Overview[ edit ] Whilst loosely based upon the game of cricket, many aspects are improvised: the playing ground, the rules, the teams, and the equipment. Quite often there are no teams at all; the players take turns at batting and there is often no emphasis on actually scoring runs. The bat can be anything, as long as it can hit the ball and can be suitably held in the hands. However, usage of a bat is necessary.
Share on Linked In Black Caps captain Kane Williamson says the overthrow rule should not change after a deflection off England batsman Ben Stoke's bat inadvertently led to six runs off the third ball in the final over of the Cricket World Cup final.
The ball hits England's Ben Stokes, deflecting to reach the boundary as he dives to make his ground during the Cricket World Cup final.
Photo: AFP Needing nine to win off the last three balls of the match, Stokes played a shot out to the boundary at midwicket that was picked up and thrown in by Martin Guptill as the English batsman scurried back for a second run off the delivery.
As Stokes dived for the line, the ball deflected off his bat, sending it to the boundary at third man as a helpless Ross Taylor chased after it.
Stokes was eventually awarded six runs off the ball by the umpires, cutting England's chase to just three off two. However, according to law This is the wording of the law: "If the boundary results from an overthrow or from the wilful act of a fielder, the runs scored shall be any runs for penalties awarded to either side, and the allowance for the boundary, and the runs completed by the batsmen, together with the run in progress if they had already crossed at the instant of the throw or act.
There are no set guidelines around when exactly the 'act' throw is deemed to have occured - whether it's the moment Guptill releases the ball or the moment it hits the bat of Stokes.