A bowling crease, a popping crease and two return creases shall be marked in white,
as set out in 2, 3 and 4 below, at each end of the pitch. See Appendix B.
2. The bowling crease
The bowling crease, which is the back edge of the crease marking, shall be the line
through the centres of the three stumps at that end. It shall be 8ft 8in/2.64m in
length, with the stumps in the centre.
3. The popping crease
The popping crease, which is the back edge of the crease marking, shall be in front
of and parallel to the bowling crease and shall be 4ft/1.22m from it. The popping
crease shall be marked to a minimum of 6 ft/1.83 m on either side of the imaginary
line joining the centres of the two middle stumps and shall be considered to be unlimited
4. The return creases
The return creases, which are the inside edges of the crease markings, shall be at
right angles to the popping crease at a distance of 4 ft 4in/1.32m either side of
the imaginary line joining the centres of the two middle stumps. Each return crease
shall be marked from the popping crease to a minimum of 8ft/2.44m behind it and shall
be considered to be unlimited in length.
LAW 10 PREPARATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE PLAYING AREA
The pitch shall not be rolled during the match except as permitted in (a) and (b)
(a) Frequency and duration of rolling
During the match the pitch may be rolled at the request of the captain of the batting
side, for a period of not more than 7 minutes, before the start of each innings,
other than the first innings of the match, and before the start of each subsequent
day’s play. See (d) below.
(b) Rolling after a delayed start
In addition to the rolling permitted above, if, after the toss and before the first
innings of the match, the start is delayed, the captain of the batting side may request
that the pitch be rolled for not more than 7 minutes. However, if the umpires together
agree that the delay has had no significant effect on the state of the pitch, they
shall refuse such request for rolling of the pitch.
(c) Choice of rollers
If there is more than one roller available the captain of the batting side shall
choose which one is to be used.
(d) Timing of permitted rolling
The rolling permitted (maximum 7 minutes) before play begins on any day shall be
started not more than 30 minutes before the time scheduled or rescheduled for play
begin. The captain of the batting side may, however, delay the start of such rolling
until not less than 10 minutes before the time scheduled or rescheduled for play
to begin, should he so wish.
(e) Insufficient time to complete rolling
If, when a captain declares an innings closed, or forfeits an innings, or enforces
follow-on, there is insufficient time for the pitch to be rolled for 7 minutes, or
if there is insufficient time for any other reason, the batting captain shall nevertheless
be permitted to exercise his option to have such rolling. The time by which the start
of the innings is delayed on that account shall be taken out of normal playing time.
2. Clearing debris from the pitch
(a) The pitch shall be cleared of any debris
(i) before the start of each day’s play. This shall be after the completion of mowing
and before any rolling, not earlier than 30 minutes nor later than 10 minutes before
time or any rescheduled time for start of play.
(ii) between innings. This shall precede rolling if any is to take place.
(iii) at all intervals for meals.
(b) The clearance of debris in (a) above shall be done by sweeping, except where
the umpires consider that this may be detrimental to the surface of the pitch. In
this case the debris must be cleared from that area by hand, without sweeping.
(c) In addition to (a) above, debris may be cleared from the pitch by hand, without
sweeping, before mowing and whenever either umpire considers it necessary.
(a) Responsibility for mowing
All mowings which are carried out before the match shall be the sole responsibility
of the Ground Authority. All subsequent mowings shall be carried out under the supervision
of the umpires.
(b) The pitch and outfield
In order that throughout the match the ground conditions should be as nearly the
same for both sides as possible,
(i) the pitch
(ii) the outfield
shall be mown on each day of the match on which play is expected to take place, if
ground and weather conditions permit.
If, for reasons other than conditions of ground or weather, complete mowing of the
outfield is not possible, the Ground Authority shall notify the captains and umpires
of the procedure to be adopted for such mowing during the match.
(c) Timing of mowing
(i) Mowing of the pitch on any day shall be completed not later than 30 minutes before
the time scheduled or rescheduled for play to begin on that day, before any sweeping
prior to rolling. If necessary, debris may be removed from the pitch before mowing,
by hand, without sweeping. See 2(c) above.
(ii) Mowing of the outfield on any day shall be completed not later than 15 minutes
before the time scheduled or rescheduled for play to begin on that day.
4. Watering the pitch
The pitch shall not be watered during the match.
5. Re-marking creases
Creases shall be re-marked whenever either umpire considers it necessary.
6. Maintenance of footholes
The umpires shall ensure that the holes made by the bowler and batsmen are cleaned
out and dried whenever necessary to facilitate play.
In matches of more than one day’s duration, the umpires shall allow, if necessary,
the returfing of footholes made by the bowler in his delivery stride, or the use
of quick-setting fillings for the same purpose.
7. Securing of footholds and maintenance of pitch
During play, umpires shall allow the players to secure their footholds by the use
of sawdust provided that no damage to the pitch is caused and that Law 42 (Fair and
unfair play) is not contravened.
8. Non-turf pitches
Wherever appropriate, the provisions set out in 1 to 7 above shall apply.
LAW 11 COVERING THE PITCH
1. Before the match
The use of covers before the match is the responsibility of the Ground Authority
and may include full covering if required.
However, the Ground Authority shall grant suitable facility to the captains to inspect
the pitch before the nomination of their players and to the umpires to discharge
their duties as laid down in Laws 3 (The umpires), 7 (The pitch), 8 (The wickets),
9 (The bowling, popping and return creases) and 10 (Preparation and maintenance of
the playing area).
2. During the match
The pitch shall not be completely covered during the match unless provided otherwise
by regulations or by agreement before the toss.
3. Covering the bowlers’ run ups
Whenever possible, the bowlers’ run ups shall be covered in inclement weather, in
order to keep them dry. Unless there is agreement for full covering under 2 above
the covers so used shall not extend further than 5ft/1.52m in front of each popping
4. Removal of covers
(a) If after the toss the pitch is covered overnight, the covers shall be removed
in the morning at the earliest possible moment on each day that play is expected
to take place.
(b) If covers are used during the day as protection from inclement weather, or if
inclement weather delays the removal of overnight covers, they shall be removed promptly
as soon as conditions allow.
LAW 12 INNINGS
1. Number of innings
(a) A match shall be one or two innings for each side according to agreement reached
before the match.
(b) It may be agreed to limit any innings to a number of overs or to a period of
time. If such an agreement is made then
(i) in a one innings match a similar agreement shall apply to both innings.
(ii) in a two innings match similar agreements shall apply to either the first innings
of each side or the second innings of each side or both innings of each side.
For both one innings and two innings matches, the agreement must also include criteria
for determining the result when neither of Laws 21.1 (A Win – two innings match)
or 21.2 (A Win – one innings match) applies.
2. Alternate innings
In a two innings match each side shall take their innings alternately except in the
cases provided for in Law 13 (The follow-on) or in Law 14.2 (Forfeiture of an innings).
3. Completed innings
A side’s innings is to be considered as completed if
(a) the side is all out or
(b) at the fall of a wicket or the retirement of a batsman, further balls remain
to be bowled but no further batsman is available to come in or
(c) the captain declares the innings closed or
(d) the captain forfeits the innings or
(e) in the case of an agreement under 1(b) above, either (i) the prescribed number
of overs has been bowled or
(ii) the prescribed time has expired as appropriate.
4. The toss
The captains shall toss for the choice of innings, on the field of play and in the
presence of one or both of the umpires, not earlier than 30 minutes, nor later than
15 minutes before the scheduled or any rescheduled time for the match to start. Note,
however, the provisions of Law 1.3 (Captain).
5. Decision to be notified
As soon as the toss is completed, the captain of the side winning the toss shall
notify the opposing captain and the umpires of his decision to bat or to field. Once
notified, the decision cannot be changed.
LAW 13 THE FOLLOW-ON
1. Lead on first innings
(a) In a two innings match of 5 days or more, the side which bats first and leads
by at least 200 runs shall have the option of requiring the other side to follow
(b) The same option shall be available in two innings matches of shorter duration
with the minimum leads as follows.
(i) 150 runs in a match of 3 or 4 days;
(ii) 100 runs in a 2-day match;
(iii) 75 runs in a 1-day match.
A captain shall notify the opposing captain and the umpires of his intention to take
up this option. Law 10.1(e) (Insufficient time to complete rolling) shall apply.
3. First day’s play lost
If no play takes place on the first day of a match of more than one day’s duration,
1 above shall apply in accordance with the number of days remaining from the actual
start of the match. The day on which play first commences shall count as a whole
day for this purpose, irrespective of the time at which play starts.
Play will have taken place as soon as, after the call of Play, the first over has
started. See Law 22.2 (Start of an over).
LAW 14 DECLARATION AND FORFEITURE
1. Time of declaration
The captain of the side batting may declare an innings closed, when the ball is dead,
at any time during the innings.
2. Forfeiture of an innings
A captain may forfeit either of his side’s innings at any time before the commencement
of that innings. A forfeited innings shall be considered to be a completed innings.
A captain shall notify the opposing captain and the umpires of his decision to declare
or to forfeit an innings. Law 10.1(e) (Insufficient time to complete rolling) shall