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League Rules and Guidelines 2010


Match length and times:

  • Games are of 1 innings per team, and 36 overs per innings

  • A bowler can bowl a maximum of 6 overs in an innings

  • A quick drinks break is available to the fielding side after 18 overs. If a wicket falls in the 18th over drinks shall be taken immediately.

  • Games start at 2pm, a team will forfeit the toss if not ready to do it at 1.45pm

  • A team loses 1 over of their batting innings for every 5 minutes they are not ready after 2pm.

    Eg. If they not ready until 2.15, they will lose 3 overs, and bat for 33 overs.

  • Each team has a responsibility to bowl their 36 overs within about 2 hours and 30 minutes. Much longer than this would be considered a bit lengthy. This equates to (just) over 14 overs per hour

Wides, No Balls and Scoring:

  • Each team must provide their own players as umpires for their own innings. They are expected to umpire fairly, in the spirit of the game and to the laws of the game.

  • Each team captain must ensure that the scoring is done properly, with full bowling and batting figures

  • Runs awarded for wides and no balls:

            A- Wide = 1 run........plus extra ball

            B - Wide plus byes = 1 run plus byes.....plus extra ball

            C- No Ball = 1 run (plus any runs scored)........plus extra ball

  • WIDES - ON THE LEG SIDE - EACH OVER, THE BOWLER GETS A WARNING (BUT NO WIDE CALLED) FOR THE FIRST BALL BOWLED DOWN THE LEG SIDE EVEN IF IT ONLY JUST MISSES THE STUMPS (AND DOES NOT TOUCH BAT/PAD/BATSMAN). THEREAFTER, EVERY BALL, (YES EVERY BALL) BOWLED DOWN THE LEG SIDE (IN THAT OVER) SHOULD BE GIVEN WIDE, EVEN IF IT ONLY JUST MISSES THE STUMPS (AND DOES NOT TOUCH BAT/PAD/BATSMAN)

  • In addition, any ball that is so wide down the leg, that it would be called a wide were it on the off side, is called 'wide' regardless of whether a warning has already been given.

  • It's not a leg side wide if the ball passes on the off side of the batsman (even if the ball passes outside the leg stump) ie. the bowler is allowed to follow the batsman

  • No Balls are awarded for either a front foot fault, a ball above waist height without bouncing, or a bouncing ball at shoulder height.

LBW general guidelines:

        1. You cannot be out if hit outside the line (off side), if playing a shot, even if the ball will hit the stumps

        2. You can be given out if hit outside the line (off side) and the ball is going to hit the stumps if you are NOT playing a shot

        3. You cannot be given out if the ball pitches outside the batsman's leg stump, even if it is going on to hit the stumps.

        4. If a batsman has got a good stride in before being hit on the pad , he is generally given the benefit of the doubt.

        5. If a batsman is standing in front of his stumps, in his crease, and the ball is going to hit the stumps, then he is out!

Points and deductions:

  • There are 2 points available for a win, one for a tie/draw/match abandoned, and none for a defeat

  • It is the WINNING teams responsibility to submit the match scores and results within 2 days of the match being played (midnight Monday, after the Saturday match. There is a 1 Point deduction if you fail to do this

  • In the event of a tie or draw or rained off match it is the responsibility of both teams, or the same fine applies

  • In the event of the scores being tied, the team losing fewest wickets wins. If still a tie, it's a tie!

  • If 2 teams finish on equal points at the end of a season, then they are considered to have tied that position.

Rain:

  • A match is considered active if 15 overs of the second innings has been bowled. After this run rates are used to work out results.

  • If both Captains feel that it is unlikely that a full match can be played then they can agree to play a reduced overs match. This might occur on a day when you are fairly sure that the heavens will open later in the afternoon. Weather forecasts are reliablish, so please use your own common sense


Local Quirks:

  • London Fields: if the ball touches the branches of a tree on the full, it immediately counts as six runs

Further Reading:

  • Full info on the laws and spirit of the game here 

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