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BBS Amendments to the Current MCC Code

March 2004

All current MCC Laws of Cricket should be followed. Where the Laws appear to conflict, the BBS Amendments should take precedence.

LAW 1 - THE PLAYERS

a) All Players shall be registered or registerable as blind or partially sighted in the UK.

b) All players shall be classified under the IBSA sight classifications of B1, B2, B3, and the BBS classifications of "low partial" and B4.

c) Unless otherwise registered with BBS; i) all Totally Blind players previously considered to be 'Totals' (having no more sight than perception of light) shall be considered to be B1s. ii) all other players aged 16 or over shall be considered to be B4.

d) All players aged under 16 who are not B1s, shall be considered to be B2s. All players under the age of 12 who are not B1s shall be considered to be B1s for batting purposes only.

e) Each side shall contain no more than a total of seven Players in the categories B2, B3, B4 and "low partial" except as outlined in (f) below.

f) The balance of the side shall be made up by B1s except where one or more "low partials" are playing in which case only 3 B1s need play with the balance made up by one "low partial". Thus a team may comprise 3 B1s and 8 other players as long as at least one of the other players is a "low partial".

g) Every effort should be made to identify B1s on the field of play.

h) Where available, at least one B1 should bat in the first 3 of the batting order, at least one B1 and one "low partial", or two B1s, in the first 6 and at least two B1s and one "low partial", or three B1s, in the first 9.

i) Players may be classified as "Low Partial". This category is designed for those players who fall within the lower half of the B2 category, and who would struggle to bat or field when playing as a partially sighted player due to insufficient sight. A player shall be classified as "low partial" by discretion based on how they manage while playing, not purely on acuity measurements; this shall be the responsibility of the Cricket Committee, who may delegate it if they see fit. Any new player who fits this category shall be given a grace period (at the Committee's discretion), unless the Committee has strong reason to believe that he has too much sight for this to be reasonable. The classification shall then be reviewed.

j) An application for registration as a "low partial", be it from a club or directly from the player concerned, should be addressed directly to the Chair of the Cricket Committee and the decision on the registration will be made by the Committee.

k) The Committee may revoke a player's registraion as "low partial" at any point. This will be done by writing to both the player and their club, if known.

l) During a competitive match, any team who claims one of their players is in the "low partial" category, when the Committee's records show otherwise, will lose the game by default. This excludes new players during their grace period, (see above)

LAW 2 - SUBSTITUTES AND RUNNERS

a) A B1 Batsman may not run for himself and must have a Partially Sighted Runner.

b) A B1 Batsman may not himself be Run Out or Stumped as Striker, although his Runner may be.

c) No Player may run for more than two other Players in an innings.

d) A "low partial" has the option of a Partially Sighted Runner.

e) A player who has an additional medical condition, which would affect his running, may have a runner. Permission for this may be granted by the Committee, on receiving an application in writing together with medical documentation to the Committee's satisfaction. Such permission may be revoked by the Committee if it sees fit.

LAW 5 - THE BALL

a) The ball shall be a size 3 Mitre ball, or equivalent, as supplied by BBS. It shall be white and contain a noise-making device.

b) A clean ball shall be used at the start of each innings.

c) Either Captain may request a clean ball after every ten overs.

d) In the event that both Captains agree, an orange or yellow ball may be used. The same colour ball must be used for the entire game and the ball must be substantially the same as the official white ball in terms of weight, size and sound.

e) A prototype ball from the BBS Ball Development Project may be used in a competitive match on condition that both captains agree, and that there are at least three of the prototype balls available on the day.

LAW 8 - THE WICKETS

a) The wickets shall be 10" wide.

b) The tops of the stumps shall be 35" above the ground.

c) Bails shall not normally be required. The Umpires shall agree with both Captains whether or not bails are to be used before the start of play.

d) The standard BBS wickets or equivalent (where the stumps are fixed and mounted on a base) may be used in preference to three individual stumps driven into the ground.

e) The wickets shall normally be white but, in the event that both Captains agree, orange wickets may be used.

LAW 13 - FOLLOW ON

a) In a two innings match the side which bats first and leads by 75 runs and/or twice the score of the other side in a one-day match, shall have the option of requiring the other side to follow their innings.

LAW 18 - SCORING

a) All runs scored by B1 players shall count as double.

LAW 19 - BOUNDARIES

a) The boundary shall be a maximum of 50 yards and a minimum of 35 yards from the nearest point of the pitch.

b) The boundary shall be marked by at least six boundary markers where it is not clearly defined.

LAW 22 - THE OVER

a) The Over shall consist of 6 balls.

b) B1s shall bowl a ratio of at least 3 overs in every 10. This will be calculated after every ten overs.

LAW 23 - DEAD BALL

a) Should the ball burst the Umpire shall call and signal 'dead ball' immediately. No runs or wickets taken after the ball bursts are valid.

LAW 24 - NO BALL

a) It is a no ball if the Bowler fails to call 'play' at the moment of delivery.

b) It is a no ball if the Bowler holds the ball in two hands at the moment of delivery.

c) It is a no ball if the ball bounces a fourth time before reaching the Striker's popping crease.
(i) This shall normally be the responsibility of the Umpire standing at square leg.
(ii) If the Bowler is less that 16 years of age, the Umpire may use his discretion to allow extra bounces.

d) It is a no ball if the ball does not pitch at least once before reaching the popping crease of a B2 or B3 Striker.

e) It is a no ball if the ball does not pitch at least twice before reaching the popping crease of a B1 or a "low partial" Striker.

f) If the Striker plays the ball before it has bounced the required number of times before the popping crease the Umpire must call and signal 'no ball' unless the Umpire is convinced that the ball would have bounced the required number of times had the Striker not played it.

g) A B1 Bowler may use any one-armed action.

h) A penalty of one run for a no ball shall be scored in addition to any other runs scored off it. For example, a single shall count as two runs (one scored as a no ball and one to the Striker).

NOTE Law 42.9 The bowling of fast high full pitches is unfair. A fast high full pitched ball shall be defined as a ball that passes or would have passed, on the full above waist height of a Batsman standing upright at the crease. Should a Bowler bowl a fast high full pitched ball, either Umpire shall call and signal 'No Ball' and adopt the procedure of caution, final warning, action against the Bowler and reporting as set out in Law 42.8.

LAW 25 - WIDE BALL

a) The Umpire shall call and signal 'wide ball' if the ball passes outside the line of the return crease.

b) The Umpire shall call and signal 'wide ball' immediately if, in his opinion, an attempt by the Striker to hit the ball is in danger of injuring a Fieldsman.

c) The Umpire shall call and signal 'wide ball' if the ball strikes a Fieldsman prior to reaching the line of the Striker's wicket.

d) If a ball comes to rest in front of the Striker's wicket, provided it was rolling before or at the moment it crossed the Striker's popping crease, it is a no ball in line with Law 24: (No Ball) BBS Amendment (c).

e) If a ball comes to rest in front of the Striker's popping crease it is a no ball in line with Law 24: (No Ball) BBS Amendment (c).

f) The Striker may not hit the ball after 'wide ball' has been called. If he does so, the Umpire shall call and signal 'dead ball' immediately. In this case the call of 'wide ball' shall not be revoked.

g) The Batsmen may not run after 'wide ball' has been called. Should they do so the Umpire shall call and signal 'dead ball' once the ball has been fielded or has reached the boundary. The Batsmen shall then return to their original ends. Runs completed by the Batsmen in this manner shall not count towards the score but, should the ball cross the boundary after 'wide ball' has been called (provided that it has not been hit by the Striker), the boundary shall count as wides.

LAW 29 - BATSMAN OUT OF HIS GROUND

a) A B1 batsman is never considered to be out of his ground regardless of where he is on the field.

LAW 32 - CAUGHT

a) The Striker shall be out Caught if the ball touches his bat or if it touches below the wrist his hand or glove, holding the bat, and is subsequently held by a B1 Fieldsman, following one bounce on the ground, provided that it has not touched the ground again.

b) A catch shall be considered to have been fairly made if a B1 Fieldsman catches the ball after it has touched an Umpire, another Fieldsman or the other Batsman and subsequently bounced on the ground once, provided that it has not touched the ground again.

c) A catch shall be considered to have been fairly made if a B1 Fieldsman catches the ball after it has bounced once and subsequently touched an Umpire, another B1 Fieldsman or the other Batsman, provided that it has not touched the ground again.

d) A catch shall not be considered to have been fairly made if a B1 Fieldsman catches the ball after it has bounced once and subsequently touched a Fieldsman other than a B1 Fieldsman.

LAW 36 - LEG BEFORE WICKET

a) The first time a B1 Batsman is ajudged to be out L.B.W. he is given "half out" and allowed to continue with his innings.

b) If a Batsman who has been given "half out" is subsequently ajudged to be out L.B.W. he is given out and his innings is over.

c) The Bowler who bowls the ball which gets the subsequent L.B.W. decision gets credit for the wicket.

d) When interpreting the L.B.W. Law the position that the ball pitches shall refer to the first bounce only. i.e. The Striker cannot be out L.B.W. if the first bounce is outside the line of the leg stump even if a second bounce is in line with the stumps.

LAW 38 - RUN OUT

a) A B1 Batsman can only be Run Out if his Runner is out of his ground.

LAW 39 - STUMPED

a) A B1 Batsman cannot be Stumped.

LAW 41 - THE FIELDSMAN

a) The Fieldsman shall not deliberately kick the ball when returning it to the wicket. Should the ball strike either wicket following such an act the Umpire will call and signal 'dead ball' and neither Batsman shall be given out.

LAW 42 - UNFAIR PLAY

a) All clubs agree in principle to playing the game in all of its aspects by a set defined Player's Charter.


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