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Law 8: The Wickets

1. Width and Pitching

Two sets of wickets, each 9 inches/22.86 cm. wide, and consisting of three wooden stumps with two wooden bails upon the top, shall be pitched opposite and parallel to each other at a distance of 22 yards/20.12m. between the centres of the two middle stumps.

2. Size of Stumps

The stumps shall be of equal and sufficient size to prevent the ball from passing between them. Their tops shall be 28 inches/71.1cm. above the ground, and shall be dome-shaped except for the bail grooves.

3. Size of Bails

The bails shall be each 4-3/8 inches/11.1cm. in length and when in position on top of the stumps shall not project more than 1/2 inch/1.3 cm above them.


(a) Dispensing with Bails
In a high wind the Umpires may decide to dispense with the use of bails.

(b) Junior Cricket
For Junior Cricket, as defined by the local Governing Body, the following measurements for the Wickets shall apply:-

Width - 8 inches/20.32 cm.
Pitched - 21 yards/19.20 m.
Height - 27 inches/68.58 cm.
Bails - each 3-7/8 inches/9.84 cm. in length and should not project more than 1/2 inch/1.3cm. above them.

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Date-stamped : 31 Aug2002 - 06:23