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  • A: Constitution
  • B: Administrative Rules
  • C: Rules of Play - Timed Games
  • D: Rules of Play - Limited Overs Games
  • Bonus Points & Reduced Target Table
  • Development Fund
  • Disciplinary Regulations
  • Guideline to address suspect bowling action
  • Overseas Players - Visa Guide
  • T20 Cup Rules & Regulations

Constitution

1. Title

1.1 The name of the League shall be the Southern Premier Cricket League (hereinafter called "the League"). At the discretion of the Management Committee, the League Title may incorporate words or symbols referring to a sponsor or other appropriate body.

2. Aims & Objectives

2.1 The promotion, advancement and protection of the interests of cricket in Hampshire and its environs.

2.2 To maintain a development fund for the benefit of Member Clubs and former Member Clubs.

2.3 Co-operation with the Hampshire Cricket Board, the Hampshire Cricket League and any other body having similar objectives to the League.

2.4 Co-operation with and the provision of assistance and advice to Member Clubs on any matter affecting the interests of the Member Club or the League.

2.5 Consideration of any other means for promoting the interests of the League.

3. Officers & Management Committee

3.1 The Officers of the League shall be the President, Chairman, Vice-Chairman, General Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Fixtures Secretary, Honorary Results Secretary and Honorary Player Registration Secretary, all of whom shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and hold Office until the next Annual General Meeting, when they shall retire but be eligible for re-election.

3.2 The League shall be governed by a Management Committee (hereinafter called "the Committee") consisting of the Officers of the League and six other Committee members duly elected at the Annual General Meeting. The Committee shall be responsible for the management of the League, appoint Sub-Committees (which shall include a Discipline Sub-Committee and an Appeals Sub-Committee) and have the powers of co-option. Co-opted members shall be entitled to vote. The Committee may submit proposals to any General Meeting of the League after due notice has been given to Member Clubs. The Committee is elected to implement and interpret the Rules of the League. The alteration or suspension of League Rules can only take place with the approval of Member Clubs either at the Annual General Meeting or an Extraordinary Meeting.

3.3 The Committee shall meet as necessary and will be responsible for the government of the League within the framework of this Constitution and the Rules and shall have the power to deal with anything not covered by the Constitution or the Rules and to decide on the interpretation of this Constitution or the Rules in the event of any disagreement as to their meaning and such decision shall be final and binding on all Member Clubs.

3.4 No business shall be conducted by the Committee unless at least two officers and two other Committee members are present. Where necessary the Chairman of the meeting shall exercise a casting vote.

4. Membership

4.1 Membership of the League shall be open to bona fide clubs approved by the Committee. Clubs shall be affiliated to the Hampshire Cricket Board or a neighbouring County Cricket Board. They will also need to hold a level of Accreditation awarded by the Committee confirming that they satisfy the minimum requirements for ground and youth development as specified by the League Committee and, in the case of youth development, certified by the Hampshire Cricket Board Development Manager. A Club shall cease to be a member of the League after the Annual General Meeting next following the withdrawal of the necessary level of Accreditation previously granted to it, or on cessation of affiliation to the Hampshire Cricket Board or a neighbouring County Cricket Board.

4.2 Only a General Meeting may expel from membership any Member Club.

4.3 Full Membership is accorded to those Clubs playing in any division in the Southern Premier League. There shall be no Associate Membership.

4.4 All Member Clubs shall take out Public Liability Insurance cover at a minimum level to be agreed at each Annual General Meeting and shall produce evidence of current insurance to the Committee by 20 April each year. A Club whose insurance renewal is due after 20 April shall produce evidence of renewal not later than the renewal date. Any Club failing to meet this requirement will be suspended from membership until evidence is produced. It shall be sufficient compliance with this rule if the Member Club has produced such evidence to the satisfaction of the Committee of the Hampshire Cricket League.

5. Annual General Meeting

5.1 The Annual General Meeting of the League shall take place in November at a venue, at a date and time to be decided by the Committee. Notice of every Annual General Meeting will be circulated to Member Clubs at least fourteen days before the date of the meeting. Proposed alterations to rules and other proposals, including nominations for the Management Committee, will be considered at the Annual General Meeting subject to written notice by two Member Clubs, certified by the Chairman and Secretary of each as having the support of the Club committees, being given to the General Secretary before the fifteenth day of September.

5.2 No proposal to amend the Constitution shall be deemed to be carried unless it receives not less than two-thirds of the votes cast at the meeting. At any General Meeting each Member Club shall have one vote. No Member Club shall be entitled to vote at a meeting by proxy. In the event of a tied vote the Chairman of the Meeting or his nominated deputy shall have a casting vote. Voting shall be by show of hands unless the Chairman directs otherwise.

5.3 Where a motion affects the Rules of Play in a particular Division of the league, only Clubs with teams affected by the proposed change may vote. The decision of the Chairman of the meeting shall be final in determining the effects of this rule. No proposal to amend the Rules shall be deemed to be carried unless it receives not less than two-thirds of the votes cast.

6. Extraordinary General Meeting

6.1 An Extraordinary General Meeting may be convened at the discretion of the Committee or on receipt by the General Secretary of a written request from not less than one half of the Member Clubs. Notice of, and Proceedings at an Extraordinary General Meeting shall be the same as those at Annual General Meetings.

7. Subscriptions & Payments

7.1 The League's annual subscription shall be fixed at the Annual General Meeting and shall be paid by Member Clubs to the Hon. Treasurer within 30 days of being so requested by him. Failure to make payment in due time shall be visited by a levy (see 12 below).

7.2 The Hon. Treasurer shall deposit subscriptions in a bank account approved by the Committee (and be responsible for keeping all records of the League's financial transactions).

7.3 Payments to the league should be made by cheque or any other financial instrument acceptable to the Treasurer of the League and made payable to the "Southern Premier Cricket League".

7.4 All payments made by the League by cheque or other financial instrument shall bear the signature of any two of the Hon. Treasurer, Chairman and General Secretary. However, the Hon. Treasurer shall be authorised to make payments up to £250 without another signatory.

7.5 Officers and Management Committee Members (including co-opted members) are entitled to claim reimbursement of travelling expenses incurred by attendance at meetings, at rates approved by the Committee.

7.6 Member Clubs may be required to purchase a minimum number of League handbooks, subject to conditions that the Executive Committee may impose.

8. Presentation of Accounts

8.1 The accounts of the League shall be kept by the Honorary Treasurer and such accounts shall be audited annually by the Auditors appointed at the Annual General Meeting. For the purposes of such audit, the accounts shall close on 30th September in each year.

8.2 All Member Clubs shall keep audited accounts of their Cricket Club affairs, and the Management Committee reserve the right to request any Member Club to make available those accounts, in full, and up to date, should the Management Committee deem it necessary.

9. Presentation of Awards

9.1 The League shall hold an Annual Dinner at which presentations will be made. The function shall be held on a convenient date in October or November; and its venue and general format shall be decided by the Committee.

9.2 Member Clubs will be required to purchase eight tickets for the function, or such lesser number as the Management Committee may specify.

9.3 The League shall provide and award 13 individual medals to the winning Club of each Division. Those Clubs may purchase additional individual medals with the consent of the Committee. The League shall also present a trophy to those Clubs. The Clubs shall hold the trophies until 1st September of the following year and return them in good order to the General Secretary. Arrangements for engraving trophies shall be the responsibility of the League. (The trophies are now displayed in a secure cabinet at the Ageas Bowl.)

10. Annual Knockout Cup

10.1 There shall be an annual knockout competition, the jurisdiction and rules of which will be vested in the Committee.

11. Resignations

11.1 Except for the jointly agreed promotion and relegation arrangement with the Hampshire Cricket League, no Member Club shall be entitled to become a member of an alternative League competition unless it has given notice in writing to the General Secretary by 1st April in the year preceding that in which it proposes to become a member of that alternative league competition.

12. Discipline

12.1 General

12.1.1 All disciplinary matters connected with the League or the conduct of matches played under the auspices of the League shall be dealt with in accordance with the England & Wales Cricket Board's Disciplinary Model Rules which, except as otherwise agreed by a General Meeting of the League shall be deemed to be incorporated within this Constitution and form part of the Rules and Playing Conditions of the League.

12.2 Fines

12.2.1 Subject to the provisions of the Model Disciplinary Rules, the following scale of fines shall apply:

12.3.1 Breach of Disciplinary Rules by a Club: Level 5.

12.3.2 Breach of Disciplinary Rules by a player: Level 3.

12.3.3 Failure by a Club to keep a fixture for reasons other than weather, or by order of the League: As determined and at the discretion of the Management Committee. Any expenses incurred by the opposing Club shall be met by the offending Club.

12.3.4 Failure to be represented at a General Meeting: Level 3.

12.3.5 Failure to pay membership subscription by the due date: Level 3.

12.3.6 Late start for reasons other than weather: Level 2.

12.3.7 Failure to send a Result sheet, or to notify a match cancellation, to the Results Secretary on time: Level 3.

12.3.7.1 Second failure for the same team in one season: Level 4.

12.3.7.2 Third and subsequent failures: 5 points deduction for third failure and at the discretion of the Management Committee for further failures.

12.3.8 Failure to complete a Play-Cricket submission fully and/or on time: Level 3.

12.3.8.1 Second failure for the same team in one season: Level 4.

12.3.8.2 Third and subsequent failures: 5 points deduction for third failure and at the discretion of the Management Committee for further failures.

12.3.9 Failure to reply to League correspondence within specified times: Level 3.

12.3.10 Failure to advise a proposed change of venue: Level 3

12.3.11 Failure to provide a Ground Report: Level 1.

12.3.11.1 Second failure for the same team in one season: Level 2.

12.3.11.2 Third and subsequent failures: 5 points deduction for third failure and at the discretion of the Management Committee for further failures.

12.3.12 Failure to provide a report on Umpires: Level 1

12.3.12.1 Second failure for the same team in one season: Level 2.

12.3.12.2 Third and subsequent failures: 5 points deduction for third failure and at the discretion of the Management Committee for further failures.

12.3.13 Failure to notify the appointed Umpires of cancellation of a match: Level 3

12.4 The fine shall be not more than the maximum amount prescribed by the following levels:-

Level 5 = £100, Level 4 = £60, Level 3 = £40, Level 2 = £30, Level 1 = £20

12.5 The Management Committee may from time to time revise these figures

12.6 Observance of penalties imposed by other bodies.

12.6.1 Suspensions imposed by other organisations affiliated to the Hampshire Cricket Board and to neighbouring County Boards and to any other ECB accredited Premier Leagues shall also apply to the League. Such organisations will also be notified of and invited to apply suspensions imposed by the League.

12.7 In line with the ECB Disciplinary Model Rules, Clause 6.1; a club or player has the right to appeal, which shall be submitted in writing to the General Secretary within seven days of the decision of the Disciplinary Committee, together with an administration fee of £50. The administration fee may be returned at the discretion of the Appeal Panel.

13. Club Information & Correspondence

13.1 Member Clubs shall advise the General Secretary of all changes of Club Secretary and of Club information in the League Handbook, as soon as they occur. They shall also deal promptly with League correspondence.

14. Winding Up

14.1 In the event of the League being wound up, a financial statement of accounts will be prepared and audited. If these accounts reveal a deficiency, every Member Club at the date of winding up and every Club which ceased to be a member within the year preceding the date of winding up shall contribute equally to clear such deficiency. If a surplus is revealed, it shall be distributed in a manner to be decided by the Final General Meeting.

15. Child Protection

15.1 The League will have due regard to the law on disability, discrimination and child protection and has adopted the ECB Child Protection policy "Safe Hands - Welfare of Young People in Cricket" and its successors.

16. Club Charter

16.1 All member clubs shall sign and adhere to the principles and behaviour defined in the CLUB CHARTER, a specimen of which is contained in this handbook for reference.

Any Club, Player, Club Official or Club Member found to be in contravention of this Charter shall be subject to such penalty that the League Management Committee define. In the event of a Club expulsion being defined, a General Meeting of ALL clubs will be convened to ratify the decision.

Because of the very nature of any infringement of the Club Charter, a personal hearing will be initiated. The result of this hearing will be binding and published to aid transparency.

The following is a specimen of the Club Charter:

"We, the undersigned officers of the above club, agree on behalf of that club and its members to the following important principles and behaviours relating to the Southern Premier Cricket League".

The Club:

  1. Understands and supports fully the League Constitution, Administrative Rules and Rules of Play.
  2. Understands that accreditation of Grounds and Facilities and of Youth Development is assessed and certified independently by the Hampshire Cricket Board, according to the standards set by the League.
  3. Understands the process and timetable for collecting and assessing the information required to ascertain the current accreditation status of all clubs.
  4. Accepts that failure to supply accurate information when requested could jeopardise the club's current accreditation status.
  5. Accepts that the decisions of the independent assessors are final and that there will be no right of appeal.
  6. Understands that a review of facts only by the Hampshire Cricket Board may be requested, not later than 21 days following the Annual General Meeting of the League, in writing to the League Secretary.
  7. Undertakes not to publish through the media, including the Internet, derogatory comments about the League, its Officers and Committee, Umpires, Scorers, other Clubs or Players.

(to be signed by Club Chairman, Secretary and Captain)

Administrative Rules

1. League Positions

1.1 League positions will be based on the average number of points obtained by a team in completed matches. In all divisions, no points will be awarded to either team in a match which has been abandoned.League positions will be based on the average number of points obtained by a team in completed matches. In all divisions, no points will be awarded to either team in a match which has been abandoned.League positions will be based on the average number of points obtained by a team in completed matches. In all divisions, no points will be awarded to either team in a match which has been abandoned.

1.2 In the event of two or more teams having the same points average at the conclusion of the League programme, the higher position in the League shall be determined by the following criteria, in order, as necessary:

1.2.1 the team winning the greater number of matches.

1.2.2 the team with the greater number of ties.

1.2.3 the team with the greater number of runs per over.

1.3 Averages shall be calculated to the precision necessary.

2. Promotion & Relegation

2.1 Between the Premier Division & Division 1:

The bottom team from the Premier Division shall be relegated to Division 1 and be replaced by the top team of that division, subject to that team holding a current overall accreditation grading of at least Silver with Gold potential.

2.2 Between Divisions 1 & 2:

The bottom two teams from Division 1 shall be relegated to Division 2 and be replaced by the top two teams of that division, subject to those teams holding a current overall accreditation grading of at least Bronze with Silver potential.

2.3 Between Division 2 & 3:

The bottom two teams from Division 2 shall be relegated to Division 3 and be replaced by the top two teams from Division 3.

2.4 Between Division 3 & the Hampshire Cricket League:

The bottom two teams in Division 3 shall be relegated to Hampshire Cricket League County Division 1 and be replaced by the top two teams in that division, subject to those teams holding a current overall accreditation grading of at least Bronze standard.

2.5 In the event of termination of a club's membership of the League in accordance with Article 4 of the Constitution, the number of relegated clubs may be reduced by a decision of the Annual General Meeting.

2.6 In the event of a promoted team not being eligible for membership of a Division, the Committee shall have sole jurisdiction over whether to accept the next eligible club from the division concerned or from the Hampshire Cricket League.

Note: The Management Committee's policy will generally be as follows:

If the top team in Division 1 is not graded at least Silver with Gold potential, the second placed team (if accredited) will be promoted to the Premier Division instead. If neither of the top two is so accredited, there will be no relegation or promotion.

If either of the top two teams in Division 2 is not graded at least Bronze with Silver potential, the third placed team (if accredited) will be promoted to Division 1 instead. If neither of the top two is so accredited, only the third placed team (if accredited) will be promoted, with one team relegated. If none of the top three is so accredited, there will be no relegation or promotion.

Promotion and relegation between Divisions 2 and 3 shall be achieved simply by those occupying the two top and bottom positions.

If either of the top two teams in HCL County Division 1 is not graded at least Bronze, the third placed team (if accredited) will be promoted to Division 3 instead. If neither of the top two is so accredited, only the third placed team (if accredited) will be promoted, with one team relegated. If none of the top three is so accredited, there will be no relegation or promotion. No more than two teams in the Premier Division and three in Division 1, 2 and 3, will be relegated as a result of their League position or accreditation grading (see 8.2). Promotion and relegation in any other circumstances will be at the discretion of the Management Committee, whose decision will be final.

2.6 No club may have more than one team in a division. If necessary, to enforce this rule, the team of lower standing will be refused promotion, or relegated as necessary.

2.7 The accreditation grading referred to above shall be that which is current at the time of the General Meeting at which the promotion or relegation is approved.

2.8 Should a vacancy occur in any of the three Leagues, a team from a neighbouring League may be considered for entry into the Southern Premier League, subject to the approval of an AGM or EGM called in accordance with Clauses 5 and 6 of the Constitution. The level of entry of such a team shall be recommended by the League Management Committee, but shall be no higher than the Division in which the vacancy occurs.

3. Notification of Results, Online Umpires & Ground Data

3.1 All Clubs are required to publish their scores and points through their Club's Play-Cricket site by 10:00am on the Sunday following the match.

Note: The Play-Cricket website needs to be populated with all match data. This is both an ECB Accreditation requirement for funding and for League Registration Control. As much detail as possible should be entered for scores over 50, including the number of balls faced and boundaries.

3.1.1 The League will provide result sheets. They must be fully completed, be legible and then signed by both captains at the close of every match. The home teamshall then scan & e-mail the result sheet to the Results Secretary, Stephen G Jones, at results@southernpremierleague.com as soon as possible after the match, and not later than 9:00pm on the day of the match.

3.1.2 In the event of the match being cancelled BEFORE the start of the match, the HOME TEAM MUST notify the Results Secretary, as soon as possible after the decision to abandon / cancel the match is made, and in any event not later than 9:00pm on the day of the match.

3 1.3 In the event of the match being abandoned AFTER the start of the match, the HOME TEAM SHALL fully complete the result sheet with the relevant details and scan & e-mail it to the Results Secretary, as soon as possible after the decision to abandon / cancel the match is made, and in any event not later than 9:00pm on the day of the match.

3.1.4 Any club in breach of any part of the above Administration Rule 3.1 shall be liable to the following penalties:-

First offence - Level 3 fine

Second offence - Level 4 fine

Third offence - a deduction of 5 points. Any further offence - the penalty will be at the discretion of the Management Committee, whose decision shall be final.

3.2 All Captains are required to submit online forms (Ground & Umpires Reports), this information shall be available by 12 noon on the Sunday following the match.

3.2.1 Any club in breach of any part of the above Administration Rule 3.2 shall be liable to the following penalties:-

First offence - Level 1 fine

Second offence - Level 2 fine

Third offence - a deduction of 5 points.

Any further offence - the penalty will be at the discretion of the Management Committee, whose decision shall be final.

(see also section: 7.2 Inclement Weather)

4. Eligibility of Players

4.1 General Conditions:

4.1.1 A player is entitled to play in a Southern Premier League match for the cricket section of the club of which he is a fully paid up member and is registered (See Clause 4.3.1). Category 1 players are reminded that Registration for an SPCL Club is permanent unless removed by their Club or transferred (Rule 4.3.2a), hence once registered a player may not play in the Southern Premier League, SPCL T20 Cup, Hampshire Cricket League, any other ECB accredited Premier League or a National Cup competition without a transfer. However a player may play for another Club in the National Village Knockout.

If a Member Club has any doubts as to the eligibility of a player, it should contact the Registration Secretary BEFORE the player takes part in a competitive match for the club.

4.1.2 No player shall play for a member club while there is a debt owed to a previous club. Evidence must be available to prove such a debt. Either party shall have the option to request the Management Committee to conduct a hearing and/or investigation in relation to an outstanding debt. The decision reached by the Management Committee shall be final and binding.

4.1.3 No payments shall be made to players for representing clubs in the Southern Premier Cricket League and/or T20 Cup.

4.1.4 All Registration and Transfer Responsibilities [NB formerly Rule 4.10.1]

It is the total responsibility of the Club to ensure that any player they register is correctly registered and is free to sign having not played for any other club in a League or Cup competition during the current season in the Southern Premier Leagues, Hampshire Cricket League, any other ECB accredited Premier League or a National Cup competition (excluding the National Village Championship), see Rule 4.1, General Conditions, above. Should it be found the player has been signed in contravention of Rule 4.1 or plays in a match contravening Rule 4.1, the offending team shall lose any points gained in matches in which the said player played, and not less than 10 points per game played.

4.2 Limitations

After 31st July no club may play in a minor XI in the League, more than two players who have each played more than six games in a more senior Saturday XI of the club.

4.3 Registration of players

4.3.1 All Clubs in the Southern Premier Cricket League shall register all players as follows:-

Category 1 - Players Qualified to play for England under the current ECB Regulations or he has been resident in any of the qualifying countries for the immediately preceding four consecutive years*

Qualifying Countries - England, Wales, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. *The player will only be treated as having been resident within a qualifying country for the relevant consecutive period if he has spent a minimum of 210 days in each year within those qualifying countries, for which purpose "year" shall mean year ending 31st March.

Note: Players from Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are considered to be Overseas Players under this regulation.

Category 2 - Contracted players (see Rule 4.5)

Category 3 - Overseas Players (a cricketer who is not qualified to play for England under the current ECB Regulations or he has not been resident in any of the qualifying countries for the immediately preceding four consecutive years* - (see Clause 4.3.1)

Only one Category 3 Player may be registered to any one member Club in any one season (see 4.4.2).

Category 3 - (Exempt) - Overseas players ordinarily resident in England who have been resident in one of the qualifying countries for a period of 18 consecutive months before the date of his request for registration, and he has not been out of these countries during that period for longer than 35 days consecutively nor 70 days in total.

Note:Category 3 (Exempt) registrations will not count towards the number of overseas players allowed by the League.

4.3.2a Category 1 players registered on Play Cricket (see Clause 4.3.4) will remain permanently registered unless removed by their Club or transferred (See clause 4.8).

4.3.2b All Category 2; 3 and Category 3 (exempt) players will have their registrations removed following 30th September each year.

4.3.3 No Category 1, 2 , 3 or 3 (exempt) player can play in the League until confirmation of that player's registration is authorised by the Registration Secretary. However, in an emergency a Category 1 only player can be registered on the day of the match, provided that both Umpires have countersigned the registration form as being fully completed BEFORE the start of the match. The Registration Secretary must receive the fully completed registration form and the player registered on Play-Cricket before Wednesday 12 noon following the Saturday of the match. Failure to comply will mean an automatic deduction of 5 points for the offending Team. Should it be subsequently found that any player registered was not free to register the player shall be assumed to have played illegally and the points deduction in section 4.1.4 above shall be enforced. The form can be faxed, scanned & e-mailed, or hand delivered.

4.3.4 All Clubs will be required to use Play-Cricket for online player registration as directed by the Management Committee.

Note 1. Clubs are able to download complete lists of registered players via Play-Cricket and are encouraged to do so.

Note 2. Clubs should regularly check to ensure that their player database at club level is clean and accurate.

4.4 Players from Overseas

4.4.1 A foreign national (a cricketer who is not qualified to play for England under the current ECB Regulations or who has not ordinarily been a resident* within England, Wales, the Channel Isles or the Isle of Man (see Clause 4.3.1), may play for a member club, but must be registered as a Category 3 player.

Note: Players from Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are considered Overseas Players under this regulation.

4.4.2 Clubs may register only one overseas player during the season.

Such a player shall have previously attained a Certified Coaching Certificate from his country of origin or a UKCC2 coaching qualification and have evidence of a current and relevant Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check or equivalent. Should the coaching certificate from his country not be accepted by the ECB as equivalent to the UKCC2, he may coach only with supervision of a suitably qualified coach.

The currency question regarding a DBS or equivalent check is for the Club to prove. It is usual for the Registration Secretary to receive a document that describes DBS clearance or its equivalent, as being authorised within the preceding three months.

Proof of the player's coaching qualification certificate and DBS check or equivalent, along with a scanned copy of the player's visa or passport and a signed "ECB non-ordinarily resident player registration form", must be lodged with the Registration Secretary. All necessary documentation must be provided prior to the player's electronic registration application being made via the Play-Cricket website.

Overseas players are expected to play a full and an active part in club junior activities.

4.5 Contracted Players (this includes Development Contracts)

4.5.1 No Contract player (Qualified to play for England) who received emoluments as a cricketer from a First Class County in the preceding 12 months or who has played First Class cricket overseas in the 12 months prior to the start of the League season, may play for a member club unless he is registered with the League as a Category 2 player. Only one such player may be registered by each Club during the playing season unless he qualifies via Clause 4.5.2 or 4.5.3. However a young Contract or Development Contract Player (Qualified to play for England) under the age of 24 at the commencement of the season who loses his Contract within the previous 12 months may be registered as a Category 1.

An Overseas Player whether he has or has not received emoluments or played First Class Cricket in the 12 months prior to the start of the League season shall be registered as a Category 3 only. Only one such player may be registered by each Club during the playing season.

Note: For limitations & playing restriction see Clauses 4.5.1a; 4.5.1b; 4.5.2; 4.5.3 & 4.5.4

4.5.1a In the Premier Division only, a Contracted Player (Category 2), who is qualified to play for England, may play in the same match as an Overseas Player (Category 3) and Contracted Player (Players) who qualify under Clause 4.5.3a.

4.5.1b In Divisions 1, 2 & 3, a Contracted Player (Category 2), may not play in the same match as an Overseas Player unless the said Contracted Player qualifies under Clause 4.5.2 or 4.5.3.

4.5.2 In Divisions 1, 2 & 3, a contracted young player in further education during that season may play for a Club in the League provided that:-

The individual concerned is the product of the Hampshire Development system or the Youth Section of any Southern Premier League Club that is situated outside Hampshire and no more than one such player can play in the same game as either a full Professional or Overseas Player.

4.5.3a In the Premier Division only a Contracted Player or First Class Professional who has been a full member and played for a member club for the three seasons immediately prior to obtaining a contract, (the three years may include the time a young player called up by and plays for the Hampshire Academy providing, during that period that player was registered by his home Club), may continue to play for that club at the same time as an Overseas Player (Category 3) and a Contracted player as in Clause 4.5.1a. Should a member club have two such Contracted Players, those Contracted Players may continue to play for that member club in the same match as either an Overseas Player (Category 3) or a Contracted player as in Clause 4.5.1a.

Should a member club have three or more such Contracted Players, those Contracted Players may continue to play for that member club in the same match. But not at the same time as an Overseas Player (See Clause 4.5.4a)

4.5.3b In Divisions 1, 2 & 3, a Contracted Player or First Class Professional who has been a full member and played for a member club for the three seasons immediately prior to obtaining a contract, (the three years may include the time a young player called up by and plays for the Hampshire Academy providing, during that period that player was registered by his home Club) may continue to play for that club at the same time as an Overseas Player (Category 3).

Should a member club have two or more such Contracted Players, those Contracted Players may continue to play for that member club in the same match but only one Contracted Player may play at the same time as an Overseas Player.

4.5.4a In the Premier Division only, a member club with three or more Contracted Players qualified to play for that club under Rule 4.5.3 shall not register another Contracted Player or First Class Professional covered by Rules 4.5.1.

4.5.4b In Divisions 1, 2 & 3, a member club with two or more Contracted Players qualified to play for that club under Rule 4.5.3 shall not register another Contracted or First Class Professional Player or Contracted Young Player covered by Rules 4.5.1 and 4.5.2.

4.5.5 Should any player obtain a contract after the start of a season, he may continue to play for the member club for which he is registered, for that season, without penalty to that club.

4.6 All Category 2 and 3 players must be registered no later than 31st May. (See 4.3.2b above)

Category 3 (exempt) players may be registered at any time during the season providing there is no Transfer involved. (See 4.3.2b above & 4.8.7 below)

Category 1 players may be registered at any time during the season providing there is no Transfer involved. (See 4.3.2a above & 4.8.7 below)

4.7 No transfers will be permitted for Category 2 or 3 players.

4.8 Transfers

4.8.1 All Category 1 players now registered on Play Cricket are considered permanently registered. Therefore to change Club during or out of season will require a Transfer. This includes transfers to any ECB Accredited League or any Club within the Hampshire Pyramid.

4.8.2 Transfers may be arranged using either of the following methods:

4.8.2a An email from the present club's chair or secretary, confirming the present club is happy to release the player, no monies or playing kit etc. owed to the present club; see Clause 4.8.4 below.

OR

4.8.2b An approved transfer form, available from the registration secretary, to be completed and signed by the player concerned and signed by chair or secretary of both clubs. This may be posted or scanned and emailed to the registration secretary.

4.8.3 On confirmation of receipt by the Registration Secretary of an email or completed transfer form from the present club, the player ceases to be eligible to play in a league or cup competition for his present club and immediately becomes eligible to play for his new club - providing he is not cup-tied (see clause 3.2 T20 cup rules)

4.8.4 If the player's present club objects to the transfer and refuses to sign section 2 of the Transfer Request Form, the reasons must be stated separately. Normally the only reasonable objection is that the player has unpaid debts or other unfulfilled obligations to that club.

No player shall be permitted a transfer at ANY time or be permitted to play for another club within the Pyramid should he have an outstanding debt with his present club.

4.8.5 The transfer of Category 1 or Category 3 (exempt) players will not be permitted within the SPCL after 1st July. The transfer window will reopen at the end of each playing season.

4.8.6 The transfer of any player to a SPCL Club will not be permitted after midnight 1st July in any season

4.8.7 No transfers will be permitted for Category 2 or 3 players

4.9 Special Regulations for the Hampshire CCC Academy.

4.9.1 All players shall be registered in accordance with Clause 4.3 above. The Academy shall not be permitted an Overseas Player.

4.9.2 Before the commencement of the season Hampshire CCC will register a squad comprising a maximum of 14 Academy or prospective Academy players from the Hampshire pyramid, who shall be registered a minimum of 14 days prior to the first match of the season.

4.9.3 Full Contract or Development Contract players Cat 2, shall be registered in accordance with Clause 4.3

4.9.4 All Contract and Development Contract players Cat 2 shall be registered no later than midnight 1st July.

4.9.5 Any additional Prospective Academy players not registered prior to 14 days before the first match of the season that may be required during the season would not come from clubs in the Hampshire Pyramid unless mutually agreed between Hampshire CCC and the clubs concerned. No Player will be approached without the prior consent of the player's home* club and would not play against his home* club without agreement of the home* club.

4.9.6 The Limitation of Full Contract and Development Contract Players playing in any one game shall be as follows:

  1. No more than one Full Contract player over 24* years old and one Full Contract player under 24* years old, plus two Development Contract players. Or
  2. Two Full Contract players under 24* years old, plus two Development Contract players. Or
  3. One Full Contract player over 24* years old, plus three Development Contract players. Or
  4. One Full Contract player under 24* years old, plus three Development Contract players. Or
  5. Four Development Contract players

Note * - 24 years old on 1st May of the current season

4.9.7 Any Academy or prospective Academy player not chosen in the team 12 for any match will be available to play for his home* club for which he must be registered, hence he will have dual registration. This Clause and Clause 4.9.8 shall apply to any County Academy.

*Home club being the club to which he was playing at the time of joining the Academy

4.9.8 Should an Academy or prospective Academy player wish to have dual registration with a SEPCL Club other than his home* club he may do so providing he has registered for that Club prior to midnight 1st July of the season and where necessary obtained the required transfer.

4.9.9 All full or development contract players may register with another club in the League in accordance with Rules 4.5, 4.6 and 4.7 and play for that club when not required by their County or Academy

4.9.10 No Contract or Academy player shall be paid to play in a League match.

5. Scorers

5.1 Each team shall supply a competent scorer, who preferably shall have passed the Level 2 Scorer Membership of the ECB ACO. The scorer shall not in normal circumstances (see 5.2 below) be a player in the match. Regular failure to comply with this provision shall result in a penalty at the discretion of the Management Committee.

5.2 If no scorer is available then the Captain will nominate one of his team players to undertake the scoring. No substitute shall be allowed for this player who may however, resume his place in the nominated side, with any resultant penalties under the Laws, if a scorer is subsequently provided.

6. Disputes & Complaints

6.1 Disputes and complaints shall be made in writing to the General Secretary within seven days of the incident or occurrence to which they refer. The General Secretary shall refer these matters to the Committee and the decision of the Committee shall be final.

7. Cancelled Fixtures

7.1 Any member Club failing to honour a fixture for reasons other than weather shall advise the reasons in writing to the General Secretary as early as possible, and not later than the Monday after the fixture was due. If the opponent club wishes to claim any expenses in regard to the cancelled match, it shall lodge its claim with the General Secretary within seven days of the fixture date.

In the event of a member club having more than one Saturday team and being unable to fulfil all its fixtures on any day, the playing of Southern Premier League matches shall take precedence. Any club failing to comply with the above shall be subject to a penalty laid down in the Constitution (see Article 12 of the Constitution).

7.2 INCLEMENT WEATHER - Postponed & Abandoned Matches

No match is to be postponed due to adverse ground conditions without a prior ground inspection by a Member of the South Coast Panel.

The decision to abandon any game shall be the responsibility of the umpire(s). However, the result sheet must still be provided and Play-Cricket updated as directed (see clause 3.1 above).

Online forms (see clause 3.2 above) are not required in an Abandoned match.

7.3 Where a club withdraws from all its fixtures, whether before or during the relevant season, the Management Committee shall take such action as it considers necessary in order to best serve the needs of the club concerned, the League, other Leagues and club cricket in general.

8. Ground Standards & Minimum Facilities Criteria

8.1 The minimum facilities requirements for ground and youth development shall be specified by the Committee and certified by the Hampshire Cricket Board. The requirements shall vary by division, with basic criteria applying to Division 3 and incrementally more stringent criteria applying to Division 1 and the Premier Division respectively. Variation of these criteria shall be at the sole discretion of the Committee. Any such variation shall not normally take place following commencement of the playing season.

8.2 For the removal of doubt, should the accreditation of a side fall below the minimum level required to compete in a particular division, the side shall be relegated to the division or League appropriate to its accreditation. (see also Note to Clause 2.5).

9. Clothing

9.1 Cricket Wear. Other than for Premier Division Limited Over White Ball Cricket, where all teams shall wear coloured clothing and coloured pads, all clothing shall be white. The current ECB Regulations on advertising insignia shall apply to all items of clothing and equipment worn or used on the field.

Teams may have named and or numbered shirts providing all eleven players are similarly attired. Names will be surnames only and numbers shall be 2 digits maximum.

10. Refreshments

10.1 The Home side shall provide lunches and teas (as appropriate) without cost to the visiting side.

Rules of Play - Timed Games

Premier Division only

1. Laws

1.1 Except as otherwise provided for hereinafter, the Marylebone Cricket Club code of the Laws of Cricket (2000 Code), together with any subsequent amendments, shall apply in all matches.

1.2 For the 2018 League season, the new Law 42 (Players' Conduct) will not apply. Player discipline will be treated separately and as covered elsewhere in this handbook.

2. Duration

2.1 All matches shall be played on the day designated by the Management Committee

2.2 In a full day's play a minimum of 120 overs shall be bowled (see Note to 3.1). No overs shall be deducted for a change of innings.

2.3 The minimum over rate to be achieved by both teams is 17 overs an hour (for penalties, see 13.4).

2.4 The side batting first shall not bat for more than 64 overs in a minimum 120 over game.

Note If the first innings ends in the middle of an over, that over shall not count as one of the minimum 120 overs to be bowled in the day.

Delayed starts and interruptions

2.5 In the event of the start being delayed or time being lost after the scheduled start of the match due to inclement weather or other cause, the minimum number of overs to be played in the day shall be reduced by one for every full 3.5 minutes lost.

2.6 The side batting first shall not bat for more than the number of overs available multiplied by 64 and divided by 120. The result of this calculation shall be rounded down to the nearest over, e.g. for a minimum 114 overs match:
First innings overs = 114 x 64 ÷ 120 = 60.8, therefore maximum = 60 overs.

Loss of two hours or more playing time

2.7 Should the match be delayed or interrupted for a total of 2 hours of playing time or more, but there is time for a minimum of 50 overs to be bowled, a new straight win/loss Limited Over Match shall be played. The Umpires shall calculate the remaining overs to be played at 3.5 minutes per over of the time remaining from the anticipated start of the new match and 7.00pm, reduced by 20 minutes for tea between innings and 10 minutes for two drinks intervals, one per innings. The drinks and tea intervals may be forfeited subject to the agreement of both Captains. If this agreement is made, 10 minutes shall be allowed between innings. The number of overs left to the nearest even number shall be shared equally between both sides and the following shall apply:

2.7.1 A new toss shall take place

2.7.2 The Captain of the fielding side shall have the choice of two new (red) balls. The home team shall supply a second new ball as required. Each innings will be played with one new (red) ball.

2.7.3 The players originally named shall play - there will be no change of players

2.7.4 Limited Over Clauses 7.1 &7.2 including Power Plays shall apply throughout, and the interpretation of the Wide Ball and the bowling of fast short-pitched balls shall apply as in the Rules of Play for Limited Over Cricket.

Note: This Clause will require the 30 yard circle (Diagram 1) and additional offside wide guideline (Diagram 2) being set up prior to the start of all Time Games.

2.7.5a In a 50 overs match bowlers will be limited to 12 overs per bowler. In a match limited to less than 50 overs at the start of the new match, the overs per bowler shall be pro rata to the lower number of overs calculated.

Examples: 42 Over Match - Limit = 42/50 x 12 = 10.08 = 10 overs per bowler.
36 Over Match - Limit = 36/50 x 12 = 8.64 = 8 overs per bowler.

2.7.5b In the event of a reduction of overs after the commencement of the new match, the maximum number of overs allowed per bowler shall remain as at the start of the new match

2.7.6 Should time be lost due to inclement weather or other cause after the commencement of the Limited Over game, then the number of overs to be played shall be reduced by one over for every full 3.5 minutes lost. Limited Overs regulation Clause 2.6 (ignoring first 30 minutes of stoppage time) shall not apply. The team batting first shall complete its initial allotted number of overs and the number of overs received by the team batting second shall be reduced. Should this result in less than 25 overs being available to the side batting second, the game shall be abandoned.

2.7.7 The Umpires shall be the sole judges of the fitness of the ground, weather and light for play.

2.7.8 The tea interval shall be taken between innings.

2.7.9 Declarations are not permitted.

2.7.10 RESULT - This shall be as Section 11 within the Rules of play for Limited Overs Cricket.

3. Hours of Play & Intervals

3.1 Scheduled hours of play shall be 11.00am-7.00pm (or until the allotted overs are completed, whichever be the later).

Note: Laws 12.6 and 12.7 (Last Hour) shall not apply. However, if at 6.00pm 16 overs or less remain to be bowled, the Umpires shall indicate that play shall continue until a minimum of a further 17 overs have been bowled or until 7.00pm, whichever is the later, provided a result has not been reached before.

3.2 Lunch - 1.15pm-1.45pm

Note: Law 11.5 (Luncheon Interval) will apply, except that, where an innings concludes or there is a break in play within 10 minutes of the scheduled lunch interval, the interval will commence at that time and play will recommence 30 minutes after leaving the field.

3.3 Tea - 4.20pm-4.40pm

Note: Laws 11.4, 11.6 and 11.7 and 11.9 (Intervals) shall apply.

3.4 Drinks Interval. Law 11.8.4 (No drinks interval in the last hour) shall apply.

3.5 Should the game be reduced so that a Limited Over match is played (see 2.7), the tea interval of 20 minutes shall be taken between innings.

3.6 In a 'Time Game' only following an interruption, the game shall be abandoned, with the agreement of both Captains, if the team batting second will not have the opportunity of batting for at least 25 overs, unless they have previously scored more runs than the team batting first or have been bowled out. However, should either Captain wish to play the remaining overs, the match shall continue until the number of overs remaining have been bowled, or 7.00pm, whichever is the later, unless a result is obtained before. The decision to continue shall only be reconsidered should weather or light intervene.

Umpires shall be the sole judge of weather, light and ground conditions.

The game shall be considered abandoned only if the overs remaining could not be completed due to weather, light or ground conditions.

4. Umpires & Captains

4.1 Umpires shall be appointed in accordance with arrangements approved by the Management Committee. They shall report to the ground 45 minutes prior to the start of play at the latest.

4.2 Before the toss for innings, each Captain shall nominate his players who may not thereafter be changed without the consent of the opposing Captain.

4.3 The current ECB Fast Bowling Directives will apply to all matches. Captains, Team Managers and Umpires shall be responsible for ensuring that the Directives are followed. The Captain of each side shall inform the Umpires, prior to the commencement of the match, of the names and relevant age group of any player under the age of 19 on 31st August of the previous year.

4.4 For the purposes of the Directives, the Luncheon Interval of 30 minutes shall be considered to be 40 minutes

4.5 The current ECB guidance on the wearing of helmets by players up to the age of 18 shall be followed.

5. The Ball

5.1 All matches shall be played with identical new cricket balls nominated and supplied to the Member Clubs by the League, with two new balls being used in each match and with one new ball being taken at the start of each innings. Each Club shall provide a ball with which they will field.

6. Covers

6.1 The whole pitch shall be fully covered as required to keep the pitch, and as far as possible bowlers' run-ups, dry both during the match and in the preceding days, as appropriate.

7. Declarations

7.1 The batting side may declare at any time, except in a Limited Over game (see 2.7.9).

8. Wide Ball

8.1 Law 22 (Wide Ball) shall apply, except that the "one day wide" interpretation (see Rules of Play for Limited Over Cricket) shall be used for bowlers whom Umpires consider to be bowling down the leg side as a negative tactic. The Umpires shall notify the bowler and the fielding Captain of his intention to invoke the "one day wide".

9. The Bowling of Fast Short Pitched Balls (The Bouncer)

9.1 In addition to Law 41.6 (Dangerous and unfair bowling) the following shall apply:

9.1.1 A bowler shall be limited to two fast, short pitched balls per over (the Umpire at the bowler's end shall make it clear to both the bowler and the batsman when a short-pitched ball has been bowled).

9.1.2 A fast, short pitched ball is defined as a ball which passes or would have passed above the shoulder of the batsman standing upright at the crease. This ruling shall apply even though the striker has made contact with the ball with his bat, person, or equipment. Note: A ball passing above head height being called No Ball by the Umpire, Law 21.10, shall count as 'one for the over' in the context of this regulation. (Law 41.6.1 and 41.6.2 shall also apply, in full).

9.1.3 If this limit is exceeded the Umpire at the bowler's end shall call and signal 'No Ball' on each occasion. If a bowler exceeds his limit of short-pitched deliveries in an over, not only must the Umpire call "No Ball" but he must invoke the procedures of caution, final warning and reporting as set out in Law 41.6.3, 41.6.4 and 41.6.5.

10. Overs Per Bowler

10.1 In addition to compliance with the ECB Fast Bowling Directives (see 4.3) no bowler shall bowl more than 18 overs in any innings. In the event of a bowler starting but being unable to complete an over, another eligible bowler will bowl the remainder of the over provided the replacement bowler does not exceed the number of overs permitted. This part over shall count as a whole over against the allocation of both the replacement and injured bowler.

11. The Result - Timed Game

11.1.1 Law 16 shall apply.

12. Points - Timed Game

12.1 Result

  • Win: 15 points
  • Tie: 8 points
  • Loss: 0 points
  • Draw (team with higher run rate): 8 points
  • Draw (team with lower run rate): 3 points

The run rate shall be calculated for each team by dividing the number of runs scored by the number of overs received, any incomplete over being treated as the relevant fraction of an over (excluding any wides or no balls) calculated to two decimal points.
NB; 1 ball = 0.17; 2 = 0.33; 3 = 0.50; 4 = 0.67; 5 = 0.83.

If the team batting first is bowled out the run rate for that team shall be calculated by dividing the number of runs scored by 50% of the total number of overs scheduled for the match at the end of the innings of the team batting first, (i.e. for a 120 over game, divide by 60 overs), or the number of overs actually received, whichever is the greater. The run rate of the team batting second shall be the runs scored divided by the number of overs received including any relevant fractions as noted above.

In a drawn match, if the run rates are level to 2 decimal points both sides shall be awarded 8 points, and bonus points earned shall be retained.

12.2 Bonus points shall be awarded as follows:

12.2.1 Bowling:

  • 2-3 wickets taken: 1 point
  • 4-5 wickets taken: 2 points
  • 6-7 wickets taken: 3 points
  • 8-9 wickets taken: 4 points
  • 10 wickets taken: 5 points

Note i) Should the batting side play with less than eleven players due to either a player or players being absent, or leaving the field through illness, injury or other cause so that his/their innings cannot be completed and the remainder of the side are dismissed before the last ball of the day, then the batting side shall be considered ‘all out' and the bowling side shall receive maximum bowling points.

Note ii) See Law 25.4.2 (Batsman leaving the field) 'Retired - Not Out'

12.2.2 Batting:

  • 150-174 runs scored: 1 point
  • 175-199 runs scored: 2 points
  • 200-224 runs scored: 3 points
  • 225-249 runs scored: 4 points
  • 250 or more runs scored: 5 points

For the team batting first, batting bonus points are only available in the first 60 overs of their innings.

12.2.3 The team batting second and winning will receive the following additional batting points (up to a maximum combined total of 5 batting points):

  • Winning by 9 or 10 wickets: 5 points
  • Winning by 7 or 8 wickets: 4 points
  • Winning by 5 or 6 wickets: 3 points
  • Winning by 3 or 4 wickets: 2 points
  • Winning by 1 or 2 wickets: 1 point

12.3 The maximum points a team can be awarded in any match shall be 25.

12.4 In an innings lasting 34 overs or more, the minimum over rate to be achieved by either side shall be 17 overs per hour. The following penalty point deduction shall apply if this is not achieved:

  • Fewer than 17 and at least 16 overs per hour: 1 penalty point
  • Fewer than 16 and at least 15 overs per hour: 2 penalty points
  • Fewer than 15 and at least 14 overs per hour: 4 penalty points
  • Fewer than 14 overs per hour: 6 penalty points

12.4.1 The Umpires shall consider any time allowance to the fielding side for lost ball, injuries, obvious time wasting by the batting side or other reasonable cause and shall confirm this to the fielding Captain and the batsman at the wicket at the time of delay. 5 minutes shall be allowed for each drinks interval, plus 1.5 minutes for each wicket that falls in an innings. Time allowance will not be subject to retrospective negotiation. The Umpires shall notify both scorers of any points to be deducted and the Umpires decision shall be final. The points shall be deducted from the total points awarded. The maximum prior to deduction shall be 25 (see section 12.3).

13. Result & Points - Limited Overs Game (see 2.7, 2.7.10)

13.1 The result and points awarded shall be as in the Rules of Play for Limited Over Cricket.

14. Abandoned Match

14.1 No points will be awarded to either team in an abandoned match.

Rules of Play - Limited Overs Games (All Divisions)

1. Laws

1.1 Except as stated in section 1.2 and otherwise provided for hereinafter, the Marylebone Cricket Club code of the Laws of Cricket (2017 Code), together with any subsequent amendments, shall apply in all matches.

1.2 For the 2018 League season, the new Law 42 (Players' Conduct) will not apply. Player discipline will be treated separately and as covered elsewhere in this handbook.

2. Duration

2.1 All matches shall be played on the day designated by the Management Committee and commence at 12.30pm.

2.2 There will be a tea interval of 30 minutes between innings, although this may be varied at the discretion and agreement of both Captains in the case of an interrupted match.

2.3 Each match shall consist of a maximum of 50 overs per innings save where time is lost after the scheduled (12.30pm) commencement due to inclement weather or other unavoidable cause, when the number of overs shall be reduced as hereinafter provided.

2.4 Unless bowled out earlier, the team batting first shall bat for the full number of overs allotted prior to the commencement of the match; declarations are not permitted. Should the side batting first be dismissed before the overs to which it is entitled have been bowled, the team batting second shall be entitled to bat for 50 overs or as reduced due to inclement weather or other cause.

2.5 Should the match start later than the scheduled (12.30pm) commencement time due to inclement weather or other cause, the Umpires shall reduce the number of overs per team by one over for every completed 7 minutes of time lost. However, see Clause 2.6 below.

2.6 When calculating the overs lost the Umpires shall ignore the first 30 minutes of stoppage time.

2.7.1 In the event of time being lost after the commencement of the match due to inclement weather or other cause during the innings of the team batting first, then the team batting first will receive 50 overs or as reduced prior to the start of the match.

2.7.2 The team batting second will then have their maximum number of overs reduced by one over for each completed 3.5 minutes of play lost during the first innings or prior to the commencement of the second innings.

2.7.3 Should there be more than one interruption to play during the first innings, the times lost shall be aggregated and a single calculation performed to determine the overs lost to the team batting second prior to the commencement of their innings.

2.7.4 However, should the team batting first be bowled out in less than their allotted overs, then the number of overs lost due to inclement weather or other causes shall be reduced by the number of full overs not used by the team batting first. The number of overs the team batting second receives shall not be more than their allocation at the start of the match.

2.8 Should time be lost due to inclement weather or other cause during the innings of the team batting second, then the number of overs which that team would have been entitled to receive shall be reduced by one over for each completed 3.5 minutes of playing time lost. Should there be more than one interruption to play the calculation for each interruption shall be considered separately.

2.9 Drinks intervals shall be agreed with the Umpires by the fielding Captain prior to the start of each innings. This time will not count as time lost.

2.10 Should the loss of time result in less than 25 overs being available to the team batting second, the game shall be abandoned.

2.11 The Umpires shall be the sole judges of the fitness of the ground, weather and light for play.

3. Umpires & Captains

3.1 Umpires shall be appointed in accordance with arrangements approved by the Management Committee. They shall report to the ground 45 minutes prior to the start of play at the latest.

3.2 Before the toss for innings the Captains shall nominate his players who may not thereafter be changed without the consent of the opposing Captain.

3.3 The current ECB Fast Bowling Directives will apply to all matches. Captains, team managers and Umpires shall be responsible for ensuring the Directives are followed. The Captain of each side shall inform the Umpires, prior to the commencement of the match, of the names and relevant age group of any player under the age of 19 on 31st August of the previous year.

3.4 The current ECB guidance on the wearing of helmets by players up to the age of 18 shall be followed.

4. The Ball

4.1 All matches shall be played with identical new cricket balls nominated and supplied to the Member Clubs by the League, with two new balls being used in each match and with one new ball being taken at the start of each innings. Each Club shall provide a ball with which they will field. In the Premier Division only, white balls supplied by the League shall be used.

5. Covers

5.1 PREMIER AND DIVISION 1 - The whole pitch shall be fully covered as required to keep the pitch, and as far as possible bowlers' run ups, dry both during the match and in the preceding days as appropriate.

5.2 DIVISION 2 & 3 - Where covers are available, the whole pitch shall be fully covered as required to keep the pitch, and as far as possible bowlers run ups, dry both during the match and in preceding days as appropriate.

6. Number of Overs Per Bowler

6.1 In a 50 overs match, no bowler may bowl more than 10 overs in an innings. In a match where the start has been delayed and the innings of both teams are reduced prior to the commencement of the match to less than 50 overs, no bowler may bowl more than one fifth of the total overs allowed. 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 a 43 over match, 3 bowlers may bowl 9 overs and no other more than 8 overs.

6.2 In the event of a reduction in overs after the commencement of the match, the maximum number of overs allowed per bowler shall remain as at the start of the match.

6.3 In the event of a bowler being incapacitated or suspended and being unable to complete an over, the remaining balls will be bowled by another bowler providing that bowler did not bowl the previous over or part thereof. Such part of an over shall count as a full over only insofar as each bowler's limit is concerned.

6.4 The ECB Fast Bowling Directives may affect the above over limitations (see 3.3).

7. Law 28 - The Fielder

7.1 Law 28 shall apply subject to the following:

Law 28.1 - Protective equipment

The following shall apply in addition to Law 28.1:

The exchanging of protective equipment between members of the fielding side on the field shall be permitted provided that the umpires do not consider that it constitutes a waste of playing time.

7.2 Restriction on the placement of fielders

7.2.1 At the instant of delivery, there may not be more than 5 fieldsmen on the leg side.

7.2.2 In addition to the restriction contained in clause 7.2.1 above, further fielding restrictions shall apply to certain overs in each innings. The nature of such fielding restrictions and the overs during which they shall apply are set out in the following paragraphs.

7.2.3 The following fielding restrictions shall apply:
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 (27.43 metres). The semi-circles shall be linked by two parallel straight lines drawn on the field (see Diagram 1). The fielding restriction areas should be marked by continuous painted white lines or 'dots' at 5 yard (4.57 metres) intervals, each 'dot' to be covered by a white plastic or rubber (but not metal) disc measuring 7 inches (18 cm) in diameter.

At the instant of delivery:
a) Powerplay 1 - no more than two (2) fieldsmen shall be permitted outside this fielding restriction area. In an innings of 50 overs, these are overs 1 to 10 inclusive.
b) Powerplay 2 - no more than four (4) fieldsmen shall be permitted outside this fielding restriction area. In an innings of 50 overs, these are overs 11 to 40 inclusive
c) Powerplay 3 - no more than five (5) fieldsmen shall be permitted outside this fielding restriction area. In an innings of 50 overs, these are overs 41 to 50 inclusive

7.2.4 In circumstances when the number of overs of the batting team is reduced, the number of overs within each phase of the innings shall be reduced in accordance with the table below. For the sake of clarity, it should be noted that the table shall apply to both the 1st and 2nd innings of the match.

Innings DurationInnings
Duration
Inns.
Dur.
Powerplay 1 (Max Out: 2)Powerplay 1
(Max Out: 2)
Powerplay
1
Powerplay 2 (Max Out: 4)Powerplay 2
(Max Out: 4)
Powerplay
2
Powerplay 3 (Max Out: 5)Powerplay 3
(Max Out: 5)
Powerplay
3
25 5 15 5
26 5 16 5
27 6 16 5
28 6 17 5
29 6 17 6
30 6 18 6
31 6 19 6
32 7 19 6
33 7 20 6
34 7 20 7
35 7 21 7
36 7 22 7
37 8 22 7
38 8 23 7
39 8 23 8
40 8 24 8
41 8 25 8
42 9 25 8
43 9 26 8
44 9 26 9
45 9 27 9
46 9 28 9
47 10 28 9
48 10 29 9
49 10 29 10

7.2.5 If play is interrupted during the second innings and the table in 7.2.4 applies, the Powerplay takes immediate effect. For the avoidance of doubt this applies even if the interruption has occurred mid-over.

Illustrations of 7.2.5

A 50 over second innings is interrupted after 8.3 overs and reduced to 32 overs. The new phases are 7+19+6. Therefore the Powerplay 2 (middle phase) fielding restrictions take immediate effect when play resumes and last for a further 17.3 overs. The Powerplay 3 (final phase) begins after 26 overs have been bowled.

A 40 over second innings is interrupted after 18.5 overs and reduced to 25 overs. The new phases are 5+15+5. When play resumes, the Powerplay 3 (final phase) fielding restrictions begin after 20 overs have been bowled.

7.2.6 At the commencement of the Powerplay 2 (middle phase) and Powerplay 3 (final phase) of an innings, the umpire shall signal such commencement to the scorers by rotating his arm in a large circle.

7.2.7 In the event of an infringement of any of the above restrictions, the square leg Umpire shall call and signal 'No Ball'.

7.2.8 Where possible the scoreboard shall indicate the current Powerplay in progress.

8. Wide Ball

8.1 In addition to Law 22, 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.

The following directive should be adopted as a guide to umpires regarding leg side wides:

Deliveries passing down the leg side behind the body of the striker (not touching the batsman's bat or any part of his body or clothing) and wide of the leg stump, whether he moves or not, shall be interpreted as negative bowling and 'Wide Ball' shall be called by the bowlers end umpire.

Should a batsman attempt a switch hit or reverse sweep, for the purposes of considering WIDE BALL ONLY, both sides of the wicket shall be considered as the off side.

A penalty of one run for a Wide shall be scored. This penalty shall stand in addition to any other runs which are scored or awarded.

8.2 Additional Pitch Markings

The following shall apply in addition to Law 7:
As a guideline to the umpires for the calling of wides on the off side, the crease markings detailed in Diagram 2 shall be marked in white at each end of the pit

9. Free Hit After No Ball

The delivery following a no ball called (all modes of no ball with the exception of a short-pitched delivery that passes or would have passed clearly over head-height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease) shall be a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it.

If the delivery for the free hit is not a legitimate delivery (any kind of no ball or a wide ball) then the next delivery will become a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it.

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.

Field changes are not permitted for free hit deliveries unless there is a change of striker or the No Ball was the result of a field restriction breach in which case the field may be changed to the extent of correcting the breach. However, in all circumstances, any fielder within 15 yards of the striker may retreat to a position on the same line no more than 15 yards from the striker.

The Umpires will signal a free hit by (after the normal No Ball signal) extending one arm straight upwards and moving it in a circular motion.

10. The Bowling of Fast Short Pitched Ball (The Bouncer)

10.1 In addition to Law 41.6 (Bowling of Dangerous and Unfair Short Pitched Deliveries) the following shall apply:-

10.1.1 A bowler shall be limited to two fast, short pitched balls per over (the Umpire at the bowler's end shall make it clear to both the bowler and the batsman when a short-pitched ball has been bowled).

10.1.2 A fast, short pitched ball is defined as a ball which passes or would have passed above the shoulder of the batsman standing upright at the crease. This ruling shall apply even though the striker has made contact with the ball with his bat, person, or equipment.
Note: A ball passing above head height being called No Ball by the Umpire, Law 21.10, shall count as 'one for the over' in the context of this regulation. (Law 41.6.1 and 41.6.2 shall also apply, in full).

10.1.3 If this limit is exceeded the Umpire at the bowler's end shall call and signal 'No Ball' on each occasion. If a bowler exceeds his limit of short-pitched deliveries in an over, not only must the Umpire call "No Ball" but he must invoke the procedures of caution, final warning and reporting as set out in Law 41.6.3, 41.6.4 and 41.6.5.

11. Result

11.1 A result can only be achieved if both teams have had the opportunity of batting for at least 25 overs, unless the team batting second has scored more runs than its opponents or has achieved its target score as hereinafter defined.

11.2 Save as hereinafter provided a match shall be won by the team which has scored the most runs.

11.3 Where a team batting second does not have the opportunity of batting the same number of overs as the team batting first due to time being lost after the commencement of the match, the result shall be determined as follows:-

11.3.1 The '2nd innings run rate' shall be determined immediately prior to the start of the innings of the team batting second using the following formula:

(100 + {d x 1.2}) x (1st innings run rate) ÷ 100

Where d = difference in overs to be played at the commencement of the innings of the team batting second.

(1st innings run rate) = (1st innings score) / (number of overs allocated to the team batting first)

Note: i) The run rate of both the first and second innings shall be calculated to two decimal places.

Note: ii) The run rate shall be agreed by both scorers and umpires prior to the start of Innings and once agreed shall be final.

Note: iii) Once the run rate for the second innings has been calculated it shall remain as the run rate for that innings even though a later interruption may reduce the number of overs the team batting second can receive.

Note: iv) If the second innings commences with the same number of overs allocated to the team batting first the run rate shall remain as the first innings run rate even though a later interruption may reduce the number of overs the team batting second can receive.

11.3.2 The run rate shall be multiplied by the lowest reduced number of overs which the team batting second shall be entitled to receive after making allowance for time lost after the commencement of the match. The resulting figure shall be the 'target score'.

11.3.3 If the score of team batting second surpasses the 'target score' at any time prior to the conclusion of its innings then the match shall be won by the team batting second but if bowled out earlier the match shall be won by the team batting first.

11.3.4 A match shall be tied if the scores are equal at the end of the match. In a match interrupted after the commencement, where the revised target score involves a fraction of a run, then the final scores cannot be equal and the result cannot be a tie.

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Example of Reduced Over Calculation
ABCDEFG
1st Innings Runs Scored1st
Inns
Score
1st
Inns
Overs allocated at start of matchStarting
Allocated
Overs
Allocated
Overs
Run Rate = A ÷ B (to 2 decimal places)Run Rate (A ÷ B)Run RateOvers allocated at start of 2nd inningsOvers allocated at start of 2nd inningsOvers at start of 2nd inningsd = Difference in overs (B - D)d = Difference in overs (B - D)d = Diff. in overs (B - D)d x 1.2Run Rate required = (100 + F) x C ÷ 100Run Rate required = (100 + F) x C ÷ 100Run Rate required
221504.424289.64.84
Target Score = Overs allocated to side batting second x G
(Example above Target score = 42 x 4.84 = 203.28 = 204 to win)
Overs reduced again after start of second innings:
New Target score = Revised number overs allocated to side batting second x G
(Example further reduction after start of 2nd innings of 4 overs New Target score = 38 x 4.84 = 183.92 = 184 to win)

12. Points

12.1 Result

  • Win: 12 points
  • Tie: 6 points
  • Loss: 0 points
  • No result: 0 points - and shall not count as a match played in determining the points average

12.2 Bonus points shall be awarded as follows:

12.2.1 Bowling:

  • 2-3 wickets taken: 1 point
  • 4-5 wickets taken: 2 points
  • 6-7 wickets taken: 3 points
  • 8-9 wickets taken: 4 points
  • 10 wickets taken: 5 points

Note i) Should the batting side play with less than eleven players due to either a player or players being absent, or leaving the field through illness, injury or other cause so that his/their innings cannot be completed and the remainder of the side are dismissed before the last ball of the day, then the batting side shall be considered 'all out' and the bowling side shall receive maximum bowling points.

Note ii) See Law 25.4 (Batsman leaving the field) - "retired - not out"

Note iii) Bowling bonus points in either innings will only be available in the first 2 hours 55 minutes for a 50 over game after the Umpires have taken the drinks interval plus 1.5 minutes for each wicket that falls in an innings and extended delays for injury etc. into account. Where either innings is reduced, the 2 hours 55 minutes shall be reduced by 3 minutes for every over less than 50 (i.e. innings reduced to 35 overs time available - 2 hours 10 minutes) the time shall change every time the number of overs to be bowled changes. The umpires shall inform the Captain of the fielding side and the Batsman at the wicket, together with the Scorers of each change when they take the field. (Umpires decision to be final) 5 mins shall be allowed for each drinks interval.

12.2.2 Batting

  • 125-149 runs scored: 1 point
  • 150-174 runs scored: 2 points
  • 175-199 runs scored: 3 points
  • 200-224 runs scored: 4 points
  • 225 or more runs scored: 5 points

12.2.3 In matches where the over limit is reduced, there shall be a lessening of the targets to achieve batting bonus points (see reduced target table).

12.2.4 Additional Batting Points
The team batting second and winning will receive the following additional batting points (up to a maximum combined total of 5 batting points):

  • Winning by 9 or 10 wickets: 5 points
  • Winning by 7 or 8 wickets: 4 points
  • Winning by 5 or 6 wickets: 3 points
  • Winning by 3 or 4 wickets: 2 points
  • Winning by 1 or 2 wickets: 1 point

12.3 The maximum points a team can be awarded in any match shall be 22.

Bonus Points - Reduced Target Table

The following table is referred to in Rule 12.2.3 of the Rules for Limited Over Cricket.

Overs
Bowled
Overs
Bowled
Ov.
Bwld
Runs Scored
1st Point1st Point1st
Pt.
2nd Point2nd Point2nd
Pt.
3rd Point3rd Point3rd
Pt.
4th Point4th Point4th
Pt.
5th Point5th Point5th
Pt.
50 125 150 175 200 225
49 123 147 172 196 221
48 120 144 168 192 216
47 118 141 165 188 212
46 115 138 161 184 207
45 113 135 158 180 203
44 110 132 154 176 198
43 108 129 151 172 194
42 105 126 147 168 189
41 103 123 144 164 185
40 100 120 140 160 180
39 98 117 137 156 176
38 95 114 133 152 171
37 93 111 130 148 167
36 90 108 126 144 162
35 88 105 123 140 158
34 85 102 119 136 153
33 83 99 116 132 149
32 80 96 112 128 144
31 78 93 109 124 140
30 75 90 105 120 135
29 73 87 102 116 131
28 70 84 98 112 126
27 68 81 95 108 122
26 65 78 91 104 117
25 63 75 88 100 113

Bonus Points & Reduced Target Table

The following table is referred to in Rule 12.2.3 of the Rules for Limited Over Cricket:

Overs
Bowled
Overs
Bowled
Ov.
Bwld
Runs Scored
1st Point1st Point1st
Pt
2nd Point2nd Point2nd
Pt
3rd Point3rd Point3rd
Pt
4th Point4th Point4th
Pt
5th Point5th Point5th
Pt
50 125 150 175 200 225
49 123 147 172 196 221
48 120 144 168 192 216
47 118 141 165 188 212
46 115 138 161 184 207
45 113 135 158 180 203
44 110 132 154 176 198
43 108 129 151 172 194
42 105 126 147 168 189
41 103 123 144 164 185
40 100 120 140 160 180
39 98 117 137 156 176
38 95 114 133 152 171
37 93 111 130 148 167
36 90 108 126 144 162
35 88 105 123 140 158
34 85 102 119 136 153
33 83 99 116 132 149
32 80 96 112 128 144
31 78 93 109 124 140
30 75 90 105 120 135
29 73 87 102 116 131
28 70 84 98 112 126
27 68 81 95 108 122
26 65 78 91 104 117
25 63 75 88 100 113

Development Fund

1. Aims & Objectives

General

1.1 To support clubs, schools, local authorities and other bodies with the provision of facilities mainly for young persons up to the age of 25, to develop the skills of cricket.

1.2 To provide practice facilities.

1.3 To provide equipment.

1.4 To provide education and development of players, umpires, scorers and groundsmen

1.5 To provide for the improvement of cricket grounds

2. Management of the Fund

The fund shall be administered by the League Management Committtee. The Committee shall be responsible for the operation of a Grant Aid scheme. It shall provide audited accounts and a financial report to the League's Annual General Meeting. This Fund shall at all times be maintained in surplus.

3. Provision of Grant aid

3.1 The Management Committee may make grants in support of specific projects in accordance with the following conditions.

3.1.1 The application must be made by a club which is a member of the Southern Premier Cricket League.

3.1.2 The project for which the grant is sought must contribute to the achievement of the League's Minimum Standards programme, or other purpose approved by the Management Committee.

3.1.3 Full details of the project including costs and information about sources and extent of other funds being employed, must be provided to the Management Committee pror to the commisioning of the project. The Management Committee will accept no liability for expenditure incurred before a grant from the fund has been approved.

3.2 The Treasurer will disburse the grant upon submission to him by the club of receipted accounts.

3.3 The decision of the Management Committee on grant aid applications shall be final in all cases.

4. Winding Up

4.1 The fund may only be wound up by a decision of a General Meeting of the League. In such circumstances any surplus revealed in the statement of accounts shall be shared among Member Clubs in a manner approved by the General Meeting.

Note: Application forms avalable from Steve Vear: steve@vear.com.uk or download from www.southernpremierleague.com

1. CODE OF CONDUCT AND SPIRIT OF CRICKET

1.1. Code of Conduct

1.1.1. The Leagues are committed to maintaining the highest standards of behaviour and conduct at cricket matches both on and off the field. All clubs and players, by virtue of their registration with their respective League, explicitly agree to abide by this Code of Conduct, which incorporates the Spirit of Cricket, and are bound by the provisions in these Regulations.

1.1.2. The major responsibility for ensuring fair play rests with the captains, but extends to all players, umpires and coaches.

1.1.3. Players and club officials must at all times accept the umpire's decision. Players and club officials must show self-discipline, even when things go against them.

This means not showing dissent at the umpire's decision or reacting in a provocative or disapproving manner towards another player or a spectator.

1.1.4. Players and club officials shall not intimidate assault or attempt to intimidate or assault an umpire, another player, a club official or a spectator.

1.1.5. Players and club officials shall not use crude and/or abusive language (known as "sledging"), nor make offensive gestures or hand signals, nor deliberately distract an opponent.

1.1.6. Players and club officials shall not use language or gestures that offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage or vilify another person on the basis of that person's race, religion, sexual orientation, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.

1.1.7. Players and club officials shall not use or in any way be concerned in the use or distribution of illegal drugs.

1.1.8. Players and club officials shall not make any public or media comment which is detrimental to the League, clubs, umpires or the game in general. In this instance, media shall include press, radio, television, external websites, club websites, social networking sites and club match programmes.

1.1.9. Players and club officials shall not disclose or comment upon any alleged breach of this Code.

1.1.10. Clubs must take adequate steps to ensure the good behaviour of their players, officials, members and supporters.

1.2. 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. 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.

1.2.1. There are Laws which place the responsibility for the team's conduct firmly on the captain.

Responsibility of Captains:
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.

Players' Conduct:
In the event of any player failing to comply with the laws relating to Player Conduct or Unfair Play the umpires shall summon and inform the offending player's captain that an offence has occurred and will request that they take appropriate action.

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.

1.2.2. Unfair Play

According to the Laws, the umpires shall be the sole judges of fair and unfair play. If either umpire considers an action, not covered by the Laws, to be unfair he/she shall intervene without appeal and, if the ball is in play, call and signal Dead ball and implement the procedure as required.

1.2.3. The umpires are authorised to intervene in cases of:

  • Damaging the ball
  • Distracting the batsman
  • Unfair bowling
  • Time wasting
  • Damaging the pitch
  • Non striker leaving the ground early
  • Penalty runs

Any other action that they consider to be unfair.

1.2.4. Respect is central to the Spirit of Cricket.

  • Respect the 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.

1.2.5 Violence

There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play and if reported and guilty this act will be dealt with as a Level 4 offence.

1.3. Failure to comply with the provisions of the Code of Conduct may lead to disciplinary action, irrespective of a proven breach being related to a match not under the jurisdiction of the League.

2. BREACHES

2.1. A breach of the disciplinary regulations occurs when:-
a. Any player in the course of, or in connection with a match, offends against the Code of Conduct or acts at any time to prejudice the good name of interests of the Leagues.
b. Any club fails to properly control or discipline its players or acts in a manner prejudicial to the good name or interests of the Leagues.

2.2. Any player or club committing such a breach shall be liable to penalties in the manner prescribed in this document.

2.3. A breach of the Code of Conduct will normally be categorised as Level 1, 2, 3 or 4, as set out in Appendix 1.

2.4. Reporting of Breaches:

2.4.1. For a first offence of a Level 1 breach of the Code of Conduct in a match, the umpire (s) should issue a first and final warning which shall apply to all members of the team for the remainder of the match.

2.4.2. If the Level 1 offence follows an offence, at any Level, by that team, the umpire shall award 5 Penalty runs to the opposing team and will report the occurrence as soon as possible after the match to the Executive of the offending player's team and to the league responsible for the match, who shall take such further action as is considered appropriate against the captain, any other individuals concerned and, if appropriate, the team.

2.4.3. Should the umpire(s) consider that the first offence of a Level 1 breach is sufficiently serious, they have the authority to decide to submit a formal report without having previously issued any warning. The player and his captain should be advised accordingly.

2.4.4. In all instances of a Level 1, 2, 3 or 4 breach, the umpire(s) must complete a formal report for any breach attracting a 5 run penalty or more.

2.4.5. The report should be submitted online via the league website.

3. PROCEDURE

3.1. Notification that a report is to be submitted following any alleged breach of the Code ofConduct must first be advised, by the umpire(s), to the player and his captain or an executive of the player's club, on the day of the alleged offence, prior to leaving the ground.

3.2. Any such alleged breach of the Code of Conduct subject to a report (to be known as 'a complaint') will then be notified by email by the complainant to the Chairman of the League's Discipline Committee (hereinafter referred to as 'Discipline Chairman') or his nominated deputy within 24 hours of the end of the match. The written report should be sent, via the league website, to the Disciplinary Chairman or his nominated Deputy and be received by the Wednesday evening following the end of the match.

3.3. The Discipline Chairman or his nominated deputy shall, as soon as reasonably practicable, inform the Secretary of the club against whom the complaint has been made.

3.4. It is intended that any breach of the Code of Conduct shall in the first instance be dealt with by the participant's club who shall notify the Discipline Chairman within 48 hours of any action taken. In the case of Level 1 and Level 2 breaches, this shall as an indicator, be a minimum, of a final warning (Level 1) or two match (Level 2) ban to be served with immediate effect.

3.5. Within 48 hours of receipt of the written complaint, the Discipline Chairman or his nominated deputy shall consider the complaint and resolve either:
a. To take no action except to record the complaint and notify the club; or
b. To endorse any action taken by the club and confirm that no further action is required; or c. To refer the matter for a full Disciplinary Hearing.

Level 3 or 4 complaints will automatically be subject to a full Disciplinary Hearing.

3.6. Any match/time sanctions imposed by the club under paragraph 3.5 b. above, shall be advised in writing to the relevant club's County Board. Players should understand that match/time bans will normally apply to all cricket played under the auspices of ECB.

3.7. In the case of an incident involving a player under the age of 18 years old, the County Board Welfare Officer will immediately be informed. In such circumstances, the incident may be regarded as:
a. A welfare and child protection case or
b. An outright disciplinary case. If the incident is being investigated by another organisation (e.g. the Police, ECB Safeguarding Department) the League will await the outcome of that investigation.

3.8 In the case of a registered player being the subject of a complaint, the National Leagues & Competitions Manager to be advised immediately by telephone or email by the Secretary of the League and/or to the Chairman of the League or the Chairman of the League Disciplinary Committee.

4. DISCIPLINARY HEARINGS

4.1. In any case which is referred for a Disciplinary Hearing, the Discipline Chairman shall convene the hearing within 14 days of the decision to refer. Any delay may only be granted at the discretion of the Chairman of the Disciplinary Hearing.

4.2. Where a charge against a player is referred to a Disciplinary Hearing, his captain and club may be charged separately under their responsibilities as set out in the Code of Conduct above.

4.3. At least seven days' notice in writing of the hearing shall be given to the player via his club Secretary. In the case of a club, its Secretary shall be so notified. The notice shall specify the alleged breach(es) of the Code of Conduct above.

4.4. The accused player or club shall be entitled:

  • To submit written statements ahead of the hearing
  • To attend the hearing
  • To state his case (in the case of a club, by its Secretary or other official)
  • To be supported by a colleague and to call witnesses.

4.5. If the player or club is to have representation present at the hearing then the details of that representation must be given to the Discipline Chairman not less than 48 hours before the date of the hearing.

4.6. The Hearing shall be conducted by a Disciplinary Panel appointed by the Discipline Chairman and shall consist of not less than three persons and not more than five persons drawn from a list approved by the League's Management Committee. None of the Panel should be connected with the player, the club or their opponents at the time of the alleged breach, or a club which might directly benefit from any disciplinary action.

4.7. A club or player involved in disciplinary proceedings will be solely responsible for meeting such costs or expenses as it or they may incur, including the cost of any legal or other representation.

4.8. The standard of proof shall be on the 'balance of probabilities' rather than the criminal standard of 'beyond reasonable doubt'.

5. PENALTIES

5.1. As a guideline, the following indicative penalties should be expected to be imposed for any complaint referred and, if appropriate, proved at a disciplinary hearing. The higher end of the tariff band is most likely to be reserved for serial offences/offenders:-

  • Level 1: Final warning to 6 matches and/or appropriate/equivalent time ban
  • Level 2: 2 to 8 matches and/or appropriate/equivalent time ban
  • Level 3: 4 to 10 matches and/or appropriate/equivalent time ban
  • Level 4: A minimum of 10 matches and/or appropriate/equivalent time ban

These sanctions apply to all cricket played under the auspices of ECB.

5.2. Where applicable, penalties will be carried over to apply in the following season.

5.3. Where the complaint is not referred to a Disciplinary Hearing, repeated infringements, listed on umpires reports, by an individual player or by a Club may still result in additional penalties as laid out in 5.4 below.

5.4. If at a hearing a breach of the Code of Conduct is proven, the Disciplinary Panel shall have the power to impose one or more of the following penalties, together with such order as to costs as it deems appropriate:

In the case of a player:-

  • To require the player to submit appropriate letter(s) of apology within a specified time
  • To record a reprimand and to give a warning as to future conduct
  • To impose a fine, not to exceed £500
  • To suspend the player for one or more matches, or for a stated period of time
  • To deduct League points from the player's team
  • To expel the player from the League

In the case of a club:-

  • To require the club to submit appropriate letter(s) of apology within a specified time
  • To record a reprimand and to give a warning as to future conduct
  • To impose a fine
  • To deduct League points from the club's team
  • To expel the club from any competition of the league
  • To relegate to any lower division of the League or to a 'linked' league. This will be subject to ratification at the Annual General meeting.

5.5. Panels will take the following factors into account when determining the penalties to be imposed:
a. If the accused player/club has pleaded guilty
b. The player's previous disciplinary record
c. If the player is also the captain
d. The conduct of the player subsequent to him being warned and told that he will be reported
e. If an appeal is considered to be spurious

5.6. In addition, where an individual behaves inappropriately or fail to respect the formality at any level during a Disciplinary hearing, the Disciplinary Panel assumes the right to impose further corrective actions or penalties as it sees fit.

5.6.1 Where a representative and/or witness(es) behaves inappropriately or fails to respect the formality at any level during a Disciplinary hearing this can be dealt with under the code by having a separate hearing.

5.7. The Disciplinary Panel shall have the power to suspend the operation of any part, or all, of the penalty it imposes for such period and subject to such terms and conditions it deems appropriate.

5.8. Decisions of the Disciplinary Panel (a finding that a complaint is proved or not proved or a decision on penalty) shall be by majority vote; where necessary the Disciplinary Panel Chairman shall have a casting vote.

5.9. The League shall report match bans in writing to the relevant club's County Board for national circulation. Players should understand that match bans will normally apply to all cricket played under the auspices of ECB. The ECB Premier Leagues will also recognise suspensions from other Leagues.

6. APPEALS

6.1. Appeals shall only be allowed against an automatic ban instigated for a Level 1 or 2 offence on the grounds of mistaken identity, misrepresentation or failure of the umpires to follow the procedures in Paragraph 2 above.

6.2. Where a breach of the Code of Conduct has been proved at a Disciplinary Hearing, a player or club shall have the right of appeal. Where a player and his club are appealing in relation to the same incident, they must do so separately.

6.3. A notice of appeal setting out the grounds must be given in writing to the Discipline Chairman within seven days of the decision of the Disciplinary Panel, together with a deposit of £100 if the appeal is by a player or £250 if the appeal is by a club.

6.4. If a notice of appeal is given, the penalty shall not take effect pending the hearing of the Appeal, which shall take place as soon as is practicable and in any event within 14 days of receipt of notice of the appeal.

6.5. The Appeal shall be by way of a new hearing before a different Panel. The Appeal Panel shall be appointed by the Discipline Chairman and shall consist of not less than three persons and not more than five persons drawn from a list approved by the League's Management Committee. None of the Panel should be connected with the individual or the club or their opponents, or a club which might directly benefit from any disciplinary action or have been a member of the original Disciplinary Panel.

6.6. The player or club shall have the same entitlements as set out in Paragraph 6.4 above.

6.7. If the player or club is to have representation present at the hearing then the details of that representation must be given to the Discipline Chairman not less than 7 days before the date of the hearing.

6.8. Non-attendance at a hearing of the Appeals Panel by the club or person that submitted the appeal without good and valid reason for such non-attendance will automatically result in forfeiture of their right of appeal.

6.9. The Appeals Panel may confirm, vary or reverse the decision of the Disciplinary Panel and it shall have the power to increase the penalty and award costs of the Appeal hearing and forfeit the whole or part of the deposit. Decisions of the Appeal Panel shall be by majority vote; where necessary, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.

6.10. The decision of the Appeals Panel or, if no appeal, of the Disciplinary Panel, shall be final and binding.

7. NON PAYMENT OF FINES

7.1. Any fine levied under these procedures or imposed for the breach of any match rule must be paid to the Treasurer of the League within twenty-eight days of the Club being notified of such fine.

7.2. Any fines still outstanding at the end of that period shall be increased by 100% of the original fine, when the Secretary or Chairman of the offending Club shall be notified to the effect that the fine is outstanding. They will be given a reminder that if after a period of fourteen days from that reminder, the fine is still outstanding, a deduction of five points shall be made from the points gained by the side that received the fine.

APPENDIX 1 - BREACHES OF DISCIPLINE

Certain conduct, whether on or off the field of play, amounting to a breach of the Laws of Cricket and/or the Spirit of Cricket has been categorised into 4 levels which are set out below:-

Level 1:
a) Time wasting by either the fielding side or the batting side which results in a 5 run penalty or the bowler being disallowed from bowling any further in that innings in accordance with Laws 41.9 and 41.10.
b) wilfully mistreating any part of the cricket ground, equipment or implements used in the match
c) showing dissent at an umpire's decision by word or action
d) using language that, in the circumstances, is obscene, offensive or insulting
e) making an obscene gesture
f) appealing excessively
g) advancing towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing
h) bowling a dangerous or unfair short-pitched delivery and/or an accidental non-pitching delivery that results in the bowler being disallowed from bowling any further in that innings in accordance with Laws 41.6 and 41.7.
i) any other misconduct, the nature of which is, in the opinion of the umpires, equivalent to a Level 1 offence.

Level 2:
a) showing serious dissent at an umpire's decision by word or action
b) making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with another player
c) charging or advancing towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing
d) deliberate distraction, deception or obstruction on the field of play under Law 41.4 or 41.5.
e) throwing the ball at a player, umpire or another person in an inappropriate and dangerous manner
f) using language or gesture to another player, umpire, team official or spectator that, in the circumstances, is obscene or of a seriously insulting nature
g) causing avoidable damage to the pitch that results in a 5 run penalty being awarded under Laws 41.12.3, 41.14.3 and 41.15.3.
h) any other misconduct, the nature of which is, in the opinion of the umpires, equivalent to a Level 2 offence.

Level 3:
a) intimidating an umpire by language or gesture
b) threatening to assault a player or any other person except an umpire.
c) using language or gesture that offends, insults, humiliates, intimidates, threatens, disparages or vilifies another person on the basis of that person's race, religion or belief, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or background.
d) Deliberately bowling a non-pitching delivery which is deemed dangerous and unfair in accordance with Law 41.7

Level 4:
a) threatening to assault an umpire
b) making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with an umpire
c) physically assaulting a player or any other person
d) committing any other act of violence.
e) using language or gesture that seriously offends, insults, humiliates, intimidates, threatens, disparages or vilifies another person on the basis of that person's race, religion or belief, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or background.

The conduct listed in Level 1 to Level 4 above cannot be considered to be exhaustive.

APPENDIX 2 - MUTUAL RECOGNITION CLAUSE

It is intended that Leagues will work with Minor Counties and County Boards to ensure these Disciplinary Guidelines have the greatest effect.

The first section refers to the sharing of information between cricket bodies and also advises the players this will happen:

The League shall report match bans in writing to the relevant club's County Board, who will also inform the ECB, in accordance with the conditions set out at a) to c) below. In the case of a Minor County Player being the subject of a sanction the Minor County Cricket Association must be advised.

a. Information about penalties imposed under these discipline regulations shall be shared with individuals at the club and County Board on a need to know basis, for example with individuals who need to be informed in order to give effect to the penalty;
b. Information about match bans held by the County Board shall be shared with other clubs only for the purposes of ensuring recognition of penalties by other clubs; and
c. Individuals subject to these discipline regulations must be made aware by their clubs that by playing in matches under the jurisdiction of the ECB, they agree that information about penalties imposed on them will be shared with the County Boards, ECB and other clubs in accordance with these discipline regulations.

The second section refers to the recognition of penalties imposed by others.

The wording above has been agreed with ECB lawyers and the Cricket Discipline Commission and as a consequence it is appropriate for each League to add to the second section, highlighted below, to read as follows:-

a. All clubs that play in ECB competitions or in County Board affiliated Leagues shall recognise and give full effect to any match ban, and/or any other penalty, imposed pursuant to by these discipline regulations by a League within that County Board boundary and the boundaries of the listed neighbouring Counties and Leagues (name of neighbouring Leagues to be inserted).

Note:-
All clubs that play in ECB competitions or in County Board affiliated Leagues shall also give effect to any match bans, and/or other penalties, imposed pursuant to any other disciplinary regulations as directed by the ECB.

Guideline to address suspect bowling action

The following is the recommended process to be followed in the event an Umpire has reason to believe that, in his opinion, an individual player's bowling action is suspect and may not conform to the prescribed delivery position either continuously or intermittently.

NOTE: This process does not deal with a deliberate throw of a cricket ball on delivery to a batsman, which should at all times be called a 'No Ball'.

1. On The Field of Play

a) Further to the initial observation of a bowling action that appears suspect, a formal record should be made by the umpire (i.e. name of player, over and ball). Other than to continue to monitor, no further action is necessary at this time.

b) Upon a second occurrence (recorded as above) the umpire concerned should first establish if his colleague has similar concerns / recordings.

Whether the other Umpire has any specific input or not, the Captain of the fielding side must be alerted (in the presence of both umpires) as to the nature and recorded facts of the observations and informed that a report will be made in writing to the League immediately following the completion of the game.

It is the responsibility of the Captain to inform the bowler / player concerned.

There should be no debate from either party on the field of play.

In the majority of cases, the calling of subsequent 'No Balls' should be discouraged as finite assessment would not have been made at that time.

However, if in the opinion of BOTH Umpires their concern regarding subsequent suspect bowling is of such a nature as to affect the game itself, then TOGETHER they may agree to:

i) Speak with the Fielding Captain and suggest that the bowler is taken off or;

ii) Inform the Captain, who will inform the bowler / player, that each subsequent delivery if considered suspect, WILL be called 'No Ball'.

2. Report

A full and concise report must be written by the observing Umpire(s) and sent within 3 full days (i.e. excludes the day of the game) to the Chairman of the League, with the Chairman and the Appointment Secretary of the Umpires Panel, and the General Secretary of the League, placed on copy. This may be accomplished via email.

3. Report Management

Upon receipt the League Chairman (or his nominated deputy) will investigate whether there are any similar reports and in any event write to the Chairman of the Club affected recording that a report has been received and an investigation commenced.

If:
i) The report is the first received of any kind regarding the player and his bowling action (within the last 12 months), the League will notify both the Club and the Umpires panel of this fact. There will be no further action taken by the League other than a suggestion for the Club to consider a review.

Or:
ii) the report is the second or more of any kind regarding the player and his bowling action, within any 12 month period, the League will notify both the Club and the Umpires panel that the player must not bowl until a full assessment of his or her action has taken place. The responsibility, enforcement and any costs incurred will reside with the Club and / or the player.

There is agreement with the County Club that a suitably qualified professional coach may assist with this assessment but a fee may ensue. The assessment will if possible include obtaining video footage of the bowler’s action for discussion between the coach and the player.

4. Assessment

a) Following assessment and the provision of a formal report, including an opinion and recommendation from the professional coach, the player will be informed by the League of one of the following options:

i) To resume bowling immediately as no problem was found or the action was considered to be within acceptable limits.
ii) Be permitted to bowl within defined limitation.
iii) Complete a course of remedial action as defined within the report before bowling again.
iv) Be referred to the ECB for further assessment and recommendation. Again this will be at the Club / Player cost.

Upon receipt of the assessment and following review of all recommendations, the League shall act as follows:

5. Primary Notification

It is the responsibility of the League to communicate with all affected parties the course of action to be followed and to map the process for the Club and Player as necessary. This will include the degree of acceptance of the report, acknowledgement of the remedial work to be completed; any bowling limitations to be applied in the intervening period; or the referral process to be followed:

a) Both the Club and the player will be advised within 7 days following receipt of the Assessment.

b) The Chairman and the Appointments Secretary of the Umpires Panel will be copied for completeness.

Any subsequent updates to this Primary Notification shall be at the discretion of the League and be driven by the needs of cricket and the status of the issue. At all times the aim of all parties must be to address any issues with sympathy and understanding for the player concerned but not to the exclusion of the Laws of Cricket.

The issue is only concluded when the League formally write to all affected parties (i.e. the Player; Club and Umpires) stating that the issue is resolved to their satisfaction and detail any limitations that may ensue (as contained in item 4 above but not limited by them).

6. Appeals

Any player or Club may appeal the decision of the League on any substantive matter relating to the suspect action, or their findings, or conclusions. Such an appeal should be made in the first instance to the Chairman of the Hampshire Cricket Board (HCB).

Overseas Players - Visa Guide

Posted below is a matrix issued by the UK Border Agency, which sets out the types of visas overseas visitors need to enter the UK. The type of visa and what the individual can do and not do in relation to playing cricket, coaching, attending coaching courses, and receiving payment. This will be of particular relevance to clubs thinking about engaging overseas players in 2016.

Visas are only obtainable from the country of origin and clubs are requested to ensure all UK entry credentials are strictly in order before entering into any arrangement for the 2016 season.

A coaching qualification and DBS check or equivalent is still mandatory in accordance with Clause 4.4 - 4.4.2 of the SEPCL Administration Rules & Regulations.

Clubs are reminded, as per SPCL Administrative Rule 4, Clause 4.1 NO PAYMENTS MAY BE MADE TO ANY PLAYER, OVERSEAS OR OTHERWISE, FOR PLAYING IN THE SPCL.

It is understood that heavy fines can be imposed by UK Border Agency and HMRC should irregularities occur with the playing and/or payment of overseas players.

"Clubs requiring further information should contact the UK Border Agency, not SPCL officials."

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VISA
Type
VISA
Description
VISA
Description
VISA
Desc.
Play?Coach?Attend
Coaching
Courses?
Attend
Coaching
Courses?
Take
Courses?
Paid?
Tier 5 (Sports person)Given to players/coaches who qualify under ECB endorsement criteria & who have a Tier 5 SponsorYESYES (only if they entered as a player coach)YESYES
Sports Visitor Visa (SVV. Shown as "C-Visit-Sportsperson" on Visa)Given to amateurs wishing to enter the UK for a max of 6 months to participate in a one off or series of sporting events. Not required for Non-Visa Nationals.YESInformal Only, which is incidental to playing (must be qualified)NONo payment allowed (can be provided accom and have airfare paid for - nothing else)
Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS)Given to young people as a one off from Australia & New Zealand wishing to enter and experience life in the UK.YESInformal Only, which is incidental to playing (must be qualified)YESNo payment allowed (can be provided accom and have airfare paid for - nothing else)
Tier 4Given to people wishing to come to the UK and undertake long term study such as University studentsYESNOOnly for the course they were given the Visa for or if it is required as part of courseNO
General Visitor Visa (shown as "C-Visit" on Visa)Given to people wishing to undertake short term study (less than 9 months), such as attending a UKCC2 coaching courseNONOYES - Provided it is not the main reason for their visitNO
Student Visitor Visa (shown as "C-Visit- Study or Student" on Visa)Given to people wishing to undertake short term study (less than 9 months), such as attending a UKCC2 coaching courseNONOYESNO
Business Visitor Visa (shown as "C-Visit-Business" on Visa)See UKBA website for detailed informationNONOYES - Provided it is not the mainreason for their visitNO
British & EU Passport HoldersN/AYESYES (Must be qualified)YESYES
Non-Visa Nationals (e.g: Australians, New Zealand)N/A - if coming for less than 6 monthsYESInformal Only, which is incidental to playing (must be qualified)NONO - they will still need to demonstrate that they meet the Sports Visitor Visa criteria
Ancestral Visa / "Spousal Visa"Given to those people who can demonstrate anancestral link to the UK / is married to a person from the UK.YESYES (Must be qualified)YESYES

As the ECB are not Immigration Officials the matrix above is not definitive immigration advice.

It provides a brief overview of the most common Visa types.

For immigration advice, please contact the Home Office.

T20 Cup Rules & Regulations

1. Control & Management

The entire control and management of the Southern League Twenty 20 Cup (hereinafter referred to as the Cup) shall be vested in the Management Committee of the Southern Premier Cricket League and played under the Laws of Cricket, except where superseded by these Competition Rules and shall be played for the Southern League Twenty 20 Cup. The Cup shall not become the property of any one Club. The number of Clubs competing shall be determined by the Management Committee, which will use its discretion regarding the issue of invitations for Clubs to enter.

2. Entry Qualifications

All competing Clubs shall be affiliated to the Hampshire Cricket Board and be teams playing regularly in the Southern Premier League Divisions.

3. Playing Qualifications

3.1 A player is entitled to play for the Cricket Section of the Club for which he is a fully paid up member and is registered in accordance with the Southern Premier Cricket League playing requirements. See SPCL Administration Rule 4: Eligibility of Players. However the allowance for emergency registration of Category 1 players contained in Clause 4.3.3 will change slightly as described later in this (3.1) section.

For the purpose of this Competition the Clause shall read:

'No Category 1, 2 or 3 or 3 (exempt) player can play in the Competition until confirmation of that player's registration is received from the Registration Secretary, together with his registration number. However, for Rounds 1, 2 & 3 only, in an emergency, a Category 1 only player can be registered on the day of the match, provided that both Umpires have countersigned the registration form as being fully completed BEFORE the start of the match. The Registration Secretary must receive the fully completed registration form before Wednesday Midday following the Sunday of the match or the player shall be assumed to have played illegally, and the result of the match will automatically go in favour of the opposition.'

In the event of a rescheduled match not being played on a Sunday then the time scale will be Midday of the third day immediately following the actual day the match (e.g. match day Wednesday = Midday Saturday).

In a Semi Final and Final no player shall be eligible to play unless confirmation of that player's registration is received from the Registration Secretary, together with his registration number. The form can be faxed, scanned and E-mailed, or hand delivered.

3.2 No player may represent more than one Club in this competition in any one season.

4. The Draw & Playing of Rounds

The draw will be made and matches played as the Management Committee may determine. Immediately after the draw, the Competition Manager or his nominated deputy, shall inform each of the Clubs drawn the name of the Club it has been drawn against and the date on which the tie is to be played. This competition shall take precedence over all other Sunday competition matches except for the ECB National Club Competition. Individual Clubs are not at liberty to alter the dates of fixtures without the consent of the Competition Manager, whose permission will only be given in exceptional circumstances. An inability to raise "the best" side is not a valid reason for postponement of a fixture. The Club drawn first shall be the "home" team and provide the pitch and be responsible for the placement of the fielding discs. All grounds used shall be of an acceptable standard to the Southern Premier League and be suitably equipped with adequate sightscreens.

5. Refusals

A Club refusing, or failing to play a Club against which it has been drawn on the date fixed for that round shall be adjudged to have lost the match and shall be liable to a fine not exceeding £100. Should a Club refuse to compete or not be ready to commence play at the appointed time, they may be removed at the discretion of the Management Committee.

6. Umpires & Captains

6.1 Umpires for all rounds will be appointed by the Management Committee and shall have sole control of the match in which they are officiating. It shall be the Umpires' responsibility to inform the Captains of the number of overs to be played including any reductions necessary in the event of any time loss. They shall also be responsible for informing the Captains of the agreed boundaries before the start of play.

Before the toss for innings each Captain shall nominate his players who may not thereafter be changed without the consent of the opposing Captain.

The current ECB Fast Bowling Directives will apply to all matches. Captains, Team Managers and Umpires shall be responsible for ensuring that the Directives are followed. The Captain of each side shall inform the Umpires, prior to the commencement of the match, of the names and relevant age group of any player under the age of 19 on 31st August of the previous year.

The current ECB guidance on the wearing of helmets by players up to the age of 18 shall be followed.

6.2 Each team shall supply a competent Scorer who shall not be a player in the match. If no Scorer is available, the Captain will nominate one of his team players to undertake the scoring. No substitute shall be allowed for this player, who may, however, resume his place in the nominated side, with any resultant penalties under the Laws, if a Scorer is subsequently provided.

7. Playing Conditions

7.1 General

7.1.1 The Official time for starting shall be 3.00pm, unless agreed differently by both the away team and the Management Committee. The Semi Finals and Final will be played at grounds and starting times to be agreed and confirmed by the Management Committee.

7.1.2 In the event of the match not being played owing to circumstances over which neither Club has control, the match will be rescheduled and played on a date to be arranged by the Management Committee. This will normally be on the same day of the following week.

In the event of the postponement of a rescheduled match, the tie will be decided by either a bowl out or the toss of a coin whichever is more practicable. However, in the event of such a tie being the semi final or final of the competition, other arrangements may be made at the sole discretion of the Management Committee in consultation with the competition manager.

7.2 Duration

7.2.1 In an uninterrupted match each batting side shall be entitled to receive a maximum number of 20 x 6 ball overs, unless all out earlier.

7.2.2 A team shall not be permitted to declare its innings closed.

7.2.3 In an uninterrupted match, the fielding side shall bowl its overs in 1hr 30mins. Should either fielding side fail to bowl their 20 overs within the 1hr 15minutes, it will complete the remaining overs and the batting side shall be credited with 6 runs for every whole over that has not been bowled in the allotted time. This will apply to both innings of the match. The 1hr 15mins may be extended for an interruption during play on the field due to injury or lost ball, or other unavoidable cause. The Umpires shall inform the Captain of the fielding side and the batsman at the crease of any increased time allowance as and when they arise. (The Umpires' decision will be final and not for negotiation). Where an interruption before or during the match due to any cause which requires the umpires to reduce the number as in 7.2.4 below the Umpires on taking the field will inform the fielding Captain of the revised time by which the overs are to be completed based on 3.75minutes per remaining over to be bowled. This shall apply to both innings on each occasion they take the field.

7.2.4 In the event of time being lost due to any cause, either prior to the scheduled start or during a match, the Umpires, shall, if possible, adjust the length of the innings so that each batting side shall be entitled to an equal maximum number of overs which shall not be less than 5. In all matches, before making any of the following calculations the Umpires shall ignore the first 30 minutes of time lost. If 5 overs per innings are not possible due to further time loss the match shall be abandoned. The match shall be reduced, due to time lost, as follows:

For every 7.5 minutes lost during the first innings the time allowed for that innings will be reduced by 3.75 minutes and the maximum number of overs reduced by one. The team batting second will receive the same number of overs as bowled to the team batting first unless the team batting first loses all its wickets, in which case the side batting second will receive the revised maximum number of overs.

For every 3.75 minutes lost during the second innings 1 over will be deducted from that innings.

7.2.5 The interval between innings shall be 10 minutes.

7.3 Restriction on the Placement of Fieldsmen

7.3.1 At the instant of delivery there shall not be more than five fieldsmen on the leg side.

7.3.2 For the first 6 overs only of each innings, two fieldsmen only are permitted to be outside an area bounded by semi-circles which 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 field restriction area is to 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.

7.3.3 For the remaining overs of each innings, five fieldsmen only are permitted to be outside the fielding circle at the instant of delivery.

7.3.4 Team Batting First

Where the number of overs of either team is reduced, the number of overs in regard to the restrictions in 7.3.2 and 7.3.3 above shall be in accordance with the following table. If on resumption after a delay the number of overs has been exceeded, this shall take effect immediately.

Total Overs In InningsTotal Overs In InningsTotal Overs
In Innings
Number of Overs for Field RestrictionsNumber of Overs for Field RestrictionsNumber of Overs
for Field Restrictions
5-7 2
8-11 3
12-14 4
15-18 5
19 6

7.3.5 Team Batting Second

a) Where the number of overs for the team batting second is reduced, the number of field restriction overs shall be reduced in accordance with the table above. For the sake of clarity the table shall apply to both first and second innings.

b) Where, in an interrupted innings, on resumption the calculated number of field restriction overs (as set out above) has already been exceeded, then restrictions shall end immediately subject to c) below.

c) If an innings is interrupted during an over, the status of that over must be retained when that over is completed.

d) In the event of an infringement of any of the above fielding restrictions, the striker's end Umpire shall call and signal 'No Ball'

7.4 Number of Overs Per Bowler

No bowler may bowl more than four overs. However, in a delayed start or interrupted match, where the number of overs are reduced for both sides or for the side bowling second, no bowler may bowl more than one fifth of the total overs allowed (unless such a number has been bowled before the interruption), except that where the total overs is not divisible by 5, an additional over shall be allowed to the minimum number of bowlers necessary to make up the balance - e.g. after 8 overs have been bowled rain interrupts play such that the innings is reduced to 12 overs. Both opening bowlers have bowled 4 overs. Two bowlers can bowl 3 overs and 3 bowlers can bowl 2.

Bowlers 1 and 2 have already exceeded this limit. They count as the two bowlers who were allowed the extra over (3 as opposed to 2) and so any other bowler is limited to 2 overs.

When an interruption occurs mid-over and on resumption the bowler has exceeded the new maximum allocation, he will be allowed to finish the incomplete over. In the event of a bowler being incapacitated or suspended and being unable to complete an over, the remaining balls will be bowled by another bowler providing that bowler did not bowl the previous over or part thereof. Such part of an over will count as a full over only insofar as each bowler's limit is concerned.

The number of overs bowled by each individual bowler shall be recorded by the Umpires.

7.4.1For U19 bowlers, overs can be bowled in any combination i.e. if a U19 bowler bowls 2 overs, there is no requirement to have to wait another 2 overs before bowling again.

7.5 Laws 24.12 - 'No Ball' Penalty

Law 24.12 will apply except that the penalty for No Ball will be 2 runs.

7.6 Free Hit after a 'No Ball'

The delivery following a no ball called (all modes of no ball with the exception of a short-pitched delivery that passes or would have passed clearly over head-height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease) shall be a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it.

If the delivery for the free hit is not a legitimate delivery (any kind of no ball or a wide ball) then the net delivery will become a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it.

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.

Field changes are not permitted for free hit deliveries unless there is a change of striker or the no ball was the result of a fielding restriction breach in which case the field may be changed to the extent of correcting the breach. However, in all circumstances, any fielder within 15 yards of the striker may retreat to a position on the same line no more than 15 yards from the striker.

The Umpires will signal a free hit by (after the normal No Ball call) extending one arm straight upwards and moving it in a circular motion.

7.7 Law 25 - Wide Ball

In addition to Law 25, 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.

The following directive should be adopted as a guide to umpires regarding legside wides:

Deliveries passing down the leg side behind the body of the striker (not touching the batsman's bat or any part of his body or clothing) wide of the wicket, whether he moves or not, shall be interpreted as Negative bowling and 'Wide Ball' shall be called by the bowlers end umpire.

Should a batsman attempt a switch hit or reverse sweep, for the purposes of considering WIDE BALL ONLY, both sides of the wicket shall be considered as the off side.

A penalty of one run for a Wide shall be scored. This penalty shall stand in addition to any other runs which are scored or awarded.

7.8 Law 31 - Timed Out

Law 31 will apply except that the incoming batsman must be in 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 last wicket. The incoming batsman is expected to be ready to make his way to the wicket immediately a wicket falls.

7.9 Short Pitched Bowling

In addition to Law 42.6 (Dangerous and unfair bowling) the following shall apply:-

A bowler shall be limited to one fast, short pitched ball per over (the Umpire at the bowler's end shall make it clear to both the bowler and the batsman when a short pitched ball has been bowled)

A fast, short pitched ball is defined as a ball which passes or would have passed above the shoulder of the batsman standing upright at the crease. This ruling shall apply even though the striker has made contact with the ball with his bat, person, or equipment. Note: A ball passing above head height being called No Ball by the Umpire, Law 42.6 (a) (ii), shall count as 'one for the over' in the context of this regulation. (Law 42.6 (a) shall also apply, in full).

If this limit is exceeded the Umpire at the bowler's end shall call and signal 'No Ball' on each occasion. If a bowler exceeds his limit of short-pitched deliveries in an over, not only must the Umpire call 'No Ball' but he must invoke the procedures of caution, final warning and reporting as set out in Law 42.7.

7.10 The Bowling of High Full Pitched Balls

Law 42.6 (b) (i) Bowling of high full pitch balls shall be amended to read as follows:

Any high full pitched ball (regardless of its pace) which passes or would have passed above waist height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease shall be called and signalled No ball by the umpire at the bowler's end.

In addition, if the high full pitched ball is fast, it shall be deemed dangerous and unfair and the umpire at the bowler's end, in addition to the call and signal of No ball, will adopt the procedures of Law 42.7

7.11 Double Bounce Deliveries

Law 24.6 is replaced by:

The umpire at the bowlers' end shall call and signal 'No Ball' if a ball which they consider to have been delivered, without having previously touched bat or person of the striker, either (i) bounces more than ONCE or (ii) rolls along the ground before it reaches the popping crease.

8. The Ball

One new orange Dukes quarter ball shall be used for each innings. The balls shall be provided by the SPCL.

9. The Result

i) Save as hereinafter provided a match shall be won by the team who has scored the most runs.

ii) In the event of overs being reduced in the second innings the winning total required shall be determined as follows:

(a) The number of runs scored by the team batting first shall be divided by the number of overs which that team would have been entitled to receive after making allowance for any time lost after the appointed commencement of the match. The resulting figure (taken to 2 decimal places) is hereinafter called the run rate.

(b) The run rate shall be multiplied by the lowest number of overs which the side batting second shall be entitled to receive after making allowance for time lost after the commencement of that team's innings. The resulting figure (taken to 2 decimal places) is hereinafter called the 'target score'.

(c) If a side batting second surpasses the target score at any time prior to the conclusion of its innings and without that team having been dismissed then the match shall be won by the team batting second, failing which it shall be won by the team who batted first.

(d) A match can only be tied if the scores are equal at the end of the match and provided that no interruptions have occurred. In a match interrupted after the commencement, where the revised target score involves a fraction of a run, the final scores cannot be equal and the result cannot be a tie.

(iii) In the event of a match ending in a tie, it will be decided as follows:

In the event of the scores being tied, no account shall be taken of wickets lost. The teams shall compete in a one over per side eliminator to determine the winner. The following procedure will apply should the provision for a one over per side eliminator be adopted in any match.

(a) Subject to weather conditions the one over per side eliminator will take place at a time to be determined by the umpires. In normal circumstances it shall commence 10 minutes after the conclusion of the match.

(b) The one over per side eliminator will take place on the pitch allocated for the match (the designated pitch) unless otherwise determined by the umpires in consultation with the ground authority and the umpires.

(c) The umpires shall stand at the same end as that in which they finished the match.

(d) The umpires shall choose which end to bowl and both teams will bowl from the same end.

(e) Prior to the commencement of the one over per side eliminator each team elects three batsmen and one bowler.

(f) The nominated players are given in writing to the umpires. The umpires shall not disclose the names of the nominated players to any other person until both teams have submitted their respective nominees.

(g) Each team's over is played with the same fielding restrictions as apply for the last over in the T20 match.

(h) The team batting second in the match will bat first in the one over eliminator.

(i) The same ball (or a ball of a similar age if the original ball is out of shape or lost) as used at the end of the team's innings shall be used for the 'extra' over.

(j) The loss of two wickets in the over ends the team's one over innings.

(k) In the event of the teams having the same score after the one over per side eliminator has been completed, the team whose batsmen hit the most number of boundaries combined from its two innings in both the main match and the one over per side eliminator shall be the winner.

(l) If the number of boundaries hit by both teams is equal, the team whose batsmen scored more boundaries during its innings in the main match (ignoring the over per side eliminator) shall be the winner.

(m) If still equal, a count-back from the final ball of the one over eliminator shall be conducted. On count back, the team with the higher scoring delivery shall be the winner. If a team loses two wickets during its over, then any unbowled deliveries will be counted as dot balls. Note that for this purpose, the runs scored from a delivery is defined as the total team runs scored since the completion of the previous legitimate ball, i.e including any runs resulting from wides, no ball or penalty runs.

Example:

Ball Runs Scored by Team 1Runs Scored by Team 1Runs Scored
by Team 1
Runs Scored by Team 2Runs Scored by Team 2Runs Scored
by Team 2
Ball 6 1 1
Ball 5 4 4
Ball 4 2 1
Ball 3 6 2
Ball 2 0 1
Ball 1 2 6

In this example both teams scored an equal number of runs from the 6th and 5th ball of their innings. However team 1 scored 2 runs from its 4th ball while team 2 scored a single so team 1 is the winner.

10. Notification of Results

The Home Club shall input the match details onto the Play-Cricket website within 24 hours from the end of the game.

In the event of a no result, the Home Club must update the Play-Cricket website accordingly and inform the Competition manager by telephone, within 4 hours.

11. Protests & Appeals

Disputes and complaints shall be made in writing to the Competition Manager within 48 hours of the incident or occurrence to which they refer. The question of eligibility or qualification of competitors, interpretation of the Rules, as well as the other matters in dispute, shall be referred to the Management Committee whose decision shall be final.

12. Winning Club

The winning Club shall be presented with a pennant. The Cup will remain on display in the prescribed trophy cabinet at the Hampshire Rose Bowl. In the event of the winning Club holding the trophy on a temporary basis (i.e. immediately after the final), it must ensure it is returned within 48 hours in a clean, polished condition. The winning club shall be responsible for the Cup during that period and is to make good any damage sustained whilst in its possession.

13. Semi-Final & Final

The venue(s) for the semi-finals and final will be determined by the Management Committee.