D.I.Y. backyard cricket set-up: scoreboard and stadium styling

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DIY backyard cricket set-up scoreboard and stadium styling

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What’s a tournament of backyard cricket without a crowd? Embrace the summer of backyard cricket by preparing your oval to be spectator-ready with your very own scoreboard.

Tools and materials

• 90 x 35mm MGP10 Untreated Pine Timber Framing - Linear Metre (1 x 800mm & 1 x 1200mm)

• Boyle 500ml Snowball White Crafty Kid Washable Paint

• Chalk

• Monarch 1.5 x 1.5m Canvas Drop Sheet

• Masonite 1200x900mm 3.2mm Black Chalkboard

• Paint Partner 15 Piece Sandpaper Set

• Ryobi 18V ONE+ 2.0Ah Drill Driver Kit

• Sabco Professional Premium Microfibre Glass Cloths

• Sandleford 100mm Stencil Kit

• ScotchBlue 24mm x 55m Sharp Lines Multi-Surface Painter’s Masking Tape

• Selleys 460ml PVA Wood Glue Aquaadhere Durabond

• Stanley 5m Tape Measure

• UNi-PRO 12mm You Can Do It Synthetic Wall Paint Brush

• Zenith 50mm Matte Black Fixed Pin Butt Hinge - Pack of 2



Ready for a bumper year of backyard cricket? This summer, we’re all about bringing the sporting stories to your backyard, giving you all the tips and tricks for a brilliant backyard cricket tournament.

The first step was to create your pitch and stumps, so now it’s time to get your oval ready for spectators.

In this project, we’re going to introduce some stadium styling for all your cricketing fans, as well as the all-important scoreboard. To bring these elements to life, you’re going to need some basic D.I.Y. materials, as well as some screws, tape measure and power drill. You’ll also need to explore Bunnings’ outdoor furniture department for your stadium, picking out something to sit on, soft furnishings, an umbrella or other shading option and of course, an esky to keep drinks cool.

1. Tape the scoreboard

We’re going to use a chalkboard to create the scoreboard. First, we need to measure where our lines will go. Working horizontally down the board, we’ll need one thin rectangle at the top, and then four even rectangles.

Using your tape measure, make a mark where you want the paint to go and tape the edge of where it should go. Then, run the tape along each of these marks to add your lines.

The thin rectangle is for your heading – you could add your family name, the word “scoreboard”, or the name of your series.

The rectangles will have the following labels: runs, wickets, overs and target. But we’re not adding these just yet!

If you don’t have a chalkboard, you can make your own with chalkboard paint and a piece of wood.

Tape the scoreboard

2. Sand the scoreboard

Before you start painting, you’ll need to sand the scoreboard first. This will allow the paint to stick to the blackboard better.

Sand the scoreboard

3. Start painting

Lay down your drop sheet in preparation for painting. Using white paint and a brush, paint the lines. Apply two coats.

Remove the tape before the paint dries and leave to dry.

Start painting

4. Scoreboard stand

When the paint is dry, flip the board over and using liquid nails or wood glue, glue a piece of timber to the top of the board. Leave to dry.

Then, using your drill and screws, attach a butt hinge to the top of a second piece of timber that’s long enough to hold the board upright. It should be the same length as your board – so if the board is 1.2m, use a piece of timber that’s also 1.2m. Using a butt hinge means it won’t fold all the way out and collapse.

Chock up the timber so it is flush with the cross timber. Then, attach the butt hinge to the horizontal piece on the back of chalkboard so that you have a stand!

Scoreboard stand

5. Add the scoreboard labels

Writing with chalk, add the scoring categories, one for each rectangle: runs, wickets, overs and target.

You could also use self-adhesive letters if you have them.

Add the scoreboard labels

6. Stadium styling

Once your scoreboard is all set up, you’ll need someone to operate it! Make sure your fans are comfortable with the perfect spectator set-up. Depending on your space, you can add an outdoor umbrella with bean bags or chairs, or a picnic rug with an esky to keep drinks cool. And of course, what’s a game of backyard cricket without a teatime break? Make sure players and spectators are well-fed by firing up the BBQ!

Game on

Start your scoreboard project by exploring our range of chalkboard paint.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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