The Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB) has welcomed news that MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) has amended Law 41.7, the Law which concerns the bowling of dangerous and unfair non-pitching deliveries (beamers).
The Law published just over a year ago imposed stricter penalties on a bowler who delivered a full toss over the batsman’s waist.
The Law received criticism from players, coaches and umpires in grass roots cricket who felt that the new sanctions were overly severe – especially to younger bowlers.
In many cases, Governing Bodies introduced their own playing conditions that rendered the new Law irrelevant.
In response to this feedback, the Laws sub-committee has reviewed Law 41.7 and – with the support of the Cricket committee, World Cricket committee and MCC Committee – agreed that it should be adjusted, with effect from 1st April 2019, to allow umpires to make a more subjective decision over which deliveries are dangerous.
GCB chief executive Steve Silk said: “We welcome the decision of the MCC to amend the law concerning the bowling of full tosses above waist height. We had received strong feedback that the severity of the Law was potentially damaging to the development of young players and was also having a negative impact on club cricket – particularly at the lower levels.
“Rather than being black and white, the new Law puts the emphasis on umpires to use their judgement to determine whether a ball is considered dangerous and we believe this is a positive move.”
This and other minor clarifications and corrections from the 1st Edition will also be incorporated into the 2nd Edition.
All other changes will be confirmed by early January 2019 ahead of universal adoption from 1st April 2019. MCC’s Laws eLearning platform will be updated in the New Year to reflect the amends.
To view the Law 41.7 change in full, please click below.