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MCC amends Law 41.7 concerning the bowling of dangerous non-pitching deliveries

By John Gale

Response to feedback that restrictions were too severe

The MCC announced last week (November 2018) that it has amended Law 41.7, the Law which concerns the bowling of dangerous and unfair non-pitching deliveries (beamers).

The Law published a little over twelve months ago imposed stricter penalties on a bowler who delivers a full toss over the batsman’s waist.

Since its introduction, feedback has been received which suggests strongly that the new sanctions were overly severe (especially to younger bowlers).

In response to this feedback, the Laws sub-committee has reviewed Law 41.7 and – with the support of the Cricket committee, World Cricket committee and MCC Committee – agreed that it should be adjusted, with effect from 1st April 2019, to allow umpires to make a more subjective decision over which deliveries are dangerous.

This and other minor clarifications and corrections from the 1st Edition will also be incorporated into the 2nd Edition.

A full version of the law change can be read in the attached document.

Updated 13:30 - 30 Nov 2018 by John Gale

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