The Laws of Cricket 2000 Code 5th Edition – 2013 will apply except when varied below. Where this code has been amended competition regulation has been added in brackets to help identify the change. Where the current law is quoted, either in part or full, the phrase ‘Laws 2013’ follows the text.
1 Duration of Matches
1.1 All Matches
Matches will consist of one innings per side and each innings will be limited to 40 overs.
All sides are to complete the bowling of their 40 overs within 2 hours 40 minutes playing time.
2. Hours of Play and Intervals
Start times vary at request of participating clubs travelling long distances and ground commitments and Availability. Please adjust information in this section for 11.00 am and 1.00pm starts. The example below is for a11.00 am start.
2.1. Start and Cessation Times
(a) Scheduled start of play will be 11:00
(b) Scheduled finish of first innings – 13.40
(c) Interval - 30 minutes.
(d) Scheduled start of second innings – 14.10
(e) Cessation of play – 16.50
2.2 Sessions of Play and Interval between Innings
There will normally be two sessions of play of 2 hours and 40 minutes each, separated by an interval of 30 minutes from 13:40 to 14:10.
If the innings of the team batting first is completed within 30 mins of the scheduled time for the interval, the interval shall take place immediately and the innings of the team batting second will commence correspondingly earlier. If the innings of the team batting first is completed more than 30 minutes prior to the scheduled interval a ten-minute break will occur and then the team batting second will commence its innings. Thereafter, the tea interval will occur as scheduled.
Where the innings of the side batting first is delayed or interrupted, the umpires will reduce the length of the interval. In the event of time being lost up to and including 60 minutes in aggregate, the length of the interval shall be reduced from 30 to 15 minutes. In the event of more than 60 minutes being lost in aggregate, the duration of the interval shall be agreed mutually by the umpires and both captains, subject to no interval being more than 30 minutes duration or less than 10 minutes duration. In the event of disagreement, the interval shall be of 25 minutes duration.
2.3 Interval for Drinks
One drinks interval (maximum 5 minutes per interval) per session shall be permitted, taken after 20 over’s have been bowled. The provision of Law 15.9 shall be strictly observed, except under conditions of extreme heat when the umpires may permit extra intervals for drinks after, say, 13 and 26 over’s have been bowled.
The time taken for drinks will not be counted as playing time and any time taken will be added onto the time allocated for the completion of the innings. Umpires must ensure that the time taken for drinks is kept to the absolute minimum.
An individual player may be given a drink either on the boundary edge or at the fall of a wicket, on the field, provided that no playing time is wasted. No drinks will be taken onto the field of play without the permission of the umpires. Any player taking drinks onto the field shall be dressed in proper cricket whites.
N.B. Scheduled start and cessation times may be varied at the discretion of the ECCL League Committee prior to the League commencing. However, any such re-scheduling should allow for all matches to commence and conclude at the same time. Timings for intervals will also be varied accordingly.
3. Appointment of Umpires
The appointed CE Regional Umpires Representative will appoint umpires for the ECCL games. This Representative will be a member of the Regional League Committee. If only one umpire is appointed or none (insufficient umpires available) clubs are to provide their own. In the case of insufficient Umpires, the ECCL Umpire should consult the Home team appointed Umpire for a Replacement.
4. Length of innings
4.1 General regulations for uninterrupted matches
a) Each team shall have the opportunity to bat for 40 overs. If they are dismissed before the completion of these 40 overs or a result is reached, the remaining overs will not be bowled.
If the side batting first are dismissed before the completion of their 40 overs, then for all subsequent purposes they are deemed to have faced their full quota of overs.
If the team batting first are dismissed before the completion of their 40 overs the team batting second are entitled to have the opportunity to bat for 40 overs except as provided for in c) below.
b) Law 42.9 (Time wasting by fielding side) will not apply in the 1st Innings and is replaced by the following:
The umpires will monitor the over rate as the innings progresses and will inform the fielding captain, at appropriate times, if the over rate is showing signs of slowing down to an unacceptable level. The umpires will take into account any circumstances that are outside the control of the fielding side when making this judgment (e.g. delays caused by the batting side, extended time taken to retrieve the ball, delays caused by serious injury (ies).)
If the team fielding first fail to bowl the required number of overs by the scheduled time for cessation of the first session, play will continue until the required number of overs has been bowled.
Unless otherwise determined by the two Umpires the innings for the team batting second shall be limited to the same number of overs bowled by it, at the scheduled time for the cessation of the first session. The over in progress at the scheduled cessation of time shall count as a complete over. (i.e. The first ball of the last (40th) over must be delivered within the allotted time.
The Umpires may increase the number of overs to be bowled by the team bowling second if they are of the opinion that events beyond the control of the team bowling first prevented them from bowling the required number of overs. This decision will be made before the start of the 2nd innings.
c) If the team batting first is all out and lose their last wicket at or after the scheduled time for the interval, the innings of the team batting second shall be limited to the same number of overs bowled to the team batting first at the scheduled time for the interval. (The over in which the last wicket falls is to count as one complete over.)
d) If the team fielding second fails to bowl 40 overs by the scheduled cessation time the hours of play shall be extended until the required number of overs have been bowled or a result reached.
e) Law 42.9 will apply in the 2nd Innings.
The umpires will monitor the over rate as the innings progresses and will inform the fielding captain, at appropriate times, if the over rate is showing signs of slowing down to an unacceptable level.
The umpires will take into account any circumstances that are outside the control of the fielding side when making this judgment (e.g. delays caused by the batting side, extended time taken to retrieve the ball, delays caused by serious injury (ies).)
If, having taken the above action, the umpires feel that no effort is being made to rectify the situation application of Law 42.9 will be made.
In the event of overs not being bowled within the scheduled time limit, 4.1(d) will be enforced.
4.2 General regulations for delayed or interrupted matches
a) The object must always be to arrange the number of overs so that both sides have the opportunity of batting for the same number of overs.
When a recalculation of overs is necessary, this calculation will be based on:
- The total playing time remaining in the match and will be calculated using 15 overs per hour as the norm (4 mins = 1 over)
- Where this calculation results in a part over – this figure will be rounded up to the next whole figure.
No re-arrangement of overs will take place until more than 60 minutes (or a figure determined by the Umpires), in aggregate, of playing time has been lost. (Hence the cessation of play during a delayed or interrupted match can be extended by1 hour.)
i) Under this clause the shortest match that can be arranged is 16 overs per side. Any re-calculations that result in a match that would start with less than 16 overs per side means that the only match that can take place will be that as provided for in 4.2(a)(iv) below.
ii) If, during the match, any recalculations result in BOTH sides receiving less than 16 overs then the match is abandoned.
iii) If, during the match, any recalculations result in only one side receiving less than 16 overs the above clauses 4.2(a)(i)(ii) do not apply, and clause 4.3(b) comes into operation.
iv) In the situation where no play is possible before 18:00 a match of 10 overs per side shall be played if ground conditions allow.
b) If either side is dismissed before the completion of their agreed allocation of overs, it is deemed that they have faced their full quota of overs and any subsequent calculations e.g. Over Run Rate (ORR), will be based on their having faced their full quota of overs.
c) If the team batting first are dismissed before the completion of their allocated overs the team batting second are entitled to bat for their full allocation except as provided for in 4.1(c) above.
d) Even though a match may be reduced in length the principles laid out in 4.1. (b), (c), (d), and (e) above still apply. Any contravention of these Regulations will still attract the relevant penalties. The fact that a match is reduced in length does not negate the requirement that the overs have to be bowled within the laid down time limits – even though these limits will differ according to the unique circumstances surrounding a particular match.
4.3 Delay to the start of, or interruption during, the 1st innings
a) Any recalculation of overs based on 4.2(a) will be divided by two and any odd over ignored. e.g. A recalculation that gives 49 overs remaining (and taking into account the 20 overs that have already been played) would give a match total of 69 overs means that the match is now one of 34 overs per side.
Where the situation arises that, having done this calculation, the side batting first have already exceeded the new innings total for each side, their innings will be terminated immediately. The side batting second will receive the balance of the overs. e.g. match reduced to 50 overs in total (25 each) but side batting first have already received 28. Side batting second will bat for 22 (50 – 28 = 22).
The target score for the side batting second will be calculated using the principles as laid down in 12.1(c) The Result. e.g. in the above – side batting first score 110 in their 28 overs giving ORR of 3.92. Target score for side batting second is 22 x 3.92 = 86.24 = 87.
b) In order to constitute a match the side batting second must have the opportunity of facing a minimum of 40% of the agreed number of overs made available to them at the start of their innings. Any subsequent recalculation of overs during the 2nd innings that results in the side batting second not having the opportunity to bat for 40% of the overs made available at the start of their innings will result in the game being abandoned as a No Result.
(For the purposes of this Regulation – where the allocated overs are an odd number the figure arrived at by taking 40% will be rounded up to the next whole figure.)
4.4 Interruption after 1st innings of 40 overs has been completed
a) Where the side batting first have completed their 40 over innings the side batting second must have the opportunity to bat for 16 overs in order to constitute a match. Recalculation of overs during the 2nd innings that results in the side batting second not having the opportunity to bat for 16 overs will result in the game being abandoned as a No Result
5. Number of Overs Per Bowler
There is no restriction on how many overs a bowler may bowl, but the ICC Rules which will be in place for junior members (10-18rs)
6. Law 2. Substitutes and runners
Law 2.1 will apply with no amendments (Laws 2013)
7. Law 2.5 Fielder absent or leaving the field
Law 2.5 shall apply as modified - If a fielder fails to take the field with his side at the start of the match or at any later time, or leaves the field during a session of play, the umpire shall be informed of the reason for his absence, and he shall not thereafter come on to the field during a session of play without consent of the umpire. The umpire shall give such consent as soon as practicable (Laws 2013).
If the player is absent from the field for 15 minutes or longer:
(a) The player shall not be permitted to bowl in that innings after his return until he has been on the field for at least that length of playing time for which he was absent (Laws 2013).
(b) the player shall not be permitted to bat unless or until, in the aggregate, he has returned to the field and/or his side’s innings has been in progress for at least that length of playing time for which he has been absent or if earlier, when his side has lost 5 wickets (competition regulation).
The restriction in (a) and (b) above shall not apply if the player has been struck an external blow (as opposed to an internal injury such as a pulled muscle) whilst participating earlier in the match and consequently been forced to leave the field for medical attention (in the case of a bowler, this dispensation shall apply only once in respect of any one external injury) (competition regulation). Nor shall it apply if the player has been absent for exceptional and acceptable reasons (other than injury or illness) and consent for a substitute has been granted by the umpire (competition regulation)
Note: Time lost for an unscheduled break in play shall be counted as time on the field, for any fielder, provided that fielder comes onto the field of play immediately play resumes (Laws 2013).
8. Law 14 Declaration and Forfeiture
Law 14 will not apply in this Competition. The captain of the batting side may not declare his innings closed at any time during the course of a match nor can he forfeit an innings (competition regulation).
9. Wides and No Balls
9.1 Laws 24 & 25 – No Ball & Wide Ball – (Laws 2013) will apply
10. Law 42.6 Dangerous and unfair bowling
10.1Law 42.6 (a) (ii) Bowling of fast short pitched balls
This Law will apply with the exception that the word ‘shoulder’ replaces ‘head’ (competition regulation).
10.2Law 42.6 (b) i) and ii) Bowling of high full pitch balls
This Law is amended to the following:
Any delivery (irrespective of its speed) which passes or would have passed on the full above waist height of the striker standing upright at the crease is to be deemed dangerous and unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker.
Any such delivery will be called as a No ball by the bowler’s end umpire and will be followed by the appropriate disciplinary action as laid down in Law 42.7. The umpires will ensure that no such deliveries go unpunished (competition regulation).
10.3Law 42.8 Deliberate bowling of high full pitched balls
This law will be enforced with the proviso that the criteria in 10.2 above will apply when judging the legality of the full pitch delivery (competition regulation).
11. The Ball
ECCL will provide 2 new balls for each match.
ECCL Regional Representative will provide a selection of replacement balls at all playing venues.
A new ball will be used at the start of each innings.
The umpires will decide if and when a ball becomes unfit for use. They will be the sole judges of both when it should be replaced and the selection of the replacement. They will inform the fielding captain and batsmen at the crease of their decision (Laws 2013).
12. The Result
12.1 All Matches
(a) When there is no interruption after play has commenced and when both sides have had the opportunity, subject to the provisions of 4.1 (c) above, of batting for the same agreed number of overs, the team scoring the higher number of runs shall be the winner.
(b) In the event of a tie, the following will apply: The team losing the lesser number of wickets shall be the winner, if the result cannot be decided in this way, the winner shall be the team with the higher score (irrespective of wickets lost) after 15 overs, or if still equal, after 14 overs, etc.
(c) If, due to suspension of play during the 2nd innings, the number of overs in that innings has to be revised to a lesser number than that originally allotted, then a revised target score should be set for the number of overs which the team batting second will have the opportunity of facing. This will be calculated on the basis of over run rate (ORR).
Over Run Rate - in general, this is the average number of runs scored per over during a side’s innings.
Team batting first. ORR is calculated by dividing the runs scored by the number of overs made available to them. If the side batting first is dismissed in less than the overs made available to them the ORR will be calculated based on the fact that they batted for their full allocation of overs.
The target score for the side batting second will be calculated by multiplying the ORR achieved by the side batting first by the number of overs made available to the side batting second. To obtain the target score this resulting number is either:
i) rounded up to the next whole figure or
ii) Where this figure is already a whole number, 1 run will be added.
Team batting second. If a side is prevented from batting for their allotted number of overs because of prevailing conditions their ORR will be calculated using the actual number of overs they were able to bat. Any part over will be rounded up to the next whole number.
(d) If a match is abandoned before it has been played to a conclusion, and the team batting second has received its minimum number of allotted overs (as laid down in 4 above), the result shall be decided by over run rate. The side with the higher ORR will be the winner.
If the ORR is the same the side losing the lesser number of wickets in the first 20 overs of each innings will be the winner. If this is still equal a count back system will apply until a winner is found. i.e. side losing the lesser number of wickets in the 19th over – counting back until an over is reached whereby the number of wickets lost differs.
(e) All matches, in which both teams have not had the opportunity of batting for the minimum number of overs as laid down in 4 above, shall be decided by 12.1(f).
(f) In the event of it not being possible to achieve a result with the above, the match will be recorded as:
a) No Result (10 points to each team)
Dates given in the ECCL program for matches will be strictly adhered to by all clubs.
THIS DOCUMENT SHOULD BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH CE COSTA BLANCA LEAGUE COMPETITION RULES (40 OVERS) PART ONE.
ECCL 10 November 2013