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Laws of Cricket 1947 Code (Fourth Edition)
Law 22 - The Result

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A match is won by the side which shall have scored a total of runs in excess of that scored by the opposing side in its two completed innings, one-day matches, unless thus played out, shall be decided by the first innings. A match may also be determined by being given up as lost by one of the sides, or in the case governed by Law 17. A match not determined in any of these ways shall count as a “Draw”.


  1. It is the responsibility of the captains to satisfy themselves on the correctness of the scores on the conclusion of play.
  2. Neither side can be compelled to continue after a match is finished; a one-day match shall not be regarded as finished on the result of the first innings if the umpires consider there is a prospect of carrying the game to a further issue in the time remaining.
  3. The result of a finished match is stated as a win by runs, except in the case of a win by the side batting last, when it is by the number of wickets still then to fall. In a one-day match which is not played out on the second innings, this rule applies to the position at the time when a result on first innings was reached.
  4. A “Draw” is regarded as a “Tie” when scores are equal at the conclusion of play but only if the match has been played out. If the scores of the completed first innings of a one-day match are equal, it is a “Tie”, but only if the match has not been played out to a further conclusion.

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