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Chairman's Welcome 2019

On behalf of the NECL committee, I should like to take this opportunity to welcome all our member clubs, their players, helpers and supporters to the 2019 season. This is a year in which, unusually, both the World Cup and the Ashes take place in England during the summer, and it is to be hoped that this will see increased interest in the game at all levels.
Last year saw a significant revision of the Laws of Cricket, and perhaps it is not surprising that, following this, there have been some further clarifications and amendments for 2019. I should particularly like to draw clubs’ attention to changes as to whether a full-toss above waist height should be deemed dangerous. The new law is in 41.7.2 and 41.7.3, quoted below. 41.7.1 is unchanged.
41.7.1 Any delivery, which passes or would have passed, without pitching, above waist height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease, is unfair. Whenever such a delivery is bowled, the umpire shall call and signal No ball.
41.7.2 The bowling of a delivery as defined in 41.7.1 is also dangerous if the bowler’s end umpire considers that there is a risk of injury to the striker. In making that judgement the umpire shall: disregard any protective equipment worn by the striker, be mindful of: the speed, height and direction of the delivery, the skill of the striker, the repeated nature of such deliveries.
41.7.3 If the umpire considers a non-pitching delivery, or a series of non-pitching deliveries, to be dangerous under 41.7.2, when the ball is dead, the umpire shall repeat the No ball signal to the scorers and then caution the bowler, indicating that this is a first and final warning.
In practice this means that a bowler who bowls an above waist-high full toss should now only be cautioned if the umpire considers that delivery to have been dangerous. Thus a, possibly young, inexperienced bowler should no longer automatically face removal from an attack for bowling two (or even more) full-tosses which are called as no-balls. Clubs and umpires, particularly in the lower divisions, need to be aware of this.
I should like to end by wishing all clubs and their members an enjoyable and successful 2019 season, with matches played competitively, yet in accordance with the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ and, hopefully, with not too much interruption from the weather.

Neil Brinded (Chair, NECL)