League Match Format and Playing Conditions – 2015

The Laws of Cricket 2000 Code 5th Edition 2013 will apply except when varied below. Where this code has been amended ‘league regulation’ has been added in brackets to help identify the change. Where the current law is quoted, either in part or full, the phrase ‘Laws 2013’ follows the text.

 

  1. Duration of Matches

 

1.1       All Matches

 

Matches will consist of one innings per side and each innings will be limited to

  • 50 overs (Division 1) or
  • 45 overs (Division 2 and Division 3).

 

All sides are expected to complete the bowling of their overs within 3 hours playing time. This time includes the allowances for drinks – see 2.3 below.

 

  1. Hours of Play and Intervals

 

2.1.      Start and Cessation Times

 

The start and cessation times for all league games are explained in detail in the “BCF T20 Cup and League Timings”.

 

 

2.2       Sessions of Play and Interval Between Innings

 

There will normally be two sessions of play of 3 hours 20 minutes for Division 1 and 3 hours for Division 2 and Division 3 each, separated by an interval of 30 minutes.

 

If the innings of the team batting first is completed within 30 minutes of the scheduled time for the interval, the interval shall take place immediately and the innings of the team batting second will commence correspondingly earlier.

 

If the innings of the team batting first is completed more than 30 minutes prior to the scheduled interval a ten-minute break will occur and then the team batting second will commence its innings. Thereafter, the interval will occur as scheduled. However, if both captains agree and local catering arrangements are such that tea is available immediately upon completion of the first innings, the interval will take place immediately and between innings.

 

If the team fielding first fails to bowl the required number of overs by the scheduled time for cessation of the first innings, play shall continue until the required number of overs has been bowled (also see 3.1 b)).

 

Where the innings of the side batting first is delayed or interrupted (ie for any reason other than the failure of the team fielding first to bowl the required number of overs in the time available), the interval may reduced where more than 30mins are lost. In this event the duration of the interval shall be agreed mutually by the umpires and both captains subject to no interval being more than 30 minutes duration or less than 20 minutes’ duration – subject to 3.3 d) below.

 

2.3       Intervals for Drinks

 

Two drinks intervals per innings shall be permitted, each taken after 15 and 30 overs have been bowled.  The provision of Law 15.9 shall be strictly observed. Under conditions of extreme heat the umpires may permit extra intervals for drinks.

 

The time allowance for all drinks has been calculated into the overall time allowed for the innings and no extra time will be allowed for any extra drinks breaks that may be agreed. Whatever time is taken for drinks, the overs still have to be completed within the stipulated time in 1 above.

 

An individual player may be given a drink either on the boundary edge or at the fall of a wicket, on the field, provided that no playing time is wasted. No drinks will be taken onto the field of play without the permission of the umpires.

 

  1. Length of innings

 

3.1      General regulations for uninterrupted matches

 

  1. Each team shall have the opportunity to bat for their full quota of If they are dismissed before the completion of their full quota of overs or a result is reached, the remaining overs will not be bowled.

 

If the side batting first are dismissed before the completion of their full quota of overs, then for all subsequent purposes they are deemed to have faced their full quota of overs.

 

If the team batting first are dismissed before the completion of their full quota of overs the team batting second are entitled to have the opportunity to bat for full quota of overs.

 

  1. In the first innings, the umpires will monitor the over rate as the innings progresses and will inform the fielding captain, at appropriate times, if the over rate is showing signs of slowing down to an unacceptable level. The umpires shall take account of circumstances that are outside the control of the fielding side when making this judgement – eg delays caused by the batting side, extended time taken to retrieve the ball (maximum 2 minutes per instance), delays caused by serious injury(ies), and more occasionally extreme heat or wet ground conditions.

 

If the team fielding first fail to bowl the required number of overs by the scheduled time for cessation of the first session, play will continue until the required number of overs has been bowled.

 

In addition the umpires will take note of the number of overs bowled by the team fielding first at the scheduled time for the cessation of the first session. The over in progress at the scheduled cessation of time shall count as a completed over. The team fielding first will be penalised league points at the rate of 5% of maximum points attainable in a match per whole over not bowled.

 

The umpires may reduce this penalty if they are of the opinion that events beyond the control of the team bowling first prevented them from bowling the required number of overs. This decision will be made before the start of the 2nd innings and noted on the score sheets.

 

  1. In the first innings, if the team batting first is all out and lose their last wicket after the scheduled time for the interval, the team fielding first will be penalised league points at the rate of 5% of maximum points attainable in a match per whole over not bowled in exactly the same way as b) above. (The over in which the last wicket falls to count as one complete over).

 

  1. In the second innings, if the team fielding second fails to bowl their full quota of overs by the scheduled cessation time the hours of play shall be extended until the required number of overs have been bowled or a result reached but e) below will apply.

 

  1. In the second innings, the umpires will monitor the over rate as the innings progresses and will inform the fielding captain, at appropriate times, if the over rate is showing signs of slowing down to an unacceptable level. The umpires shall take account of circumstances that are outside the control of the fielding side when making this judgement – eg delays caused by the batting side, extended time taken to retrieve the ball (maximum 2 minutes per instance), delays caused by serious injury(ies), and more occasionally extreme heat or wet ground conditions.

 

In the event of overs not being bowled within the scheduled time limit, d) above will be enforced.

 

In addition the umpires will take note of the number of overs bowled by the team fielding second at the scheduled time for the cessation of the second session. The over in progress at the scheduled cessation of time shall count as a complete over. The team fielding second will be penalised league points at the rate of 5% of maximum points attainable in a match per whole over not bowled.

 

The umpires may reduce this penalty if they are of the opinion that events beyond the control of the team bowling second prevented them from bowling the required number of overs. This decision will be made before the score sheets are signed and noted thereon.

 

 

3.2      General regulations for delayed or interrupted matches

 

  1. The object must always be to arrange the number of overs so that both sides have the opportunity of batting for the same number of overs. When a recalculation of overs is necessary, this calculation will be based on an average of 15 overs per hour in the total time available for play.  No re-arrangement of overs will take place until more than 15 minutes, in aggregate, of playing time has been lost. (Hence the cessation of play during a delayed or interrupted match can be extended by 15 minutes).

 

  1. If either side is dismissed before the completion of their agreed allocation or recalculated overs, it is deemed that they have faced their full quota of overs and any subsequent calculations e.g. Over Run Rate (ORR), will be based on their having faced their full quota of overs.

 

  1. If the team batting first are dismissed before the completion of their allocated or recalculated overs the team batting second are entitled to bat for their full allocation.

 

  1. Even though a match may be reduced in length the principles laid out in 3.1 b), c), d), and e) above still apply. Any contravention of these Regulations will still attract the relevant penalties. The fact that a match is reduced in length does not negate the requirement that the overs have to be bowled within the laid down time limits – even though these limits will differ according to the unique circumstances surrounding a particular match.

 

  1. A start may only be legitimately delayed provided the delay is not caused by either team (where a team is responsible for a delay it shall be penalised in line with the League Rules and the General Rules and Administration). However if the start of the game is delayed because a junior game prior to the senior game runs over time, that will be considered as a legitimate delay not caused by a club (but clubs are asked to take the necessary steps to avoid junior matches running excessively over time). Where a match is legitimately delayed in this way, section 3.3 for recalculating match overs will apply, unless both captains agree beforehand to play a full 45 overs per side prior to the toss.

 

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