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Open Grade: Limited Overs Playing Conditions 

 1  The Spirit of Cricket 

Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws, but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action, which is seen to abuse this spirit, causes injury to the game itself. The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rests with the captains. There are two Laws, which place the responsibility for the team’s conduct firmly on the Captain.

1      Responsibility of captain

The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of the Game as well as within the Laws.

2      Players conduct

In the event of any player failing to comply with the instructions of an umpire, criticising his decisions by word or action, showing dissent, or generally behaving in a manner which might bring the game into disrepute, the umpire concerned shall in the first place report the matter to the other umpire and to the players captain, requesting the latter to take action.

3    Fair and Unfair play

According to the Laws the umpires are the sole judges of Fair & Unfair play.

The umpires may intervene at any time, and it is the responsibility of the captain to take action where required.

4    The umpires are authorised to intervene in cases of:

a.    Time wasting.

b.    Damaging the pitch.

c.    Intimidatory bowling.

d.    Tampering with the ball.

e.    Any other action that they consider to be unfair.

5    The Spirit of the Game involves RESPECT for:

a.    Your opponents.

b.    Your own captain and team.

c.    The role of the umpires.

d.    The games traditional values.

6    It is against the Spirit of the Game:

a.    To dispute an umpires decision by word, action or gesture

b.    To direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire

c.    Indulge in cheating or sharp practise, for instance:

§      Appeal knowing that the batsman is not out.

§      Advance towards the Umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing.

§      Seek to distract an opponent either verbally or by harassment with persistent clapping or unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of ones own side.

7      Violence

There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play.

8      Players

Captains and umpires together set the tone for the conduct of a cricket match. Every player is expected to make an important contribution to this.

The players, umpires and scorers in a game of cricket may be of either gender and the Laws apply equally to both. The use, throughout the text, of pronouns indicating the male gender is purely for brevity.

Except where specifically stated otherwise, every provision of the Laws is to be read as applying to women and girls equally as to men and boys.

The Spirit of Cricket applies in all Mid Canterbury Cricket competitions.

 

 2 General conditions-all grades

1    Laws and Playing conditions

a.  The Laws of Cricket (2000) and subsequent amendments as published by the Marylebone Cricket Club shall apply to all competitions under the jurisdiction of the Mid Canterbury Cricket Association (Inc), and subject to such modifications and Local Rules that the Board may agree upon at any time. Local rules for this season are published herein.

b.  The Board may act on any breach of these conditions.

c.  Because of bad weather the Executive Officer or his nominee may cancel 3rd, 4th or 5th grade matches, such cancellations to take place before 11:30 am for 3rd and 4th grades and before 8.00am for 5th grade on the playing day and arrange for the notification of those affected. The two captains will make a decision on Open grade matches, after consultation with oneanother.

d.  Any reference to the masculine herein shall also include the feminine.

2      Playing dates

a.  No variation of the scheduled playing dates or pitches are permitted without the prior consent of the Executive Officer.

b.  If a side has a Bye, then that side gains no points for that Bye.

c.  If a side withdraws from the competition, creating future Byes, any side penalised for that withdrawal shall be awarded average points of the winning teams in that round.

3      Ground, Weather and Light

a.  Where official umpires are appointed to a match, all decisions regarding the fitness of the pitch, Ground, Weather and Light shall be in the hands of the umpires, provided that the umpires shall not abandon play without the consent of both captains. Before deciding to suspend play or not to resume play after an interruption or interval, the umpires shall establish with both captains if they wish to continue in unfit conditions. If so, their wishes shall be met. If after agreeing to play in unfit conditions, either captain may subsequently appeal to suspend play, however the umpires shall uphold such appeal only if, in their opinion, conditions are the same, or have deteriorated since the agreement to continue in unfit conditions.

b.  The umpires should only suspend play when they consider the conditions are so bad that it is unreasonable or dangerous to continue.

c.  Where there are no official umpires, the decision of fitness of conditions is in the hands of both captains, who must agree, to either suspend or to abandon play. In the case of dispute because both captains are unable to agree, the existing situation shall continue. In the case of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade competitions both coaches must agree to either suspend or abandon play. In the case of a dispute because both coaches are unable to agree, the existing situation shall continue.

d.  Play may not start in the rain.

e.  Any unresolved situation shall be referred to the Executive Officer who may refer the matter to the Judiciary for resolution as a Dispute.

3      Daylight Saving

a.  If a match or any day of a match is played before or after Daylight-saving, then the hours of play for that day shall be brought forward by 30 minutes.

4      Wickets

a.  Host clubs (home games) for men’s open grades, shall be responsible for providing a full set of wickets and bails in a good condition.

b.  Host clubs shall be responsible for providing a full set of wickets and bails, in good condition, where matches are played on artificial pitches.

c.  The Junior Committee shall provide stumps and bails for all matches played on the Ashburton Domain.

d.  Please carry some spare stumps and bails in your team bag case of breakage.

5    Pitch & Outfield

a.  The pitch & outfield comes under the control of the umpires after the toss.

b.  Prior to the start of a day’s play, no player may stand, walk, bowl or practice batting on the square.

c.  Wherever possible the pitch shall be swept and remarked at each interval and at each change of innings.

6      Artificial Pitches

a.  Spikes must not be worn.

b.  If a bowler does not have at least one foot on the artificial pitch at the moment of delivery, the umpire shall call & signal NO-BALL

c.  If after delivery by the bowler, the ball pitches on the grass verge of the artificial pitch, the umpire shall call & signal NO-BALL

d.  If after delivery by the bowler, the ball pitches on the grass outside the artificial pitch, the umpire shall call & signal WIDE

7      Boundaries

a.  The playing field boundary should be as large as possible and measured from the centre of the pitch, it should be no less than 50 metres (30 metres for 5th Grade, 25 metres for 6th Grade), and no greater than:

§      For men’s senior grades       85 metres

§      For all other grades       60 metres

b.  The boundary should be marked by a continuous white line and/or by flags at no greater than 10 metre intervals.

8      Teams

a.  In matches without umpires, each captain must give a list of the opposing captain before the toss.

b.  In matches with umpires, each captain must give a team list to the umpires before the toss.

c.  A nominated side cannot be changed without the consent of the opposing captain.

d.  Players must remain committed to the match in which they are taking a full part. A player cannot participate in two matches played at the same time; however he can act as a substitute fielder in a higher grade as provided in law, but not to make up a shortage of that teams playing XI.

9    The Toss

a.  The toss for the choice of innings on the field of play no earlier than 30 minutes and no later than 15 minutes before the scheduled or rescheduled time for the match to start.

b.  The captain winning the toss shall notify his decision to the umpires and opposing captain not later than 10 minutes before the agreed time to start play. This decision, once made, cannot be altered.

10  Over rate

a.  The Board considers it desirable that an average of 17 overs shall be bowled each hour over each innings in a match. (3½ minutes per over).

b.  Official umpires are empowered to award Penalty runs if there is deliberate Time wasting.

c.  Scorers should record all times of an innings.

d.  Taking into account weather and other considerations, the Board may deduct points if they find that time wasting was intentional. As a guide the board will use this criteria:

§      Less than 16 overs per hour            loss of 2 points

 11  The Ball

a.  The fielding side shall supply the ball for the innings and shall be of a type suitable for the grade of cricket played.

b.  Balls approved by NZC, CCA & MCC for this season are:

§      Kookaburra            4-piece                              2-piece

                        Regulation 156 grams                 Red King 156 grams & 142 grams

                        Special 156 grams                     Special Test 156 grams & 142 grams

                       Turf 156 grams                        Turf Pitch 156 grams    

                       Club Match 156 grams               Crown 142 grams

                       Senator 156 grams    

§      Platypus            4-piece                          2-piece

                      Special Turf 156 grams              Googley Longlife 156 grams & 142 grams

                     Match 156 gm & 142 grams        Club Special 156 grams & 142 grams

c.  In the absence of Official umpires, both captains must approve the match balls before the toss.

d.  The use of a non-approved ball will result in the loss of all points for that match.

e.  The ball shall be returned to an umpire at the fall of a wicket, an interruption and at each interval.

f.    The approved sizes are:

§      Men’s Senior grade 4-piece 156 grams    new

§      Men’s other grades 2-piece 156 grams in good condition

§      Women’s grades 2-piece 142 grams in good condition

§      3rd grade……………………………………..2-piece 156 grams……in good condition

§      4th and 5th grades…………………………….2-piece 142 grams……in good condition

12  No-ball

a.  The call & signal of NO-BALL negates the call & signal of WIDE.

b.  A penalty of 1 run shall be awarded for a NO-BALL in addition to any runs scored otherwise.

c.  A NO-BALL is not counted as a ball of the over; it must be re-bowled.

d.  The umpire shall call & signal NO-BALL if the ball:

§      is not delivered over-arm

§      bounces more than twice (that is three times or more) or rolls along the ground before reaching the striker’s wicket

§      comes to rest in front of the striker’s wicket; DEAD-BALL; a free hit is not permitted

§      is a full-tossed delivery (any pace – accidental or not) that passes, or would have passed above waist-height of the striker standing upright at the crease; the umpire shall issue a first & final warning to that bowler and inform his captain and the batsmen at the crease.

§      is a short-pitched delivery that passes or would have passed above shoulder-height of the striker standing upright at the crease. In Limited-over matches 1 such delivery in an over, 2 in traditional matches are permitted before NO-BALL is called & signalled.

§    If that bowler bowls a subsequent such delivery in that innings, in addition to the call & signal of NO-BALL, the captain shall be instructed to take the bowler off; he may not bowl again in that innings; another bowler shall complete the over; this is a reportable offence.

§    If an exempt No-ball is so high to be beyond his reach it shall be called & signalled WIDE.

13      Wides

a.  A penalty of 1 run shall be awarded on the call & signal of WIDE in addition to any runs scored otherwise.

b.  A ball called WIDE is not counted as a ball of the over; it must be re-bowled.

c.  See individual grade rules.

14  Dress and Behaviour

a.  The preferred dress of players of all grades on the field of play is white clothing and shoes.

b.  Coloured clothing may be worn in 20/20 matches.

c.  The consumption of alcohol and smoking on the field-of-play and on school grounds is prohibited.

d.  Where players are umpiring they must maintain a reasonable standard of dress.

15      Match Reports

a.  It is impossible to allocate points to winning teams, ensure competition winners and participants are duly rewarded, if notification is not received.

b.  Results of all competition matches must be submitted no later than the Sunday following the match. The preferred system is through email but delivered results to 52 Lane Street, Ashburton will also be accepted.

§       Senior matches; both teams must submit the result before 8.00pm on the day following the match.   This to enable the results to be accurately reported in the Ashburton Guardian and on Classic Hits.

§       Lower grade matches; both teams are responsible for submitting the result of their match.

c.  If the results are not received by 8.00pm Sunday, your side/s will suffer the forfeiture of match points.

d.  Any query on any aspect of the match must be submitted to the Executive Officer no later than Friday following the match. No alterations to Points etc will be considered after that time.

16      Penalty runs

a.  In matches without official umpires, 5 Penalty runs shall be awarded to the batting side if the ball touches a helmet or any other item of fielders clothing left on the field.

§      The ball becomes automatically dead.

§      The runs awarded are to be scored as Penalty runs and are not to be credited to the striker or to any other extra, nor are they debited against the bowler.

§      This is the only occasion where penalty runs may be awarded by player/umpires.

§      If a breach of the Spirit of Cricket occurs in a match without official umpires, the aggrieved side may bring the matter to the Board as a Dispute.

b.  Official umpire may award Penalty runs otherwise; these may attract a report to the Board.

17      Defaults

Considerable inconvenience can be caused if a side defaults a match without due notification.

a.  A club’s most senior team must comprise 11 players, where practicable by bringing up players from lower grades.

b.  The defaulting captain must advise the opposing captain and the Executive Officer no later than 9:00 pm on the day preceding a match of an intended default.

c.  Defaulting without due cause or failure to advise the opposing captain and Executive Officer of the default will result in a penalty of 5 points being deducted.

d.  The Board has discretion to remit this penalty in exceptional circumstances.

e.  If a captain (and/or side) refuses to play, or abandons the match, it becomes a defaulted match.

f.    The non-offending side will be awarded average points of the winning teams in that round.

18      Disputes

Captains are reminded that it is their responsibility to endeavour to resolve any dispute with the opposing captain when they happen.

a.  Failure to attempt such a resolution may disqualify any dispute from proceeding.

b.  Any complaint to the Executive Officer must be in writing, over the signature of an Officer of a club or school, and must reach the Executive Officer no later than noon on the next business day.

c.  The Executive Officer may dismiss any frivolous claim or dispute.

d.  The Executive Officer may refer any claim or dispute to the Judiciary for resolution.

19  Host Responsibilities

a.  All clubs shall appoint a Ground officer to advise is cancellation is necessary.

b.  All sides are reminded of their obligations to be good hosts, and provide umpires, scorers and their visitors with tea or coffee etc. if possible

c.  Each side must provide a scoreboard.

d.  Each side must ensure the pitch, markings and outfield is of a standard suitable for the grade of cricket.

20      Covers

a.  If rain is forecast and a club has covers, in men’s senior matches, their use is mandatory.

b.  The host club shall ensure they are used to provide maximum protection of the pitch in the spirit of the game.

c.  Every endeavour must be made to ensure the pitch is protected in the days prior to play.

21  Code of Conduct

a.  Mid Canterbury Cricket has adopted the Spirit of Cricket, published as the Preamble to the Laws.

b.  Players, Coaches, Administrators and all others participating in any competition administered by Mid Canterbury Cricket, shall be bound by the Spirit of Cricket.

c.  It is unacceptable for a player or team official to ask any question of an umpire, connected with a decision to dismiss or not to dismiss a batsman, subject to a question by way of legitimate clarification of the reason for dismissal (e.g. LBW, Caught at the wicket etc.) NZC 

d.  A captain is deemed to be a co-offender if one of his players is reported, however his actions may be considered a mitigating factor in any report.

e.  Only captains may make any public statement about their match. They shall confine their comments to the match only. Any comment, published or not, relating to an umpire will be considered a primá-facie breach of the Code of Conduct.

f.    It is the responsibility of captains to uphold the Spirit of Cricket. [Preamble to the Laws]

g.  In a match without official umpires, only those listed below may make complaints.

h.  In a match with official umpire/s or scorer/s, a breach of Law 42.18 [Player conduct] occurs, they may decide to cite the offending player/s or captain:

§      Wherever possible the umpires and/or scorers should speak to the offender’s captain advising him that a report may be produced and forwarded to the Executive Officer as a breach of the Code of Conduct.

§      Then should they decide to produce a report, the Executive Officer, or his nominee, must be notified verbally at the earliest opportunity, but no later than noon on the next business day following the alleged incident. That notification must be confirmed in writing no later than 48 hours after the verbal report; an extension of this time may be granted in special circumstances.

§      The Executive Officer may dismiss any frivolous complaint. Otherwise he shall refer the matter to the Judiciary for resolution.

i.    Code of Conduct complaints may be lodged by (being participants in the match);

§      Official umpire/s and/or official scorer/s.

§      Captains; the Report must be signed by a club officer.

§      The side’s coach or manager.

§      The match or tournament manager.

j.    And any of the following, provided they witnessed the alleged offence:

§      The Patron of the Mid Canterbury Cricket Association.

§      Directors/Board members of Mid Canterbury Cricket.

§      Life-members of the Mid Canterbury Cricket Association.

§      Club officers.

k.  All reports must be in writing.

22      Unfair bowling

a.    If a bowler bowls a full-tossed delivery (any speed) above waist-height; NO-BALL. The umpire shall issue a first & final warning to the bowler and inform all what has happened.

b.    If that bowler bowls a second such delivery in the innings (from either end), in addition to the call & signal of NO-BALL, he shall taken off and not be permitted to complete that over, or to bowl again in the innings. The Reporting procedures shall be invoked.

 3. Open grade; Limited-over matches

1    The Competitions

a.    These playing conditions should be read in conjunction with Section 2.

b.    The competitions for the respective trophy will comprise a scheduled series of Round-robin matches.

c.    If two teams are equal on points their position shall be decided as in sub-clause e below.

d.    Semi-finals & Finals may be scheduled at the discretion of the board.

e.    If any sides are equal on points at the completion of the Round-robin, the right to play in the finals will be decided by:

§      The result of their respective Round-robin match/es.

§      If that match was a Tie or No-result, (or if the results are one win each) the side with the highest net run-rate over the competition. (Runs scored divided by wickets lost)

2      Hours of Play

a.  The captains may agree to bring the hours of play for their match back to 1:00 pm. The secretary of the Umpires & Scorers Association must be informed as early as possible.

b.  The hours of play shall be 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm with an interval of 20 minutes between innings.

c.  Each side shall bat for 45 (6-ball) overs unless they are All-out sooner.

d.  Each innings shall be limited to 2 hours 50 minutes. In exceptional circumstances, the umpires may extend the time allowed for the innings, but not to permit time wasting.

e.  One drinks break is permitted in each session however, the umpires may order two drinks breaks on particularly hot days.

f.    If a side batting first is All-out before the completion of their allocated overs, the side batting second may use their own full allocation of overs.

g.  In the event of a side failing to bowl first, their own allocation of overs by the scheduled time, or any time extension granted by the umpires, then they will continue to bowl until they have bowled their allocated overs. However, they will face only that number of overs they bowled in their allocated time, and to reach the score their opponents gained in their allocation.

h.  The side batting second may not bat for more than the same number of overs as the side batting first, unless that side is All-out before completing their own allocation of overs.

i.    For an interrupted or delayed match, the hours shall be as follows:

§      In those matches where play is delayed or interrupted then play may continue until 7:30 pm, the allowable time, overs, limitation on bowlers, and the interval shall be adjusted as per the table.

§      The object is to ensure that each side has the opportunity to bat for the same time and overs as the other. (Section 8 )

3    The Result

a.  A result can be achieved if both sides have batted, or had available to them at least 20 overs.

b.  If either side has not had the opportunity to face at least 20 overs then the outcome is a No-result.

c.  In a match where both sides have had the opportunity of facing their own allocation of overs, then the side scoring the highest number of runs shall be the winner.

d. In a delayed or interrupted match, the runs of the side batting second (Team 2) require, shall be revised as provided in Section 9. 

4      Points

§      A Win 6 points

§      A Tie or No result 3 points each

§      Abandoned match with or without play. 3 points each

§      A Loss         0 points

§      A scheduled Bye 0 points

§      A Defaulted match 6 points to the non-defaulters

5.      Bowler restrictions

a.    No bowler may bowl more than 9 of the allocated 45 overs, or in a delayed or restricted match more than one-fifth (1/5) of the number of overs allowed in the innings.

b.    In a delayed or restricted match, and the overs are not divisible by five, then one more over shall be allowed for a minimum number of bowlers necessary to make up the difference.

c.    A bowler may bowl one short-pitched delivery above shoulder-height in an over before NO-BALL is called & signalled.

d.    If an exempt No-ball is so high to be beyond his reach it shall be called & signalled High WIDE.

6    Foot-fault NO-BALLs

a.  Foot-fault No-balls do not attract a Free-hit for the next delivery.

7    Wide Bowling

a.  Umpires are instructed to apply a very strict and consistent interpretation in regard to this Law in order to prevent negative bowling to the striker.

b.  The following criteria should be adopted as a guide to umpires, when he shall call & signal WIDE:

§      If a ball passes outside the Off-side Wide-line or outside the Leg-side Wide-line (150mm outside leg stump), the Bowler's end umpire must call & signal WIDE.

§      Note: Leg-side Wide-lines must be painted from the bowling crease towards the popping crease. The inner edge must be 150mm from the outside stumps (off and leg stumps). These lines are only required to be 200mm in length

8    Field restrictions

Field restrictions apply in Senior A matches only

In addition to the fielding restrictions provided in Law the following restrictions shall apply, and the field shall be marked out as shown.

a.  The Outer-circle

§      Two semi-circles shall be drawn on the field of play. These shall have as their centres the middle-stump at each end of the pitch. Straight lines on the same side and parallel to the pitch shall join the ends of the semi-circles.

§      The radius of the Outer-circles shall be 27.50 metres (30 yards).

§      The circle shall be marked by a continuous white line or with white disc/dots at 4.5 metre intervals.

b.  The Inner-circles (These circles are not required in Twenty20 matches) 

§      Two inner-circles shall be drawn on the field of play. These circles shall have as their centres the centre point of the popping crease at each end of the pitch.

§      The radius of these Inner-circles shall be 13.72 metres (15 yards).

§      The circles shall be marked with dots or dashes.

c.  At the instant of delivery there may be no more than two fielders behind Square-leg (Law 41:2) or more than five fielders on the On-side.

d.  For the first 13 overs (or less in a reduced over match) and at the instant of delivery, only two fielders are permitted outside the Outer-circle marking and there must be a minimum of two stationary fielders within the Inner-circle zone at the strikers end at the instant of delivery. The two stationary fielders are permitted to stand deeper than the Inner-circle markings relative to the pace of the bowler, (in the un-demarcated zone) provided that they are standing in an orthodox slip position.

e.  For the remaining overs only 5 fielders are permitted outside the Outer-circle marking.

f.    Where the total number of overs have been reduced from the commencement of the days play onwards, the side batting second will have applied to it the same number of overs as the side batting first.

g.  In the event of any infringement, the bowler’s end umpire shall call & signal NO-BALL.

h.  In a delayed or interrupted match, where the overs are reduced for the side batting second, the number of overs that the field restrictions shall apply will be reduced proportionately. Section 11

9    Light

a.  Play will continue regardless of the state of light, unless the umpires (or both captains if there are no official umpires) consider that the conditions have become dangerous.

10      Finals

a.  Minor-finals shall be played at the home ground of the higher placed side.

b.  Senior Finals may be played at the Ashburton Oval (or elsewhere as ordered by the Board) as provided above.

c.  The side that wins the Final shall be the winner of the appropriate trophy. If, because of inclement weather, play cannot start, the Final shall be played on a Reserve day.

d.  If the Final cannot be played, the trophy will go to the highest point’s winner as above.

e.  If the Final is a Tie or No-result, the trophy will be shared.

 The Executive Officer shall provide the match balls for the Finals

  Twenty20 Matches

1    The competition

These playing conditions should be read in conjunction with Section 2 & Section 4.

2      Nomination and toss

a.    Prior to the toss, each captain shall nominate his playing XI in writing to the umpires.

b.    The captains shall toss for innings no later than 15 minutes before the start of the match on the field-of-play; this can be just inside the boundary, not necessarily on the pitch.

c.    The winning captain shall immediately advise the other captain, the umpires, scorers and the public address announcer of his decision to bat or to bowl.  This decision cannot be changed.

3      Playing conditions

a.    Each team shall have available 20 overs.  In an uninterrupted match the last over must start within 75 minutes of the start of the innings.

b.    If the team bowling first fails to bowl the allocated overs by the scheduled time, they will continue to bowl until they have completed the allocation or the batting innings ends; however they will only face the number of overs they bowled (complete overs) in their allocated time and to reach the score their opponents scored in their innings.

c.    A change of innings of 10 minutes shall apply; No drinks breaks are permitted.

d.    If Team 1 (the team batting first) are All-out before the completion their allocated overs, Team 2 (the team batting second) may use their full allocation.

e.    No bowler may bowl more than 4 overs.

f.      If an innings is reduced, these shall be proportionally reduced.  No bowler shall bowl more than 1/5 of the allocated overs, unless that limit is exceeded before the interruption.

g.    1 over may be added to a minimum number of bowlers if the number of overs available is not exactly divisible by 5.

h.    An incoming batsman must be at the crease ready to play within 90 seconds of a dismissal.

i.   If he fails to do so, on Appeal, he may be dismissed; Timed-out.

4    Field Restriction Overs (FROs)

a.    At the instant of delivery, there shall be no more than 5 fielders on the Leg-side.

b.    For the first 6 overs only of each innings, no more than 2 fielders are permitted outside the fielding circle.  For the remaining overs of each inning, at the instant of delivery, only 5 fielders are permitted outside the circle.

c.    These are subject to pro-rata reduction if an innings is shortened.

5      Bowling Foot-fault No-balls

a.    A bowler's foot-fault (either foot) No-ball attracts a ‘Free-hit' for the next delivery.

b.    If the ‘Free-hit' delivery is a No-ball or Wide, the following ball shall be a ‘Free-hit'.

c.    The striker cannot be dismissed off a ‘Free-hit' where the bowler would gain credit.

d.    Fielding changes are not permitted unless there is a change of striker.

6      Interruptions

a.    If match times are affected for any reason, the umpires shall adjust the times, overs, bowling restrictions etc in an endeavour to have a full match.

b.    A match must comprise a minimum of 5 overs to each team; otherwise it is a No-result.

c.    If the total number of overs in a match are reduced, each team shall have available the same number of overs.

d.    Overs lost shall be calculated at 3¾ minutes per over.

e.    If an innings is reduced, this maximum number of Field Restriction Overs shall be reduced as follows:

Innings of              5 - 6 overs              FROs              1 over

                           7 - 9 overs                                  2 overs

                           10-13 overs                                3 overs

                           14-16 overs                                4 overs

                           17-19 overs                                5 overs

7    The result

a.    If conditions prevent a complete 20-over per team match being played, in the absence of the Duckworth Lewis method, the Simple AVERAGE method shall be used.

b.    The winner of any match shall be determined by runs scored; no account shall be taken of any wickets lost.

c.    If any match is a No-result, or Tie the winner of the match shall be determined as follows:

8      Determining a winner - A bowl-out or the Toss of a coin

a.    Each captain will nominate 5 bowlers who will bowl 1 ball each alternatively, to the same undefended wicket, using a ball selected by the umpires.

b.    The wicket-keeper shall stand well back from the wicket.

c.    A No-ball or Wide ball shall be counted as a ball bowled.

d.    If a No-ball hits the wickets, it is not counted towards the score.

e.    If a winner is not found at the conclusion of the initial bowl-out, 1 ball will be delivered by each team alternatively until a result has been achieved.

f.      If for any reason a bowl-out cannot be held, the winner shall be determined on the toss of a coin.

  Rain affected matches; Simple AVERAGE method

 a.  If there is a delayed or interruption in a Limited-over match or Twenty20 match, if possible the Duckworth Lewis method shall be used.

b.  In the absence of this method, the Simple AVERAGE method shall be used, as follows:

§         The runs made by Team 1 (the side batting first) shall be divided by the overs faced in their allocated time.

§         The full number of allocated overs shall be used in calculations if they are All-out sooner.

§         That number shall then be multiplied by the number of overs available to Team 2 (the side batting second).

d.    The target winning score for Team 2 shall be rounded up to the next full number.

     i.e. 93.5 becomes 94 to Win.

e.    If Team 2 fails to reach the target score it is a Win to Team 1.

f.      A Tie can be achieved if:

§       Both teams scorers are equal at the end of the match.

§       The side batting second scores the non-rounded up figure required to win.

     i.e. as above, 93 to Tie.