East Anglian Premier Cricket League

East Anglian Premier Cricket League - Constitution

EAPCL FULL CONSTITUTION & RULES

1.  TITLE

1.1 The League shall be known as "East Anglian Premier Cricket League" (hereinafter called "the league") and may also include, if required a sponsor's name or identity.

2.  OBJECTIVES


2.0  The objectives of the league shall be to:
2.1  Organise cricket for member clubs on a competitive basis.

2.2  Promote the highest possible standards of cricket and playing facilities.

2.3  Ensure that play is conducted within the spirit and laws of the game of cricket

3.  MEMBERSHIP


3.1  The initial members of the league are the clubs invited to join the league for the 1999 season.
3.2  Subsequent membership will be governed by the rules covering relegation and promotion.

3.3  Any club wishing to withdraw from the league must give written notice to the Honorary Secretary by 1st July of the year preceding the season of withdrawal.
3.4  A club may be expelled from the league by member clubs at an annual or special general meeting following a proposal, which shall require a majority of two thirds of member clubs present and voting.

3.5  All clubs must be full members of:- (a) Their Home Counties Cricket Board and through affiliation the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) (b)The Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire Premier Cricket League, the Norfolk Alliance of the Two Counties Cricket Championship.
3.6  Each Club must be Clubmark accredited.

3.7  Each Club shall run junior sections with teams at 3 age group levels, preferably U 11, Under 13 and Under 15.


4.  MANAGEMENT AND OFFICERS

4.1  Management of the League shall be vested in a Management Committee which shall consist of the Officers of the League, being President, Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Grounds Standards Committee Chairman, together with two other members, all of whom shall be elected at the AGM each year. A representative nominated by the Premier League Umpires Panel shall be co-opted onto the Management Committee. The representative shall have full voting rights.

4.2  The Management Committee shall have the power to co-opt additional members and to fill any vacancy until the following AGM. No club shall have more than two of its members elected to the Management Committee.

5.  FUNCTIONS OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE


5.1  The committee shall meet at least bi-monthly and a meeting may be called at any time by the Secretary or by any three management committee members acting together. At least seven days notice must be given of any meeting.
5.2  A quorum of the Committee shall be six. Each member of the Committee shall be entitled to one vote. Any proposals shall be decided on a simple majority. In the event of a tied vote the Chairman or his nominated deputy shall have the casting vote.


5.3  The Committee shall be responsible for:-
5.3a  The efficient running of the league.

5.3b  Control of the league finances.
5.3c  Appointing sub-committees considered necessary from time to time, delegating to each sub-committee appropriate powers and appointing an officer or one of its members to chair the sub-committee.

5.3d  Establishing minimum standards for playing conditions and facilities.
5.3e  Ensuring youth development meets required standards.

5.3f   Dealing with discipline and complaints.
5.3g  Compilation and regular distribution of league tables to member clubs, ECB and press.


6.  GENERAL MEETINGS

6.1  The Annual General Meeting shall be held not later than 30th November each year when the following business shall be transacted:
6.1a  To receive the Secretary's report.
6.1b  To receive and adopt the the league's audited accounts.
6.1c  To elect the officers and members of the Management Committee.
6.1d  To appoint the Reviewing Accountants.
6.1e  To set the subscription for the coming season.
6.1f  To consider and decide upon proposals properly submitted in accordance with clause 6.6.

6.2  An Extraordinary General Meeting may be convened by the Management Committee at any time or may be convened by the Secretary on receipt of a written notice signed by not less than ten clubs.
6.3  Notification of an Annual General Meeting or Extraordinary General Meeting and all relevant documents will be circulated 28 days prior to the date of the meeting.
6.4  Each club shall be entitled to one vote at a General Meeting and may send two delegates. Officers of the League not representing their clubs shall not be entitled to vote at a General Meeting.
6.5  Clubs failing to be represented at any General Meeting shall be fined £50.
6.6  Proposals and nominations for officers from member clubs or from the Management Committee shall be submitted to the Secretary not later than 30th August before the AGM.
6.7  Proposals on all matters at a General Meeting shall be decided by a simple majority except for proposals to change the constitution, match rules or league format which shall require a two thirds majority of the clubs present and voting.
6.8  A quorum for any general meeting shall be two thirds of the member clubs of the league.

7.  FINANCE

7.1  Review accounts for the financial year ending 31st October shall be prepared and sent to Member Clubs with the notice convening the Annual General Meeting.
7.2  The League Bank Account shall be held by a local Bank as decided by the Management Committee. Cheques drawn on this account must bear the signature of the Treasurer and either the Chairman or Secretary.

7.3  Each club will submit to the League Treasurer a copy of their latest annual accounts by 31st January in each year.

8.  LIAISON WITH COUNTY BOARDS AND "LINKED" LEAGUES


8.1 The Management Committee will liaise with The Cambridgeshire, Essex, Huntingdonshire, Norfolk and Suffolk Cricket Boards to review the League's progress and future development as and when required.

9.  SAFE HANDS


9.1 The League has adopted the ECB Safe Hands Policy in total in order to pursue safe environments for young and disadvantage people within the League's clubs.

10.  WINDING UP


10.1 In the event of the League being wound up a final statement of accounts shall be prepared and audited. lf these accounts reveal a deficit every Full Member Club at the date of winding up arid every club that ceased to be a member within the year preceding the date of winding up shall contribute equally to clear the said deficit. If a surplus is revealed it shall be equally divided among the Member Clubs at the date of the winding up.

11.  GENERAL
11.1  All matters not covered by the Constitution will be dealt with by the Management Committee whose decision shall be final.

UMPIRES PANEL


The East Anglian Premier League Umpires Panel will meet bi-annually. Each year it will elect a Chairperson who will be the Umpires Representative to the League Management Committee, and elect a Secretary. Meetings will be held prior to the start of the season and post season prior to the Annual General Meeting.

The Umpires must be members of the ECB Association of Cricket Officials and must regularly officiate in the top layer of one of the official Feeder Leagues.


The Umpires will be responsible for the pitch regarding play from one hour before the scheduled start of the match.

The Umpires will each be paid expenses in full of £60 prior to the start of the match. An Umpire will be entitled to a ground inspection fee of £10.

If an umpire is unavailable for a game less then 72 hours prior to the match he has been appointed to, the relevant feeder league must supply a replacement from the panel (if at all possible).

DISCIPLINARY SUB COMMITTEE


This committee shall be responsible for dealing with all matters defined as a 'disciplinary offence'.

It will meet as required and will consist of:

League President, League Secretary, one Club Member from a Club not involved in any hearing.

A log of all disciplinary matters dealt with will be kept.

Appeals will be conducted in accordance with the England & Wales Cricket Board Model Disciplinary Procedures.

GROUND STANDARDS SUB COMMITTE

The committee members will be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting:


It will meet as required to ensure that clubs meet the Assessment Criteria and to ensure that pitches are maintained to the standards expected.

It can impose penalties as it sees fit. This could include the deduction of league points. Clubs will have the right of appeal to the League Management Committee in all cases.


LEAGUE STRUCTURE

The league will consist of twelve clubs. No club may have more than one team in the League.


lf one or more clubs withdraw from the League other than through the normal relegation process, the side finishing in bottom position will not be relegated.

Any vacancies will be filled by promoting more sides from the promotion play off process on a basis to be determined by the
Management Committee.

PROMOTION AND RELEGATION

The side that finishes in last place in the league will be relegated'


If any club finishing top of a feeder league does not meet league requirements or does not wish to join the league, they will not participate in the play off process and the draw will be revised at the Management Committee's discretion.

If all the winning feeder league clubs do not wish to participate in the play off process or do not meet the relevant criteria, the club
finishing in last place will remain in the league.

All the players participating in the play off process must have been registered in accordance with their Feeder League registration criteria and must have completed 25% of Feeder League games in the current season to participate in the play off process.


REGISTRATION (2017)


Registration of all players will take place in accordance with ECB guidelines and as designated by the League Management Committee.

Registration forms and transfer forms are available from the League Secretary and may also be downloaded from the League website.  All required documentation must be submitted to the League Secretary unless Clubs are notified of any alternative arrangement.  

Every player registered to play in the League explicitly acknowledges by virtue of his/her registration the Rules of the League and the Playing Conditions, and in particular the powers of the League in relation to conduct and disciplinary procedures, and undertakes to be bound by them.  Infringements of the registration regulations and procedure will be reported to a Disciplinary Committee which has the power to impose fines, deduct points or relegate teams as it sees fit.

No player may be registered for more than one club.

To play in the League all players shall be registered under the following categories:


Category 1

Player - players not covered below


Category 2
Contracted Player - to a first class County


Category 3
Overseas Player - as defined by the ECB


Category 3E
Overseas Player (Exempt) - see below


Registration will be via Play-Cricket.com.  The information required will contain full player name (surname, forenames and initials); current address including postcode, date of birth, country of birth (if outside UK date of most recent entry to UK), previous club(s); registered category plus player and club administrators authorisation.  In addition all Category 2, 3 and 3E players must complete a Registration Form.  Each player will be allocated a unique identifier.

PLAYER RESTRICTIONS


Category 1
No restrictions

Category 2
Maximum one per team unless the player has been a playing member of the Club for more than two years and will be required to re-register each season

Category 3
Maximum one per team and will be required to re-register each season

Category 3E
Maximum one per team and will be required to re-register each season

CATEGORY 3E DEFINITION
A player not qualified to play for England under the current ECB regulations; who is ordinarily resident in this country and has been resident in this country for a period of 18 consecutive months prior to the date of request for registration; and has not been out of the country for more than 35 days consecutively or 70 days in total during the previous 18 months.  Any remuneration received from playing cricket must not be the main source of his income.  The definition of “ordinarily resident” shall be in the absolute discretion of the League Management Committee.

IN RELATION TO THE REGISTRATION OF CATEGORY 3E PLAYERS

Clubs must satisfy themselves by checking evidence of any such player’s continuous residence in the UK, e.g. utility bills, council tax bills, entry and departure dates on passport.  In addition, every Category 3E player must sign a declaration, as follows:

 “I confirm that I have been resident in England and Wales for the past two years and during that period, I have not been outside England and Wales for longer than 35 days consecutively or 70 days in total.  I also confirm that any payment that I receive for playing cricket is not my main source of income.  I understand that the punishment for making a false declaration in this regard will be severe and will most likely result in a lengthy ban, which will apply to all forms of recreational cricket in England and Wales.”

 In the event of a player making a false declaration, the Club will also be liable to disciplinary action if it has failed to carry out all reasonable checks on the player’s documentary evidence.  Clubs will therefore be expected to keep a record of all such checks. Providing that the declaration is signed and the criteria are met these players will be registered as deemed Category One 

IN RELATION TO THE REGISTRATION OF CATEGORY 3E PLAYERS

As there is a continuing need to verify that the criteria are met, Clubs must re-register all Category 3E players each season, providing evidence of their continuous residence in this country, otherwise they will be deemed to be Category 3 players.  If a Category 3E player has unavoidably due to personal reasons had to leave England and Wales for longer than the permitted period, the League Secretary along with three Management Committee Members will consider such player’s application for continued Category 3E status and their decision shall be final.

A player who has a home in England or Wales and has been granted deemed Category One status, who subsequently accepts a temporary work assignment unconnected to cricket in another country, may apply to re-instate his “exempt” status immediately on his return.  Approval is at the discretion of the League Secretary and may not be automatic.  A student may be granted Category 3E status subject to production of documentary evidence that he/she is a full-time student attending a three year course of study in a bona-fide educational establishment.

The League will consider all EU passport holders qualified to play First Class Cricket and those qualifying to play for England as Category 3E players.  All Category 1 players registered in the previous season will not be required to re-register unless they change clubs. 

NOTES

Nine members of each team must be qualified to play for England. 

If Clubs do not have a Category 3 player it is permissible to play two Category 3E’s.  

TIMING OF REGISTRATION

Pre season all players must be registered as follows:

Category 1              72 hours before the first game

Category 2              72 hours before the first game
Category 3              72 hours before the first game
Category 3E            72 hours before the first game

Subsequently, all new players must be registered as above, unless in respect of a Category 1 player he has previously been registered as a playing member of the Club in the Feeder League in the current season, when at the discretion of the League Secretary he may be registered up to 10.00 on the morning of the match.

No player may be registered after the 31st July of each season, unless he has previously been registered as a playing member of the Club in the Feeder League in the current season, when at the discretion of the League Secretary he may be registered up to 10.00 on the morning of the match.


TRANSFERS

Inward transfers of Category 1 players between clubs in the league will be permitted during the season.  Only one inward transfer of a player registered with another ECB Premier League club (unless the player is a bona fide member of that club) will be allowed per club per season, provided that the registration takes place before the 31st July.  All players may move clubs outside the season provided they have discharged all financial and other obligations to their former clubs.  The registration will not be approved by the League Secretary unless accompanied by a transfer form signed by an official of the Club that the Player is leaving, and an Official of the Club that the Player is joining.

Category 3 player registrations must be accompanied by a passport-type photograph, a copy of the relevant pages of the player’s passport and a transfer form if transferring from another club in UK.  The player must sign all copies of the registration form. A Category 3 player must quote his overseas address on the registration form as well as his residential address within UK.  A Category 3 player will be classed as an “Overseas Professional” or an “Overseas Amateur.”

OVERSEAS PROFESSIONAL
 

A Category 3 Player, classed as an Overseas Professional may not be registered without a copy of the registering Club’s Certificate of Sponsorship for the player, issued by ECB.  A Certificate of Sponsorship will not be issued unless the Player has:

a) Played in a minimum of FIVE first class matches (three days or more in duration) during the 24 months prior to the first League match of the season. 

b) Holds the equivalent of a UKCC2 Coaching qualification.

The following are classed as equivalent to a UKCC2 coaching qualification:

1. Cricket Australia Level 1

2. New Zealand Cricket Level 1

3. South Africa Level 2 (but only if taken at the Bakers Academy)

OVERSEAS AMATEUR


A Category 3 Player, classed as an Overseas Amateur may not be registered without a copy of ONE of the following:


1) Passport.
2) Copy of Visa

3) Overseas Amateur Registration form. 

All Category 3 Players who enter UK through the Standard Visitor Visa route Tier 4 Student Visa, Tier 5 Youth Mobility scheme   must satisfy the following criteria:


1. They only want to visit UK for up to six months.
2. They plan to leave UK at the end of their visit.

3.They must have enough money to support and accommodate themselves without working,help from public funds or they must be accommodated by relatives or friends.

4. They do not intend to charge for services provided.
5. They do not intend to study.

6. They are able to meet the cost of the return journey.
7. They are joining, as an amateur, a wholly or mainly amateur team and they must not be paid anything other than board and
lodging and other reasonable expenses.

A player who is registered due to his possession of a Visitor Visa or Youth Mobility Visa must not receive any remuneration for playing or coaching cricket. If it is subsequently discovered that a Player, registered via this route, is receiving or has received payment for playing or coaching, the player and the club will face disciplinary action by the League and they will be reported to ECB and the UKBA.


In all the above cases, the onus is on the Club to ensure that the Player is entitled to be in the UK.  Clubs should not employ anyone who does not have the legal right to be in the country, or have the legal right to work for them. Under the new regulations, it is the Chairman and Committee of the club who are legally and personally responsible.

HOME OFFICE PENALTIES FOR VISA ABUSE


Employment paid or unpaid.

In Cricket the club Chairman holds the legal responsibilities for all activities in the Club and is therefore the employer.An Employer who has not carried out the correct checks faces a penalty of up to £20,000 The player could be deported and banned from entering the UK
.

PRIORITY
 

Any player who has declined an invitation to play with an ECB or County representative side will not be allowed to play in the League on the same day unless explicit permission is given by the management of the representative side.  If the representative match involves travel on the day of a league match the player cannot play league cricket on that day.

APPEALS

The process and time-scales for dealing with registration matters and appeals will be as defined for disciplinary matters i.e.


- Disciplinary Committee will deal with the original issue.

-
League Management Committee will handle any appeal.

Any matter which cannot be resolved by the League can be referred to the ECB Registration Committee, whose decision is final.

GENERAL MATCH REGULATIONS

1.  All clubs will play each other home and away (1 match 50/50 and the other 120 match)..

2.  The conduct of all matches will be governed by the Laws of Cricket, except as otherwise stated in these rules.

3.  Umpires will be appointed by the Umpires panel. The method of payment of expenses will be determined by the League Management Committee.

4.  If the Umpires arrive at the ground and no play is possible they are entitled to full match expenses.

5.  All clubs will appoint their own scorers.

6. TEAM SHEETS - Captains must pass their team sheets to the Umpires 30 minutes prior to play commencing. Team sheets will contain names of players, player number and category and age group if applicable e.g. U19, U17 etc.

7. CATERING - Provision of lunch and/or tea will be on a reciprocal basis with no payment required in the event of cancelled fixtures.

8. LATE ARRIVALS - In the event of a late arrival of a team the delayed start rules will be implemented, provided that the Umpires and the home club are notified 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.


MATCH REGULATIONS (120 OVERS GAMES)

 
9. HOURS OF PLAY

- Play will commence at 11.00.
- Lunch will be at 13.15 and will be of maximum 40 minutes duration.
- Tea will be taken at 17.00 unless the first innings ends after 16.20 whence tea will be taken immediately.  Tea will be a maximum of 25 minutes duration.
- The Last Hour will commence when 17 overs of the day’s allocation remain or at 18.15, whichever is the later.  There will then be a minimum of 17 overs to be bowled in the Last Hour.

Hours of play in September (if necessary):


- Play will commence at 10.30. (120 Over Games ONLY)
- Lunch will be at 12.45 and will be maximum 35 minutes duration.
- Tea will be taken at 16.30 unless the first innings ends after 15.50 whence tea will be taken immediately.  Tea will be a maximum of 20 minutes duration.
- The Last Hour will commence when 17 overs of the day’s allocation remain or at 17.35, whichever is the later.  There will then be a minimum of 17 overs to be bowled in the Last Hour.

10. BALLS

All league fixtures will be played with a ball approved by the Management Committee.  One new ball will be used for each innings. 

11. OVERS

- There will be a minimum of 120 overs in the day.  The first Innings of a Match is not to exceed 53.33% (64 overs) of the overs allocated at the start of the match, rounded down to the nearest over.
- The minimum over rate is to be 17 overs per hour.

12. WEATHER

The Umpires are responsible for assessing the fitness of Ground Weather and Light from one hour prior to the scheduled start of play.

In the event of a delayed start or an interruption the total overs in the match shall be reduced by one for every full 3.5 minutes of time lost and the first innings shall be proportionally limited.  At the resumption of play, if the newly calculated limit on the first innings has already been reached or exceeded, that innings shall be deemed closed.


In their calculations the Umpires shall aggregate all interruptions for bad weather and shall count fractions of overs as completed overs.  The side batting first are to face no more than 55.33% overs (See Calculation Table)


If there is insufficient time remaining to complete 70 overs in the match, the match will be declared abandoned.  If the first innings has been completed the match will continue provided there is sufficient time for the side batting second to receive a minimum 20 overs.

13. 
BOWLERS

- There will be a maximum of 18 overs per bowler.  In a rain reduced game that maximum will be reduced by the same percentage as the total overs lost at the start of the match.
- No adjustment will be made for any additional losses.
- All ECB Directives will be strictly adhered to.

14. BOWLING

The Umpire at the bowler’s end shall call and signal No Ball if a ball which he considers to have been fairly delivered without having previously touched the bat or person of the striker, either (i) bounces more than once, or (ii) rolls along the ground before it reaches the popping crease.

A bowler shall be limited to a total of two bouncers per over, defined to be a ball delivered over the shoulder of the batsman standing upright at the crease.  The Umpire at the bowler’s end will make it clear to the bowler and the batsmen when such a delivery within this limit has been bowled.  It is unfair if the limit is exceeded and the Umpire shall call and signal No Ball on each such occasion and report the incident.  In addition, the Umpire will adopt the procedures of Law 42.7.

Law 42.6(b) (bowling of high full pitched balls) is amended to read:

Any high full pitched ball (regardless of it’s pace) which passes or would have passed above waist height of the striker standing upright at the crease shall be called and signalled No Ball by the Umpire at the bowler’s end.

In addition, if the high full pitched ball is not slow, it shall be deemed dangerous and unfair and the Umpire at the bowler’s end.  The Umpire at the bowler’s and will adopt the procedures of Law 42.7.

15. MATCH POINTS

Win                             Team batting first                      (30 points)

                                    Team batting second               (25 points)

Tie                                                                                    (15 points each)

Draw                                                                                (3 points each)

Loss                                                                                 (0 points)

Cancelled                                                                        (7 points)

Abandoned                                                                     (7 points)

Scores level               Team batting first                     (3 points)
in drawn match
         Team batting second              (5 points)

(An abandoned match is defined as one where the first innings has not been completed.  If a match is not completed in the second innings, the result is a draw; but both sides will receive a minimum of 7 points each.)

No game shall be cancelled without the agreement of a member of the Premier League Umpires panel.

16. BONUS POINTS

Bonus points will be awarded to a losing team and to both teams in the event of a drawn or tied match.

One point for reaching 150, 175, 200, 225, 250 runs. 

These will be doubled for the side batting first but will only be available up to and including the 60th Over.

One point for taking  2, 4, 6, 8 & 10 wickets or 5 points if a side is all out regardless of the number of wickets actually taken.

17. OVER RATE PENALTY POINTS

Less than 17 but greater than 16 overs per hour                          (1 point)

16 overs or less but greater than 15 overs per hour                     (2 points)

15 overs per hour or less                                                                   (5 points)

This penalty will not apply if an innings lasts less than two hours.

(Any time allowances for lost balls, injuries etc. will be confirmed to the fielding Captain and the batsmen at the crease by the Umpires at the time of the delay and will not be subject to retrospective negotiation.  An allowance of two minutes for each wicket taken up to nine wickets will be made in the calculation of over rates.)

18. SCORES AND RESULTS

All League Matches will be scored on a computerised system using Total Cricket Scorer and will also use Live Scores as part of the package.

Both the home and away team will complete an ECB team card indicating all Age Group Players.

The Captain will give the team cards to the Match Umpires prior to the toss.

The Umpires will retain the cards during the duration of the Match.

At the close of play the Umpires will return the cards to the home scorer.

The League Secretary may telephone for the Match result and the points score and the score after 60 overs. Umpires to immediately advise the League Secretary of Slow Over Rate by phone text 

07899 927751 or e-mail: eapl@tesco.net

The Home Team Scorer will download from Total Cricket Scorer to the League Play Cricket Site/Cric HQ as soon as practical after the game and will note any penalty points from Slow Over Rate in the notes column after receiving confirmation from the Match Umpires. Also the batting side score after 60 overs.

The home team to forward the signed Team Cards to the League Secretary to be received within 72 hours of the match either by scanned e-mail: 
eapl@tesco.net or by post – 6B Broad Place, Soham, Ely, Cambs, CB7 5EL. Failure will result in a fine as shown in the League Handbook.

As a security in the unlikely failure of both computers, it is advisable for the home team scorer to operate a manual scorebook or  linear scoring sheets.

19. UMPIRES / CAPTAINS / GROUND MARKINGS

All captains and umpires are responsible for completing the online CRIC HQ marking after each match.

An email will automatically be sent to both captains and umpires after the match to complete the relevant league approved marking scheme.

Should you have a problem with this or any queries with the system then please contact Andy Abbott (League Secretary) immediately.

Failure to complete these marks could lead to a fine as per the handbook. 

20. LEAGUE POSITIONS

League positions will be determined by a points system.  The team gaining the greatest number of League points shall be the winners.

In the event of two or more clubs finishing on equal points, league position will be determined in the following order:

1. Most wins.

2. Fewest defeats.

3. Highest total bonus points, over rate penalty points being deducted for this purpose


If still level a deciding match will be arranged by the Management Committee where winning the league, play off or relegation is at stake.

MATCH REGULATIONS (50/50 OVERS GAMES)

Each Club  shall provide a scorer for each match they play in the competition.

The Home Club shall provide a Duckworth/Lewis Manager who may be the scorer. The Home Club shall provide for the use of the scorers and Duckworth/Lewis manager a computer, configured with the Duckworth/Lewis Professional version software provided by the MCCA, and a printer in order to produce the Par Score for Target sheets. If the computer is not functional or not available then the scorers and Duckworth/Lewis manager must be competent to carry out the necessary calculations manually using the Duckworth/Lewis Standard version.



1. PLAYING CONDITIONS

The Playing Conditions for the East Anglian Premier  (including the qualification of players) will apply, with the following  exceptions:


2. DURATION

The matches will consist of one innings per side, each innings being limited to maximum of 50 overs. One daywill be allocated.

3. HOURS OF PLAY AND DURATION

3.1 The scheduled hours of play will be 11.00am to 6.25pm  Up to 30 minutes of extra official playing time is allowed to make up for playing time lost - refer to 4.2 .1(a) and 4.2.2 . 

3.1.1 There will normally be two sessions of play of 3 hours 20 minutes each, separated by  an interval of 45 minutes from 2.20pm to 3.05pm. If the innings of the team batting first is completed prior to the scheduled time for the interval then the interval may, if considered practicable by the umpires in consultation with the  Ground  Authority,  take  place immediately and the innings of the team batting second will commence correspondingly earlier. Otherwise the interval shall take place at the normal time as calculated by the Umpires. 

3.1.2 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 30 minutes in aggregate, the length of the interval shall be reduced by the amount of time lost or, if this is more than 15 minutes, by 15 minutes. In the event of more than 30 minutes being lost in aggregate, the duration of the interval shall be agreed mutually by the Umpires and both Captains subject to it being of not more than 30 minutes' duration nor less than 10 minutes' duration, In the event of disagreement, the interval shall be of 25 minutes  duration. 

In circumstances where the side bowling first has not completed the allotted number  of  overs by the scheduled or re-scheduled cessation time for the first innings, the Umpires shall reduce the length of the interval by the amount of time that the first innings overran. The minimum time for the interval will be 10 minutes. 

3.1.3 Two drinks intervals per innings are permitted, but no time allowance  shall  be  provided for them.  

3.1.4 Umpires may decide to play a further four overs at the time of the interval if requested by either captain if, in the  umpires' opinion, it would  bring about a definite  result in that session. If the umpires do not believe a result can be achieved no extra time shall be allowed . If it is decided to play such further overs, the whole period shall be played out. The full time  to bowl such overs shall count in respect of the time allocated to bowl the overs in that innings.


4. LENGTH OF INNINGS

4.1 In Uninterrupted Matches (i.e. matches which are neither delayed nor interrupted):

4.1.1 Each team shall bat for 50 overs unless all out earlier.

4.1.2 If the team fielding first fails to bowl the required number of overs by the scheduled time for the cessation of the first innings, play shall continue until the required number of overs has been bowled and Playing Condition 17  will apply.

4.1.3 If the team batting first is dismissed in less than 50 overs, the team batting second  shall be entitled to bat for 50 overs

4.1.4
 If the team fielding second fails to bowl 50 overs by the scheduled time for the cessation of the second innings (normally 6.25pm), the hours of play shall, subject to conditions of ground, weather and light, be extended until the required number of overs has been bowled or a result has been achieved and Playing Condition 17       will apply.

4.2 IN DELAYED OR INTERRUPTED MATCHES

4.2.1 General
a) The timing and duration of all suspensions  of play (including all intervals) or delays will be taken into account when calculating the  length of time  available  for either  innings.

b) The object shall always be to rearrange the number of overs so that, if possible, both teams have the opportunity of batting for the same number of overs.

c) Except as provided for in 4.2.2 below the calculation of the number of overs to be bowled shall be based on a rate of one over for every full 4 minutes  in the total time available for play up to 7.15pm. A rescheduled cessation time should be re-calculated for both innings. A minimum of 10 overs must be bowled to the team batting second (unless a result is achieved earlier) in order to constitute a match.

d) The re-calculated number of overs will be the minimum number that ensures that the re-scheduled cessation time is no earlier than the original cessation time

e) If the team fielding second falls to bowl the required number  of  overs  by  the  scheduled cessation time, the hours of play shall, subject to conditions of ground, weather and light, be extended until the overs have been bowled or a result has been achieved, and Playing Condition 17    will apply.

f) The team batting second shall not bat for a greater number of overs than the team batting first, unless the latter has been all out in less than the agreed number of  overs.

g) After any hold up in play, the Umpires will calculate the number of overs lost. The Umpires will both satisfy themselves as to the correctness of all such calculations before allowing play to take place. The Umpires will notify the Captains, Scorers, Duckworth/Lewis Manager and Match Referee, if there is one, of such decisions.

h) During the second innings of a match in which overs have been reduced, the Duckworth/Lewis target score at the end of the over in progress shall be displayed on the scoreboard after the 10th  over

4.2.2 .DELAY OR INTERRUPTION TO THE INNINGS OF THE TEAM BATTING FIRST

a) If the number of overs of the team batting first is reduced, a fixed time  will  be specified for the completion of its innings, as calculated by applying the provisions of 4.2.1 (a), 4.2.1(b) and 4.2.1 (c) above. In the event of its innings  being completed prior to the Scheduled time,the interval shall take place immediately and the innings of the team batting second will commence correspondingly  earlier .
b) The object shall always be to rearrange the number of overs so that, if possible, both teams have the opportunity of batting for the same number of overs.

4.2.3
 DELAY OR INTERRUPTION TO THE INNINGS OF THE TEAM BATTING SECOND

If there is a delay or interruption to the  innings of the team  batting second, the overs shall  be reduced at a rate of one over for every full 4 minutes lost, except that when the innings of the team batting first has been completed prior to the scheduled or re-scheduled time for the interval between innings, the reduction of overs will not commence until, in the case of a delay, an amount of time equivalent to that which the first innings finished  early  has  elapsed, or in the case of an interruption, an amount of time equivalent to that by which the second innings started early has elapsed.

(Note also that 3.1 makes provision for the scheduled close of play to be pushed back to 6.55pm before overs are deducted for time lost. A re-scheduled cessation time should be re-calculated for the second innings. The re-calculated number of overs will be the minimum number that ensures that the rescheduled cessation time is no earlier than the original cessation time.)

5. THE RESULT

5.1 When there is no interruption after play has commenced and when both sides have had the opportunity of batting for the same agreed number of overs, the team scoring the higher number of runs shall be the winner. In the event of a match ending with level scores, the following shall apply:

5.1.1 The team losing the lesser number of wickets shall be the winner .

5.2 If, due to suspension of play after the start of the match, the number of overs in the innings of either team has to be revised to a lesser number than that originally allotted (minimum 10 overs), 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 Duckworth/Lewis system as set out in the current ECB First Class Regulations andPlaying Conditions. An integral target will be set for the team batting second with one run less resulting in a Tie. If after the restart of play it is discovered that the wrong Duckworth/Lewis target has been set, the faulty target shall stand.

6. POWER PLAY REGULATIONS

Law 41- The Fielder shall apply subject to the following:

6.1 Law 41.1 - Protective equipment 

The following shall apply in addition to Law 41.1:The exchanging of protective equipment between members of the fielding side on the field shall be permitted provided that the umpires do not consider that it constitutes a waste of playing time.

6.2 Restrictions on the placement of fieldsmen

6.2.1 At the instant of delivery, there may not be more than 5 fieldsmen on the leg side.

6.2.2 In addition to the restriction contained in clause 8.2.1 above, further  fielding restrictions shall apply to certain overs in each innings. The nature of such fielding restrictions and the overs during which they shall apply are set out in the following paragraphs

6.2.3 The following fielding restrictions shall apply:

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 semi-circles shall be 30 yards (27.43 metres). The semi-circles shall be linked by two parallel straight lines drawn on the field. The fielding restriction areas should  be marked by continuous painted white lines or 'dots' at 5 yard (4.57 metres) intervals, each 'dot' to be covered by a white plastic or rubber (but not metal) disc measuring 7 inches {18 cm) in diameter.

At the instant of delivery:

Powerplay 1 -  no more than two fieldsmen shall be permitted outside this fielding restriction area. In an innings of50 overs, these are overs 1to 10 inclusive.

Powerplay 2  -  no more than four fieldsmen shall be permitted outside this fielding restriction area. In an innings of 50overs, these are overs 11to 40 inclusive.

Powerplay 3 -   no more than five fieldsmen shall be permitted outside this fielding restriction area . In an innings of 50overs, these are overs 41 to 50 inclusive.

6.2.4 In circumstances when the number of overs of the batting team is reduced, the number of overs within each phase of the innings shall be reduced in accordance with the table below. For the sake of clarity, it should be noted that the table shall apply to both the 1st  and 2nd innings of the match.

 

 



Innings Duration

Powerplay 1

Powerplay 2

Powerplay 3

 

 

 

 

10

2

6

2

11

2

7

2

12

3

7

2

13

3

8

2

14

3

8

3

15

3

9

3

16

3

10

3

17

4

10

3

18

4

11

3

19

4

11

4

20

4

12

4

21

4

13

4

22

5

13

4

23

5

14

4

24

5

14

5

25

5

15

5

26

5

16

5

27

6

16

5

28

6

17

5

29

6

17

6

30

6

18

6

31

6

19

6

32

7

19

6

33

7

20

6

34

7

20

7

35

7

21

7

36

7

22

7

37

8

22

7

38

8

23

7

39

8

23

8

40

8

24

8

41

8

25

8

42

9

25

8

43

9

26

8

44

9

26

9

45

9

27

9

46

9

28

9

47

10

28

9

48

10

29

9

49

10

29

10

50

10

30

10

 

6.2.5 If play is interrupted during an innings and the table in 6.2.4 applies, the appropriate Power play takes immediate effect. For the avoidance of doubt this applies even if the interruption has occurred mid-over

Illustrations:

- A 50 over innings is interrupted after 8.3  overs and reduced to 32 overs. The new phases are 7+19+6. Therefore, the middle phase fielding restrictions take immediate effect when play resumes and last for a further 17.3 overs. The final phase begins after 26 overs have been bowled.

- A 40 over innings is interrupted after 18.5 overs and reduced to 22 overs. The new phases are 5+13+4.When play resumes, the final phase fielding restrictions apply for the remaining 3.1 overs.


6.2.6 At the commencement of the middle and final phases of an innings, the umpire shall signal such commencement to the scorers by rotating his arm in a large circle

6.2.7 If possible the scoreboard shall indicate the current Power play in progress.

6.2.8 In in the event of an infringement of any of the above fielding restrictions, the square leg umpire shall call and signal 'No Ball'.

6.2.9 In the event of the striker's end Umpire failing to call and signal No Ball when the fielding restrictions in this playing condition have been breached or when Law 41.5 has been breached (at the point of delivery, not more than two fielders other than the wicketkeeper shall be behind the popping crease on the on side), immediately the ball becomes dead the striker may draw the matter to that Umpire’s attention. 

If the striker's end Umpire is able to verify the breach he shall call and signal No Ball. 

If the strikers end umpire is unable to verify the breach, then he shall confirm that the events of the delivery shall be unchanged.


7.  NUMBER OF OVERS PER BOWLER

No bowler may bowl more than ten overs. However in a delayed start or interrupted match, where the overs are reduced for both sides or for the side bowling second, no bowler may bowl more than one-fifth of the total overs allowed (unless such a number has been  exceeded before the interruption), except that where the  total overs  are  not divisible  by five, an additional over shall be allowed to the minimum number of bowlers necessary to make up the balance: 

e.g. after 16 overs, rain interrupts play and the innings is reduced to 32 overs. Both opening bowlers have bowled 8 overs. Two bowlers can bowl 7 overs and three bowlers can bowl 6. Bowlers 1 and 2 have already exceeded this limit. They count as the two bowlers who were allowed the extra over (7 as opposed to 6) and so any other bowlers are limited to 6 overs.

When an interruption occurs mid-over and on resumption the bowler has exceeded the new maximum allocation, he will be allowed to finish the uncompleted over.

In the event of a bowler breaking down and being unable to complete an over, the remaining balls will be bowled by another bowler. Such part of an over will count as a full over only in so far as each bowler's limit is concerned.

The number of overs bowled by each individual bowler shall be indicated on the scoreboard from the commencement of an innings.

8. DECLARATIONS

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.

9. Law 24.6 - Ball bouncing more than twice or rolling along the ground

Law 24.6 is replaced by:

The Umpire at the bowler’s end shall call and signal "No Ball" if a ball which he considers to have been delivered without having previously touched bat or person of the striker
Either (I) bounces more than once or (ii) rolls along the ground before it reaches the popping crease.

10. Law 24.12 - No Ball - Penalty

Law 24.12 will apply except that the penalty for a "No Ball" will be 2 runs.

11. FREE HIT AFTER A NO BALL

11.1 In addition to 10 above, the delivery following any no ball shall be a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it. 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

11.2 For any free hit, the striker can be dismissed only under the circumstances that apply for a no ball, even if the delivery for the free hit is called wide ball.

11.3 Field changes are not permitted for free hit deliveries unless there is a change of striker save that in all circumstances, any fielder within 15 yards of the striker may retreat to a position on the same line no more than 15  yards from the striker.

12. LAW 25 – WIDE BALL


12.1 
In addition to Law 25 the following will apply:

- Umpires are instructed to apply a very strict and consistent interpretation in regard to this Law in order to prevent negative bowling wide of the wicket.


12.2 Pitch markings should be expanded to include lines, 17 inches (43.18cms) inside either return crease as an aid to umpires in judging whether an offside wide has been bowled. A diagram showing this is attached as Appendix 1and can also be seen in the ECB First Class Regulations and Playing Conditions.

12.3 A Wide Ball shall be called if, irrespective of where the ball pitches, it passes on the leg side of the striker and the leg stump, despite the striker's movement. (For additional clarity, a ball that passes between the batsman and the leg stump shall not be called a wide. If a ball is hit by the batsman or if the ball hits any part of his equipment, it shall not be called a wide, irrespective of where it pitched or would have passed.)

12.4 If the striker plays a switch hit or reverse sweep or gets into a position to play such a shot, he shall be deemed to bring the ball equally within his reach on the leg side as on the off side. Consequently, in these circumstances, Clause 12.3 shall not apply and the guidance given in Clause 12.2 shall apply on both the off side and the leg side


13. LAW 42.6.b – BOWLING OF HIGH PITCHED BALLS

Law 42.6(b) is replaced by the following:

Any high full pitched ball (regardless of its pace) which passes or would have passed above waist height of the striker standing upright at the crease shall be called and signalled No Ball by the umpire at the bowler's end.  In addition, if the high full pitched ball is fast, it shall be deemed dangerous and unfair and the umpire at the bowler's end, in addition to the call and signal of No Ball, will adopt the procedures of Law 42.7.

14. SHORT PITCHED BOWLING

A bowler shall be limited to only one short pitched delivery per over as defined in the Unicorns Counties Championship Regulations - Playing Condition 18.

15.OVER RATE PENALTIES

15.1 All sides are expected to be in position to bowl the first ball of the last of their 50 overs within 3 hrs. 20 minutes playing time. In the event of them failing to do so, the full quota of overs will be completed, and the batting side will be credited with 6 runs for every whole over that has not been bowled. This will apply to both innings of the match.  If the side batting second is credited with runs in this way and this consequently takes their score past that of the side batting first, then the match shall be deemed to be won by the side batting second. All penalties in this regard will be imposed immediately the ball first becomes dead after the scheduled or re-scheduled cessation time for the innings.

15.2 If the innings is terminated before the scheduled or re-scheduled cut off time no over rate penalty shall apply. If the innings is interrupted, the over rate penalty will apply based on the re-scheduled cessation time for that innings.

15.3 The Umpires shall inform the fielding team Captain when taking the field for the first time and on every subsequent occasion if play is interrupted by the weather, the scheduled time for that innings. The Umpire at the bowler's end will inform the fielding Captain, the batsman and his fellow Umpire of any time allowances as and when they arise. (This matter will not be subject to retrospective negotiation).  In addition, in all reduced overs matches,the fielding team will be given one over's leeway.

15.4 Over rate penalties apply only to innings of 15 overs or more duration.

15.5 In the event of sight screens having continually to be moved (i.e. for a bowler changing regularly for whatever reason from over to round the wicket and vice versa) then in the absence of requisite ground staff/helpers the batting side shall assume responsibility for their movement.


For the purpose of net run-rate calculations, any runs accrued through application of this clause shall be included in calculations.


16. MATCH POINTS

Win - 25 Points

Tied - 8 points + bonus points

Loss - 0 Points + Bonus points


Cancelled/Abandoned - 7 points (where 50 overs of 1st Innings has been completed.

Points for a game subsequently abandoned will be 7 points plus any bonus points from 1st Innings.

Bonus Points

One BATTING point each for reaching 150,175,200.225,250

One BOWLING Point for taking 2,4,6,8 & 10 if a side is all out regardless of wickets actually taken.

 

EAPL/ECB PREMIER LEAGUE DISCIPLINARY REGULATIONS (2016)

1. AIMS AND JURISDICTION

  1. 1.1.  The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is committed to maintaining the highest standards of behaviour and conduct. The ECB Regional Premier Leagues, namely The Birmingham & District Premier League, The East Anglian Premier League, The Home Counties Premier League, The North Eastern Premier League and The West of England Premier League (henceforth identified in this document as the Leagues) operating within the jurisdiction of the ECB, take this commitment very seriously.
  2. 1.2.  To this end, these discipline regulations, incorporating major parts of the ECB Model Code of Conduct and The Spirit of Cricket, have been adopted by all the Leagues.
  3. 1.3.  The regulations shall be complied with by all those who participate under the jurisdiction of any of the Leagues’ Management Committees. The regulations shall apply to any player at any club, at any level, under the auspices of any of the listed Leagues.
  4. 1.4.  The regulations are intended to provide assistance and uniformity to all clubs in dealing with any alleged breach of the Code of Conduct and The Spirit of Cricket and are aligned to ECB Non-First Class procedures.
  5. 1.5.  Any club which fails to take all reasonable steps to ensure the proper conduct of its players, officials and/or members in all matters for which the club or its committee is responsible, or acts in any way which is prejudicial or detrimental to the interests or reputation of the League, breaches this Code of Conduct.
  6. 1.6.  There is nothing in this Code preventing or discouraging clubs from applying additional or stronger sanctions against offenders than those appearing within the Code, whether or not they are the subject of a discipline report. To this end, it is important that clubs have their own code of conduct and disciplinary procedures in place.
  7. 1.7.  For the purposes of these regulations, the expression ‘player’ shall throughout this document be deemed to mean and include not only any player, whether professional or otherwise, but also any member or official of any club in any incident of alleged misconduct occurring on any part of a cricket ground or building and not merely the field of play.

2. CODE OF CONDUCT AND SPIRIT OF CRICKET

2.1. Code of Conduct

  1. 2.1.1.  The Leagues are committed to maintaining the highest standards of behaviour and conduct at cricket matches both on and off the field. All clubs and players, by virtue of their registration with their respective League, explicitly agree to abide by this Code of Conduct, which incorporates the Spirit of Cricket, and are bound by the provisions in these Regulations.
  2. 2.1.2.  The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of Cricket as well as within the Laws.
  3. 2.1.3.  Players and club officials must at all times accept the umpire’s decision. Players and club officials must not show dissent at the umpire’s decision or react in a provocative or disapproving manner towards another player or a spectator.
  4. 2.1.4.  Players and club officials shall not intimidate assault or attempt to intimidate or assault an umpire, another player, a club official or a spectator.
  5. 2.1.5.  Players and club officials shall not use crude and/or abusive language (known as “sledging”), nor make offensive gestures or hand signals, nor deliberately distract an opponent.

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  1. 2.1.6.  Players and club officials shall not use language or gestures that offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage or vilify another person on the basis of that person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.
  2. 2.1.7.  Players and club officials shall not use or in any way be concerned in the use or distribution of illegal drugs.
  3. 2.1.8.  Players and club officials shall not make any public or media comment which is detrimental to the League, clubs, umpires or the game in general. In this instance, media shall include press, radio, television, external websites, club websites, social networking sites and club match programmes.
  4. 2.1.9.  Players and club officials shall not disclose or comment upon any alleged breach of this Code.
  5. 2.1.10.  Clubs must take adequate steps to ensure the good behaviour of their players, officials, members and supporters.

2.2. Spirit of Cricket Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws, but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action which is seen to abuse this spirit causes injury to the game itself. The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rests with the captains.

  1. 2.2.1.  There are two Laws which place the responsibility for the team’s conduct firmly on the captain.

    Responsibility of Captains

    The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of the Game as well as within the Laws.

    Player’s Conduct

    In the event of any player failing to comply with the instructions of an umpire, criticising his decision by word or action, showing dissent, or generally behaving in a manner which might bring the game into disrepute, the umpire concerned shall in the first place report the matter to the other umpire and to the player’s captain, requesting the latter to take action.

  2. 2.2.2.  Players Captains and umpires together set the tone for the conduct of a cricket match. Every player is expected to make an important contribution to this.
  3. 2.2.3.  Fair and Unfair Play According to the Laws the umpires are the sole judges of fair and unfair play. The umpires may intervene at any time, and it is the responsibility of the captain to take action where required.
  4. 2.2.4.  The umpires are authorised to intervene in cases of: Time wasting

    Damaging the pitch Dangerous or unfair bowling Tampering with the ball Any other action that they consider to be unfair

  5. 2.2.5.  The Spirit of the Game involves RESPECT for: Your opponents

Your own captain and team The role of the umpires The game’s traditional values

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  1. 2.2.6.  It is against the Spirit of the Game: To dispute an umpire’s decision by word, action or gesture To direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire To indulge in cheating or any sharp practice, for instance:
    • ·-  Appeal knowing the batsman is not out
    • ·-  Advance towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing
    • ·-  Seek to distract an opponent either verbally or by harassment with persistent

      clapping or unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of one’s own side.

  2. 2.2.7.  Violence There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play.

2.3. Failure to comply with the provisions of the Code of Conduct may lead to disciplinary action, irrespective of a proven breach being related to a match not under the jurisdiction of the League.

3. BREACHES

  1. 3.1.  A breach of the disciplinary regulations occurs when:-
    1. Any player in the course of, or in connection with a match, offends against the

      Code of Conduct or acts at any time to prejudice the good name of interests of the

      Leagues

    2. Any club fails to properly control or discipline its players or acts in a manner

      prejudicial to the good name or interests of the Leagues.

  2. 3.2.  Any player or club committing such a breach shall be liable to penalties in the manner prescribed in this document.
  3. 3.3.  A breach of the Code of Conduct will normally be categorised as Level 1, 2, 3 or 4, as set out in Appendix 1.
  4. 3.4.  Reporting of Breaches
  1. 3.4.1.  For a first offence of a Level 1 breach of the Code of Conduct in a match, the umpire(s) should warn the player as to his future conduct and advise him and his captain that any repetition in the match will result in a formal report.
  2. 3.4.2.  If any player receiving such a warning then commits a further Level 1 breach in the match, the umpire(s) will advise him and his captain that they will be submitting a formal report.
  3. 3.4.3.  Should the umpire(s) consider that the first offence of a Level 1 breach is sufficiently serious, they have the authority to decide to submit a formal report without having previously issued any warning. The player and his captain should be advised accordingly.
  4. 3.4.4.  In all instances of any perceived Level 2, 3 or 4 breach, the umpire(s) must complete a formal report.
  5. 3.4.5.  The report should be submitted using the standard discipline report form.

4. PROCEDURE

4.1. Notification that a report is to be submitted following any alleged breach of the Code of Conduct must first be advised, by the umpire(s), to the player and his captain or an executive of the player’s club, on the day of the alleged offence, prior to leaving the ground.

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  1. 4.2.  Any such alleged breach of the Code of Conduct subject to a report (to be known as ‘a complaint’) will then be notified by telephone by the complainant to the Chairman of the League’s Discipline Committee (hereinafter referred to as ‘Discipline Chairman’) or his nominated deputy within 24 hours of the end of the match. The written report should be sent, preferably by email, to the Disciplinary Chairman or his nominated Deputy and be received within 72 hours of the end of the match.
  2. 4.3.  The Discipline Chairman or his nominated deputy shall, as soon as reasonably practicable, inform the Secretary of the club against whom the complaint has been made.
  3. 4.4.  It is intended that any breach of the Code of Conduct shall in the first instance be dealt with by the participant’s club who shall notify the Discipline Chairman within 48hours of any action taken. In the case of Level 1 and Level 2 breaches, this shall, as a minimum, be a two match (Level 1) or three match (Level 2) ban to be effective immediately.
  4. 4.5.  Within 48 hours of receipt of the written complaint, the Discipline Chairman or his nominated deputy shall consider the complaint and resolve either:
    1. To take no action except to record the complaint and notify the club; or
    2. To endorse any action taken by the club and confirm that no further action is

      required; or

    3. To refer the matter for a full Disciplinary Hearing.

      Level 3 or 4 complaints will automatically be subject to a full Disciplinary Hearing.

  5. 4.6.  Any match bans imposed by the club under paragraph 4.5 b. above shall be advised in writing to the relevant club’s County Board. Players should understand that match bans will normally apply to all cricket played under the auspices of ECB.
  6. 4.7.  In the case of an incident involving a player under the age of 18 years old, the County Board Welfare Officer will immediately be informed. In such circumstances, the incident may be regarded as:
    1. A welfare and child protection case or
    2. An outright disciplinary case. If the incident is being investigated by another

organisation (e.g. the Police, ECB Welfare Department etc.) the League will await the outcome of that investigation.

5. DISCIPLINARY HEARINGS

  1. 5.1.  In any case which is referred for a Disciplinary Hearing, the Discipline Chairman shall convene the hearing within 14 days of the decision to refer. Any delay may only be granted at the discretion of the Chairman of the Disciplinary Hearing.
  2. 5.2.  Where a charge against a player is referred to a disciplinary hearing, his captain and club may be charged separately under their responsibilities as set out in the Code of Conduct above.
  3. 5.3.  At least seven days’ notice in writing of the hearing shall be given to the player via his club Secretary. In the case of a club, its Secretary shall be so notified. The notice shall specify the alleged breach(es) of the Code of Conduct above.
  4. 5.4.  The accused player or club shall be entitled:

-  To submit written statements ahead of the hearing

-  To attend the hearing

-  To state his case (in the case of a club, by its Secretary or other official)

-  To be supported by a colleague and to call witnesses.

  1. 5.5.  If the player or club is to have representation present at the hearing then the details of that representation must be given to the Discipline Chairman not less than 48 hours before the date of the hearing.
  2. 5.6.  The Hearing shall be conducted by a Disciplinary Panel appointed by the Discipline Chairman and shall consist of not less than three persons and not more than five persons drawn from a list approved by the League’s Management Committee. None of the Panel should be connected with the player, the club or their opponents at the time of the alleged breach, or a club which might directly benefit from any disciplinary action.
  3. 5.7.  A club or player involved in disciplinary proceedings will be solely responsible for meeting such costs or expenses as it or they may incur, including the cost of any legal or other representation.
  4. 5.8.  The standard of proof shall be on the balance of probabilities rather than the criminal standard of beyond reasonable doubt.

6. PENALTIES

6.1. As a guideline, the following penalties should be expected to be imposed for any complaint referred and, if appropriate, proved at a disciplinary hearing:-

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4

2 to 6 matches 3 to 8 matches 4 to 10 matches A minimum of 10 matches

played under the auspices of ECB

  1. 6.2.  Where applicable, penalties will be carried over to apply in the following season.
  2. 6.3.  Where the complaint is not referred to a Disciplinary Hearing, repeated infringements, listed on umpires reports, by an individual player or by a Club may still result in additional penalties as laid out in 6.4 below.
  3. 6.4.  If at a hearing a breach of the Code of Conduct is proved, the Disciplinary Panel shall have the power to impose one or more of the following penalties, together with such order as to costs as it deems appropriate:

    In the case of a player:-

    • ·-  To require the player to submit appropriate letter(s) of apology within a specified time
    • ·-  To record a reprimand and to give a warning as to future conduct
    • ·-  To impose a fine, not to exceed £500
    • ·-  To suspend the player for one or more matches, or for a stated period of time
    • ·-  To deduct League points from the player’s team
    • ·-  To expel the player from the League

      In the case of a club:-

    • ·-  To require the club to submit appropriate letter(s) of apology within a specified time
    • ·-  To record a reprimand and to give a warning as to future conduct
    • ·-  To impose a fine
    • ·-  To deduct League points from the club’s team
    • ·-  To expel the club from any competition of the league
    • ·-  To relegate to any lower division of the League or to a ‘linked’ league

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  1. 6.5.  Panels will take the following factors into account when determining the penalties to be imposed:
    1. If the accused player/club has pleaded guilty
    2. The player’s previous disciplinary record
    3. If the player is also the captain
    4. The conduct of the player subsequent to him being warned and told that he will be

      reported

    5. If an appeal is considered to be spurious
  2. 6.6.  In addition, where an individual behaves inappropriately or fail to respect the formality at any level during a Disciplinary hearing, the Disciplinary Panel assumes the right to impose further corrective actions or penalties as it sees fit.

6.6.1 Where a representative and/or witness(es) behaves inappropriately or fails to respect the formality at any level during a Disciplinary hearing this can be dealt with under the code by having a separate hearing.

  1. 6.7.  The Disciplinary Panel shall have the power to suspend the operation of any part, or all, of the penalty it imposes for such period and subject to such terms and conditions it deems appropriate.
  2. 6.8.  Decisions of the Disciplinary Panel (a finding that a complaint is proved or not proved or a decision on penalty) shall be by majority vote; where necessary the Disciplinary Panel Chairman shall have a casting vote.
  3. 6.9.  The League shall report match bans in writing to the relevant club’s County Board for national circulation. Players should understand that match bans will normally apply to all cricket played under the auspices of ECB. The ECB Premier Leagues will also recognise suspensions from other Leagues.

7. APPEALS

  1. 7.1.  Appeals shall only be allowed against an automatic ban instigated for a Level 1 or 2 offence on the grounds of mistaken identity, misrepresentation or failure of the umpires to follow the procedures in Paragraph 4 above.
  2. 7.2.  Where a breach of the Code of Conduct has been proved at a Disciplinary Hearing, a player or club shall have the right of appeal. Where a player and his club are appealing in relation to the same incident, they must do so separately.
  3. 7.3.  A notice of appeal setting out the grounds must be given in writing to the Discipline Chairman within seven days of the decision of the Disciplinary Panel, together with a deposit of £100 if the appeal is by a player or £250 if the appeal is by a club.
  4. 7.4.  If a notice of appeal is given, the penalty shall not take effect pending the hearing of the Appeal, which shall take place as soon as is practicable and in any event within 14 days of receipt of notice of the appeal.
  5. 7.5.  The Appeal shall be by way of a new hearing before a different Panel. The Appeal Panel shall be appointed by the Discipline Chairman and shall consist of not less than three persons and not more than five persons drawn from a list approved by the League’s Management Committee. None of the Panel should be connected with the individual or the club or their opponents, or a club which might directly benefit from any disciplinary action or have been a member of the original Disciplinary Panel.
  6. 7.6.  The player or club shall have the same entitlements as set out in Paragraph 5.4 above.

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  1. 7.7.  If the player or club is to have representation present at the hearing then the details of that representation must be given to the Discipline Chairman not less than 7 days before the date of the hearing.
  2. 7.8.  Non-attendance at a hearing of the Appeals Panel by the club or person that submitted the appeal without good and valid reason for such non-attendance will automatically result in forfeiture of their right of appeal.
  3. 7.9.  The Appeals Panel may confirm, vary or reverse the decision of the Disciplinary Panel and it shall have the power to increase the penalty and award costs of the Appeal hearing and forfeit the whole or part of the deposit. Decisions of the Appeal Panel shall be by majority vote; where necessary, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.
  4. 7.10.  The decision of the Appeals Panel or, if no appeal, of the Disciplinary Panel, shall be final and binding.

8. NON PAYMENT OF FINES

  1. 8.1.  Any fine levied under these procedures or imposed for the breach of any match rule must be paid to the Treasurer of the League within twenty-eight days of the Club being notified of such fine.
  2. 8.2.  Any fines still outstanding at the end of that period shall be increased by 100% of the original fine, when the Secretary or Chairman of the offending Club shall be notified to the effect that the fine is outstanding. They will be given a reminder that if after a period of fourteen days from that reminder, the fine is still outstanding, a deduction of five points shall be made from the points gained by the side that received the fine.

 

APPENDIX – BREACHES OF DISCIPLINE

Certain conduct, whether on or off the field of play of play, amounting to a breach of the Laws of Cricket and/or the Spirit of Cricket has been categorised into 4 levels which are set out below:-

Level 1

  1. a)  time wasting by either the fielding side or the batting side
  2. b)  abuse of the cricket ground, equipment or fixtures
  3. c)  showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by word or action
  4. d)  using language that is obscene, offensive or insulting and or the making of an obscene

         gesture

  5. e)  excessive appealing

Level 2

  1. a)  showing serious dissent at an umpire’s decision by word or action
  2. b)  inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players in the course of play
  3. c)  charging or advancing towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing
  4. d)  deliberate and malicious distraction or obstruction on the field of play, regardless as to

          whether such conduct is deemed to be fair under law 42.5

  5. e)  throwing the ball at or near a player, umpire or official in an inappropriate and dangerous

         manner

  6. f)  using language or gesture that is obscene or of a serious insulting nature to another

        player, umpire, team official or spectator

  7. g)  changing the condition of the ball other than as permitted by Law 42.3
  8. h)  the bowling of fast short pitched balls that result in the bowler being disallowed from

         bowling further in that innings

  9. i)  causing avoidable damage to the pitch contrary to Laws 42.13 and/or Law 42.14 that

    results in a five run penalty being awarded

Level 3

  1. a)  intimidating an umpire
  2. b)  threatening to assault another player, team official or spectator
  3. c)  using language or gesture that offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage or

         vilify another person on the basis of that person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, colour,

         descent or national or ethnic origin

  4. d)  the deliberate bowling of any high full-pitched ball contrary to Law 42.8

Level 4

  1. a)  threatening an umpire
  2. b)  physical assault of another player, umpire, official or spectator
  3. c)  any act of violence on the field of play
  4. d)  using language or gestures that seriously offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten,

     disparage or vilify another person on the basis of that person’s religion, sexual orientation, colour, descent or national or              

     ethnic origin.

The conduct listed in Level 1 to Level 4 above cannot be considered to be exhaustive.