BBC Sport cricket

Related BBC sites

Understanding byes and leg byes

Umpire Billy Bowden signals a leg bye
A leg bye is signalled by the umpire indicating his raised leg

If a legitimate ball passes the batsman without touching his bat or his body, any runs completed are credited as 'byes'.

If a legitimate ball misses the bat but touches the batsman's body, any runs completed are credited as 'leg byes'.

Runs completed off a bye or leg bye, including boundaries, are added to the extras tally of the batting team but they are not credited against the bowler.

In order for a leg bye to be awarded, the umpire must deem that the batsman either attempted to play a stroke or tried to avoid being hit by the ball.

If the umpire considers that the batsman did neither of these then a dead ball is called and no runs can be scored.




see also
The aim of cricket
06 Sep 05 |  Laws & Equipment
How runs are scored
06 Sep 05 |  Laws & Equipment
The field of play
06 Sep 05 |  Laws & Equipment
LBW explained
08 Nov 06 |  Laws & Equipment
Understanding the no-ball law
29 Aug 10 |  Laws & Equipment
When is a 'wide ball' called?
06 Sep 05 |  Laws & Equipment


related bbc links:

related internet links:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.