LAWS OF CRICKET.
As Revised by the Committee of the Marylebone Cricket Club, 1884 and 1889.
The Game 1. A match is played between two sides of eleven players each, unless otherwise agreed to; each side has two innings, taken alternately, except in the case provided for in Law 53. The choice of innings shall be decided by tossing.
Runs. 2. The score shall be reckoned by runs. A run is scored—
1st. So often as the batsmen after a hit, or at any time while the ball is in play, shall have crossed and made good their ground from end to end.
2nd. For penalties under Laws 16, 34, 41, and allowances under 44.
Any run or runs so scored shall be duly recorded by scorers appointed for the purpose.
The side which scores the greatest number of runs wins the match. No match is won unless played out or given up, except in the case provided in Law 45.
Appointment of Umpires 3. Before the commencement of the match two Umpires shall be appointed, one for each end.
The Ball. 4. The Ball shall weigh not less than five ounces and a half, nor more than five ounces and three-quarters. It shall measure not less than nine inches, nor more than nine inches and one-quarter in circumference. At the beginning of each innings either side may demand a new ball.
The Bat. 5. The Bat shall not exceed four inches and one-quarter in the widest part; it shall not be more than thirty-eight inches in length.
The Wickets. 6. The Wickets shall be pitched opposite and parallel to each other at a distance of twenty-two yards. Each wicket shall be eight inches in width, and consist of three stumps, with two bails upon the top. The stumps shall be of equal and sufficient size to prevent the ball from passing through, twenty-seven inches out of the ground. The bails shall be each four inches in length, and when in position on the top of the stumps, shall not project more than half-an-inch above them. The wickets shall not be changed during a match, unless the ground between them become unfit for play; and then only by consent of both sides.