Every match shall be Umpired and scored by one of the clubs, on a rota basis. The League Umpiring Secretary will appoint officials for all matches and the matches not yet already allocated officials. It shall be the responsibility of the Umpires to ensure that the Rules are properly implemented. Should a reduction in the overs be required, the Umpires shall notify the Players and Scorer prior the start of the final over. Once a match has been declared reduced in overs, it shall remain so.
SCORERS, SCORE SHEETS AND SCORE REPORTING
The club providing the Umpires, shall also score all matches on a rota basis, and that club shall be responsible for returning the completed score sheets to the League Official present at the Centre. (See also Penalties). The Captains of both participating teams must check the score sheet.
PAYMENT OF DUES
Each participating Club must submit to the Treasurer the full fees due for all their matches by the fifth day of following calendar month. Post dated cheques for the entire season, or part thereof, will also be accepted. All teams to pay, by 1st July each year, a registration fee of £20 if required, reviewable each year. All clubs by registering have agreed that they will abide by the League Rules and Code of Conduct, and abide by any decisions made by the Management Committee (See also Penalties).
No match Fees will be charged for either of the League Cup finals
QUALIFICATION OF PLAYERS
(a) No player shall be eligible to play in the League if he has played for a first class county or internationally recognised state first class team in the preceding season.
(b) No player shall be eligible for selection unless he is a fully paid-up member of the club for which he is playing.
(c) No player shall play for more than one club during the season.
(d) No player can play in a Reserve team fixture if he has played in more than 67% of the First Team fixtures at that moment during the season once the first team has played 2 matches. The same formula also now applies between Reserve teams and 3rd teams.
(e) No player can play for more than one team in any of the Cup competitions if a club has more than one team participating in the same Cup competition.
PROMOTION, RELEGATION & MEMBERSHIP
(a) The clubs that finish in first and second places in Divisions Two and Three shall be promoted to Divisions One and Two respectively, for the following season. Unless any other arrangement is agreed at the preceding Annual General Meeting.
(b) The clubs that finish in the bottom two places in Divisions One and Two, shall be relegated to Divisions Two and Three respectively, for the following season. Unless any other arrangement is agreed at the preceding Annual General Meeting.
(c) Only clubs whose ground is within the boundaries of the Braintree District Council, or within 15 miles radius of Braintree town centre, can apply for membership of the League, (or unless agreed by the General Committee). All member clubs must also be affiliated to their local area Cricket Board. Clubs affiliated to the North Essex Cricket Board can also apply for membership and will be given priority.
(d) Clubs wishing to withdraw from the League must give the League Secretary notice prior to the following Annual General Meeting.
(e) Should two or more teams finish the season with an equal total of points, the team with most victories will be placed highest. If still equal then the higher runs per wicket average will take precedence.
The Laws of Cricket shall apply together with the experimental rules and conditions laid down by the National Cricket Association for the preceding season, with the exception of the following regulations.
1. Teams shall consist of a maximum of six players, any team unable to field a team of at least four players shall be deemed to have conceded the match to their opponents and shall be liable for all fees appertaining to that match.
2. Each match shall consist of one innings each.
3. Each innings shall consist of a maximum of 12 six-ball overs, the first innings of each match shall not exceed 26 minutes plus one over in duration. If only 11 overs or less have been bowled in the allotted time then the side bowling second shall only have to bowl the same number of overs as their opponents. (See also Penalties). Until the final two overs of an innings extra balls due when either a wide or a no ball has been called shall not be added to the over, and any wides and no-balls shall count as three runs in the extras.
4. No bowler shall bowl more than three overs. (In the case of a bowler becoming incapacitated, the over shall be completed by a player who has not bowled 3 overs even if he bowled the previous over).
5. There shall be an interval between the innings not longer than four minutes in duration. (See also Penalties).
6. Two batsmen shall be at the wicket at all times during the innings. In the event of a team losing five wickets within the permitted 12 overs, the last man shall continue batting with the fifth man out remaining at the wicket as a runner.
7. When a batsman reaches a personal score of 25, he shall retire but may return to the crease in the event of his side being dismissed within the 12 overs. Retired batsmen must return in the order of their retirement. A batsman scoring a second set of 25 runs shall retire again.
8. If in the opinion of the Umpire, negative, or short-pitched bowling becomes persistent he shall call and signal “No Ball”. Any ball that pitches off the mat but in front of the wicket, or any ball that pitches on the edge of the mat in front of the wicket, shall be deemed a “No-Ball”. So shall any delivery that reaches the batsman, in his normal guard, above waist height without first hitting the floor, regardless of the pace of the ball. It shall be the responsibility of the Umpire at the bowlers end to call “No-Ball” in this instance. (see Law 3 above).
9. The Laws relating to “Wides” shall be strictly interpreted by the Umpires.
10. All batsmen and wicket keepers must wear two leg-guards and wear two gloves respective to their duties at all times. In the event of a wicket keeper taking the field without them, the Umpire shall ask him to leave the field until such time as he is correctly attired. No fielder may wear the wicket keeping gloves in his absence. In the event of a batsman being incorrectly attired, the Umpire shall ask him to leave the field and get attired correctly. The time taken shall form part of their allotted 26 minutes, and in the event of the batsman coming to the wicket upon the fall of a wicket, then the two minute ruling shall still apply until such time as he takes the field correctly attired.
11. All players must wear whites. Umpires shall have the powers to dismiss from the field any player not dressed accordingly. (Under some exceptional circumstances, players will be permitted on the field not in whites). Only predominantly white rubber-soled footwear shall be worn by the Players and Umpires.
12. All sides must hand a list of their players to the Scorer prior to the start of each match. No changes will be permitted from that moment.
13. A maximum of one substitute fielder will be permitted if agreed by the opposing captain. The substitute fielder must be the player nominated on the team sheet.
The team scoring the most run in its innings will be awarded 10 points, if the scores of both teams are equal then each team will be awarded 7 points. In all Championship matches there will be 5 bonus points available. They shall be determined by the margin of victory. A side winning by 51 runs or more or by 6 wickets shall receive all 5 bonus points. A side winning by 41-50 runs or by 5 wickets shall receive 4 bonus points. A side winning by 31-40 runs or by 4 wickets shall receive 3 bonus points. A side winning by 21-30 runs or by 3 wickets shall receive 2 bonus points. A side winning by 11-20 runs or by 2 wickets shall receive 1 bonus point. A side winning by 1-10 runs or by 1 wicket shall not receive any bonus points. In each case the losing side shall receive the remaining bonus points. If the scores of both teams are equal in a Cup-tie, then the team that has lost least wickets shall be deemed to be the winner. If both scores and wickets lost are equal then each member of the two sides shall bowl one ball at the stumps. The side that has most players hit the stumps shall be the winners. If still equal after six deliveries, then one player from each side shall continue until a lead has been established from equal deliveries.
1. A ball struck to hit the boundary wall behind the bowler without touching the floor, ceiling, or any other wall shall count as 6 runs. If however, the ball touches the floor but does not touch any of the other walls or ceiling and hits the boundary wall, then it shall count as 4 runs.
2. A ball struck to hit the ceiling or one or more of the side or back walls shall count as 1 run, even it the ball subsequently hits the boundary wall. Two additional runs shall be scored if the batsmen complete a run. (If the ball is struck to hit the ceiling, side or back walls and a batsman is then run out, 1 run shall be scored).
3. Two runs shall be scored of the striker plays the ball and it does not hit a wall direct and the batsmen complete a run.
4. A bye shall be scored as 1 run if the ball hits a wall, a leg-bye shall count as 1 run if the ball hits a wall. In each case if the batsmen complete a run, 2 additional runs shall be scored. (In the event of 3 byes or leg byes being scored, the batsmen shall remain at the end to which they have run.)
5. Two byes or two leg-byes shall be scored if the batsmen complete a run without the ball hitting any wall.
6. A Wide or No-Ball shall count as 3 runs. A Wide delivery or No-Ball that hits the back wall shall be called as 4 runs. Additionally in each case, if the batsmen complete a run, 2 runs shall be scored. Any runs scored off a No-Ball shall count to the batsman in the ordinary way.
7. An overthrow hitting any wall shall count as 1 run. An overthrow shall count only if an attempt has been made, in the opinion of the Umpire, to run out a batsman.
8. No runs shall be scored if a batsman is out caught off the wall or ceiling.
9. A ball lodging in netting or on any side or back wall and any ball crossing the wall or striking the netting by the spectator galleries shall be called a “Dead Ball”. A ball striking the ceiling or any walls and not subsequently touched by a fielder before rebounding onto the stumps at the strikers end shall be called a “Dead Ball”. 1 run shall be scored if a “Dead Ball” is called in these circumstances. (The batsmen return to their original position before the “Dead Ball” was called).
10. The Umpires decisions shall be final, but a General Committee member may be called upon to resolve any disputes of the Rules.
11. The Penalty Run laws, introduced in the 2000 Code, shall not apply to any match.
METHODS OF DISMISSAL
Apart from the normal methods of dismissal contained in the Laws of Cricket, the following variations shall also apply:-
a) The batsman shall be caught out by a fielder after the ball has hit the ceiling, the netting, or any wall except directly from the boundary wall, provided the ball has not touched the floor.
b) The last not out batsman shall be given out if the non-striker running with him is run out, handles the ball, or obstructs the field.
1. A side contravening any of the Qualification of Players rules shall have 15 points deducted from the number of points they have accumulated per player. (Should more than 1 player contravene the rules in one game the deduction shall be 15 points per ineligible player)
2. A side not arriving at the appointed time for their match shall be deemed to have conceded the match to their opponents, who shall be awarded 15 points. Also that side shall have to bear the full cost of both sides match fees for that match. (In the event of extremely bad weather making travelling to the Sports Centres impossible, the Captain of that side should notify the League Secretary as soon as possible so that alternative arrangements can be made for the game).
3. The Umpires shall have the power to report to the League’s Committee, clubs that they consider are deliberately time wasting or contravening Laws 3 & 5. The Committee shall have the power to fine clubs found consistently guilty of time-wasting. The Umpires shall also have the power to report to the League Disciplinary Committee any player warned for foul and abusive language. The Umpires shall inform the player and the Captain of his team of this at the time of the offence. The League Disciplinary Committee shall have the power to suspend the player concerned for a minimum of one match, or more for persistent offenders, from the team for which he was playing.
4. Any team failing to provide Umpires and Scorers when appointed so to do shall have 5 points deducted from their sides total of points for each absent official.
5. Any team failing to fulfil their financial obligations to the League for the preceding month by the 5th of the following month shall automatically have 10 points deducted from their current total.
6. All member clubs must be represented by a member of their club at the Annual General Meeting and any Extraordinary General Meeting that may be called. No individual may represent more than one club. Any club not represented at the Annual General Meeting or any Extraordinary General Meeting will be fined £25, if they cannot satisfactorily explain their absence.
7. A 5 point deduction for any team not giving notice before 7pm on Saturday evening that they are unable to field a team on the following day, this is in addition to the existing financial penalty.
8. A 5 point deduction shall also be imposed if there are two or more factual omissions from the completed scorecard. It is the duty of the scorer to find out any missing information from the participating captains.
CODE OF CONDUCT
1. The captains are responsible, at all times, for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of Cricket (as set out in the preamble to the Laws of Cricket) as well as within the Laws.
Examples of Unfair Play, which can be defined as actions taken outside the spirit of the rules of the game to create an unfair advantage over an opponent are:-
• A fielder pretending to have the ball in order for the wicket keeper to run out a batter who may stray outside his crease.
• Undue noise and movement during a bowlers' delivery.
• Unnecessarily slowing down play.
2. Players and team officials must at all times accept the Umpires' decision. Players must not show dissent at the Umpires' decision or react in a provocative or disapproving manner towards another player or spectator.
3. Players and team officials shall not intimidate, assault or attempt to intimidate or assault an umpire, another player or a spectator.
4. Players and team officials shall not use crude and/or abusive language (known as "sledging") not make offensive gestures or hand signals nor deliberately distract an opponent.
DISCIPLINARY RULES AND PROCEDURE
1. Any alleged breach of the code of conduct which a club or an umpire wishes to bring to the attention of the League, shall be notified in writing to the League Secretary within seven days of the incident or event occurring.
2. Upon receipt of such complaint, and as soon as reasonably practicable, the League Committee shall consider the complaint and resolve to (i) take no action; (ii) determine suitable disciplinary action; or (iii) refer the matter for a disciplinary hearing, which may require a sub-committee to be convened, and chaired by the League Chairman.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Annual General Meeting of the Braintree District Indoor Cricket League shall take place in the Clubhouse of Braintree Cricket Club on the first Friday after the final Sunday of the Indoor Cricket League season, except when that Friday is Good Friday, when the Annual General Meeting shall take place on the following Tuesday. The Annual General Meeting shall start at 8.15pm. Any propositions for membership, rule changes, or any other matter must be given to the League Secretary at least one calendar month prior to the meeting. The Secretary shall inform each club of the Agenda two weeks prior to the meeting.