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Laws of Cricket 1947 Code
Law 10 - Rolling, Mowing and Watering

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Unless permitted by special regulations, the Pitch shall not be rolled during a match except before the start of each innings and of each day’s play, when, if the Captain of the batting side so elect, it may be swept and rolled for not more than 7 minutes. The Pitch shall not be mown during a match unless special regulations so provide. Under no circumstances shall the Pitch be watered during a match.


  1. “Special Regulations”, within the framework of the Laws, referred to in this and subsequent Laws are those authorised by M.C.C. in respect of County cricket, or by Overseas Governing Bodies in respect of cricket in the countries concerned. Such Regulations do not apply to matches played by touring teams unless included in these Notes and Interpretations of the Official Laws, or unless agreed to by both parties before the visiting team arrives.
  2. The umpires are responsible that any rolling permitted by this Law and carried out at the request of the captain of the batting side, is in accordance with the regulations laid down and that it is completed so as to allow play to start at the stipulated time.
  3. The time allowed for rolling shall be taken out of the normal playing time if a captain declare an innings closed either, (a) before play starts on any day so late that the other captain is prevented from exercising his option in regard to rolling under this Law, or (b) during the luncheon interval later than 15 minutes after the start of such interval.
  4. In Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, if at any time a rain-affected pitch is damaged by play thereon, it shall be swept and rolled for a period of not more than ten consecutive minutes at any time between the close of play on the day on which it was damaged and the next resumption of play, provided that:
    1. The umpires shall instruct the groundsman to sweep and roll the pitch only after they have agreed that damage caused to it as a result of play after rain has fallen warrants such rolling additional to that provided for in Law 10.
    2. Such rolling shall in all cases be done under the personal supervision of both umpires and shall take place at such time and with such roller as the groundsman shall consider best calculated to repair the damage to the pitch.
    3. Not more than one such additional rolling shall be permitted as a result of rain on any particular day.
    4. The rolling provided for in Law 10 shall not be permitted on any day on which the rolling herein provided for takes place within two hours of the time appointed for commencement of play on that day.
  5. The pitch may be mown under the supervision of the umpires before play starts on the third day of a match, (or on the Monday of a match starting on the preceding Friday or Saturday), and thereafter on each alternate day.

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