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22. Law 22 - The Over

1. Law 1 - The Players

2. Law 2 - Substitutes and Runners, Batsman or Fielder Leaving the Field, Batsman Retiring, Batsman Commencing Innings

3. Law 3 - The Umpires

4. Law 4 - The Scorers

5. Law 5 - The Ball

6. Law 6 - The Bat

7. Law 7 - The Pitch

8. Law 8 - The Wickets

9. Law 9 - The Bowling, Popping and Return Creases

10. Law 10 - Preparation and Maintenance of the Playing Area

11. Law 11 - Covering the Pitch

12. Law 12 - Innings

13. Law 13 - The Follow-on

14. Law 14 - Declaration and Forfeiture

15. Law 15 - Intervals

16. Law 16 - Start of Play; Cessation of Play

17. Law 17 - Practice on the Field

18. Law 18 - Scoring Runs

19. Law 19 - Boundaries

20. Law 20 - Lost Ball

21. Law 21 - The Result

22. Law 22 - The Over

23. Law 23 - Dead Ball

24. Law 24 - No Ball

25. Law 25 - Wide Ball

26. Law 26 - Bye and Leg Bye

27. Law 27 - Appeals

28. Law 28 - The Wicket is Down

29. Law 29 - Batsman out of His Ground

30. Law 30 - Bowled

31. Law 31 - Timed Out

32. Law 32 - Caught

33. Law 33 - Handled the Ball

34. Law 34 - Hit the Ball Twice

35. Law 35 - Hit Wicket

36. Law 36 - Leg Before Wicket

37. Law 37 - Obstructing the Field

38. Law 38 - Run Out

39. Law 39 - Stumped

40. Law 40 - The Wicket-Keeper

41. Law 41 - Fielder

42. Law 42 - Fair and Unfair Play











17.1 Number of balls

The ball shall be bowled from each end alternately in overs of 6 balls.

17.2 Start of an over

An over has started when the bowler starts his run-up or, if there is no run-up, startshis action for the first delivery of that over.

17.3 Validity of balls

17.3.1 A ball shall not count as one of the 6 balls of the over unless it is delivered, eventhough, as in clause41.16 (Non-striker leaving his ground early) a batsman may bedismissed or some other incident occurs without the ball having been delivered.

17.3.2 A ball delivered by the bowler shall not count as one of the 6 balls of the over if it is called dead, or is to be considered dead, before the striker has had anopportunity to play it. See clause20.6 (Dead ball; ball counting as one ofover). if it is called dead in the circumstances of clause20.4.2.6. Note also thespecial provisions of clause20.4.2.5. (Umpire calling and signaling Dead ball). if it is a No ball. See clause21 (No ball). if it is a Wide. See clause22 (Wide ball). when any of clauses 24.4 (Player returning without permission), 28.2 (Fieldingthe ball), 41.4 (Deliberate attempt to distract striker), or 41.5 (Deliberatedistraction, deception or obstruction of batsman) is applied.

17.3.3 Any deliveries other than those listed in clause 17.3.1 and 17.3.2 shall be known as validballs. Only valid balls shall count towards the 6 balls of the over.

17.4 Call of Over

When 6 valid balls have been bowled and when the ball becomes dead, the umpire shallcall Over before leaving the wicket. See also clause20.3 (Call of Over or Time).

17.5 Umpire miscounting

17.5.1 If the umpire miscounts the number of valid balls, the over as counted by the umpireshall stand.

17.5.2 If, having miscounted, the umpire allows an over to continue after 6 valid balls havebeen bowled, he/she may subsequently call Over when the ball becomes dead afterany delivery, even if that delivery is not a valid ball.

17.5.3 Whenever possible, the third umpire shall liaise with the scorers and if possible inform the on-field umpires if the over has been miscounted.

17.6 Bowler changing ends

A bowler shall be allowed to change ends as often as desired, provided he does notbowl two overs consecutively, nor bowl parts of each of two consecutive overs, in the sameinnings.

17.7 Finishing an over17.7.1 Other than at the end of an innings, a bowler shall finish an over in progress unlessincapacitated or suspended under these Playing Conditions.

17.7.2 If for any reason, other than the end of an innings, an over is left uncompleted at thestart of an interval or interruption, it shall be completed on resumption of play.

17.8 Bowler incapacitated or suspended during an over

If for any reason a bowler is incapacitated while running up to deliver the first ball of anover, or is incapacitated or suspended during an over, the umpire shall call and signal Deadball. Another bowler shall complete the over from the same end, provided that he doesnot bowl two overs consecutively, nor bowl parts of each of two consecutive overs, in thatinnings.