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Cricket/Number of Balls faced


if a batsman hits a boundary or a six over a no-ball, does that delivery count in the batsman's total number of deliveries faced ? if yes then don't you think it is incorrect?

A No ball is always counted as a ball faced by the batsman because he has
the opportunity to add runs to his personal total from that delivery.

Similarly a Wide is not counted as a ball faced because, by definition, the
batsman is unable to reach the ball with his bat.


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Colin Pearson


Cricket umpiring and scoring. I can answer questions on MCC Laws of Cricket but not ICC and other special regulations, which are frequently changing. I cannot answer questions on careers as a cricket umpiring. For details of courses, visit (anywhere that has advertised), (UK only)


I passed The Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers Full membership examinations in 1961 and have been an instructor since 1973, and examiner since 1977 and have undergone the first stage training as an Umpire Assessor for ECB Association of Cricket Officials. I was Chairman of Training Board for ACU&S from 1981 to 1997.

ECB Association of Cricket Officials British Computer Society Society of Expert Witnesses Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Rotary International

MA Hons Cantab 1966 DMS Part 1, 1975 Enterprise Reader (rtd), Staffordshire University)

Awards and Honors
Taylor Scholarship 1963 Life Vice President ACU&S 1998

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