Guidelines for the Return of Cricket at Lavant Cricket Club following the easing of restrictions

Here are the Lavant Cricket Club’s guidelines for the return of cricket which need to be adhered to by all team members, opposition team members and visitors before the match can commence. The ECB have issued further umpiring and scoring guidelines for social distancing cricket matches and as a pictogram. The full ECB guidelines are available here.

23 fixtures for the 2021 season have been arranged

We all need to give Stuart a huge vote of thanks. It’s not yet November but Stuart has arranged 23 weekend fixtures for the 2021 season. Stuart has had endless conversations with the other fixture secretaries which were made even harder because of the current restrictions. This has been a huge effort by Stuart. We look forward to welcoming Stuart as an umpire at any of our matches next year.

A decade of performance tables

Alex has compiled a decade of Lavant performances to create 2010-2019 batting and bowling averages for each player. There are no prizes for guessing who has topped the run and wicket taking leader boards if you have played for the club for a few years. Apologies if there are some missing performances. You can find all of Alex’s performance tables on the History of LCC page

MCC Laws of Cricket 2019

The MCC has updated the laws of cricket for the first time since 2000. The MCC’s website has a full list of the laws plus an eLearning package and an animated explanation of the laws narrated by Stephen Fry.

Steve’s tips on running and calling

CALLING: The striker calls for a ball hit in front of the wicket The non-striker calls for a ball hit behind. After the first run, it is for the man running into danger (normally to the wicket-keeper’s end) to call.

  1. NO ALWAYS MEANS NO (from either batsman) – whoever is supposed to do the calling .
  2. There are only three calls, all of which should be shouted: YES NO WAIT ‘wait on’ is meaningless; ‘wait there’ really means no and is thus ambiguous; ‘not now’ (later, perhaps?) is merely an admission of incompetent calling. A perhaps unexpected call (eg. NO after second thoughts, or YES for very cheeky run) should be very loud indeed.
  3. WAIT means: go as far as you possibly can out of your crease but can get back if the fielder throws down the stumps. The caller should call WAIT almost immediately after the ball is played – for action, see above – followed by either YES or NO. The non-striker should reckon to back up 7 yards.
  4. Do not commit yourself to a run until the caller has called YES. Follow these rules and you will virtually never be run out (nor will you run out anybody else); your individual score and the team’s score can be doubled by good running between the wickets. It’s also something that anybody can do well – however good or bad his batting may otherwise be.
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