Extra (cricket)

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In the sport of cricket, an extra (sometimes called a sundry) is a run scored by a means other than a batsman hitting the ball.

Other than runs scored off the bat from a no ball, a batsman is not given credit for extras and the extras are tallied separately on the scorecard and count only towards the team's score. A game with many extras is often considered as untidy bowling; conversely, a game having few extras is seen as tidy bowling.

Types of extra[edit]

No ball[edit]

Main article: No ball

An umpire may call a no ball when the bowler or fielder commits an illegal action during bowling.

The most common reason for a no ball is overstepping the popping crease for the front foot at the instant of delivery. A rarer reason is when the bowler's back foot touches or lands outside the return crease. Another reason for calling a no ball is when a bowler throws (or chucks) the ball.A very new rule was made by the ICC that if the bowler bowls the ball as a full toss above chest high or (in rarer cases) if the ball pitches too short it will/should be declared as "no ball"

The penalty for a no ball is one run (or, in some one-day competitions, two runs, and/or a "free hit"); furthermore, the no ball does not count as one of the six in an over and an extra ball is bowled, but it does count as a ball faced by the batsman as far as his personal statistics are concerned.

The run awarded for the no ball is not credited to an individual batsman's score but is tallied separately as part of the team's score. Any additional runs scored by the batsman off the bat, whether by running or by a boundary, are included in the individual's score.

It is possible for a team to score byes or leg byes (but not wides) from a delivery ruled a no ball, these are in addition to the run awarded for the no ball.

Since the 1980s a no ball has been scored against the bowler, making the bowling statistics more accurate.

Wide[edit]

Main article: Wide (cricket)

A ball being delivered too far from the batsman to strike it, provided that no part of the batsman's body or equipment touches the ball, is known as a wide.

When a wide is bowled the batting team are awarded a run, which is tallied separately on the scorecard and does not count towards an individual batsman's score. Additionally, a wide is not counted as one of the six balls in the over and a replacement is bowled.

Bye[edit]

Main article: Bye (cricket)

If the ball is not struck by the batsman's bat (nor connects with any part of the batsman's body) the batsmen may still run if they choose. If the ball reaches the boundary, whether or not the batsmen ran, then four byes are awarded. Any runs scored are tallied separately on the scorecard and do not count towards a batsman's individual score.

Byes may be scored from no balls and wides as well as from legal deliveries.

In modern cricket, byes are normally scored against the wicket keeper in their statistics.

Leg bye[edit]

Main article: Leg bye

If the ball hits the batsman's body, then provided the batsman is not out leg before wicket (lbw) and the batsman either tried to avoid being hit or tried to hit the ball with the bat, the batsman may run. In this case, regardless of the part of anatomy touched by the ball, the runs scored are known as leg byes. If (with the same provisos) the ball reaches the boundary, whether or not the batsmen ran, then four leg byes are awarded.

Leg byes can be scored from no balls or legal deliveries, and are counted only towards the team's score not an individual batsman's.

Unlike no balls, byes and wides, leg byes are not scored against the bowler or the wicket keeper, because they are not their fault.

Penalty runs[edit]

As well as the runs scored as penalties for no balls and wides, since the changes to the laws in 2000, 5 penalty runs may be awarded for rarer breaches of the laws.

Five penalty runs are awarded to the batting (or to the batsman in some cases) if:[1]

  • The ball strikes a fielder's helmet when it is on the field but not being worn.
  • A fielder willfully fields the ball other than with his person (for example, using a cap or other item of clothing).
  • The ball is touched by a fielder who has returned to the field without the umpire's permission.
  • The umpires decide that the fielding team have illegally changed the condition of the ball.
  • The fielding team deliberately distract or obstruct the batsman. (If the distraction or obstruction occurs before the striker receives the ball, the fielding team must first receive a warning, however penalty runs are awarded for the first instance of such an infringement after the striker has received the ball.)
  • The fielding team deliberately pushes the ball in play to the boundary (for example in order to bowl at the weaker batsman).
  • After being warned, the fielding team damage the protected area of the pitch or deliberately waste time between overs.

Five penalty runs are awarded to the fielding side if the batting team:

  • Attempt to "steal" a run or deliberately run short
  • Deliberately waste time after having been warned
  • Damage the protected area of the pitch after two warnings.
  • If the non-striking batsman distracts a fielder, especially if he is about to make a catch and the distraction cause him to drop it.

The penalty runs are added to the fielding team's score in their previous innings, unless they have not yet batted, in which case the runs are added to their next innings.

Examples and references for each

Some examples of penalty runs are:

  1. On 12 September 2002 in Colombo, Pakistan were awarded five penalty runs after Rashid Latif's delivery hit Sri Lankan wicket keeper Kumar Sangakkara's helmet.[2]
  2. On 3 January 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa were awarded five penalty runs after Graeme Swann's delivery hit English wicket keeper Matt Prior's helmet.[3]
  3. On 18 February 2010 in Kolkata, again South Africa were awarded five penalty runs after Hashim Amla's shot was deliberately pushed by Virender Sehwag to the boundary line.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.lords.org/laws-and-spirit/laws-of-cricket/laws/law-42-fair-and-unfair-play,68,AR.html
  2. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/66180.html
  3. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/shared/fds/hi/statistics/cricket/scorecards/2010/1/83953/html/scorecard.stm
  4. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/indvrsa2010/engine/match/441826.html