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Law 18 changes - Scoring runs

Law 18

Changes | Reason for change | Interpretation & Application

Changes

Changes to the Law are in italics

18.6.    Runs awarded for penalties

Runs shall be awarded for penalties under 5 above, and Laws 2.6 (Player returning without permission), 17.5 (Penalties for contravention), 24 (No ball), 25 (Wide ball), 41.2(Fielding the ball), 41.3 (Protective helmets belonging to the fielding side) and 42 (Fair and unfair play). 

Note, however, the restrictions on the award of penalty runs in Laws 26 (Bye and Leg bye), 34 (Hit the ball twice) and 41.3 (Protective helmets belonging to the fielding side) and 41.4 (Penalty runs not to be awarded).

18.9.    Runs scored when a batsman is dismissed

When a batsman is dismissed, any runs for penalties awarded to either side shall stand.  No other runs shall be credited to the batting side, except as follows.  If a batsman is

(a) dismissed Obstructing the field, the batting side shall also score the runs completed before the offence.
If, however, the obstruction prevented a catch being made, no runs other than penalties shall be scored.

(b) dismissed Run out, the batting side shall also score runs completed before the wicket was put down.
If, however, a striker who has a runner is himself dismissed Run out, under Law 2.8(d), runs completed by the runner and the other batsman shall be disallowed.  

18.10.    Runs scored when the ball becomes dead other than at the fall of a wicket

When the ball becomes dead for any reason other than the fall of a wicket, or is called dead by an umpire, unless there is specific provision otherwise in the Laws

(a) any runs for penalties awarded to either side shall be scored.  Note however the provisions of Laws 26.3 (Leg byes not to be awarded) and 41.4 (Penalties not to be awarded).

(b) additionally the batting side shall be credited with

(i)    all runs completed by the batsmen before the incident or call

and (ii)     the run in progress if the batsmen had already crossed at the instant of the incident or call.  Note specifically, however the provisions of Law 42.5(f) (Deliberate distraction or obstruction of batsman).

18. 11.    Batsman returning to original end

(a) When a batsman is dismissed, the not out batsman shall return to his original end

(i)  if the striker is himself dismissed in the circumstances of Law 2.8(d) (Transgression of the Laws by a batsman who has a runner). (ii) and,

with the three exceptions

of
            Run out other than in (i) above
            Caught  
            Obstructing the field,
        for all other methods of dismissal.

(b) Other than at the fall of a wicket, the batsmen shall return to their original ends in the cases of, and only in the cases of
    (i)    a boundary
    (ii)     disallowance of runs for any reason
    (iii)    a decision by the batsmen at the wicket to do so, under Law 42.5(g),(Deliberate distraction or obstruction of batsman)

18.12.    Batsman returning to wicket he has left

(a) When a batsman is dismissed Caught, Obstructing the field or Run out other than under Law 2.8, the not out batsman shall return to the wicket he has left but only if the batsmen had not already crossed at the instant of the incident causing the dismissal.

(b) Except in the cases listed in 11(b) above, if while a run is in progress the ball is called dead by an umpire or becomes dead for any other reason except the dismissal of a batsman, the batsmen shall return to the wickets they had left, but only if they had not already crossed in running when the ball became dead.

Reason for change

Law 18.6 (Runs awarded for penalties) – a reference to new Law 17.5 (above) has been added, as has, for clarity, a note about the restrictions on the award of penalty runs.
    
Law 18.9 (Runs scored when a batsman is dismissed) – this has been reworded and renumbered as a result of the Handled the ball clarification.
    
Law 18.10 (Runs scored when the ball becomes dead other than at the fall of a wicket) – the reference to Law 34.4(c) has been removed.
    
Laws 18.11 (Batsman returning to original end) and 18.12(a) (Batsman returning to wicket he has left) – these Laws have been reworded as a result of the Handled the ball clarification.
    
Law 18.12(b) – there has been a grammatical rewording of the Law.

Interpretation & application

All the changes here are the result of changes to other Laws.  Each should be read in conjunction with the Law change from which it has arisen.

18.6   The list of offences for which penalty runs will be awarded has had the new penalty in Law 17 added.

In Law 33, the offence of Handled the ball can now occur only when the striker is playing or trying to play the ball.  At other times such action is to be considered as Obstructing the field.  As a result, no question of scoring runs or of retuning to a particular end can arise.  Consequently, Laws 18.8, 18.10, 18.11 and 18.12 have had all references to Handled the ball removed.


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