backyard cricket

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbækjɑːd ˈkɹɪkɪt/
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backyard cricket (uncountable)

  1. (Britain) Informal cricket played in the back yard of a private residence, or similar limited space.
    • 1982, Ted Walker, The High Path[1], page 100:
      My father and I evolved a game of backyard cricket which was a balance of intricate skills and high comedy.
    • 2003, Kersi Meher-Homji, Heroes of 100 tests: from Cowdrey and the Waughs to Warne, Tendulkar and Hooper[2], page 32:
      The babies sorted out, it was a rapid climb for Sunil Gavaskar; he went from backyard cricket to school, inter-school and inter-university cricket to Ranji Trophy and to Test fame with the same solid footwork that made him one of the most prolific run-getters of the century.
    • 2008, Michael Hussey, Mr Cricket: Driven to Succeed[3], page 190:
      How could it be possible to play in such a high-pressure Test, yet feel as though it was just a game of backyard cricket?

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