1. Call of Play
The umpire at the bowler's end shall call Play at the
start of the match and on the resumption of play after
any interval or interruption.
2. Call of Time
The umpire at the bowler's end shall call Time on the
cessation of play before any interval or interruption
of play and at the conclusion of the match. See Law
3. Removal of bails
After the call of Time, the bails shall be removed from
4. Starting a new over
Another over shall always be started at any time during
the match, unless an interval is to be taken in the
circumstances set out in 5 below, if the umpire, after
walking at his normal pace, has arrived at his position
behind the stumps at the bowler's end before the time
agreed for the next interval, or for the close of play,
has been reached.
5. Completion of an over
Other than at the end of the match,
(a) if the agreed time for an interval is reached during
an over, the over shall be completed before the interval
is taken except as provided for in (b) below.
(b) when less than 2 minutes remain before the time
agreed for the next interval, the interval will be taken
either (i) a batsman is out or retiresor
(ii) the players have occasion to leave the field whether
this occurs during an over or at the end of an over.
Except at the end of an innings, if an over is thus
interrupted it shall be completed on resumption of play.
6. Last hour of match - number of overs
When one hour of playing time of the match remains,
according to the agreed hours of play, the over in progress
shall be completed. The next over shall be the first
of a minimum of 20 overs which must be bowled, provided
that a result is not reached earlier and provided that
there is no interval or interruption in play.
The umpire at the bowler's end shall indicate the commencement
of this 20 overs to the players and the scorers. The
period of play thereafter shall be referred to as the
last hour, whatever its actual duration.
7. Last hour of match - interruptions of play
If there is an interruption in play during the last
hour of the match, the minimum number of overs to be
bowled shall be reduced from 20 as follows.
(a) The time lost for an interruption is counted from
the call of Time until the time for resumption of play
as decided by the umpires.
(b) One over shall be deducted for every complete 3
minutes of time lost.
(c) In the case of more than one such interruption,
the minutes lost shall not be aggregated; the calculation
shall be made for each interruption separately.
(d) If, when one hour of playing time remains, an interruption
is already in progress,
(i) only the time lost after this moment shall be counted
in the calculation;
(ii) the over in progress at the start of the interruption
shall be completed on resumption of play and shall not
count as one of the minimum number of overs to be bowled.
(e) If, after the start of the last hour, an interruption
occurs during an over, the over shall be completed on
resumption of play. The two part-overs shall between
them count as one over of the minimum number to be bowled.
8. Last hour of match - intervals between innings
If an innings ends so that a new innings is to be started
during the last hour of the match, the interval starts
with the end of the innings and is to end 10 minutes
(a) If this interval is already in progress at the start
of the last hour, then to determine the number of overs
to be bowled in the new innings, calculations are to
be made as set out in 7 above.
(b) If the innings ends after the last hour has started,
two calculations are to be made, as set out in (c) and
(d) below. The greater of the numbers yielded by these
two calculations is to be the minimum number of overs
to be bowled in the new innings.
(c) Calculation based on overs remaining.
(i) At the conclusion of the innings, the number of
overs that remain to be bowled, of the minimum in the
last hour, to be noted.
(ii) If this is not a whole number it is to be rounded
up to the next whole number.
(iii) Three overs to be deducted from the result for
(d) Calculation based on time remaining.
(i) At the conclusion of the innings, the time remaining
until the agreed time for close of play to be noted.
(ii) Ten minutes to be deducted from this time, for
the interval, to determine the playing time remaining.
(iii) A calculation to be made of one over for every
complete 3 minutes of the playing time remaining, plus
one more over for any further part of 3 minutes remaining.
9. Conclusion of match
The match is concluded
(a) as soon as a result, as defined in sections 1,2,3
or 4 of Law 21 (The result), is reached.
(b) as soon as both
(i) the minimum number of overs for the last hour are
completed and (ii) the agreed time for close of play
is reached unless a result has been reached earlier.
(c) if, without the match being concluded either as
in (a) or in (b) above, the players leave the field,
either for adverse conditions of ground, weather or
light, or in exceptional circumstances, and no further
play is possible thereafter.
10. Completion of last over of match
The over in progress at the close of play on the final
day shall be completed unless either
(i) a result has been reached or
(ii) the players have occasion to leave the field. In
this case there shall be no resumption of play, except
in the circumstances of Law 21.9 (Mistakes in scoring),
and the match shall be at an end.
11. Bowler unable to complete an over during last
hour of match
If, for any reason, a bowler is unable to complete an
over during the last hour, Law 22.8 (Bowler incapacitated
or suspended during an over) shall apply.