County news March 25, 2010

ECB to experiment with split one-day innings

Cricinfo staff

The ECB will experiment with two-innings one-day matches in their Second XI competition this season. The 40-over matches will be split into two 20-over innings, with the second starting from the point the first innings finished.

There will be 20 overs of Powerplays of which 10 will be at the start of the first innings and the other 10 split into blocks of five, one to be taken by the fielding team and one by the batting side as is the case in one-day internationals.

The idea of splitting one-day innings into two halves has been suggested as a way of livening up ODIs, although it is a method that has been experimented with before without gaining much support. For example, on England's tour of Australia in 1994-95 they played a two-innings one-day match against Western Australia at Perth.

The tournament will also continue with the experiment of using pink balls to assess how the balls perform in English conditions, while the players will wear whites instead of coloured clothing to see how the two work together.

MCC play Durham in Abu Dhabi next week also using the pink balls but that match will be under floodlights.

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  • Bond on March 27, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    I think ECB shd also consider the DOUBLE WICKET CRICKET RULES to make it more entertaining. Has anyone heard or played double wicket cricket during their school days.? DW Cric during each innings the two members of the batting side shall play according to the normal rules of the cricket , except that they will complete their quota of 8 overs irrespective of their batsmen dismissals. However each of his dismissal would cost deduction of 10 runs. NO LEG BYE OR BYE RULE. After every dismisal batsmen must change ends (go to non striker end). PLAY WITH 9 players a side (4 BOWLERS & 4 SPECIALIST BATSMEN and 1 Wicket keeper. 2 batsmento play in first inning in first innings the other 2 to play in second innings. Every dismissal will cost them 10 runs dedution.

  • Luke on March 26, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    I'm sure the hardcore T20 fans will like it but a 2 innings of 20 one day game sounds like an extended version of T20 where we will have 2 teams slogging without thought or presicion, the only way i can see this working is if both teams realise it's a 40 over game with a break in the middle and they don't have to swing at it from ball 1, i've go nothing against high scores or sloggingby the way i just like to see good, tactical played sensibly and batsmen playing themselves into an innings instead of panicing that there not 30/0 after 1 over.

  • David on March 25, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    This is a superb idea! Well done on piloting it ECB! If it works well over a prolonged period I can see the day when each of the 4 segments for the 2 innings can have bowlers bowl from one end only (for 20 overs) so that one end is alaternated every segment. This would speed up the over rate as there would be fewer transitions with fielders movements (batsmen would change at end of every over). It's just the plain fair way to play the game given changing conditons throughout a day's play. The problem with normal 40 overs cricket is that the outcome is known all too often after the 1st 10 overs of the reply. This new approach would shorten one sided games (which I think is good) and keep most evenly placed teams games that are poised for longer, as no one team is benefitting by say the weather or light significantly.

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    ECB has always been innovative... they made cricket entertaining by making 20-20.. now one day split innings.... Keep going... Guys you have to understand one think... sometime everything work, sometimes nothing works..

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    it is a must see to find out if it makes it entertaining

  • Samir on March 25, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    What i cannot believe this.Actually this concept of two innings is absolute rubbish.because in this only openers have a major role and middle order players cannot do anything.I think to save one day cricket the idea of pink balls and 40 overs a side is absolutely cool.we have already seen how intersesting these matches are so thumbs up fo pro 40

  • Ibrahim on March 25, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    really really really really really stupid idea

  • Rajasundram on March 25, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    A great idea ECB.

    It would certainly even up the effect of the toss, where sometimes there is a dew factor or like the Premadasa Stadium, where the team batting first invariably wins. With this new initiative both teams will haqve to bat under lights, share the dew factor etc, thereby NOT making the toss the main factor. I hope it is a success and will be adopted by all countries and perhaps we can see it implemented in the 2011 World Cup. Siva from Singapore

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