Backyard Cricket


Brothers in arms in a backyard game

Against the neighbours to win is the aim

The rules are laid down we know the score

Hit the fence to score a four

Over the fence on the full brings the shout

Go and get it six and out

A game played out day after day

On quarter acre blocks the stage for today

Neighbours together friendships earned

Skills of the game crafted and learned

A game of the past it seems to be

Swallowed up by today’s society

Author Notes

7 Comments for “Backyard Cricket”

Tim Hillebrant


I think you’re right, Craig. Today’s society isn’t about the fun of a backyard game, it’s now on cell phones and gameboys.

Our game was American Football. Usually touch or flag. Though as we got older we’d do tackle just for the fun of it.

Nicely done!


The game is played here in Brooklyn every summer. There are a lot of little cricket clubs here. I find cricket a graceful, peaceful game except with the screams for fours and sixes.
This is a beautiful poem. I will show it to my brother who plays the best cricket. Beautiful!


I hope your brother enjoys it, as kids here in Australia everyone played backyard cricket while growing up. I suppose the american version would be the basketball hoop in the yard or a game of stick ball in the street. Cheers


Oh no Craig! The real cricket is played . We grew up in the time of Garfield Sobers and Lance Gibbs. There are a few big parks here. The teams are mostly of people from other cricket playing countries. Thank you for responding.

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