League Rules are in blue
Appendix A is in brown
Appendix B is in green
TITLE The League shall be called the Parker Building Supplies East Sussex Cricket
League (hereinafter referred to as "the League").
2.0 OBJECTS The
objects of the League are:
2.1 To promote, encourage and foster the playing
of cricket, interest in cricket generally and in particular in the County of East
2.2 To organise cricket on a competitive basis within the spirit of
2.3 To ensure that the ECB 'Code of Conduct' and the MCC 'Spirit
of Cricket' be observed at all times and these shall be deemed to be incorporated
into these rules.
3.1 Membership of the League shall be
open to all clubs whose grounds are within the County of East Sussex or adjacent
thereto which meet the criteria for membership laid down from time to time.
3.2 Any club who plays in the first division shall be a member of the Club Cricket
3.3 All clubs must at all times have a Club Welfare Officer and
must adopt and comply with 'Safe Hands' and all child welfare policies laid down
by the ECB and/or the Sussex Cricket Board.
3.4 All clubs shall be affiliated
to the E.C.B. and the Sussex Cricket Board.
4.0 ELECTION TO MEMBERSHIP Application
for membership of the League shall be made to the Hon. Secretary, in writing,
not later than July 1st, in any year and shall be considered by the Committee
as soon as is practicable thereafter. The Committee shall either approve, reject
or defer the application without being obliged to give any reason for such decision.
Any club whose application is approved shall be eligible for election at the AGM
5.0 OFFICERS The Officers of the League shall be the
Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Fixture
Secretary. The officers (except for the Vice-Chairman) shall be elected at the
Annual General Meeting from amongst members of member clubs and shall be eligible
for re-election. No member club shall have more than one individual member as
an officer. There shall also be a Results Secretary who shall be appointed by
6.1 The affairs of the League shall be governed
by a Committee which shall consist of the officers elected at the Annual General
Meeting and six elected members from whom the Vice-Chairman shall be elected by
the Committee at their first meeting after the Annual General Meeting. The six
elected members shall serve for a period of two years, three retiring each year
by rotation but those retiring shall be eligible for re-election. No member club
may have more than one individual member as an elected member or as an officer
on the Committee.
6.2 The Committee shall meet regularly to ensure the efficient
administration of the league, four members to form a quorum.
6.3 All decisions
by the Committee shall be by a majority vote with each member (including the Chairman
or his deputy) having one vote, in the event of a tie the Chairman shall have
a second casting vote.
6.4 The Committee shall have the power to co-opt any
person or persons either generally or for a specific purpose, or for a specific
meeting or meetings, either as a voting or a non-voting member. The Committee
shall further have power to fill any casual vacancy arising during the year and
to appoint sub-Committees (except as set out in sub-paragraph 5 hereof).
There shall be elected at the AGM a playing conditions sub committee (hereafter
referred to as "The PCSC") consisting of not more than ten elected members
who shall come from different clubs plus the league Chairman and league Hon. Secretary.
The elected members shall be elected for two years, half retiring each year by
rotation, but shall be eligible for re-election. The PCSC shall elect a chairman
and vice-chairman and shall meet as often as is required. The PCSC shall consider
any proposals for altering Appendix A and any other matters referred to it and
shall report its findings and make such recommendations as they think fit to the
clubs with the notice of the AGM or any SGM.
7.1 The Annual
General Meeting of the League shall take place in November of each year. The Honorary
Secretary shall give not less than five weeks' notice, by email, of the meeting
to member clubs. Any individual member of member clubs may attend. The meeting
shall transact the annual business of the League, consider any alterations to
the rules and Appendix A, deal with any financial matters, including the fixing
of the annual subscriptions, and consider any other matter submitted to the Hon.
Secretary not later than the 1st September. No proposal for the alteration of
Appendix A shall be considered at the AGM or any SGM unless it has been discussed
by the PCSC and they have reported thereon.
7.2 A Special General Meeting
may be summoned at any time by the Committee, or on application to the Hon. Secretary
in writing, signed by at least four member clubs. The application shall state
the motion or motions to be submitted to the Special General Meeting which shall
be held within six weeks of the receipt of the application. No other business
will be discussed at such Special General Meetings.
7.3 A quorum at any General
Meeting shall be two thirds of the member clubs and all clubs will receive one
vote. In the event of a tie the resolution shall be deemed to be lost. Resolutions
altering the Rules (including Appendix A) or for admitting a Club to membership
of the League shall require a vote in favour of 60% of those member clubs present.
In the event of a quorum not being present at a Special General Meeting, the resolution
or resolutions shall be deemed to be lost.
7.4 All clubs shall provide The
Hon. Secretary with an email address and any notice required to be given to a
club under these rules or Appendix A shall be deemed to be given if either sent
by post to the nominated League Contact or by email to the email address provided
by that club.
8.0 FORM OF LEAGUE
8.1 All games shall be played according
to the Laws of Cricket, save where the same are inconsistent with the playing
8.2 The organisation and playing conditions are as set out in
Appendix A which shall form part of these rules.
8.3 The League tables shall
be compiled in accordance with Appendix A. In the event of two or more sides having
the same number of points, the position shall be decided by the greater number
9.0 WITHDRAWAL AND EXPULSION FROM LEAGUE
9.1 A member club may
give notice, in writing, to the Hon. Secretary of its intention to cease to be
a member of the League. Such member clubs shall cease to be a member as from the
31st day of October, immediately following the receipt by the Hon. Secretary of
10.0 Code of Conduct, Player Behaviour, & Discipline Management
The Code of Conduct, Player Behaviour and Discipline Management of the league
is set out in Appendix B, which shall form part of these rules.
Each member club shall be required to pay such Annual Subscription as is fixed
by the Annual General Meeting, on or before January 1st in each year. An audited
account for the year ended 30th September shall be prepared and presented to member
clubs at the Annual General Meeting. An Honorary Auditor shall be elected at the
Annual General Meeting.
12.0 DISSOLUTION In the event of the League being
dissolved any funds held by the League shall be paid to the benefit of cricket
to such organisation or organisations as the Committee holding office immediately
prior to dissolution shall in their discretion think fit.
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All games shall be played in accordance with the Laws of Cricket save where the
same are inconsistent with the provisions hereof.
The League shall be divided into such number of divisions with such number of
Clubs as may be decided from time to time. No division shall consist of more than
Each Club shall play such number of matches as may be decided by the Committee
provided that each Club shall play every other club in its division at least once.
The fixtures shall be played on such dates and at such venues as are fixed by
the League Fixture Secretary unless prior approval of the Committee has been obtained.
Such approval will only be given if the Committee consider that there are special
circumstances and the Clubs have agreed the variation. If a Club's normal ground
is not available on any specific date, then that Club shall notify the League
Fixture Secretary as soon as possible and in any case prior to the A.G.M. in the
previous year. In the event of a breach of the above the Committee will deduct
such number of points as they consider appropriate.
For clarification the 1st half of the season relates to the 1st scheduled fixture
played between teams and the 2nd half of the season fixture relates to the 2nd
Ground fitness before the start of play shall be the responsibility of the home
All matches in the first half of the season shall commence at 1.30 p.m. and shall
continue for a maximum of 93 overs. The side batting first shall not bat for more
than 48 overs. At any time, the captain of the side batting first may declare
his innings and any unused overs in that innings become available to the side
batting second. Any part over shall count as a completed over (e.g. 46.4 overs
shall be treated as 47 overs.)
In the event of the start of the match being delayed for 30 minutes or less owing
to ground and/or weather conditions then there shall still be a maximum of 93
If the delay is more than one hour then, unless the provisions of ¶ 5.5 apply,
the maximum number of overs available in the game shall be reduced in accordance
with the time available as shown in the accompanying chart.
(NOTE: examples of the calculations are set out on page 17)
interrupted by weather
In the event of play being interrupted due to ground or weather conditions the
following should apply:
the interruption or interruptions total less than 30 minutes, then the length
of the game should not be reduced.
the interruption or interruptions total more than 30 minutes, then the reduction
of overs should be four for each 15 minutes or part of 15 minutes lost. There
shall be no reduction in the number of overs the side batting first may receive
- i.e. the side batting first can still bat for 48 overs.
suppose the interruptions total 90 minutes. The game now becomes a 77 over game
(60 minutes lost reduces the number of overs by 16. The side batting first could
bat for 48 overs and the side batting second 27 overs. When such interruption(s)
occur the captains and umpires should agree the maximum number of overs that remain
in the game.
is impossible to legislate for all contingencies and on occasions common sense
and realism should prevail.
THUNDER & LIGHTNING: Cricketing Officials (including those who may only umpire
for a few overs at a time) have a duty of care towards those who are taking part
in any activity that is under their control. If an umpire feels that it is dangerous
to continue because of a thunderstorm, then he should call "Time" and
retreat to the pavilion rather than risk serious injury. In all East Sussex Cricket
League Matches the 30/30 rule will be adopted: - If thunder follows a lightning
flash by 30 seconds or less, people in the open are at risk of being struck by
lightning. In these circumstances play must cease immediately. All players and
umpires must immediately leave the field and must not return to the field until
30 minutes after the last lightning flash.
If at any time after 7:30 p.m. (7:00 p.m. on the last two Saturdays in August;
6:30 p.m. in September) should play not be in progress due to weather or ground
conditions then the game shall be at an end.
overs games 1st half of the season
Where play cannot start before 4.50 p.m. a limited overs game will be played.
If a toss has been made on the basis of a normal timed game this toss and any
decision made thereunder shall be of no effect and another toss shall take place.
limited overs game shall be of 20 overs per side.
Bowlers shall be limited to 5 overs.
The side which scores the greater number of runs shall be the winners. In the
event of both sides scoring the same number of runs the side losing fewer wickets
shall be the winners. In the event of the scores being level with each side losing
the same number of wickets the game shall be a tie.
The winning side will receive 18 points and the losing side 9 points. For a tie
each side shall receive 14 points.
In the event of a game not being able to be completed due to weather or light
the match shall be treated as abandoned.
(i) the regulations for playing a limited overs game shall only apply if it has
not been possible to start the normal game even if there has been a minimal amount
There will be no reduction of overs if a limited over game is interrupted or unable
to be completed due to weather.
Normally the tea interval shall be taken between the innings, unless the captains
otherwise agree. If at the end of the first innings 35 overs or fewer have been
bowled then, tea shall be taken in the 93 over games after 48 overs have been
The following points shall be awarded: ALL MATCHES
30 points for a win . Bonus Points only apply to a losing team or a drawn game.
In a tied game each side will receive side will receive 20 points. Neither side
will receive any bonus points (A tied game is where the side batting second is
all out and have the same score as the side batting first, OR where a reduced
target is set owing to inclement weather the side batting second is 1 run short
of the revised winning target)
The batting side shall receive 1 bonus point when it reaches 120 and one further
point for every ten runs up to a maximum of 10 points on reaching 210.
The fielding side shall receive 1 bonus point for every wicket taken. A retirement
out shall always count as a wicket for the purposes of this sub-paragraph. Whenever
the fielding side bowl out the opposition they will receive ten bonus points regardless
of the number of players in the batting side. A batting side with less than eleven
players, including sides who have nominated eleven players but where one or more
of their players have not arrived at the ground at the time will not be permitted
to declare their innings closed at the fall of a wicket if there are no further
batsmen available. In such circumstances the batting side will be deemed to be
all out and the fielding side will receive ten bonus points.
Nine points or bonus points obtained whichever is the greater for an abandoned
In the event of a side being unable to fulfil a fixture its opponents shall receive
30 points and the side unable to fulfil the fixture shall be deducted 5 points.
Each side shall make every effort provide a competent Umpire and Scorer unless
an umpire is appointed by the League.
8.1 Umpire's fees and expenses wil be
paid by the clubs to the League within 14 days of being invoiced by the League.
9.0 The Home side must provide a new ball for the start of each innings. The
Club playing at home shall be responsible for providing any spare or replacement
9.1 The team bowling first shall use a new ball provided as in 9.0.
The team fielding second may use a new ball as in 9.0 at any time .
in second half of 2018 season (limited overs 90/80) a new ball shall be used in
League tables shall be drawn up in accordance with the scoring system in ¶
7 hereof. In the event of an equality of points the side winning the most matches
will take precedence. If still equal, precedence shall be decided by the side
gaining the more points in the match or matches between the sides and if still
equal by the side losing the fewer matches.
club proposing to increase or decrease the number of its teams participating in
the League shall give the Hon. Secretary written notice (including all the necessary
details) to reach him prior to the Annual General Meeting the previous year.
to sub-¶ 2 to 5 hereof the bottom two teams in Divisions 5,6 & 7 and
the bottom three teams in Divisions 8 and below will be relegated. The top two
eligible teams in Divisions 6, and the top two teams in Divisions 7 & 8 and
the top three teams in Divisions 9 and below will be promoted.
11.2 In the
case of any club being accepted as a member of the League the P.C.S.C. shall decide
in which Division its team(s) shall play and may as a consequence of that decision
resolve that, in order to maintain the number of teams in any Division at ten,
a team shall not be promoted despite finishing second or third as appropriate.
11.4 Save in the bottom Division in no circumstances
shall a club have more than one team in the same Division or its 2nd/3rd/4th XI
in a higher Division than its 1st/2nd/3rd XI respectively.
no team shall be promoted if this would conflict with ¶ 11.4.
a team is relegated to a Division in which another team of that club was playing
then that other team would also be relegated irrespective of its position in order
to comply with ¶ 11.4.
11.7 At the end of the first season in which a
newly elected club plays in the league the PCSC shall have the authority to promote
or demote that club by more than the usual one division.
12.0 An individual
must be a bona fide member of the Club for whom he plays and no individual may
play for more than one Club in the League or any competition organised by the
League in any season without the consent of the Committee. Further, no player
who has played in a competitive match for any Premier League Club in the current
season can play in the League except for that particular club. 'Premier League
Club' means any club in a Premier League irrespective of the Division(s) in which
that club plays. No approval can be given after 30th June in any year.
An overseas player cannot play for any club in the League or in any competition
organised by the League unless the club has registered that player with the Hon.
Secretary before any match in which he plays but cannot play in the League or
in any competition organised by the League until he is so registered. No such
overseas player shall be registered after June30th except with the consent of
the Committee. The player(s) concerned must comply with Home Office conditions
as well as ECB Guidelines. (Please check this thoroughly as penalties for breaking
the conditions are very severe).
12.2 No team in the League shall have more
than one overseas player in any match.
12.3 A player is an overseas player
unless he satisfies one of the following conditions .
a. He was born in the
b. He is a British citizen or holds a U.K. passport.
He is and has been resident in the U.K for at least 4 years.
He is under 18 years of age and is either living with a parent who satisfies one
of the above conditions or is receiving full time education.
No person who is subject to a current suspension imposed by any recognised cricketing
authority, whether in this country or abroad, shall be eligible to play in the
league or any competition organised by the league.
Any team fielding an ineligible player in any game will not receive any points
from that game and in addition will forfeit 30 points. Its opponents will receive
All clubs must report all their results (including cancelled and abandoned games)
in accordance with regulations for the time being in force laid down by the Committee.
The current regulations are:
ALL SIDES are responsible for reporting the result by 10.00 a.m. on the Sunday
immediately after the game using the reporting facilities on the Play-Cricket
It is the responsibility of both clubs that the information, league points and
details are correct.
Where a club is unable to fulfil all its fixtures on a particular day then the
higher rated team(s) must take preference.
The ECB Directives as set out in the directory shall apply to all league matches
and in all the other competitions organised by the League. The League will adopt
any subsequent amendments made by ECB and it is therefore the responsibility of
all clubs to make themselves familiar with the latest versions of all ECB Directives.
Any dispute or query under this Appendix shall be referred to the Committee whose
decision shall be final.
/ Lose Matches 2nd Half of the season
shall be 45 overs per side in East Region Divisions 5-9, and 40 over per side
in Divisions 10-14. Start times 1.30 p.m., 1.00 p.m. 18/08 & 25/08, 12.30
p.m. 01/09 & 08/09.
are not permitted. Should the side batting first be dismissed before the allotted
overs have been bowled, the team batting second shall be entitled to bat for 45/40
ARE NO FREE HITS FOR NO BALLS
on the Placement of Fielders.
semi-circles will be drawn on the field of play. The semi-circles shall have their
centre on 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 circle shall be joined by a straight
line drawn on the field on each side of the pitch. The field restrictions area
should be marked by discs (plastic) supplied by the League. Each disc will be
about 6/7 inches in diameter. (See diagram below for layout of fielding restrictions).
Failure to have the discs in place at the start of the game may incur penalties.
all times, only five fielders are permitted to be outside the 30-yard restriction
zone at the instant of delivery.
Ball - Judging a Wide
ball which is bowled wide of the offside or leg side becomes a wide if it is sufficiently
wide that in the opinion of the umpire it is impossible to execute a normal cricket
all times the Laws of the game will apply excepting the conditions detailed above.
In any match a minimum of 20 overs in the second innings MUST be completed,
unless the team is dismissed, or the necessary runs have been scored. Otherwise
the match is abandoned.
the delay is no more than 30 minutes, there will be no reduction in overs.
the delay is more than 30 minutes, there will be a reduction of overs for EACH
team, by one over for every 7½ minutes of time lost. E.g. - Start delayed
by 1¼ hours (8 x 7½ minutes)
8 overs lost for each innings.
Overs per team 37/32.
the match has not been started by 4.45pm (4.15/3.45pm for earlier starts), the
match is abandoned.
Overs lost from BOTH innings, 1 for each 7½ minutes
e.g. Normal start, interruption of 1¼ hours (8 x 7½ minutes)
Overs per team 37/32
If there is more than one interruption, the reduction
of overs shall be calculated separately.
(If the interruption/s is such that
there are less than 20 overs per side, ie the second innings has not started by
6.30pm (6.00/5.30pm for early starts) the match is abandoned.)
the 2nd innings is interrupted or delayed due to inclement weather the revised
target is calculated by dividing the number of runs by the maximum number of overs
the side batting 1st were eligible to receive.
1 Side A scores 180 4 in 40 overs (average 4.5 runs per over), Side
B gets 30 overs revised target is 135 to tie 136 o win.
2 Side A scores 160 all out in 32.3 overs (Because they were entitled to 40 overs
this is calculated at 160/40 so is an average of 4 per over), Side B gets a revised
25 over target of 100 to win 101 to win.
it goes to a decimal point the target is rounded up or down to the nearest whole
number (.001 to .499 its rounded down .501 to .999 its rounded up)
the start of the second innings is delayed, or it is interrupted, the number of
overs shall be reduced by one over for every 3¾ minutes.
Second innings delayed or interrupted by 1¼ hours
(16 x 3¾ minutes)
Second innings reduced by 16 overs. Second innings
29/24 overs per team
If there is more than one interruption, the reduction
for each interruption shall be calculated separately.
(If the interruption/s
is such that there are less than 20 overs per side, i.e. the second innings has
not started by 6.30pm (6.00/5.30pm for early starts) the match is abandoned.)
a match is interrupted before 10 overs of the first innings have been completed,
and play cannot restart before 4.45pm (4.15/ 3.45pm for early starts) a 20 overs
match may be played, with 30 points for the winning team and bonus points for
the losing team. (Bowlers to bowl a maximum of 5 overs)
45/40 over matches the maximum number of overs a bowler may bowl is 9
delayed start/interrupted match where both innings or second innings are reduced,
no bowler may bowl more than 1/5 of the total overs allotted, unless the number
has been exceeded before the interruption.
Where the total overs is not divisible
by 5, the number shall be rounded up.
45 over match
Delayed start 2 hours lost (16 x 7½ minutes)
Each innings reduced
by 16 overs, 29 overs per innings.
29/5 = 5.8. Round up, 6 overs maximum per
1st innings interrupted. One hour lost (8 x 7½ minutes)
reduced by 8 overs to 37 overs.
= 7.4. Round up 8 overs maximum per bowler.
a bowler has already bowled 9 overs).
ii) 2nd innings interrupted.
One hour lost (16 x 3¾ minutes)
Second innings reduced by 16 overs
to 29 overs.
29/5 = 5.8. Round up, 6 overs maximum per bowler.
a bowler has already bowled more than 6 overs).
start one hour lost (8 x 7½ minutes).
Each innings reduced by
8 overs, 32 overs each innings.
32/5 = 6.4. Round up, 7 overs maximum per
i)1st innings interrupted. One hour lost (8 x 7½ minutes)
innings reduced by 8 overs to 32 overs.
32/5 = 6.4. Round up 7 overs maximum
ii)2nd innings interrupted. One hour lost (16 x 3¾ minutes)
SECOND innings reduced by 16 overs to 24 overs.
24/5 = 4.8. Round up,
5 overs maximum per bowler.
(unless a bowler has already bowled more than
When an interruption occurs mid-over, on resumption, if the bowler has exceeded
the revised allocation, he/she may complete the over.
In the event of a bowler
being unable to complete an over, another bowler will complete the over, and such
part of the over will count as a full over of that bowlers allocation.
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