>if on a wide ball, the keeper misfields and lets the ball go past him for
>a four, i know that it is treated as 4 wides. so do these 4 runs go to the
>bowlers tally ?
>what if a similar thing happens on a no-ball ?
These questions have been answered correctly already, but there have also
been several incorrect answers posted, so I don't know whether anyone who
wasn't sure about the answers before is any better off now.
1. In the past, wides and no-balls have simply been counted as extras,
and not included in the bowler's tally. This is no longer the case.
They are still extras, since they aren't included in the batsman's
tally, but they are counted against the bowler. It was his bowling
that caused the score, after all. This, by the way, is not a change
in the Laws, which do not deal with how bowlers' averages are
calculated; it is a change in scoring practice. I would assume
that this change is a change in the ICC regulations for first-class
matches, but I don't actually know that.
2. Extras are tallied as byes or leg-byes only on balls that have not
previously been called no-balls or wides. A misfielded ball that
crosses the boundary is scored as four no-balls if no ball was
called and the ball didn't hit the bat. If wide was called, and
the same thing happens, it is scored as four wides. Runs occurring
on a no-ball can be scored only as no-balls (if not played) or
as runs credited to the batsman (if played). The same is true
3. In all cases in which 1 or 4 no-balls or wides are scored, those
runs count against the bowler's tally, according to present
practice. This was not always the case, but it is now.
4. And by the way, although boundary 4s are possible on extras,
boundary 6s are not. The Law specifically uses the word "hits"
in describing how 6s are scored. Thus it is not a 6 (though it
is a 4) if a bowler should bowl a ball so high that it clears
the boundary in the air. Nobody asked about this, but I just
thought I'd throw it in.
And to the other rules question that has also been answered correctly
(and incorrectly) recently: If all the stumps are out of the ground,
the fielding side is allowed to remake the wicket while the ball is
in play for the purpose of breaking it down again. This would
require only replacing one stump and having the ball in hand to
knock it down or pull it out again. If the fielding side didn't
know this, I suppose the batsmen could run until they drop from
exhaustion. The original question asked whether they could run
until stumps, but in fact you can't have "time" called while the
batsmen are still running and the ball is still in play, can you?
I suppose if the fielding side doesn't know about re-making the
wicket they could always throw the ball out of bounds to stop
the running. Or call "lost ball". Or field the ball with their
caps (Illegal Fielding) or stuff it down the Umpire's shirt.
Enough. It's getting late.
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