1. Out Hit the ball
(a) The striker is out Hit the ball twice if, while
the ball is in play, it strikes any part of his person
or is struck by his bat and, before the ball has been
touched by a fielder, he wilfully strikes it again with
his bat or person, other than a hand not holding the
bat, except for the sole purpose of guarding his wicket.
See 3 below and Laws 33 (Handled the ball) and 37 (Obstructing
(b) For the purpose of this Law, 'struck' or 'strike'
shall include contact with the person of the striker.
2. Not out Hit the ball twice
Notwithstanding 1(a) above, the striker will not be
out under this Law if
(i) he makes a second or subsequent stroke in order
to return the ball to any member of the fielding side.
Note, however, the provisions of Law 37.4 (Returning
the ball to a member of the fielding side).
(ii) he wilfully strikes the ball after it has touched
a fielder. Note, however, the provisions of Law 37.1
(Out Obstructing the field).
3. Ball lawfully struck more than once
Solely in order to guard his wicket and before the ball
has been touched by a fielder, the striker may lawfully
strike the ball more than once with his bat or with
any part of his person other than a hand not holding
the bat. Notwithstanding this provision, the striker
may not prevent the ball from being caught by making
more than one stroke in defence of his wicket. See Law
37.3 (Obstructing a ball from being caught).
4. Runs permitted from ball lawfully struck more
When the ball is lawfully struck more than once, as
permitted in 3 above, only the first strike is to be
considered in determining whether runs are to be allowed
and how they are to be scored.
(a) If on the first strike the umpire is satisfied that
either (i) the ball first struck the bat
or (ii) the striker attempted to play the ball with
or (iii) the striker tried to avoid being hit by the
ball then any penalties to the batting side that are
applicable shall be allowed.
(b) If the conditions in (a) above are met then, if
they result from overthrows, and only if they result
from overthrows, runs completed by the batsmen or a
boundary will be allowed in addition to any penalties
that are applicable.
They shall be credited to the striker if the first strike
was with the bat. If the first strike was on the person
of the striker they shall be scored as Leg byes or No
ball extras, as appropriate. See Law 26.2 (Leg byes).
(c) If the conditions of (a) above are met and there
is no overthrow until after the batsmen have started
to run, but before one run is completed,
(i) only subsequent completed runs or a boundary shall
be allowed. The first run shall count as a completed
run for this purpose only if the batsmen have not crossed
at the instant of the throw.
(ii) if in these circumstances the ball goes to the
boundary from the throw then, notwithstanding the provisions
of Law 19.6 (Overthrow or wilful act of fielder), only
the boundary allowance shall be scored.
(iii) if the ball goes to the boundary as the result
of a further overthrow, then runs completed by the batsmen
after the first throw and before this final throw shall
be added to the boundary allowance. The run in progress
at the first throw will count only if they have not
crossed at that moment; the run in progress at the final
throw shall count only if they have crossed at that
moment. Law 18.12 (Batsman returning to wicket he has
left) shall apply as from the moment of the final throw.
(d) If, in the opinion of the umpire, none of the conditions
in (a) above have been met then, whether there is an
overthrow or not, the batting side shall not be credited
with any runs from that delivery apart from the penalty
for a No ball if applicable. Moreover, no other penalties
shall be awarded to the batting side when the ball is
dead. See Law 42.17 (Penalty runs).
5. Ball lawfully struck more than once - action
by the umpire
If no runs are to be allowed, either in the circumstances
of 4(d) above, or because there has been no overthrow
(a) if no run is attempted but the ball reaches the
boundary, the umpire shall call and signal Dead ball
and disallow the boundary.
(b) if the batsmen run and
(i) neither batsman is dismissed and the ball does not
become dead for any other reason, the umpire shall call
and signal Dead ball as soon as one run is completed
or the ball reaches the boundary. The batsmen shall
return to their original ends. The run or boundary shall
(ii) a batsman is dismissed, or if for any other reason
the ball becomes dead before one run is completed or
the ball reaches the boundary, all the provisions of
the Laws will apply except that the award of penalties
to the batting side shall be as laid down in 4(a) or
4(d) above as appropriate.