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Respected sir,Pertaining to return crease & throw bowling, What exact procedure to be followed by bowler's end umpire if, bowler bowls a delivery ( makes his delivery stride & delivery swing) from behind the bowler's end umpire?

There are two issues here.

Firstly whether or not the bowler threw the ball.  
In that situation, I would rely on my colleague to judge the fairness of the action.

Secondly whether his back foot was within return crease.
Law 24.5 says "If the bowler’s end umpire is not satisfied ... "
Some umpires interpret this as "I must see the back foot" and will call No Ball.

This can lead to an unnecessary confrontation and explanation.

Personally I try to make a sensible guess, especially if ball whistles past close to my ear!
I would certainly pay more attention to future deliveries, either looking behind or possibly even moving back a little.


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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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Taylor Scholarship 1963 Life Vice President ACU&S 1998

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