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    Catching the Ball

    Ive wanted to now this for a long time, and I face being laughed off the CW forum, but what I want to know is,

    Is it Legal for you to take a catch by using a cap?
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    I don't think it is.

    I tried stopping the ball at the boundary with my cap as a 12-year-old in a competitive match and I got absolutely toasted by the adults. I then claimed that my cap was annoying me so I just took it off and it saved me because no one could really see what I did. Felt like a bastard that day.

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    It isn't? I think it is. Or at least I always thought it was.
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    No it is not legal.

    EDIT

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiki
    However, if while the ball is in play he wilfully fields it otherwise (e.g. by using his hat), the ball becomes dead and 5 penalty runs are awarded to the batting side unless the ball previously struck a batsman not attempting to hit or avoid the ball. Most of the rules covering fielders are in Law 41 of the Laws of cricket.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wiki
    5 penalty runs are awarded to the batting side should the ball touch a fielder's headgear whilst it is not being worn unless the ball previously struck a batsman not attempting to hit or avoid the ball. This rule was introduced in the 19th century to prevent the unfair practice of a fielder using a hat (often a top hat) to take a catch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy
    No it is not legal.
    Bleh, there you go reigning in my cricketing knowledge again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker
    Bleh, there you go reigning in my cricketing knowledge again.
    I've done it once today

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire
    I've done it once today
    No, you've done it once. And that was because I let you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy
    No it is not legal.

    EDIT

    I hope Wiki isn't Wikipedia. A lot of that site is complete drivel and anyone can edit and add anything they want. For instance one article says the aim of the batsman is:
    1. Avoid getting out
    2. Avoid being injured
    3. Score runs

    That might explain Chris Tavare's approach to batting but it shouldn't be quoted too widely.

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    If it was up to me, I'd say perfectly legal. Using your initiative is hard to come by these days, so it should be rewarded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomm NCCC
    If it was up to me, I'd say perfectly legal. Using your initiative is hard to come by these days, so it should be rewarded.
    Its hardly initiative or a radical idea if it has been around in cricket since the year dot. Remember it was banned as long ago as the 1800s.

    Even if it was using initiative, I would rather people were forced to use their catching technique and ability rather than initiative.

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    It should bloody well be, because then maybe I'd have got my hattrick on Saturday.

    Was on a hattrick as a leggie, brought the field in and tossed it up. The ball was skied off a top edge and my best mate dropped an absolute dolly. Would have had a better chance catching it with his big floppy hat I reckon.

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    has anyone on the boards ever tried catching the ball with his hat? because i can assure you that 99.99% of the time(assuming you use a normal cap) you'd drop it either with the ball popping straight out of the hat or with the impact of the ball hitting the cap causing you to drop the cap.
    Regardless if the ball hitting a helmet on the field is deemed as a penalty, one would think so would using a cap to take a catch.
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    I've done it plenty of times, it's pretty damn easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag
    I've done it plenty of times, it's pretty damn easy.
    with a normal cricket cap? everytime ive tried it, ive ended up dropping it, and everyone else that i know that has tried it has done pretty much the same.

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