Serious Cricket Indoor League Rules
VENUE & TIMINGS
Matches will be played at the Dummer Cricket Centre, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday evenings from 7pm to 10pm. Women's League matches take place Sunday evenings from 5pm to 8pm. Team captains will have ‘tossed-up’ and have their teams ready to play 10 minutes before the allotted fixture time. Each match is allocated ONE hour, so punctuality in readiness and avoidance of time wasting during play is essential.
If a captain or designated player is not available for the toss then the captain of the team present may choose whether to bat or bowl.
LEAGUE DIVISIONS & FIXTURES
The adult competition will be run in FOUR divisions. Division One, Division Two, Division Three and Division Four. Teams will play each other at least TWICE. (Subject to an appropriate number of teams entering). Fixtures will be issued by Serious Cricket and must be adhered to.
ENTRANCE & MATCH FEES
All clubs participating in the Serious Cricket Indoor League will need to pay an entrance fee of £35 per team which is payable on registration.
Match fees will be £36 per team per game, and teams will be sent one invoice for the league season when the fixtures are announced. This invoice can be paid in full by the first league fixture which will result in a discount of £6 per team per game.
Please note: No cash will be accepted on the night, and failure to pay the invoices will result in suspension from the league.
Except as stated and varied in the under-mentioned rules, the current ‘Laws Of Cricket’ and any ‘Experimental Laws’ associated therewith shall apply.
1. Teams shall consist of six (6) players.
2. Each match shall consist of one (1) twelve (12) over innings per side.
3. No bowler may bowl more than three (3) overs. In the event of a bowler being unable to finish an over, it shall be completed by another eligible bowler.
4. The interval between innings shall not exceed five (5) minutes.
5. Two batsmen must be at the wicket at all times. In the event of five (5) wickets falling, the last batsman out shall remain as a runner until the sixth (6th) wicket falls or twelve (12) overs are completed.
6. When a batsman reaches a score of twenty-five (25) runs they must retire but may return, in order of retirement, if the remainder of the side, not including the batsman at the wicket, are dismissed. This rule should then be continued should the batsmen reach fifty (50).
7. Each ball bowled must pitch over the white line designated as the ‘no ball’ line or will be called as a ‘no ball’.
8. Overs will be bowled from both ends of the wicket.
1. A ball struck to the boundary wall behind the bowler, having not come into contact with the floor or any other wall or the ceiling, shall count as four (4) runs. If, however, a ball struck to the boundary wall does make contact with the floor but not with any wall or the ceiling, it shall count as six (6) runs.
2. A ball struck to a side wall, back wall or the ceiling shall count as one (1) run, even if the ball should subsequently hit the boundary wall. Two (2) additional runs shall be scored if the batsmen complete a run.
3. Two (2) runs shall be scored if the batsman plays the ball and it does not strike any wall or the ceiling but a run is completed.
4. A bye shall be awarded if the ball strikes a wall without making contact with the bat and shall count as two (2) runs; in the same instance a leg bye shall count as one (1) run. In both cases, if the batters complete a run then two (2) additional runs shall be scored.
5. Two (2) byes or leg byes shall be scored, in accordance with the provision of the previous rule if the batters complete a run without the ball hitting a wall.
6. In overs 1 – 11:
a. A ‘No Ball’ will count as three (3) runs unless the ball strikes a wall, in which case, it shall count as four (4) runs. Should the batsmen run then an additional (2) runs will be added for each completed run.
b. A ‘ No Ball/Dead Ball shall be called if the ball hits any part of the roof during a delivery with just three (3) runs awarded.
c. A ‘Wide Ball’ will count as three (3) runs unless the ball strikes a wall, in which case, it shall count as four (4) runs.
In over 12:
a. ‘Wides’ and ‘No Balls’ shall be scored as one (1) run and an extra ball shall be added to the over.
b. Scoring will otherwise be as normal.
7. An overthrow hitting any wall or the ceiling shall count as one (1) extra run.
8. No runs will be scored if a batsman is ‘caught’ off a ball striking a wall or the ceiling.
9. A ball lodging in the netting or leaving the arena shall count as a dead ball and (1) run will be scored.
METHOD OF DISMISSAL
Apart from the normal methods of dismissal as stated in the ‘Laws Of Cricket’ the following variations shall apply:
1. A batsman shall be adjudged ‘caught’ if a fielder catches a ball rebounding off either the off side and leg side netting/walls. This also applies to the ceiling and the netting/walls behind the wicket keeper, but NOT the bowler.
2. The last ‘not out’ batsman shall be ‘out’ if the non-striker is ‘run out’.
3. The batsman or non-striker shall be given ‘not out’ if the ball rebounds from any wall or the ceiling and hits the stumps without first touching a fielder.
All teams must be ready ten (10) minutes before their allotted fixture time.
Any team unable to start with at least four (4) players, when called upon by the umpires will suffer a reduction in it’s own batting innings of two (2) overs for each five (5) minutes lost or part thereof, after being called to play.
A Reader 4oz indoor ball will be provided and used at all times. A damaged ball may be replaced at the umpire’s discretion by a ball of similar wear.
All teams will need to provide two (2) umpires for certain fixtures on evenings of their game as per the umpire timetable. The square leg umpire will stand outside of the playing arena. Umpires will inspect all footwear before the commencement of each match. Failure to turn up for an umpiring duty will result in a £30 fine. If you are unable to fulfil an umpiring commitment then please see section entitled cancellations.
Each team must provide a scorer for their innings.
The winning team’s captain will be responsible for putting a completed result sheet in the tray marked ‘Serious Cricket Indoor League Result Sheets’ at the end of each match. This tray will be located in the bar area. Score sheets must be signed by both team captains, and a Man of the Match Allocated.
Any team cancelling a game or an umpiring duty must do so 14 days before the fixture is due to be played. Re-arrangement of fixtures is not guaranteed even if cancellation has been made with 14 days notice, however the Dummer Cricket Centre will try where possible to ensure the game is played.
Failure to show for a game or cancellations with less than 14 days notice will result in a £60 fine per game and £30 per missed umpiring duty. In the event of a game being cancelled with less than 14 days notice maximum points for the game will be awarded to the opposing team.
Teams wishing to withdraw from the league before concluding its fixtures will not receive a refund and are liable for the full amount of the original cost to enter and play in the league plus any charges as outlined above.
NB: The organising body reserve the right to amend playing rules to local conditions.
At the end of the season the following rules apply depending on availability for the following year:
1. The bottom team from Division One will be relegated to Division Two.
2. The top team in Division Two will be promoted to the Division One.
3. The bottom team in Division Two will be relegated to Division Three.
4. The top team in Division Three will be promoted to Division Two.
5. The bottom team in Division Three will be relegated to Division Four.
6. The top team in Division Four will be promoted to Division Three.
In the result of 2 teams finishing with level points, the side with the most wins will finish higher. If teams are still level it will be based on their results against each other. If still level then it will come down to the number of runs scored across the season.
1. Players will be properly attired in appropriate and clean ‘cricket clothing’ which can include coloured clothing (without clashing with the colour of the match ball). ONLY WHITE OR LIGHT COLOURED SOLES ON FOOTWEAR WILL BE ALLOWED.
UMPIRES WILL INSPECT YOUR FOOTWEAR. NO BLACK, BLUE OR PIMPLED SOLES OR CRICKET SPIKES OF ANY DESCRIPTION WILL BE PERMITTED.
2. Players must adhere to the league rules at all times and play within the spirit of the game. Serious Cricket reserve the right to remove any individual or team due to any behaviour deemed unacceptable by the organising committee.
3. Players may not play for more than one (1) club or more than one (1) team within their club during the season.
The winning team shall claim ten (10) points and in the event of a ‘tie’ each team shall claim five (5) points each. The side batting second and winning may claim bonus points for ‘wickets in hand’.
Maximum points available = 18 points.
Any team failing to honour a fixture or not being ready to play at the required time will be awarded no points and their opponents awarded (18) eighteen points.
Please note a Max of five (5) bonus points are available from the 'Batting' and 'wickets in hand' sections combined.
1. 'Batting' bonus points:
50 runs one (1) point
75 runs two (2) points
100 runs three (3) points
125 runs four (4) points
150 runs five (5) points
2. ‘Wickets In Hand’ bonus points:
6 wickets five (5) points
4/5 wickets two (2) points
2/3 wickets one (1) point
3. 'Bowling' bonus points:
Per two (2) wickets taken: one (1) point.
WDCCA Tichborne Trophy and Igglesden Trophy Competition Regulations
1. The Management Committee shall have power to amend any of these regulations. Any such amendments shall be advised to all clubs participating in the competition by the Competition Secretary in good time and subsequently reported to Members at the following WDCCA Annual General Meeting.
2. Captains and umpires may not agree to alter these regulations except as specifically provided within them.
3. Any disputes arising from the breach of these regulations should be notified in writing to the Secretary responsible for administration of the competition (the Competition Secretary) within seven days of the incident. A club shall be entitled to appeal against any decision of the Competition Secretary by lodging their appeal in writing with the Secretary of the Winchester and District Cricket Clubs Association (WDCCA) within seven days of being notified of the decision by the Competition Secretary. The WDCCA Management Committee shall consider the appeal, taking into account any evidence that it considers appropriate, and the decision of the Management Committee shall be final.
4. Application forms for entry to the competition shall be circulated by the Competition Secretary.
5. Fees for the competition shall be fixed by the Management Committee. Applications for entry to the Tichborne Trophy and Igglesden Trophy competitions must be in writing and, along with payment of fees, shall be made no later than the date specified by the Competition Secretary.
6. Subject to availability, umpires for matches from the quarter-finals onwards will be appointed by the Association through the Winchester & District Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers (W&DACU&S). In the absence of one or both of the official umpires for these matches, the captains shall decide whether matches can start or continue and, in the event of disagreement, the actual state of things shall continue.
7. Each team is expected to provide a competent scorer.
8. All matches shall be played on the date advised by the Competition Secretary unless the Competition Secretary has specifically stated otherwise.
9. If a club is playing in a recognised County or National competition on the same day as the scheduled date for a Tichborne Trophy or Igglesden Trophy fixture, the Tichborne Trophy or Igglesden Trophy fixture may be rearranged, subject to agreement by the Competition Secretary. If the clubs are unable to agree an alternative date, the Competition Secretary may declare the match void and in such circumstances the result shall be determined by the toss of a coin (undertaken by the Competition Secretary).
10. The home team may, at its discretion, postpone or cancel a match in order to save unnecessary travelling if as a result of weather there is no likelihood of the match being played on the appointed day. The home team shall also notify, where relevant, the umpires of any cancellation or postponement and of the re-arranged date and venue. A change of venue agreeable to both clubs shall be notified by the home club to the Competition Secretary. Other than in wholly exceptional circumstances, failure to play for reasons other than adverse ground or weather conditions shall result in forfeiture of the match by the team unable to play. Any match expenses shall be met by the defaulting club.
11. The Competition Secretary shall be informed promptly of all postponed or incomplete matches. Any postponed or incomplete match shall be played on the Thursday of the same week at the same venue. If play is still not possible on that day, the teams must still meet on that day for a bowl out (even in inclement weather). If the umpires (or in their absence, the captains) determine that the weather or ground conditions are such as to make a bowl out impractical they may decide that the result shall be determined by the toss of a coin undertaken by the captains.
12. It is the responsibility of both teams to notify the Competition Secretary of the result/runs/wickets/overs within 24 hours of the match by e-mail, text, photograph of the scorecard or fax.
13. No club is bound to play on its normal home ground. Clubs using Corporation pitches or not using their own home ground shall confirm the venue of home matches to the opposition and, where appointed, to the umpires at least three clear days before the fixture.
14. Non-turf pitches which are of a porous nature are acceptable, subject to prior approval by the Competition Secretary. The opposition team and the umpires shall be advised at least three clear days before the match that a non-turf surface will be used and advised of any special footwear needs. If such notification has not been made, and the away team so demand, the match shall be played on a turf pitch or forfeited by the home side.
15. All teams shall be entered in the Tichborne Trophy with first and second round losers being entered in the Igglesden Trophy. The Competition Secretary shall, at his/her discretion, seed the entries to the competitions so that the stronger teams do not play each other in the first (or early) rounds of the competitions.
B. CLUB ELIGIBILITY
1. The Tichborne Trophy and Igglesden Trophy are open to all WDCCA Member clubs, subject to any limitation imposed under Article 3(b) of the WDCCA Constitution.
2. No club may enter more than one team in the competition.
3. Teams are expected to field a full side of players. Persistent failure to produce a full complement of players shall render the club liable to be refused entry to the competitions in future seasons.
C. PLAYER ELIGIBILITY
1. All players must be bona fide members of the club in order to enter the competition. No player may play for more than one club in the competition in any given season. For the purposes of this regulation the Tichborne and Igglesden Trophies are considered to be the same competition.
2. No player who has played first-class cricket in the previous or current season will be eligible to play in these competitions.
D. PLAYING CONDITIONS
1. The home team shall be responsible for providing the ground and stumps for all matches except the Final round. Each team shall be responsible for the provision of a PINK match ball and a spare acceptable to the umpires and opposing captain, with each team using its own ball(s) when batting. All balls shall be handed to the umpires before the commencement of the match.
2. All matches are to be played under the latest code of the Laws of Cricket, as published by the MCC (currently the 2017 Code), together with any Amendments or Experimental Laws in operation. These Laws may be varied by any of the regulations specified below for this competition.
3. Should a club fail to field at least seven players for a match this will be deemed to constitute a failure to play and shall result in forfeiture of the match by that club. If the umpires are satisfied that a nominated player has been delayed in reaching the venue for wholly exceptional reasons, the umpires may permit the match to commence with either or both teams having less than seven players. However, if the delayed player (or players) is still absent 15 minutes after the scheduled starting time for the match this will immediately be deemed to constitute a failure to play by the team concerned and the offending club shall forfeit the match. In such a situation, the batting-side captain shall, no later than 15 minutes after the scheduled starting time of the match, notify the umpires whether the delayed player(s) has arrived.
4. Particular attention should be paid to the following responsibilities of the umpires and captains:
(i). Nomination of sides before the toss, including proper completion of team sheets specifying appropriate details of any players under the age of 19 years as of 31st August of the preceding year.
(ii). Time wasting and unfair play.
(iii). Decisions regarding adverse conditions and poor light.
5. The Association will supply suitable cards to enable captains to nominate players to the umpires before the toss (see Law 1.2). Young players to whom fielding or bowling restrictions apply or who are obliged to wear protective equipment must be identified at the time of nomination. In the absence of nominated umpires, the completed nomination card should be presented to the opposing captain and this information must be supplied to every person who acts as an umpire.
6. Protection of young players. The guidance of the ECB and the HCB regarding young fast bowlers, the wearing of helmets by young players and the fielding positions of young players must at all times be followed.
7. Law 126.96.36.199 (Bowler absent and not permitted to bowl) shall not apply to any bowler if the umpires are satisfied that he has been delayed in reaching the ground for wholly acceptable reasons. In the absence of independent umpires, the captains shall so decide. In such circumstances the opposing captain shall not unreasonably withhold his consent.
8. Matches should start by 6:15 pm (except in the Final – see section D 10 below) unless otherwise agreed by both Captains and the Competition Secretary. Where umpires have been appointed by the Association, it is the responsibility of the home Captain to ensure that the umpires have been informed of any revised start time. Starting times of matches must be adhered to. Umpires appointed by the Association are empowered to award the match to a side if their opponents are not ready to play at the appointed time.
9. All matches shall be of limited overs duration. The side batting first shall bat for a maximum of 20 six-ball overs or until 7:30 pm, whichever shall be the shorter. If the innings of the side batting first is completed prior to 7:30 pm the side batting second shall be entitled to a maximum of 20 overs (or as decided otherwise under regulation D.11 below). The over in progress at 7:30 pm shall be completed unless a wicket falls. Where a wicket falls at or after 7:30 pm the innings shall close and the side batting second shall be entitled to receive the same number of overs and fair balls as the team batting first.
10. In the Final round, matches shall commence at 6:00 pm, or as soon as possible thereafter, but the time of closure of the first innings shall remain as 7:30 pm.
11. In a match subject to a delayed start, or stoppage during the innings of the side batting first, the overs entitlement for each side shall be reduced by one over for every six minutes of time lost. No match shall be reduced to less than 12 overs per innings. In the event of bad light before the toss the umpires may decide to reduce the match to not less than 12 overs each commencing at 6:30 pm.
12. A team shall not be permitted to declare its innings closed, unless agreed by both captains
13. An interval of 5 minutes shall be allowed between innings.
14. No bowler may bowl more than four overs or parts thereof. In the event of a bowler being unable to complete an over through injury or other reason the umpire shall so notify the captain of the fielding side and then the over shall be completed by another bowler provided the said bowler in doing so does not exceed the number of overs permitted to him by the competition regulations.
15. Umpires are instructed to apply a very strict and consistent interpretation of a Wide delivery in order to prevent negative bowling. The following criteria should be adopted as a guide by the umpires:
If a ball passes on the off side of the wicket sufficiently wide to make it virtually impossible for the striker to play a ‘normal cricket stroke’ both from where he is standing and from where he would normally be standing at the crease, the umpire shall call and signal ‘Wide Ball’.
Note: The provision does not apply if the striker makes contact with the ball or if it passes between the striker and the wicket.
Note: If the ball passes over the head of the striker standing upright at the crease, the umpire shall call and signal ‘No Ball’.
Note: A Wide will count as 3 runs & not be re-bowled (except for the last scheduled over of the innings, when a Wide ball will count as 1 run and will be re-bowled).
Any delivery passing the leg side of the batsman in his normal batting stance shall be deemed a Wide and the above criteria will be followed.
16. The delivery following a ‘No Ball’ called for a foot fault (Law 21.5) shall be a Free Hit for whichever batsman is facing it. The umpires will signal a Free Hit by (after the normal ‘No Ball’ call) extending one arm straight upwards and moving it in a circular motion.
17. If the delivery for the Free Hit is not a legitimate delivery (any kind of ‘No Ball’ or a ‘Wide Ball’), then the next delivery will become a Free Hit for whichever batsman is facing it. For any Free Hit, the striker can be dismissed only under the circumstances that apply for a ‘No Ball’ (Run Out; Hit the Ball Twice; and Obstructing the Field). Field changes are permitted for Free Hit deliveries.
18. Batsmen shall retire (not out) upon reaching 50 runs. Should all other batsmen be dismissed, the retired batsmen will resume his innings (where more than one such batsmen has retired for this reason, the batsmen shall resume their innings in the order in which they retired).
19. A POWERPLAY over will be introduced in each innings during which all runs/extras scored shall count double. This can be taken at any time during the innings but the umpire at the bowler’s end must be notified by one of the batsmen at the crease before the first ball of the over is bowled. The umpire shall signal accordingly to the scorers. The fielding team can move the field as per normal overs and is also permitted to change the bowler before the over commences.
20. Only umpires appointed by the Association (see above), even if they are fully qualified umpires, may impose five-run penalties of five runs as prescribed by the Laws, other than the five-run penalties applicable under:
- Law 24.4: Players returning without permission.
- Law 28.2: Fielding the ball.
- Law 28.3: Protective helmets belonging to the fielding side.
21. The new Law 42 (Players’ conduct) will apply only in matches where the umpires are appointed by the Association (i.e. the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals of the Tichborne Trophy and the Igglesden Trophy).
22. In the event of the scores being level at the end of the match, the side with the least number of wickets down shall be the winner. If the number of wickets lost by each side is the same, the result shall be determined by a bowl-out. The bowl-out shall consist of five bowlers from each team each bowling one overarm delivery at three stumps with the team securing the most wickets during this process being the winner. If the scores are level at the end of this process the bowl-out will continue with the remaining players on a sudden-death basis.