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Re: T20 v Kent 29th August 2020
Posted by: Supporting Middlesex since 1999
Date: 29/08/2020 21:22
I remember the changes to the playing conditions being announced, although as the pandemic increased the time between the announcement being made and the Twenty20 season starting, I had forgotten about them. The changes may have been mentioned in articles previewing this competition, but I have been reluctant to read them, as the fact that I doubt that I will be allowed to attend any means that I may not share the writer’s excitement about this competition.

Previously, six penalty runs were awarded for each over not started by the cut-off, but now - in the words of a Cricinfo article from December 2019 which buries this in the middle of mentioning the playing conditions for The Hundred - “the fielding side will be allowed one fewer player outside the 30-yard circle for however many deliveries remain after the time limit is up”. As most innings tend to see the final over starting just before the cut-off and finishing just after, it will surely be a regular occurrence for fielding teams to be penalised. For example, if the cut-off is 9:04pm and the final over starts at 9:02pm and finishes at 9:07pm, this would previously have meant that teams would escape a penalty, but will now mean that any balls bowled after 9:04pm would be bowled with restrictions on fielding positions.

Steven Finn has spoken to Middlesex’s YouTube page about this match:

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