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Rules of play

Posted by Kevin Owens on 01/08/2015 07:10

3. Rules of play

3.1 All matches shall be played under M.C.C. Laws except where otherwise stated in the League or Cup Rules.
Note: Attention is drawn to the following extracts form M.C.C. Laws.
(i) Such sweeping of the pitch as is necessary during the match shall be done so that the 7 minutes for rolling the pitch is not affected.
(ii) The pitch shall be mown before play begins on the day the match is scheduled to start.
(iii) For the purpose of M.C.C. Law 11 (2), all Clubs must have some form of pitch covering, which may be used during the match at the discretion of the Umpires.
(iv) “Overs” shall consist of six balls.
3.2 – Hours of Play General Information
(i) Matches shall commence at 1.00 pm (12:30pm in September). or as soon thereafter as weather and ground conditions permit, (see Rule 3.8)
(ii) In the event of the start of a match being delayed, the Umpires shall decide whether the delay is due to the state of the weather or the ground or to other causes and shall determine which Rule, 3.3 or 3.4 is applicable to the match. They shall inform the Captains accordingly at the beginning of the match.
(iii) There shall be an interval of 25 minutes between the innings except that in a match effected 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.
(iv) 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.
(v) 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 – Matches not Interrupted or Delayed by Weather or Ground Conditions
(i) Each side shall bat a maximum of 50 overs (2015 Trail for 2nd XI Division 3 teams – 45 overs) except as provided for in Rule 3.4 and 3.5 The number of overs shall be shown on the scoreboard in descending order at the end of each over. 
(ii) 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 commenced at the time of dismissal or declaration shall be deemed to be complete.
3.4 – Matches delayed at the start by Weather or Ground Conditions
(i) A 1st or 2nd XI match cannot commence later than three hours after the scheduled start. A 3rd XI match cannot start later than two hours after the scheduled start.
(ii) Should weather or light interfere with play, overs shall be deducted on the basis of 20 for each hour’s time lost.  In the event of a delayed 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, and the calculation of overs allotted to the match adjusted accordingly.
N.B. The calculation of any such deduction once the match has begun will continue from the total of overs left at the start of play.
3.5 – Matches Interrupted by Bad Weather or Ground Condition
(i) If weather interferes with play 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. If weather interferes after the completion of the first innings, overs shall be deducted from the second innings.
(ii) In the case of stoppages totalling less than the 15 minutes in all, no deduction of overs shall be made.
[N.B. The calculation of any such deduction after 15 minutes have been lost will start from 100 overs]
(iii) No overs shall be lost during a tea interval taken during a stoppage in play, caused by weather, ground or light conditions.
3.6 – Ball
For each match, each Club shall bowl its own ball, which shall be of British manufacture (Grade A) of British Standard, Cricket Council Approved, from a list issued and approved by the Management Committee 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 powers to retain any ball for inspection of the Management Committee and shall issue a receipt to the Club concerned to this effect.
3.7 – Late Start
The Umpires shall report to the League Secretary the amount of, and reason for a late start. An offending Club may be fined a minimum Level 1 fine, at the discretion of the Management Committee.
3.8 – Weather Conditions
The Laws of Cricket 3.8 shall apply in that the umpires are the sole persons responsible for conditions of play with regards to weather, light and condition of playing area.  This applies to the starting of the game and at anythime during the game.  It will not be down to captains or players.  (Also incorporates Cricket law 3.9)
3.9 – 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 line shall count 6 runs.
3.10 – Rolling the Wicket
The pitch may be rolled 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.
3.11 – League Bowling Restriction
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 persons will be as follows.
In the event a team is dismissed and give over's to the opposition as per 3.3(i), 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.
Overs Max per Bowler Overs Max per Bowler Overs Max per Bowler Overs Max per Bowler
90 27 72 21 54 16 36 10
89 26 71 21 53 15 35 10
88 26 70 21 52 15 34 10
87 26 69 20 51 15 33 9
86 25 68 20 50 15 32 9
85 25 67 20 49 14 31 9
84 25 66 19 48 14 30 9
83 24 65 19 47 14 29 8
82 24 64 19 46 13 28 8
81 24 63 18 45 13 27 8
80 24 62 18 44 13 26 7
79 23 61 18 43 12 25 7
78 23 60 18 42 12 24 7
77 23 59 17 41 12 23 6
76 22 58 17 40 12 22 6
75 22 57 17 39 11 21 6
74 22 56 16 38 11 20 6
73 21 55 16 37 11    
3.12 – 3rd XI Championship
(i) Matches will commence not later than 2.30 pm. (1 pm. for all matches on or after 1st August) or as soon thereafter as weather or ground conditions permit (see Rule 3.8).
(ii) Each side shall bat for a maximum of 40 overs, except as provided for in Rules 3.4 and 3.5. The number of the overs shall be shown on the scoreboard in descending order at the end of each over.  No players may bowl more than 8 overs.
Innings of more than 40 overs the following shall apply:
Bowlers are restricted to 8 overs per bowler upto 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:
41-45 overs – 1 additional overs to each bowlers allocation.
46 overs – 1 bowler 2 overs, 4 bowlers 1 over.
47 overs – 2 bowler 2 overs, 3 bowlers 1 over.
48 overs – 3 bowler 2 overs, 2 bowlers 1 over.
49 overs – 4 bowler 2 overs, 1 bowlers 1 over.
50 overs – 2 additional overs to each bowlers allocation.
51 overs – 1 bowler 3 overs, 4 bowlers 2 over.
52 overs – 2 bowler 3 overs, 3 bowlers 2 over.
53 overs – 3 bowler 3 overs, 2 bowlers 2 over.
54 overs – 4 bowler 3 overs, 1 bowlers 2 over.
55 overs – 3 additional overs to each bowlers allocation.
56 overs – 1 bowler 4 overs, 4 bowlers 3 over.
57 overs – 2 bowler 4 overs, 3 bowlers 3 over.
58 overs – 3 bowler 4 overs, 2 bowlers 3 over.
59 overs – 4 bowler 4 overs, 1 bowlers 3 over.
60 overs – 4 additional overs to each bowlers allocation.
(iii) Rules 3.1, 3.2 (ii) and (iii), 3.3 (ii) and (iii), 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9 and 3.10 shall operate.
3.13 Helmets
All players under the age of 18 must wear a helmet with a faceguard when batting or keeping wicket standing up to the wicket. The only exception to this is where a player is unable to wear a helmet for religious reasons. In this case the player will only be allowed to play without a helmet if a signed disclaimer form is shown to both umpires prior to the start of the game.
3.14 ECB Fielding Restrictions
No young player in the Under 15 age group or younger shall be allowed to field closer than 8 yards (7.3 metres) from the middle stump except behind the wicket on the off side, until the batsman has played at the ball.
For players in the Under 13 age group and below the distance is 11 yards (10 metres). These minimum distances apply even if the player is wearing a helmet.
Should a young player in these age groups come within the restricted distance the umpire must stop the game immediately and instruct the fielder to move back.
In addition any young player in the Under 16 to Under 18 age groups, who has not reached the age of 18, must wear a helmet and, for boys, an abdominal protector (box) when fielding within 6 yards (5.5 metres) of the bat, except behind the wicket on the off side. Players should wear appropriate protective equipment whenever they are fielding in a position where they feel at risk.
3.15 The ECB Bowling Directives will apply in all 1st, 2nd and 3rd XI League and Cup games under the auspices of the Senior League.
Any Club found to have infringed the Bowling Directives shall face a minimum points deduction of the maxiumum number of points available in one match.
3.16 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 24.10 through 24.16 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 the 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 white plastic or rubber (not metal) disc measuring at least 7 inches (18cm) in diameter.
3.17 Leg Side Wides – 1st XI League 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.
3.18 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 24.11 through 24.16 shall apply.