NSW cricketers Daniel Hughes, Liam Hatcher and Nathan Lyon. Photo by Mark Metcalfe at Getty Images
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HOWZAT: The state’s Biggest Game of Backyard Cricket is on

On Saturday 9 October families, flatmates and cohabitators are being encouraged to take part in NSW’s Biggest Game of Backyard Cricket.

As the excitement builds for the new cricket season, Cricket NSW has teamed with 7NEWS and 7Cricket, with the support of Cricket Australia, to create an event that hopes to inspire everyone to get outside with the people they live with and experience a form of the sport which everyone can enjoy… Cricket!

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 number 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.”

WIN A WEBER BARBECUE

As part of NSW’s Biggest Game of Backyard Cricket, the newly announced Women’s Big Bash League naming-rights partner, Weber Barbecues, have provided a number of prizes for those who get involved.

If you register your backyard game at cricketnsw.com.au and post a video of a creative wicket-taking celebration on the Biggest Game of Backyard Cricket Facebook Event page, you’ll go into the draw to win a Weber Spirit II E320, a Weber Traveler or one of eleven $100 Weber.com vouchers.

And if you want to register to play cricket at your local club this season, head to Play.Cricket.com.au.