Tuesday, May 15, 2007


I take it that the scoring is going to be done by the team who are batting overseen by the opposing teams 12th man? We need to ascertain whether everyone is aware of the scores and how they're alloted - I'm not totally clear on leg byes. Is it if ball isn't collected by the wicket keeper and the batsmen run they get the run - but it's not acredited to the batsman it's an extra? Also if the ball runs off to the boundary they get a four and any runs between the stumps? So they could potentially get five or six runs.

Other daft questions - include if you're at the strike end and the end of the over comes do you then end up in the non strike end or does everyone swap ends including the batsman so he still maintains the strike position?

When is a 'wide ball' called?

A wide ball does not count as one of the bowler's six legitimate balls in one over.
It is the umpire's job to decide when a wide ball has been bowled.
A wide ball will be called when the batsman, playing a normal stroke, is unable to reach the ball. This can apply to a bouncer above head height.
However a ball cannot be called wide if:
It is out of the batsman's reach as a result of him moving away from it.
The batsman can bring the ball within reach by playing a conventional stroke.
The ball touches the batsman's bat or any part of his body.
The umpire will signal a wide ball by raising both arms at shoulder height and the bowler must bowl another legitimate delivery.
For every wide ball the fielding team is penalised one run.
This run, along with any other runs gained as a result of the wide ball, is added to the batting team's tally of extras and does count against the bowler's individual figures.

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Understanding byes and leg byes

If a legitimate ball passes the batsman without touching his bat or his body, any runs completed are credited as 'byes'.
If a legitimate ball misses the bat but touches the batsman's body, any runs completed are credited as 'leg byes'.
Runs completed off a bye or leg bye, including boundaries, are added to the extras tally of the batting team but they are not credited against the bowler.
In order for a leg bye to be awarded the umpire must deem that the batsman either attempted to play a stroke or tried to avoid being hit by the ball.
If the umpire considers that the batsman did neither of these then a dead ball is called and no runs can be scored.