Penalty points for slow over rates
Friday 5th August 2005

On Friday 22nd July, your webmaster posted a message concerning penalty points for slow over rates in 1st XI matches. At that stage, 10 had been lost in ECB Premier League matches and 20 in the First Division.

Now, a fortnight later, the notice seems to have had little effect in some quarters, as the totals have increased to 13 and 24 with Northop Hall and Worsley extending their totals to six, the former having been penalised in four of their last five matches.

It is an ECB requirement that overs be bowled at a rate of at least 17 overs per hour.