A History of Balls to an Over in First-Class Cricket

Philip Bailey first produced this list in ACS Journal No. 7

In England Balls per Over Balls per Over
pre 1889 4 1889 – 1899 5
1900 – 1938
except: Surrey v London County
MCC v Nottinghamshire
both 5 balls
The change to 6 was not passed by MCC
until after Notts match had started
6 1939 8
1945 – date 6
In Australia Balls per Over Balls per Over
1850/51 – 1886/87

except Victoria v Tasmania, 1870/71
Tasmania v Victoria, 1872/73
South Australia v Tasmania, 1877/78
South Australia v Victoria, 1883/84, All 6 balls
4 1887/88
S Australia v Victoria, 4 balls
Victoria v NSW, 6 balls
NSW v Victoria (Sydney), 4 balls
-
1888/89
Victoria v NSW, Australia v NSW, S Australia & Victoria, all 4 balls
NSW v Victoria, Victoria v Tasmania, Victoria v S Australia, Australia v Rest, all 6 balls,
- 1889/90 – 1914/15
except: NSW v Sheffield XI (2 matches) 1891/92 and Victoria v Tasmania 1898/99, all 5 balls
6
1918/19 – 1978/79
except
First-class matches, MCC Tour 1920/21
Victoria v MCC, March 1929
Australia v England Tests, 1928/29
Australia v W Indies Tests, 1930/31
Australia v S Africa, Tests, 1931/32
Australia v England, Tests, 1932/33
all 6 balls
8 1979/80 – date 6
In South Africa Balls per Over Balls per Over
1888/89 4 1889/90 – 1898/99 5
1902/03 – 1936/37except: SA City of Johannesburg v Rest of SA, 1936/37, 8 balls 6 1937/38 – 1957/58 8
1958/59 – date 6
In India Balls per Over Balls per Over
1889/90 – 1899/1900 5 1900/01 – 1945/46 6
1946/47
except: Zonal Quadrangular & India v Rest, 8 balls
6 1947/48
except: Maharashtra Past & Present v Rest of India, 8 balls
6
1948/49 – 1960/61 6 1961/62
except: Duleep Trophy, 8 balls
6
1962/63 8 1963/64 – date 6
In New Zealand Balls per Over Balls per Over
1859/60 – 1894/95
(See separate list)
- 1895/96 6
1896/97
except: Otago v Canterbury, 5 balls
6 1897/98 – 1917/18 6
1918/19 – 1926/27
except: Otago v Southland 8 balls, 1918/19
8 1927/28 – 1936/37
except: NZ v Rest games, 8 balls
6
1937/38 – 1943/44 8 1944/45 to 1966/67 6
1967/68
except: Canterbury v NZ XI, 8 balls
6 1968/69 – 1978/79 8
1979/80 – date 6
In North America Balls per Over (Bermuda/Canada/USA) Balls per Over
1878 4 1880 6
1881 5 1882 4
1883 4 & 6 1884 4
1885 4 & 5 1886 4 & 5
1890 – 1893 5 1894 5 & 6
1895 -1896 5 1897 – 1913 6
1951 8 1972 – date 6
In West Indies Balls per Over Balls per Over
1864/65 – 1899/1900
except: 1871/72 Barbados v Demarera
Barbados 6 balls, Demarera 5 balls
1865/66 all 6 balls
1882/83 & 1887/88, 4 balls
5 1900/01 – 1937/38 6
1938/39
except: Comb Univ tour, 6 balls
8 1940/41 – 1946/47 8
1947/48
except: Brit Guiana v Jamaica, 8 balls
6 1948/49 – 1949/50 6
1950/51
except: Brit Guiana v Jamaica, 8 balls
6 1951/52 – date 6
In Argentina Balls per Over In Bangladesh Balls per Over
All 6 All 6
In Kenya Balls per Over In Malaysia Balls per Over
All 6 All 6
In Namibia Balls per Over In Nepal Balls per Over
All 6 All 6
In Netherlands Balls per Over In United Arab Emirates Balls per Over
All 6 All 6
In Zimbabwe Balls per Over
All 6
In Pakistan Balls per Over
1947/48 – 1972/73 6 1973/74 to 1978/79
except: Pakistan v Rest of World (2) 1973/74, 6 balls and All Indian tour matches 1978/79, 6 balls
8
1979/80 – date 6
In Sri Lanka (Ceylon) Balls per Over
1925/26 – 1974/75 6 1975/76 to 1977/78
except: Presidents XI v Wadekar’s XI
1975/76, 6 balls
8
1978/79 – date 6

 

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