Match Day Handbook
For Captains, Players & Officials
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Spirit of Cricket Cricket owes much of its appeal and enjoyment to the fact that it should be played not only according to the Laws, but also within the Spirit of Cricket. The major responsibility for ensuring fair play rests with the captains, but extends to all players, umpires and, especially in junior cricket, teachers, coaches and parents. • Respect is central to the Spirit of Cricket. • Respect your captain, team-mates, opponents and the authority of the umpires. • Play hard and play fair. • Accept the umpire’s decision. • Create a positive atmosphere by your own conduct, and encourage others to do likewise. • Show self-discipline, even when things go against you. • Congratulate the opposition on their successes, and enjoy those of your own team. • Thank the officials and your opposition at the end of the match, whatever the result. Cricket is an exciting game that encourages leadership, friendship and teamwork, which brings together people from different nationalities, cultures and religions, especially when played within the Spirit of Cricket.
Have a great season
The spectacular photo on the front cover of this year’s handbook dates back to 2015 when Radlett’s Randeep Sanghera (mostly hidden on the cover) bowled Owais Shah. Randeep finished with 6 for 30 in the match, the Premier League playoff semi-final, when Radlett beat Welwyn Garden City by 9 wickets and went on to win the final, having also topped the league table. Owais still headed the batting averages that season, as he has several times, with 749 runs at 74.9. Randeep also had a great season, coming 2nd in the bowling averages, with 31 wickets at 13.68. Photo courtesy of Archant/Danny Loo 3
Contents Introduction.......................................................................................................... 5 Key Match Day Contacts..................................................................................... 5 Playing Rules Playing Rules - Premier Divisions....................................................................... 6 Section A: Match Rules For ‘Timed’ Matches .............................................. 10 Section B: Match Rules For 50 Over Matches............................................. 14 Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Procedure............................................................... 22 Playing Rules - Divisions One and Below......................................................... 24 Playing Rules - Readers 20/20 Competition..................................................... 31 Playing Conditions - Readers 20/20 Competition............................................. 33 Playing Rules - Readers T/20 Trophy............................................................... 38 Hertfordshire Development League.................................................................. 42 Development League Rules.............................................................................. 42 Guidance Safeguarding Responsibilities........................................................................... 45 New guidelines for Youth Payers ..................................................................... 46 Safety Guidelines.............................................................................................. 47 Safety Measures for Helmets............................................................................ 49 Substitutes and Runners................................................................................... 50 Attempting to Run out the Non-striker............................................................... 51 Applying the Player Behaviour Law 3A to 6B.................................................. 52 Lightning: What Should You Do?...................................................................... 53 Ground Weather and Light (GW&L).................................................................. 54 High Full Tosses................................................................................................ 56 ECB Fast Bowling Directive.............................................................................. 57 Dealing with Suspect Bowling Actions.............................................................. 58 Concussion recognition..................................................................................... 60 Match Day Procedures Match Day Procedures and Registration.......................................................... 62 Other Match Day Requirements........................................................................ 63 Results, Facilities & Umpire Reporting............................................................. 64 Facilities Reporting............................................................................................ 67 Facilities Reporting Scheme Guidelines........................................................... 68 Disciplinary Regulations.................................................................................... 70 Law 42 - Guidance on the definitions of dissent............................................... 71 Reporting Guidelines......................................................................................... 72 ECB Fair Play Marking Criteria......................................................................... 73 Contact Information Umpires Panel................................................................................................... 74 Club Directory.................................................................................................... 75 Which Ball to Use?............................................................................................ 87 4
This book provides all the match day information about the Saracens Hertfordshire Premier Cricket League for captains, players and officials. There are quite a number of different match rules depending on the division in which you are playing and the week of the season. For the Premier Divisions, weeks 1 to 5 and 15 to 18 are played to a limited overs format (win/lose), with the other matches being played to a Timed format (win/lose/draw) All matches in Division One and below are played to a limited overs format but with different numbers of overs. Please ensure you are looking at the correct set of rules. Also included are the various administrative tasks than must take place such as swapping of team sheets and results reporting procedure. Towards the back of this book are contact details for the umpires and captains. Full contact details for the clubs can be found in the main handbook. IMPORTANT. At the time of going to print, all match rules are those to be followed on match days. Any alterations brought about by Covid-19 adaptations and regulations introduced by the ECB will be published on the website and communicated to clubs separately
Key Match Day Contacts
In the event of a serious problem that needs to be resolved on the match day then please contact one of the people below. Remember, these people will be involved in a match elsewhere, either umpiring or scoring.
Umpires Panel Co-ordinator - Premier & Championship Peter Hinstridge - 01763 837189 / 07710 403524 Email: email@example.com Umpires Panel Co-ordinator - Divisions 1, 2A & 2B Anthony Levy - 0208 441 9297 / 07904 309926 Email: Anthony.firstname.lastname@example.org Results and Fixture Secretary Richard Mason - 07491 834644 Email: email@example.com Facilities Sub-committee Chairman Mark Shepherd - 01895 233630 / 07772 224390 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 5
1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4
Playing Rules - Premier Divisions
The conduct of all matches will be governed by the Laws of Cricket (2017 Code 2nd Edition 2019) except as stated otherwise in these rules. In each Division, all clubs will play each other home and away, matches shall be one innings each. Matches in Weeks 6 to 14 will be played under the match rules specified in Section A. Matches in Weeks 1 to 5 and 15 to 18 will be played under the 50 Overs match rules specified in Section B.
2. Umpires 2.1
The Umpires Panel will appoint umpires. The method of payment of expenses will be determined by the Executive Committee in consultation with the Umpires Panel. Each club will pay one umpire the agreed fee before the Toss. The normal fee is £50 but shall be reduced to £30 in the event that the match is cancelled after the umpires have attended the ground. For the Play Off Final the umpires will be paid the agreed fee by the League
Scorers & Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Match Managers
All clubs will appoint their own scorers, who shall be qualified or have been granted dispensation by the League. 3.2 Failure to provide a registered scorer for the duration of the match will result in a 5-point penalty and the side will be required to nominate a player to score for the duration of the match. 3.3 The home club is responsible for providing a competent Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Match Manager (DLSMM), as defined in the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Procedure document and failure to do so will result in a 5 point penalty. The umpires shall be responsible for reporting any breach of this rule and their decision shall be final.
No game shall be cancelled without the explicit agreement of at least one of the appointed umpires, or a deputy from the Umpires Panel nominated either by one of the appointed umpires or the Umpires Co-ordinator. An umpire attending to inspect the ground may request reasonable travelling expenses not exceeding £10 from the Home club.
The umpires shall be responsible for decisions concerning the fitness of the ground for play and the use of covers from one hour before the scheduled start time.
Up to one hour before the scheduled start time covers shall be used at the discretion of the home club and its groundsman to protect the pitch. When one hour or less remains before the scheduled start time rule 5 will apply. Playing Rules - Premier Divisions
Clubs must make covering available throughout the match day, to be used at the direction of the umpires. The minimum requirement is to cover the pitch; reasonable efforts must be made to cover the bowlers’ run-ups to a minimum of ten (10) yards. The umpires will report any deficiency in covering to the League, which may result in disciplinary action being taken against the club.
The home side shall provide a working match clock which is visible and clear from the Square.
Captains must pass team sheets to the umpires not later than 30 minutes prior to play commencing. Team sheets will contain names of players and, if applicable, identify players aged under 18 and age group (e.g. U19, U17).
9.1. All league fixtures will be played with cricket balls that have been approved by the League (see inside back cover). 9.2. One new ball will be used from the commencement of each innings. New balls are to be supplied by the Home club. 9.3. Home clubs must ensure that a selection of at least six suitable spare balls of varying ages and use and a spare new ball are available to the umpires prior to the start of the match. The umpires may delay the start of a match if suitable spare balls are not provided.
10.1. The standard SHPCL rules will apply to the reporting of match results. 10.2. In addition to 10.1 the home team is responsible for posting the match result on play-cricket, as follows: a) By 10pm on the day of the match: the team totals, wickets taken, overs bowled and result. b) By 11pm on the Tuesday following the match: the full scorecard including names of match Officials c) Failure to meet these requirements will result in a fine of £30 for each occasion, payable by the Home Club to the League.
11.1. Captains will mark umpires’ performance using the facility on Who’s The Umpire 11.2. Facilities must be marked in accordance with the rules set out on page 67. 11.3. Umpires will mark the pitch, team discipline and facilities as well as reporting any instances of misconduct.
12. Discipline & Disciplinary Points
12.1 The standard SHCL Disciplinary rules will apply. 12.2 Law 42 will apply except that when a first offence has been committed by a member of the batting side 42.2.2 shall be replaced by “Together the umpires shall inform the batsmen that an offence at this level has occurred and, as soon as practicable, the captain of the batting side. Playing Rules - Premier Divisions
13. Junior Players
13.1. A player under the age of 12 at midnight on 31st August in the year preceding the current season is not permitted to play in the Premier League or Championship. 13.2. Any player under the age of 13 at Midnight on 31st August in the year preceding the current season shall play in the Premier League or Championship only provided that the player has been selected for the County at U13 or above and has written parental consent to play in Open Age cricket. Such evidence shall be lodged with the Club’s Safeguarding Officer prior to that player’s registration with the League. The League may request evidence of compliance with these requirements.
14. League Positions
League positions in each Division will be determined by the total number of points gained. In the event of two or more clubs finishing on equal points, league position will be determined in the following order: • The side with the highest number of wins, but if still level • The side with the fewest defeats, but if still level • The side with the highest runs per wicket, calculated by aggregating all runs scored in completed matches divided by the total number of wickets lost.
15. Play Offs
In the Premier League after Week 18 there will be Play Off matches played under the 50 Over match rules as follows: Week 19 (Saturday): Under rule 2.1.1 the Start time will be 11.30am and the finishing time 7.00pm Match 1: The side finishing in first place v the side finishing in fourth place, to be played at the ground of the side finishing in first place, and Match 2: The side finishing in second place v the side finishing in third place, to be played at the ground of the side finishing in second place In the event of adverse weather the reserve date for these matches is the Sunday, i.e. the following day. If a result is not achieved on either day the team finishing higher in the League shall qualify for the Final. Week 20 (Saturday): Under rule 2.1.1 the Start time will be 11.00am and the finishing time 6.30pm The winners of Match 1 and Match 2 will play a Final on a neutral ground, which will be determined by the League. In the event of adverse weather a reserve date will be arranged by the League Executive Committee. If a result is not achieved on either day the result will be determined by a Bowl Out. Such Bowl Out shall be undertaken in accordance with the rules set out in match rule 12 of the Readers 20/20 Competition Playing Conditions (which also provide for a result by coin toss if a bowl out is not possible).
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16. Promotion and Relegation
At the end of each season a system of promotion and relegation will operate as follows: a) The side finishing 10th in the Premier Division will be relegated to the Championship b) The side finishing 1st in the Championship will be promoted to the Premier Division c) The side finishing 9th in the Premier Division and the side finishing 2nd in the Championship will play a Play-Off under the 50 over match rules, using balls approved for use in the Premier Division. The winner will play in the Premier League and the loser will play in the Championship in the following season. The match will be played on the Saturday of Week 19 at the ground of the side finishing 2nd in the Championship unless agreed otherwise by the two clubs. In the event of adverse weather the reserve date for this match is the following Saturday, i.e. seven days later. d) The sides finishing 9th and 10th in the Championship will be relegated to Division 1 e) The sides finishing 1st and 2nd in Division 1 will be promoted to the Championship f) In the event of a side that qualifies for promotion from the Championship or Division 1 not wishing to accept, or not meeting the criteria for, promotion then the League Executive Committee shall determine the composition of the sides in the Premier Division and Championship for the following season. g) In the event that it is agreed to admit an additional side: • To the Premier Division then the sides in 9th and 10th place will be relegated and the side finishing in 8th place shall play in the Play Off. • To the Championship then only the side finishing in 1st place in Division 1 shall be promoted h) Promotion into the Premier Division and Championship is dependent on the clubs concerned meeting the criteria for facilities, youth teams and financial security specified by the League.
17. Entitlement To ECB Premier League Payment
The ECB payment to the SHPCL & clubs is subject to the SHPCL and Clubs fulfilling certain conditions specified by the ECB. These include but are not limited to:a) Complying with club audit requirements, adhering to Disciplinary procedures, Player Registration, Umpire marking, Facility reporting, Result reporting on play-cricket and adhering to ECB Code of Conduct & Spirit of Cricket. b) In the event of non-compliance by any club with any ECB condition SHPCL may withhold payment and/or impose, in addition to any penalty imposed by a disciplinary hearing, a penalty determined by the SHPCL Committee. Playing Rules - Premier Divisions
Section A: Premier Divisions Match Rules for ‘Timed’ Matches (weeks 6 To 14) 1.
1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6
Hours of Play
Play will commence at 11.00am. The Lunch Interval will be 30 minutes commencing at 1.00pm, unless changed under the provisions of Law 11. There will be an interval of 10 minutes’ duration between innings. The Tea Interval will be 20 minutes, commencing at the later of 4.20pm or when a maximum of 20 overs remain to be bowled before the Last Hour, unless changed under the provisions of Law 11. The Home club will provide hot and cold drinks during the intervals. The umpires shall signal the Last Hour at the later of 5.30pm or when 17 overs remain to be bowled in the match. The Last Hour shall be a minimum of 60 minutes from its commencement and a minimum of 17 overs shall be bowled unless play is interrupted, in which event rule 2.8(b) shall apply. Unless a result is achieved earlier the game shall finish at the later of 6.30pm or when the Last Hour has been completed
2. Overs 2.1
Each match will consist of a minimum of 115 6-ball overs except where the match is affected by weather or a result is achieved sooner. 2.2 In an uninterrupted match the side batting first shall face no more than 60 overs. 2.3 In the event of a delayed start due to inclement weather or other circumstances the total number of overs available shall be reduced as specified in Appendix 1, with 65 overs the minimum number of scheduled overs available to constitute a match. 2.4 Any match in which at least 65 overs have been bowled shall be deemed a match provided that the side batting second has received a minimum of 25 overs. Subsequent abandonment shall be considered to be a drawn match. 2.5 If considered appropriate, in weather affected matches revised times may be agreed by the umpires and captains for the Intervals. 2.6 Any match in which play does not or will not commence by 3.00pm shall be cancelled. 2.7 If, after a match has started, there is a weather interruption or weather interruptions during the innings of the side batting first, the number of overs available shall be as per the table in Appendix 1 (see page 13). 2.8 In the event that any interruption or interruptions are of a duration that, in calculating the overs remaining using Appendix 1, the side batting first has received or exceeded those overs the following shall apply: 10
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a) The innings of the side batting first shall be regarded as complete. b) The Umpires shall calculate the time remaining from the time which they consider that conditions are such that play can resume to the scheduled close of play (7.00pm). The minimum number of overs available to the side batting second shall be calculated by dividing the minutes left for play by 3.5 and rounding up if necessary. If such calculation, together with the overs received by the side batting first, gives a minimum of 25 overs for the side batting second and 65 overs or more for the match, then play shall commence at the re-scheduled start time as directed by the umpires. c) If the target score is such, that in the opinion of both captains there are insufficient overs remaining for either side to achieve a result or gain more points, the match shall be abandoned. If, after the start of the innings of the side batting second, there is a weather interruption or interruptions the minimum number of overs available to the side batting second shall be reduced by one for each complete period of 3.5 minutes of interruption or interruptions.
In an uninterrupted match no bowler shall be permitted to bowl more than 20 overs. If the number of overs available is reduced as a result of any interruptions in the match the maximum shall be one-third (rounded down) of the reduced number of overs. A bowler may exceed the limit solely as a result of such a recalculation of overs due following an interruption in play. Example: Bowler has bowled 14 overs when an interruption reduces the innings to 40 overs, reducing the limit to 13. Short-pitched Bowling Law 41.6.1 shall be replaced with: A bowler shall be limited to two fast short pitched balls per over. The umpire at the bowler’s end will make it clear to both the bowler and the batsmen at the wicket when such a delivery within this limit is bowled. This ruling shall apply even though the striker has made contact with the ball with his bat, person or equipment. A short pitched ball is defined as one that passes or would have passed over shoulder height of the Striker standing upright at the crease. It is unfair if the limit is exceeded and the umpire shall call and signal No Ball on each such occasion. In addition, the umpires will adopt the procedures of Law 41.6.3 and 41.6.4. Non-pitching Deliveries: Law 41.7 shall apply Negative bowling: If the Bowler’s End umpire considers that the bowler is bowling negatively with the intention of preventing the striker from scoring runs he shall caution the bowler and inform the captain, the bowler, the other umpire and the batsmen that on any repetition the rule for judging a Wide in the 50-Over match rules will be applied. Playing Rules - Premier Divisions - Timed Matches
Win. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 points Tie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 points each Winning Draw. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 points plus bonus points Side winning toss and batting first or losing toss and batting second: Losing Draw . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 points plus bonus points Side winning the toss and fielding first: Losing Draw . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 points plus bonus points Cancelled or abandoned. . . . . . 10 points each The Winning and Losing draw is calculated on run-rate for the innings, based on legitimate balls received. Run rate shall be calculated to three decimal points. In the event that the two sides have identical run-rates the side losing the fewest wickets shall be deemed to have the higher run rate. If still equal then each side shall receive 4 points. Bonus points awarded to losing team and to both teams in the event of a drawn match will be: Side winning toss and batting first or losing toss and batting second: Batting:- 2 point for reaching 125, 175, 225, 275, 300 runs Bowling:- 1 point each for taking 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 wickets Side winning the toss and fielding first: Batting:- 1 point for reaching 125, 175, 225, 275, 300 runs Bowling:- 1 point each for taking 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 wickets 5 bowling bonus points will be gained if a side is all out, regardless of the number of wickets actually taken.
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Over Rate Penalty Points
The umpires will agree timings with the scorers and calculate the over rate taking into account the following allowances:• 2 minutes per wicket for the fall of each wicket up to and including the ninth wicket. • The time taken for any Drinks Interval. • The actual time lost for each and any single stoppage of greater duration than 3 minutes. This will be agreed by the umpires and will be confirmed to the batsmen and the fielding captain at the time of the delay and will not be subject to negotiation. The scorers must be informed at the earliest opportunity. • During periods when inclement weather necessitates frequent drying of the ball the umpires may, at their sole discretion, allow up to 5 minutes per hour of playing time as additional stoppages. The umpires shall inform both captains and the scorers in advance if they judge conditions justify this additional stoppage allowance for any period of the match. The penalties will not apply if the duration of an innings is less than two and a half hours. The following penalties will apply for slow over rates. The umpires will be the sole judges of over rates in consultation with the scorers:
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On the first occasion in the season: • Less than 17 but greater than 16 overs per hour - 1 point • 16 overs or less but greater than 15 overs per hour - 2 points • 15 overs per hour or less - 5 points If a penalty is imposed for a second or subsequent match in the season the above penalty points are doubled.
Appendix 1 – Reduced Overs In Interrupted Matches Time Lost 0 3.5 7.0 10.5 14.0 17.5 21.0 24.5 28.0 31.5 35.0 38.5 42.0 45.5 49.0 52.5 56.0 59.5 63.0 66.5 70.0 73.5 77.0 80.5 84.0 87.5
A 115 114 113 112 111 110 109 108 107 106 105 104 103 102 101 100 99 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91 90
B 60 59 59 58 58 57 57 56 56 55 55 54 54 53 53 52 52 51 51 50 50 49 49 48 48 47
C 55 55 54 54 53 53 52 52 51 51 50 50 49 49 48 48 47 47 46 46 45 45 44 44 43 43
Time Lost 91.0 94.5 98.0 101.5 105.0 108.5 112.0 115.5 119.0 122.5 126.0 129.5 133.0 136.5 140.0 143.5 147.0 150.5 154.0 157.5 161.0 164.5 168.0 171.5 175.0
A 89 88 87 86 85 84 83 82 81 80 79 78 77 76 75 74 73 72 71 70 69 68 67 66 65
B 47 46 45 45 44 44 43 43 42 42 41 41 40 40 39 39 38 38 37 37 36 36 35 35 34
C 42 42 42 41 41 40 40 39 39 38 38 37 37 36 36 35 35 34 34 33 33 32 32 31 31
A = Minimum overs in the match B = Maximum overs for the side batting first C = Minimum overs for the side batting second
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Section B: Premier Divisions Match Rules for 50 Over Matches (weeks 1 to 5 & 15 to 18)
All sides are required to wear coloured clothing in this playing format. Batsmen and the wicket-keeper are recommended and encouraged to wear coloured pads. Additional Crease Markings: An additional crease marking shall be made 17” inside and parallel with each Return Crease, joining the Popping and Bowling creases. Please note that the crease is the inside edges of both these new markings and the Return Crease markings.
3.1 Hours of Play and Intervals 3.1.1 Play will start at 12.00pm (11.30am in Week 18). For the purpose of determining the overs remaining in an interrupted match the Close of Play will be 7.30pm (7.00pm in Week 18). 3.1.2 There will normally be two sessions of play of 3 hours 15 minutes each, separated by a Tea Interval of 30 minutes between the innings. 3.1.3 If the innings of the team batting first is completed prior to the scheduled time for the Tea Interval then the interval shall, if considered practicable by the umpires, take place immediately and may be extended with the agreement of the captains and umpires if necessary by up to 15 minutes (to a maximum of 45 minutes). 3.1.4 The captains may agree to forgo the Tea Interval, in accordance with Law 11.9, in which case there shall be an Interval between Innings of 10 minutes. 3.1.5 Drinks intervals shall be agreed in accordance with Law 15.2 but no more than two breaks per innings are permitted. Time taken for drinks shall be regarded as an Interval in accordance with Law 11.8. 3.2 Each match shall consist of a maximum of 50 overs per innings except where time is lost after the scheduled start time due to inclement weather or other unavoidable cause, when the number of overs shall be reduced as hereinafter provided. 3.3 If the side batting first is dismissed before the overs to which it is entitled have been bowled, the team batting second shall be entitled to bat for its full entitlement of overs or as further reduced due to inclement weather or other cause. Declarations are not permitted. 3.4 In the event of delays due to weather or other circumstances a minimum of 20 overs per side is required to constitute a match, subject to the provisions of 3.5.4 and 3.8 below. 3.5 Delayed start matches 3.5.1 In the event that the scheduled start time is delayed due to inclement weather or other cause the first 30 minutes of playing time lost shall be disregarded. Thereafter the number of overs for each side will be reduced by one for every complete 8 minutes of time lost. 14
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3.5.2 In calculating the time lost, the time for the Interval may be altered in accordance with Law 11.4. 3.5.3 The latest start time for a match reduced to 20 overs per side shall be 3.40pm. 3.5.4 A result can only be achieved in a match of less than 20 overs per side if both sides have the opportunity to bat for the full number of overs originally allocated. 3.5.5 The umpires shall inform the captains and the scorers of the number of overs lost, the revised timings, the number of overs to be bowled and the applicable fielding and bowling restrictions. 3.6 Interrupted matches 3.6.1 First innings - When play is suspended during the first innings, the object shall be to rearrange the number of overs so that both sides have the opportunity of batting for the same number of overs. 3.6.2 The number of overs to be bowled in 3.6.1 shall be calculated based on the time remaining in the match to the scheduled close of play, based on 4 minutes per over. In calculating the time lost the time for the Interval may be altered in accordance with Law 11.4 or forgone in accordance with Law 11.9. In calculating the number of overs to be bowled the number remaining plus the number already bowled shall be rounded up to the next greatest number divisible by two. 3.6.3 Second innings - If, owing to a delayed start to the second innings or a suspension of play during the second innings, there is insufficient time for the side batting second to face the same number of overs as the side batting first, the umpires will re-calculate, (on every occasion) the number of overs to be bowled and the new target score that is required. Before taking the field to resume play, the umpires will inform the captains and scorers accordingly. The number of overs to be faced by the team batting second will never be increased after an interruption. 3.6.4 The number of overs to be bowled in 3.6.3 shall be calculated based on the time remaining in the match to the scheduled close of play, based on 4 minutes per over. In calculating the time lost the time for the Interval may be altered in accordance with Law 11.4 or forgone in accordance with Law 11.9. In calculating the number of overs remaining to be bowled the number shall be rounded up. 3.6.5 If the Home club has provided a DLSMM or someone from the Away club has agreed to act as DLSMM then the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Method (DLS) will be used to calculate the target score of the side batting second using the DLS regulations as provided by the League to every club. The umpires shall agree with the scorers and shall inform the captains of the target score before play is resumed. In the event of a miscalculation of the target score the original score shall not be altered once the captains have been informed. The target score shall be displayed clearly on the scoreboard. 3.6.6 If a competent DLSMM is not available throughout the match the following will apply: 126.96.36.199 The Away side shall have the option of dispensing with the Toss and electing to field first. Playing Rules - Premier Divisions - Overs Matches
188.8.131.52 The target score of the side batting second shall be calculated using average run rate, calculated by dividing the runs scored by the number of legitimate deliveries received by the side batting first. 3.7 An over that is incomplete at the time of an interruption in play shall be completed on any resumption and that part over shall be ignored in calculating the overs remaining to be bowled in the match. 3.8 If the loss of time results in less than 20 overs being available to the team batting second, the game shall be abandoned unless, in the sole opinion of the umpires, a result remains achievable. For the purpose of this clause if a target score has been set under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern regulations under clause 3.6.5 it shall be calculated based on the minimum of 20 overs being available.
Number of Overs Per Bowler
In a 50 overs match, no bowler may bowl more than 10 overs in an innings. In a match of less than 50 overs no bowler may bowl more than one fifth of the total overs available. Where the total overs are not divisible by 5, an additional over shall be allowed to the minimum number of bowlers necessary to make up the balance E.g. in an innings of 37 overs, a maximum of 2 bowlers may bowl 8 overs. In the event that a reduction in overs results in one or more bowlers having exceeded the newly calculated maximum then the umpires shall calculate the overs allowed for the remaining bowlers. A bowler who has exceeded the new maximum shall be permitted to complete an incomplete over. E.g. Match reduced to 33 overs, one bowler has bowled 10 – 3 bowlers may bowl a maximum of 6 overs and 1 bowler may bowl a maximum of 5. A part over shall count as a full over only insofar as each bowler’s limit is concerned.
5 Powerplays 5.1
Powerplay overs. Powerplay overs shall be as follows: Innings duration
49 – 50 45 – 48 42 – 44 39 – 41 35 – 38 32 – 34 29 – 31 25 – 28 22 – 24 20 – 21
10 9 9 8 7 7 6 5 5 4
10 9 8 8 7 6 6 5 4 4
20 18 17 16 14 13 12 10 9 8
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Mandatory Powerplay In an uninterrupted match the First Powerplay shall be the first overs 10 of the innings. 5.3 Second Powerplay 5.3.1 In an uninterrupted match the Second Powerplay shall be the final 10 overs of the innings. 5.3.2 The Bowler’s End umpire shall inform the captain of the fielding side and the batsmen and then shall signal the commencement of the Second Powerplay to the scorers by making a large circular motion with one arm. 5.4 Powerplays – Effect of Interruptions 5.4.1 If play is interrupted not during a Powerplay over then, prior to the resumption, the umpires shall calculate the total number of Powerplay overs to be bowled from the table in 5.1 above. The number of Powerplay overs already bowled will be deducted from this total. The Second Powerplay will commence when the same number of overs remain to be bowled. Example: A match starts as 50 overs but is reduced to 35 overs after an interruption after 14 overs: Powerplay overs are now 14 so the Second Powerplay will be 4 overs to be commenced in the 32nd over 5.4.2 If play is interrupted during the First Powerplay overs and the calculation using the table in 5.1 shows that the overs in that Powerplay have already been exceeded then, if applicable, that over shall be completed and the excess of overs bowled in the First Powerplay shall be deducted from the Second Powerplay. Example: A match starts as 50 overs but is reduced to 30 overs following an interruption after 8.2 overs have been bowled: Powerplay overs are now 6+6=12 so the 9th over is completed and the Second Powerplay shall be 3 overs (12 less 9) commencing in the 28th over. 5.4.3 If play is interrupted and, on the resumption, the total number of Powerplay overs calculated from the table in 5.1 has already been exceeded there will be no further Powerplay deliveries in that innings. Example: A match is reduced to 40 overs per side. An interruption occurs after 20 overs with the 8 First Powerplay overs having been bowled. On the resumption the match is reduced to 20 overs per side. The Powerplay overs are now 4+4=8 so there will be no Second Powerplay 5.4.4 If play is interrupted and, on the resumption, there are insufficient overs remaining in the innings to complete the Powerplay overs calculated from the table in 5.1 then the Powerplay shall commence in the next over with fewer than the scheduled number of Powerplay overs being bowled in the innings. Example: A match is reduced to 40 overs and only the First Powerplay of 8 overs has been taken when an interruption in the 30th over reduces the match to 35 overs. The Second Powerplay should be 7+7=14-8=6 but only 5 complete overs remain. The Second Powerplay will commence in the 31st over and be for the final 5 overs. 5.4.5 The total Powerplay overs in the 2nd innings shall not exceed those available in the 1st Innings. Any restriction in Powerplay overs shall be applied to the Second Powerplay. Playing Rules - Premier Divisions - Overs Matches
Example: A match commences as a full 50 overs per side. In the 40th over an interruption reduces the match to 45 overs. The First Powerplay of 10 overs has been completed together with 5 overs of the Second Powerplay. The 2nd innings Powerplay shall be restricted to 15 overs, comprising the First Powerplay overs and 5 Second Powerplay overs, commencing in the 41st over.
Restriction on the Placement of Fielders
Outer Fielding Circles 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. The ends of each semi-circle shall be joined to the other by a straight line drawn on the field on the same side of the pitch. The fielding restriction area should be marked by ‘dots’ at five-yard intervals, each ‘dot’ to be covered by a white plastic or rubber (but not metal) disc measuring seven inches in diameter. 6.2 First Powerplay During the First Powerplay, at the instant of delivery, only two fielders shall be permitted to be outside the Outer Fielding Circle. 6.3 Second Powerplay During the period of the Second Powerplay, at the instant of delivery, only five fielders shall be permitted to be outside of the Outer Fielding Circle. 6.4 Non-Powerplay Overs During the non Powerplay Overs, at the instant of delivery, only four fielders shall be permitted to be outside the Outer Fielding Circle. 6.5 Throughout the innings, at the instant of delivery, not more than five fielders shall be permitted to field on the leg side. 6.6 Infringement of Fielding Restrictions 6.6.1 In the event of an infringement of any of the fielding restrictions specified in 6.2, 6.3, 6.4 and 6.5 above the Umpire at the Striker’s End shall call and signal ‘No Ball’. 6.6.2 If in the opinion of either batsman the Striker’s End Umpire fails to call and signal No Ball when either these fielding restrictions or Law 28.4 (Limitation of On-side fielders) have been breached then immediately the ball becomes dead, either batsman may draw the matter to the attention of either umpire. If the Striker’s End Umpire is able to verify the breach, he shall call and signal No Ball. If the striker’s end Umpire is unable to verify the breach then he shall confirm that the events of the delivery shall be unchanged. 7.1 Underarm bowling is not permitted. If a bowler bowls a ball underarm the umpire shall call and signal ‘No Ball’ and follow the procedures in law 21.3. 7.2 The penalty under Law 21.16 for a ‘No Ball’ will be 2 runs. 7.3 Free Hits 7.3.1 In addition to 7.2 above, the delivery following a No Ball shall be a Free Hit for whichever batsman is facing it. 7.3.2 If the delivery for the Free Hit is not a legitimate delivery (i.e. a No Ball or a 18
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Wide Ball) then the next delivery will become a Free Hit for whichever batsman is facing it. 7.3.3 For a Free Hit, the striker can be dismissed only as specified in Law 21.18 (Out from a No Ball), even if the delivery for a free hit is called a Wide Ball. 7.3.4 Any fielding restrictions under Rule 6 in place will apply for the Free Hit delivery. Field changes are permitted for Free Hit deliveries. 7.3.5 When the ball is dead and after signalling No Ball to the scorers, the Bowler’s End Umpire will call and signal a Free Hit by extending one arm straight upwards and moving it in a circular motion. 7.3.6 The free hit delivery counts as a ball in the over unless it in turn is a Wide or No Ball.
8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4
Law 22 shall apply with the following addition; Umpires are instructed to apply a very strict and consistent interpretation in regard to this Law in order to prevent negative bowling wide of the wicket. A leg side wide shall be called if, irrespective of where the ball pitches, it passes outside the line of the Striker and the leg stump, irrespective of any movement by the Striker. A ball that passes between the Striker and the leg stump shall not be judged a Wide. An off side wide shall be called if, in the umpire’s opinion, the delivery has passed between the 17 inch line and the Return Crease and the Striker has not brought it within reach of a run-scoring stroke.
The Bowling of Fast Short Pitched Balls (The Bouncer) and Beamers
Over Rate Penalties
9.1 Law 41.6.1 shall be replaced with: A bowler shall be limited to one fast short pitched ball per over. The umpire at the bowler’s end will make it clear to both the bowler and the batsmen at the wicket when such a delivery within this limit is bowled. This ruling shall apply even though the striker has made contact with the ball with his bat, person or equipment. A short pitched ball is defined as one that passes or would have passed over shoulder height of the Striker standing upright at the crease. It is unfair if the limit is exceeded and the umpire shall call and signal No Ball on each such occasion. In addition, the umpires will adopt the procedures of law 41.6.3 and 41.6.4. 9.2 Law 41.7 (Bowling of dangerous and unfair non-pitching deliveries) shall apply. 10.1 All sides are expected to be in position to bowl the first ball of the last of their 50 overs within 195 minutes of playing time. 10.2 Time may be added at the discretion of the umpires for any stoppage or delay in play. Under rule 3.1.4 time shall be added for a Drinks Interval. When the umpires agree that time is to be allowed for a stoppage they shall inform the batsmen, the captain of the fielding side and the scorers of the time to be allowed. In the event of frequent moving of the sightscreens the batting side shall assume responsibility unless other arrangements have been made. Playing Rules - Premier Divisions - Overs Matches
10.3 In the event that the fielding side fails to meet the requirement of 10.1 the full quota of overs will be completed and six runs shall be added to the score of the batting side for each whole over that has not been bowled within the allotted time. The umpires will inform the captain of the fielding side of the number of overs not bowled and the number of runs to be credited to the batting side. The runs will be added to the score of the batting side immediately after the ball becomes dead at the end of the innings. This rule will apply to both innings of the match except as provided under 10.4. 10.4 Notwithstanding 10.3 above, If the side fielding second is penalised under rule 10.3 and the runs to be added take the score of the batting side past that of the side batting first then the runs will be added immediately and the match shall be deemed to be won by the side batting second. 10.5 If the innings is completed before the scheduled or re-scheduled cut off time no over rate penalty shall apply. 10.6 If the start of an innings is delayed or an innings is interrupted, the over rate penalty will apply based on the revised number of overs and the re-scheduled cessation time for that innings. The umpires shall inform the fielding team captain when taking the field for the first time and on every subsequent occasion if play is interrupted by the weather, of the scheduled time for that innings (by which the fielding side must be in position to bowl the first ball of the last over). The time allowed to bowl the overs shall be calculated on the basis of four minutes per over.
11.1 A result may only be achieved if both teams have had the opportunity of batting for at least 20 overs, unless the team batting second has scored more runs than its opponents or has achieved its target score as hereinafter defined in fewer than 20 overs. 11.2 Except as provided in 11.4 a match shall be won by the team which has scored the most runs in its completed innings. 11.3 Except as provided in 11.4 and 11.5 a tie shall be achieved if the scores are level at the conclusion of the match, irrespective of the number of wickets lost by either team. 11.4 If, after an interruption in play after the start of the match, the number of overs to be received by either side is reduced to a lesser number than allocated before the start, then a revised target score shall be set for the side batting second to achieve. This will be calculated using the Duckworth/Lewis Method as specified by the League. If the target is reached or exceeded the side batting second shall be deemed to have won. If the Par Score is equalled the match is a Tie, except as provided in 11.5. If the Par Score is not reached the side batting first shall be deemed to have won. Such result shall be reported as “A win under the D/L method”. 11.5 In Play Off matches specified in clause 15 and 16c of the Playing Rules: 11.5.1 Clause 11.3 above will be replaced by: Where the number of overs available to both sides remains equal throughout the match, in the event that the scores at the conclusion of the match are level 20
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the winner shall be determined as follows: i) The side that has lost fewest wickets, but if still equal ii) The side with the highest scoring rate over the first 20 overs of its innings, based on legitimate balls received and calculated to three decimal places, but if still equal iii) The side that has lost fewest wickets over the first 20 overs of its innings, but if still equal iv) The side with the highest scoring rate over the first 10 overs of its innings, based on legitimate balls received and calculated to three decimal places, but if still equal v) The side that has lost fewest wickets over the first 10 overs of its innings 11.5.2 In Clause 11.4 above the words “If the Par Score is equalled the match is a Tie” shall be replaced by “If the Par Score is not exceeded the match shall be won by the side batting first.”
Win:. . . . . . . . . . . 25 points Tie: . . . . . . . . . . 13 points No result: . . . . . 10 points, or bonus points gained, whichever is the greater Cancelled: . . . . . 10 points Bonus points awarded to the losing side or, in the event of a match without a result, to both sides. No bonus points will be awarded for a match ending as a Tie (a Tie being a match in which the scores are level, irrespective of the number of wickets lost by each side). Batting Bonus points: 1 point for reaching 125, 150, 175, 200, 225, 250 and 275 runs Bowling Bonus points: 1 point for taking 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 wickets Full bowling bonus points will be gained if a side is all out, regardless of the number of wickets taken.
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The Professional Edition of Duckworth-Lewis-Stern, Version 2 (DLS), requiring the use of a working laptop computer and a printer, will be used to calculate the Target Score. In the event of failure of all of the available computer(s) for any reason, then the Standard Edition will be used to calculate the Target Score. 2. Where the DLS Professional Edition is used all clubs shall use only the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) software provided by the League in making the calculations. The DLS software embedded within PCS-PRO software may be used provided it has been updated with the latest version. 3. Definitions: The Professional Edition will give a Target Score and a table of Par Scores. The Target Score equals the Par Score plus 1. The Standard Edition involves a calculation which will yield a number with decimal places. Rounding this number down gives the Par Score; rounding it up gives the Target Score.
5. 6. 7.
Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Match Manager
The Home club is responsible for ensuring that a person competent in the way the DLS calculations should be performed is appointed for each match. That person should be responsible for all D/L calculations and for the communication of such information to all relevant parties. The person appointed will here be referred to as the DLS Match Manager (DLSMM). The DLSMM will ensure that the approved current version of the DLS software is available and can be operated in a location where there is instant communication with the scorers. Where a PA system announcer and/or representatives from the media are at the ground it is the responsibility of the Home club to ensure that they are informed as necessary of all DLS Target Scores. When Team 1’s innings has been completed: If overs have been lost during Team 1’s innings or before Team 2’s innings can start, as soon as Team 2’s allocation of overs is known, the DLSMM will confirm Team 2’s revised Target Score and communicate this to the persons specified in the Appendix. In all matches, the DLSMM will run the DLS software and produce an overby-over print-out of the Par Score schedule and make as many copies as are needed. The print-out should be distributed to the persons specified in the Appendix. If he judges that it may be required, the DLSMM will also distribute the ball-byball print-out to the persons specified in the Appendix. When the umpires have decided to resume play they will inform the DLSMM promptly, whenever possible not less than 10 minutes before play is due to start, of the revised number of overs. The DLSMM will run the DLS software and confirm Team 2’s revised Target Score to the umpires and, if applicable, the scoreboard operator. He will then produce over-by-over and ball-by ball Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Procedure
print-outs of the Par Scores, make copies and distribute the over-by-over table (and the ball-by-ball table at his discretion) as quickly as possible to the parties specified in the Appendix, ensuring that both captains and , if applicable, the scoreboard operator, receive their copies immediately. If, during Team 2’s innings, Team 2 incurs a penalty for which 5 runs are awarded to Team 1, the DLSMM will ensure that the scoreboard operator adds these 5 runs to Team 2’s Target Score and to all Par Scores. The DLSMM will enter the penalty runs in the DLS software but not produce revised Par Score print-outs until these would be required in any case by virtue of a further loss of overs. After such an interruption, the DLSMM should maintain a check that the correct revised Target Score and Par Score are displayed on the scoreboard. At the end of the game, the DLSMM should enter the final match information into the DLS software and confirm that the winning margin is correctly recorded and announced.
Duties of Scoreboard Operator
11. Any revised Par Score should be displayed as soon as it has been communicated to him. On scoreboards where there is insufficient room to display both the score actually made by Team 1 and the Par Score that Team 2 must exceed, the scoreboard should show the Par Score. 12. From the time when half the minimum number of overs required for the game to be viable have been received by Team 2 (or earlier if desired), the D/L Par Score should be displayed. This should be the figure relating to the end of the over in progress and it should be updated just as each new over is about to commence. (For example, for matches where 20 overs per side would constitute a valid match, the Par Score should be displayed no later than the start of the 11th over.) It should also be updated upon the fall of a wicket and before the new batsman has walked out to bat. It should be the figure as printed in the Par Score print-out for the end of that over (remembering to add any penalty runs incurred as described in item 9 above). The requirement to display the Par Score may be waived with the consent of the umpires and both captains. Do not add one run to this Par Score and then refer to this as a Target Score. [Note: Because it provides information to spectators on the progress of Team 2 towards their target, the Par Score should be displayed as described in this paragraph whether or not there is a reserve day and regardless of the current weather conditions.] 13. When play is suspended during Team 2’s innings the scoreboard should display the Par Score for the exact number of overs and balls bowled and retain this display for the duration of the stoppage. When play resumes the display should revert to the Par Score for the end of the over in progress, as per item 12.
List of people to whom DLS information shall be communicated: • the umpires, both team captains, scoreboard operator, if applicable, • other parties at the discretion of the DLSMM Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Procedure
Playing Rules - Divisions One and Below
1. Duration a)
Each match will start at 12.00 noon unless otherwise indicated by the league. Tea, taken between innings, will last for 20 minutes. At the discretion of the umpires, tea may be taken during any stoppage for rain. All time lost due to drinks intervals (which must have been agreed before the toss) or late starting of the match, or late resumption after any interval , or any other unavoidable cause including injury to a player, shall be aggregated and taken into consideration in calculating the time allowed for completion of an innings
Divisions 1 to 6B (All Matches)
Divisions 7A to 10B (All Matches)
Regional Divisions (All Matches)
Interference by Weather
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Matches will normally comprise 100 overs. Both sides shall receive not more than 50 overs. There will be no opportunity for the side batting first to declare. Both sides are expected to complete their innings within 3 hours. After this time has elapsed only the batting side shall be entitled to pick up further bonus points. Matches will normally comprise 90 overs. Both sides shall receive not more than 45 overs. There will be no opportunity for the side batting first to declare. Both sides are expected to complete their innings within 2h 40mins. After this time has elapsed only the batting side shall be entitled to pick up further bonus points. Matches will normally comprise 80 overs. Both sides shall receive not more than 40 overs. There will be no opportunity for the side batting first to declare. Both sides are expected to complete their innings within 2h 20mins. After this time has elapsed only the batting side shall be entitled to pick up further bonus points. In the event of a delayed start or any break in the first innings for bad weather, the length of the match will be reduced at a rate of one over per innings for each full seven minutes of play lost. See guidance chart on page 30. If there are no further disruptions then the winner of the match will be the team scoring the most runs. Any disruptions to play in the second innings shall result in one over being deducted for each full 3½ minutes lost. The winner of the match will be the team scoring the higher number of runs per over (as calculated to two decimal places). If either side was dismissed before receiving the full allocation of overs the runs per over calculation shall be based on the number of overs the side was entitled to receive (either at the commencement of its innings or as reduced due to subsequent interruptions to play). Both sides must receive a minimum of 20 overs to constitute a match, unless one side is dismissed or a result is achieved. Play must commence within 2 hours of the scheduled start time to constitute a league game. Playing Rules - Division One and Below
Where panel umpires are appointed, in the event of any dispute between the captains over the fitness of the ground for play up to one hour before the scheduled start, the umpires shall be the sole arbiters as to whether the ground is fit for play, both before and after the toss. In Divisions 1,2a & 2b, where the fitness of the ground is in doubt more than 3½ hours before the scheduled start time, the home club will make every endeavour to obtain agreement to any proposed cancellation from at least one of the appointed umpires or a nominated local deputy. Prior to the toss the home side is the ground authority for all games in Divisions 3a to the Regional Divisions and is the sole arbiter of whether or not the ground is fit for play. After the toss the following shall apply as regards fitness of ground and weather: • Where there are two non-playing umpires they shall be the sole arbiters • Where there is one non-playing umpire then in the event of disagreement his decision shall prevail. • Where there are no non-playing umpires the responsibility for determining the suitability of the conditions shall be with the two captains. They are to act having proper regard for their responsibilities for the safety and Safeguarding of all participants. In the event that the two captains are unable to reach agreement a non-playing committee member of the home club shall be responsible for the decision. If no non-playing committee member is available then play will be suspended. Having suspended play it shall only be resumed with the consent of both captains. The conditions are to be regarded as unsuitable if there is a foreseeable risk of injury to any participant or where the conditions are such that it would be unreasonable to continue. Where the ground is so wet that the movement of the fielders or batsmen is restricted, or where there is surface water on the square, such conditions are to be regarded as unsuitable. Note: If the tea interval takes place during a stoppage for bad weather in the first innings, 20 minutes will be deducted from the total time lost and the total number of overs to be bowled and the time limits will be recalculated accordingly. If the change of innings takes place during a stoppage for bad weather, no additional adjustments shall be made to the number of overs to be received by the team batting second after any recalculation of the number of overs to be received.
The league tables will be produced on an aggregate points basis (except in the regional divisions where the tables will be produced on an average points basis). Points will be awarded as follows: Win. . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 points Tie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 points Loss . . . . . . . . . . . . Bonus Points Draw. . . . . . . . . . . . Draws are not possible in this format of the game. Abandoned. . . . . . . 10 points or bonus points, whichever is the greater. Playing Rules - Division One and Below
Batting Bonus Points Divisions 1-10b: 1 point for every 15 runs scored from 110 to 245 (i.e. a maximum of 10 points) Regional Divisions: 1 point for every 15 runs scored from 80 to 215 (i.e. a maximum of 10 points) Bowling Bonus Points All Divisions: 1 point for every wicket taken. If a team takes all the available wickets of a team playing with less than 11 players they shall receive 10 bowling bonus points. Except in the Regional Divisions if any side fails to fulfil a fixture, the opposing team shall be awarded the full 30 points available for that fixture. Any side which fails to fulfil a fixture shall additionally be deducted 10 points from its points total in the division in which it plays.
Number of Players
Fast Bowling Directive
a) b) c) d)
Both teams are required to field a minimum of 8 players during both innings to constitute a league match. In matches where panel umpires are appointed the panel umpires shall decide on the start of the game or a concession should there be fewer than 8 players present at the start time. In all other matches where both captains agree, a match may start, even though the batting side has less than 8 players at the ground, providing the missing players, whose names must be on the team sheet, are expected to arrive. Any team unable to field a minimum of 8 players shall be deemed not to have fulfilled the fixture. Any delay to the start of the match arising from this rule shall result in a reduction of overs calculated in the same way as match rule 2 a) while also subject to the minimum overs requirement of rule 2 c). There will be a general ‘allowance’ that games may start up to 15 minutes after the scheduled start time without agreement to take account of traffic or similar problems and to get a full game in those circumstances. The ECB fast bowling directive (published in the league handbook) shall apply to all league games and failure to comply shall be construed as playing an ineligible player and will be dealt with accordingly under the powers given to the league under rule 12 of the Constitution. Penalty runs to be awarded under the Laws of Cricket 2017 shall only be awarded as follows: In all divisions, for illegal fielding (Law 28.2) In all divisions, for a ball striking a protective helmet placed on the ground (Law 28.3) In Divisions 1, 2A and 2B the awarding of Penalty Runs shall apply in full In Divisions 3A to 6B, for breaches of the law on player behaviour (Law 42) provided there is at least one qualified non-playing umpire.
Playing Rules - Division One and Below
Umpires and Scorers
The make and specification of cricket balls to be used in all league matches will be determined by the Executive Committee and no other ball shall be used (see inside back cover). A new ball shall be used from the start of both innings in all matches. Under no circumstances should the ball used in the first innings be used at the start of the second innings. Note: All new and spare balls to be provided by the home team. Each club with a team playing in Divisions 1 to 6b is required to register with the League every umpire that it considers to be attached to the club whether that umpire has been supplied to the League Umpires Panels or will be standing in a match below Division 2b. Divisions 1 - 2b: Umpires for matches will be appointed from a panel by an appropriate sub-committee. In divisions 3a to 6b inclusive each club is required to register with the League any umpire who will be officiating in a match during the season under one of the following categories: • Qualified: an umpire who is a member of the ECB association of Cricket Officials and has completed both Stage 1 and 2 courses or their equivalents. • Dispensation Granted: an umpire who has received dispensation from the League on the grounds that he is a long-standing experienced umpire. A League sub-committee will review and agree any dispensation on this basis. Dispensation is granted annually and does not carry over to subsequent seasons. • Club Umpire: any other umpire which the club expects to use to cover absence of a qualified umpire, or one who has been granted dispensation, due to illness, injury or holiday. Clubs must provide for every match, other than exceptionally (eg holidays or illness) either a qualified umpire or one who has been granted dispensation. Failure to meet this requirement will result in a 5-point penalty for each match In Divisions 1-2b each club is required to register with the League a minimum of one scorer who has • A scorer who has completed the ECB ACO Club Scorer course or equivalent • Received dispensation from the League on the grounds that the club has a long-standing and experienced scorer. A League sub-committee will agree any dispensation on this basis It is expected that the scorer(s) so registered will be appointed in all matches other than, exceptionally, in the case of holidays or illness. Failure to provided a competent scorer for the duration of matches in Divisions 1-2b will result in a 5 point penalty The penalty of 5 points will not be applied as follows: • In (c) where the club has supplied to the Umpires Panel at least as many umpires as it has teams playing in Divisions 6B and above, and • In (d) where the registered scorer is also a registered umpire and that umpire is a member of the Umpires Panel Playing Rules - Division One and Below
It is expected that in cases where a club is able to claim exemption from the penalty of 5 points that it will make every effort to provide, in all matches, an umpire or scorer as applicable for the benefit of the participants. It is the responsibility of every club to ensure that its umpires and scorers are correctly registered on the League website and a claim for exemption under 8(e) will be determined from those registration details
Covering of pitches and bowlers’ run-ups shall be allowed after play has commenced. Where partial covers only are available, bowlers’ run-ups shall be covered up to a distance not exceeding five feet in front of the popping crease.
Grounds on which matches are to be played shall be listed in the handbook. Alternative grounds may be used, providing the visiting team and umpires are advised of the change before 8pm on the Thursday prior to the date of the match, and formal acknowledgement of the change obtained from an officer of the opposing club and the umpires (where appropriate). No game shall be switched to a ground (or pitch) other than the one on which the game is scheduled and/or is normally used by the home team, after 8pm on the Thursday prior to the date of the match. Exceptional circumstances may apply, if a late change of ground is approved by the League Executive Committee. Artificial pitches may be only be used in games in Divisions 10a,10b and the Regional Divisions.
11. Number of Overs Per Bowler a) b)
No bowler may bowl more than 10 overs in an innings in a 50 over match, 9 overs in a 45 over match or 8 overs in a 40 over match. In a match reduced to less than the scheduled number of overs, no bowler may bowl more than one fifth of the total number of overs available. Where the total number of overs are not divisible by 5, an additional over shall be allowed to the minimum number of bowlers necessary to make up the balance. (E.g. in an innings of 37 overs, a maximum of 2 bowlers may bowl 8 overs) In the event that a reduction in overs results in one or more bowlers having exceeded the newly calculated maximum then the umpires shall calculate the overs allowed for the remaining bowlers. A bowler who has exceeded the new maximum shall be permitted to complete an incomplete over. (E.g. Match reduced to 33 overs, one bowler has bowled 10 – 3 bowlers may bowl a maximum of 6 overs and 1 bowler may bowl a maximum of 5. A part over shall count as a full over only insofar as each bowler’s limit is concerned.
12. Restriction on the Placement of Fielders a)
Fielding restrictions shall apply in Divisions 1 to 6b inclusive. There shall be no restriction of fielders on Divisions 7a and below Playing Rules - Division One and Below
c) d) e)
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. The ends of each semi-circle shall be joined to the other by a straight line drawn on the same side of the pitch. As the bowler starts their run up, only five players may be permitted outside the line described in b) at all times. In the event of an infringement of the fielding restrictions in c) the Umpire at the strikers end shall call and signal “No Ball”. If in the opinion of either batsman the Striker’s End Umpire fails to call and signal No Ball when the fielding restrictions have been breached then immediately the ball becomes dead, either batsman may draw the matter to the attention of either umpire. If the Striker’s End Umpire is able to verify the breach, he shall call and signal “No-Ball”. If the Striker’s End Umpire is unable to verify the breach then he shall confirm that the events of the delivery shall be unchanged.
13. No Ball a) b) c)
Underarm bowling is not permitted. If a bowler bowls a ball underarm the umpire shall call and signal “No Ball” The penalty under Law 21.18 for a “No Ball” will be 1 run. There will be no “free hits” for front foot no balls.
14. Wide Ball
In Divisions 7a and below the umpires and captains shall ensure that consistency is achieved across both innings for determining what constitutes a wide delivery. The Division of the match should be taken into consideration when deciding what should constitute a wide delivery. In Divisions 1 to 6b inclusive Law 22 shall apply with the following addition: Umpires are instructed to apply a strict and consistent interpretation in regard to this Law in order to prevent negative bowling wide of the wicket. A leg side wide shall be called if, irrespective of where the ball pitches, it passes outside of the line of the striker standing in his normal guard position and the leg stump. A wide shall not be called if the striker moves towards the off-side and the ball would have struck any part of his person had he not moved. A ball that passes between the Striker and the leg stump shall not be judged a wide. An additional crease marking shall be made 17 inches inside and parallel with each return crease, joining the Popping and Bowling creases. Please note that the crease is the inside edges of both these new markings and the Return Crease markings. An off-side wide shall be called if, in the umpire’s opinion, the delivery has passed between the 17 inch line and the Return crease and the Striker has not brought it within reach of a scoring stroke.
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15. The Bowling of Fast Short Pitched Balls (Bouncer)
Law 41.6.1 shall be replaced with: A bowler shall be limited to one fast short pitched ball per over. The umpire at the bowler’s end will make it clear to both the bowler and the batsmen at the wicket when such a delivery within this limit is bowled. This ruling shall apply even though the striker has made contact with the ball with his bat, person or equipment. A short pitched ball is defined as one that passes or would have passed over shoulder height of the Striker standing upright at the crease. It is unfair if the limit is exceeded and the umpire shall call and signal No Ball on each such occasion. In addition, the umpires will adopt the procedures of law 41.6.3 and 41.6.4.
Lost time ready reckoner
(Time lost during 1st innings only): A – Total overs in match B – Overs per team Minutes lost (divisional groups) 1-6B
Minutes lost (divisional groups) (Cont.)
Note: play must commence within 2 hours of the scheduled start time to constitute a league game. (Rule 2d)
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This version of the rules is effective in all matches in the 20-20 Competition (“The Competition”). Except as varied hereunder the Laws of Cricket (2017 Code 2nd Edition 2019) shall apply.
2.1. The Competition shall be under the control of the League and all decisions relating to these rules or to matches played in the Competition shall be final and binding. 2.2. Clubs must play their home matches on the main square of their home ground unless prior permission has been obtained from the League to move the fixture to an alternative ground, if such permission is not given the League will order the match to be re-played on the opponent’s ground. Should the umpires report a pitch as being unfit, the League shall have the option of ordering the match to be replayed on the opponent’s ground, if time permits, or of awarding the match to the opposition.
The Competition will be organised on a group basis comprising four groups (the ‘Group Stage’). The top two sides in each group will qualify for the Quarter Finals; the four winners of the Quarter Finals will progress to the ’Finals Day’ which will comprise two Semi-Finals and a Final. See 9.3.
4.1. All players shall be bona fide members of the club registered with the League 4.2. Eligibility of all players must fall within one of the following categories: • An unlimited number of players registered under Category 1 • A maximum of one player registered under Category 3 • Any player who would have been registered previously under Category3e but does not meet the ‘three consecutive years’ residency requirement will be permitted to play as a Category I player 4.3. No other players shall be eligible and any club that fields an ineligible player shall be disqualified
5.1. All balls used in the Competition shall be those approved by the League (see inside back cover) 5.2. A new ball shall be used from the commencement of each innings 5.3. In all group matches the home club is responsible for providing the match balls. Balls for the Quarter Finals and Finals Day will be provided by the League 5.4. The umpires are to be provided with at least six good quality spare balls before the start of the match. As soon as a ball is hit out of the playing area and not immediately found the umpire will obtain a replacement ball and continue with the match. The fielding side should not search for a lost ball. Playing Rules - Readers 20/20 Competition
Players in all matches in the Competition may wear white or coloured clothing.
7.1. Umpires will be appointed by the League from the Umpires Panel for all matches 7.2. All clubs must submit a report on the umpires for each match they play in the Competition 7.3. Umpires appointed by the Panel shall be entitled to receive a fee of £25 and each side shall pay one umpire. For the avoidance of doubt a sole umpire shall not be entitled to receive more than £25. On Finals Day the umpires will be paid by the League.
Each team shall provide their own competent, non-playing scorer in all matches. If a team fails to provide a scorer a player has to be nominated from the team to take up the duty for the entire duration of the match.
9.1. There will be a Group Stage on Saturday 2nd May comprising four groups of four sides. The reserve date is TBA. The winners of the first two matches will contest match 3. 9.2. A side is not permitted to concede a match; any side that concedes a match may be denied entry into the competition in the following season. 9.3. Finals Day will take place on Sunday 7th June at a venue to be determined by the League; the Reserve Date is Sunday 12th July.
10. Team Sheets
Each side must provide the umpires with a fully completed and signed ECB approved team sheet before the Toss.
All results must be reported on the day of the match using the standard League Results Service. They should also be reported on Play Cricket within 48 hours of the end of the match.
12. Points and Group Winners
12.1. The winners of the four groups referred to in 9.1 will play in the Semi-Finals on Finals Day. 12.2. For Finals Day the sides to contest the Semi-Finals will be drawn at random from the four group winners.
Section 12 of the Premier League Playing Rules, setting out sanctions for breaches of the League’s Disciplinary Code, shall apply to this competition. For the avoidance of doubt a Level 3 offence shall carry a suspension of 4 overs.
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1.1. One innings per side, each limited to a maximum of 20 overs 1.2. In an match that has a delayed start or is interrupted each side must have faced (or had the opportunity to face) a minimum of 5 overs in order to constitute a match
Hours of Play
Delayed Start and Interruptions
2.1. The start time shall be not earlier than 10.00am. The Close of Play for the purpose of clause 4 shall be agreed between the captains and the umpires and shall not be later than 8.30pm; in the event of disagreement the umpires’ decision will be final. 2.2. The interval between innings shall be 10 minutes. 3.1. The fielding side must be in position to bowl the first ball of the 20th over within 75 minutes of playing time 3.2. A 6 run penalty shall apply for each complete over not bowled in the required time, as determined by the umpires 3.3. In reduced over matches the fielding side has a one over leeway in addition to any time that the umpires may allow for stoppages 3.4. 20 overs shall be bowled and the penalty runs shall be added to the final total 3.5. Umpires are instructed to apply a strict interpretation of time wasting by the batsman (5 run penalties). Batsmen are expected to be ready for the start of a new over as soon as the bowler is ready to bowl. 3.6. The time allowed to each team to bowl its overs may be extended by the umpires in exceptional circumstances. The loss of two or more wickets in the penultimate over shall be regarded as exceptional circumstances but otherwise only if any relevant individual stoppage lasts longer than three minutes. Any such allowance must be agreed by the umpire(s) and notified to the teams at the time of the occurrence. The scorers are to be informed as soon as practicable. 4.1. The objective of rearranging overs is to give the greatest opportunity for a match of equal overs. If, in the view of the umpires, taking into account the prevailing ground, weather and light conditions, it is considered to be most unlikely that the full quota of overs will be bowled in any match it is recommended that a pre-emptive decision is made to reduce overs in both innings equally. Any reduction in the number of overs shall be at the sole discretion of the umpires. 4.2. In the event of an interruption or delay after the match has commenced, the calculation of the number of overs to be bowled shall be based upon: 4.2.1. If only one match is being played on the day: one over for every 4 minutes of the total time available for play up to the scheduled close of close of play, allowing 10 minutes for the Interval between innings. In any calculation of Playing Conditions - Readers 20/20 Competition
overs remaining the number of overs to be received by the side batting second shall not exceed the number of overs available to the side batting first. 4.2.2. If more than one match is being played on the day then the umpires shall be responsible for determining if any overs are to be deducted, having regard for the available playing time for all matches scheduled for the day. If overs are to be deduced the calculation shall be based on one over for every complete four minutes of playing time lost. 4.3. The Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Method will be used to calculate the target score of the side batting second using the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern regulations as provided by the League to every club. The umpires shall agree with the scorers and shall inform the captains of the target score before play is resumed. In the event of a miscalculation of the target score the original score shall not be altered once the captains have been informed. The target score shall be displayed clearly on the scoreboard.
The incoming batsman must be in a position to take guard, or for his partner to be ready to receive the next ball, within 1 minute 30 seconds of the fall of the previous wicket. Any infringement of this rule shall result in the incoming batsman being dismissed Timed Out by the umpires. An appeal by the fielding side is not required.
6.1. 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. The ends of each semi-circle shall be joined to the other by a straight line drawn on the field on the same side of the pitch. The fielding restriction area should be marked by ‘dots’ at five-yard intervals, each ‘dot’ to be covered by a white plastic or rubber (but not metal) disc measuring seven inches in diameter. 6.2. For the first 6 overs of each innings at the instant of delivery only two fielders shall be permitted to be outside the field restriction marking defined in 6.1 6.3. After the first 6 overs of each innings at the instant of delivery a maximum of five fielders shall be permitted to be outside the fielding restriction marking defined in 6.1 6.4. Throughout the innings, at the instant of delivery, there may not be more than five fielders on the leg side. 6.5. In circumstances when the number of overs of the batting team is reduced, the restrictions in 6.2 and 6.3 shall be reduced in accordance with the table below.
Overs in match
Number of overs with fielding restrictions
5-6 7-9 10 - 13 14 -16 17 -19
1 2 3 4 5
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Overs Per Bowler
7.1. No bowler may bowl more than 4 overs. In the event of a match of fewer than 20 overs no bowler shall bowl more than 20% of the total overs in the innings 7.2. When an interruption occurs mid-over and on resumption the bowler has exceeded the new maximum allocation, he shall finish the incomplete over 7.3. In the event of a bowler breaking down and being unable to complete an over, another bowler will bowl the remaining balls. Such part of an over will count as a full over only in so far as each bowler’s limit is concerned 7.4. Where possible, the number of overs bowled by each individual bowler shall be indicated on the scoreboard, from the commencement of an innings 8.1. Law 41.6 (Bowling of dangerous and unfair pitched deliveries) shall apply with the following additions: 8.1.1. Irrespective of how wide of the striker a delivery is, the bowler shall be limited to one delivery per over that passes or would have passed over head height of the striker standing upright at the crease 8.1.2. The umpire shall inform the bowler and the batsmen when a delivery under 10.1.1 has been bowled. It is unfair if the limit is exceeded and the umpire shall call and signal no ball on each such occasion 8.1.3. Law 41.6.5 shall not apply; warnings under law 41.6.3 shall be added to any warnings under 41.7.1 and action taken in accordance with Law 41.6.4 8.2. Law 41.7 (Bowling of dangerous and unfair non-pitching deliveries) shall apply with the following amendment: 8.2.1. Law 41.7.3 shall not apply. Any warnings applied in Law 41.7.1 shall be added to any warnings applied in Law 41.6.3 and action taken in accordance with Law 41.7.2 8.3. When the ball is dead and after signalling No Ball to the scorers, the Bowler’s End Umpire will call and signal a Free Hit by extending one arm straight upwards and moving it in a circular motion. 8.4. The delivery following a no ball shall be a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it, except for no balls under law 21.10 (short-pitched deliveries passing over head height of the striker standing upright at the crease) 8.5. If the delivery for the free hit is not a legitimate delivery (no ball or wide ball), then the next delivery shall become a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it. 8.6. For any free hit, the striker can be dismissed only under the circumstances that apply for a no ball, even if the delivery for the free hit is called wide ball. 8.7. Field changes are not permitted for free hit unless there is a change of striker or the no ball was the result of a fielding restriction breach, in which case changes are permitted only to correct the breach. However, in all circumstances, fielders within 15 yards of the striker may retreat on the same line to not more than 15 yards from the striker. 9.1. Umpires are instructed to apply a very strict and consistent interpretation in Playing Conditions - Readers 20/20 Cup
regard to this Law in order to prevent negative bowling wide of the wicket. This penalty shall stand in addition to any other runs which are scored or awarded A leg side wide shall be called if, irrespective of where the ball pitches, it passes outside the line of the striker and the leg stump, despite his movement For additional clarity, a ball that passes between the batsman and the leg stump shall not be considered a wide. If a ball is hit by the batsman or if the ball hits any part of his equipment, it shall not be called a wide irrespective of where it pitched or where it would have passed An off side wide shall be called if the ball passes wide of the additional marking specified in 9.5 unless the striker has brought the delivery clearly within reach of a run-scoring stroke Additional Crease Markings An additional crease marking shall be made 17” inside each Return Crease and between the Popping and Bowling creases Please note that the crease is the inside edge of both these new markings and the Return Crease markings.
10. The Result
10.1. The umpires will be responsible for recording the score at the end of each over and will be the sole judges in deciding the winners 10.2. At the completion of an uninterrupted match, in which both sides have the opportunity to bat for the same number of overs: 10.2.1 the side scoring the highest number of runs shall be the winners; 10.2.2 if the scores are level then the side that has lost fewest wickets shall be the winners; 10.2.3 if both sides have lost the same number of wickets then the side with the highest score at the end of the 6th completed over shall be the winners; 10.2.4 if still equal then at the end of the 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st completed over; 10.2.5 If still equal then rule 11 shall apply 10.3. If, after an interruption in play after the start of the match, the number of overs to be received by either side is reduced to a lesser number than allocated before the start, then a revised target score (Par Score plus one run) shall be set for the side batting second to achieve. This will be calculated using the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Method as specified by the League. (a) If the target is reached or exceeded the side batting second shall be deemed to have won (b) If the Par Score is not reached the side batting first shall be deemed to have won (c) If the Par Score is equalled then rule 11 shall apply Such result shall be reported as “A win under the DLS method”
11. Super Over
A ‘Super Over’ will be bowled by each side as follows: 11.1. Each captain will nominate three batsmen and one bowler 11.2. The side that batted second in the match shall bat first in the Super Over and 36
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face one over of six legitimate balls bowled by the nominated bowler. The other side shall bat second and face one over of six legitimate balls bowled by the nominated bowler 11.3. If either side loses two wickets in its over then the other side will be the winner; otherwise the winner will be the side which scores most runs 11.4. If the scores are equal then there will be a second super over with different batsmen & bowlers nominated under 11.1, except that a batsman who has not commenced his innings (under Law 2.10) may be nominated again. 11.5. The sequence of 11.1 to 11.4 will continue with the side batting first alternating until a result is achieved 11.6. Fielding restrictions under rules 6.3 and 6.4 shall apply 11.7. The umpires will allow 10 minutes between the end of the match and the Super Over and a maximum of 10 minutes between each Super Over
12. Bowl Out
12.1. In the event of no result being obtained by other methods and where there is no reserve date on which to play the game, a bowl-out (outdoors or indoors) will take place to achieve a result. Five players from each side will bowl two over arm deliveries each at a wicket (conforming to Law 8) from a wicket pitched at a distance of 22 yards (or the length of pitch applicable in the Competition) with, if practicable, bowling, popping and return creases marked (conforming to Law 7) 12.2. The side which bowls down the wicket (as defined in Law 184.108.40.206) the most times, shall be the winner. If the scores are equal, the same players will bowl one ball each alternately to achieve a result on a ‘sudden death’ basis 12.3. The following shall also apply in respect of bowl-outs: (d) The same suitably acceptable ball (not a new one) will be used by both teams. If this ball becomes wet, it may be changed subject to the umpires’ approval (e) If a bowler bowls a No ball it will count as one of the two deliveries but will not count towards the score of the team. (f) If the original match has started, then the five cricketers nominated to take part in the bowl-out must be chosen from the eleven cricketers and 12th man selected to play in the match. If there has been no play in the original match (the toss has not taken place), the five cricketers may be selected from any of the players in the squad as registered on Play-Cricket. (g) Each side will appoint a wicket-keeper to stand behind the wicket but out of reach of the stumps. 12.4. In the event of a bowl out not being possible the result will be determined by the toss of a coin with both captains and their representative present.
Other than in exceptional circumstances the size of the boundary, measured from the middle of the pitch being used in a match, shall conform to the following dimensions: Minimum: 55m (60 yards) Maximum: 70m (77 yards) Playing Conditions - Readers 20/20 Cup
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1. Matches shall be played in accordance with the spirit and the laws of the game, subject to the match conditions specified below. 2. When possible each side must provide a competent non-playing umpire. In the event of there being only one non-playing umpire then this umpire shall stand at the bowler’s end for the duration of the match. In matches where there are no non-playing umpires, captains should ensure that only responsible mature players undertake umpiring duties. 3. Each team should provide a competent scorer, who should sit together. In the event of no non-playing competent scorer it is the responsibility of the batting side to keep an accurate record of the score. The total score, wickets lost and overs completed must be displayed on a scoreboard visible from the Square not less than at the conclusion of every over and, if possible, whenever the score changes 4. A team must have a minimum of eight players at the match to constitute a team. However, a match may start if the batting team has less than eight players and they assure the fielding team that the other players have reasonable explanation(s) for late arrival. (Teams should be aware that the laws of cricket still apply) 5. Fixtures will be arranged by the clubs and are to be played on Sundays as prescribed. However if it proves impossible to arrange fixtures by the time limits set clubs may play on any other day of the week if both captains agree. Sundays are clearly the preferred days and the competition has been formulated on that basis • Group matches where each team plays the others in the group twice are to be played by the second Sunday in July • Quarter- finals by the first Sunday in August • Semi Final & Final Date by end of August 6. Evening matches should start by 6.15pm. 7. In all matches the toss to occur 15 minutes prior to match start time and if a team is not available to toss then that team will be adjudged to have lost the toss. 8. Result a. The winner of each completed match is the team that scores the most runs b. If the scores are equal at the end of the match, then the winning team is the one that has lost the least number of wickets. In group matches if each team have lost the same number of wickets then the winning team is the one that batted first. c. In the event of the second innings being abandoned after ten overs but before the match completion, then the result will be decided by the side with the highest run rate, calculated as the runs scored per valid delivery received, multiplied by six. If a side is all out then the number of deliveries received shall be the total number that side was entitled to receive.
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9. Innings, duration and interruptions a. Each match shall consist of one innings per side, each limited to a maximum of 20 overs b. Ten overs must be bowled in each innings, subject to the laws of cricket, to constitute a match c. Each innings including time lost shall last no more than 80 minutes. However allowance shall be made for any stoppage in play exceeding 5 minutes provided that the scorers, captain of the fielding side and batsmen at the wicket are informed by the umpires at the end of the stoppage of the time to be added. d. Captains are to remind their players that the incoming batsman must be ready to take strike within 90 seconds of the fall of the previous wicket e. If time is lost after the agreed start time in the first innings then match overs are to be reduced by 2 overs for every full eight minutes lost. f. If time is lost in the second innings overs are to be reduced by one per every four full minutes lost. g. An interval of fifteen minutes will take place between innings. 10. In the event of a delayed start prior to toss, both Captains must agree to a new start time, otherwise overs are to be reduced as per rule 9e. 11. No player is permitted to bowl more than 20% of total overs, in each innings. i.e. four overs in a 20 over match. Each over to consist of six legitimate balls only 12. Wides, No Balls and Free Hits a. Any delivery that passes to the leg-side of the striker in his normal batting position will be called a wide b. Any delivery that passes wide of a line 17 inches inside the Return Crease will constitute a wide. The Home club is encouraged to make this additional pitch marking when preparing the pitch to assist the players and umpires and ensure consistency. c. Any high full toss that passes the striker above waist height shall be a no ball d. Any short delivery passing the striker above shoulder height shall be a no ball e. Note that both waist and shoulder height are to be judged based on the position of the striker standing upright at the popping crease f. Any front foot no-ball will result in the next delivery being a free hit. If the next delivery is a wide or a no ball then the following delivery will be a free hit. Before the next delivery the umpires shall call and signal a Free Hit by a circular motion of the arm above the head g. For any free hit, the striker can be dismissed only under the circumstances that apply for a no ball. 13. Fielding restrictions: a. Two semi-circles with a radius of 30 yards shall be drawn on the field of play, with their centre being the middle stump at either end of the pitch. The ends of each semi-circle shall be joined by a straight line on the same side of the pitch. The fielding restriction shall be marked by white dots and covered with white circular disks and shall be referred to as the ‘Fielding Circle’ Playing Rules - Readers T20 Trophy
b. For the first six overs (or 30% of the length of the innings, rounded down, if reduced below 20 overs) no more than two fielders shall be permitted to be outside the fielding circle at the instant of delivery. Thereafter there must be a minimum of four fielders inside the fielding circle at the instant of delivery. c. In the event that there is a breach of rule (b) the umpire at the Striker’s End shall call and signal No Ball (but the Free Hit rule shall not apply) d. Where the fielding restriction markings in (a) are not present the captain of the fielding side shall ensure that the placement of fielders meets the restrictions set out in (b) and will follow any instructions given by the umpires to ensure that this requirement is met. e. In the Semi-Finals and Final rule (d) shall not apply. 14. Result – Group matches – Win 2pts, Loss 0pts, Abandoned without result 1pt each Failure to fulfil a fixture will be regarded as a loss and match awarded to opposition 15. Result – Semi-finals and Final as per 8 above except: If runs are equal at the end of match, then a ‘Super Over’ will be bowled by each side as follows: The side that batted second shall bat first and face one over of six legitimate balls with two wickets available; the other side shall bat second with one over of six legitimate balls and two wickets available. If either side loses two wickets in its over then the other side will be the winner; otherwise the winner will be the side which scores most runs. If the scores are equal then there will be a second super over with different batsmen & bowlers and with batting sides alternating 16. If matches under 15 above are cancelled due to poor weather, then teams can only rearrange match date once; otherwise alternative means to secure the result viz. a “bowl out – best of five balls by five different bowlers” or finally “a toss of the coin – best of three”. 17. Player eligibility a. Each player must be a regular playing member of the respective Club and he/she can only play for one Club in ‘T/20 Trophy’ matches in any one season b. No player can play if they regularly play for a team above Saracens Hertfordshire Premier League Division one in the current season c. If a Club fields a player who normally plays for another Club in Saturday League matches then the Sunday club must get dispensation from the organiser, otherwise the Club will be deemed to have played an ineligible player d. Clubs playing an ineligible player will be deemed to have lost all matches in which the player has played.
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18. Cricket Balls a. Each team to supply the new match ball for their innings b. The Home side to provide a minimum of six spare balls of equal grade 19. The HOME club must report the result using the Herts Cricket App or on the website at www.hertsleague.co.uk by 9pm on the day of the match. This is the same process as for the Saturday League matches - see page 64 for full details. 20. All complaints must be made to the organiser by email within 72 hours of the completion of the match. The ‘organiser’ is the ‘final arbiter’ concerning any matter relating to ‘Sunday T/20’ matches. All queries contact the organiser by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hertfordshire Development League
All clubs must recognise that they have a duty of care towards all young players who are representing the club. This duty of care also extends to Leagues that allow the participation of young players in adult teams in their League. The duty of care should be interpreted in two ways: • Not to place a young player in a position that involves an unreasonable risk to that young player, taking account of the circumstances of the match and the relative skills of the player. • Not to create a situation that places members of the opposing side in a position whereby they cannot play cricket as they would normally do against adult players – this said, team captains must remember at all times the reasons for this format – it is not about winning, it is about keeping less-skilled youngsters in the game. In line with ECB code, the following specific requirements apply to all under-age players in adult matches: All young players who have not reached their 18th birthday must wear a helmet with a faceguard when batting and when standing up to the stumps when keeping wicket. Parental consent not to wear a helmet is not acceptable under any circumstances. A young player acting as a runner must also wear a helmet. Any player in the Under 13 age group must have explicit written consent from a parent or guardian before registering to play in this Development League. Clubs must ensure that their player registration procedures ensure that consent is obtained. The guidance related to changing and showering, (see ‘Safe Hands’ – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children), must be adhered to.
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The “Spirit of Cricket” and indeed of the competition itself, must always prevail. Any Club which fails to observe this spirit could be removed from the competition. All MCC laws and ECB regulations and directives apply. 1. Duration 1.1 Matches shall be 30/35 overs per side, (by mutual agreement), with these overs being bowled in two hours maximum. 1.2 Allowing for a 30 minute break between innings, all matches shall start at either 1.00pm or 1:30pm and finish by 5:30pm or 6:00pm by mutual agreement between the Clubs. It is NOT required that home teams provide teas in 2021, though hot/cold drinks should be available during games. 1.3 Per 1.2 above, Clubs may mutually agree to alter the start/finish time of a match; however, all games must be completed within four hours playing time. If there is not mutual agreement as to the start time, then matches will start at 1pm. 2. Interference by Weather 2.1 In the event of the first innings being curtailed because of inclement weather, or any other reason, a match of shorter duration, (to be agreed by both captains), 42
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according to the time available should be played. If the captains cannot agree the umpires will arbitrate. In this event the minimum number of overs in the first innings will be 16. 2.2 In the event of the weather intervening in the second innings, 16 overs must be bowled to constitute a match. 2.3 In calculating overs lost to the weather, one over shall be lost to each side for every 7 minutes lost, or one over for each three minutes lost for the side batting second. 2.4 In the event the side batting second receives less than their allotted 30 overs but at least 16 completed overs, then the winner will be decided by the average run rate per over, (x 10%). 3. Player Restrictions 3.1 Each team shall have a maximum of four adult players over the age of 18. The other seven players must be between U13 and U18 as of 1st September 2020. 3.2 CAG, (County), players of any age shall NOT be eligible to play in these games. Area and District players are eligible to play. 3.3 Adult batsmen must retire when they have scored thirty runs. Subject to 3.5 below, they may return when all other members of the team have batted but must retire again upon passing fifty runs in total, (for both their innings), and will NOT be allowed back to bat a third time. 3.4 No two adult batsmen shall bat together unless all under-age players have been dismissed. 3.5 Should an under-age player be dismissed for less than 5 runs, then he/she shall be allowed to bat again once everyone else has batted, and shall bat before a previously retired adult batsman. 3.6 No bowler shall bowl more than six overs per innings. In a reduced overs match bowling limitation shall be reduced accordingly at the rate of five bowlers being used per innings 3.7 No more than two adults can bowl in one innings. Nor can they bowl from either end at the same time. In other words, an adult must bowl in tandem with an underage player. 3.8 No under-age player may field within 11 metres in front of any batsman. 4. Match Balls 4.1 One new Readers County Match PINK/RED ball to be provided by the home side for the whole match. 5. Result 5.1 The team which scores the higher number of runs shall be deemed the winner. 5.2 The winners in matches where weather intervenes in the second innings, and a minimum of 16 overs have been completed, shall be determined by the side with the faster run rate per completed over, (multiplied by 10%). 5.3 If a run rate calculation is required, for a side batting first, and that team is “bowled out” prior to the completion of its allotted overs, then, (for run rate purposes), they will be deemed to have received the maximum number of overs available to them Playing Rules - Development League
6. Result reporting 6.1 All results, (including cancelled or abandoned matches), shall be reported by the HOME team using the SHPCL app. 7. League Format and Points 7.1 Each side will be allocated a regionally located pool, (dependent upon the number of entries received), and will likely play each other once. 7.2 Points shall be awarded as follows: Win (including Win through default) 5 points Tie (scores level, wickets down irrelevant) 3 points Loss 1 point Cancelled due to ground conditions 1 point per side Failure to raise a side/concession Minus 1 point 7.3 Divisional league positions shall be determined as follows Firstly, by most points, if equal Secondly, by most wins, if equal, Thirdly, by team with highest run per over rate per matches played 7.4 Again, depending upon the number of Clubs entering the tournament, assuming we can get four regionally based pools, there will be a semi-final and final. 8. Umpires & Scorers 8.1 Each side will normally provide an adult umpire 8.2 If only one adult umpire then he/she may stand at the bowlers end throughout the innings. 8.3 Scorers should keep a record of runs and wickets at the end of each over. 9. Facilities 9.1 Each club will attempt to provide acceptable playing conditions, taking account of child welfare at all times. 9.2 Good artificial wickets can be used by mutual consent. 10. Fixtures 10.1 Entries into the competition should be received from all clubs by 28 February, 2021. 10.2 Fixture lists will be provided by the committee. 10.2 Re-arrangements can be made with the agreement of both clubs to a day that is suitable to both clubs. 10.3 All fixtures/re-arrangements shall be completed by 18th April 2021, thus enabling correct fixture dates to be published on the League website. 11. Welfare 11.1 Each Team must have in attendance, for the duration of the match, an adult (other than an Umpire or Scorer) who is suitably Enhanced DBS checked Committee: Tony Johnson, Richard Burling, Ian Watkins and George White Administrator: George White. Tel: 07968 349933. E-mail: email@example.com 44
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All Clubs have a duty of care to all juniors and vulnerable adults who participate in cricket. This is why every club has to appoint a trained Club Safeguarding Officer (CSO). It’s part of a club’s membership to ECB, Hertfordshire Cricket and SHPCL. Failure to have a trained CSO negates the club’s membership and the club will then be penalised as per league rules. Hertfordshire Cricket understands that a club may lose their CSO at an inappropriate time and to ensure continuity, clubs can apply for emergency cover procedures to ensure cricket continues. For more details visit www.hertscricket.org In junior cricket, a trained umpire should always officiate in matches. This is to ensure ECB directives are implemented. In Open Age Cricket, the captain is responsible to ensure that the club’s duty of care is put into practice. Many clubs now have a pre-season meeting whereby the club’s safeguarding officer meets all the club’s open age team captains, going through the club’s responsibilities according to ECB requirements and thereby the captain(s) have a greater understanding of their roles and responsibilities, on and off the field. These Directives relate to open age matches whether they are league or friendly or any day of the week. The CSO should ensure that all information relating to the following is included: • All regular adult team captains, umpires and scorers must have a current Cricket Specific DBS check on the day of the match • All under 18s on the day of the match must wear a helmet when batting • All fielding restriction to under 18s (age as at 31st August in previous year) must be implemented • All Fast Bowling directives to under 18s (age as at 31st August in previous year) must be implemented The captains should understand the club’s policies for: • Changing rooms, showering and photography • Transporting juniors to and from matches • Social media, text and emails • Data Protection • Anti bullying • The ECB restriction for juniors playing in Open Age Cricket must be observed (Note: In SHPCL Premier and Championship no under 13 can be registered to play) The captain should also know: • The club’s reporting procedures • Where to find the list of important phone numbers and the location of the local hospital Richard Burling, League & County Safeguarding Officer Email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Mobile: 07885 288296 45
New Guidelines for Youth Players in SHPCL SHPCL have issued new guidelines for youth players to participate in SHPCL for 2021. These enforce the duty of care responsibilities that clubs, parents and coaches have with regards to youth players who participate in SHPCL. For the 2021 season SHPCL have issued guidelines on the number of youth players per team in their league matches. It is essential clubs and coaches recognise the ‘duty of care’ obligations they have towards young players in ppen age cricket. 1. Teams in Division One and below are limited to a maximum FOUR players who are in the under 13 and/ or under 14 player age group, with a maximum of 2 x U13 players 2. The minimum age for open age cricket is the Under 13 age group. 3. Non-CAG players must be in Year 8, and 12 years old on the 1st of September of the preceding year. This applies to all club and district players who are not in a county or area squad. 4. For the avoidance of doubt, the following is not a guideline. A completed parental consent is required for all Under 13s in order that they may play open age cricket. This consent form must be completed as per current SHPCL procedures and submitted to league registration secretary for approval to play, prior to the players first match. 5. Failure to complete this registration process will lead to a 30-point league deduction for each individual non-compliant incident.
Clubs, Coaches and Parents
Clubs, coaches and parents must ensure that youth players who are in the Under 13s age group or older adhere to the following conditions: The players age group is determined based upon their age on 1st September in the year preceding the current season. • The Parent/Guardian of an Under 13 must submit a completed consent form for permission to play in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League. The consent form is available on SHPCL website. Procedures for completing the consent form are also displayed. • This form must be submitted to the League Registration Officer by 5pm of the day prior to the player playing their first match and their permission to play must be given prior to registration on League website and prior to playing their first match. • This form must be signed by an ECB CA Level Two Coach to verify that the players’ development would be enhanced by playing in Open Age cricket. • The club’s Safeguarding Officer should keep a copy of the completed consent form in a safe place.
Any player under the age of 18 playing in the Saracens Hertfordshire Premier Cricket League, County 20/20 or County Trophy matches must wear a helmet when batting and when standing up to the stumps when keeping wicket. The Umpires must be provided with a team sheet before the start of each match identifying any player who is in under 19 or below age groups. Captains, Coaches, Managers, and umpires must always ensure that a young player wears a helmet.
Youth players as umpire
Where youth players are required to stand as an umpire, only as a last resort should players aged under 18 umpire any part of a match, unless qualified as an umpire or by agreement between both captains. Where possible, any under 18 Umpire should stand only at the striker’s end, (i.e., square leg), with an adult at the bowler’s end.
The Captain is responsible for the safety of all youth players in his team. Captains must ensure young players wear a helmet in adult cricket regardless of the speed of the bowling or the circumstances of the match. Captains must also ensure when placing their field that young players do not infringe the fielding regulations for young players issued by the ECB. Please refer to the Fielding Regulations set out below.
Responsibility and action of umpires
Umpire’s should establish before the start of any match the age group of all young players taking part in the match. Such players MUST be identified on the SHPCL Team-sheet exchanged at the beginning of a game. This may require a meeting with the manager, coach, or captain. When the captain has indicated that there are young players taking part, the umpires should remind the captain that he is responsible for the safety of the young players throughout the match. The umpires should not allow play to proceed if the young player is not wearing a helmet in line with League and ECB regulations.
What are the legal implications?
If a young player receives a head injury in a situation where the guidance had not been followed, there is a material risk that the person responsible for the player at the time the injury was sustained would be potentially liable for damages for negligence. To establish negligence, it would be necessary to show: • that a person owes the cricketer a duty of care • that the person acted in breach of that duty of care; and • that the cricketer suffered loss or damage because of that breach. Normally, the Captain will be responsible for identifying who was responsible for the safety of the player at the time the injury was sustained. 47
Definition of a Young Player
In law a young person is deemed to become an adult at age 18. The law also imposes a duty of care on those responsible for minors (I.e., those under the age of 18). The ECB is recommending that this guidance is followed by all players up to the age of 18.
The following are regulations set down by the ECB covering the minimum fielding distances for young players in all matches where a hard ball is used. • For players in the Under 13 age group and below the distance is 11 yards (10 metres) from the batsman’s middle stump. • No player in the Under 14/15 age group shall be allowed to field closer than 8 yards (7.3 metres) from the batsman’s middle stump, except behind the wicket on the offside, until the batsman has played at the ball. • These minimum distances apply even if the player (fielder) 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 offside. • Players should wear appropriate protective equipment whenever they are fielding in a position where they feel at risk. • These fielding regulations are applicable to all cricket in England and Wales. Age groups are based on the age of the player on September 1st in the year preceding the current season.
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Safety Measures for Helmets Players over the age of 18. The ECB strongly recommends that all adult recreational cricketers should wear helmets for certain activities, preferably which meet the most recent British Safety Standard. This recommendation applies to batting against all types of bowling, wicketkeepers standing up to the wicket (who may as an alternative wear face protectors) and fielders fielding closer than eight yards from the batsman’s middle stump, except behind the wicket on the offside. All players under the age of 18 The position in relation to all u18s currently remains unchanged and is governed by the ‘ECB Guidance on the Wearing of Cricket Helmets by Young Players’ (www.ecb.co.uk/helmets). In essence, batsmen and Wicketkeepers standing up to the stumps must wear head protection when playing or practising. That Guidance should be referred to in full for the position in relation to any player in the u18 age group or younger playing Open Age cricket.
British Safety Standard
The latest British Safety Standard is BS7928:2013 (for both adults and juniors). The full list of helmets meeting this standard is available at www.ecb.co.uk/ concussion-in-cricket/helmets. For wicket-keeping face protectors the relevant British Safety Standard is BS7929-2:2009 (again, for both adults and juniors).
The ECB understands that there is currently no specific women’s helmet and consequently, no specific standard for women’s cricket helmets. As the size of the standard women’s cricket ball is between the standard men and junior balls, it is recommended that women use helmets that have been tested against both the men’s and junior sized ball, or at least against the junior size ball (as that could potentially get through the gap above the face guard on a men’s helmet).
What do Clubs need to do?
It is strongly recommended that all adult recreational cricketers wear helmets in the on-field circumstances detailed above. Clubs in recreational cricket should ensure that any members playing in SHPCL Open Age matches are made aware of the ECB’s above recommendation in relation to helmets, including the need to check that any newly purchased helmets meet the latest British Safety Standard. The ECB and the SHPCL League Committee recommends that all Clubs bring the link above (i.e. www.ecb. co.uk/helmets) to the attention of their cricketers and encourage all cricketers to carefully consider their own health and safety regarding helmet use.
Leagues and Clubs should always ensure that they have adequate public liability insurance, prior to commencement of all matches. 49
Substitutes and Runners General The Laws provide for the umpires to determine whether a substitute or runner is to be allowed. In matches where there are no non-playing umpires the captains must take this responsibility and act fairly and impartially in accordance with the Laws.
Substitutes The captain may request a substitute for any member of the team who becomes ill or injured at any time after the team sheets have been given to the umpires (or the opposing captain if there are not non-playing umpires). Team sheets must be provided before the Toss takes place. A substitute is not allowed if a player leaves the field for any other reason. If a player comes into a match with an injury a substitute is not permitted unless the injury is made worse during the match. A substitute may also be allowed for other “wholly acceptable reasons”. As a guide this would mean someone in the team who was an on-call doctor or someone who had a family member involved in an accident or emergency. In general this does not cover someone simply arriving late at the match without an acceptable reason. A substitute may field in any position but may act as wicket-keeper only with the consent of the umpires. He may not bat, bowl or act as captain.
Runners A batsman will be allowed a Runner if he becomes ill or injured at any time after the team sheets have been given to the umpires (as above) and the illness or injury affects his ability to run. For the avoidance of doubt where there are non-playing umpires the consent of the captain of the fielding side for a Runner is not required. A Runner must: 1.
Be a member of the team
Have already batted, if possible. If an Opening Batsman requires a Runner the person who acts as the Runner must not be listed to bat in the first 6. When a wicket falls the dismissed batsman shall become the Runner.
Wear the same external protective equipment as the Batsman for whom he is running (pads, gloves and helmet, as applicable) and carry a bat. Further, if the Runner is Under-18 he must wear a helmet.
Runners may only be changed with the approval of the umpires.
Attempting to run out the non-striker The Law The Laws of cricket deal specifically with this situation under Law 41.16: “If the non-striker is out of his ground from the moment the ball comes into play to the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball, the bowler is permitted to attempt to run him out. Whether the attempt is successful or not, the ball shall not count as one of the over. If the bowler fails in an attempt to run out the non-striker the umpire shall call and signal Dead ball as soon as possible.”
Guidance The key aspect of the law is the expression “the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball”. This is the point in the delivery action when the bowler would normally release the ball. For the bowler to attempt to run out the non-striker he must stop his run up before his arm reaches the point when the ball would normally be released. Provided he does this and breaks the wicket with the non-striker out of his crease and there is an appeal then the non-striker is out. Once his arm has passed the vertical in the delivery swing he is not permitted to run out the non-striker and the umpire must call and signal dead ball as soon as possible.
Spirit of Cricket Neither the bowler, nor any other member of the fielding side, is under any obligation to issue a warning to the batsman if he is leaving the crease early. Nonetheless it is recommended that on the first occasion the captain of the fielding side should be asked by the umpire if he wants the appeal to be withdrawn. If not then the appeal must be answered and the non-striker given out, if applicable.
Position of umpire at Bowler’ End It is recommended best practice that the umpire at the bowler’s End should stand at least 3 yards back from the wicket whenever possible. This is particularly important if there is an attempt to run out the non-striker because of the need to observe the bowling action and determine whether the attempt has been carried out correctly under the law.
Applying the Player Behaviour Law 3A to 6B Background
Match rule 6 (d) provides for the new law on player behaviour to apply in Divisions 3A to 6B where there is at least one non-playing Qualified Umpire standing. An umpire who has completed both the Stage 1 and Stage 2 courses will be regarded as ‘qualified’ for the purposes of the match rules. For the avoidance of doubt neither an unqualified club umpire nor an umpire who has received dispensation nor a player umpire is permitted to apply any aspect of Law 42.
The law sets out four levels of offence (Levels 1 to 4) and specifies the actions to be taken by the umpires in the event of an offence.
Guidance 1. 2.
Two qualified non-playing umpires: If both umpires are qualified and non-playing then the provisions of law 42 shall be applied. One qualified non-playing umpire: Where there is only one qualified non-playing umpire if he considers that there has been an offence under law 42 he must take responsibility for applying the law. In particular he must: i) Consult with the other umpire in order to confirm the event(s) and explain as necessary the process that will be followed. ii) Inform the captain(s) of the offence(s) that have occurred, remind them of their responsibilities for the actions of their players, and follow the applicable course of action set out in the law. No qualified non-playing umpires: The captains are responsible for the behaviour of the players in their team. Where there are no qualified umpires standing in the match and an incident occurs that may be an offence under law 42 it is the responsibility of the captain(s) of the player(s) concerned to cooperate with the umpires as necessary to deal with the situation in accordance with the law. In the event that a serious offence occurs that requires the suspension or removal of a player then both captains, cooperating with the umpires as necessary, must use their best efforts to agree the appropriate course of action. A player may only be suspended or removed from the game with the agreement on both captains. The law specifies the following: Suspension: Intimidating an umpire by language or gesture; threatening to assault a player or any other person at the ground (except an umpire). Removal: Threatening to assault or making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with an umpire; physically assaulting a player or any other person at the ground. Any alleged offence must be reported, by the captains together, under the disciplinary procedures. Action will be taken if the Disciplinary Committee becomes aware of an incident in a match that has not been reported by the captains.
Lightning: What Should You Do?
Cricketers may take a cavalier attitude to thunder and lightning, possibly because the game is usually suspended as soon as it rains and the thunder might come later. This is not a good idea for a number of reasons some of which are: • Lightning can kill or seriously injure. • Blue skies overhead do not guarantee protection from lightning strikes. Lightning can strike far from where it is raining and it may come literally out of the blue, with no cloud in the sky and not a drop of rain. • It can strike even when the storm is as much as 10 miles away, though 6 miles or so is usually quoted as being a range at which risk really escalates. • Any exposed open area can be at risk if there’s thunder about • Lightning won’t necessarily go for the tallest nearby tree; it could jump sideways from another object to hit you or strike the ground and travel through it hitting you on the way. • It is likely to seek metal objects • It can travel from person to person if you’re close together
Go Indoors Immediately if:
• There is sudden thunder without lightning • You see lightning in the clouds • Flash to bang time is 40 seconds or less * • You see lightning strike the ground or building etc. nearby
• Waste time covering the pitch • Go near or move metal-framed pitch covers or machinery • Bunch together – spread out as you move indoors • Shelter under a tree especially a single tall tree • Stay outside if you can get into a building (or a car) • Sheltering inside a permanent metal-skinned or -roofed building is usually OK but avoid small sheds etc.
When to Resume:
• Keep watching and listening - 30 minutes after the last thunder it should be safe to go out * – but: if in doubt – stay indoors
There is imminent danger of a lightning strike if: • You feel your hair standing on end • There is crackling in the air • There is sudden thunder without lightning
Remember - There is no safe place outside in a thunder storm
Never lie flat on the ground during a lightning storm. Although the ‘Lightning Squat’ (crouching low with hands over head and ears and elbows on knees) has been mentioned by some as a last resort it doesn’t work. If you can get into a sturdy building or a car do this at once. * the ’40/30 Rule’ – by no means infallible but a good guideline. Get indoors when thunder is audible within 40 seconds after you see the associated flash (the ‘flash to bang time’) and don’t venture out until thunder has not been heard for 30 minutes 53
Ground Weather and Light
The following guidance has been issued by the ECB-ACO for use by umpires. The League recommends that the same criteria be considered by the home club and captains when assessing the fitness of the ground, weather and light for play
Guidance for Umpires
This guide represents the key issues and actions umpires should consider in reviewing GW&L issues caused by weather conditions (other than lightning). In order for play to start, continue or resume, both umpires (subject to point 9 below) should agree, at all times, that conditions do not present an actual and foreseeable risk of injury to any player or umpire. To help to establish this, the following questions should be considered by both umpires. The state of the game, or the views of either team, should have no bearing on the answers. 1. Have you carried out an inspection of the whole playing area, at no faster than at a reasonable walking pace, including the area immediately beyond the boundary over which fielders may need to pass as they endeavour to field or catch the ball? 2. Do the bowlers have reasonable footholds – i.e. are they able to bowl without slipping - this must include the whole of their delivery, from where they begin their run up, to the point they have regained control of their movement after delivery of the ball? 3. Do all of the fielders have the power of free movement around the ground – can they can move, turn and run at broadly full pace, without slipping? 4. Do the batsmen have the ability to play their shots and run freely between the wickets without slipping, both when they set off and in the action of turning? 5. Are you satisfied that there is no surface water and no standing water (water visible around the feet when pressed into the ground) in the playing area within 30 yards of the pitch, or on the square, or, if further away, that would be so slippery as to potentially constitute a danger? 6. In your opinion is there sufficiently good visibility to enable you to conclude that you, the batsmen, and fielders will be able to see the ball (taking into account its pace) clearly enough to be safe? 7. Are you satisfied that after pitching the ball does not bounce unpredictably or steeply or go through the surface of the pitch in a way that poses a danger to the striker or the wicket-keeper standing up? 8. Are you satisfied that none of the conditions pose an actual and foreseeable risk to the safety of any player or umpire? 9. Does the other umpire (if present) agree with your answers? If the other umpire is not a current full member of the ECB ACO then you should consult with him, but your answers to the above questions should determine the outcome. Whenever your answers to one or more of the questions 1 to 9 above is a NO, play must be suspended until the umpires, working with those responsible for the ground, have implemented a solution that eliminates the danger. 54
Things to consider and actions needed before play can start, continue or resume: Consult - Before play commences umpires should, if available, seek the view of people who know the ground and its facilities (covers etc) to agree with their colleague how GWL issues will be handled and ensure that both captains are informed. Observe the movement and actions of the players prior to commencing and during play to help decide/affirm your answers. Record at the time of all inspections, conversations, agreed actions, any delays/ suspensions of play. Retain these records and Record them on any official report on the match submit. Listen to what others are saying, consider it and reach your own independent conclusions. Ensure - play never starts or resumes without the umpires carrying out an inspection of the whole ground to confirm the answer to the above questions are all Yes. Delay – do not wait until the end of the over – if an answer is NO suspend play immediately.
Other points to note 1.
Once play has commenced it is not necessary for it to rain etc again – if any of the answers become a NO, then play should be suspended immediately.
If players wish to continue, in spite of the umpires concluding it is dangerous, umpires should tell them they will not umpire the match under the prevailing conditions.
If players refuse to play, point out the decision is yours, remind them of Law 16.3, give them a chance to change their mind and if not invoke Law 16.3.
Note: To the fullest extent possible in law, neither the ECB or the ECB ACO (or indeed any other party involved in its production) accept any responsibility for loss occasioned to any person acting or refraining from acting as a result of material contained in this document.
High Full Tosses
Who calls and signals?
The decision (and the call and signal) is made by the Bowler’s End Umpire. The only role played by the Striker’s End Umpire (‘Square Leg Umpire’) is to help the other umpire judge whether the ball was too high. Whatever assistance might be offered the decision is for the Bowler’s End Umpire to make based on his best judgement. The umpires should agree before the match how they will communicate with each other in this and other aspects of umpiring the match. Players acting as Square Leg umpire must be aware of their role.
Law 41.7 (Bowling of dangerous and unfair non-pitching deliveries) states that any delivery that passes (or would have passed) above waist height of the Striker standing upright at the Popping Crease is unfair. No Ball must be called and signalled for every such delivery. Additionally the umpire must judge whether there is a risk of injury to the striker. In making that judgement the umpire must disregard any protective equipment worn by the striker and consider: • the speed, height and direction of the delivery, and • the skill of the striker, and • the repeated nature (frequency) of such deliveries If the umpire concludes that there is a risk of injury then that delivery should be deemed to be dangerous and the following steps must be taken: 1. On the first occasion the bowler must be given a final warning and the other umpire, the fielding captain and the batsmen are to be informed. 2. If there is a second occurrence then the fielding captain must be told to take the bowler off and he cannot bowl again in the match. In this situation the other umpire, the batsmen and the batting captain must be informed. After the match the player’s club must be advised that a report will be made and this report must be sent in accordance with the Disciplinary rules. In deciding whether a delivery is dangerous the umpire must consider both whether that particular delivery is dangerous and whether the deliveries by that bowler are such that a threshold of danger has been reached. The ability of the striker to deal with the deliveries should be taken into account but even when a striker is dealing with such deliveries safely a point will be reached when the risk of danger becomes sufficient to require the umpire to begin the warning process. In any event the following must always be regarded as dangerous: • Every slow high full toss that passes, or would have passed, the Striker above shoulder height (standing upright at the Popping Crease). • Every non-slow high full toss directed at or close to the Striker that passes, or would have passed, above waist height (standing upright at the Popping Crease). Please note that in the (rare) event that a high full toss is bowled deliberately then step 1 above is ignored and the bowler must be suspended immediately.
Where is the Waist?
Any delivery that is clearly above the level of the trousers should be regarded as a ‘No Ball’. 56
ECB Fast Bowling Directive
The Fast Bowling Directives are designed to raise awareness of the need to nurture and protect our young fast bowlers through their formative years, and have been welcomed by a significant number of coaches and managers. Statistics clearly show that fast bowlers regularly win International matches, and if England is to achieve the vision of becoming the most successful and respected cricket nation, every effort must be taken to produce bowlers to reach the goal. The ECB fast bowling directives have changed following a two-year consultation process. The outcome is that bowlers up to under-15 level are now able to bowl longer spells and more overs in a day. Under the directives, which came into effect at the start of the 2010 season, bowlers at under-16 and under-17 level are now permitted to bowl an extra over per spell, but those in the under-18 and under-19 category have had the total number of overs they can deliver per day reduced from 21 to 18. The fast bowling directives are designed to raise awareness of the need to nurture and protect young fast bowlers through their formative years. Research has shown that fast bowlers are by far the most likely players to be missing playing and training time due to injury. U13 5 overs per spell 10 overs per day U14, U15 6 overs per spell 12 overs per day U16, U17, U18, U19 7 overs per spell 18 overs per day Age groups are based on the age of the player at midnight on 31st August in the year preceding the current season. For the purpose of these Directives a fast bowler is defined as a bowler to whom a wicket keeper in the same age group would in normal circumstances stand back to take the ball. Having completed a spell the bowler cannot bowl again, from either end, until the equivalent number of overs to the length of his* spell have been bowled from the same end. A bowler can change ends without ending his current spell provided that he bowls the next over that he legally can from the other end. If this does not happen his spell is deemed to be concluded. If play is interrupted, for any reason, for less than 40 minutes any spell in progress at the time of the interruption can be continued after the interruption up to the maximum number of overs per spell for the appropriate age group. If the spell is not continued after the interruption the bowler cannot bowl again, from either end, until the equivalent number of overs to the length of his spell before the interruption have been bowled from the same end. If the interruption is of 40 minutes or more, whether scheduled or not, the bowler can commence a new spell immediately. Once a bowler covered by these Directives has bowled in a match he cannot exceed the maximum number overs per day for his age group even if he subsequently bowls spin. He can exceed the maximum overs per spell if bowling spin, but cannot then revert to bowling fast until an equivalent number of overs to the length of his spell have been bowled from the same end. If he bowls spin without exceeding the maximum number of overs in a spell the maximum will apply as soon as he reverts to bowling fast. Captains, Team Managers and Umpires are asked to ensure that these Directives are followed at all times. For guidance it is recommended that in any 7 day period a fast bowler should not bowl more than 4 days in that period and for a maximum of 2 days in a row. 57
Dealing with Suspect Bowling Actions
a. The laws of cricket state (law 21.2) “for a delivery to be fair in respect of the arm the ball must not be thrown”. b. The law defines a fair delivery in respect of the arm. It states that, once the arm has reached the level of the shoulder in the delivery action, the arm must not be straightened at the elbow joint until the ball has left the hand.
2. Suspect bowling action
2.1. If there are two non-playing umpires the following shall apply:
If the umpires consider that a bowler’s bowling action is suspect, i.e. something in the delivery action raises doubts about whether the arm has been bent and then straightened, the following procedure is to be followed: a. The umpires shall discuss the bowler’s action with the captain of the fielding side and establish whether the action has been questioned in any previous match. b. If there has been a previous occurrence of the action being questioned and the matter has been reported to the League then, unless the club is able to confirm that the bowling action has been checked and cleared, the umpires shall instruct the captain to suspend the bowler and not allow him to bowl again in the match. If an over is partly complete it shall be completed by another player. c. If there has not been a previous occurrence or the matter has not been referred to the League then the umpires shall inform the captain that the bowler will be reported to the League. The bowler shall not be prevented from bowling unless the umpires together are certain that the action is illegal. If they are certain then the captain shall be instructed to suspend the bowler and not allow him to bowl again in the match. If an over is partly complete it shall be completed by another player. d. In the case of (b) or(c) above the umpires shall submit a disciplinary report to the League after the match in accordance with the League’s Disciplinary Regulations. 2.2. If there is only one non-playing umpire the following shall apply: If the umpire considers that a bowler’s bowling action is suspect, i.e. something in the delivery action raises doubts about whether the arm has been bent and then straightened, he shall discuss the matter with the captain of the fielding side and inform him that he will be submitting a report. He shall follow the procedures outlined in the League’s Disciplinary Regulations. No further action shall be taken during the match and, unless the captain of the fielding side agrees otherwise, the bowler shall be permitted to continue to bowl. In particular both sides are expected to meet the standards of behaviour set out in the Spirit of Cricket and in clause 4 below. 2.3. If there are no non-playing umpires the following shall apply: In the event of a concern by a member of the batting side concerning the bowler’s bowling action he shall inform his captain. If the captain agrees that the action is suspect then he shall approach the captain of the fielding side. Any such approach should be made only at the end of an over and under no circumstances whilst the ball is in play. The two captains shall discuss the matter and if the captain of the batting side considers that the bowling action is suspect he shall inform the captain of the bowling side that he will be submitting a report. He shall follow the procedures outlined in the League’s Disciplinary Regulations. No further action shall be taken during the match and, unless the captain of the fielding side agrees otherwise, the 58
bowler shall be permitted to continue to bowl. In particular both sides are expected to meet the standards of behaviour set out in the Spirit of Cricket and apply the standards set out in 4 below. 2.4. When a bowler has been reported to the League under the guidelines in 2.2 or 2.3 he shall be permitted to continue to bowl in League cricket. However, if the League receives a further report concerning the same bowler then until the League has approved the bowling action or interim consent has been given to continue to bowl he shall not be permitted to bowl in League cricket.
3. Illegal bowling action
There may be occasions when it is obvious that a delivery has been thrown and not bowled. If it is clear to the umpires beyond reasonable doubt that a delivery has been bowled that does not conform to the laws then they shall apply the provisions of Law 21, by calling No Ball and applying the following procedures: a. On the first occurrence the bowler is to be cautioned and his captain, the batsmen at the wicket and the other umpire informed. b. On a second occurrence the bowler is to be given a final warning and his captain, the batsmen at the wicket and the other umpire informed. c. If there is a third occurrence the umpires shall instruct the captain to suspend the bowler; the batsmen at the wicket shall be informed and the captain of the batting side as soon as possible. The bowler is to be reported as stated in 4 above.
4. Duty of Care – Young Players
If the player concerned is Under-18 the umpires and both captains are reminded of the guidelines concerning child welfare. In particular both captains are to ensure that an appropriate environment is maintained that avoids any threats, accusations, emotional or other pressure on or off the field of play for the duration of the match. Failure to meet these standards is reportable and will result in disciplinary action against the captain of the team concerned.
5. Duty to inform
If any player in a team has been reported under clause 2 the captain shall inform the umpires and the opposing captain of the relevant details prior to the start of the match.
6. Procedure by the League
a. Upon receipt of a written report alleging a player has a suspect bowling action the Disciplinary Chairman shall follow the procedure set out in clause 5.3 of the Disciplinary Regulations. b. The club concerned shall be required to arrange for the player’s bowling action to be checked by a level 2 (or higher) coach, unconnected with the club. c. If only one report has been received then he shall be permitted to continue to bowl unless and until his action is found to be illegal. However, if the League receives any further reports concerning that player’s bowling action then the Disciplinary Secretary shall instruct the club not to permit the player to bowl in any match until his action has been cleared. d. In the event that a club permits any player to bowl when he has been banned by the League then the club shall be considered to have played an ineligible player. e. All such reports and investigations shall be published on the League’s website.
Match Day Procedures and Registration Wednesday prior to match by 10pm – deadline for registering Overseas & Overseas Resident players (category 3) Download the form from the download section of www.hertsleague.co.uk. Match Day (Saturday) by 10am – deadline for registering all category 1 (i.e. UK citizen) players in your club’s section at www.hertsleague.co.uk - select Registration from the menu to login. • Players’ full First and Surnames must be registered (initials will not be accepted). • Same full registered name must be used on team sheet and in scorebook. • Players aged under 19 must be identified on registration site and team sheet Match Day - before the toss, a minimum of 15 minutes and maximum of 30 minutes before the start time, both captains shall hand a completed team sheet to the umpires or, where no non-playing umpire, to the opposing captain.
A match cannot start until completed team sheets have been exchanged The Toss. In Divisions 2b and above it is a requirement that the two umpires are present at the toss. Captains and umpires are requested to ensure that this requirement is met. In Division 3a and below it is recommended that the umpires are present at the toss. This is to ensure that all relevant match rules and regulations are discussed and agreed, including but not limited to the various ECB directives. After the match: Any substitutes used shall be added to the team sheet. All team sheets must be countersigned as valid by one non-playing umpire (where there are umpires) and by the opposition captain. Team Sheets to be entered into the Herts League app by 9pm on match day. Posting team sheets: Divisions 2b and above: team sheets to be returned to the League Registrations Officer by the appointed umpires. Divs 3a and below: team sheets from opposing teams to be retained after the game by each captain whose club should check on the league web site that the opposition’s players are all registered. Any discrepancies to be reported to the League within three days. Otherwise team sheets should not be posted to the League and can be destroyed if there are no issues arising.
Penalties Any player who takes part in a league match and is not registered on the League web site by the stated deadlines, or incorrectly registered, shall be deemed ineligible for that match. In the event of an allegation against an ineligible player being proven (subject to appeal) the team fielding the ineligible player will have 10 points deducted (5 points for Division One and below). On each subsequent occasion that team fields an ineligible player, it will incur a 10 points deduction and an additional penalty of 10 points. 62
Other Match Day Requirements
Cancellation: In the event of cancellation through wet weather, umpires should be notified where possible no later than 2 hours before the scheduled start time, otherwise both umpires’ expenses will be payable. In the event of a cancellation, the HOME club is responsible for contacting BOTH umpires. Umpires positions. If there is only one non-playing umpire he shall stand at the bowler’s end throughout the match.
The home club is required to supply umpires with all match balls and sufficient spare balls (which must be of the make and specification in line with the League rules - see the inside cover for details).
After the Match
Home team to report the results via the smartphone app by 9pm on match day. Penalty: 5 point fine for failure to report by the deadline. Note: Any fines for non-provision of an umpire / scorer or where bonus points should be deducted for taking wickets outside the time limits should be reported to the Results Secretary, Michael Wood via email to email@example.com.
NEW FOR 2021 Each captain (or designated person) must record their players’ names, using the Herts Cricket app, by 9pm on the day of the match.
Marks to be entered via form on league website www.hertsleague.co.uk (link on home page) by 11pm Friday evening following the game. Any problems should be reported immediately to firstname.lastname@example.org. Penalty: Failure to submit a report or late submission will incur a fine of £20 on each occasion.
In the Premier Division and Championship marks are to be entered via the form on the ‘Who’s The Umpire’ system (www.whostheumpire.com) by 11pm Friday. Any problems must be reported immediately to Peter Hinstridge. Divisions 1-6b, marks to be entered via the App or form on League website www. hertsleague.co.uk (see page 64) by 11pm Friday evening following the game. Any problems should be reported immediately to email@example.com Penalty: In Divisions 2b and above, 2 points (5 points after 30 June) will be deducted from the team’s points total for the match in question. NB Proforma forms are available on website to allow the captain to make notes regarding facilities and umpires for subsequent entry onto the website. 63
Results, Facilities & Umpire Reporting
A Herts Cricket App has been designed to report match results. In order to access the App visit www.hertsleague.co.uk and select the download button from the home page. The App is available for both Android and Apple IOS. You can also report results directly from options on the website which will work on a PC, mobile phone or tablet. Once you click on download on the relevant operating system, you will be directed to either the Google Play store or the Apple App Store. Simply follow the download instructions. Once you have downloaded the App you will need to ask your Club’s League contact for the necessary Username and Password. You will need this to enter the main menu in the App. This should only need to be done once as the App will remember the details.
Herts Results reporting
Results can be input via either the mobile App or the website. All results, including cancelled and abandoned games, are to be reported by 9.00pm on the day of the match. It is the responsibility of all home XI captains to report the result by the required deadline. The home XI is the side that appears first in the fixture list in this Handbook, regardless of where the game is played. If the result is not reported before the deadline on the day of the match the home XI will automatically be penalised 5 league points.
App Login 1. Open the app on your device 2. Enter your username and password (only needs entering first time) 3. You will see the current and previous matches for the team which you captain
If logged in using the Admin for your Club will be shown
- Both League and Cup matches are shown 4. A U and F indicate if Umpire and Facilities Marks are entered (Green lettering when completed) - HOME matches require Umpire Marking
- AWAY matches require both
Match Result Submission
1. Click on Submit Match Result 2. This will then take you to the reporting screen. (see opposite for the screen options) 3. Once you have input all the required information click “View result”. If any details have been missed or input incorrectly you will not be able to submit the results until corrected If successful, a Results Summary page is shown detailing the result and points allocations. 4. Select “Report” to register the result A confirmation screen will be displayed to confirm successful submission. 5. The results and tables on the website will be updated automatically
Options and Required information
Displays the Home Team
Displays the Away Team
Normal Result, Rain affected match, Cancelled match, Conceded, DuckworthLewis-Stern (Premier Matches only)
Team Batting First
Select the team that batted first
1st Innings Total Runs
Amount of runs in 1st innings
1st Innings Wickets Lost
Total wickets lost in 1st innings
1st innings Total Overs
Total overs/balls in 1st innings (format nn.n)
Team Batting Second
2nd Innings Total Runs
Amount of runs in 2nd innings
2nd Innings Wickets Lost
Total wickets lost in 2nd innings
2nd innings Total Overs
Total overs/balls in 2nd innings (format nn.n)
Toss Won by
Team Batting First, Team Batting Second
Panel Umpires, By Both Teams, Only Home Team, Only Away Team, By Neither Team Note: For Divisions 3A to 6A umpire fines are automatically applied (Match Rule 8)
By Both Teams, Only Home, Only Away, By Neither Team
Toss / Umpire / Scorer
Facilities and Umpire Marks Reporting (Through the App)
From the results screen, click on the U or F to allow entry of the Umpire Reports and Facilities Marks. Enter all the options and submit the report. Validation of the input will ensure all information is completed
Facilities marks must be entered by the visiting captain for all matches, including cancelled or abandoned, by 11pm on the Friday following every match. (Division One and below). In the Premier divisions, facilities will be the sole responsibility of the umpires and will be entered into the whostheumpire. Please note that the date and time of each report is automatically recorded. Failure to comply with the Friday deadline will result in the Club incurring a fine of £20 for each offence, rising to £40 if the report is entered after 11pm on the second Friday after the match.
Umpires reports must be entered by both captains for all matches in Divisions 1-6b, including cancelled or abandoned, by 11pm on the Friday following every match. Please note that the date and time of each report is automatically recorded. For divisions Premier, Championship, 1, 2a and 2b for each failure to report by the Friday deadline up to the 30 June, 2 points will be deducted from the team’s points total for the match in question and for each failure after 30 June, the points deduction shall increase to 5 points for each failure..
Umpires Marks Reporting (Premier and Championship)
In the Premier Division and Championship umpires marks are to be entered via the form on the ‘Who’s The Umpire’ system (www.whostheumpire.com) by 11pm Friday. Any problems must be reported immediately to Peter Hinstridge.
Entering Team Sheets (Through the App)
Team sheets are to be entered into the app. This should be entered before 9pm on the day of the match. This is in addition to the physical Team Sheet exchanged before the Toss. Please note, Team Sheets cannot be entered through the website. A list of registered players is presented in the app and the players for the particular match can be selected by tapping on each player. A option is available to toggle between viewing all players and those you have already selected
Results can also be entered using the website together with facilities reports and umpire marks. Login to the website for your club’s “Dashboard”. Use options to edit the result (home team only) and enter facilities report (away team) and umpires marks (both teams). 66
Facilities. The continued improvement of standards throughout the League benefits all clubs and enhances the status of the League. To achieve this, we are able to offer guidance on methods of obtaining technical advice and the raising of funds via grants and loans. Facilities Chairman Mark Shepherd Tel: 01895 233630 140 Charnwood Road, Hillingdon, Mob: 07772 224390 Middx. UB10 0HZ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Premier divisions, facilities will be the sole responsibility of the umpires officiating on the day and will be entered into the whostheumpire website. For all other divisions, it is the responsibility of the visiting Captain or his appointed representative to submit marks for the relevant facilities using the process set out on page 6466. The marks must be entered by 11pm on the Friday following every match. Please note that the date and time of each report is automatically recorded. Failure to comply with the above deadline will result in the Club incurring a fine of £20 for each offence. N.B: - It is essential to submit a report for matches that are cancelled or abandoned, indicating as such in the match status “box” (fines as above will also apply for failure to comply). Please also note that inaccurately entered data, e.g. the wrong opponent, wrong date or division, etc. will render the report void (not reported). Fines will also be incurred in such circumstances.
(For facilities requirements see constitution, rule 3) The results of each Club will have a bearing on the Club’s ability to be either promoted or in extreme cases to remain in their current division or even in the League itself. The Constitution sets out the minimum facilities required in each division. As a general rule, to be considered for promotion a club needs to attain an overall average mark in excess of 6.5 for the top two divisions and 6.0 for all divisions thereafter, over a 2-3 year period. Clubs failing to meet the marking criteria can expect an inspection of their facilities and will need to agree appropriate action before promotion (probably with conditions attached) can be confirmed. Clubs will have the right of appeal (in writing) if there have been significant variations in the level of marks awarded or if for the ensuing season the Club has specific and finalised arrangements for the necessary improvements. The Committee will be able to exercise discretion but its decision will be final.
Notification of Facilities Marks
Clubs perceived to have problems with any facility will be advised approximately halfway through the season of its own results compared with the average for the Division, which should enable Clubs to start to take action on necessary improvements. At the end of the season full details on a Club-by-Club basis will be made available. Tables for last season can be found in the main handbook. 67
Facilities Reporting Scheme Guidelines
Marks below 7: These represent an area where there may be a shortfall in the basic requirements and where possible remedial action or extra effort is required. Marks of 6 and below must be accompanied by helpful comments on the reporting system and in exceptional cases a letter may be sent. A mark of 7 should indicate that the basic requirements have been met as described below. Marks between 8 to 10: For achieving “additional” standard, described below, or making an outstanding and obvious effort. Please Note: The Facilities Committee would like to remind all clubs that the marks awarded should be a clear reflection of the facilities provided on the day of the match and that the result of the match should not influence these marks unduly unless there are good reasons for doing so. In such instances please provide helpful clear comments explaining the reasoning for any apparent levels of marks awarded. The marks should only be entered on to the website by a designated member of the visiting club that was present on the day of the game.
1. Pitch Basic:
Properly prepared (mown and rolled) to a width of 10 feet. Properly and clearly marked to conform to MCC Regulations and Recommendations (i.e. 5 foot and 1 foot lines). Be of reasonably consistent bounce throughout match and not affording excessive spin or movement off the seam. Adequate set of stumps and bails to be provided together with bowling markers (not left to umpires to provide). Sawdust and cloths available during wet conditions. Roller available for use between innings. Pitch ends to be cleaned up between innings and necessary re-marking to be done. Additional: Pitch to offer reasonable pace throughout match. 1st XI matches to be located in central area of square. Whole square to be closely and evenly mown and old wicket-ends repaired to give as true a fielding surface as possible. Stumps and bails to be properly matched sets and in good condition. Heavy set of bails to be available for windy conditions.
2. Outfield Basic:
Adequately mown to provide reasonably true fielding surface. Properly maintained and repaired so that it is free from stones, holes and other hazards. Reasonably flat (slight slopes and undulations not to be penalised) Additional: Finely mown, free from grass cuttings and rolled to provide fast and true surface. Flat and spacious. Well grassed over entire area.
3. Sightscreens (Division Six B and above) Basic:
One provided at each end of ground. Adequate size (width and height), in good repair and of acceptable white/light coloured facade. Easily moved and in position before commencement of play. (No sightscreen = no points. 1 sightscreen = 4 points maximum). Positioned wholly outside playing area with boundary line adjusted where necessary. Additional: Very large if single variety or two (split) screens at each end. Clean and in really good condition giving excellent sighting for batsmen.
4. Boundaries Basic:
Marked as per divisional requirements. Adequate number of flags and markers. Straight and uniform within contours of ground. At least 50 yards from centre of pitch. Additional: Numerous and prominent markers or flags. Separately mown to give added prominence. Reasonably equidistant in relation to siting of pitch on square.
(not necessarily applicable to Divisions 7a and below; scoreboard to be marked) Basic: Main total to be clear and moveable (flip-over or lights) to ensure promptness. Overs, wickets and 1st innings score also to be clearly displayed and easily changed. To be a score box and not just a board, internal seating and table for scorers, providing adequate protection from the elements Box should be clean and tidy. (Old fashioned “telegraph” type scoreboard limited to a maximum of 5 points). A clock, visible from the wicket, must be provided. If no clock is provided this must be reported Additional: Flip-over numbers or lights for all items mentioned above. Facility for recording individual scores of batsmen. Light or other clear method of acknowledging signals from umpires. Home” and “Visitors” boards available. Large, clear clock suitably positioned.
6. Pavilion Basic:
Changing rooms to be lockable, clean and tidy with rubbish from previous matches removed from the premises. Toilets and wash basins (with separate facilities for ladies) to be in a sanitary condition with adequate supply of requisites. Showers to have good supplies of hot water with temperature safely controlled. Cubicles to be clean and clear of debris / dirt from previous use. Tea to be served on clean crockery and hygienically protected until tea is taken by all players, umpires and scorers. Additional: Changing rooms of above average size with adequate space for all kit bags. Showers separate from opponents with 4 or more shower spaces. Individual cubicles are of particular benefit. Toilets to be housed separately from changing rooms and showers. A separate changing area for umpires.
Mobile Edition of the Handbooks
This Match Day Handbook, the main handbook and player records are published on the Issuu digital publishing platform
You can view the handbooks online at www.issuu.com or through the Issuu app for Android, available on Google Play and for iOS from the Apple App Store (simply search for issuu) https://issuu.com/hertsleague/docs/rules_book_2021 https://issuu.com/hertsleague/docs/handbook_2021_-_issuu https://issuu.com/hertsleague/docs/performances 69
The ECB is committed to maintaining the highest standards of behaviour and conduct in the game of cricket and the Saracens Hertfordshire Premier Cricket League shares this commitment and takes it very seriously. The ECB Premier League Disciplinary Regulations, incorporating the Code of Conduct and Spirit of Cricket have been adopted by the League and must be complied with by all those who participate in the League, including players, clubs, club officers & members, and match officials. The League is responsible for the enforcement and administration of the Disciplinary Regulations. All those participating in cricket-related activities under the auspices of the League, agree to be bound by the Disciplinary Regulations. These are set out in full on the League web site at: www.hertsleague.co.uk/documents/handbook/disciplinaryregulations.pdf There you will find detailed explanations of: • The Code of Conduct and Spirit of Cricket • Breaches and Reporting • Procedure (reporting by umpires, League’s actions, club’s responsibilities) • Disciplinary Hearings • Penalty Guidelines, Penalties and their Appropriateness • Appeals • Breaches of Discipline (offences categorised as Levels 1 to 4) • Social media code All players and club officers should familiarise themselves with the regulations online but the League wishes to emphasise the following fundamentals, contained in the Code of Conduct and Spirit of Cricket sections: Captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of Cricket, as well as within the Laws. Captains are always responsible for their Player’s Conduct. Players and team officials must always accept the umpire’s decision. Players must not show dissent at the umpire’s decision nor react in a provocative or disapproving manner towards another player or a spectator. Players and team officials shall not intimidate, assault or attempt to intimidate or assault an umpire, another player or a spectator, nor use crude and/or abusive language (known as “sledging”) nor make offensive gestures or hand signals nor deliberately distract an opponent. Players and team officials shall not make racially abusive comments nor indulge in racially abusive actions against fellow players, officials, members and supporters. Clubs must operate an active open door membership policy whilst respecting player qualification regulations and welcome players/members irrespective of ethnic origin. In the event of any player failing to comply with the instructions of an umpire, that umpire shall in the first place report the matter to the other umpire and to the player’s captain, requesting the latter to take action. According to the Laws, the umpires are the sole judges of fair and unfair play. The umpires may intervene at any time, and it is the responsibility of the captain to act where required. 70
MCC Laws of Cricket
Law 42 - Guidance on the definitions of dissent for umpires, captains and players
Description / Definition
An action or actions by a player or players which clearly demonstrates to observers (other players, spectators, etc) that the umpire has, in the player’s view, made a mistake
Examples (must be taken in context) Failure to leave the crease or the field of play promptly
Players Applicable to Batsman
Raising or waving of the bat to suggest Batsman contact with the ball Indicating a contact point on the body Batsman or equipment Breaking the wicket with the bat or Batsman person Throwing the ball to the ground
Audible statement(s) of dissent
Any gesture or animated behaviour Any Player which suggests umpire error Any other conduct the umpire considers Any Player is equivalent to a Level 1 offence Failure to leave the crease or the field of play within an extended timeframe Batsman which may require addition input from the umpire(s) Aggressive breaking of the wicket with Batsman the bat or person Throwing of the bat, gloves or helmet
Obscene language and/or highly audible Any Player statement(s) within an act of dissent
A prolonged, repeated or aggressive action or actions by a player or players which clearly demonstrates to observers that the umpire has, in the player’s view, made a mistake.
Advancing towards an umpire in an aggressive or animated manner in an act Any Player of showing dissent Any aggressive, animated or sustained Any Player behaviour in an act of showing dissent Any repetition or combination of Level 1 Any Player acts of dissent A collective display of dissent by two or more fielders, which may include Any Player the bowler, in response to an umpire’s decision Any other conduct the umpire considers is equivalent to a Level 2 offence or a Any Player repeated Level 1 offence
Premier, Championship, Division 1, 2a and 2b Only
Cooperation with Umpires + Team Management: Maximum total 10 Score
Category for Team behaviour reporting*
6 - 10
Respect for Umpires + Respect for Opponents: Maximum total 10 Score
Category for Team behaviour reporting*
6 - 10
*Note: Team behaviour reporting for Premier Division, Championship, Division 1, 2a and 2b. When reporting Team Behaviour the lowest mark from ‘Captain’ and ‘Team’ should be used to determine the category to be reported.
Team Behaviour Penalties
A ‘totting up’ process will be applied for teams that fall below an acceptable standard for behaviour, as marked by the umpires. Penalties will be applied as follows: 1st mark
3rd & each subsequent mark
Any combination of poor/very poor
Fair play and team behaviour penalties are judged against the ECB Fair Play Marking Criteria outlined opposite. 72
ECB Fair Play Marking Criteria
Although captains and umpires together set the tone for the conduct of the game, captains are at all times responsible for ensuring play is conducted within the Spirit of the Game as well as within The Laws. The Spirit of the Game requires all players to respect their opponents, their own captain and players, the role of the umpires and the game and its traditional values. Grading Criteria Exceeds the expected standard
Attains the expected standard
Short of the expected standard
Well short of the expected standard
Significantly below the expected standard
Captains Marks Team Marks Cooperation with Team Respect for Respect for Umpires Management Umpires Opponents There are numerous examples of behaviour that exceeds the required standard in each of these groups. For example; players showing genuine warmth and congratulations to their opponents or both sides, working to get the covers on/off, withdrawing an appeal to assist the umpire. These things should be recognised and where possible the reasons for the higher mark noted. No need for umpires Little or no Nothing other than Little or no public to intervene to ask intervention required acceptance of comments on their the captain to do and if intervention umpires decisions opponents technique, anything relating is requested then (doesn’t exclude shot making, bowling, to managing an request is enacted players asking method of dismissal individual. immediately by the umpires for etc. Captain clarification on decisions) No more than one Players slow to react Continued appealing No more than instance of the and comply with a or comments or one instance of umpires asking the captains request for behaviour that comments made captain to deal with improved behaviour. exceeds genuine about opponents or an unacceptable disappointment when behaviour exhibited situation. a decision goes towards them that against a player/ causes a reaction. team More than one Players ignoring their Excessive and/ When umpires instance of a captain captains request for or unnecessarily are required to being spoken to improved behaviour aggressive appealing intervene and ask about the same and continuing to act and any obvious a captain to deal problem. The Captain as before. Captain is dissent when a with players whose shall be reported losing control. decision goes behaviour towards under the disciplinary against a player/ their opponents code. team. A score at they consider this level shall result unacceptable. A in player(s) being score at this level reported under the shall result in an disciplinary code. individual being reported under the disciplinary code. Multiple instances Player’s behaviour Obvious attempts to Obvious attempts to of the captain being worsening rather than intimidate the umpire distract or disturb the spoken to and/or not improving. A score and/or refusal to concentration of an acting as requested. at this level must accept a decision. opponent by word A score at this result in a player(s) A score at this level or action. A score at level must result in and/or the captain must result in a this level must result the captain being being reported under player/team being in a player/team reported under the disciplinary reported under the being reported under the disciplinary procedure disciplinary code the disciplinary code procedure. Any score of 0 should be regarded as totally unacceptable and would result from behaviour worse than that identified above. Any score of 0 shall be reported immediately to the authority responsible for the game and it is clear that a number of people, including the captain, will be reported under the disciplinary procedure.
Premier Panel co-ordinator:
Peter Hinstridge, Tel: 01763 837189, Mobile: 07710 403524 Email: email@example.com
Philip Anderson 07469 652363 Sumant Bahl 07891 606622 Paul Barnes 01234 364595/07754 093888 Mark Bishop 01923 681048/07751 357382 Geoff Blackmore 01462 892623/07747 042567 Ian Breeze 01707 642891/07754 679140 Alan Brewster 01438 356275/07549 286172 Tim Caldicott 01923 578531/07721 017651 Mark Callaby 01992 442755/07880 527018 Murray Carlson 01920 318287/07907 121404 Mike Christelow 01923 447151/07976 351048 Steve Cobb 01767 316332/07788 134073 David Dokelman 020 8427 4026/07973 834079 Robin Gray 01920 830599/07904 258943 Pete Gurney 01767 681211/07919 241096 Nick Hall 01727 855100/07929 562554 Peter Hinstridge 01763 837189/07710 403524
Divs 1-2B Panel co-ordinator:
Jon Holland Ian Letting Anthony Levy Andrew McCree John Noonan David Perkins Chris Price Rob Riddleston Michael Rueth David Segal Raj Shah Brian Shepherd Satish Solanki Tony Stopford John Sweedy George White Hemal Wijesuriya
020 8441 2475/07948 718178 01525 875105/07802 247549 020 8441 9297/07904 309926 01727 845513/07836 365975 01923 266921/07856 732672 01438 714430/07803 204200 01707 327914/07961 808766 01923 721298/07956 922590 01923 67105907425 147162 01923 352433/07956 282630 01707 645775/07913 267420 01480 812002/07772 224383 01923 670609/07786 732056 020 8428 6990/07703 462850 01923 404163/07854 374597 07968 349933 07801 763542
Anthony Levy, Tel: 020 8441 9297, Mobile: 07904 309926 Email: Anthony.firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Apperley 01763 247548 /07971 880547 Paul Attfield 07734 036143 Peter Bantick 01279 505532 /07919 087256 Geoff Bassill 07703 307452 Chris Brandon 01525 839870 /07808 724544 David Byrne 07775 943807 Paul Carroll 07889 344869 Geoff Cordingley 01992 423879 Andy Cox 01923 260428 /07720 288408 Ian Day 020 8367 1620 /07774 458264 Alan Dean 01992 302273 Arun Desai 01727 851486 /07757 507745 Jerry Dovey 07949 196413 Rose Dovey 07459 460726 John Eyre 01727 848537 /07740 054726 Piers Fuller 07879 236193 Rob Furber 01279 722670 /07785 227511 Andrew Gould 01908 643669 /07834 460350 Paul Gow 07989 250053 Jan Hilhourst +31 6224 63159 Jonathan Hillman 01923 894653 Ian Hughes 01582 661669 /07946 514727 David Inwood 01234 752250 /07902 076757 Sarvesh Kantipoodi 07412 507347
Rangan Krishnaswamy 0208 428 3291/07498 923390 Jerry Lake 01707 322354 /07309 041240 Ian Lawless 01923 676279 /07976 359625 Phil Lewins 01442 393379 /07796 781617 Guy Lewis 07500 843575 Jonathan Mackman 07984 791309 Marcel Mester 01438 715848 /07785 350520 John Metselaar 01582620658 / 07813 100158 Richard Morgan 01727 843844 /07847 053187 Chris Nicoll 01582 617690 /07887 400581 Harish Padalia 01438 728632 /07770 567857 Neil Pomeroy 01992 002401 /07960 945593 Gary Pond 01462 835810 /07850 224582 Mark Rivlin 020 8806 3356 /07973 824303 Brian Stephenson 01992 422046 /07962 594132 Michael Stiffin 01727 767845 /07954 134609 Geoff Swinden 01767 631231 /07710 273220 Dave Tanner 07872 816812 David Taylor 01442 235416 /07792 271572 Nick Turner 01923 290808/07814 206042 Ian Watkins 01707 371758 /07950 831686 Lee Wiles 07904 043722 David Wormald 07940 596660
Payment: Umpires will be paid directly by the League and clubs will be invoiced accordingly, at mid- and end of season. Cancellations: Umpires must be notified by the HOME club of any cancellation not later than TWO hours before the scheduled match start time, otherwise the fee is payable. Marking: In divisions 6b and above, captains must submit a report of the performance of the umpires. In divisions 2b and above, failure to report by the Friday deadline will result in 2 points (5 points after 30 June) deducted from the team’s points total for the match in question
See Other Match Day Requirements on page 6363 for further details 74
Abbots Langley (www.abbotscc.hitssports.com)
Ground Manor House Ground, Gallows Hill Lane, Abbots Langley, WD5 0BX Captains 1st XI Bradley Finch Division Two A 07805 641532 2nd XI Jack Bishop Division Six B 07502 249397 3rd XI Rob Stevenson Regional Division A West 07446 003993
Ground Aldenham Social Club, Church Lane, Aldenham, Herts, WD25 8AY Captains 1st XI Chris Munroe Division Eight A 07795 563202
Allenburys & County Hall (www.aandchcc.play-cricket.com/)
Ampthill Town (www.ampthilltown.play-cricket.com)
Ground Allenburys Sport & Social Club, Park Road, Ware, Herts, SG12 0DP Captains 1st XI Dane Barnard Division Two B 07931 930836 2nd XI Simon Hibbert Division Six B 07802 633383 Ground Ampthill Park, Woburn Road, Ampthill, Beds, MK45 2GU Captains 1st XI James Gage Division One 2nd XI Daniel Draycott Division Four B
Baldock Town (baldock.play-cricket.com) Ground Avenue Captains 1st XI 2nd XI 3rd XI 4th XI
Park, West Avenue, Baldock, Herts, SG7 5AY Julian Muir Division Five B Kevin Shinner Division Eight B Kieran Lambert Regional Division B East Ian Williams Regional Division C North
07584 163165 07905 613282
01462 892059 07501 07815 07970 07764
195037 143394 491787 756062
Ground Napsbury, Pegrum Drive, Napsbury Park, London Colney AL2 1GE Captains 1st XI Anirudha Kubair Division Ten A 07977 578948
Batchworth CC (http://batchworth.play-cricket.com/)
Ground Rickmansworth School, Scotts Hill, Rickmansworth, WD3 3AQ Captains 1st XI Hugh Phillipps Regional Division C West 07986 321747
Bayford & Hertford Nondescripts (www.bhncc.co.uk)
Ground Bayford, Nr Hertford, Herts, SG13 8PU Captains 1st XI Ricky Ketteridge Division Three B 2nd XI Jono Slater Division Nine B
01992 511546 07897 556164 07830 392876
Bentley Heath (bentleyheathcc.hitscricket.com)
Ground Wrotham Park Estate, Wagon Road, Barnet, EN5 4SB Captains 1st XI Oliver Hubbard Division Five A 2nd XI Dave Tagg Division Nine A
Ground Kitchener’s Field, Castle Hill, Berkhamsted, , HP4 1HE Captains 1st XI Luke Frey Division Two A 2nd XI James Smith Division Six A 3rd XI Peter Dudley Regional Division A West 4th XI James Clarke Regional Division C West
07595 310023 07719 788579
01442 862014 07590 494115 07815 585990 07882 501915 07918 882912
Bishop’s Stortford (www.bishopsstortfordcricketclub.com)
Ground Cricketfield Lane, Cricketfield Lane, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 2SR Captains 1st XI Tommy Burslem Championship 07519 066368 2nd XI Ruan Premadasa Division Four A 07725 955859
Botany Bay (www.botanybaycc.co.uk)
0208 363 4482
Ground East Lodge Lane, The Ridgeway, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 8AS Captains 1st XI Ciaran Anderson Division Seven A 07971 222906 2nd XI Craig Evans-Bird Regional Division B East 07534 381336
Ground Bovingdon Green, Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, HP3 0LB Captains 1st XI Michael Buttleman Division Seven B
Ground The Oval, St Johns Road, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1NP Captains 1st XI Sam Pimm Division Five B 07756 845041 2nd XI Anum Hamdani Division Nine B 3rd XI Lee Rance Regional Division A West 07772 634138
Ground Broxbourne Sports Club, Mill Lane Close, Broxbourne, EN10 7BA Captains 1st XI Chris Sargent Division One 07854 2nd XI Alex O’Sullivan Division Five B 07539 3rd XI Harry Smith Regional Division A East 07540 4th XI Lloyd Stark Regional Division C East 07835
Ground Eastbury, Eastbury Road, Oxhey, Captains 1st XI Mohammed Asif 2nd XI Qamar Shazad 3rd XI Biplab Dasgupta 4th XI Tanuj Ghosh
Watford, WD19 4NR Division Two A Division Six A Division Nine B Regional Division C West
Cheshunt Rosedale (cheshuntrosedale.play-cricket.com)
Ground Andrews Lane, Cheshunt, Herts, EN7 6TB Captains 1st XI Aidan Richardson Division Four A 2nd XI Paul Beverstock Division Six B 3rd XI Adam Chantler Division Nine B 4th XI Clive Williams Regional Division C East
338246 730879 434764 877485
01923 230534 07955 07897 07432 07955
878682 475747 004664 883356
01992 623983 07780 07949 07845 07956
433082 616168 812186 819918
Chipperfield Clarendon (www.chipperfieldclarendoncc.org.uk) 01923 264681
Ground The Common, Chipperfield , near Kings Langley, Herts, WD4 9BS Captains 1st XI Michael Edwards Division Three A 07900 075336 2nd XI Andy Price Division Eight A 07958 368700 3rd XI Martin Oliver Regional Division B West 07758 596698
Ground The Common, Chorleywood, Herts, WD3 5SG Captains 1st XI Edward Lye Division Two A 2nd XI Jeremy Hinds Division Four B 3rd XI Nigel Tyler Division Ten B 4th XI Adrian Bryant Regional Division C West
01923 284529 07773 689213 07743 321809 07799 131119 07831 384858
Ground Claybridge Ground, Stanford Lane, Clifton, Beds, SG17 5EU Captains 1st XI Jack Brown Division Six A
Ground Chalk Lane, Cockfosters, EN4 9JG Captains 1st XI Sam Barker Division Three B 2nd XI Ben Howell Division Seven A 3rd XI Neil Hale Regional Division A East
Ground Datchworth Sports Club, Datchworth Green, Datchworth, SG3 Captains 1st XI Steve Gregory Division Three A 2nd XI Chris Bonser Division Seven A 3rd XI Tom Braithwaite Regional Division A East 4th XI Jae Pearse Regional Division C North
Ground Lancot Park, Dunstable Road, Totternhoe, LU6 1QP Captains 1st XI Mathew Woodcock Championship 2nd XI Sam Marshall Division Three A 3rd XI Harry Wright Division Eight B
07758 755230 07786 141715 07745 357565
01438 812490 6TL 07984 07846 07972 07932
278086 552594 807485 329920
01582 663735 07306 184424 07590 692125 07528 262997
Ground Edmonton Sports & Social Club, Church Street, Edmonton, London, N9 9HL Captains 1st XI Chris Goddard Regional Division B East 07800 654785
Ground Church End, Eversholt, Bedfordshire, MK17 9DT Captains 1st XI Jake Nichols Division Three A
01525 280760 07540 644714
Ground Friendless Lane, Flamstead, Herts, AL3 8DE Captains 1st XI James Clark Division Four B 2nd XI Sachith Dassanayake Division Ten B
Ground The Hardy Vale, Flitwick Road, Westoning, Beds, MK45 5AA Captains 1st XI George Thurstance Championship
07900 696847 07877 176739
01525 715100 07578 562989
Ground The Recreation Ground, Park Street Lane, Park Street, St Albans, AL2 2ND Captains 1st XI Jack Massey Division Five A 07874 265714
Great Gaddesden (https://greatgaddesden.secure-club.com)
Greenwood Park (www.greenwoodparkcc.com)
Ground Bridens Camp, Nr. Hemel Hempstead, HP2 6EY Captains 1st XI Alan James Henry Division Nine B
Ground Tippendell Lane, Chiswell Green, St Albans, AL2 3HW Captains 1st XI Chris Kent Division Six B
Ground The Common, Harpenden, AL5 2JD Captains 1st XI Nick Lamb Premier Division 2nd XI Oliver Tuck Division One 3rd XI Jack Killen Division Three B 4th XI Joseph McNiel Division Eight A 5th XI James Gill Division Ten A 6th XI Ian Field Regional Division A West
01582 763620 07795 662575 07972 499912 07715 104113 07792 031664 07771 906557 07834 855086
Harpenden Dolphins (www.harpendendolphins.hitscricket.com) Ground Napsbury Park, Pegrum Drive, Napsbury Park, AL2 1GE Captains 1st XI Paul Bonney Division Seven B
Hatch End (http://hatchendcc.play-cricket.com/)
Ground Hatch End Cricket Club, Aldenham Road, Elstree WD6 3BD Captains 1st XI Lee Woodhouse Division Seven B 2nd XI Sean Gibbons Regional Division B West
Hatfield & Crusaders (www.hatfieldcc.co.uk)
Ground Ascots Lane, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 4HJ Captains 1st XI Ben Clark Division Four A 2nd XI Andrew Foster Division Six B 3rd XI Barry Phillips Regional Division B East
Hatfield Hyde (hatfieldhydecc.hitscricket.com/)
07791 080459 07935 736634
01707 272380 07760 236280 07743 888614 07733 188871
Ground King George V Playing Field, Beehive Lane, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 4BP Captains 1st XI Miflan Mujreen Division Four B 07456 542238 2nd XI Adam Boland Division Nine A 07810 037309 3rd XI Alan Pikesley Regional Division B East 07983 070879 4th XI Luke Jeffery Regional Division C North 07450 182508
Hemel Hempstead Town (www.hhtcc.co.uk) Ground Heath Park, Station Road, Hemel Captains 1st XI Nick Hodgins 2nd XI Rory Fraser 3rd XI Rameez Hussain 4th XI Graham Clark
Hempstead, HP1 1JZ Championship Division Three B Division Six A Division Nine A
Ground Balls Park, Mangrove Road, Hertford, Herts, SG13 8AJ Captains 1st XI Benjamin Cowell Premier Division 2nd XI Ben Orchard Division Two B 3rd XI Ian Codd Division Five A 4th XI Nick Horton Division Nine B
07545 07907 07415 07887
425796 038894 980610 623605
01992 581983 07429 180190 07818 05 035 07511 916621 07752 223072
Ground St Mary’s Lane, Hertingfordbury, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG14 2LE Captains 1st XI Martin Ambler Division Five B 07725 877046 2nd XI Bernard Murphy Regional Division A East 07799 671352
Ground Lucas Lane, Hitchin SG5 2LU Captains 1st XI Sanjay Chandarana 2nd XI Peter Bell 3rd XI Stuart Gwinnett 4th XI Eric Lanyon 5th XI Joe Elliot
01462 434468 Division One 07909 111605 Division Four B 07855 957030 Division Nine A 0NULL NULL Regional Division A East 07763 238548 Regional Division C North 07973 335767
Hoddesdon (www.hoddesdoncricketclub.co.uk) Ground Lowfield, Park View, Hoddesdon, Captains 1st XI Rob Walters 2nd XI Adam Sturdy 3rd XI Nick Gandon 4th XI Ross Maughan 5th XI James Buse
EN11 8QA Premier Division Division Two B Division Nine A Division Ten B Regional Division C East
Holtwhites Trinibis (www.holtwhitestrinibis.com)
Ground Kirkland Drive, Holtwhites Hill, Enfield, EN2 0RN Captains 1st XI Haseeb Kashmiri Division One 2nd XI Josh Bonner Division Four B 3rd XI Muz Kashmiri Division Ten A
07702 07535 07799 07557 07532
167253 224278 477758 124439 164934
0208 363 4449 07539 222521 07538 745580 07956 441441
Ground Sports and Recreation Ground, Walnut Way, Ickleford, Hitchin, Captains 1st XI Luke Marsden Division One 2nd XI Richard Brown Division Five A 3rd XI Mark Howard Regional Division A East 4th XI Ian Cheesman Regional Division C North
SG5 3YA 07711 299567 07870 523443 07944 707968 07891 620200
Kings Langley (www.kingslangleycc.hitscricket.com)
Knebworth Park (www.kpcc.org.uk)
Ground The Pavilion, The Common, Vicarage Lane, Kings Langley, WD4 9HS Captains 1st XI Harry Sambrook Division Two A 07989 175724 2nd XI Jacob Hutchings Division Seven B 07722 447311 3rd XI Jamie Calvin Regional Division C West 07968 005927 Ground Old Knebworth Lane, Knebworth, Captains 1st XI Charlie Randall 2nd XI Robert Morley 3rd XI James Roos 4th XI Jonathan Cirkel
Herts, SG3 6HQ Division Two A Division Five A Division Nine A Regional Division C North
Langleybury (www.langleyburycc.co.uk) Ground Hunton Captains 1st XI 2nd XI 3rd XI
Bridge, Abbots Langley, Herts, WD4 8RJ Ross Channer Championship Andy Felton Division Four A Paul Crawley Division Nine A
07838 07568 07989 07971
475318 080681 196946 132415
01923 267568 07813 774378 07976 584026 07590 516212
Ground Aldenham School, Aldenham Rd, Radlett, Elstree WD6 3AJ Captains 1st XI Michael Bradford Division Ten B
Letchworth Garden City (www.letchworth.play-cricket.com)
Ground Whitethorn Lane, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 2DN Captains 1st XI Tim Graham Championship 2nd XI David Albon Division Three A 3rd XI Duncan Elder Division Six A 4th XI Elliott Lee Division Ten A 5th XI Jeremy Gillham Regional Division B East
01462 684530 07879 010927 07746 311673 07765 256217 07814 823916 07887 566046
Leverstock Green (www.lgcc.hitscricket.com)
Ground The Green, Bedmond Road, Leverstock Green, HP3 8LJ Captains 1st XI Dayle Littlejohn Division One 2nd XI Richard Walker Division Four A 3rd XI Ritchie Carruthers Division Eight B 4th XI Dave Young Regional Division B West
Little Berkhamsted Sahibs (lbcc.play-cricket.com/)
07707 317848 07881 658415 07715 411201 07786 056124
Ground The Recreation Field, Church Road, Little Berkhamsted, SG13 8LY Captains 1st XI Kazim Shahzad Division Eight A 07944 688018 2nd XI Colin Hogan Regional Division B East 07721 077500
London Colney (londoncolneycc.hitscricket.com)
Ground Shenley Village Ground, Green Street, Shenley, Herts, WD7 9BD Captains 1st XI Scott Hadley Division Four B 07752 278366 2nd XI Paul Seymour Division Nine B 07814 431981
Luton Town & Indians (www.lticc.net)
Ground Wardown Park, Old Bedford Road, Luton, Beds, LU2 7HA Captains 1st XI Dhruv Patel Championship 2nd XI Wakar Arif Division Three A 3rd XI Viren Patel Division Five B 4th XI Mushtaq Dalvi Division Eight A
01582 727855 07737 950954 07948 148055 07789 995282
Ground Lower Wardown Park, New Bedford Road, Luton, LU2 7HA Captains 1st XI Awais Khan Division Three B 2nd XI Siraj Nasir Division Eight A
07933 389731 07727 157940
Markyate & Luton Town
Ground Cavendish Road, Markyate, AL3 8PT Captains 1st XI Adil Bukhari Regional Division A West
Mill Hill Village (www.millhillvillagecricketclub.co.uk)
Ground Burtonhole Lane, Mill Hill, London, NW7 1AS Captains 1st XI Daniel Potter Division Five B 2nd XI Kudzai Makopa Division Eight B 3rd XI Phil Smith Division Ten B 4th XI Pryank Patel Regional Division C East
North Enfield (http://northenfieldcc.weebly.com/)
Ground Strayfield Road, Clay Hill, Enfield, EN2 9JE Captains 1st XI Tom Coughlan Division Three A 2nd XI Jack Wilson Division Ten B
0203 719 4801 07711 07500 07976 07985
883828 838454 297721 406728
020 8363 2118 07966 695832 07507 393726
North Mymms (www.northmymmscc.co.uk) Ground Home Farm, North Mymms Park, Captains 1st XI Nesan Jeyaratnam 2nd XI Adam Davies 3rd XI Rajen Shah
Northampton Exiles (northamptonexilescc.hitscricket.com) Ground Clowes Captains 1st XI 2nd XI 3rd XI
Nr Hatfield, AL9 7TP Premier Division Division Five A Regional Division C East
07496 360410 07904 705133 07956 100597
020 8886 2077
Ground, Barrowell Green, Winchmore Hill, London, N21 3AU Michael Bullard Division Four B 07470 433575 Rohan Patel Division Seven B 07958 605868 Tennati Sitaraam Division Ten B 07517 208234
Ground The Meadow, Tring Road, Northchurch, Berkhamsted, HP4 3SF Captains 1st XI George Liveing Division Two B 07704 978709 2nd XI James Smart Division Seven B 07398 016890 Ground Ducks Hill Road, Rickmansworth Road, Northwood, HA6 2NR Captains 1st XI Nirrushan Raveenthiraraja Division Two B 2nd XI Ram Nandiraju Division Six A 3rd XI Richard Mackey Division Ten A 4th XI Adrian Pearce Regional Division B West 5th XI Mandar Karnik Regional Division C West
07507 07968 07860 07799 07515
Northwood Town (www.northwoodtowncc.co.uk)
784009 816122 949816 795162 963766
Ground Chestnut Avenue, off Rickmansworth Road, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 1HR Captains 1st XI Akshay Loomba Division Four A 07877 526217 2nd XI Ravi Ramawat Division Seven A 07766 304572 3rd XI Ajay Lal Regional Division B West 07734 527111
Offley & Stopsley (www.oscricket.com)
Old Albanian (www.oldalbanians.play-cricket.com)
Ground Kings Walden Road, Great Offley, SG5 3DX Captains 1st XI Daniel Goord Division Seven B
Ground Woollam Playing Fields, 160 Harpenden Road, St Albans, AL3 Captains 1st XI Usman Farooq Malik Division One 2nd XI Pete Jordan Division Five B 3rd XI David Goodier Division Eight B 4th XI Simon Bates Regional Division A West
Old Camdenians (www.camdenianssocial.club/)
6BB 07880 07980 07796 07720
739796 982528 551657 383600
020 8103 0088
Ground Camden Playing Fields, Burtonhole Close, Mill Hill, London, NW7 1AN Captains 1st XI Ian Salter Division Five A 07515 386595 2nd XI Jafar Siddique-Parkes Regional Division B West 07963 605516
Old Cholmeleians (www.oldcholms.com)
Ground Hendon Wood Lane, off Totteridge Lane, Mill Hill, London, NW7 4HR Captains 1st XI Sam Khalique Division Six A 07973 618045 2nd XI Ross McCaskill Division Eight A 07825 440950
Old Eastcotians (oldeastonians.play-cricket.com/)
Ground King George V Playing Fields, Chaffinch Lane, WD18 9QD Captains 1st XI Steve Jermy Division 9B
07984 904830 81
Old Elizabethans (www.oeccbarnet.co.uk)
Ground Gypsy Corner, Mays Lane (Barnet Gate Lane end), Barnet, EN5 2AG Captains 1st XI Dominic Goring Division Two B 07507 776137 2nd XI Saqib Parkar Division Six B 07825 651982 3rd XI Tom Spenceley Division Ten B 07963 933306
Old Finchleians (oldfinchleians.play-cricket.com)
Ground 12 Southover, Woodside Park, London, N12 7JE Captains 1st XI Himansu Depala Division Four A 2nd XI Khushal Poojara Division Six A
020 8445 7406 07940 762404 07772 324658
Old Haberdashers (oldhabscricketclub.co.uk)
Ground Croxdale Road, Off Theobald Street, Borehamwood, WD6 4PY Captains 1st XI Rhys Jenkins Division Four A 07786 640916 2nd XI Pavan Surepeddi Division Ten A 07877 674234
Old Minchendenians (www.oldminchendenians.org.uk)
Ground Bramley Road, Southgate, London, N14 4HL Captains 1st XI 2nd XI Steve Eveleigh Regional Division B West
Old Owens (oldowens.play-cricket.com)
020 8449 1661 07906 900624
Ground Old Owens Sports Ground, Coopers Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 4NF Captains 1st XI Bradley Lane Championship 07738 005332 2nd XI Andy Battersby Division Seven A 07780 611403 3rd XI Ian Tyler Regional Division B East 07826 896005
Parkfield & Headstone (phcc.hitscricket.com)
020 8428 7487
Ground Saddlers Mead, Clonard Way, off Rowlands Avenue, Hatch End, HA5 4BU Captains 1st XI Umar Khan Division Three A 2nd XI Mohammed Saber Division Ten B 07956 092779
Ground Montesole Playing Fields, Montesole Court, HA5 3SA Captains 1st XI Daniel Langan Division Eight A 2nd XI Rob Bonneywell Division Ten A 3rd XI Bob Harrison Regional Division C West
07729 201585 07775 852815
Potten End (www.pottenendcc.org.uk)
Ground Homefield, Plough Lane, Potten End, HP4 2QX Captains 1st XI Michael Gurney Division Six B 2nd XI Peter Raeburn Regional Division A West
Potters Bar (www.pitchero.com/clubs/pottersbarcc)
Ground The Walk, Potters Bar, Herts, EN6 1QN Captains 1st XI Steve Gale Premier Division 2nd XI Ben Taylor Division Two B 3rd XI Matthew Rathbone Division Six B 4th XI Tim Ellis Regional Division A East
Potton Town (pottontown.play-cricket.com)
07866 762976 07825 500249
01707 654801 07801 011421 07939 947973 07907 589435 07778 817827
Ground The Hutchinson Hollow, Biggleswade Road, Potton, Beds, SG19 2LX Captains 1st XI Sean Stevens Division Three A 07725 974334
Preston (prestoncricketclub.co.uk) Ground Preston Captains 1st XI 2nd XI 3rd XI 4th XI
Recreation Ground, Hitchin Road, Preston, nr Hitchin, SG4 7TZ Max Anderson Championship 07580 011537 David Fleckney Division Six A 07968 036032 Iain Purton Division Nine B 07910 762821 David Saunders Division Ten B 07835 515825
Radlett (www.radlettcc.com) Ground Cobden Captains 1st XI 2nd XI 3rd XI 4th XI
Hill, Watling Street, Radlett, Herts, WD7 7JN Tom Jenkins Premier Division Matt. Rose Division Two B Navjot Sidhu Division Five A Craig Steven-Jennings Division Six A
Ground The Pavilion, North Common Road, Redbourn, AL3 7DB Captains 1st XI Ed Hales Division Two A 2nd XI Dan Lennox Division Five B 3rd XI Ted Mathers Division Eight B 4th XI Rakesh Bajpai Regional Division B West
01923 856348 07494 07717 07828 07826
212513 666437 391740 537040
01582 793949 07807 07581 07985 07739
918402 742951 204369 684568
Ground Village Green, Blacksmith Lane, Reed, Royston, Herts, SG8 8AX Captains 1st XI Tom Greaves Premier Division 07787 243915 2nd XI Edward Garrott Division Three B 07969 173235 3rd XI Rhodri Hughes Division Ten A 07774 471192 Ground Park Road, Rickmansworth, Herts, WD3 1HU Captains 1st XI Naghman (Cookie) Latif Division Four A 2nd XI Usman Pervaiz Rai Division Six B 3rd XI Adeel Usman Division Ten A 4th XI Ken Brown Regional Division B West
07590 557903 07900 591570 07414 160101
Ground Spencer Meadow, Rear of High Street, Sandridge, AL4 9DD Captains 1st XI Duncan Ferguson Division Three B 2nd XI Kevin Murphy Division Nine A
07788 430781 07805 262150
Shenley Village (shenleycc.hitscricket.com)
Ground Town Fields, Springhall Road, Sawbridgeworth, Herts, CM21 9AN Captains 1st XI Steven Ashman Division One 07983 467157 2nd XI Alex Syed Division Five B 07875 690311 Ground Shenley Cricket Centre, Shenley Park, Radlett Lane, Shenley, WD7 9DW Captains 1st XI Morgan Stanley Championship 07925 792580 2nd XI Anooj Vadgama Division Four B 4th XI Victor Childs Regional Division A West 07796 266127
Southgate Adelaide (www.southgateadelaidecc.co.uk) Ground Walker Cricket Ground, Waterfall Captains 1st XI Anthony Morris 2nd XI Luke Gilbert 3rd XI Andrew Fitzpatrick
020 8886 8381
Road, Southgate, London, N14 7JZ Division Three B 07504 86 057 Division Seven B 07535 04 772 Regional Division C East 07973 71 322 83
Southgate Compton (www.southgatecompton.com)
Ground Hadley Field, Chalk Lane, Cockfosters, EN4 9JG Captains 1st XI Ben Shearly Division Nine A
St Albans (www.stalbanscc.com)
Ground Clarence Park, St Albans, AL1 4NF Captains 1st XI Max Capaldi Division Two A 2nd XI James Rosson Division Five A 3rd XI Andrew Walker Division Eight A 4th XI Andy Saunders Regional Division A West
020 8440 2322 07982 273680
01727 850388 07411 07944 07762 07939
770879 292562 126041 133050
St Margaretsbury (www.stmcc.org.uk)
Ground The Recreation Ground, Station Road, Stanstead Abbotts, SG12 8EH Captains 1st XI James Barbett Division One 07954 624765 2nd XI Rob Moody Division Seven A 07769 648730 3rd XI John Hollis Regional Division A East 07776 185282 Ground Ditchmore Lane, Stevenage Old Town, SG1 3LJ Captains 1st XI Conor Hayward Division Two A 2nd XI Carl Richards Division Four B 3rd XI Suman Iranganti Division Seven A 4th XI Mo Islam Division Nine B 5th XI Chris Welch Regional Division A East
07881 07831 07983 07956 07725
337650 095864 705292 816266 040983
Ground Upper Green, Tewin, Herts, AL6 0LX Captains 1st XI Luke Wilde Division Five A 07557 385566 2nd XI Marcus Hill Regional Division A East 07415 234004 3rd XI Matt Ball Regional Division C North 0+44 994825
Totteridge Millhillians (www.totteridgemillhillians.com) Ground Totteridge Green, London, N20 8PB Captains 1st XI Jonathan Miles Premier Division 2nd XI Hilton Nathanson Division Three A 3rd XI Ahsan Jamil Division Eight B
020 8445 5331 07934 602976 07973 412772 07955 603687
Ground Waterhouse Moor, Tawneys Road, Bush Fair, Harlow, CM186BB Captains 1st XI Trumayne Lintonbon Baker Regional Division C East 07926 152999
Ground The Pavilion, Bell Lane, Widford, Ware, SG12 8SH Captains 1st XI Steve Risby Division Seven B 2nd XI Andy Milton Regional Division B East
Watford Town (www.watfordtowncricketclub.com)
Ground Woodside, Horseshoe Lane, Garston, Watford, WD25 7HH Captains 1st XI Obbad Shahid Division Two A 2nd XI Sandeep Singh Division Four A 3rd XI Chris Hutchison Division Eight B 4th XI Andrew Canning Regional Division A West 5th XI TBA 84
01279 842233 07824 612869 07802 897994
01923 893041 07415 07701 07734 07901
677350 302716 729626 000495
Watton-at-Stone (pitchero.com/clubs/wattonatstone) Ground The Meadow, Watton-at-Stone, Herts, SG14 3SF Captains 1st XI Ryan Ansell Division Six B
Welwyn Garden City (www.welwyngardencitycricketclub.com) 01707 327354 Ground Digswell Park, Knightsfield, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 7NQ Captains 1st XI Daniel Blacktopp Premier Division 07740 2nd XI Patrick Lynch Division Two B 07900 3rd XI Zahid Bashir Division Five B 07795 4th XI Steve Willis Division Nine A 07887 5th XI Daniel Priolo Regional Division B East 07484
West Herts (www.westhertscc.co.uk)
Ground Park Avenue, 8 Park Avenue, Watford, Herts, WD18 7HP Captains 1st XI Bill Gage Premier Division 2nd XI Duncan Kendal Division Three B 3rd XI George Mills Division Eight B 4th XI Vipul Khurana Division Ten A 5th XI Sammy Janaway Regional Division C West
165235 368932 666761 514276 728683
01923 229239 07530 289345 07887 454650 07412 054407 07710 811415 07792 547599
Ground Park Drive, off Damask Green Road, Weston, SG4 7BY Captains 1st XI Ian Fursland Division Seven A Ground Nomansland Common, Wheathampstead, Herts, AL4 8EL Captains 1st XI 2nd XI Joshua Danbury-Nolan Division Eight A
Which Ball to Use?
Please use the images below to ensure that you are using the correct ball for the match.
Dukes ‘County International’
Readers 'Superior Crown'
(can be used in 4a and below)
Readers ‘Pink Sovereign’
Premier - 50 Over Matches
Readers ‘County Match’
Divisions 4a and below
Readers ‘Pink County Match’