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3. Playing Regulations
3.1 – Laws & Directives
All matches shall be conducted in accordance with the MCC Laws of Cricket - 2017 Code, including the Spirit of Cricket and all ECB Directives relating to young players shall apply except as otherwise stated in these rules.
3.2 – The Players
i) Eight (8) players AND a scorer will constitute a team and must be present in order to commence play at the scheduled start time. The umpire(s) will not allow the match to commence until the minimum of 9 are present. A limit of 30 minutes shall be allowed for players & scorer to reach the ground in case of exceptional circumstances. Should either team still not have the required number 30 minutes after the scheduled start then the match will be abandoned; the match being awarded as a “WIN” with maximum bonus points to the non-offending team. The offending team will be dealt with by the Management Committee. Umpires are instructed to report the matter at the earliest opportunity to the League Secretary.
ii) Where a team has a minimum of 8 players and a scorer and the team are player(s) short, then such player(s) will be allowed up to 90 minutes in which to be ready to commence playing, otherwise the player will not be allowed to take part in the match and the Club will be dealt with as having a player(s) short.
3.3 – The Ball
For each match each Club shall bowl its own ball which shall be on the League Approved List and in a condition satisfactory to the Umpires. A suitable spare ball shall be provided by each Club. Both balls shall be handed to the Umpires before the ‘toss’ takes place. The Umpires shall have the power to retain any ball for inspection of the Management Committee and shall issue a receipt to the Club concerned to this effect.
3.4 – Fitness of the Ground and Covering the pitch
All matters concerning the fitness of the ground or conditions of play shall be the sole charge of the umpires from their arrival at the ground.
All clubs are required as a minimum to have pitch covering which will meet the requirements of Law 10.2.1
3.5 - Rolling the Pitch
The pitch may be rolled with any roller of choice at the option of the Captain of the Batting Side for a period not exceeding 7 minutes before the commencement of each innings and of each day’s play. Note that any available rollers may be used.
3.6 – Hours of Play
(i) Matches shall commence at 1.00 pm (12:30pm in September) or as soon thereafter as ground, weather and light conditions permit.
(ii) There shall be a tea interval between innings of 25 minutes, except that in a match affected by the weather, at the Umpire’s discretion, tea may be taken during a stoppage in play and the interval between innings shall then be 10 minutes.
3.7 - Matches NOT Delayed or Interrupted by Ground, Weather or Light Conditions.
The match shall consist of 100 overs in Divisions 1-3 and 90 overs in Divisions 4-6. The side batting first shall not bat more than half the available overs at the commencement of the match. The number of overs shall be shown on the scoreboard in descending order at the end of each over.
3.8 – Delayed Start due to Ground, Weather or Light Conditions
(i) A 1st or 2nd XI match cannot commence later than three hours after the scheduled start – e.g. 4pm for a 1pm start, irrespective of what time tea is taken.
(ii) Overs shall be deducted on the basis of two for each complete 6 minutes’ time lost since the scheduled start. The overs remaining will be divided equally between the two teams.
(iii) Tea may be taken before the commencement of play if weather conditions dictate. The 25 minutes shall not be time lost.
NOTE: There is no 15-minute allowance prior to the commencement of the match, overs are lost from the match immediately and equally from both sides.
3.9 - Matches Suspended by Ground, Weather or Light Conditions
(i) If up to 15 minutes of actual playing time is lost (total playing time across all interruptions) then no overs will be lost from the match.
(ii) After 15 minutes of actual playing time is lost during the first innings the side batting first shall be allowed its allotted number of overs and the overs lost shall be deducted from the second innings on the basis of one for each complete 3 minutes lost.
(iii) After 15 minutes of actual playing time is lost after the completion of the first innings, overs shall be deducted from the second innings on the basis of one for each complete 3 minutes lost.
(iv) No overs shall be lost during the tea interval or the interval between innings if tea has been taken early.
3.10 - Late Start
The Umpires shall report full details of a late start for any reason other than Ground, Weather or Light Conditions to the League Secretary. An offending Club will be dealt with by the Management Committee.
3.11 – Early end of first innings & Extraordinary Declarations
If the side batting first is dismissed or declares its innings closed before the end of its allotted overs, the side batting second shall have the remaining overs added to its allotted number. In this case, an over which has been commenced at the time of dismissal or declaration shall be deemed to be complete.
An Extraordinary Declaration for the purposes of this rule is usually a declaration aimed primarily at denying the bowling side the opportunity to acquire further bonus points in that innings, but without enhancing the batting side's prospects of winning the match. Such a declaration may, depending on the particular circumstances, be deemed as bringing the game into disrepute, penalties for which may include the deduction of points from the offending team.
3.12 – Bowling Restrictions
In 1st and 2nd XI League Matches all teams must use a minimum of 4 bowlers per innings. The maximum number of overs to be bowled by any one person will be as indicated on the chart [shown on page 16]. In the event a team is dismissed and give over’s to the opposition as per rule 3.11, then the dismissed teams bowlers shall NOT be allowed to bowl more than the maximum number of over’s in an innings allowed at the start of the match (e.g. 15 overs for a 50 over innings).
Note: If the team batting first declare this does not apply and the bowlers are allowed to bowl the number of over’s as per the chart.
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3.13 - Boundaries
The boundaries on all grounds must be clearly defined and shall count 4 runs, except that a ball hit full pitch clear of the inside edge of the boundary shall count as 6 runs.
3.14 – Fielding Circles –1st XI League Matches only.
There shall be a minimum of four (4) fielders plus the wicket keeper and bowler within the fielding restriction area as defined below at the instant of delivery. In the event of an infringement either umpire shall call and signal “No Ball” and Law 21.12 through 21.18 shall apply.
Fielding Restriction Area: Two semi-circles shall be drawn on the field of play. The semi-circles shall have as their centre the middle stump at either end of pitch. The radius of each of the semi-circles shall be 30 yards (27.43 metres) or the boundary whichever is the shorter. The semi-circles shall be linked by two parallel straight lines drawn on the field. The fielding restriction area should be marked at 5 yard (4.57 metres) intervals by a plastic or rubber (not metal) disc measuring at least 7inches (18cm) in diameter.
3.15 – Leg Side Wides – 1st XI Matches only
If the ball passes outside the leg stump and behind the striker who makes no contact with it, then the Bowler’s End Umpire will call and signal ‘wide’. The only exception to this would be if the striker makes a pronounced move to the offside and the ball just misses the leg stump. The batman’s leg side is determined as presented to the bowler before the delivery.
3.16 – High Pitched Bowling
Bowlers shall be limited to bowling two balls, pitching but passing above shoulder height per over with the batter standing upright at the crease. Subsequent balls shall be called ‘no ball’ and laws 21.12 through 21.18 shall apply.
3.17 – Bowling of Dangerous & Unfair non-pitching deliveries
Law 41.7 shall apply except as follows:
2nd & 3rd XI Matches - In Law 41.7.1 Replace `indicating that this is a first and final warning` with `shall caution the bowler and this caution shall apply throughout the innings. If there is any further instance of dangerous and unfair non-pitching deliveries by the same bowler in that innings, the umpire shall repeat the above procedure and indicate to the bowler that this is a final warning.`
3.18 - 3rd XI Championship
Rules 3.1 through 3.17 shall apply except as follows:
3.6 (i) - Hours of Play - is replaced as follows
Matches will commence not later than 2.30pm (1pm for all matches on or after 1st August) or as soon thereafter as weather or ground condition permit (see Rule 3.8)
3.7 Matches NOT Delayed or Interrupted by Ground, Weather or Light Conditions is replaced with:
Innings – The match shall consist of 80 overs. The side batting first shall not bat more than half the available overs. The number of overs shall be shown on the scoreboard in descending order at the end of each over.
3.8 (i) - Delayed Start due to Ground, Weather or Light Conditions is replaced as follows:
A 3rd XI match cannot start later than two hours after the scheduled start, irrespective of what time tea is taken.
3.12 - Bowling Restrictions is replaced with:
No player may bowl more than 8 overs.
Innings of more than 40 overs the following shall apply:
Bowlers are restricted to 8 overs per bowler up to and including the 40th over.
Additional overs will be added to bowlers allowances AFTER the 40th over.Overs added to bowlers allowances after the 40th over: