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Will you be attending a NatWest T20 Blast fixture for the first time this summer? Or do you want to refresh your own cricket knowledge? Read our ‘New to Cricket’ guide.

Here is everything you need to know about the NatWest T20 Blast ahead of your visit to The 3aaa County Ground or Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, this summer for some explosive action.

NatWest T20 Blast – Overview

A NatWest T20 Blast match involves two teams, each has a single innings, batting for a maximum of 20 overs.

A Twenty20 game is completed in about three hours, with each innings lasting around 75–90 minutes, with a 15 minute interval. Each team consists of 11 players and a 12th man – who carries drinks and will come on as a substitute fielder when required.

At the start of a match, the captains will toss a coin and choose whether to bat or bowl. The team batting will start their innings first and will then set a total for the opposing team to chase down in their innings.

Whoever scores the most runs wins the match and claim two points.

If no result is possible due to inclement weather, or a tie, both teams get one point. 10 overs must be completed for a result to be registered. A match could be reduced if bad weather delays play.



When the batsman is dismissed for exactly 0.


When a leg-spinner bowls the ball towards the batsman, rather than away from the bat like a traditional leg-spin delivery.


A term used to describe an unplayable ball.


Leg before wicket is when the bowler strikes the batsman on the pads just outside or in-line with his leg and middle-stump. The ball must not make contact and ultimately the batsman will be adjudged LWB by the umpire.


An over is comprised of six deliveries bowled form one end of the pitch. A maiden over is when no runs have been scored in an over.


The central strip in the middle of the field on which the bowler bowls to the batsman.


In white-ball competitions, there are blocks of overs during which fielding restrictions apply. A certain amount of fielders are allowed outside the 30 yard circle during the Powerplay.


When the two batsman at the crease run between the two ends of the pitch it constitutes a single run. The run is awarded to the batsman who struck the ball and he can score up to six runs in a single shot.


When the last recognized batsman is given out, the bowlers are made to bat and are traditionally called tailender batsmen.


A full pitched delivery aimed at the batsman’s feet.

Umpire Signals


The umpire raises his index finger when the batsmen is given out. The most common way a batsman can be dismissed is either by being bowled, caught, leg-before (lbw), run-out, or by being stumped by the wicket-keeper.



When the ball is hit to the boundary rope it is worth four runs and is also known as a boundary.



When the batsman strikes the ball over the boundary rope without bouncing, the batsman scores six runs.  This is the maximum amount of runs a batsman can score in one shot.



When the bowler pitches the ball wide of the batsman and he is unable to the reach the ball with his bat, the umpire will signal a wide and the batting team is awarded an extra run.



A no ball can occur either when the bowler over steps his mark or, particularly in the limited-overs format, the ball bounces above waist height when it reaches the bowler.


LBW explained

LBW – which stands for Leg Before Wicket – is when the bowler strikes the batsman on the pads just outside or in-line with his leg and middle-stump.

To help explain the rule, the MCC has produced the below short video.

Fielding Positions

The fielding captain has the job of placing his field to try and restrict the number of runs scored by the opposition and in an attempt to get wickets to dismiss the other team.

There are lots of positions to remember, but hopefully the below chart will help you.


Supporters can save £4 by purchasing their NatWest T20 Blast matchday tickets in advance of the day of the game. Buy online, over the phone by calling 01332 388 101 or in person at The 3aaa County Ground.

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