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One more doubt on minimum over calculation.

Last hour : 4.30 to 5.30
Captain declares his innings at 4.34.
Interruption started from 4.38 to 4.58.

If we take a whole 24 min (i.e. from 4.34 to 4.58), overs to reduce will be 8 i.e. (24/3)

But if we take 24 min in two parts i.e.
innings interval - 4.34 to 4.44 = 3 overs
interruption - 4.44 to 4.58 = 14/3 = 4 overs (complete 3 min)
we get = 3 + 4 = 7 overs to be reduced.

What is the correct method?


I do not understand how you can say that the interruption started at 4.38.  This was middle of interval.

Play was due to resume at 4.44 with however many overs remaining as calculated by the two alternative methods specified by Laws.

If you are unable to start until 4.58 then you lose 4 overs from that figure.


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Colin Pearson


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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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