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Cricket/catch to take precedence over run out..


Hello Sir,
         recently I was surfing a cricket umpiring related website, there I found a situation question.
Here is that question.....

Striker plays a ball straight back to bowler, the bawler tries to catch it but the ball hits the non striker end stumps after brushing the bowler's fingers. This time the non striker batsman was clearly out of his ground, The ball after hitting the stumps deflects and goes into the hands of bowler ( ball had not touched the ground). who will be out ?  
catch to take precedence over any other means of dismissal except bowled. So the striker is out caught. True.  
but when the first incident occurred the non striker was clearly run out. & law states as soon as any batsman gets out the ball becomes dead automatically, so how could the striker be out caught.
Please clear my doubt....

Dear Vineet,

Thanks for your nice question.

It is the striker, who is out 'caught'.

There are few instances which would clear your doubts.

If a fair delivery hits the pads of the striker, who is in front of the wicket, but still the ball goes to hit the stumps, how is his dismissal will be recorded? He is out 'Bowled', because bowled has precedence over any other dismissal.

If a batsman plays and edges the ball, the wicket keeper whips off the bails, both bowler and WK appeals for dismissal? How he is out? Both umpires raise the finger. The striker is out 'caught' and not stumped. If striker's end umpire fails to give him out, the other umpire still give him out stumping.

In your case, if a fair delivery is hit back to the bowler, who fails to gather and the ball hits the opposite wicket, then the ball is deflected and goes to mid off fielder who takes the catch, the striker is out 'caught'.

If the same delivery is brushed off the bowler's hand or his person and hits the wicket, and a catch is taken, at the same time, the non striker was out of the crease when the ball hit the wicket, still the catch is valid first and not Run out. Ball becomes dead only when the batsman is given out. Here the fair is considered from the moment it is played by the striker, and further actions for that to be disregarded. But if in the event of a No ball, in the same case, the striker is not out but the non striker will be given out 'Run out'.

If you go by the Laws, except for Law-31 (Timed out), all the dismissals have been put in order alphabetically and has precedence over each other. And as such, 'Bowled' has precedence over all the dismissals, followed with 'caught' and so on.

Hope this will clear your doubts. Thanks again for your questions.  And also thanks for your comments.

With regards,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 9/8/2013)


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