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An innings end at the stroke of lunch & batting side captain wants immediate rolling.  will he be allowed?


The batting captain is entitled to request rolling between innings.

Law 10.1(d) talks about Timing of rolling permitted before play begins on any day shall be started not more than 30 minutes before the time ... for play to begin. The captain of the batting side may, however, delay the start of such rolling until not less than 10 minutes ... should he so wish.

The only other Law about timing specifies that it should not delay the restart.

The timing is normally at the convenience of the Curator.

I cannot understand why the captain should wish to have an early rolling.

If the opposition captain objects to the timing, then by the time this has been discussed and the roller brought out, it will be almost certainly within the 30 minutes, if they wish to quote that as a precedent!


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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)

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Taylor Scholarship 1963 Life Vice President ACU&S 1998

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