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Tethered Bails used for first time at Lord's

The new bails were used at Lord's
The new bails were used at Lord's

Tethered bails were used for the first time at Lord’s this week during the MCC Universities Challenge Final.

The Laws of Cricket 2017 Code, which comes into effect from 1 October this year, allows the use of tethered bails at any level of the game.

MCC was approached about the concept by two manufacturers and have allowed the use of them subject to appropriate Governing Body approval.

The tethered bails have been produced with a view of protecting wicket-keepers to avoid incidents such as Mark Boucher’s eye injury sustained in 2012 after he got struck by a bail when it was dislodged from the stumps.

If it prevents further injuries, it must be a good thing for the game

The new Law 8.3.4 states: 8.3.4 Devices aimed at protecting player safety by limiting the distance that a bail can travel off the stumps will be allowed, subject to the approval of the Governing Body for the match and the ground authority.

MCC’s Laws Manager, Fraser Stewart, said: “MCC have been working with two companies who have designed similar products aimed at safeguarding the players, especially wicket-keepers.

"The Club approved of the concept and felt it was right to allow such devices within the Laws, subject to approval from the body responsible for the match.

"We felt that the MCC Universities final prevented a good opportunity to trial the innovative design.

"If it prevents further injuries, it must be a good thing for the game."

Cardiff MCCU beat Loughborough MCCU by 25 runs in the fixture.


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