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Law 37: Obstructing The Field
1. Wilful Obstruction
Either Batsman, on appeal, shall be out Obstructing the Field if
he wilfully obstructs the opposite side by word or action.
2. Obstructing a Ball from Being Caught
The Striker, on appeal, shall be out should wilful obstruction by
either Batsman prevent a catch being made.
This shall apply even though the Striker causes the obstruction
in lawfully guarding his wicket under the provisions of
Law 34. See
Law 34.1. (Out Hit the Ball
(a) Accidental Obstruction
The Umpires must decide whether the obstruction was wilful or
not. The accidental interception of a throw-in by a Batsman
while running does not break this Law.
(b) Entry in Score Book
The correct entry in the score book when a Batsman is given out
under this Law is "obstructing the field", and the bowler does
not get credit for the wicket.