ESCL Rules 2018

League Rules are in blue
Appendix A is in brown

Appendix B is in green

League Rules

1.0 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 Sussex.
2.2 To organise cricket on a competitive basis within the spirit of the game.
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 Conference.
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 immediately following.
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 the Committee.
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).
6.5 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.
8.1 All games shall be played according to the Laws of Cricket, save where the same are inconsistent with the playing conditions.
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 of wins.
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 such notice.
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.
11.0 FINANCE 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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Appendix A


1.0 All games shall be played in accordance with the Laws of Cricket save where the same are inconsistent with the provisions hereof.
2.0 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 ten teams.
3.0 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.
3.1 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 scheduled fixture.
4.0 Ground fitness before the start of play shall be the responsibility of the home groundsman.
5.0 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.)

Delayed start
5.1 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 overs available.
5.2 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.
5.3 (NOTE: examples of the calculations are set out on page 17)

Matches interrupted by weather
NOTE: In the event of play being interrupted due to ground or weather conditions the following should apply:
If the interruption or interruptions total less than 30 minutes, then the length of the game should not be reduced.
If 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.
E.g. 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.
It is impossible to legislate for all contingencies and on occasions common sense and realism should prevail.

NOTE: 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.

5.4 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.

Limited overs games 1st half of the season
5.5 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.
5.5.1 The limited overs game shall be of 20 overs per side.
5.5.2 Bowlers shall be limited to 5 overs.
5.5.3 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.
5.5.4 The winning side will receive 18 points and the losing side 9 points. For a tie each side shall receive 14 points.
5.5.5 In the event of a game not being able to be completed due to weather or light the match shall be treated as abandoned.
N.B. (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 of play.
(ii) There will be no reduction of overs if a limited over game is interrupted or unable to be completed due to weather.

6.0 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 bowled.
7.0 The following points shall be awarded: — ALL MATCHES
7.1 30 points for a win . Bonus Points only apply to a losing team or a drawn game.
7.2 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)
7.3 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.
7.4 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.
7.5 Nine points or bonus points obtained whichever is the greater for an abandoned match.
7.6 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.

8.0 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 balls.
9.1 The team bowling first shall use a new ball provided as in 9.0.

9.2 The team fielding second may use a new ball as in 9.0 at any time .

[NOTE: in second half of 2018 season (limited overs 90/80) a new ball shall be used in both innings.]

10.0The 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.

11.0Any 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.
11.1Subject 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.
11.3 Removed
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.
11.5 Similarly no team shall be promoted if this would conflict with ¶ 11.4.
11.6 Where 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.
12.1 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 U.K.
b. He is a British citizen or holds a U.K. passport.
c. He is and has been resident in the U.K for at least 4 years.
d. 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.
12.4 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.
12.5 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 30 points.
13.0 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.
NOTE: The current regulations are:

(a) 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 web-site.
(b) It is the responsibility of both clubs that the information, league points and details are correct.
14 Where a club is unable to fulfil all its fixtures on a particular day then the higher rated team(s) must take preference.

15.0 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.

16.0 Any dispute or query under this Appendix shall be referred to the Committee whose decision shall be final.

Win / Lose Matches 2nd Half of the season

Matches 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.

Declarations 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 overs.


Restrictions on the Placement of Fielders.

Two 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.

At all times, only five fielders are permitted to be outside the 30-yard restriction zone at the instant of delivery.

Wide Ball - Judging a Wide

Any 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 shot.

At 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.

If the delay is no more than 30 minutes, there will be no reduction in overs.

If 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.

If the match has not been started by 4.45pm (4.15/3.45pm for earlier starts), the match is abandoned.


First innings interrupted
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.)

Second innings interrupted

If 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.

Example 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.

Example 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.

Where 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)

If 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.
e.g. First innings completed.
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.)

If 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)


In 45/40 over matches the maximum number of overs a bowler may bowl is 9

In 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.

Examples 45 over match

a) 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 bowler.

b) Interrupted match

i) 1st innings interrupted. One hour lost (8 x 7½ minutes)
BOTH innings reduced by 8 overs to 37 overs.

37/5 = 7.4. Round up 8 overs maximum per bowler.

(unless 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.
(unless a bowler has already bowled more than 6 overs).

40 overs match

Delayed 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 bowler.

Interrupted match
i)1st innings interrupted. One hour lost (8 x 7½ minutes)
BOTH innings reduced by 8 overs to 32 overs.
32/5 = 6.4. Round up 7 overs maximum per bowler.
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 5 overs).

NOTE: 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 bowler’s allocation.

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