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Over Head No Ball Rule

Postby Chikae » Mon Dec 05, 2016 1:22 pm

If the Ball is bowled over the batsman's head but still he manages to hit the ball with bat, is it still called a No ball or is it a fair deliver?
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Over Head No Ball Rule

Postby helmut41 » Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:24 am

Dear Vicky

Hi Vicky,

Thank you for your question. Your question is related to Law-42.6 & 42.7. There are two different categories your question is covered and accordingly you have to take action.

It is dangerous & unfair when any single beamer is bowled.

A delivery is considered a high full pitched balls ‘beamer’, which do not pitch before reaching the striker.

There are two types of deliveries to be defined by its height& speed only.

•   For a slow delivery –it should be over shoulder height

•   For all other deliveries, it should be over the waist height

Umpire will decided its height against the striker standing upright at the crease, Delivery comes under the above definition is to be judged “dangerous and unfair” and degree of risk is not a criterion.

Here, a batsman has managed to pay the ball, but a beamer is a beamer. It does not matter if the striker hits the ball. It is still totally unacceptable delivery and will be dealt with as such. The umpire will call & signal “NO BALL” and the striker is there by will not be given out.

Besides calling a no ball, the umpires will undertake the following actions,



(At first Instance)

1   Call & Signal “No Ball” and inform your colleague

2   When the ball is dead inform the fielding captain

3   Caution the bowler and inform the batsmen at the crease

4   Caution shall apply whichever ends he bowls from

5   Inform the batting captain at the next possible interval

6   The caution applied throughout the rest of the innings.

(At second instance)

Repeat the above procedure but replace the caution with a final warning.

(At the third instance)

Repeat point no. 1, 2, & 3

4. Tell the captain of the fielding side that the bowler is immediately suspended from bowling, allow any other bowler, who has not bowled the previous over nor can be bowl the next over, to complete the unfinished over.

5. Suspend the bowler who may not bowl again in that whole innings.

6. As soon as possible together, report the incident to the(i)   Executive of the fielding side and(ii)   Governing Body responsible for the match.

Note that the suspended bowler can start bowling in the 2nd innings with a clean sheet.

The Scorers must record the fact of bowler suspended in their scoring record.


If the umpire considers that a high full pitch which is deemed to be dangerous and unfair, as defined in Law 42.6 above, was deliberately bowled then the Umpire shall at the first instance

1   Call and signal ‘No Ball’

2   Direct the captain when the ball is dead to take the bowler off forthwith

3   The over shall be completed by another bowler who shall neither have bowled the previous over nor he be allowed to bowl the next over.

4   The bowler thus taken off shall not be allowed to bowl again in that whole innings

5   Report the occurrence to the other umpire, the batsmen and as soon as possible the captain of the batting side,

6   Report the occurrence together with other umpire, as soon as possible to any Governing Body responsible for the match, who shall take appropriate action again the captain and the bowler.

Deliberate action does not require any primary caution or warning.

•   The Law does not refer to the type of bowler who either deliver a slow paced or a faster one.

•   The width of the ball is of no consequences, if it falls under this criteria it is not wide ball, but will be treated as a totally illegal, unacceptable delivery in its own right.

•   It should be remembered that the terms fast, medium fast and slow are all relative and the umpire will have to decide on each delivery in the context of the game he is umpiring.

Hope you understood the above and all you should require is courage to apply this during the match with authority and presence of mind.

Your questions are welcome and it’s a great honour replying your question. Your questions are welcome. Wish you all the best.

Yours sincerely,

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