English domestic cricket to use 'Finn' no-ball law from 2014

Steve Finn

A bowler who breaks the stumps in their delivery stride will have bowled a no-ball under a new rule being applied to English domestic cricket next season.

Previously, a dead-ball was called when the bails at the non-striker's end were knocked off by a bowler.

The rule was changed from October 1 by Marylebone Cricket Club, which writes the laws of the game, after England's Steven Finn was repeatedly affected.

It was applied to internationals by the International Cricket Councilexternal-link in April.

Other changes being adopted by the England & Wales Cricket Boardexternal-link from 2014 include:

  • In the NatWest Twenty20 competition, the time allowed for the incoming batsman to be ready at the wicket will be reduced from 90 seconds to 60 seconds.
  • The introduction of a Super Over in all tied NatWest T20 matches - including for the first time in the group stages of the competition.
  • In the County Championship an extra two points will be available for a draw in order to provide greater reward for hard-fought draws and matches where bad weather has affected the outcome. This will mean five points in total for a draw, 16 for a win. Bonus points remain unchanged.
  • Alternative colours to white may be used as crease markings from next season - subject to successful trials. This change is designed to make crease markings easier to see for both spectators and TV viewers.
  • One-day international playing conditions will be replicated in the Royal London One-Day Cup wherever possible and two new balls will be used.