>Derbyshire 69-0 (20.3)
>Original match abandoned. Truncated match also abandoned.
>Result of 'bowl-out'. Somerset 3, Derbyshire 6
>Perhaps an explanation of the Somerset v Derbyshire result is in order. When
>it became apparent that there was not time to finish the original match, it
>was abandoned and a shorter match arranged. Apparently there was some
>disagreement over whether it should be a 10 or 20 over match. Eventually the
>rain returned and the whole thing was abandoned. The tie-break was that five
>players from each side bowl (overarm) at unguarded stumps and the result is
>decided on that. As is written above, Derbyshire triumphed at this tie-break.
>Originally a coin was tossed but this method has been in use for a few years
>now in the Nat west but this was the first time in the Benson and Hedges Cup.
This is fascinating (I trust you're being serious, Colin; you certainly have
me fooled). I had never heard of such a rule, though you say it's been around
in the Nat West Trophy for a while. This has definite potential
--- now we never need to have a tied one-day game. I can just see it in a few
years --- you pick up the paper, see the headline "Sudden death decides World
Cup final", and it's not football, but cricket! Now all the drama and
e***ment of penalty tie-breakers followed by sudden death can be ours in
cricket as well. Heck, do away with the match too, let's just have the bowl
Oh well, I guess it's as good a way as any to decide a rained out match. Let's
hope it stops there.