Laws of Cricket 1947 Code (Second Edition) - Law 15

Law amended May 1st 1957 [see original]

Law 15 - Declarations

The captain of the batting side may declare an innings closed at any time during a match irrespective of its duration.

Note on Law 15

  1. A captain may forfeit his second innings. In this event, the interval between innings shall be ten minutes and his decision must be notified to the opposing Captain and Umpires in sufficient time to allow seven minutes rolling of the pitch.

The note was added to the Law 15 sometime late 1968 or early 1969.


Original Law 15

The Captain of the Batting side may declare an innings closed in a match of three days or more, at any time on the second and succeeding days; in a two-day match, at any time but on the first day not later than 1 hour and 40 minutes before the hour agreed for drawing stumps; in a one-day match, at any time.

Note on Law 15

  1. In a two-day match, after the initial innings, either side may declare at any time.

The note was added to the Original Law 15 sometime late 1955 or early 1956.

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