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Laws of Cricket Changes 2018 Season
In October 2017, MCC introduced 270 changes to the Laws of the game.
The guiding objectives behind all the changes have been:
The redrafting process has taken nearly three years and has been driven by M.C.C.’s Laws sub-committee.
So what changes does it mean for Cornish League cricket?
The Umpires, Premier and County 1 captains attended a very well planned and delivered training afternoon which covered the main changes. On field sanctions (Law 42) and Penalty time (Law 24) was covered in some depth. The Laws 1-pager (below) of the Major Law Changes for the 2018 Season and is a very helpful summary by the CACO.
Where appointed panel umpires are standing in any league game, obviously all Laws will be applied to the game. The Law 42 Crib Sheet explains the process for decision making and involves a consultation and agreement between the two standing umpires for what can on occasions be decisions open to interpretation of events.
It the view of the LMC that it is unfair and possibly confrontational to allow player umpires or club umpires to make judgements and issue penalty runs on mock fielding (pretending to have or throw the ball when not in your possession) or making deliberate short runs to maintain strike. More importantly, regulating Penalty time and the implementation of Law 42 is not to be applied by club or player umpires. Any serious misconduct should be reported as in the past to the League Secretary and not dealt with by umpires on the day where appointed panel umpires are not standing
Cricket is highly valued by players for Spirit it is played in, and the role of the Captains on match day is vital in setting the standard of fairness and upholding the game’s traditional values. Captains and players do need to understand the new Laws and understand the guiding principles behind them so that they are applied sensibly, without the intent to gain an advantage.
In the lower divisions, a common sense approach between the Captains is therefore encouraged, particularly in the implementation of those Laws (old and new) which contain the harsher built-in penalties.
Further to the mass of information on new laws and regulations governing League Cricket, the LMC wishes to emphasis three points, agreed with the Umpires and for the benefit of players, these points having been discussed at the Captains/Umpires meeting on Sunday 8th April.
|An Informal Summary of the Major Law Changes for the 2018 Season|
|Law||Law Description||New Law||Old Law|
|18||Byes and Leg byes off no ball||Any runs in addition to no ball with be byes or leg byes||All no balls|
|Deliberate Short Runs||5 Penalty runs immediately||1 warning|
|21||Chucking||Only 1 warning, then suspension||2 warnings|
|24||Penalty time||Starts from the minute a fielder leaves the field||Used to be 15 minute grace time|
|Maximum penalty time 90 minutes||No maximum|
|Applies to batsman as well. Cannot bat until penalty time expires or 5 wkts||Did not apply to batsmen|
|25||Batsman’s runner “backing up”||Runner must stay behind popping crease at strikers’ end until ball reaches striker||New Law|
|30||Bat bouncing up||Striker deemed to be in once has been grounded even if it bounces up||New Law|
|33||Caught/stumped off helmet||Striker can be caught or stumped off a fielder’s/wicketkeeper’s helmet||New Law|
|37||Handled the Ball||Now Obstructing the Field|
|41||Unintentional beamers||Now only one warning before bowler suspended||2 warnings before suspension|
|Beamers are waist height for all bowlers||Over shoulder height for slow bowlers|
|41||Dangerous bouncers||Now only one warning before bowler suspended||2 warnings before suspension|
|41||Intentional front foot no ball||Immediate suspension for bowler||New Law|
|41||Mock Fielding||Attempt to deceive a batsman will cost 5 penalty runs||New Law|
|41||Stance close to protected area||Batsman cannot take guard in a position which will inevitably result in entering protected area||New Law|
|41||Non-striker leaving early||Must remain behind popping crease until ball should have been delivered. No warning||Non-striker was safe once bowler’s back foot landed|
|42||Level 1||1 warning then 5 penalty runs for further offence||New Law|
|Level 2||5 penalty runs||New Law|
|Level 3||5 penalty runs plus offending player(s) suspended for 20% of innings overs||New Law|
|Level 4||5 penalty runs plus offending player(s) suspended for rest of game||New Law|
This is an informal summary prepared to give a snapshot of the changes to the Laws. It does not contain all the changes, nor is definitive for the Laws it describes. Players and officials should not rely upon it but should consult the Laws for a full understanding.
ECB have developed an easy to use online tool to take you through the introduction of Law 41 Unfair Play and Law 42 Player Conduct
What changes have been made ahead of the new season?