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    Rule clarification needed

    Ok, this is probably going to be a short thread, but anyway.

    Can anyone tell me what the rule is regarding bowling outside the longitudinal lines painted in the bowling crease area, as shown here:

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    The reason I ask is that I've seen Dan Vettori and Makhaya Ntini do it many, many times in the current series, and I was under the impression that bowling outside those lines was illegal?

    While we're at it, is anyone else out there in the dark about a particular rule? Perhaps this is the place to ask.

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    The front foot can cross it, however, no part of the back foot may cut that line.

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    5. Fair delivery - the feet
    For a delivery to be fair in respect of the feet, in the delivery stride
    (i) the bowler's back foot must land within and not touching the return crease.
    (ii) the bowler's front foot must land with some part of the foot, whether grounded or raised, behind the popping crease.
    If the umpire at the bowler's end is not satisfied that both these conditions have been met, he shall call and signal No ball.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Voltman
    The front foot can cross it, however, no part of the back foot may cut that line.
    Interesting. I'm pretty sure I've seen Vettori getting away with that. Will have to have a closer look tonight.


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    "(i) the bowler's back foot must land within and not touching the return crease."

    Hmm, think that one needs clarifying to me. Where abouts does it mean when it says 'the return crease'... I'm guessing it just means the within the width of the crease... its just i've seen spin bowlers bowl balls from a good few yards behind the crease to give a bit of variation and catch the batsman out (definately seen Croft do it before)... surely by doing that the foot isnt within the actual crease (though within the width if it was bowled from a normal point)
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    The return creases are the tramlines on the sides of the pitch.


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    Yeah, the return crease is the one I was referring to when I started this thread. Just couldn't think of what the damn thing was called.

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    So if I wanted to I could bowl from the boundary rope?
    Or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamee999
    So if I wanted to I could bowl from the boundary rope?
    Yes and No.

    There is no rule stopping you apart from the one I use when umpiring in similar situations.

    An umpire must be satisfied that all elements of a legal delivery are satisfied or he should call no ball.

    If you bowl from the boundary (I know you jest, but lets use it as an example) how can the umpire be sure your back foot did not break the return crease?

    You are so far back that the line (crease) cannot be used to judge and you are also bowling from so far behind the umpire that he cannot see what you are doing.

    The elements of a fair delivery cannot be confirmed therefore, when I umpire, I call No-Ball
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