Take backyard cricket to the next level by creating a specialised pitch. In this blog, Les Burdett, who was Head Curator at the Adelaide Oval for more than 40 years, shares his expert tips for creating a top-quality cricket pitch at home.
‘You don’t need to be a turf or cricket expert, or have a specific type of lawn to create a great pitch. The only tools you need are probably already lying around the house. A lawn mower, spray can of grass-friendly acrylic paint and a garbage bin or esky!’ says Les.
According to Les, a Turf Australia Ambassador, there is nothing quite like a game of backyard cricket. The Handyman team heartily agrees.
Says Les, ‘I’ve been privileged enough to travel the world making turf cricket pitches, but nothing is quite like a good old game of backyard cricket.’
Les Burdett tips for creating a backyard cricket pitch
Select the best open space in your yard and give it a good water. Every space will have characteristics that give your cricket game its own personal character, whether it’s a shed, the hills hoist or an established tree.
Mark out your desired pitch and mow the grass low. Use string lines for a professionally cut, straight pitch and a cylinder mower if possible, as it will provide a light roll and a beautifully manicured pitch surface. If the grass is thatchy, lower your mower’s cutting height and repeat to remove more grass.
Mark the batting and bowling crease on the grass with either a grass-friendly spray can or create your own appropriate paint by watering down white water-based acrylic paint with 2 parts water, 1 part paint. Paint onto grass with a 25-50mm brush.