Derbyshire have come up with a novel solution to the rare cricketing problem of sun stop play.
Play was suspended in a day-night match at Derby earlier this season because the setting sun was shining directly into batsmen's eyes.
The county fear a repeat during their forthcoming Twenty20 Cup fixtures and have requested permission from the England and Wales Cricket Board to bowl all overs from one end.
Derbyshire are expecting good crowds for their Twenty20 Cup games, which start on Tuesday with a floodlit fixture against Lancashire, and do not want to see punters unnecessarily short-changed.
Any hold-ups due to this problem would probably be treated like any other stoppage and result in a reduction of overs.
Chief executive Tom Sears said: "When you have your biggest crowds of the season and people here who don't normally watch cricket, you don't want to have to explain to people why you aren't playing on a lovely summer's night.
"It seems a simple solution to a potential problem. As long as the boundaries are the same and the opposition are in agreement we can't see a problem with it.
"There is a potential loss of six or seven overs. The same overs can be bowled at the same end in the second innings to make sure it's fair."
The ECB's operations officer Alan Fordham has referred the request to the next meeting of the cricket committee. A decision will be too late for Tuesday's match.
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