we've gotten 4 pages in and not a single person has actually evaluated the wording of the law itself
41.16 Non-striker leaving his/her ground early
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41.16.1 If the non-striker is out of his/her ground at any time from the moment the ball comes into play until the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball, the non-striker is liable to be Run out.
In these circumstances, the non-striker will be out Run out if he/she is out of his/her ground when his/her wicket is put down by the bowler throwing the ball at the stumps or by the bowler’s hand holding the ball, whether or not the ball is subsequently delivered.
If the ball is not delivered and there is an appeal,
- the umpire shall make his/her decision on the Run out. If it is not out, he/she shall call and signal Dead ball as soon as possible.
- the ball shall not count as one in the over.
If the ball is delivered and there is an appeal,
41.17 Batters stealing a run
It is unfair for the batters to attempt to steal a run during the bowler’s run-up
- the umpire shall make his/her decision on the Run out.
- if the non-striker is not dismissed, the ball remains in play and Law 21.6 (Bowler breaking wicket in delivering ball) shall apply.
- if the non-striker is dismissed, the ball shall not count as one in the over.
. Unless the bowler attempts to run out either batter – see 41.16 and Law 21.4 (Bowler throwing towards striker’s end before delivery) – the umpire shall
- call and signal Dead ball as soon as the batters cross in such an attempt.
- inform the other umpire of the reason for this action.
The bowler’s end umpire shall then
- return the batters to their original ends.
- award 5 Penalty runs to the fielding side.
- award any other 5 run Penalty that is applicable, except for Penalty runs under Law 28.3 (Protective helmets belonging to the fielding side).
- inform the batters, the captain of the fielding side and, as soon as practicable, the captain of the batting side, of the reason for this action.
The umpires together shall report the occurrence as soon as possible after the match to the Executive of the offending side and to any Governing Body responsible for the match, who shall take such action as is considered appropriate against the captain, any other individuals concerned and, if appropriate, the team.
This is very straightforward. The entire 41.16 section will be moved to the section on runouts in a few days as well.