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
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.