Situation in a match was, the striking batsman hit the ball. It immediately hit the non striker, whilst the non striker was a few yards outside his crease. The ball fell to the floor, the non striker doubled up in pain, and the bowler picked up the ball and ran out the non-striker.
- Was the ball dead after it hit the non-striker?
- If not, would the ball have been dead if the non-striker had fallen to the ground, or was otherwise clearly unable to continue?
- Had he fallen to the ground on top of the ball and blocked the fielder, could he have been out obstructing the field?