1. A Win - two innings
The side which has scored a total of runs in excess
of that scored in the two completed innings of the opposing
side shall win the match. Note also 6 below.
A forfeited innings is to count as a completed innings.
See Law 14 (Declaration and forfeiture).
2. A Win - one innings match
The side which has scored in its one innings a total
of runs in excess of that scored.31 by the opposing
side in its one completed innings shall win the match.
Note also 6 below.
3. Umpires awarding a match
(a) A match shall be lost by a side which either
(i) concedes defeat or
(ii) in the opinion of the umpires refuses to play and
the umpires shall award the match to the other side.
(b) If an umpire considers that an action by any player
or players might constitute a refusal by either side
to play then the umpires together shall ascertain the
cause of the action. If they then decide together that
this action does constitute a refusal to play by one
side, they shall so inform the captain of that side.
If the captain persists in the action the umpires shall
award the match in accordance with (a) (ii) above.
(c) If action as in (b) above takes place after play
has started and does not constitute a refusal to play
(i) playing time lost shall be counted from the start
of the action until play recommences, subject to Law
15.5 (Changing agreed times for intervals).
(ii) the time for close of play on that day shall be
extended by this length of time, subject to Law 3.9
(Suspension of play for adverse conditions of ground,
weather or light).
(iii) if applicable, no overs shall be deducted during
the last hour of the match solely on account of this
4. A Tie
The result of a match shall be a Tie when the scores
are equal at the conclusion of play, but only if the
side batting last has completed its innings.
5. A Draw
A match which is concluded, as defined in Law 16.9 (Conclusion
of a match), without being determined in any of the
ways stated in 1,2,3 or 4 above, shall count as a Draw.
6. Winning hit or extras
(a) As soon as a result is reached, as defined in 1,
2, 3 or 4 above, the match is at an end. Nothing that
happens thereafter shall be regarded as part of it.
Note also 9 below.
(b) The side batting last will have scored enough runs
to win only if its total of runs is sufficient without
including any runs completed before the dismissal of
the striker by the completion of a catch or by the obstruction
of a catch.
(c) If a boundary is scored before the batsmen have
completed sufficient runs to win the match, then the
whole of the boundary allowance shall be credited to
the side's total and, in the case of a hit by the bat,
to the striker's score.
7. Statement of result
If the side batting last wins the match, the result
shall be stated as a win by the number of wickets still
then to fall.
If the other side wins the match, the result shall be
stated as a win by runs.
If the match is decided by one side conceding defeat
or refusing to play, the result shall be stated as Match
Conceded or Match Awarded as the case may be.
8. Correctness of result
Any decision as to the correctness of the scores shall
be the responsibility of the umpires. See Law 3.15 (Correctness
9. Mistakes in scoring
If, after the umpires and players have left the field
in the belief that the match has been concluded, the
umpires discover that a mistake in scoring has occurred
which affects the result, then, subject to 10 below,
they shall adopt the following procedure.
(a) If, when the players leave the field, the side batting
last has not completed its innings, and
either (i) the number of overs to be bowled in the last
hour has not been completed,
or (ii) the agreed finishing time has not been reached,
then unless one side concedes defeat the umpires shall
order play to resume.
If conditions permit, play will then continue until
the prescribed number of overs has been completed and
the time remaining has elapsed, unless a result is reached
earlier. The number of overs and/or the time remaining
shall be taken as they were when the players left the
field; no account shall be taken of the time between
that moment and the resumption of play.
(b) If, when the players leave the field, the overs
have been completed and time has been reached, or if
the side batting last has completed its innings, the
umpires shall immediately inform both captains of the
necessary corrections to the scores and to the result.
10. Result not to be changed
Once the umpires have agreed with the scorers the correctness
of the scores at the conclusion of the match - see Laws
3.15 (Correctness of scores) and 4.2 (Correctness of
scores) - the result cannot thereafter be changed.