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As the batsman is about to play the ball the bats slips out of his hands and then makes contact with the ball. Can runs be scored? and if so how are they recorded?

Sorry about the delay.  It raised a number of complex issues.

My first reaction was that it would count as runs, using the precedent set by Law of Hit Wicket.

However deeper searches reveal that any runs should be counted as byes!

This us explained in detail by MCC at
when someone asked for an official answer about a catch off a dropped 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)

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Taylor Scholarship 1963 Life Vice President ACU&S 1998

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