Blast Finals Day: What happens if it rains?

Benedict Bermange

Cricket Statistician

Watch Vitality Blast Finals Day from 10.30am on Saturday on Sky Sports Cricket, with Notts, Lancashire, Surrey and Gloucs in action – hopefully!

Last Updated: 02/10/20 12:19pm

The winners of the Vitality Blast trophy could be decided by a bowl-out at Edgbaston
The winners of the Vitality Blast trophy could be decided by a bowl-out at Edgbaston

Could a bowl-out determine the winners of the Vitality Blast? Sky Cricket statistician Benedict Bermange looks at what happens if rain comes into play at Edgbaston this weekend…

The reserve day has never been required in the previous 17 Finals Days but with the forecast at Edgbaston for Saturday looking grim, that could change this time around, while with rain also expected on Sunday, bowl-outs could come into the equation.

Here is the schedule for Finals Day
Here is the schedule for Finals Day

The playing times for Saturday are scheduled to be as follows (30 extra minutes are allowed for each match):

Semi-final 1: 11:00 – 13:45

Semi-final 2: 14:30 – 17:15

Final: 18:45 – 21:30

Playing times for Sunday, the reserve day, will be 10:00 – 20:00 if required.

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A Technical Committee, in conjunction with the umpires, will determine the re-arrangement of overs and timings of matches in the case of any match being delayed or interrupted.

The objectives of the Technical Committee will be prioritised as follows:

  • To ensure that both semi-finals and the final are completed on the scheduled day of the matches (minimum overs to constitute a match is 5 overs per team).
  • To ensure wherever possible a 20-over per side floodlit final.
  • To ensure that wherever possible both semi-finals are of the same duration.
  • To ensure that wherever possible, within each match, teams have the opportunity of batting for the same number of overs.
  • To balance the desire to achieve commercial objectives with the need to ensure matches of as long a duration as possible.

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Stuart Broad and Nasser Hussain make their predictions for the Blast semi-finals as Surrey face Gloucestershire and Nottinghamshire battle Lancashire
Stuart Broad and Nasser Hussain make their predictions for the Blast semi-finals as Surrey face Gloucestershire and Nottinghamshire battle Lancashire

If it is not possible for both teams to receive the minimum of five overs necessary to constitute a match, the match shall be decided by a bowl out.

If a bowl out is not possible in a semi-final, the result shall be determined by the toss of a coin, while if a bowl out is not possible in the final then the trophy shall be shared.

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Bowl-out procedure

  • Five players from each side will bowl two deliveries each at a wicket
  • The first bowler from Team A will bowl two deliveries, then the first bowler from Team B will bowl two deliveries
  • Then the second bowler from Team A will bowl two deliveries, and so on
  • The side which bowls down the wicket most times shall be the winner
  • If the scores are equal, the same players will bowl one ball each alternately to achieve a result on a ‘sudden death’ basis
  • The order in which the bowlers bowl in the sudden death may differ from the first stage of the bowl out

Watch Vitality Blast Finals Day live on Sky Sports Cricket from 10.30am on Saturday.

Source : Sky Sports