With lockdowns set to lift and the cricket season on its way, Cricket NSW is encouraging households across the state to get ready to play by being part of NSW's Biggest Game of Backyard Cricket on Saturday, October 9.
As the excitement builds, NSW's Biggest Game of Backyard Cricket is a chance for everyone - families, flatmates and even singletons - to get active, have a laugh and experience a form of the sport which everyone can play, even if you don't have access to a cricket bat, stumps or a ball.
Leading the charge for NSW's Biggest Game of Backyard Cricket is NSW and Australian star Nathan Lyon, who along with NSW Blues housemates Liam Hatcher and Daniel Hughes, has been enjoying some backyard cricket during the winter months as a resident of Greater Sydney.
"Everyone across the state is counting down the days until COVID-19 restrictions ease and the start of the community cricket season, so what better way to prepare for both than getting involved in NSW's Greatest Game of Backyard Cricket," Lyon said.
"The best thing about backyard cricket is that you can make up your own rules to reflect the space you have at home and the amount of people playing. If you don't have cricket equipment, backyard cricket is about improvising, so think about using a bin or the fence for stumps, socks for a ball, and a piece of wood as the bat."
To be in the running to win the major prize of a Weber Spirit II E320 plus an all-new Weber Traveler or one of eleven $100 Weber.com vouchers, participants need to register for the Biggest Game of Backyard Cricket at cricketnsw.com.au and then post on the "Biggest Game of Backyard Cricket" Facebook Event page their video entry for the most creative wicket-taking celebration that occurred during their game of backyard cricket on October 9.
"I've been involved in plenty of memorable wicket-taking celebrations during my career, so I'm very much looking forward to seeing the thought and creativity that go into these entries as part of NSW's Biggest Game of Backyard Cricket," Lyon said.
Cricket NSW General Manager - Community Cricket Experiences, Joanne Scanlon said NSW's Biggest Game of Backyard Cricket provides the perfect opportunity for people to do something fun and engaging.
"Cricket is Australia's favourite summer sport which everyone can enjoy, irrespective of age, background, ability or where they live in NSW," Scanlon said.
"While many will still be in lockdown on October 9, the Biggest Game of Backyard Cricket is a light-hearted initiative to get everyone across NSW to prioritise their health and wellbeing, and do a fun activity together." Whether you play every year, haven't played for a while, or brand new to cricket - there is a cricket program and competition to suit everyone. For information or to register for your local club, head to Play.Cricket.com.au.