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2014 RULES

1/. Players must be under the relevant age as at midnight on 31st August 2013

2/. Evidence of date of birth of any individual player must be provided to the East & South Dorset Cricket Association committee, if requested.

3/. (a) The following matches will be 8-a-side:-

(1) U8s

(2) U9s

(3) U10 Division 2

(4) U11 Division 2

(5) Girls U11

(6) Girls U13

     (b) The following matches will be 9-a-side:-

(1) U10 Division 1

(2) U11 Division 1

(3) U12s

(4) U13s

(5) U15s

(6) Girls U15

     (c) The following matches will be 11-a-side

(1) Dorset U13 & U15 Cup matches only

NOTE: -  In all age groups, teams will be allowed to play 1 more player than the permitted number, provided that only the correct number of players bat and are on the field at any one time. However, all players are allowed to bowl.


4/. No player may play for more than 1 club in a season, within an age group.

If a club has teams in both Division 1 and Division 2, once a player has played 3 matches in Division 1, that player is no longer eligible to play in Division 2.

5/. Cup competitions are considered separate to the League matches, but a player must only play for one team in each Cup competition.

6/. It shall not be permissible for a team to retain points won by including an ineligible player. At the discretion of the East & South Dorset Cricket Association Committee, either points may be awarded to the opposing team or the match replayed.

7/. All complaints/protests, relating to the rules of the Competition, must be in writing to the Secretary, within 7 days of the occurrence.

8/. Matches will be played on the following days and times:-

(a) U8 - Sunday, 9.30am

(b) U9 - Saturday, 9.30am 

(c) U10 - Friday, 6.15pm

(d) U11 - Saturday, 9.00am

(e) U12 - Friday, 6.00pm

(f) U13 - Monday, 6.00pm

(g) U15 - Tuesday, 6.00pm

(h) Girls - Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6.15pm

Matches must be played on the date allocated, unless both teams agree to play on an earlier date than the one scheduled.

Matches cancelled due to bad weather cannot be rearranged, other than as a friendly.

IMPORTANT GENERAL RULES:

(1)  No Balls:-

a/. In pairs cricket, 2 bounces, before the popping crease, are allowed. In all other cricket, only 1 bounce is allowed.

b/. Any delivery passing the batsman, at the crease, above the waist, on the full,  should be called a no ball.

c/. Any delivery passing the batsman, at the crease, above shoulder height, after bouncing, should be called a no ball. 

(2) If a player is either due to, or has played in, a District or County match, he should not be expected to play a club match as well on the same day.

(3) Bails should not be used in either U8, U9 (softball) or Girls U11 matches.


9/. 10 points will be awarded for a win, 5 points for a tie (scores equal)

10/. Batting Bonus points will be awarded as follows (League matches only):-

(a) U8s, U9s, U10 Div 2, U11 Div.2, Girls U11&U13  - 1 point for every 10 runs above 200, up to a maximum of 10 points.

(b) U10 Div 1, U11 Div.1, U12s, U13s, U15s & Girls U15  - 1 point for scoring 40 runs, and 1 extra point thereafter for each additional 20 runs, up to a maximum of 5 points. For the side batting second, and winning, points will be awarded for wickets in hand at the close, as follows:- 1 point for 2 wickets in hand, 2 points for 4 wickets in hand, 3 points for 6 wickets in hand, 4 points for 7 wickets in hand, 5 points for 8 wickets in hand. The maximum number of batting points a side can obtain is 5.

11/. Bowling Bonus points will be awarded as follows (League matches only):-

(a) U8s, U9s, U10 Div 2, U11 Div.2, Girls U11&U13 - none

(b) U10 iv 1, U11 Div.1, U12s, U13s, U15s & Girls U15  - 1 point for taking one wicket, 2 points for taking three wickets, 3 points for taking five wickets, 4 points for taking seven wickets, 5 points for taking eight, or all available, wickets. If a side playing short has batsmen retired, bowling points will be awarded taking into account the number of wickets taken and the number of players missing.

12/. If a team fails to honour a fixture, it will receive no points and 20 points will be awarded to the other side, with the match counting as a fixture played for both teams.

13/. The final League positions will be decided by average points per match

14/. Format of games:-

(a) U8, U9, U10 Div 2, U11 Div.2, Girls U11&U13 -

1. Each team to have one innings of 16 six-ball overs.

2. The batting side shall be divided into pairs, each pair batting for 4 overs and changing at the end of the 4th, 8th and 12th overs.

3. No bowler may bowl more than 3 overs

4. Each team shall start with a score of 200 runs and accumulate runs as in normal cricket. Every time a wicket falls, 6 runs shall be deducted from the total.

5. If a team is 1 player short, the lowest scoring batsman from the first 2 pairs, taking into account wickets lost, will bat again in the 4th pair. If a team is 2 players short, they must play the entire game with only 6 players, batting for 12 overs with 3 pairs.

6. When a batsman is out, he shall not face the next delivery, swapping ends if necessary.

7. A wide delivery will incur a penalty of 2 runs, plus any runs scored, but no extra ball except in the last over when 2 runs and an extra ball will both apply.

8. A no-ball will incur a penalty of 2 runs, plus any runs scored, but no extra ball, except in the last over when 2 runs and an extra ball will both apply.

9. Bails should not be used in either U8, U9 (Softball) or Girls U11 matches

(b) U10 Div 1, U11 Div.1& U12:-

1. Each team to have one innings of 18 six-ball overs.

2. The umpires will decide on any adjustment of overs in the event of inclement weather or bad light. In a match subject to a late start or interruption in the first innings, each innings will be reduced by one over for each full 6 minutes lost. In a case of interruption in the second innings, that innings is reduced by one over for each full 3 minutes lost. The minimum number of overs for a result to be obtained must be 10 overs for each side, unless a team is all out, or the side batting second exceed their target score. In the case of a side batting second and the innings being curtailed after 10, or more, overs, the match is decided on average number of runs scored per over.

3. No bowler may bowl more than 4 overs in a match.If either innings is reduced to 15 overs or less, then each bowler is only allowed a maximum of 3 overs.

4. Each batsman will retire when their score reaches 25, and shall not return to the wicket, even if the remainder of the side is out. If the last 2 batsmen are at the wicket, and one batsman reaches 25, he should then act as a runner, until the other batsman is either out, reaches 25, or the team wins. If either of the batsmen are run out, the innings will end.

5. A wide delivery will incur a penalty of 2 runs, plus any runs scored, but no extra ball except in the last over when 2 runs and an extra ball will both apply.

6. A no-ball will incur a penalty of 2 runs, plus any run scored, but no extra ball, except in the last over when 2 runs and an extra ball will both apply.

(c) U13, U15 & Girls U15

1/. Each innings will consist of 20, six-ball overs.

2. The umpires will decide on any adjustment of overs in the event of inclement weather or bad light. In a match subject to a late start or interruption in the first innings, each innings will be reduced by 1 over for each full 6 minutes lost. In a case of interruption in the second innings, that innings is reduced by 1 over for each full 3 minutes lost. The minimum number of overs for a result to be obtained must be 10 overs for each side, unless a team is all out, or the side batting second exceed their target score. In the case of a side batting second and the innings being curtailed after 10, or more, overs, the match is decided on average number of runs scored per over.

3. No bowler may bowl more than 4 overs in a match. If either innings is reduced to 15 overs or less, then each bowler is only allowed a maximum of 3 overs.

4. Each batsman will retire when their score reaches 35 and shall not return to the wicket, even if the remainder of the side is out. If the last 2 batsmen are at the wicket, and one batsman reaches 35, he should then act as a runner, until the other batsman is either out, reaches 35, or the team wins. If either of the batsmen are run out, the innings will end.

5. Wides and no balls will incur a penalty of 1 run, plus any runs scored. These are always re-bowled.

 

15/. The Home team must supply a match ball. For U9 - U13 age groups, this should be a youth ball (4 3/4 oz). For U8, U9 (Softball) and Girls U11 matches, this should be an incrediball or similar type ball.

16/. Each team must provide an umpire and a scorer.

17/. Helmets are mandatory for all batsman, and for all wicketkeepers.Apart from the U8, U9 (Softball) and Girls U11 Leagues, where no equipment is required.

18/. Pitch Lengths:-

(a) U8s - 15 yards

(b) U9 (Softballl) - 16 yards

(c) U9 (Hardball) - 18 yards

(d) U10s - 19 yards

(e) U11s - 20 yards

(f) U12s & U13s - 21 yards

(g) U15s - 22 yards

(h) Girls U11 - 16 yards

(i) Girls U13 - 20 yards

(j) Girls U15 - 21 yards

19/. Fielding Restrictions:-

(a) U8s - U13s: No player is allowed to field within 11 yards of the bat, except behind the wicket on the off side.

(b) U14s - U15s: No player is allowed to field within 8 yards of the bat, except behind the wicket on the off side.

20/. If Knock-out Cup matches are tied, the team losing the fewer wickets will be the winners. If the number of wickets are equal, the team bowling the least number of wides will be the winners.

21/. The home club must notify Alan Graham of the result of the gme, by 10.00pm on the day of the match, by one of the following methods:-

(a) E-mail: alan.graham.dcb@gmail.com

(b) Text: 07801 312976

22/. Fines will be imposed for the following offences:-

(a) Scratched Matches - 1st occasion:£10, 2nd occasion:£20, 3rd occasion:£30 and the team will be withdrawn from the league.

(b) Withdrawing from the League, at any point after fixtures have been compiled - £30.

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