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Cricket/Law no 3 and 4 : correctness of scores


Respected Sir,

I have some doubts about the correctness of scores

1) Whoes primary responsibility is this ? ( correctness of the scores )

2) what procedure umpire should adopt in case they consider the runs scored are incorrect ?

3) consider a scenario : Team A need 136 to win , scorers said 4 to win from 4 , team A won on the last ball scoring only 4 runs considering 136 target has reached , no overs remain now.
But after returning from the field it was cleared that Team A scored only 134 , they are still 2 runs short but the overs are correctly counted and not a single ball remain to bowl.

 What to deal with such scenario ?
 ( Here overs are completed , if there are still some balls/overs left then we could ask the player to come back to filed to complete the match unless , Team B captain concedes defeat.)

4) What is the best practice to avoid such mis-scoring ?

Mayur Wankhade.

The Law 3.15 makes it quite clear that the responsibility lies with the umpires.

If in doubt,play a few more balls.

If you do come off, then find a mistake and there is time, then play should resume.

HOWEVER, I always ask the fielding captain if he agrees that he has lost BEFORE I call TIME.  He can have no complaint after that!!!


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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.

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

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