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Now Cricket Rules.

After the annual meeting of the Marylebone Cricket Club on May 1, a special meeting was held to consider the proposed alterations of the rules of the game. Mr Perk in b (secretary) stated that he had obtained the views of all the counties on the changes, aud opinion was almost unanimously in favor of them. Some counties objected to one alteration, and some to another, bat tho weight of opinion was for making the proposed changes. Surrey was against the alterations. He had a letter from the secretary, in which he said that they did not feel justified in giving any of the proposals their support. Notts was divided on the question whether there should be four or five balls to the over, but was in favor of tho other changes. All the remaining leading counties approved of them. Mr Denziel Onslow said that he was sorry that the letter from Surrey had put the matter in the way it had, because it by no means represented the terms of the resolution passed by their committee. The Surrey Committee went very carefully into the subject, and they had decided that changes were not advisable, and were unanimous in refusing the propositions. He should certainly vote against five balls to the over. He had had some experience of fast bowling, and considered that many young professionals and young University bowlers would be utterly spoiled by permitting five balls to the over. Many professionals played six days a week, and it would kill a fast bowlor to deliver five balls to the over. He had a very strong opinion on the matter, and would propose as an amendment that tho number of balls to the over remain as at present. Dr Jones asked whether tho professionals had been consulted in the matter. They were the people most concerned. Mr Perkins said he believed that in the majority of eases this had been done. He knew for a fact that Lohmann was consulted. Mr C. D. Marshall, in seconding Mr Onslow's amendment, said that he was convinced that the proposed alteration in the number of balls to the over would be in favor of the batsmen. The difference between bowling five balls and four was considerable, and this would all work for the batsman. Viscount Cobham (Lord Lyttelton) said that, as a fast bowler in his day, he might be permitted to add a few words. Australian cricketers were all very desirous of increasing the number of balls to the over; in fact, in all leading matches in Australia at the present time six balls were being bowled. The chairman said that he would put the proposed alterations to the meeting striatitn, and submitted Mr Onslow's amendment to alteration No. 1, law 13— " That the rule remain as at present." Only five voted for it, and it was lost by an overwhelming majority. The recommendation of the Committee to substitute five balls in the over for four was then put and carried. The second alteration, law 14—" That a bowler may ehange the ends as often as he likes, but cannot bowl two overs in succession," was carried nem. dis., as was also the third, law 52—" That on the last day of a match, and in a one-day match at any time, the batting team may declare their innings at an end." All three alterations come into force ot once.

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Now Cricket Rules., Evening Star, Issue 7932, 13 June 1889

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Now Cricket Rules. Evening Star, Issue 7932, 13 June 1889