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QUESTION: Respected Sir ,

can you please clear me the concepts of runs allowed/disallowed for leg byes and ball lawfully struck more than once ?

i would like to discuss this topic with you, to get through understanding on the same.

ANSWER: Dear Mayur,

I am extremely sorry for kept you waiting. These laws are very debatable still I would brief you on these Laws. After going through this you may get back to me for any queries.

Law:26: BYE / LEG BYE

Leg byes is a bit simple concept of allowing and disallowing runs. This of course you will learn by experience. If in the opinion of the bowler's end umpire, the batsman has not attempted to make genuine attempt to play the ball, leg byes are not allowed. For example, chucking his bat behind the pad, showing he has attempted to play, shoulders arm to leave the delivery, these are considered as deliberate padding. But avoiding an injury and taking evasive actions are considered as favourable attempts for allowing leg byes.

If the batsmen take run from a deliberate padding, umpire should wait till the first run is completed or till the ball crosses the boundary, to call and signal dead ball. This give the fielding side a chance of run out either batsman. And request the batsmen to return to their original ends.


Only runs are allowed from over throw. If throw is made before the batsmen cross, that run will be counted and if they have crossed when throw is made, the first run will not be counted.

Following three conditions must be observed for hit the ball twice.

(i)If the first strike, the umpire is satisfied that

either (i) the ball first struck the bat
or     (ii) the striker attempted to play the ball with his bat
or    (iii) the striker attempted to avoid being hit by the ball,

then the batting side shall be credited with any runs for penalties that may be applicable.

Secondly, if the conditions above are met, if any runs result form an overthrow, any runs result may be credited to the striker's account. If the first strike was on the person of the striker, then the runs will be scored as leg byes or No ball extras as appropriate.

The umpire has to make two judgments whether the second strike was lawful, and that it was intended solely for the sole purpose of guarding his wicket.

Please come out specifically with any difficult situation arises out of these and get back to me please.

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 23/06/2013)

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QUESTION: Respected Sir,

Thanks for such wonderful explanation after which there hardly any window remain to ask you further questions as you have covered all the important points of student's interest.
Though i was thinking for a while and thought about one of the following scenario.

Consider that first strike was with strikers pad when he attempted to play the ball with his bat, then he lawfully made second strike with the ball to protect his wickets being put down by the ball with this bat and then ball subsequently....

1) hits the fielding side helmet placed on the ground , will 5 penalty runs be awarded to batting side ? ( my ans is YES )
2) ball is caught . ball didn't grounded between the 1st and 2nd strikes ,   what will happen ? ( my ans : on appeal i will dismiss striker out : Caught OUT)

kindly give your views on the above two cases.
also correct me if I am wrong with my answers.

Mayur Wankhade.

Hi Mayur,

Very good morning.

1. Yes, 5 penalty runs will be awarded to the batting side, presuming first strike was not deliberate padding.

2. Yes, the striker is out, irrespective of deliberate padding or not. First strike is on the pad, the ball balloons up in the air and about to hit the stumps, the striker attempts to prevent that ball from going into the stumps, manages to scoop the ball in the air and catch is taken by close in fielder, he is out 'caught' since the ball has never grounded from the first strike till the catch is made.

Its nice of you to learn a small piece of doubt that is your greatness and passion for the game. Thanks again for your continuous learning process with me, it also helps me to refresh my knowledge about the game.

With regards,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 30/06/2013)


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