French Cricket

Not too dissimilar to the game of catch, this fast paced fun game can be played with any number of players and is great for helping develop your kids hand-eye coordination. 

What you need

  • A cricket bat, plastic or wooden. 
  • A tennis or wind ball. 

How to play

  • One player stands in the middle of the garden, with the other players standing in a circle around them, holding the bat. This person is the one batter. The batting stance in french cricket is one of standing front on, legs firmly together, with the bat positioned in front of feet. 
  • The batter stands face on to whoever bowls the first ball, and has to attempt to play the ball with the bat. The batter is not allowed to move their legs for the entire innings, although they can twist their body round to hit the ball if it goes to another fielder. 
  • The ball can either be bowled to the batter or thrown to another fielder, who may be in a better position to get the batter out. All throws must be underarm. 
  • There are only two ways of getting out in french cricket. The first is a simple catch, that can be made by any player. The other is essentially leg before wicket, when the batsmen misses the ball and it hits their legs below the knee. Once they are out, the bat goes clockwise to the next person in the circle. 
  • Every time the batter hits the ball, they gain one run. After everyone has had a chance to bat, the person with the most runs is the winner.
Backyard Cricket

Played in gardens, streets and parks backyard cricket is an excellent gateway for younger players, and is easy to get the whole family involved. Much of it is similar to the normal game of cricket, with a few different rules. 

What you need 

  • A cricket bat, plastic or wooden. 
  • A tennis or wind ball. 
  • Stumps (or something that can double up as stumps, i.e a bin or a large sports bag). 

How to play

Much of it is similar to the normal game of cricket, with a few different rules. 

  • You cannot be out from the first ball, or without scoring. 
  • If a fielder catches the ball that has bounced once with one hand, the batter is out. 
  • There is no leg before wicket. 
  • If the ball is hit over the fence, the batter is awarded six runs but is also given out. The batter also has to go and find the ball. If the ball is lost, the game is over. 
  • If the batter makes contact with the ball, they have to run. If there are not enough players to have two batters, it can also be played with no running between the wickets. 
  • If the fielding team has one extra, then that player must also field for the batting team when the time comes. 
  • Dogs can also be seen as fielders. If a dog catches the ball in their mouth, the batter is out. 
Driving Game

For young batters, learning how to drive the ball properly is a crucial part of their development.

This fun, intense game helps kids develop this skill, alongside improving their reactions for fielding. 

What you need

  • A cricket bat, plastic or wooden. 
  • A tennis or wind ball. 

How to play

  • Pick a batter. 
  • Four fielders stand around the batter in a semi circle. 
  • The bowler throws the ball at the batter four times. 
  • With each shot, the batter will try to hit the ball to one of the fielders.
Catching

This is a fun game that helps improve young cricketers' reactions and control with their batting. 

What you need

  • A cricket bat, plastic or wooden. 
  • A tennis or wind ball. 

How to play 

  • The batter stands with his legs apart, holding their bat between their legs. 
  • The bowler will attempt to roll the ball between the batters legs, and the batter must try to knock the ball away. 
  • Once the ball gets through the batters legs, or one of the fielder manages to catch the ball,  the players swap over and new person bats.