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   Queries, Interpretations, Law changes , and  Dalton Polls.


1. A batsman plays a shot and completes 2 runs before both batsmen then turn and decide to run a third.
Just after they've crossed, a close-in fielder receives the ball and throws at the stumps. He misses, nobody is backing up and the ball rolls over the boundary.
What is your decision ? (a) 2 runs, (b) 3 runs, (c) 4 runs, (d) 6 runs, (e) 7 runs. Ans

Junior bowling directives
1. Can a Junior fast bowler bowl his full allotted overs (e,g. 7) then carry on from his end bowling spin.
  • (a) Answer -Yes. See ECB directives - P.270.
  • (b) Once a bowler covered by these Directives has bowled in a match he cannot exceed the maximum number overs per day for his age group even if he subsequently bowls spin. He can exceed the maximum overs per spell if bowling spin, but cannot then revert to bowling fast until an equivalent number of overs to the length of his spell have been bowled from the same end.

Full toss
1. For a full toss to be a no-ball it must be above
  • (a) waist height when it passes the batsman when bowled by a fast bowler
  • (b) shoulder height when it passes the batsman when bowled by a slow bowler (i.e. 'keeper stood up in same 'age group').
  • See 'MCC Laws'.

1. For a 2pm start
- the toss must be made between 1.30 - 1.45 pm
- the latest time for mowing the (i) pitch is 1.30 pm (ii) outfield is 1.45 pm.
2. A 'no-ball' going for a bye is recorded as only 2 no-balls extras (not 'a no-ball + a bye' extras) and hence goes on the bowler's analysis as 2 no-balls.
3. If a player leaves the field, but returns during play without permission and touches the ball:
- the ball becomes dead
- the batting side are awarded 5 penalty runs
- the ball doesn't count in the over.

Spirit of Cricket
5. It is against the Spirit of the Game:
- To indulge in cheating or any sharp practice, for instance
  (a) appeal knowing the batsman is not out
(taken from S+D league handbook 2012, P.122)


Law changes
With effect from 1 Oct 2010 the MCC has introduced Law changes .
There have been several changes (14½ x A4 pages) - some grammatical, some for clarity and some for policy reasons. Only the latter are listed below.
For all the changes see Laws-of-cricket, 2000-code,4th-edition

Summary of Policy interpretations:

  • Toss – At least one umpire now be required to attend the toss. Winning captain must immediately notify his counterpart (or nominated player) of his decision to bat or field.
  • Bad light – Umpires, not batsmen, decide if play should continue in poor light.
  • Pitch damage - Batsmen who damage the pitch given one warning (was 2) before penalty runs are issued.
  • Ball damage - Bowlers forbidden to bowl the ball into the ground to a team-mate.
  • Fairness
    • (i) - Fielders not allowed to practise with a 12th man or coach outside the boundary during a game.
    • (ii) Bowlers - not allowed to deliver the ball with their front foot having crossed an imaginary line between the middle stumps e.g. declaring they were bowling over the wicket but releasing the ball as if they were bowling round the wicket.
  • Boundary stops - A fielder’s first contact with the ball must be within the boundary or, if he is airborne, when his final contact with the ground before touching the ball was within the field of play.
    He may subsequently step outside the rope, but a four or six will be scored if he makes further contact with the ball whilst grounded outside the boundary.
  • Dismissals
    • (i) Law 28.1 If a batsman’s bat breaks in the act of playing a shot, and the broken part of the bat hits the stumps, he will now be out.
    • (ii) Law 29.1 If a batsman who is well in his ground (e.g. has run well past his stumps) but whose feet and bat happen to be in the air as the bails are removed, will now be deemed to be in.

Cricket Laws
Some interpretations of the Laws of Cricket that perhaps you didn't realise ? (arising from incidents during Dalton matches 2008, with interpretations from Tom Smith's 'New Cricket Umpiring & Scoring 2004')
1. A bowler bowls a ball that bounces, rolls then stops in front of the batsman. What is the correct umpire's decision ?
2. A ball bounces once before bouncing again (before the popping crease) and then rolls along the ground to hit a batman's foot about 10" right in front of the stumps. What is the umpire's decision to an LBW appeal ?
3. As the bowler delivers the ball, you notice (as 'square-leg' umpire) the 'keeper puts his gloves in front of the wicket, and then withdraws them as the batsman hits the ball. What should you do ?
(a) nothing, (b) call 'dead ball', (c) call 'no-ball'.
4. A bowler knocks the bails off at 'his' end whilst delivering the ball, which then hits the batsman's pads and satisfies all the criteria for a positive reply to a LBW appeal. What should the umpire do ? Ans

Junior Quiz

How strong a cricketer are you ?

Put the following in order, starting with the one you think requires the greatest 'strength' to carry out.
  (a) Lift the bat with your weakest hand only.
  (b) Hitting a fast bowler for 6.
  (c) Congratulating an opposing batsman who's just completed a good innings.
  (d) 'walking' after edging the ball to the wicket-keeper, hearing him appeal, and not waiting for the umpire's decision.

RMLQ - overthrows 'Answer'.
It all depends on where the batsmen were 'at the moment' when the ball left the fielder's hand (not when the ball crossed the boundary or passed the stumps). See Law 19 section 6.
(i) In the above game, the batsmen had crossed when the ball was thrown, so the 3rd run counts as a complete run irrespective of whether they had made their ground when the ball passed the stumps or went over the boundary. Adding this to the 4 for the boundary gives a total of 7 runs (moral - back up at both ends for every ball)
(ii) If they hadn't crossed 'at the moment' of the throw, only the 2 (+ 4 runs) would be scored i.e. 6 runs.
(iii) If the ball had hit the stumps the batsman is 'run out', but (s)he has still scored the 2 runs which is added to his/her score.

The answer to the Cricket Laws ;
1. 'Stopping ball'
From Law 24 (7) decision should be (i) call and signal no-ball, (ii) call and signal dead ball. Hence, - the ball does not count in the over [due to (i)], batsman no option to hit ball [due to (ii)].
2. LBW -rolling ball
Decision is 'Not out', because from Law 24 (6) a ball rolling before reaching the popping crease becomes a 'no-ball'.
3. 'Keeper's gloves
(c) call 'no-ball'. Law 40 (3) - no part of the wicket-keeper's person or equipment is allowed to be in front of the wicket until the ball touches the striker's bat or his person, or it passes the wicket. It is considered to be unfair play.
[If you ignored this, how would you justify the next time it occured, and the batsman missed the ball and was stumped ?] Amazingly in fact, the Law states that the offence can be committed as soon as the bowler starts his run up, and even if the gloves are withdrawn before the delivery !
This is a Law of the game (whether liked or not liked), and so applies to League cricket.
4. Bowler knocks off bails
The interpretation of Law 23.3 b(iv) states that "The umpire is only required to call and signal Dead ball if a bail falls from the striker's wicket, not if it falls from the non-striker's wicket. If the bowler knocks the bails off the non-striker's wicket as he delivers the ball, play continues and Dead ball is not called".
Therefore the batsman should be given out.

Dalton Polls

You are invited to vote in the latest poll which can be found on the top right of this page.
Past poll results, with 'end of poll' date, and in 'popularity' order, are :

1. (May 2002) Which umpire do you think should 'call' for full toss no-balls ?
Result ; square leg (48%) , either (41%), bowler's end (10%).

2. (Nov 2002) Should Test umpires use video evidence for decisions involving 'caught behind' and 'caught bat & pad'?
Result ; Yes, with snickometer (65%), No (27%), undecided (8%) , Yes, without snickometer (0%).

3. (May 2003) Should bowlers' overs be limited in ordinary club league matches ?
Result ; No (56%), Yes (40%), no preference (4%).

4. (Nov 2003) How do you think the ECB's Twenty20 game will affect England's Test performances ?
Result ; Great improvement (53%), some improvement (18%), great deterioration (18%), some deterioration (6%), no effect (6%).

5. (April 2004) Do you think that the 'sin-bin' should now be used for dissent?
Result ; Yes, for batting + fielding (82%), No, not at all (6%), Yes fielding only (6%), unsure (1%), Yes, batting only (0%).

6. (Dec 2004) When playing cricket did/do you bat + bowl respectively :
right-handed + right-arm (79%) , r-h + l-a (9%), l-h + r-a (9%), l-h + l-a (3%)

7. (June 2005) Live TV of England's home Tests will be satellite only from 2006. How will this affect the no.'s of juniors attracted into the game
will decrease (73%), will increase (13%), unaffected (13%), unsure of effect (0%)

8. (Jan 2006) Do you think that batting + bowling substitutes should be allowed in club cricket ?
no (70%), yes (30%), not sure (0%)

[ (April 2006) The poll on Test Match ticket allocations had insufficient votes to justify a representative result]

9. (Jan 2007) Should teams for minor cricket clubs be selected by;
selection committee (excl. team capts) (51%), selection committee (incl. team capts) (39%), team capts only (7%), none of previous (3%)

10. (Jul 2007) After an edge and a catch-behind appeal whilst batting : are you a walker ?
Always (53%), sometimes- just depends (33%), never (15%)

11. (Jan 2008) Do you think that in recent years, sledging in club cricket has :
got worse (55%); stayed the same (24%); got less (21%)

12. (May 2008) Should league clubs now be allowed to refuse designated umpires ?
No (72%); yes (25%); don’t know (3%)

13. (June 2008) Will the top players' grab for 20/20 mega-money eventually affect grass-roots cricket ?
for the worse (38%); no effect (33%); for the better (29%); not sure (0%)

14. (July 2008) Should the Petersen 'switch-hit' shot be :
accepted immediately (77%); banned immediately (8%); accepted pending discussion (8%); banned pending discussion (8%)

15. (Jan 2009) If Dalton Cricket Club had permanent nets I would turn up :
more likely (79%); less likely (6%); don’t net (6%); (not dalton player 9%)

16. (Jan 2009) The top players' grab for 20/20 mega-money will eventually affect grass-roots:
for the worse (34%); for the better (31%); no effect (31%); not sure (3%)

17. (July 2009) The 2009 Ashes series will end as :-
Aussies by 1 or 2 (clear) wins (45%) ; England by 1 or 2 wins (34%); Aussies by 3,4 or 5 wins(15%); drawn (6%); England by 3,4 or 5 wins (0%)
[England won 2-1]

18. (Nov 2009) Should cricket equipment manufacturers produce universal standard studs (for cricket boots) and nuts (for helmet grills)? :-
Yes - one type for all (84%) ; No definite opinion (10%); No - different types ok (6%);

19. (Aug 2010) Do you agree with club fines for 'ducks', dropped catches etc.
No, not at all (57%), Yes for all (34%) ; Yes, but only some players (10%). Total votes = 92. (Evidence that 'Yes for all' vote had been rigged.)

20. (Jan 2011) In 2011 which would you prefer for Dalton's outdoor nets ?
Tues eve (36%), Thurs eve (25%), either (18%), doesn't concern me (14%), neither (7%)

21. (Nov 2012) Having gained Lottery Grants Awards, has Dalton CC progressed on and off the field in the last 3 years?
Yes (83%), No (13%), No difference (3%), don't know (0%)

22. (Feb 2013) In raising income via Subscriptions and Match fees in an amateur cricket club is it best to have:
High subs, low fees (41%), Low subs, high fees (59%), Neither - rely on fundraising (0%), Just have one all-in fee (0%)

23. (Nov 2013) To correctly maintain Clubmark admin, have you found it :
Hard work – too much required from too few (54%), Overwhelming – at times possibly sinking (36%), Very easy -no real problems (3%), Reasonable, if corners cut (0%), Don’t know – no Clubmark status (0%)
i.e. 90% have problems

24. (May 2015) In attracting new players (senior + junior) to your club over the last 3 years, has it become ;
much more difficult (54%); just the same (29%); much more easier (11%); slightly more easier (4%), slightly more difficult (4%)

25. (Feb 2016) When taking guard do you ask for ;
Middle and leg [right handed bat] (58%); middle [rh] (26%); leg [rh] (16%); middle and leg [Lh] (0%), middle [Lh] (0%), leg [Lh] (0%)

26. (2016) ;

27. (Aug 2017) Who should store the covers' canvasses at the last home match ;
Stored in pavilion by the home players(100%); [Hence all other options totalled 0%]


The answers to the 'Know your ECBs' questions are :

(a) The ECB stands for the 'England and Wales Cricket Board' [not the 'England Cricket Board'] and was created on 1st January 1997.
(b) The ECB CA stands for the 'ECB Coaches Association' [not the 'ECB Cricket Association'] and officially began on 1st January 2002, replacing the 'ACC' (Association of Cricket Coaches).
(c) The ECB ACO stands for the 'ECB Association of Cricket Officers' and officially began on Jan 2008, replacing both the 'ACU & S' (Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers) and the 'ECBOA' (ECB Officer's Association - formed April 2006).

The answers to the 'Know your Ovals' questions are :

  1. Kensington Oval is in Bridgetown, Barbados, West Indies.
  2. Kennington Oval is the Oval in London, (also known as 'The Brit Oval')
  3. Sahara Oval St. George's (aka as 'St George’s Park') is in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
  4. Queens Park Oval is in Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies.
  5. Marrara Oval is in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
  6. Bellerive Oval is in Hobart, Tasmania.
  7. Bert Sutcliffe Oval is at Lincoln University, in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Junior Quiz
If you chose

(a) Lift the bat with your weakest hand only
then you have the physical strength for the game

(b) Hitting a fast bowler for 6
then you have the technical strength for the game

(c) Congratulating an opposing batsman who's just completed a good innings
then you have the character strength for the game

(d) 'walking' after edging the ball to the wicket-keeper, hearing him appeal, and not waiting for the umpire's decision
then you have the moral strength for the game

D.Halsey - 2001

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