Friday, November 9, 2007

Extracts from the 1755 Laws of Cricket

I was reading a cricket history book that had some extracts from the 1755 'The Code of Laws of Cricket'. The below are a few of the additions to the original version from 1744. Some are pretty cool.

Laws for the Bowler

If he delivers ye Ball with his hinder foot over ye Crease ye Umpire shall call No Ball though he be struck or ye Player is bowled out, which he shall do without being asked and no Person shall have any right to ask him.

Laws for the Umpires

To allow two minutes for each man to come in when one is out and ten minutes between each hand. To mark ye Ball, that it may not be changed. They are sole judges of all Outs and Ins, of all Fair and Unfair play or frivolous delays, of all hurts whether real or pretended, and are discretionally to allow what time they think proper before the game goes on again. In case of a real hurt to a striker they are to allow another to come in & ye Person hurt to come in again. But are not to allow a fresh Man to play on either side on any account.

They are sole judges of all hindrances, crossing ye Players in running and standing unfair to strike and in case of hindrance may order a notch to be scored. They are not to order any Man out unless appealed to by any one of ye Players. These laws are to ye Umpires jointly.

Each Umpire is ye sole judge of all Nips and catches, Ins and Outs, good or bad runs at his own Wicket and his determination shall be absolute and he shall not be changed for another umpire without ye consent of both sides. When ye 4 balls are bowled, he is to call over.

When both umpires shall call Play, three times, 'tis at ye peril of giving Game from them that refuse to play.

32 comments:

Ottayan said...

" When both umpires shall call Play, three times, 'tis at ye peril of giving Game from them that refuse to play."

Apparently, Inzi forgot to read this one.

Soulberry said...

Those are clear laws. Ottayan, the oval test was forfeited and remains so to this test on the pure interpretation of that sentence. What remains unresolved to this day is the sequence created by an incompetent umpire (he couldn't give a straight decision)leading up to that moment. Unfortunately, there aren't any laws or rules, and any redress regarding incompetent umpires.

We saw the umpire you call into question consistently erring in the most basic decisions over many test series...forget ball tampering and forget chukking...simple LBW and catches and front-foot no balls. The laws didn't provide for relief from that.

We saw how much impact the umpires had on the game in the just concluded India-England series...I mean, it is all nice that there should be strict and clear-cut laws but there should be the right men to implement them.

If you remember that old Jataka tale (like your Aesop's fables) where a boon was granted to a particular animal who chose to be king, just for fun of sitting on that throne and to feel the sense of power, but when the time came, he couldn't help wag his tail. So much for being king...the point is an incompetent person in a position of power without many fetters is most dangerous.

David Barry said...

Don't you mean 1744...?

Stuart said...

Hi David,

Sorry - I didn't word the initial post properly. These were additions to the laws included in the 1755 update. You are correct that 1744 was the first version, the ones I referred to were added 11 years later.

David Barry said...

Are you sure that they're different from the 1744 version? I can only go by the Internet, but the purported 1744 Laws floating around the place are identical to these ones, except for minor typographical differences.

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I think that these laws are very hard, i do not like to play cricket because i consider that it is a boring game, but is necessary to change the laws.

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is essential reading for all cricketers and cricket umpires. There are 119 changes to the laws, including a 5-run penalty for dissent. So we can't rely on our old memories of what the laws used to be.

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wow I did not know nor had an idea that the sport of cricket had 1755 laws, that would be so difficult to enforce them all, am I right???

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