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Last hour scheduled at 05.30 pm to 06.30 pm.

Over in progress at 05.30 pm ends at 05.32 pm.

After 3.2 overs, interruption of 16 minutes occurs at 5.44 pm.  Team A Innings resumes at 06.00 pm.  

On 01st delivery after resumption, wicket falls and Team A innings ends at 06.01 pm.  

At 06.05 pm, Team B batting captain forfeits his innings.  

At 06.07 pm, Team A batting captain demands for rolling of 07 minutes.

What is the minimum overs to be bowled by the end of the match?

Law 16 requires separate calculations for each break:

At 5:44, 16.4 overs remain
At 6:00, lost 16 minutes, lost 5 overs, 11.4 remain
At 6:01, innings ends, 11.3 remain

Law 16.8(b) requires two calculations at change of innings.
(c) round up to 12 overs remaining deduct 3, so 9 overs starting at 6:11
(d) Start 6:11, 19 minutes left, round up to 7 overs.

So 9 overs remain at that point as greater.

The next question is what time can play restart.
Team A is entitled to rolling and that is unlikely to be completed before 6:17.
How long does it take to get roller from boundary to pitch and back?
[Law 10.1(e) says any delay can be taken out of playing time]
However that must be determined by the umpires - could be slightly quicker but may be slower.

Assuming it is 6:17,
(c) take 9 overs above, deduct 3. so 6 remaining.
(d) start 6:17, 13 minutes left, round up to 5 overs

Hence 6 overs is the greater.


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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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