q, the angle through which the ball diffracts after its interaction with the slit between the bat and the pad.

The probability of interaction of the diffracted ball and an observer, including a fieldsman, is proportional to |Y2|, where Y is the quantum mechanical wave function of the cricket ball. The dependence of |Y2| on a is plotted below

The angular spacing Dq isn't really small enough to justify the small angle approximation, but let's make it anywa for this approximate analysis, so
Dq ~ l.Da/pa,
where Da is the spacing between maxima of |Y2|. Inspection of the graph above shows that, except for the wicket keeper, this spacing is approximately the same as the spacing of the subsidiary minima in |Y2|, which requires a phase difference of p. So
Dq ~ l/a,
where l is the wavelength of the cricket ball. This is given by the de Broglie equation l = h/p, where h is Planck's constant. With the exception of some anecdotal claims concerning Jeff Thomson, who retired before the introduction of regular bowling speed measurements, the speed is non-relativistic, so p = mv is a good approximation. Substitution gives
Dq ~ h/amv, so:
v ~ h/amDq = hL/amDy
Substitution gives a speed of 3 x 10-30 ms-1. This is rather slow: indeed it is less than one atomic radius per age of the universe. To answer question (1) We suspect that no-one can bowl this slowly at ordinary temperatures, but if one is looking for improbable feats from a slow bowler, it is likely to be Shane Warne.
We return now to question (2) about the fate of the batsman. Is he

a) out caught
b) out lbw
c) out interfering with ball?

In fact, given that the sun will have gone out (not down, but out) in the 2 x 1024 years that the ball takes to reach him, we expect that an appeal against the light will be successful.
ICC Releases standard backyard cricket rules

Wisden Cricinfo staff
December 16, 2003

The ICC in conjunction with Cricket Australia have today released a standard code of conduct for Backyard Cricket.


1a. Can't Get Out First Ball: Curious rule introduced to give the token unco a reprieve. Smart-arse batsmen use it to hone their reverse sweep; which becomes interesting when smart-arse bowlers use it to hone their beamer.

1b. Caught Behind (auto wikky): Since no one has the desire or the reflexes to stand in the slips cordon, an edge onto the back fence constitutes instant dismissal. Has signalled the death of the late cut.

1c. One Hand, One Bounce: This popular innovation (When a fielder can dismiss a batsman by catching the ball in one hand on the first bounce) is essential to the very fabric of the sport. Importantly, it means a game can be organised with a minimum of players. Note that this rule only applies when the fielder is holding a beer in their other hand.

1d. No LBW: When no umpires are available (or trustworthy), the only option is to can the LBW rule altogether, ensuring cagey batsmen shuffle across the crease as is test driving a Zimmer frame.

1e. Six And Out (Then Fetch It): Introduced to combat space and energy restrictions. It's rumoured to have been initiated by a hapless bowler living alongside a pack of Rottweilers.

1f. Standard Over: All veteran backyard bowlers know that the standard length of an over in backyard cricket ranges from anything between 10-12 balls. You only relinquish the bowling duties when questioned by any fielders or opposing team members. But only after the standard response of "Two to Come".


2a. Esky: Strategically placed at the bowler's end, the esky is the shrine, the fuel, the Richie Benaud of backyard cricket - because it holds the beer.

2b. Balls: A minimum of 3 tennis balls is advised, as there's always some smart-arse who delights in tonking them over the fence (see rule 1e). Advanced exponents use electrical tape around half the ball to give it more swing than Austin Powers.

2c. Dog: Preferable of Kelpie or Heeler extraction, so it can field every ball, including those that disappear under the house or thorny bushes. The downside is that they produce more slobber than a 14 year old male Penthouse reader. The upside is the dog will sleep for 3 days straight afterwards.

2d. Rubbish Bin: It would be nice to think you can clean up your own mess, but in reality the bin makes a perfect set of stumps.

2e. Bat: Boasting multiple scratches and dents, and no grip left on the handle, it's usually of 1980's vintage with a single scoop, with a fake signature of Allan Border or Merv Hughes providing added backyard cult status.


3a. Stumps: The game draws to a close when,
i) Your host finally cooks the snags after the barbie has run out of gas,
ii) Macca hits the last ball onto the road and it disappears down the drain (not withstanding rules 1e and 2c),
iii) You can't get that batsman out with any type of bowling pace or spin, or
iv) Your girlfriend cracks the s and wants to go home because you "become a " when you hang around with your mates.

3b. Flower Damage: Any respectful male will cringe and help hide the fact that you have just topped your girlfriend's petunias. Somehow, the universal threat of a week-long drought bonds the male species.

3c. Spilt Beer: Ideally, the offending batsman should apologise profusely and offer to replace the vanquished stubbie. Fat Chance. The feat prompts loads of laughter, and the usually triumphant "Get me one while you're at it!"

3d. No Running Between Wickets: Every backyard cricket specialist should know this phrase, "The words fun and run don't go together." Just ask Arjuna Ranatunga. Besides, how the hell are you supposed to run in thongs?

3e. Courtesy Call: Always invite the chicks to have a bat. They usually say no, but on the odd occasion, they do take a grip of the willow. You can bowl a couple of dollies to her so she can hit before ending this freakish sideshow with a yorker. Most chicks hold a bat as if they're chopping wood, and they bowl as if throwing left-handed. And they can't handle yorkers. Still, someone has to make the salad.

Wisden Cricinfo Ltd

Source: Official Rules of Backyard Cricket -
backyard cricket just isn't what it used to be. back when the steel bins were common, that was when it was at it's height. When everyone had milk crates. yesterday I saw some kids playing with a wheelie bin as stumps. The wicket was as tall as they were, that's just not right.
and now I can't pretent to be steve waugh anymore, I'm never playing again.
firstly, i think that link to is a classic..

secondly, after being re-united with backyard cricket for
the first time in ages, it made me realise, just how much
fun it is..

btw - how did u manage to fill a tennis ball with water???

why dont we organise a 'friendly' park-cricket game with tennis
balls and real bats and bins at some TA bbq??

that would be a good idea, wouldnt it??

to satisfy everyones urge at having a crack at backyard cricket
once again..
not sure how well that'd go down

particularly considering ta's such as anomyst hold a cricket bat like a banana with no skin :eyespop:
i'd be up for a game of cricket....

cept cricket season just finished, not that applies to backyard cricket, but still.

i think its something that we seriously thinka bout

because it would be a bit of fun..

big pissup

plenty of meat, and backyard cricket :)

depending on responces o' course
Do you have to bring your own meat? :p
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