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Key amendments from 2005 are:
  • New bonus points structure designed to make every ball contested to the end! – Rule 5
  • Requirement for each group game to have a different opening batting partnership – Rule 6
  • Harsher, but clearer, rule for leg side wides – Rule 7

1        Laws of Cricket – All matches will be played under the latest code of the Laws of Cricket 2000 as published by the MCC, further subject to these additional competition rules.
2        Teams, Wicket Keepers & Substitutes – All matches shall be played between teams of 6 players drawn from a named squad of a maximum of 8 players declared on the team sheet and left with the scorers before the competition begins.  Each team will play a wicket keeper who must be wearing gloves at the instant of each and every delivery, or else a no ball shall be called.  The wicket keeper does not bowl [see Rule 4] and cannot be changed during an innings except in case of injury causing the wicket keeper to leave the field of play [in which case a player who has already bowled will take over wicket keeper duties]. No substitutes are allowed during any match for any circumstance.  Therefore should a player leave the field that team plays on one man short.  Should a player leave the field injured either during an unfinished over or before he has bowled, the two batsmen at the crease will choose which of the fielding side shall bowl to complete the innings. 
3        Playing Schedule – The 8 teams will be divided into two groups of 4, with each team playing 3 games in a round-robin league against each of the other teams in that group.  The match schedule will be published in advance, with no toss in group games, only in the semi-finals and final.  If weather conditions allow then semi-finals may be played between the top team in each group playing the runner- up in the other group with the semi-final winners contesting the final.  [see Rule 11 Bad Light/Wet Weather.]  In the event of two teams in the same group finishing level on points the winner of the match between those two teams in the group stage shall be placed ahead of the other. If that match ended in a tie the team that scored the most runs per balls faced in their group 3 matches shall be placed ahead of the other, if still tied then the ranking will be determined by the toss of a coin.  If competing, the two finalists from the previous years’ competition shall be seeded apart in the draw for groups in the following year.  The competition winners shall qualify for automatic invitation to the competition the following year [subject to Rule 13].
4        Duration of Matches – Each match shall be played over one innings per team, with each innings being of a maximum of five 6 ball overs [see Rule 7 Wides and No- Balls].  Each member of the fielding team will bowl one over except the wicket keeper[see Rule 2].  A match will be completed when the side batting second either scores more runs than their opponents, are bowled out by losing all 5 wickets [note last man does notbat on], or fail to reach their target in the 5 overs.
5        Points Structure – The winning team in each match shall be awarded 3 points, with 1 point to each team in the event of a tie [this being if the scores are level at the completion of the two innings, with number of wickets lost ignored] and 0 points to the losers.  In addition, there are also 6 Bonus Points to be competed for through batting and bowling performances in each match as follows:
6          Batting Restrictions and Retirements – In each of the 3 group matches teams must field a different opening batting partnership ie no player can open the batting more than once in a group game.  When a batsman reaches a score of 25 or more runs he will retire not out and be replaced by a team mate as if a wicket had fallen.  The retired batsman may resume his innings if and only when all other wickets have gone down.  In the event that more than one batsman retires not out then they will resume their innings in the order that they retired. Only those runs scored from the bat from a no-ball will be counted to the batsman. markings on the crease shall be called wide. A no-ball shall be called for a short-pitched delivery that passes the batsman above shoulder height and for a full-toss that reaches the batsman at the popping crease above waist height, whatever the speed of the bowling.  Bowlers shall be restricted to a maximum run- up of approximately 10 yards [as shown by markings on the ground] and a no- ball shall be called when this is not adhered to.
7          Wides and No-Balls – Wides and no-balls shall count as 3 extras, in addition to other runs or extras scored from that ball.  For example a bye run from a ball called wide will count as 4, while a boundary hit from a no-ball counts as 4 to the batsman, plus 3 extras, totalling 7.  However, following a wide or no-ball there will not be an additional ball bowled in that over except in the final over of the innings.  For the leg side, a ball passing outside leg stump and behind the batsman, without touching the bat or any part of the batsman or his equipment, shall be called wide; and for the off side a ball passing outside of the additional guide markings on the crease shall be called wide. A no-ball shall be called for a short- pitched delivery that passes the batsman above shoulder height and for a full-toss that reaches the batsman at the popping crease above waist height, whatever the speed of the bowling.  Bowlers shall be restricted to a maximum run-up of approximately 10 yards [as shown by markings on the ground] and a no-ball shall be called when this is not adhered to.
8        Fielding Restrictions – In overs 1 to 4 inclusive, one fielder, in addition to the bowler and wicket keeper, must be positioned within the designated in field zone when each ball is bowled.  In the 5th over of an innings this restriction is increased to two fielders [NB – final over if match schedule amended – see Rule 11].  A no ball shall be called if this is not adhered to.
9        Coloured Clothing – Each team must play in coloured shirts ie non-white, to help spectators identify teams and these should be single blocks of colour ie no stripes/patterns.  Team colours need to be registered with the Competition Organiser to avoid clashes and will be allocated on a first come first served principle.
10      Fair Play – In order to ensure that the competition is completed on time and in the right spirit, particular attention shall be paid by the Umpires and Captains to the Code of Conduct of players, prompt starting times, and the penalising of wide and dangerous bowling.  Any team not ready to take the field according to the playing schedule shall forfeit all bonus points in that match.
11      Bad Light/Wet Weather – If the competition is cancelled before a ball is bowled a refund of 50% will be paid.  If the competition is required to start late or in the opinion of the Competition Organiser the competition is likely to finish in poor light then the Competition Organiser will confirm an amended playing schedule with team Captains, taking account of the following:
a]       a late start, interruption during the day of more than 30 minutes, or the expectation of poor evening light will first lead to cancellation of the semi- finals
                   b]  further delays caused by the weather will result in matches being reduced to 4 overs per side and then 3 overs until the playing schedule is resumed on time [NB – bonus points adjusted]
12      Competition Trophy – The competition trophy will be engraved with the name of the winning team and will remain on display in the Flower Pots Inn.  The winners and runners-up will receive individual and team prizes.
13      Entrance Fee – Entry shall be by invitation and payment of the entrance fee of £60.00 per team. Cheques must be made out to Cheriton Cricket Club, and sent to Philip Housden, 8 Greys Farm Close, Cheriton, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0EU, before 31 July to secure a place in the competition. If the full payment has not been received by the due date, the Competition Organisers may withdraw the offer of participation and invite team[s] on the waiting list to take up any places that have not been secured with the full payment.
14      Unforeseen Events – In the event of issues arising not covered by these Competition Rules the Competition Organiser shall be the sole arbiter.  Proposals for rule amendments may be made by any participating Club for inclusion in the following year’s Competition Rules.

© Copyright 2006 Andrew Wilcox Site last updated on 19 August, 2006