A HOST of new cricket laws implemented by the Marylebone Cricket Club will be passed on by the Horsham Cricket Association in the 2017-18 season.
Horsham Cricket Association secretary Darren Chesterfield said the MCC is the guardian of the game so the law changes had to be passed on.
He highlighted the new law 42 which addressed player conduct.
The law has created four levels of sanctions that can be handed down by umpires during a game.
The levels start at a warning before moving onto five penalty runs being awarded.
Further offences will lead to players being removed for a number of overs and then the remainder of the match.
“I would hope that it doesn’t have to come to that in Horsham but it is important that the umpires have something at their disposal other than just discussing incidents with players,” Chesterfield said.
“They law was been tested in the UK and there was plenty of positive results to come from it.”
Other changes affect the way leg byes and byes are scored, the use of substitute fielders, the ability to be dismissed if the ball hits a fielders helmet and deliberate distraction or mock fielding.
Chesterfield also clarified that runners are still able to be used in the association.
“Runners are still permitted but it should to be someone that has already batted whenever possible,” he said.