RULES FOR QUEENSLAND VETERANS CRICKET GAMES

These Rules are written in the “Spirit of Veterans Cricket” and (the QVC Management Committee) encourages all players and administrators to follow them with that in mind.

…. Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact it should be played not only within its Laws but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action which is seen to abuse the spirit causes injury to the game itself. The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rests with captains…” Laws of Cricket 2017 Code (2nd Edition – 2019)

Culture of the Competition. Whilst the structure of the competition provides for a competitive approach, the committee believes this should not result in over-competitiveness or over-shadow what they believe is the competition’s main purpose – to provide an opportunity for cricketers of all standards despite their advancing years, to continue to participate in a sport we all love.

1. The Laws of Cricket apply except for variations mentioned herein.

 2. Team Lists: 

2.1 Before the toss, captains will exchange team lists of all players. The team lists should be seen by the umpire(s) and remain near the scorers.

2.2 Each team may consist of 12 players. In such event, the 12th person shall be permitted to bowl, and bat provided there is at least one retiree.

2.3 If either team has only 11 players, then both teams can only bat 11 players.

2.4 The 12th player must bat before any retired batsman is recycled.

2.5 The bowling team needs to take a maximum of 10 wickets to dismiss the batting team. 

 3. Age. 

3.1 To play in the Over 50s competition, a player must have reached 50 years of age or be turning 50 during the year of the competition.

3.2 To play in the Over 60s competition, a player must have reached 60 years of age or be turning 60 during the year of the competition.

3.3 To play in the Women’s Veterans competition, a female must have reached 40 years of age or be turning 40 during the year of the competition.

3.4 Notwithstanding, each team may be permitted to play two under-age players who must be 38 or 39 for the Women, 48 or 49 for the Over50s and 58 or 59 years old for the Over 60s in any one game, subject to the prior approval of the QVC Cricket Committee.

3.5 If a 58 or 59-year-old QVC Cricket Committee approved Over 60 player plays a game in the Over50s competition, he is not permitted to return to play in the Over60s unless approved by the QVC Cricket Committee.

3.6 Any women’s veteran player is eligible to play in any QVC regional matches.

 4. Umpires. 

Two official umpires are to be allocated to each match wherever possible. If only one official umpire is available, he is to stand at each bowling end. If no official umpire(s) are available, then both captains shall agree on non-official umpire(s). After consulting both captains, umpires have the final say on whether play will start, continue, resume or cease due to rain, unsafe ground conditions or extreme heat. When heavy rain is imminent, or when lightning is approaching, umpires should use their discretion to ensure covers (when available) are installed promptly on turf pitches if play must cease. (See Rule 24).

5. Competition Structure:

5.1 There will be 3 Divisions, known as Division1, Division 2 and Division 3 for both Over 50s and Over 60s and a Women’s Veterans Division.

5.2 Competition points will be allocated, and premierships awarded in:

Over 50s – Division 1, 2 and 3

Over 60s – Division 1 and 2

Women Veterans Division

5.3 Players from higher Divisions are eligible to play in Division 3 when necessary to make up the numbers. (Rule 31 – Player Availability will apply)

Only the QVC Cricket Committee can make changes to the QVC Playing Schedule.

 6. Competition Points/Placings: 

6.1 The following points shall be awarded in all competitive divisions as listed in Rule 5.2.

      Win – 2 points

      Tie –   1 point

6.2 If a game is drawn due to weather or poor playing conditions, 1 point will be allocated to each team.

6.3 Games may be rescheduled but only with prior approval of the QVC Cricket Committee, depending on time frames, available grounds etc.

6.4 The match is completed when a result is achieved.

6.5 In all competitive divisions, the placing for team’s level on points will be decided by identifying the team with the higher wickets/runs quotient. Note: A compulsory retired batter will not be deemed dismissed for calculating wickets lost in an innings.

The quotient is to be calculated as follows:

(a) Your team’s total runs scored for the season divided by total wickets lost for the season.

(b) Total runs scored for the season by opposition teams played divided by total wickets taken for the season.

(c) Divide a) by b) to determine team quotient.

7. Players:

 Only eleven fielders can be on the field at any one time. Fielders on the team list may rotate at any time, after notifying the nearer umpire. (Refer also to Rule 2 – Team Lists).

 

8. Commencement Time: 

8.1 Each match is to commence at 10am unless, prior to the weekend of the match there has been an arrangement made with each of the opposing Regional Coordinators.

8.2 See Rule 22 for match starts delayed beyond 10am due to weather.

8.3 On the day, play can commence up to 30minutes early, provided captains and umpires agree.

9. Finishing Time:

9.1 The scheduled cessation time is 4:30pm.

9.2 If playing conditions allow and captains and umpires agree, play may be extended to 5pm to achieve a result.

9.3 If games are not completed by 5pm, the Duckworth Lewis method of Target Score calculation will decide the result. (See Rule 29)

10. Innings: 

Each innings is to be a maximum of 45 overs in Women’s, all Divisions in Over 50’s and Divisions 1and 2 in Over 60s.

     

 11. Drinks Breaks:

 To be taken at agreed intervals, with reference to the prevailing temperature. Extra drinks for batters can be supplied between overs if so requested.

12. Lunch Interval: 

12.1 Lunch is taken whenever the first innings is completed if the innings is completed within 30 minutes of the scheduled lunch break of 1pm.  Otherwise there will be a 10-minute change of innings with lunch taken at the scheduled time.

12.2 The duration of the lunch interval shall be a maximum of 30 minutes.

       

 13. Batting: 

13.1 Batters must retire on scoring 50 runs in Over 50s and 40 runs in Over 60s, Division 1.

13.2 In Division 2 Over 60s and Women’s, batters must retire on scoring 40 runs, or after 40 balls have been faced, whichever one occurs first.

13.3 In all competitive divisions, subject to the dismissal of all other batters, retired batters must return to the crease in the order that they retired.

13.4 Any batters retiring due to genuine injury or illness with the umpire’s agreement before being compulsorily retired under Rule 13.1 and 13.2, may return to continue their innings as per normal “retired hurt” rules.

 14. Bowling: 

14.1 In Over 50’s, a bowler may bowl a maximum of nine (9) overs and in Over 60’s Division 1 d Division 2 and Women’s, a bowler may bowl a maximum of eight (8) overs.

14.2 If the number of overs to be bowled in an innings is reduced, the maximum number of overs to be bowled by any bowler will be proportionately reduced in all Divisions. (Refer to Rule 22 in the case of matches requiring a reduction in overs to be bowled)

 15. No-Ball:

 A No Ball is to be called for any delivery that lands or bounces off the prepared turf or synthetic pitch in front of the batters.

       

 16. Unfair Deliveries: An Unfair Delivery is:

  • Any delivery that clearly passes above the batter’s shoulder, as judged from where the batter takes his/her stance as if he/she had been standing erect.
  • Any full-toss delivery that clearly arrives or would have arrived above waist height as judged from where the batter takes his/her stance as if he/she had been standing erect.

Either the umpire at the bowler’s end or the square leg umpire is to instantly call and signal no-ball for any unfair deliveries.

 17. Wide Delivery: 

If the bowler bowls a ball, not being a No Ball, the umpire shall adjudge it a wide if, according to the definition below, the ball passes wide of where the striker is standing, and which also would have passed wide of the striker standing in a normal guard position.

Definition: The ball will be considered as passing wide of the striker unless it is sufficiently within reach for the striker to be able to hit it with the bat by means of a normal cricket stroke.

In Addition: Any ball that passes outside the striker’s legs and also outside the protected area line where it would cross the popping crease (measured 12 inches/30.48cms) from the middle stump is to be called a wide.

18. Substitute Runners: 

Injured batters will be entitled to have a runner if injured during the match in progress.

 19. Fielding Restrictions: 

19.1 In Over 60s Division 1 and 2 and Women’s, only five (5) fieldsmen can field at any time within 15metres of the boundary line/fence.

19.2 Whenever this fielding restriction is not adhered to in the Divisions mentioned in19.1, either umpire shall call and signal a No Ball.

19.3 For Over 50s Fielding Restrictions, see Appendix B

 20. Ovals, Clothing and Equipment.

20.1 Appropriately coloured or white team shirts and trousers are permitted with approval of the QVC committee.

20.2 Only red four-piece balls supplied by the QVC Committee will be used in regional fixtures.

20.3 The Oval playing size is to be measured to a maximum 55 metre half circle from the stumps at each end to form the ends, and then joined by straight boundaries on the off and on sides.

20.4 In Over 50s, if practicable, the boundaries are to be between 55m and 60m.

21. Helmets British Standard Helmet Policy

21.1 PLAYER SAFETY

Cricket Australia has strongly recommended that all practical steps be taken to mandate the wearing of compliant helmets (British Standard 7928:2013) when batting, wicket keeping up to the stumps and fielding close-in.  Research shows that cricket ball impact to the head is the most common area of injury in cricket and the most likely injury to result in hospitalisation. With aging, veteran cricketers can be particularly vulnerable to this type of injury. Wearing a compliant helmet greatly lowers the chances of a critical injury of any kind.

The VCA and QVC have adopted this CA recommendation to improve player safety along with a practical pre-start of play process to assess the player safety and risks at the venue on the day.  A checklist must be completed by team captains and sighted by umpires before the start of play which will consider playing field conditions and safety, along with wicket conditions that may influence the wearing of helmets for batters.

The following playing conditions will apply for all QVC sanctioned matches.

Whilst helmets are only compulsory against fast or medium-paced bowling, it is strongly recommended that all players wear BS 7928:2013 helmets against all bowling.

21.2 BATTING

1. A batter must wear a British Standard 7928:2013 compliant helmet at all times when batting against fast or medium-paced bowling.

2. The umpire(s) are the final adjudicators of whether bowling is fast or medium-paced and will judge the pace of bowling against what is considered “fast”, “medium-paced” or “slow” within the context of that particular match. Umpires should consult with Captains regarding the bowlers and conditions for the match, as per the note below.

2.1 The wicketkeeper standing either up to, or back from the stumps must not be the deciding factor in this decision.

Note: Consultation between Umpires and Captains prior to the match

– Umpires and Captains should consult before the start of the match regarding bowlers who could be considered “fast”, “medium paced” or “slow”.

– This discussion should be completed following the sign-off of the Cricket Australia “Game Day Checklist”, to give context to the match conditions for that day.

– In matches without an Association appointed Umpire, this process should occur between both Captains. 

21.3 WICKET-KEEPING

1. At all times when wicketkeeping up to the stumps, the wicketkeeper must wear a British Standard 7928:2013 compliant helmet.

21.4 FIELDING

1. A fielder must wear a British Standard 7928:2013 compliant helmet at all times when fielding in a position closer than seven (7) metres from the batter’s position on the popping crease on a middle stump line, with the exception of any fielding position behind square of the wicket on the off side.

2. The umpire(s) are the sole judges of the distance from the stumps as per point (1) above.

Note: For the avoidance of doubt, any fielder within the prescribed distance deemed to be fielding at “leg slip” or “leg gully” must wear a British Standard 7928:2013 helmet.

ENFORCEMENT (see Policies Appendix – Helmets Policy Enforcement Procedure)

1. The match umpires shall be responsible for ensuring that a helmet is worn when required but shall not be responsible for ensuring that the helmet worn by any player is compliant with British Standard 7928:2013.

2. In a match with association appointed umpires, the umpires shall not allow the match to continue during any period in which any batter, wicketkeeper standing up to the stumps or fielder within the prescribed area fails to wear a helmet.

3. In accordance with the Laws of Cricket, the Umpires shall:

3.1 Award 5 penalty runs to the opposing team:

3.1.1 When any batsman fails to wear a helmet

3.1.2 Each time a wicketkeeper (up to the stumps) or fielder (in close) fails to wear a helmet as required by these playing conditions.

3.2 If after the action above in 3.1.1 the batter continues to not comply with these playing conditions, the umpire(s) shall time out the batter who fails to wear a helmet.

3.3 In the event of an extended delay in which either no batter comes to the wicket wearing a helmet (in situations required by Playing Condition 21.2) and also fails to leave the wicket having been given out in according with 3.2 above, the umpire(s) shall adopt the procedure of Law 16.3 (Umpire(s) awarding a match).

3.4 In the event of an extended delay caused by a wicketkeeper or fielder failing to wear a helmet when required by Playing Condition 21.3 and 21.4, the umpire(s) shall adopt the procedure of Law 16.3 (Umpire(s) awarding a match).

3.5 In addition to the above, the umpire(s) will report any breach of Playing Condition 21 to QVC. Upon receiving information regarding the incident, QVC shall take all reasonable and appropriate measures to investigate the instance (s). QVC shall take such action as they deem appropriate against the involved participants and teams, if applicable. 

3.6 In a match without association appointed umpires, the captains of both batting and bowling teams are responsible for compliance of these clauses. The captains of both batting and bowling teams shall not permit the match to continue during any period in which any batter, wicketkeeper standing up to the stumps or fielder within the prescribed area fails to wear a helmet. Upon receiving information regarding the incident, QVC shall take all reasonable and appropriate measures to investigate the instance(s). QVC shall take such action as they deem appropriate against the above participants & team(s) if applicable.

Note: For the purpose of this Playing Condition, no time/overs shall be lost to the game after the completion of any of the above actions described.

22. Playing Time: 

22.1 Provided play commences no later than 10:30am, each innings will be 45 overs per team.

22.2 Where play commences after 10:30am, each team’s innings is to be reduced by one over for every 7.5 minutes lost beyond 10:30am.

22.3 The lunch interval may be shortened to a minimum of 15 minutes.

22.4 Each team must bat a minimum of twenty (20) overs, otherwise the result will be a draw. (Refer also to Rule 29- Target Score Calculations if overs are reduced, and Rule 30 – Interrupted Innings.)

 23. Heat:

 23.1 During adverse weather conditions the aim is to provide maximum playing time wherever possible without endangering individual safety.

23.2Extra drink breaks may be added, with the agreement of both Captains, in the event of unusually hot conditions.

23.3 In the event of extremely hot conditions only, the Captains may decide to vary the innings structure of each game for the first innings alternating for each team, before the lunch break. In such an event, each innings will continue after the lunch break and play continues until all ten (10) wickets have fallen or until a result is achieved, up to the maximum of 45 overs per team.

 24. Available Pitch Covers: 

24.1 Covers are to be used as required.

24.2 During play, the batting team is responsible for the speedy delivery of the covers when rain is imminent and both teams must assist with the covering.

24.3 Both teams must also assist with the removal of the covers when required.

25. Lightning Rule: 

25.1 Umpires must call for play to cease once they are satisfied that thunder is heard less than 30 seconds after the related lightning strike.

25.2 Once play ceases at one oval, play must cease on all adjoining ovals.

25.3 Covers should not be placed if umpires are obliged to halt play due to lightning even if rain is expected. Nobody is to be on the oval while the lightning rule is in effect.

 26. Backup Synthetic Pitches:

 To be used subject to availability, whenever play on a turf pitch is unlikely to commence before 11.30am. If rain or unsafe ground conditions prevent any match which commenced on turf from being fully played out, it may be completely restarted on the alternate Synthetic Pitch, provided less than twenty (20) overs of the first team’s innings have been bowled. The restarted game will be reduced to twenty (20) overs for each team’s innings. If more than twenty (20) overs have been bowled, the match shall not be restarted and will be called a draw.

 

27. Scoring: 

Two scorers are required for all matches. The home and away teams shall supply scorebooks and if available the home team will supply a computer tablet with the Mycricket Live Scoring App. Where there is Live Scoring available, the teams may choose to use one scorebook only. Each team is required to have competent Live Scorers available if a non-playing Live Scorer is not present. If the Mycricket Live Scoring App is NOT available or fails during the match, two scorebooks must be used.

 

28.  Match Results:

The Home teams’ designated Mycricket delegate shall enter or download from the Live Scorer App, the match scores and player statistics into Mycricket within 48 hours of the completion of the game.

Note: Draw or Tie results must be entered.

 29. Target Score Calculations:

The Duckworth Lewis method of target score calculation is to be used in all games. It is the responsibility of Captains/Regional Co-ordinators to ensure they, or someone in their team has access to and knowledge of a Duckworth Lewis App.

NOTE: The Duckworth Lewis System will only apply when there has been a reduction of overs after the start of play and/or there is insufficient time to bowl the remaining overs, taking into consideration that play can continue until 5:00pm.

If the commencement of the game is delayed and the number of overs reduced for each team, Duckworth Lewis does not come into play as both teams have the same number of overs from the start of the game.

30. Interrupted Match:        

Applies to all competitive divisions

30.1 When there is either a late start or an interruption in play that causes a loss of overs to the team batting first, the umpires will reduce the overs for both teams by one over (1) for each 7.5 minutes lost. Example – 60 minutes divided by 7.5 = 8 overs lost from both teams’ innings.

30.2 Subject to 30.3, if there is an interruption in play of the team batting second, the umpires will reduce the remaining overs by one (1) for each 4 minutes lost. Example – 30 minutes lost divided by 4 = 8 over reduction.

30.3 If play commences on time at 10am and there are no interruptions prior to the team batting second, the overs will not be reduced until after 30 minutes of lost time has elapsed.

30.4 When there is insufficient time for the team batting second to receive 20 overs, the umpires will abandon play.

31. Player Availability:

31.1 If a team is unable to field 12 players from its own region, players must be sought from the Regional Coordinator of their opponents on the day. If this is not possible, replacement players can be sought from other regions with the permission of that Regional Co-ordinator.

31.2(a) A Division 1 player is any player who has played 3 or more games in Over 60s Division 1 or 2 or more games in Over 50s Division1 in the current year.

31.2(b) If a Division 1 player fills in for Division 2, they cannot bat any higher than number 8 and cannot be recycled.

31.2(c) If a Division 1 player fills in for Division 2, they cannot bowl more than 4 overs.

31.2(d) If a Division 1 player fills in for Division 2, they cannot keep for more than 10 overs.

31.2(e) If a Division 1 player fills in for Division 2, they cannot do both (c) and (d) above. 

32. Divisional Teams

32.1 Division 1: If a Region has two teams in Division 1, 8 players must be nominated for each team after Round 3 in Over 60s and after Round 2 in Over 50s and these players once nominated are not permitted to play for the other team during the season.

32.2 Division 2: If a Region has two teams in Division 2, 8 players must be nominated for each team after Round 3 in Over 60s and after Round 2 in Over50s and these players once nominated are not permitted to play for the other team during the season.

32.3 In Division 3 Over 50s, if a Region has two teams, 8 players must be nominated for each team after Round 2 and these players once nominated are not permitted to play for the other team during the season.

32.4 These team nominations are to be sent to the QVC Cricket Committee.

32.5 When a region has two teams in a division, if a player is either promoted or demoted from one of those teams, on the players return to the division that player must play in the team that player was originally nominated for.

32.6 Over 60s Division 3 is to be purely social, open to any players but is mainly for players who do not want to play competitive cricket. Games can be organized between Regions or QVC will draw up a playing schedule.

32.7 In exceptional circumstances, Regional Coordinators can seek approval from the QVC Cricket Committee to relax Regulation 32.1 – 32.3.

33. Eligibility for Finals

33.1 In Division 1, to be eligible for finals, a player must have played at least two games in the QVC Competition during that season. If the player has been out injured, approval must be sought from the QVC Executive for the player to play.

33.2 In Division2, to be eligible for finals, a player must have played at least two games in Division2 in the QVC Competition during that season. However, if a player has played more than 3 games in Division 1 in that season, that player is ineligible for Division 2.

33.3 If an ineligible player for Division 2 is granted permission from the QVC Executive to play, that player must observe the playing rules as set out in 31.2 

34. National Selection

34.1. To be eligible for selection for the National Championships a player must have played at least two games in the QVC Competition during the current season.

34.2 Any over aged player is eligible to nominate for selection in any lower age group.

34.3 Selection Guideline: Over aged players may be considered for national selection if they would be selected to play in Division 3 or above.

Appendix A

Enforcement Procedure: Batting (in a Match with Association Appointed Umpire(s))

  1. After the fall of a wicket or the retirement of a batter, the incoming batter must, unless Time has been called, be in a position to take guard, or for the other batter to be ready to receive the next ball within 3 minutes of the dismissal or retirement and be wearing a helmet as required by clause (X).
  2. If this requirement is not met the umpires(s)/Team Captains are to direct the batter to comply with clause (X).
  3. If, having entered the field of play not wearing a helmet, a batter leaves the field in order to comply with clause (x), there shall be no loss of time/overs to the match solely due to this delay.
  4. If a batter does not to comply with this direction:
    1. The umpire shall call time, if necessary
    2. The umpires shall summon and inform the offending players captain of his/her refusal to comply with clause 1.0
    3. The umpire shall award 5 penalty runs to the fielding team
    4. The umpires together shall report the occurrence as soon as possible after the match to the Executive of the offending player’s team and to the Governing Body responsible for the match, who shall take such further action against the player, the captain, any other individuals concerned and, if appropriate, the team.
  5. If after the action in clause 4.0 the batter continues to not comply with clause 1.0 then:
    1. The batter will be given out, Timed Out
    2. In the event of a Timed-Out dismissal, the bowler does not get credit for the wicket.
  6. In the event of an extended delay in which either no batter comes to the wicket wearing a helmet or a batter fails to wear a helmet and also fails to leave the wicket having been given out in accordance with clause 5.0, the umpires shall adopt the procedure of Law 16.3 (Umpire(s) awarding a match). For the purposes of that Law the start of the action shall be taken at end of clause 4.
  7. Further to clause 4.4, the umpires shall also report the occurrence of clause 5.1 to the Executive of the offending player’s team and to the Governing Body responsible for the match.
  8. For the purpose of this law no time/overs shall be lost to the game after the completion of any of the actions described in Clauses 3-5.

Enforcement Procedure: Batting (in a Match WITHOUT Association Appointed Umpire(s), i.e. self-umpired matches)

  1. After the fall of a wicket or the retirement of a batter, the incoming batter must, unless Time has been called, be in position to take guard or for the other batter to be ready to receive the next ball within 3 minutes of the dismissal or retirement, and be wearing a helmet as required by clause (x).
  2. If this requirement is not met, the umpire(s) must not permit the game to continue until:
    1. The batter complies with clause 1.0, or
    2. The batter without a helmet leaves the field of play and is replaced by a batter complying with clause 1.0.
  3. Should clause 2.0 not be complied with, and the umpire(s) permits the game to continue, the captain of the fielding side must not permit his/her bowler to bowl any delivery until clause 2.0 has been complied with.
  4. Should the match be permitted to continue without clauses 1.0 – 3.0 being complied with, the following shall apply:
    1. Upon receiving information regarding the incident, the Governing Body shall take all reasonable and appropriate measures to investigate the instance(s).
    2. Should the Governing Body find that the match continued without clause 1.0 – 3.0 being complied with, they shall impose sanctions taken from, but not restricted to one or more of the following options:
      1. Both teams will have all their match points from the match removed.
      2. Both team captains will be reported to the Governing Body for failure to comply with the competition’s rules/by laws.
      3. Any batter who failed to comply with clauses 1.0 and 2.0 will be reported to the Governing Body for failure to comply with the competition’s rules/by laws.
      4. Any bowler who failed to comply with clause 3.0 may be reported to the Governing Body for failure to comply with the competition’s rules/by laws.
      5. Any umpire who failed to comply with clause 2.0 may be reported to the Governing Body for failure to comply with the competition’s rules/by laws.
      6. The Governing Body shall take such action as they deem appropriate against the above participants.
      7. Furthermore, the Governing Body shall take action against the club(s) of the offending players in the match.
  5. In the event of an extended delay of (x) minutes in which either no batter comes to the wicket wearing a helmet or a batter fails to wear a helmet and also fails to leave  the wicket to comply with clause 2.1 or 2.2, the fielding captain shall instruct his players to leave the field of play and the game will not recommence until clause 1.0 or clause 2.0 has been complied with.
    1. If a delay as in clause 5.0 continues for a period of (x) minutes, the game shall be deemed abandoned and the fielding team shall report the instance to the Governing Body as soon as practicable.
    2. The Governing Body shall take all reasonable and appropriate measures to investigate the instance(s) and take such action as they deem appropriate. The sanctions they impose may be taken from, but not restricted to one or more of the following options:
      1. Remove all match points from the batting team whose batter(s) failed to comply with clause 1.0.
      2. Award an outright win (or equivalent maximum available points) to the fielding team.
      3. Take appropriate action against each batter who failed to comply with clause 1.0.
      4. Impose an appropriate sanction on the captain of the team of the batter(s) who failed to comply with clause 1.0 as the Governing Body deem fit.
      5. Impose an appropriate sanction on the club of the batter(s) who failed to comply with clause 1.0 as the Governing Body deem fit, including, but not restricted to:

Enforcement Procedure: Wicketkeeping up to the stumps (in a Match with Association Appointed Umpire(s))

  1. At anytime as required by clause (x) a wicketkeeper must wear a helmet.
  2. Should a wicketkeeper fail to wear a helmet at anytime as required by QVC Playing Conditions or as directed by an umpire(s), the umpire(s) shall not permit the game to continue until the wicketkeeper does one of the following:
    1. Wears a helmet.
    2. Moves his/her position to one that does not require him/ her to wear a helmet
    3. The fielding team changes wicketkeeper to a different player who is complying with clause 1.0
    4. If a wicket-keeper does not comply with this direction:
      1. The umpire shall call time, if necessary
      2. The umpires shall summon and inform the offending players captain of his/her refusal to comply with clause 1.0
      3. The umpire shall award 5 penalty runs to the fielding team
      4. The umpires together shall report the occurrence as soon as possible after the match to the Executive of the offending player’s team and to the Governing Body responsible for the match, who shall take such further action against the player, the captain, any other individuals concerned and, if appropriate, the team.
  1. In the event of an extended delay in which the wicketkeeper fails to wear a helmet and fails to comply with clauses 2.1 – 2.4, the umpire(s) shall adopt the procedure of Law 16.3 (Umpire(s) awarding a match).
  2. Further, each wicketkeeper that fails to comply with clause 1.0 shall be reported to the Executive of the offending player’s team and to the Governing Body responsible for the match by the umpire(s). The Governing Body shall take any action it deems appropriate against each offending wicketkeeper.

Enforcement Procedure I: Wicketkeeping up to the stumps

(in a Match WITHOUT Association Appointed Umpire(s) i.e. self-umpired match)

  1. At anytime as required by clause (x) a wicketkeeper must wear a helmet.
  2. Should a wicketkeeper fail to wear a helmet at anytime as required by the by-laws or as directed by an umpire(s), the umpire(s) shall not permit the game to continue.
  3. Should the umpire(s) not comply with clause 2.0 and permit the game to continue, the batters together shall refuse to take a position to receive the ball until clause 1.0 is complied with.
  4. Should the match be permitted to continue without clauses 1.0 – 3.0 being complied with, the following will apply:
    1. Upon receiving information regarding the incident, the Governing Body shall take all reasonable and appropriate measures to investigate the instance.
    2. Should the Governing Body find that the match continued without clause 1.0 – 3.0 being complied with, they shall impose sanctions taken from, but not restricted to one or more of the following options:
      1. Both teams will have all their match points from the match removed.
      2. Both team captains will be reported to the Governing Body for failure to comply with the competition’s rules/by laws.
      3. Any wicketkeeper who failed to comply with clauses 1.0 and 2.0 will be reported to the Governing Body for failure to comply with the competition’s rules/by laws.
      4. Any batter who failed to comply with clause 3.0 may be reported to the Governing Body for failure to comply with the competition’s rules/by laws.
      5. Any umpire(s) who failed to comply with clause 2.0 may be reported to the Governing Body for failure to comply with the competition’s rules/by laws.
      6. The Governing Body shall take such action as they deem appropriate against the above participants reported to them.
      7. Furthermore, the Governing Body shall take action against the club(s) of those offending players in the match.
  5. In the event of an extended delay in which the wicketkeeper fails to wear a helmet or fails to move his/her position to one where a helmet is not required, the captain of the batting side shall instruct his/her batters to leave the field of play and the game will not recommence until clause 1.0 has been complied with.
    1. If a delay as in clause 5.0 continues for a period of (x) minutes, the game shall be deemed abandoned and the batting team shall report the instance to the Governing Body as soon as practicable.
    2. The Governing Body shall take all reasonable and appropriate measures to investigate the instance(s) and take such action as they deem appropriate. The sanctions they impose may be taken from, but not restricted to one or more of the following options:
      1. Remove all match points from the fielding team whose wicketkeeper(s) failed to comply with clause 1.0.
      2. Award an outright win (or equivalent maximum available points) to the batting team.
      3. Take appropriate action against each wicketkeeper who failed to comply with clause 1.0.
      4. Impose an appropriate sanction on the captain of the team of the wicketkeeper(s) who failed to comply with clause 1.0.
      5. Impose an appropriate sanction on the club of the wicketkeeper(s) who failed to comply with clause 1.0 including, but not limited to:
        1. 5.2.5.1.Financial penalties
        2. 5.2.5.2.Removal of match points from one or more club teams
        3. 5.2.5.3.Denial of one or more club teams from taking part in finals

Enforcement Procedure: Fielding behind the popping crease on the off side (in a Match with Association Appointed Umpire(s))

    1. Should a fielder fail to wear a helmet at any time as required by the by-laws or as directed by an umpire(s). The umpire(s) shall not permit the game to continue until the fielder does one of the following:
      1. Wears a helmet.
      2. Moves his/her position to one that does not require him/ her to wear a helmet.
      3. The fielding team changes the fielder in the position, to a different player who is complying with clause 1.0.
      4. If a fielder does not comply with this direction:
      5. The umpire shall call time, if necessary
      6. The umpires shall summon and inform the offending players captain of his/her refusal to comply with clause 1.0
      7. The umpire shall award 5 penalty runs to the fielding team
      8. The umpires together shall report the occurrence as soon as possible after the match to the Executive of the offending player’s team and to the Governing Body responsible for the match, who shall take such further action against the player, the captain, any other individuals concerned and, if appropriate, the team.
    2. In the event of an extended delay in which the fielder fails to wear a helmet and fails to comply with clauses 1.1 -1.4, the umpire(s) shall adopt the procedure of Law 16.3 (Umpire(s) awarding a match).
    3. Further, each fielder that fails to comply with clause 1.0 shall be reported to the Executive of the offending player’s team and to the Governing Body responsible for the match by the umpire(s). The Governing Body shall take any action it deems appropriate against each offending fielder.

Enforcement Procedure: Fielding behind the popping crease on the off side (in a Match WITHOUT Association Appointed Umpire(s) i.e. self-umpired match)

  1. At any time as required by clause (x) a fielder must wear a helmet.
  2. Should a fielder fail to wear a helmet at anytime as required by the by-laws or as directed by an umpire(s). The umpire(s) shall not permit the game to continue.
  3. Should the umpire(s) not comply with clause 2.0 and permit the game to continue, the batters together shall refuse to take a position to receive the ball until clause 1.0 is complied with.
  4. Should the match be permitted to continue without clauses 1.0 – 3.0 being complied with, the following will apply:
    1. Upon receiving information regarding the incident, the Governing Body shall take all reasonable and appropriate measures to investigate the instance.
    2. Should the Governing Body find that the match continued without clause 1.0 – 3.0 being complied with, they shall impose sanctions taken from, but not restricted to one or more of the following options:
      1. Both teams will have all their match points from the match removed.
      2. Both team captains will be reported to the Governing Body for failure to comply with the competition’s rules/by laws.
      1. Any fielder who failed to comply with clauses 1.0 and 2.0 will be reported to the Governing Body for failure to comply with the competition’s rules/by laws.
      2. Any batter who failed to comply with clause 3.0 may be reported to the Governing Body for failure to comply with the competition’s rules/by laws.
      3. Any umpire who failed to comply with clause 2.0 may be reported to the Governing Body for failure to comply with the competition’s rules/by laws.
      4. The Governing Body shall take such action as they deem appropriate against the above participants reported to them.
      5. Furthermore, the Governing Body shall take action against the clubs of those offending players in the match.
  1. In the event of an extended delay in which the fielder fails to wear a helmet or fails to move his/her position to one where a helmet is not required, the captain of the batting side shall instruct his/her batters to leave the field of play and the game will not recommence until clause 1.0 has been complied with.
    1. If a delay as in clause 5.0 continues for a period of (x) minutes, the game shall be deemed abandoned and the batting team shall report the instance to the Governing Body as soon as practicable.
    2. The Governing Body shall take such action(s) as they deem appropriate. The sanctions they impose may be taken from, but not restricted to one or more of the following options:
      1. Remove all match points from the fielding team whose fielder(s) failed to comply with clause 1.0.
      2. Award an outright win (or equivalent maximum available points) to the batting team.
      3. Take appropriate action against each fielder who failed to comply with clause 1.0.
      4. Impose an appropriate sanction on the captain of the team of the fielder(s) who failed to comply with clause 1.0.
      5. Impose an appropriate sanction on the club of the fielder(s) who failed to comply with clause 1.0 including, but not limited to:
        1. 5.2.5.1.Financial penalties
        2. 5.2.5.2.Removal of match points from one or more club teams
        3. 5.2.5.3.Denial of one or more club teams from taking part in finals

Terminology

  1. Caught: A batter can be out caught where the ball rebounds or ricochets directly or indirectly off the helmet worn by any player.
  1. Run Out: A batter can be out run out where the ball rebounds or ricochets directly or indirectly onto the stumps off the helmet worn by a fielder.
  1. Stumped: A batter can be out stumped where the ball rebounds or ricochets directly or indirectly onto the stumps off the helmet worn by a wicketkeeper.
  1. Replacement helmets: Helmets should be replaced immediately in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations following a significant impact.
  1. 7 metre distance: Research shows that the minimum distance for a fielder to react to a batter hitting the ball is 7 metres.

Appendix B – Over 50s Fielding Restrictions

Definition of Fielding Restriction Area – Two semi-circles shall be drawn on the field of play. The semi-circles shall have as their centre the middle stump at either end of the pitch. The radius of each of the semicircles shall be 27.5m (30 yards). The ends of each semi-circle shall ideally be joined to the other by a straight line. If not, then the semi-circle can take the form of a series of dots forming the semi-circle, or soft flat markers. In the unlikely event that the semi-circle cannot be drawn, the umpires will use their judgement basing the circle on the estimated halfway point to the boundary.

  1. Application of Restrictions – Fielding restrictions shall apply to certain overs in each innings. The nature of such fielding restrictions and the overs during which they shall apply (hereinafter referred to as the Powerplay Overs) are set out in the following paragraphs. Subject to there being no interruptions to play, the Powerplay Overs shall be taken as follows:

 

  • Powerplay 1 – no more than three (3) fieldsmen shall be permitted outside this fielding restriction area. In an innings of 45 overs, these are overs 1 to 15
  • Powerplay 2 – no more than four (4) fieldsmen shall be permitted outside this fielding restriction area. In an innings of 45 overs, these are overs 16 to 30
  • Powerplay 3 – no more than five (5) fieldsmen shall be permitted outside this fielding restriction area. In an innings of 45 overs, these are overs 31 to 45

 

  1. Restriction of Leg Side Fieldsman – At the instant of delivery no more than five (5) players shall be fielding on the leg side of the wicket.

 

  1. Powerplay Infringement – In the event of an infringement of the above Playing Condition (i) or (ii), either umpire shall call and signal ‘No ball’ at the instant of delivery.

 

  1. Powerplays in Reduced Over Games – In circumstances when the number of overs of the batting team is reduced, the number of Powerplay Overs shall be reduced in accordance with Appendix C at the rear of this document. For the sake of clarity, it should be noted that the table shall apply to both the 1st and 2nd innings of the match.
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