Paddy O'Hara's Teasers - Part 3

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Here is the third block of questions and answer that Paddy O'Hara has kindly let us reproduce on the site and on our Facebook pages.

The questions act as a fantastic form of revision over the winter months. The questions have been discussed on our Facebook page over the last few weeks.



11.   You are the umpire at bowler’s end.  On the 4th ball of an over, the striker glances a fair delivery towards fine leg.  The bowler deliberately obstructs him, as he is setting off for a 2nd run.

The bowler then properly puts down the wicket at the bowler’s end with the striker out of his ground, and appeals for the Run out.

(i)      How do you answer the appeal

(ii)How many runs have been scored?

(iii)       Who faces the next delivery?

(iv)       How many balls are left in the over?






12.  You are the umpire at bowler’s end.  The score is 98 for 2.    You call & signal No ball.  The striker swings at, but misses the ball, which deflects off his pad, and the batsmen run.

You notice that the non-striker just fails to make good his ground as he turns at the end of the 2nd run.   You then give the striker out Run out as he fails to complete the 3rd. run.

(i)                 What is the score now?

(ii)               What signals to you make to the scorers?












13. A No ball knocks the middle stump

back without removing it from the ground.   The batsmen run. 

(i)             Apart from re-making the wicket, what may the fielding side do, in order to put down the wicket in an attempt to secure a Run out?

(ii)               How would things differ if you were playing without bails?
















   14.  The striker hits the 2nd ball of an over – a No ball – towards the extra cover boundary.   The batsmen have crossed on their 3rd. run when the fielder’s throw misses the bowler’s end wicket and runs into the outfield.   The batsmen have completed a 4th run before the ball reaches and crosses the leg side boundary.

(i)       How many runs have been scored?

(ii)     And, how are they recorded?

(iii)   What further actions does the bower’s end umpire require?












  15.  A delivery hits the striker’s front pad, which is just outside the line of the off stump.   You are quite certain that the ball WOULD have gone on to hit the wicket.        Give all the reasons why, nevertheless, you would give the striker Not out?





Set  3  Answers.


We are now getting into on field match situations .      You must be able to react to any situation with calmness, knowledge  and authority.

In this first scenario there is a lot to think about, and a lot to do.


  1.  Firstly  42.5 tells you, you must Call & signal Dead ball to bring play to an immediate halt – for the deliberate  obstruction.

         (i) ‘Not out’.    The umpires are required to answer any appeal (27.5).

         (ii)   7 runs.   5 Pen. runs  + 1 completed run + 1 run started but not crossed

for.  (see 42.5 d  and f).

                Signals to scorers.   You do not need to repeat the Dead ball signal.

               Signal 5 Penalty runs to the batting side.  (“Patting for batting”)

              Make sure the scorers know the striker gets 2 runs.

(iii)             The batsmen at the wicket decide this.   (42.5. g)

(iv)             3 balls left.    This ball  does not count as one of the over.  (42.5. e)


    12.(i)   100 for 3.   2. No ball extras have been scored.  1 for bowling the No ball    

        and 1 for the only legitimate run taken  - the 2nd. was short and the

         Run out occurred on the 3rd.

(ii)   Short run.     No ball / Bye.(to indicate No ball extras).  Ensure that the  

        scorers acknowledge each signal separately.


   13.  (i)   A fielder must strike or pull a stump  out of the ground, with his hand

               or arm  providing that the ball is held in the hand or hands so used.(28)

  (ii)   If the umpires have agreed to play without bails (8.5)  (for whatever

         reason), then the umpire concerned must be satisfied that the ball has

       made contact with  any of the stumps.


14.      (i)  8 runs.  1 No ball + 3 runs completed or crossed for at the instant of the

             throw.  + 4 Boundary overthrows.  (19.7)

(ii)               I No ball extra.   7 runs to the striker.

(iii)             Signal to the scorers – No ball, Boundary 4 (followed by clarification that striker has scored 7 – easy if you have a radio, but if not, you could hold up fingers and call out.)

Importantly ensure the correct batsman faces the next delivery.

As the striker scored 7 runs  – an odd number – his partner will be on strike for the next delivery.

Finally, remember to allow an extra delivery in the over.


15.      1.    The delivery was a No ball .

2.      The ball had previously hit the bat (or hand holding the bat).

3.      The striker made a genuine attempt to play the ball with his bat.

4.      There was no appeal !!       (36)