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This text is, as far as as we know, the earliest published rules of cricket that have come down to us. They are more than eighty years older than the first official Laws of Cricket, published in 1789.

There are some strange omissions and gaps, making them look incomplete when compared to the 1789 Laws. But they are, definitely, cricket...

Note that the over consisted of 4 balls, as it did down to the 1800s...but a bowler was allowed to bowl two consecutive overs, once in an innings!

The coin toss is used to decide who will get to set up the pitch, NOT who will bat first. (Choosing the ground for the pitch, in those days of uneven fields, could have been a major advantage.) The "toss-up" for deciding who is to bat first refers to a bat being tossed, not a coin.

Also, the rules allowed for considerable interference on the field. Runners are allowed to interfere with fielders in any way they can, other than striking the ball.Batsmen can also stop the ball from hitting the wickets with their bodies (and even with their bats). No wonder there is no lbw rule!

These differences are major, but the game is [or should be] recognizable to anyone today. They tell us how old cricket really is.


On setting forthe to play at Crickett


Laws for Ye Bowlers 4 Balls and Over:


Laws for ye Strikers, or those that are in:


Batt, Foot or Hand over ye Crease:


Laws for Wicket Keepers:


Laws for ye Umpires:


(These Laws are to ye Umpires Jointly.)