Thanks Dave, thought it might be a bit like that, at least you and your boys have quite a nice spot at the end of the street to have a hit though. Backyard cricket is a massive part of Australian culture. Growing up I reckon we would have spent at least an hour a day in summer either playing at home on a 1/4 acre bloke where we lived in the country, the school oval with nets at lunch time and on occasion with pads, gloves and a proper cricket ball down at the sports oval nets. Only started playing 'proper' games on Saturdays at age 14, but pretty much went as good as anyone else almost straight away having picked up most of the basics of just mucking around mates. Only really wrong or bad habit it gave us was kind of bowling off the wrong foot.. I think though that the compact type of living you have in the UK needs to really start happening a lot more over in our cities, new outer Perth suburban blocks at a guess are probably something like only 1/8th of an acre now, but even at that size imo urban 'sprawl' is getting out of hand and will cause a lot of problems in the future. edit - at 16 we also one summer built a sort of mini set of nets in the backyard with a strip of old carpet for a pitch, usually just playing with indoor balls we had a lot of fun practicing with that.