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Yeah Tony this edict from Commissar Bendover has always amused me.
The object of limited overs cricket is to achieve a higher score than your opponent within the limitation of ten wickets or 50 overs - whichever comes first.
Granted ,your scoring opportunities are greatly enhanced by batting out the 50 but in and of itself,it means nothing.
All out for 250 after 45 overs is surely better than 6 for 230 after 50?
Not being as cynical as yourself,I had always put it down to Richie and the crew's "ownership" attitude of the ODI but you could be right about Nine's programming requirements.
BTW - ever watched the Nine broadcast with the sound turned off whilst listening to the ABC's coverage?


Is batting out the 50 better if the second innings gets some rain? (IE does that equation that sets the score needed (I've forgotten the name of the calculation) give an advantage to a team batting through the entire 50 overs?

I can't think of any other reason it would be good to bat 50 while not scoring any more than you would if you were bowled out after 43. Apart from the pain of having to see Simon O'Donnell waffle on for longer.


it has implications for your net run rate:

"In the event of a team being all out in less than its full quota of overs, the calculation of its net run rate shall be based on the full quota of overs to which it would have been entitled and not on the number of overs in which the team was dismissed."

but yeah no runs scored while batting out overs doesn't help there...

could be relevant (as Tortfeaser says) with regards to the "Duckworth/Lewis Method of re-calculating the target score in an interrupted match" but you'd need to be John Quiggin to understand the intricacy of those interpolations


I often listen to both, Jim. Remote controls come in handy. Primarily I listen to the radio with the TV volume down.

To all, I reckon Richie's statements predate the Duckyloo, in fact I reckon they predate most versions of the formula. It's been a mantra of his commentary for as long as I can remember.


Glad you added that Perth delayed telecast disclaimer, Tone. I was about to accuse you of cultural imperialism.


You know me, Gaz. Biased in a fair way.

Brett Pee

Ducky-Lewis was invented by a couple of limp-wristed Pommie Professors...who knew nothing about the game.Probably run English cricket now. Confuses me mate.


Sadly, the commentators always announce it purely as the required run-rate. And there's always an accompanying air of befuddlement. For this reason the viewers are led to believe it's some weird and wack formula.

I suspect the commentators can't work it out and rely on someone behind the scenes to feed them numbers. For this reason they aren't able to explain it simply.

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