it does look tight, with the rules though, it's an excellent backyard game!
each time you hit the ball the ball = 1 run, hit it past the bowlers stump = 2 runs
house on the full = out
over fence on the full = out
1 hand (not favoured hand) 1 bounce = out
regulation half electrical tape ball
we have 1 dayers (limited overs, 1 over from each fielder, usually 3)
-avg score 5-15
test matches (however many innings we feel like playing for - carry on your score)
-avg score per innings 10-20
we call 10runs a '50' and 20 runs a 'century'
bowler - one fielder on the off side and a keeper. it's really technical and a few 'backyard style' techniques have been employed like the rolling-road-block which is charging slightly stand front on to protect the wickets and holding the bat vertically in front of your legs.
it's the best backyard i've ever played - just a shame that summer is now coming to an end - no more sunny evenings til 9pm.
i'll get some videos of game play - there is a great one of a stumpcam we made, with a casserole dish protecting the camera (removed middle stump) - first ball, swings from way outside off through the batsman and takes out the casserole dish - haha f*ck we laughed out tits off.