Post 4: Posted by Richard Page on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 08:45


Post 3: Posted by Asjad Mir on Monday, May 12, 2008 at 15:55

For those of us who would like to see the Law 33 (Handled the ball) themselves, I have taken the liberty to copy the text from MCC's website below.

1. Out Handled the ball
Either batsman is out Handled the ball if he wilfully touches the ball while in play with a hand or hands not holding the bat unless he does so with the consent of the opposing side.

2. Not out Handled the ball
Notwithstanding 1 above, a batsman will not be out under this Law if
(i) he handles the ball in order to avoid injury.
(ii) he uses his hand or hands to return the ball to any member of the fielding side without the consent of that side. Note, however, the provisions of Law 37.4 (Returning the ball to a member of the fielding side).

3. Runs scored
If either batsman is dismissed under this Law, any runs completed before the offence, together with any penalty extras and the penalty for a No ball or Wide, if applicable, shall be scored. See Laws 18.10 (Runs scored when a batsman is dismissed) and 42.17 (Penalty runs).

4. Bowler does not get credit
The bowler does not get credit for the wicket.

Post 2: Posted by Colin Wouldham on Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 11:47

I also had second thoughts on this one, since when Graham Gooch was out handled ball in a Test a few years ago, I remember the discussion saying that if he'd kept his hand on the bat and swatted it away with his glove or bat, he'd have been not out. Apologies to Richard indeed - what an unusual day it turned out to be.

Of course, hit the ball forwards and it won't happen...

Post 1: Posted by Pete Fisher on Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 09:47

One moment of dispute during the Statics game needed a little clarification I feel.

Batsman hits ball.... then prevents it rolling onto his stumps with his bat.. No appeal in the spirit of the game, but should he be given out if there was an appeal?

With David Jones not available for comment I checked the rules on the internet and, although it pains me to say, it is allowed and therefore NOT OUT. I stand corrected.