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MID BUCKS/CHILTERN PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYING RULES 2019.

(Please not there are separate Playing Rules for both The Championship and the Mid Bucks Division 1-3 Leagues).

1. START

All matches shall commence at 1:00pm AND BE PLAYED WITHIN THE SPIRIT OF THE GAME OF CRICKET. The home team must pitch the wickets at least 30 minutes before commencement time weather permitting. The toss shall take place no later than 15 minutes before the start of the match (12:45pm). Any team not ready to toss at the specified time shall have been deemed to have lost the toss.

2. CANCELLATION OF GAMES

In extreme weather conditions, league matches may be cancelled prior to 1:00pm on Saturday, providing both captains, or in their absence their nominated representative, are in agreement. Result cards with teams must be completed and the result sent in via the league’s web sit in accordance with Playing Rule 20. If no agreement can be reached both teams must attend the match as normal.

3. LATE ARRIVALS

Teams not ready to start a match at 1:00pm must be reported to the League Committee. Any team not having the minimum 8 players ready to start the match at 1:00pm shall at the discretion of the League Committee lose points. No match can start unless both teams have the minimum of 8 players ready to play. Any team failing to have at least 8 players ready to start a match by 1:30pm shall be deemed to have scratched and the penalties set out in Playing Rule 19 shall apply.

4. INCOMPLETE TEAM

Any club fielding 9 or fewer players in any 1st XI League competition while on the same date fielding a full Second or Third XI will, subject to Management Committee discretion, have all Second or Third XI points deducted for that date. In the event of a club with more than one team in the League(s) only being able to field one team, the first XI match shall take priority and the Second or Third XI match for that date will be treated as scratched.

5. NOMINATION OF PLAYERS

In accordance with The Laws of Cricket, captains must nominate their team before the start of the match by entering the names, registration numbers, and the dates of birth of any Under 18 players, onto the result/team card. The result of the toss must be entered on the card which should then be passed to the umpires to enable them to make sure that the ECB directives relating to young players are fully applied. The names and registration numbers entered must be the identical to those used on the registration form.

6. REGISTRATION OF PLAYERS

(a) Any bona fide member of a member club shall be allowed to play for that club in matches organised by the League provided that the player is registered with the league before competing in his first match in the season concerned.

(b) No player shall be allowed to be registered with more than one member club. Players may however be transferred between the 1st May and the 1st August each year. Only one transfer shall be allowed for each player in any one season. An application to transfer a player between clubs must be made to the secretary (or the designated person who organises Players Registrations) of the club holding the existing registration by the secretary of the club to which the player wishes to transfer. Once agreement has been received the League Chairman must be informed. The transfer will be completed when acknowledgement has been received from the League Chairman.

(c) If a registered player plays regularly for a non-member club on a Saturday then special permission must be sought from the League Management committee before submitting a registration form. If a registered player starts to play regularly for a club in another League on a Saturday his registration with this League will be immediately cancelled.

(d) Special permission must be sought from the Management Committee before registering a player who has received a payment or benefit in kind in any form from any club or sponsor related to playing cricket. Before registration will be considered the following details must be supplied to the committee – nature of the financial reward, details of any club that the player is currently playing for; details of other clubs that the player has played for in the past five years.

(e) Any club playing a non-registered player in a league match will be fined the sum of £10.00 (up from £5) per non-registered player. The team playing a non-registered player will also be deemed to have scratched, and the match awarded to their opponents by way of a walkover. Additional action by way of additional monetary or points fines shall be at the discretion of the Management Committee.

(f) Any club playing a non-registered player in a knockout match will be fined the sum of £10.00 per non-registered player and, subject to Management Committee discretion the match will be awarded to their opponents.

(g) Member clubs, if they so wish, may retain the registration of any player who still owes outstanding membership or match fees to that club. If this player has his registration retained he may not be signed on for any other club until all outstanding debts have been paid. This is in accordance with ECB Regulations.

(h) The home team must provide tables and chairs for scorers, umpires coats in good condition, and a visible scoreboard.

7. PITCH PREPARATION

(a) The home team is responsible for preparing the pitch and outfield. Non-turf pitches are not allowed.

(b) The home team must ensure that sawdust is available for the fielding team in wet conditions.

(c) The boundary must be marked with a continuous white line or rope.

(d) The pitch must not be rolled within 30 minutes of the start of any match or during the match.

8. OVERS

(a) Each match shall consist of a maximum of 90 overs.
(b) The first 5 and last 4 games will be played to win/lose regulations and the middle 9 games will be played to win/lose/draw regulations.

(c) In win/lose games each team will bat for 45 overs unless overs are lost because of rain. (d) In Win/Lose/Draw games the team batting first shall bat for no more than 47 overs.

(e) No bowler shall be allowed to bowl more than 12 overs in a (W/L) match. This maximum shall not be reduced in rain affected matches. (Note the ECB Fast bowling directives must be observed)

(f) No bowler shall be allowed to bowl more than 14 overs in a (W/L/D) match. (Note the ECB Fast bowling directives must be observed)

(g) Ten minutes shall be allowed between innings.

(h) The scoreboard shall count the number of overs used, commencing at one.

9. DECLARATION

In Win/Lose matches if the team batting first declares before completing 45 overs, the maximum number of overs for the team batting second remains at 45 overs as given in Rule 8.

10. TEA

For a league match, the home team must provide a free tea for the XI visiting players, the two umpires and the two scorers. A tea interval of 30 minutes shall be taken at 4.00pm if the second innings of the match is in progress, unless both Captains agree otherwise. If the first innings is still in progress at 4:00pm, tea shall be taken at the end of that innings.

11. BALLS

In all divisions the home team must provide 2 new league approved balls for each match, and suitable replacement balls. A new ball must be used at the start of each innings. All balls must be handed to the umpires before tossing for choice of innings. Any club failing to provide League approved balls in accordance with the Rules of Play will be fined the sum of £10.00.

12. UMPIRES AND SCORERS

Any club not providing an umpire must pay the umpire in attendance the sum of £20. Persistent offenders will be disciplined by the Management Committee. The umpire present should be requested to officiate at the bowler’s end for the duration of the match.

13. RAIN AFFECTED MATCHES

(a) The decision as to whether play is possible shall be according to the Laws of Cricket (2.7, 2.8 and 6.2) (These laws are printed at the end of this section.)

(b) If no play is possible or if the number of overs played is less than the minimum allowed to obtain a result, the match shall be deemed to be a washout.

(c) When the umpires decide that conditions are not fit for play, overs shall be reduced after 30 minutes of accumulated stoppages. When overs are deducted during the innings of the team batting first, then one over shall be lost from both teams’ innings for every full 7 minutes lost. When overs are deducted during the innings of the team batting second, then one over shall be lost from their innings for every full 3 ½ minutes lost.

(d) A decision must be made by 3:50pm at the latest to start play, the match shall be 20 overs per team (minimum), irrespective of the actual time of the start, and can only be called off subject to The Laws of Cricket.

(e) If covers are available the home team must inform the away team captain before the start of the game of the type/nature of the covers available and what part of the pitch/bowlers run-ups are covered. Covers may be used as long as BOTH captains agree and notify the umpires before the start of the game.

(f) For Win/Lose games if overs are lost due to stoppage during the innings of the team batting second a revised winning target shall be calculated as follows. The total runs scored by the team batting first plus 1 shall be divided by the number of overs available to the team batting second at the start of their innings. This over rate will be multiplied by the number of additional overs lost by the team batting second and deducted from the original target.
(g) For Win/Lose games the result shall be a -

• Win for the team batting first if they get the team batting second all out for a lower score.
• Win for the team batting second if they score more runs than the target set by the team batting first.
• Washout if less than 20 overs per team and neither team has won.
• Tie if the innings of the team batting second is completed and have scored exactly the same number of runs as the team batting first, regardless of wickets lost.

THE CURRENT LAWS RELATING TO FITNESS TO PLAY

Law 6.2 – The umpires shall be the sole judges of the fitness of the pitch for play.

Law 2.7- Fitness for play

(2.71) It is solely for the umpires together to decide whether either conditions of ground, weather or light or exceptional circumstances mean that it would be dangerous or unreasonable for play to take place. Conditions shall not be regarded as either dangerous or unreasonable merely because they are not ideal. The fact that the grass and the ball are wet does not warrant the ground conditions being regarded as unreasonable or dangerous.

(2.7.2) Conditions shall be regarded as dangerous if there is actual and foreseeable risk to the safety of any player or umpire.

(2.7.3) Conditions shall be regarded as unreasonable if, although posing no risk to safety, it would not be sensible for play to proceed.

(2.7.4) If the umpires consider the ground is so wet or slippery as to deprive the bowler of a reasonable foothold, the fielders of the power of free movement, or the batsmen of the ability to play their strokes or to run between the wickets, then these conditions shall be regarded as so bad that it would be dangerous and unreasonable for play to take place.

Law 2.8 - Suspension of play in dangerous or unreasonable conditions

(2.8.1) All references to ground include the pitch. See Law 6.1 (Area of pitch).

(2.8.2) The Umpires shall immediately suspend play, or not allow play to start or to recommence, if either umpire considers that the conditions of ground, weather or light, or any other circumstances are either dangerous or unreasonable.

(2.8.3) When there is a suspension of play it is the responsibility of the umpires to monitor conditions. They shall make inspections as often as appropriate, unaccompanied by any players or officials. Immediately the umpires together agree that the conditions are no longer dangerous or unreasonable they shall call upon the players to resume play.

14. DISCIPLINARY MATTERS

(a) Any club receiving a behaviour mark of 3 or less on an umpire's card shall be subject to disciplinary action by the management committee including if necessary the creation of a sub-committee as set out in Section 8 Discipline.

(b) Any club receiving an outfield or pitch mark of 3 or less on an umpire's card shall be required to notify the Management Committee what action is being taken to improve the outfield or pitch for future matches.

(c) Any player reported by a spectator, umpire, player or one of the participating clubs for ungentlemanly behaviour, failing to observe the Laws of Cricket or not playing within the Spirit of The Game, shall be subject to disciplinary action as determined by the Management Committee. This could include fines, deduction of points, or suspension. If appropriate a Disciplinary Sub Committee will be set up in accordance with Section 8 of the Constitution.

15. DIVISIONS

(a) The competing teams shall be divided into First and Second Divisions (and more if necessary).

(b) Automatic promotion and relegation of the top two and bottom two teams shall apply to all divisions, subject to the following:
- No club shall have two teams in the same division except in the lowest division. The first team position shall take priority in the promotion and relegation status.
- The Management Committee shall have the power to override the normal promotion and relegation rules if they feel it necessary, to be in the best overall interests of the league.
- The placing of new teams entering the League shall be at the discretion of the Management Committee.
- Teams shall be invited to be promoted to a higher division, but will have the right to decline.

16. CLUB SECRETARIES

(a) Each member club must notify the Chairman of the name and e-mail address of their respective club secretary within fourteen days of any change being made. Facilities exist on the league web site to notify changes electronically – select ‘Our Clubs/Change Details’.

(b) Club secretaries must reply to any official correspondence from the League Officers within 28 days (unless otherwise stated) of the date on the correspondence. Failure to do so will result in the club being fined the sum of £10.00.

17. THE LAWS OF CRICKET

All matches shall be played under the Laws Of Cricket approved by the MCC (Latest Code), except where the League Rules of Play expressly state differently.

18. FIXTURES

(a) The fixtures list for each season shall be prepared as soon as practical after the Annual General Meeting by the Fixture Secretary. Fixtures will be updated on the web site as soon as possible after the AGM and clubs are responsible for printing their own copies.

(b) If a club can foresee a problem with a fixture date for the following season a written request must be submitted to the Fixture Secretary before the AGM. (Note: League matches always run from the first Saturday in May for a total of 18 weeks. The dates of league matches cannot be altered.)

19. SCRATCHED GAMES

(a) No team may scratch a league or knockout game without the permission of the league chairman.

(b) No game may be scratched without notifying the league chairman and the opposition. The team receiving a walk-over must phone the captain of the team scratching and the league fixture secretary to confirm that the match has been scratched. Both teams must then immediately send the appropriate result (Walk-over or Scratched) using the league web site for sending results.

(c) Second XI or Third XI teams who are unable to field a full team and scratch a league game on or before Wednesday of a match shall incur no fine.

(d) The following scale of fines shall be paid to the League Treasurer by teams scratching a game. The fine collected from a team scratching an away league game will be passed to the home team in full recompense for the costs of that scratched match.
£25 all scratched Knock-Out Games,
£25 when the home team scratches a league game,
£25 when the away team scratches a league game before 9:00pm on a Wednesday,
£50 when the away team scratches a league game between 9:00pm on Wednesday and 9:00pm on Thursday,
£75 when the away team scratches a league game after 9:00pm on Thursday.

(e) Any team scratching three or more games during a season must re-apply for membership at the next Annual General Meeting.

20. RESULT CARDS

Result cards must be sent in fully completed even if no play has been possible. Points should not be amended on the result card for umpire or scorers.

21. POINTS

Points shall be awarded For Win/Lose games as follows:-

Win - 30 Points

Walkover* - 30 Points (Except when all other games in a division are washed out when 9 points will be awarded)

Tie - 15 Points

Washout - 15 Points (No bonus points)

Lose -
Bonus points only

Scratched - 0 Points

Bonus Points shall be awarded as follows:

Batting       1 Points 100-124;           2 Points 125-149;           3 points 150-174;
          4 Points 175-199           5 Points 200+

Bowling      1 Point 2 or 3 wickets;           2 points 4 or 5 wickets;
          3 points 6 or 7 wickets;           4 points 8 or 9 wickets;           5 points All Out

If the team batting seconds loses they will be awarded additional points as follows
          1 additional point if they exceed 25% of the winning target,
          3 additional points if they exceed 50% of the winning target
          5 additional points if the exceed 75% of the winning target.
         (15 maximum bonus points)

If the team bowling second loses they will be awarded additional points as follows
          1 additional point if they take 3 or 4 wickets,
          3 additional points if they take 5, 6 or 7 wickets
          5 additional points if they take 8 or 9 wickets.
         (14 maximum bonus points).

 

Points shall be awarded For Win/Lose/Draw games as follows:-

Win - Bat First - 25 Points + Bonus Batting Points

Win - Bat Second & Lost The Toss - 25 Points + Bonus Bowling Points

Win - Bat Second & Won The Toss - 20 Points + Bonus Bowling Points

Tie - 10 Points + Bonus Points

Cancelled/Abandoned - 5 Points + Bonus Points

Draw/Scores Level - Both Teams 5 Points + Bonus Points

Draw Team Batting First- 5 Points + Bonus Points

Draw Team Batting Second - Bonus Points Only

Lose - Bonus Points Only

Bonus Points shall be awarded as follows:

Batting       1 Points 100-124;           2 Points 125-149;           3 points 150-174;
          4 Points 175-199;           5 Points 200+

Bowling      1 Point 2 or 3 wickets;           2 points 4 or 5 wickets;
          3 points 6 or 7 wickets;           4 points 8 or 9 wickets;           5 points All Out.

If the team batting seconds loses they will be awarded additional points as follows
          1 additional point if their score >= 60% of team batting first
          2 additional points if their score is >= 75% of team batting first
          3 additional points if their score is >= 90% of team batting first.

Special Draw 2 Bonus Points to the team batting first if their score is 50 more than the team batting second provided that the team batting second received more overs than the team batting first minus 10 overs.