Can anyone give me the answer to this . My brother and I used to go to Saturday morning cricket at the Girls School . Then at 2 pm we would be down at the Keighley Cricket ground , complete with tomato sandwiches , and have a fine time watching all the old county players turn out for the various teams .
The question is -- What was the determining factor in getting a result ?? Was there an overs limit for each innings . Was there a time limit for each innings or the full match ? .
I cannot remember but there was usually a result . It wasn't like 20/20 today as the game went on into the evening .
Someone come up with the answer please.
I can't give you a definitive answer Mike, since I never played for a team in the Bradford League.
In the West Bradford League, as I recall, there was a time limit for each innings. I think that it was an hour and a quarter for the Junior team and longer for the First and Second teams (two hours I think). I'll wait for Brian Moate to put me right on this.
You are right, Shaun, about the time limit, and that still persists in league cricket to this day. It doesn't always end in a result i.e. a winner and a loser, for draws are not infrequent. But, even if the first team to bat doesn't have time to use all its wickets, the second team to bat can lose more wickets than the first but still win provided it passes the first team's score within the allotted time. I'm pretty sure, Mike, that's how it was when you were watching Keighley with their star batsman, Eddie Paynter, batting at number four.
Just re-read this Doug and I'm puzzled. When you say that draws are not infrequent are you referring to ties? If not, what would be the criteria for declaring a match to have been drawn. As far as I recall there were only wins, ties and defeats in the West Bradford League (more often than not they were defeats in the teams I played for).
Sorry Shaun, in my attempt to spell out the fact that there was always a winner and a loser regardless of whether both sides used all their batsmen or not, I maybe added to the confusion. But what I meant to say was what you have just said.