This edition of Umpires Corner in association with the International Institute of Cricket Umpiring and Scoring covers some more tricky questions of the Laws.
Many times on the pitch (and after the game) we have come to discuss whether a controversial situation should be allowed or not. There are precious few players with a deep enough understanding of the laws for our arguments to be resolved, but many times it's the players who also act as umpires. Now we can consult a team of expert experienced umpires for the answers to those tricky questions.
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Secretary takes charge
"We were all very late arriving at the ground for the game. The only club member who had arrived more than fifteen minutes before the start of play was our Club Secretary, who is also our scorer. When we arrived we discovered that he had given in the team list and tossed up. Is he allowed to do this?"”
Unless League or competition rules say otherwise, the Laws state that, at the latest, the toss must take place fifteen minutes before the scheduled start of play, and after the nominated team list has been given to the umpires. Anyone can do this.
But after the toss, any further decisions can only be made by a member of the nominated team, so I hope your Hon. Sec. didn’t try to decide whether your side should bat or bowl!
Law 1.3 The Toss (Open Learning Manual Page 4)
"Like a lot of players, I often umpire for a short spell while our side is batting. Recently I got very confused with overthrows. The batsman hit the ball and ran. He completed the first run, and had crossed with his partner on the second, when the ball was hurled in to the ‘keeper, who missed it. By the time it went over the boundary, the batsmen had completed their third run. I thought all this should total seven runs. Was I right?"
No. The correct answer here is six runs. In this situation, the overthrows are calculated from the moment the fielder throws the ball, not the moment it crosses the boundary. At the instant of the throw, having crossed on their second run, they score two. Add four for the overthrow to the boundary: Total six.
Law 19.6 Boundaries (Open Learning Manual Page 60)
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