1. The Ball. At the beginning of each innings, either party may call for a new ball.
2. The Bat. May be generally four inches and a quarter in the widest part, and about thirty-eight inches in length.
3. The Stumps. Must be twenty-seven inches out of the ground; the bails eight inches in length; the stumps of sufficient thickness to prevent the ball from passing through.
4. The Bowling Crease. Must be in a line with the stumps, six feet eight inches in length; the stumps in the centre; with a return crease at each end, towards the bowler, at right angles.
5. The Popping Crease. Must be four feet from the wicket, and parallel to it; unlimited in length; but not shorter .than the bowling crease.
6. ThE Wickets. Must be pitched opposite to each other, by the umpires, at the distance of twenty-two yards.
7. It shall not be lawful for either party, during a match, to alter the ground, without the content of the other, by rolling, watering, covering, mowing, or beating.
This rule is not meant to prevent the striker from heating the ground with his bat near to the spot where he stands during the innings, nor to prevent the bowler from filling up holes with sawdust, etc., when the ground shall be wet.
8. After rain the wickets may be change 1, with the consent of both parties.
9. The bowler shall deliver the ball with one foot on the ground behind the bowling crease, and within the return crease; and shall bowl four bulls before he change wickets; which he shall be permitted to do only once in the same innings
10. The ball must be bowled. If it be thrown or jerked, or if the hand be above the shoulder in the delivery, the umpire must call "no ball."
11. He may require the striker at the wicket from which he is bowling to stand on that side of it which he may direct.
12. If the bowler toss the ball over the striker's head, or bowl it so wide that it shall be out of the distance to be played at, the umpire (even although he attempt to hit it) shall adjudge one run to the parties receiving the innings, either with or without an appeal from them; which shall be put down to the score of wide balls; and such balls shall not he reckoned as any of the four balls. When the umpire shall have called "wide ball," one run only shall be reckoned, and the ball be considered dead.
13. If the bowler deliver a "no ball," the striker may play at it, and be allowed as many runs as he can get, and he shall not be put out except by running out.
14. In the event of no run being obtained by any other means, one run shall then be scored. In the event of a change of bowling, one ball shall be allowed for the sake of practice
15. At the beginning of each innings the umpire shall call "play;" from that time, to the end of each innings, no trial-ball shall be allowed to any bowler.
16. The striker is out, if either of the bails be bow led off, or if a stump be bowled out of the ground:
17. Or if the ball from a stroke of the bat, or hand, but not wrist, be held before it touch the ground, although it be hugged to the body of the catcher :
18. Or if, in striking, or at any other time while the ball shall be in play, both his feet he over the popping crease, and his wicket put down, except his bat be grounded within it:
19. Or if, in striking at the ball, he hit down his wicket:
20. Or if, under pretence of running, or otherwise, either of the strikers prevent a ball from being caught:
21. Or if the ball be struck and he wilfully strike it again :
22. Or if in running, the wicket be struck down by a throw, or by the hand or arm (with bail in hand), before his loot, hand, or bat be grounded over the popping crease (but, if the bails be off, a stump must be struck out of the ground) :
23. Or if any part of the striker's dress knock down the wicket:
24. Or if the striker touch or take up the ball while in play, unless at the request of the opposite party :
25. Or if with any part of his person he stop the ball, which in the opinion of the umpire at the bowler's wicket shall have been delivered in a straight line to the striker's wicket, and would have hit it.
26. If the players have crossed each other, he that runs for the wicket which is put down, is out.
27. A ball being caught, no run shall be reckoned.
28. A striker being run out, that run which he and his partner were attempting shall not be reckoned.
29. If a lost ball shall be called, the striker shall he allowed six runs; but if more than six shall have been run before "lost bail" shall have been called, then the striker shall have all that have been run.
30. After the ball shall have been settled in the wicket-keeper's or bowler's hand, it shall be considered dead. If, when the bowler is about to deliver the ball, the striker at his wicket shall go outside the popping crease before such actual delivery, the said bowler may put him out, unless (with reference to Law '22), hit bat in hand, or some part of his person, be within the said crease.
31. If the striker be hurt he may retire from his wicket, and return to it any time during that innings.
32. If a striker be hurt, some other per-son may stand out for him, but not go in.
33. No substitute in the field shall be allowed To bowl, keep wicket, stand at the point, cover the point, or stop behind, in any case
34. If any fieldsman stop the ball with his hat, the bail shall be considered dead, and the opposite party shall add five runs to their score, if any be run, they shall have live in all.
35. The ball having been hit, the striker may guard his wicket with his hat, or with any part of his body except his hand; that the 24th law may not be infringed.
The wicket-keeper shall stand at a reasonable distance behind the wicket, and shall not take the ball for the purpose of stumping until it has passed the wicket; he shall not move till the ball be out of the bowler's hand; he shall not by any noise incommode the striker; and If any part of his person be over or before the wicket, although the ball hit it, 'the striker shall not be out.
37. The umpires are solo judges of fair and unfair play, and all disputes shall be determined by them, each at his own wicket; but, in case of a catch, which the umpire at the wicket bowled from cannot see sufficiently to decide upon, he may apply to the other umpire, whose opinion shall be conclusive.
38. The umpires, in all matches, shall pitch fair wickets, and the parties shall toss up for the choice of innings.
39. They (the umpires) shall allow two minutes for each striker to come in, and fifteen minutes between each innings. when they shall call "play," the party refusing to play shall lose the match.
40. The umpires are not to order a striker out unless appealed to by the adversaries.
41. But if one of the bowler's feet be not on the ground behind the bowling crease, and within the return crease, when he shall deliver the hall, the umpire at his wicket, unasked, must call " no hall."
42. If either of the strikers run a short run, the umpire must call "one short."
43. No umpire shall be allowed to bet.
44. No umpire is to be changed during a match, unless with the consent of both parties, except in violation of the 43rd law; then, either party may dismis the transgressor.
45. After the delivery of four balls the umpire must call "over," but not until the shall be finally settled in the wicket-keeper's hand, or that of the bowler; the should then be considered dead; never-tiicless, if an idea be entertained that either of the strikers is out, a question may be put previously to, but not alter, the delivery of the next ball.
46. The, umpire must take especial care call "no ball," instantly upon delivery; "wide ball," as soon as ever it shall pass the striker.
47. The players who go in second shall follow their innings, if they shall have obtained one hundred runs less than their antagonists.
48. When one of the strikers shall have been put out, the use of the bat shall not be allowed to any person till the next striker shall come in.