|We wuz robbed|
FB has no view on these incidents which have inflamed the nation. But they did set him thinking about the concept of penalties as they apply in cricket.
Every cricketer knows that if the ball hits the a helmet when it does not contain the head of wicket keeper or fielder penalty runs ensue. All wicket keepers go through the careful ritual of placing the unused helmet in a line precisely behind them, deemed the place least likely to be hit by the ball - precision is demanded and they spend many hard hours training in this essential skill. Nevertheless it goes wrong - to Matt Prior against S Africa in January 2010. But that is probably about the extent of most cricketers' knowledge of the penalty.
But in a sad reflection of the moral decline of the times in 2000 a range of other circumstances was described in which penalty runs are to be awarded. In their wisdom the law makers who devised these may have had limited knowledge of lower league cricket and Fantasy Bob for some of the events
Penalty runs are awarded if a fielder fields with anything other than his person ie if he suddenly produces a baseball mit from his back pocket to take a blinding catch on the boundary - or if he uses his cap or other piece of clothing. This suggests that if, on a very cold day, such as cricketers in Scotland rarely experience, a fielder has his sleeves drawn down to warm his hands and fields the ball in that state the penalty applies. FB has seen cold weather cause fielders to do an anorak. This raises another issue. In a famous incident in a recent season a batsman was given out when the ball lodged in the pocket of the trousers of a close fielder. FB wonders therefore what the decision should be if the ball were accidentally to lodge in the hood of the anorak.
And talking of anoraks, those wearing one while reading this nonsense will know that this fielding offence is the only instance of when penalty runs are credited to the batsman, and are not scored as extras.
|Pandey on boundary|
- 5 penalty runs
But in lower league cricket there are many distractions facing the batter. Many attempts to field the ball are of such comic quality that any audience would be transfixed. Are these to be the subject of penalty awards?
If a fielder kicks or pushes the ball over the boundary with the objective of keeping the weaker bat on strike - that is a penalty offence. This law has obviously been devised for different circumstances than are encountered in the lower leagues where putting a fielder, the ball and the boundary in any kind of proximity will lead more often than not to the ball being assisted in some way over the boundary. Furthermore the concept of a weaker batter when there are two rabbits is, to say the least, interesting and would need to be tested in the House of Lords. Perversely, just standing watching the ball, or being wholly incompetent in fielding it, so that the batters can actually run an extra run is not a criminal offence. This is just as well for both these approaches are standard practice in lower league cricket.
|Daryll Hair awarding |
penalty runs against
Pakistan for ball tampering
Shocking though this list of offences is, Fantasy Bob considers it inadequate. Left arm over the wicket bowlers should also incur penalty runs for all deliveries delivered with that wholly unsporting action.
|David Shepherd |
the penalty run signal
The signal for penalty runs is to raise one hand gracefully to the opposite shoulder. FB will be practising this movement hard over the winter. Cricketers of Edinburgh, watch out next season. Your best behaviour will be demanded.