How to make a backyard cricket pitch

Posted on December 13, 2022 by Greg Pelka

For the cricket lover, having your favorite game in your own backyard is not only great for parties but also for family get-togethers and weekend games against the kids. Below we will run through some tips on how to make your own backyard cricket pitch.

Lawn Preparation

Preparing a pitch is always best done in spring and summer as mowing your lawn too low when it is not actively growing is not a good idea. Turf varieties such as Nullarbor Couch or TifTuf make perfect cricket pitches as they can be mown really low and still recover.

Pitch Location

One of the first things you will need to work out is the location of your new pitch. Keep in mind where four runs or six and out will be. Where its best to bowl from and where people can watch from. If you have older kids you might want to make the pitch as long as your yard allows however, for younger kids you may want to make your pitch a bit shorter.

One of the best spots for a pitch is in front of a garage, fence or wall so you can have an automatic wicket keeper for one-on-one games.

Cutting the Pitch

Next you will want to drop the height of your mower blades, you need to mow the pitch into the existing lawn nice and short so you’ll get more bounce. As a bonus it will look more like the pictures you see on TV with nice contrast to the rest of the yard. Remember not to mow down to dirt or you’ll be left with a sticky wicket and dead grass. You may have to mow a few times depending on how thick your lawn is.

Keep your catch on to remove your clippings so there is nothing left on the surface and if you’ve got the room you can even mow a strip for the boundary.

Setting the Stumps

Now it’s time to set up the stumps. If you have wooden stumps and bails knock them into the ground, if you have metal stumps place them in position now. If you want to get creative you can go for the good old fashioned council bin, an esky, a stack of buckets or even get some tape and tape a set of wickets onto the fence or a wall.

After you’ve set the stumps grab some marking paint and mark the crease at either end. Make sure to mark the crease as long as the length of your bat plus its handle.

Pitch Aftercare

Once you’ve called stumps for the day ensure to give the pitch an aerate and a deep soaking. If your pitch has had excessive wear you may want to stay off it for a while to allow it to repair itself.

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