What is the yellow Umpire Review button used for?
As with any other sport, there is always an element of subjectivity in interpreting the rules of Cricket. In a Cricket game there are two umpires on the field that enforce the rules and ensure fair play. Since we don’t have the luxury of real Umpires we decided to give our users an Umpire Review button which allows them to replay or change the outcome of the last play. Of course, there will be arguments…but in the end we expect Umpire Reviews to be agreed to (grudgingly or not) by both teams 🙂
Here are some examples of where Umpire Review SHOULD be used:
- Player Not Ready: Bowler bowls the ball but the batsman/batswoman isn’t ready! Both players should agree to an Umpire Review and a Replay Ball option.
- Wide Ball: A ball that hits a Wide Ball marker without making contact with any part of the batsman is called a Wide Ball and Umpire Review may be invoked to award a bonus run and replay the ball.
- Contact: Batsman should score runs only if he/she made contact with the ball, either with the bat or the body. If the batsman does not make contact with the ball and the ball flies into one of the scoring gutters, Umpire Review may be used to change the outcome to “Dot Ball – No Run Scored”
Here’s when Umpire Review MAY be used:
- Sixer out of the stadium: Batsman hits the ball out of the park but forgets to hit the green “Sixer” button before the play expires. The bowling team may grant the batting team Six runs using the Umpire Review button.
- Caught Out: Batsman hits the ball into a fielder and the ball is retained but the bowling team forgets to hit the red Caught Out button before the play expires! The batting team may agree to an Umpire Review – Batsman Out decision!
Batsman hits the ball out of the stadium and the ball is physically caught by the one of the members of the bowling team before a bounce. Is this a Sixer or a Caught OUT ?
If a member of the fielding team catches the ball and hits the red Caught Out button, then the batsman is OUT! This means that a batsman should press the green Sixer button only if the ball is not caught by a member of the opposing team. If the batsman has already pressed the green Sixer button before the ball is caught, then an Umpire Review – Batsman Out decision is required.
The Bowling team is not allowed to reach into the field to make a catch.
How do I track my scores and progress over time?
Visit our Batting Leaderboard to see how you match up against other players!
What if a ball deflects off the Wide Ball marker and hits the wickets?
In the unlikely event a ball strikes the wicket after hitting the Wide Ball marker, the batsman is NOT out. Umpire Review should be used to select Wide. This will award the batsman a bonus run and replay the last ball as well as remove the out.
I bowled a ball but the ball did not register. Why?
There is a green “Ready to bowl” LED at the batsman end that comes on when you’re ready to bowl. If you don’t pull the bowler’s arm back far enough and the light isn’t on, the ball will not register. Also if you try to slow down or speed up the bowler’s arm the ball throw will not register. Since the ball did not register, you can just play the point again. If both teams agree that the last ball/play should have counted (for example, the batsman was deprived of a clear Sixer!) then you can use Umpire Review on the next throw to compensate (in this example, allocate the batsman Six runs).
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