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Club debate letters: Readers’ views on new laws affecting grassroots cricket

Club Cricket New Laws
by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Following last month’s club debate on cricket’s new laws and how they will affect the grassroots game, here’s what our readers thought of the new policies.

READ THE DEBATE: How will the new laws affect grassroots cricket? – By Rich Evans

On the new ‘two strikes and you’re out’ beamer law:

“In the Thames Valley League it’s two beamers and you can’t bowl again. All very well for the higher leagues with pace bowlers but imagine being a 14-year-old spinner trying to learn and getting pulled after two balls. It’s a complete joke. The powers that be have made some very strange decisions this year.”
Robbie-John Handley – via Twitter

“This happened to a 16-year-old in the game I played in on Saturday. And we are trying to keep 16-21-year-olds in the game…”
Will – via Twitter

‏“I don’t know about ‘irrespective of speed’. If a spinner was bowling full tosses over waist height to me more than once, I think I’d rather he stayed in the attack.”
Ben Pobjie – via Twitter

‏“Some teams I’ve seen wouldn’t make it through the innings.”
Jess Lewis – via Twitter

‏“Not a fan, doesn’t give new or inexperienced bowlers much of a chance. Could end someone’s input in the game after only two balls. Surely there should be some consideration for age and speed?”
Morley Benson – via Twitter

On extending the point at which a bowler can execute a ‘Mankad’

Buttler Senanayake Mankad Run Out

Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake controverally run out England’s non-striker Jos Buttler in 2014

‏”Good call. At the end of the day, it’s cheating by the non-striker. Simple as that.”
Niall – via Twitter

On restricting bat width

“The bat-width issue is totally unenforceable in the lower divisions with no league-appointed umpires, and virtually unenforceable even when there are.”
Matt Summerhill – via Twitter

Top Tweet: What do you do when cricket’s rained off?

St Michaels 74 CC – via Twitter

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