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The Court

Markings on an Indoor Cricket court explained



Leg-side lines

A ball passing on or outside this line is deemed a "leg-side wide", and attracts a 2 run penalty. There are two such lines, one on either side of the wicket, to allow for left-handed batsmen/women.


No player is allowed within this area until the ball has been hit by the batsman/woman, has hit their person, or has passed by them. Incursions bring a "no-ball" call.

Non-striker's crease

This is the crease the batsman/woman must make to score a run. In "normal" cricket, this line is at the bowler's crease - in Indoor-Cricket it is half-way between the bowler's and batsman's crease.
This line also determines how a fielding side sets its field: it divides the court into halves, and there must be no more than four fielders in either half until the bowler lets go of the ball.

Edge of the pitch

A ball passing on or outside the edge of the pitch (on the "off" side of the pitch), is deemed a "wide", and attracts a 2 run penalty. (The "off" side of the pitch is the side faced by the batsman/woman as he/she stands at the wicket. The side 'behind' the batsman/woman is known as the "on" side).
NOTE: leg-sides and wides are both judged at the intersection of the Batsman's crease and the edge of the pitch, or the leg-side line.
A ball pitching (landing) off the pitch area is deemed a "no-ball", and attracts a 2 run-penalty, regardless of where it eventually intersects the Batsman's crease.

Batting crease

This is the crease used to judge run-outs at that end of court - to successfully complete a run, part of the batsman's/woman's person, or more usually their bat, must be in contact with the ground behind (toward the wicket) this line before the wicket is broken. This applies to stumpings also.
The intersection of this line with the edge of the pitch, and the leg-side line, is the point at which "wides" and "leg-side wides" are judged.

Bowling crease

This line is used to judge "front-foot no-balls". No part of the bowler's foot may be over (on the batsman's side) or in contact with this line at the point of delivery (the moment he/she lets go of the ball when bowling).

Further explanation and commentary on all the above is contained in the "Rules" pages.

About Sheldon

Played since the earliest years, and began umpiring in the late 1970s.

Represented Western Australia for over 10 years in National Masters and Vets championships, honours include Captaining Western Australia and winning the Player of the National Championships in 1987.

Umpired State, National and international matches, held the post of Umpire Coordinator in Western Australia for the now defunct Australia Indoor Cricket Federation (AICF).

invited to officially photograph the Indoor Cricket World Cup in Wellington, New Zealand in 2002

invited to officially photograph the Indoor Cricket Masters and Under 18 World Cups in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2003

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