• Senior Section Rules

Senior Section Rules

1. Standing Orders/Constitution

1.1 The decision of the Chairman shall be final on any point of order.
1.2 Every resolution shall be put to the vote by a show of hands or by ballot. To satisfy the legal obligations of League Officials and the League Committee, a resolution to waive any League Rule in any particular circumstance may be adopted without the dissent of any club.
1.3 Applications to waive a rule must be accompanied by a non-refundable fee of £50. The application will be notified to clubs electronically. Clubs will have 48 hours from receipt of the notification to lodge an objection.
1.4 The League Committee, the League Executive or, the elected Sub-Committees have power to deal with any dispute arising out of the rules or, with any matter not provided for in the rules. The decision of these bodies is final providing there has been a formal hearing however, a club or player being penalised by a fine, ban, points reduction or other sanction even if suspended, may appeal.
1.5 Apart from discipline or conduct incidents (Rule 5), a player or club found to have committed an offence shall have the right of appeal to an Appeals and Review (A&R)Panel unless they forfeit the right to attend the original hearing (see point 2.20 below). ‘Notice of Appeal’ setting out the grounds must be given in writing to the League Secretary within 7 days of verbal notification of the decision of the Committee or Sub- Committee, together with a deposit of £100 (£250 if the club or player intend having legal representation, other than a member of the club’s committee, at the appeal). A copy of the Notice of Appeal must also be sent to the League or Sub-Committee Chairman as appropriate. Upon giving Notice of Appeal, any penalty shall not take effect pending the hearing of the appeal. The appeal will be conducted under ECB Guidelines but, at the discretion of the A&R Panel Chairman, the time before the appeal is to be heard may be shortened if a third party may be affected. Any witnesses invited by the player or club must be named in the Notice of Appeal. A League or Sub-Committee representative and witnesses may be called by the A&R Panel. The A&R Panel may confirm, vary or reverse the original decision and, order the forfeit of all or part of the deposit if the appeal is unsuccessful. The decision of the A&R Panel or, if there is no appeal, of the original Committee or Sub-Committee shall be final and binding.
1.6 One representative will normally be allowed from each club at League Committee meetings. If a club wishes to send more than one representative to a meeting, they must obtain the consent of the Secretary prior to the meeting. This consent will only be given in exceptional circumstances. Clubs represented by more than one member will be allowed one vote.
1.7 It is the responsibility of all clubs that they have appropriate insurance cover (public liability) for club officials, spectators and members of the public and, a condition as member clubs of the BCL that evidence is provided for those insurances. The document number and expiry date must be forwarded to the League Treasurer by no later than the April League Meeting each year. Any club failing to supply such evidence by the aforementioned date will be fined £25.
1.8 To ensure a duty of care to all players and officials in the League, the ECB ‘Safehands – Welfare of Young People in Cricket’ is adopted and will be implemented as directed by the ECB, along with any future versions of the Policy.
1.9 Clubs must appoint one administrator and one deputy with regular access to emails. The two must have separate emails
1.10 All Member Clubs will be subject to the rules and regulations of the Constitution and by joining the League will be deemed to have accepted these rules and regulations and any Codes of Conduct that the League has adopted or, shall be liable to a fine, suspension or expulsion from the League at the discretion of the appropriate committee. Complaints of any kind should be sent in writing to the Secretary.
1.11 Individuals at clubs must have DBS clearance as required by the ECB.
1.12 The Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall be held not later than 31st December each year when the following business shall be transacted:
• to receive and adopt the league’s audited accounts.
• to elect the Officials, Executive and members of the League Committee.
• to appoint the External Auditor.
• to consider and decide upon proposals properly submitted which must achieve a two-thirds majority to be agreed.
1.13 A Special General Meeting (SGM) may be convened by the Committee at any time or, may be convened by the Secretary on receipt of a written notice signed by not less than 10 clubs.
1.14 Notification of an AGM or SGM and all relevant documentation will be circulated 4 weeks prior to the date of the meeting. This period may be abridged at the discretion of the Chairman if the urgency of the business to be discussed in their opinion so requires.
1.15 Each Member Club shall be entitled to 2 votes at a General Meeting (GM). Members of the League Executive excluding the Chair and the President shall be entitled to one vote. The League Sub-Committee Chairs (R&C – Rules and Competitions, G&F – Grounds and Facilities and D&C – Disciplinary and Conduct) shall be entitled to one vote.
1.16 Clubs failing to be represented at any AGM shall be fined £50.
1.17 The League Executive shall take full responsibility for rule changes. Any proposals from Member Clubs or League Sub-Committee Chairs shall be submitted to the Secretary no later than 31 October.
1.18 Business to be conducted at a SGM shall be limited to those items set out in the Notice convening the meeting and motions will be accepted if supported by a simple majority. Rules or Amendments to Rules may only be dealt with at the AGM pursuant to Rule 1.17 or, at a subsequent Meeting to which such business was specifically adjourned.
1.19 Audited accounts for the financial year ending 30th November shall be prepared and sent to Member Clubs with the notice convening the AGM.

2. GENERAL RULES

2.1. The League shall be named “The Bolton Cricket League” (BCL). The League is a non-profit making organisation. In the event of its dissolution all monies will be distributed equally between the clubs.
2.2 The colours of the League shall be Blue and Gold.
2.3. Applications will only be considered after any vacancies have been advertised.
2.4. All clubs shall conform to the rules of the League and maintain a standard satisfactory to the Committee or, shall be liable to a fine, suspension or expulsion from the BCL at the discretion of the appropriate committee. Complaints of any kind should be sent in writing to the Secretary.
2.5. The BCL shall be governed by a Committee composed of the Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Umpires’ and Junior Representative and the nominated representative from each of the four major sub-committees along with one member from each club; 10 members to form a quorum. The President and representatives from other sub-committees may attend in a non-voting capacity.
2.6 The Chairman shall have no vote save on the occasion when a casting vote is required.
2.7 The Officials shall be elected at the AGM, the retiring Officials being eligible for re-election. All Officials of the BCL shall not be considered to be representatives of Clubs.
2.8 Clubs will be fined £25 for failing to attend any General Committee Meeting or, other meeting called by the Executive.
2.9 The League Executive will form the basis of an Appeals & Reviews (A&R) Panel with power to co-opt.
2.10 Clubs are entitled to one named representative on each of the 4 sub-committees.
2.11 There will be 4 Sub-committees as follows; Rules and Competitions (R&C), Registrations and Administration (R&A), Discipline and Conduct (D&C), Grounds and Facilities (G&F).
2.12 The sub-committees are empowered to take appropriate action when written protests or complaints are received. The protests or complaints must be sent or handed to the Secretary and copied to the sub-committee Chairman.
2.13 Each sub- committee will be coordinated by a BCL Official who may chair the meeting and will have a casting vote if there is an even number of votes cast. Deputy Chairmen will also have a casting vote. If the sub-committee Chairman is not available, the League Chairman or Secretary will ask another member of the sub-committee to deputise.
2.14 Members of the sub-committee may not hear protests or complaints involving a club of which they are a member or, the outcome of which will have a direct bearing on their club in the 21 days following the hearing. This restriction may be waived provided the tariffs in previously published guidelines are not exceeded.
2.15 Disputes involving cup matches must be resolved before the next round is scheduled.
2.16 Matters that are not urgent may be dealt with according to current ECB Guidelines.
2.17 No individual may serve on more than one committee. Sub-committees will be elected in the following order, R&C, D&C, G&F and R&A. All protests by a member club must be made as per Rule 4.25. BCL Officials and other sub-committees may also bring matters to the attention of the sub-committees.
2.18 There will be an Appeals and Review (A&R) Panel comprising of BCL officials subject to the constraints placed on the sub-committees and with similar powers to co-opt. Clubs or bodies requesting an appeal or review should do so as per Rule 1.15. Provided BCL Rules and ECB Guidelines have not been broken, the A&R Panel should only amend the original verdict if they feel the sub-committee have made an incorrect decision. However, if rules, guidelines or procedures have been broken at the time of or, leading up to the original decision, an appeal or review will take the form of a rehearing.
2.19 Senior and Junior Representatives matches should not be arranged when BCL matches are scheduled.
2.20 Cups, Trophies and Prizes shall be as follows…
• The top club of the 1st teams shall be awarded the Warburton Challenge Cup 1st Premiership, The Championship Flag and the John Charlson Trophy 1st Association plus twelve 13 prizes. The runners-up shall be awarded the Hulton Trophy and 12 prizes.
• The top club of the 2nd Teams shall be awarded the Howarth Challenge Cup 2nd Premiership, The Championship Flag, Readey Cup 2nd Association and 13 prizes. The runners-up shall be awarded the William Sandford Memorial Cup and 12 prizes.

Where 2 or more teams have the same number of points, league placing shall be determined as follows:
1. The points won in the matches involving the teams
2. Net aggregate run rate.

The Warburtons Trophy shall be awarded to the outstanding amateur player in the BCL as decided by the votes of the 1st team captains. In the case of a tie, the General Committee will choose between those players in first place.
Trophies shall never become the absolute property of any club but, shall be formally handed to the representatives of the winning clubs on receiving sufficient guarantee of their safekeeping and return. In the case of any damage to any of the League’s trophies while in the possession of winning Clubs, the cost of any repairs to any trophy shall be met by the offending club.
The trophies shall be returned to the League Curator three weeks before each final tie.
Entry into the Lancashire KO will be determined by the LCF. Entry is for the top 4 teams only.
2.23 Unless some other mutual arrangement is made during the first team matches, the home club in each case to have all gate receipts. All spectators who are not members of the home club must pay for admission except, Life Members and Vice-Presidents of the League. Admission to grounds in 1st team matches shall be Adults £2 and £1 for juniors and O.A.P.s but, the General Committee shall have the power to vary this charge in exceptional circumstances.

3. MEMBERSHIP

3.1 A condition of continuing membership is that all clubs should field two senior teams each week and junior sides as per the Junior Rules.
3.2 Membership shall be continuous unless a club terminates it in writing no later than the date set by the League Cricket Conference of the year proceeding the season of withdrawal.
3.3 Member Clubs will only be eligible to participate in BCL fixtures or competitions if all monies owing to the BCL are paid by the last day of September.
3.4 The annual subscription shall be paid by 1st April of each year and shall be fixed at the preceding AGM.
3.5 Any club leaving the BCL consents to all funds being retained for the benefit of the continuing member clubs.
3.6 On dissolution or cessation of the BCL, any surplus would go to the number of member clubs at the time.
3.7 Any surpluses retained year on year shall be held for the benefit of the member clubs and held as an advance of funds for the future administration of the BCL.

4. PLAYERS

4.1 One month before the start of the season, clubs will be given a copy of the current list of players registered with the BCL on Play Cricket. Clubs are required to verify that all players on the list are still going to be playing for the club in the new season. At least 14 days before the playing season begins all Clubs must return to the League Registration Secretary the list of eligible playing members. All new player registrations/ player transfers from 1st April must be completed on the BCL Registration Form (on the BCL website). All new player registrations and transfers must be a completed by clubs through Play Cricket. The following sections must be filled out on the form; Full Name, Address including Postcode, DOB, Email or Parent’s Email address, contact number and, if an overseas player, Passport information. All sections of the form must be completed (Juniors must also send proof of age and all players Photo ID must be uploaded to the player’s Play Cricket profile). When the Registration Secretary has approved the registration, the player will be added to the club’s Players List. Clubs must not enter players onto Play Cricket themselves. Any player entered direct onto Play Cricket by a Club, will be considered an unregistered player. Clubs are wholly responsible for ensuring that their players are registered correctly – failure would result in Rule 5.7 being applied. A player’s registration is cancelled if he plays league cricket elsewhere in the UK apart from exceptions in Rule 4.2.
4.2 All accepted registrations shall continue until 31st March unless and until a player is transferred from one Club to another wholly in accordance with the requirements of Rule 4.24, fails to play for his Club for a period not less than three years, joins a club in another league, either as professional or amateur. The following exceptions to this rule shall apply: i) a player in full time education may play for his school, college or university etc. ii) a player may play in non-weekend league or social cricket.
4.3 A player leaving and re-joining the BCL may not return until 10 days after his last match.
4.4 Players may not apply for a further transfer until 10 days after his last match or his last transfer date whichever is the later.
4.5 No club whether through its officials, members or, any other persons on its behalf, shall breach current LCF or League Cricket Conference rules on the transfer of players from other affiliated leagues.
4.6 Any player whose membership is terminated by his own club for disciplinary reasons will not be eligible to play for any other club in the BCL during the same season.
4.7 If any Club plays an unregistered/ineligible player, they will lose any points won in the game. In cup knockout competitions, they will be expelled from that competition immediately. For group stage competitions (e.g. T20), maximum points forfeit to the opponents and the result will be expunged.
4.8 For an amateur to be eligible for a match, the BCL Registration Process must have been completed (with all relevant documentation) and received by the Registration Secretary, by 5pm of the day previous to the match, in order for a registration to be made. The Registration Secretary will confirm said registration by adding the player to the Club’s Play Cricket Player List. Registration of amateur players shall not be accepted after 5pm on 31st July. A player shall not be considered a bona fide playing member of a club in the BCL who is a registered playing member of a club not in the BCL. The registration of a member of a club not in the BCL shall not be accepted until he has left his former club and fulfilled all obligations to his previous club. No player shall play for more than one club during the season in any BCL Cup competition.
4.9 Members of BCL clubs may play either in 1st or 2nd teams prior to the last six games in any season. 7 regular players, whose names must be acceptable to the BCL and shall include the club’s Professional and non-U.K. residents must be registered as ineligible to play for 2nd team, this includes as a substitute fielder. The list of 7 regular players shall be submitted by email to the BCL Registration Secretary no later than the 31st July. Any other registered player may play with either 1st or 2nd team or, alternatively with both.
4.10 Clubs may register any player provided they are eligible to play in the ECB or LCF competitions. The registration will not be revoked if the player becomes ineligible for the ECB or LCF competitions during the season, even if a replacement professional has been engaged. Clubs may register for 1st team cricket only one player who is not eligible for ECB and LCF competitions. Players who have not complied with Home Office regulations will not be eligible (Rule 4.7).
4.11 Provided their registered Professional is not suspended, all clubs must engage deputy professionals for their regular or, Replacement Professional, for a maximum of 6 weekends in total in each playing season. However, notwithstanding the above, the use of a Deputy Professional in the absence of a club’s Registered Professional shall be compulsory for any match during the last 4 weekends of the season (see Rule 4.22). Once the 6 weekends have passed, if an overseas player is in the UK and is injured or incapacitated then, Rule 4.22 will not apply. Clubs may not register one of their own players as a Deputy Professional or, a player not currently playing 1st team cricket in a ‘professional’ league or higher standard.
4.12 Each Club must negotiate a written contract with the intended Professional and shall be in the form adopted by the League Cricket Conference. Once registered, the Professional of each Club will be graded into one of the following three categories according to the highest status he has acquired during the 24 months prior to the start of the season:
1. An overseas first class player requiring a work permit.
2. A UK based player who has played first class cricket in the past three years.
3. Other overseas players who have previously performed in the UK as per 4 below subject to Home Office regulations.
4. A UK based player who has scored over 600 league runs in the past season or, averaged 600 league runs over the previous three seasons, has taken 60 league wickets in the past season or averaged 60 league wickets over the past three seasons or, has averaged over 400 league runs and 40 league wickets over the past three seasons. Statistics will apply to Premier or ECB accredited ‘professional’ leagues tiers 1 and 2.
5. As an alternative, a club may register an overseas player subject to Home Office regulations and the approval of the R&C Sub-committee.
6. Other players with the permission of the BCL Committee.

4.13 It will be the responsibility of each club to declare into which category their Professional falls.
4.14 A contracted Professional from the BCL or, another league, shall not change his status to that of an amateur during the season without the consent of the BCL Committee.
4.15 In the event of Termination of Contract by a Club or Professional, the said Club must sign a Replacement Professional for the remainder of the season. Such a Replacement Professional cannot be of a higher grading than the Professional replaced. Any such Replacement Professional must satisfy the League that he is able to fulfil the conditions of Rule 4.11.
4.16 The Deputy Professional must not be of a higher grading than the registered Professional.
4.17 A registered Professional unable to play in the BCL through injury/illness may not play for another Club without the permission of the BCL Committee.
4.18 In the event of an Overseas Player being engaged as a Deputy Professional, Clubs have a responsibility to ensure that a valid Work Permit is in existence.
4.19 A Deputy Professional for a registered Professional must be notified to the League Registration Secretary by no later than 11am on the day for Saturday and Sunday games and no later than 4.00pm for night matches.
4.20 It is the club’s responsibility to supply the following information: Deputy Pro’s name, current or previous club and into which Professional’s category he falls.
4.22 Clubs playing without a professional will pay the League £150 per match.
4.23 The Professionals Contract of Employment shall include a clause whereby the Professional acknowledges that his employment is subject to the provisions of the BCL’s disciplinary rules and that the Professional further acknowledges that he is aware that the League has adopted the ECB Disciplinary Rules and that the provision of such Model Rules have been brought to his attention.
4.24 The transfer of a player may only be withheld if there is any outstanding obligation by the player and the transfer verification must be acknowledged by the club the player is leaving. No transfer shall be permitted after 5pm on the 31st July until the end of that season.
4.25 All protests made by a Member Club must be accompanied by a fee of £40, which shall be forfeited if the protesting club lose the case. A club protested against, and found guilty, shall pay such incurred expenses as are defined by the Sub-committee. A protest made by a Member Club shall not be entertained unless the League Secretary receives both fee and protest by Friday morning after the match. In the case of evening matches, the time allowed to protest shall be the morning of the fifth day following the termination of the match. The protesting club shall forward two copies of their protest to the Secretary, who shall at once forward one copy to the Secretary of the Club protested against. At any time, a League Officer may bring any irregularity to the notice of the League Secretary in writing. This will be forwarded to the appropriate Sub-committee. Correspondence must be received by the fifth day of the conclusion of the match unless there has been an unreasonable delay in a club submitting information as required by the BCL.
4.26 The prize qualifications for amateurs shall be as follows…
• For BCL Batting Prizes in 1st/2nd teams a player must have scored at least 400/350 runs.
• For BCL Bowling Prizes in 1st/2nd teams a player must have taken at least 40/35 wickets in league matches.
• Only League matches to count for Averages and Prizes.

4.27 Collections shall be allowed for any player scoring 50 runs (100 for professionals), performing the hat trick, or, for a wicketkeeper claiming 5 victims or more. A collection shall be allowed to be taken for any bowler taking 5 or more wickets during an innings – not more than 40 runs to have been scored off this bowler at the fall of his fifth wicket.
4.28 All players, including juniors, must be listed in the team they are playing for i.e. if you are playing in the 1st team then, you must be listed under the 1st team. Players can be listed under all age groups/ senior teams that they are likely to play in for that club. If you have had to call on a player last minute that is not listed as a player for that team then you must text the details to the BCL Administrator before the start of the game with the name of that player. (The player must have been previously registered on the clubs Play Cricket site). Transferred players cannot be registered on Play Cricket until a transfer has been agreed as Rule 4.24. A player not registered on Play Cricket will be subject to Rules 4.7 and 4.8. The following penalties will apply for non-compliance;
• 1st offence – written warning letter per team
• 2nd offence – a £20 fine will be applied
• 3rd Offence – 1point will be deducted from that team (in that season)
• 4th Offence – this will then be referred to the R&C for further fines etc.

The above will apply to junior cricket, but clubs have three days to input the information.

5. DISCIPLINE AND CONDUCT

5.1 The BCL adopts the ECB’s General Conduct Regulations (GCR) and Anti-Discrimination Code. All clubs must ensure their members and those visiting the club are aware of its contents. League Officials, Club Officials, players, members of any BCL club and those spectating on any BCL ground, shall not act in any way that brings or would bring the BCL into disrepute. The following points in this section are provided by way of additional information to that contained in the GCR as it relates to and will be applied within the BCL.
5.2 With regard to their responsibilities, Captains or any player acting as Captain should be aware of The Preamble – The Spirit of Cricket in the MCC’s Laws of Cricket where it says:
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 clauses injury to the game itself. The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rests with the captains.
5.3 When umpires are reporting on or off the field issues, the club needs to be informed within 2 days of the game being reported on. Where the report submitted indicates that the player, captain and / or club official has been informed by the umpires directly, the Disciplinary Officer will treat this as the club having been informed.
5.4 Umpires will only put in one report per incident for the match they are reporting on. The report must reach the Disciplinary Officer within 2 days of the game.
5.5 When reporting under Law 42 and the correct on-field sanctions have not been applied or the player/captain not advised of the intention to make a report, the Disciplinary Officer will seek an explanation from the umpire and the Disciplinary Officer reserves the right to (1) dismiss the report or (2) proceed and consider / apply sanctions as per the normal process where it is felt that mitigating circumstances exist, such as (but not exclusively) where an umpire has officiated alone.
5.6 For L1 and L2 offences, umpires may simply tick the appropriate box on the report to confirm the nature and level of the offence committed. Additional commentary need not be provided.
5.7 For L3 and L4 offences which will be the subject of additional process by the Disciplinary Officer, umpires should provide a more detailed commentary on the offence being reported.
5.8 The Disciplinary Officer will send the report and proposed ban to be imposed to relevant Club’s Secretary or League Representative within 2 days of receipt of the report from the umpire.
5.9 Both the BCL and its’ member clubs are aware of and take note of the ECB’s guidelines issued in relation to the recreational game, sentencing guidelines and the guidance issued in relation to the Content of Hearings and Appeals.
5.10 Penalties will be in line with relevant ECB guidelines and served from the first match following the offence.
5.11 All other offences reported by the umpires will be considered as appropriate by the Disciplinary Officer. This includes any repeat of the offences listed above. The penalties imposed may include a ban, fine and/or a points deduction and, where appropriate, the future registration of players and their ability to play in the BCL may be considered.
5.12 Where a player is banned for any of the above offences, the ban will be given on a match by match basis as decided upon and advised by the Disciplinary Officer/Disciplinary Chair who will also advise the League Secretary of any bans imposed.
5.13 During the period of a ban, the player will be unable to play in any matches under the jurisdiction of the BCL, the ECB and LCF.
5.14 If a ban cannot be served in the current season it may be necessary, where appropriate, to carry it over to the following season. Bans issued for offences committed during the outdoor season cannot be served during the indoor season.
5.15 A club may suspend a player who has been reported to the Disciplinary Officer but this will have no bearing on the length of ban the player might receive.
5.16 The following will apply to Club Officials (Senior and Junior) making a report:
• Club officials and spectators may only report matters that are outside the umpires’ jurisdiction.
• A report must be submitted on behalf of the Club only and in the name of 2 of their officials.
• Club Officials making a report must advise the Disciplinary Officer within 2 days of the alleged incident taking place.
• All persons being reported must be named in the report.

The Disciplinary Officer will decide whether further investigation is warranted, informing the Club Secretary or League Representative as appropriate, within 2 days of receiving the report. Penalties imposed may include a ban, fine and/or a point(s) deduction and where appropriate, the future registration of players and their ability to play in the BCL may be taken considered.
5.17 A player currently serving a suspension for misconduct may not represent the BCL.
5.18 If an umpire is requested to attend any meeting within the GCR process, their expenses will be met by the League. This will amount to one match fee.
5.19 Once a club/player has been advised of a proposed ban or other sanction, they have the right to an appeal. If the player/club makes an appeal and a mutually convenient date cannot be agreed upon then, the appeal will be heard on the Thursday in the week following the ban being imposed.
5.20 A deposit of £100 must be paid (£250 if the club or player intends to have legal representation, other than a member of the club’s committee, at an appeal).
5.21 Clubs, officials and players as well as individuals, will be held responsible for postings on social media accounts.
5.22 The BCL will follow the ECB guidelines on the use of social media. Individuals other than BCL Officials and Umpires should bring any matters of concern relating to social media to the attention of the Disciplinary Officer via their club’s officials.

6. MATCH RULES

6.1 Grounds & Facilities (G&F).
6.1.1 Boundaries are to be clearly marked with a rope, white line with boundary markers or, a clearly defined gully. The gully must be between 2 and 6 inches in depth and a minimum of 40 yards in length. If the gully is not clearly defined or, overgrown, the umpires will insist on a rope or white line with markers. If there is a wall or any other obstruction at the boundary, the boundary markings must be a minimum of two feet inside the obstruction. Any other form of boundary must be approved by the G&F Committee.
6.1.2 Clubs must provide mechanical mopping up equipment. From 30 minutes before the match is due to commence and during the match, the home team must use the equipment as directed by the umpires.
6.1.3 Clubs must have ‘roll-on roll-off’ covers or, flat sheet translucent and breathable covers. The penalty for non-compliance is a 6 point deduction per match unless the G&F Committee have agreed previously there are exceptional circumstances.
6.1.4 Clubs may be fined or face a possible points deduction/awarding 6 points for a sub-standard ground. For points to be deducted the Grounds Committee must have inspected the ground within 24 hours of the match.
6.1.5 At the request of the Ground Committee or Executive, the pitch for the next senior match must be covered with the appropriate covers including 10 feet of the bowlers’ run up with covers or sheets from 6.30pm on the preceding Thursday unless there is no rain falling. For Sunday matches the pitch must be covered from the close of play on the Saturday. At other times the use of covers is at the discretion of the club.
6.1.6 No playing pitch shall be watered within 36 hours of the time of the start of a match.
6.1.7 It shall be an instruction to groundsmen that the pitch markings should include a small mark/cross at the edge of the mown strip 5 feet in front of the popping crease. A mark shall be made on each bowling crease 12 inches on either side of the centre stumps.
6.1.8 The home club is responsible for thorough preparation prior to the start of a match. This includes sightscreens being correctly positioned, stumps pitched and sawdust available when necessary. When the sightscreen is on the field of play, suitable white boards must be placed along the front of the screen. The board then becomes the boundary. Failure to comply with these preparations will result in a fine against the home club should that failure lead to a late start.
6.1.9 Clubs shall have a well-stocked First Aid box available at all matches to be inspected by any duly appointed G&F Committee.
6.1.10 Clubs must provide clean, secure and private accommodation for the umpires, which is not used for any other purpose during the match.
6.1.11 Following a request from the umpires a team has 7 minutes to remove the covers.
6.1.12 All scoreboxes must have a power supply with sufficient connections for both scorers.

6.2 Scoring and Scorers

6.2.1 A club failing to score electronically will be subject to the following penalties; a written warning, then a £10 fine, a further £10 fine and then, referral to the R&C Committee for possible point(s) deduction. Clubs must let the League Administrator know during the course of a match of any problems preventing electronic scoring.

6.2.2 Clubs must provide Walkie Talkies to the umpires who must use them with the scorers. Clubs failing to supply them will be fined £10 on each occurrence.

6.2.3 It is a minimum requirement on scoreboards in 1st team matches that the Total, Wickets, Overs Remaining, Last Man and/or Batsmen’s scores must be updated after each run and at the fall of each wicket. In second team matches the minimum requirements are Total, Wickets and Overs Remaining. It is also a minimum requirement in the 2nd innings of all matches that, regardless of the weather, the target to win is displayed as is the Par Score from Duckworth Lewis (DL) which should be updated at the end of each over.

6.2.4 Each club shall be responsible for the full and correct recording of matches played. Failure to have a competent scorer or, no scorer will incur a £20 fine (1st offence), £25 fine (2nd offence), £30 fine (3rd offence) and, on each occasion, a payment (to be decided by the R&C Committee) made to the scorer in attendance from the club without a scorer. After the third offence, the club will be referred to the R&C Committee for possible point(s) deduction from their 1st team.

6.2.5 On completion of the match both captains and umpires must sign the away club’s scorebook which should show the result and the names of all players who participated or, who would have participated, even if the match was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
6.2.6 If the captain disagrees with any details shown in the scorebook, he is to inform the umpires and refrain from signing it (see also 6.2.11).
6.2.7 Where Clubs have not been able to score via Play Cricket, the full scorecard must be uploaded by 9.30am of the day following the match. The names of all participants must be included. There will be a £20 fine for non-compliance.
6.2.8 The following is the minimum information that must be uploaded on Play Cricket –Result, Points including Bonus Points, List of all players for both sides, Runs scored, Extras, Bowlers and bowler’s figures, if the match was affected by the weather. Optionally, the following information can also be uploaded – Umpires, No Balls, 4’s and 6’s, Fall of Wicket.
6.2.9 When there is a delayed start or, loss of time in either innings, Duckworth Lewis (DL) in Play Cricket is to be used in all BCL matches unless otherwise stated. The ‘G’ number in DL is to be 245 for 1st and 2nd team matches. In order for DL to operate in a situation where overs have been bowled slowly in the 1st innings, the scorers will need to perform a calculation. This calculation will involve the use of ‘nominal’ runs which should not be viewed as ‘penalty’ runs. However, if the calculation results in a minor increase in the Target then, this will be accepted by the captain of the team batting second. The calculation will be as follows…
• In the 1st innings of 50 and 45 overs per team matches, for each over started after the scheduled finish time as indicated by the umpires, 3 runs per over are added to the 1st innings total.
• Then, before the 2nd innings commences, the scorers will add a ‘Suspension’ into DL equal to the number of overs bowled late.
• This will produce a Target score for the 2nd innings which the scorers will confirm with the umpires who will notify the captains before the start of the 2nd innings.
• If slow overs are bowled in the 2nd innings then, at the commencement of each late over as indicated by the umpires, the scorers will immediately add 5 runs to the team batting second. Should this result in the Target being achieved then, the match is finished.

6.2.10 Teams are to be put on Play Cricket by 9.00pm on the day before the game is to be played.

6.2.11 Before closing a match on Play Cricket, Scorers are to check with their Captain if the result of the match is in dispute. If so, they are to close the match as “Waiting for R&C.”

6.3 Umpires.
6.3.1 The expenses to be paid to Umpires shall be determined by the League Committee no later than the meeting prior to the commencement of each season.
6.3.2 The umpires will be paid no later than the tea interval.
6.3.3 The umpires in charge shall be in attendance 45 minutes before the advertised time of start and must see that the captains toss for choice of innings no later than 15 minutes before the determined starting time. The roller to be put on (if required) for 10 minutes but not to be on later than 2 minutes before the determined starting time except, in case if unfavourable weather. Match Balls are to be given to the umpires at the toss for innings.
6.3.4 Umpires’ jurisdiction ceases immediately they have signed the away scorer’s scorebook or, 20 minutes after the close of play.
6.3.5. Two scorers and two tally persons are the only people allowed in scorebox.
6.3.6 If both umpires consider an injury to a player to be serious then, the player will be instructed to leave the field of play for treatment. If it is a batsman then, he will retire and return at the fall of the next wicket or the retirement of the next batsman. If he is one of the last batsmen at the wicket then, 10 minutes will be allowed for treatment, after which the innings will be closed and the batting side will be deemed to be All Out.
6.3.7 The current ECB Fielding Regulations must be adhered to and enforced by the umpires and captains.
6.4 Match Regulations.
6.4.1 League matches shall commence at 1.30pm except those arranged in April and the last two weekends in August which will commence at 1.00pm and those arranged for September which will commence at 12.30pm. Clubs not ready to play shall be reported to the League Secretary.
6.4.2 In 1st team matches the 50th over must commence within 3 hours 5 minutes of the match starting. In 2nd team matches the 45th over must commence within 2 hours 48 minutes of the match starting. In the 1st innings, overs commenced after these times will be deducted from the innings of the team batting second and the umpires will notify the scorers of this immediately at the end of the 1st innings. In the 2nd innings, overs commenced after these times will be notified to the scorers by the umpires and will attract a penalty of 5 runs per over applied at the start of each late over. During the match, the umpires must inform the fielding captain and the batsmen at the crease if they are allowing additional time to bowl the overs as the delays occur.
6.4.3 The latest start time for a 20 overs per innings match in 1st team league matches scheduled to start at 1.30pm shall be 5.00pm (this time to be adjusted pro rata for earlier scheduled start times). If, at this time, tea has already been taken then, 22 overs per innings can be bowled with a 10 minute break between innings to allow for pitch rolling and preparation. In 2nd team matches the same shall apply except that the latest start time will be 4.25pm (this time to be adjusted pro rata for earlier scheduled start times). Reference can be made to Table 2 for other start times.
6.4.4 If the slow bowling of overs in any competition results in the match finishing without a result, the umpires must send a report to the R&C Committee. Subject to appeal, the R&C Committee may apportion the points or award the match or cup tie to the non-offending club.
6.4.5 The Tea Interval will be 30 minutes.
6.4.6 If both Captains decide there is no possibility of play and they agree to cancel the match, the match umpires and League Administrator must be informed by the home club. If the umpires cannot be prevented from travelling they should be paid.

6.5 General.

6.5.1 BCL matches must be played under the revised Laws of the MCC and ECB Directives except as otherwise provided for in these regulations.

6.5.2 All clubs shall play with the ball specified by the League Committee and each club shall provide its own ball. A new ball shall be used at the start of each innings in all 1st team matches.
6.5.3 Before the Toss for innings and no later than the original scheduled start, opposing captains must exchange lists of players showing those under 19. The yellow Boundary Report Card must be discussed at the Toss, signed by captains who will give the umpires the match balls. 1st team players cannot play in the 2nd team if their match is cancelled or abandoned. Law 2 re substitutes shall apply; any substitute should be a registered player.
6.5.4 If the captains cannot agree, the BCL appointed umpires can insist that the boundary be moved provided that the minimum distance from the centre stumps to any part of the boundary is 30 yards.
6.5.5 The umpires may not insist that the home club prepares another wicket.
6.5.6 From the original scheduled start time, the umpires shall be the sole judges of the fitness of the ground, weather and light.
6.5.7 It is the option of the batting team’s captain to have the pitch may be rolled before their innings for not more than ten minutes prior to the official starting time. Such rolling must cease no later than two minutes before that time.
6.5.8 1st team matches shall be limited to 100 overs, a maximum of 50 overs per side. 2nd team matches shall be limited to 90 overs, a maximum of 45 overs per side. In rain affected matches the run rate calculation will be made using the DL calculation on Play Cricket or, if that is not available, on the Play Cricket App.
6.5.9 If the scheduled start is delayed or, if there are delays during the 1st innings then, the match will be reduced at the rate of 2 overs per 7 minutes of lost time (i.e. each team loses one over from its’ innings). If they are further delays after the end of the 1st innings then, the 2nd innings will be reduced at the rate of 1 over per 3½ minutes of lost time. A minimum of 20 overs must be bowled in the 2nd innings in either 1st or 2nd team games to constitute a match otherwise, the match is abandoned.
6.5.10 In 1st team matches one bowler can bowl a maximum of 18 overs and the rest up to 12. In 2nd team matches the maximum is 12 overs per bowler. These maximum overs are reduced pro rata when time is lost during the match (see Table 4).
6.5.11 Any club not fulfilling any fixture under the auspices of the BCL (be it a league match or a cup-tie) in any division of the League, shall forfeit the match and shall be liable to £50 fine for first offence, £100 for second offence and all other offences £150 plus all expenses as agreed by the R&C Committee. In the case of a league match, the offending club’s opponents shall be awarded the maximum winning points available in that particular match (including bonus points). A team with fewer than eight players 30 minutes after the scheduled start time shall be deemed to have not fulfilled the fixture. Clubs failing to fulfil a 2nd team fixture shall have one point deducted from their 1st team in the same competition. Clubs fielding ten players in a first team match will receive a one point deduction from their 2nd team suspended until the end of the season. For second and subsequent offences, there will be a two point deduction. The maximum penalty for a team fielding nine or fewer players in a 1st team match is a six point deduction from the 2nd team.
6.5.12 Any player Under 14 on September 1st of the previous year must have written parental consent to play senior cricket. Younger players are subject to current ECB directives and may require approval from the League.
6.5.13 Umpires are to be marked on the official form which is to be sent to the nominated person within 5 days of the match. Failure to do so will incur a fine of £10. If a Club has over 5 late reports within that season, for every late report thereafter a £10 fine and 1 point deduction from that team will be applied. There is no need for a report on abandoned games.
6.5.14 Clubs must display the current ECB Fast Bowling Directive in both changing rooms and on the club’s main notice board.
6.5.15 In 1st and 2nd team cricket at the instant of delivery, a minimum of 4 fieldsmen, plus the bowler and wicket keeper, must be within an area bounded by two semi-circles centred on each middle-stump (each with a radius of 30 yards) and joined by a parallel line on each side of the wicket. In the event of an infringement the square-leg umpire shall call “No Ball.”
6.5.16 Wide should be called and signalled if a ball passes outside leg stump and behind the batsman in their normal guard position.
6.5.17 The method of awarding league points shall be…
• 6 points for a win, 3 for a tie, 2 where there is no result, 0 points for a defeat.
• 1 bonus point to a team dismissing their opponents in the second innings for less than 75% of their total.
• 1 bonus point for a team batting second who fail to equal or beat their opponents total but score 75% or more of the total and have not been dismissed by the end of their innings.
• 1 bonus point for a team winning by 8 wickets or more in a match where both teams can receive the same number of overs.
• 1 bonus point for a team taking 7 or more wickets in the second innings but losing the match.

6.6 Hamer Cup Competition (for 1st teams)

6.6.1 Match Rules above shall apply unless otherwise stated here under.

6.6.2 In the Hamer Cup competition, the first 10 overs of each game will be a ‘Powerplay’ when there must be 8 fielders including wicket keeper and bowler inside the fielding circle. The batting side and fielding side shall elect to have a 5 over Powerplay between overs 11 and 50. The Powerplay will require the fielding side to have 8 fielders including wicket keeper and bowler inside the fielding circle. The Umpire will notify the Scorers of each Powerplay by raising their arm in a circular fashion. Should the umpire call a front foot no-ball against a bowler then, a free hit will be signalled and field changes will not be allowed unless the batsmen have changed ends.

6.6.3 In all rounds up to the Final, Clubs shall be drawn for opponents with the first drawn in each pairing to be the home team. The venue for the Final shall be arranged by the League Committee.

6.6.4 In the event of a tie, there must be a fresh toss for choice of innings and either club may make changes from the original 11 players chosen.

6.6.5 Any club cancelling or refusing to play a Cup Tie on the date or ground fixed may be struck out of the competition and may be further dealt with by the R&C Committee.

6.6.6 Each competing team shall consist of bona-fide playing members of the Club as eligible for league matches but, no player (amateur or professional) may play with more than one club in the Cup Competition during the same season.

6.6.7 Players registered after the start of the season, including all matches under the auspices of the BCL, cannot play in a Hamer Cup tie until they have played in the number of league matches for that club (1st team or 2nd team) in that season as follows; All rounds up to and including the Quarter -Finals – 2 matches, Semi-Finals – 4 matches, Final – 6 matches. Qualifying matches include all outdoor BCL competitions except T20.

6.6.8 No club shall engage a substitute professional who is already a recognised professional in the League.

6.6.9 All matches start on Sundays at 1.00pm. A minimum of 20 overs constitutes a match. A result must be obtained on the day through DL or, bowl out or, toss of coin unless the captains have agreed before the toss for a suitable reserve date. This is to be noted on the team card before the Toss and signed by both Captains.

6.6.10 Matches may not take place when the Inter-League team have a Knock-Out fixture.

6.6.11 At the instant of delivery, a minimum of 4 fielders (plus the bowler and wicket keeper) must be within an area bounded by two semi-circles centred on each middle stump (each with a radius of 30 yards) and joined by a parallel line on each side of the wicket. In the event of an infringement, the Square Leg umpire shall call “No Ball.” The fielding circle should be marked by plastic or rubber (not metal) discs measuring 7” inches in diameter.

6.6.12 Only players eligible on the original day and, who did not play in any other games scheduled on that day, can play in rescheduled matches.
6.6.13 All Hamer Cup Ties shall be played on a basis of 50 overs (300 balls) each side. No bowler may bowl more than 10 overs (to be reduced pro-rata in the case of a reduced overs match). The team scoring most runs shall be the winners of the tie. The Hamer Cup Final shall be played on a neutral ground. The 50th over must commence within 3 hours 15 minutes of the start. Overs not bowled after this time in the first innings will be deducted from the team’s allocation in their innings. In the second innings five runs will be deducted from the total of the side batting first for every over commenced after completion of the over in progress after 3 hours and 15 minutes.
6.6.14 Medals or suitable trophies (13 of either) shall be awarded to Cup winners. Additionally, both scorers and umpires will be awarded medals. The runners up will receive a trophy only.

6.6.15 In ties prior to the Final, the home club shall take all monies and pay all expenses.

6.6.16 Charges for admission shall be the same as for league matches.

6.6.17 In the Final the net gate shall be equally shared by the BCL and contesting clubs.

6.6.18 If scores are level at the end of any Hamer Cup tie, the side having lost the fewer wickets shall be the winner. If wickets lost are equal then, the match shall be declared a Tie and shall be replayed with a reversal of venue. Should the Final need to be replayed under this Rule then, the venue shall be selected by the League Committee.

6.7. Birtwistle Cup Competition (for 2nd teams)

6.7.1 Hamer Cup rules shall apply except ties shall be played on a basis of 45 overs per team, no bowler may bowl more than 9 overs, Powerplays will not be used and the 45th over must have commenced within 2hours 58mins.

6.7.2 No player shall participate in a Birtwistle Cup second round unless he has played in at least one 2nd team outdoor competition game for the club in the current season. For the 3rd round they must have played in 2 outdoor competition games, 3 for the semi-final and 5 for the final. This rule is waived for…
• Junior players who were registered before the start of the season provided they have not played more than two first team matches and in the case of Under 15 players or older must not be in the main County age group squad.
• Senior players registered continuously from the start of the previous season provided they have not played 1st team cricket.

6.7.3 In first or second rounds, it shall be optional for clubs to make a collection for admission charges. In semi-finals and the Final, admission charges shall be fixed by the League Committee. The proceeds from the Final will be divided between the 2 competing clubs after deduction of expenses.

6.7.4 Players who have played for a club’s 1st team in the weekend a Birtwistle Cup match is scheduled may not become a substitute fielder in a continued Birtwistle Cup match unless the captains make alternative arrangements before the toss.

6.8. T20 Competition
6.8.1 Each competing team shall consist of bona-fide playing members of the Club as eligible for League Matches but, no player (amateur or professional) may play with more than one club in the T20 during the same season.
6.8.2 For the initial Group Stages of the T20, clubs within the BCL will be divided into Groups. From 2023 Groups will be based on promotion and relegation. The top team will represent the BCL.
6.8.3 Ten points will be awarded for a Win, five points for a Tie or No Result (refer to rule 19 regarding Result). 1 bonus point will be awarded for scoring 120 runs and 1 bonus point awarded for taking seven wickets. Bonus points will not be awarded when there is No Result.
6.8.4 If points are equal, positions will be determined as per Rule 2.2.2.
6.8.5 The winning team from the previous season will take part in the ECB rounds of the competition.
6.8.6 Matches will be played on Friday or Tuesday evenings to be determined by the home club. By mutual agreement matches may be played on Sundays or Bank Holiday Mondays with evening matches to start at 6.00pm.
6.8.7 Admission Charges will be £1 and 50p concessions.
6.8.8 Umpires for all matches will be appointed by the Umpires Secretary. Umpires’ expenses are to be paid by the home club prior to the commencement of the game. Expenses are £25 for each Umpire in a game which is commenced, £40 for an Umpire standing alone, £10 if no play and none if the game is cancelled early so that umpires have not been required to travel.
6.8.9 Any club unable to play their Professional may engage the services of a substitute professional not already employed within the League. If a substitute cannot be found, clubs will be permitted to play 11 amateurs.
6.8.10 Coloured clothing may be worn but pads and sightscreens must be white.
6.8.11 The BCL will provide one orange ‘Tifflex’ ball per team per match. Used Tifflex balls may be used as ‘seconds’ in later matches otherwise, the BCL’s League balls should be used.
6.8.12 The home club scorer should post the result on Play Cricket.
6.8.13 When it is evident that as a result of the weather a match will not be able to be played, the Home Club may contact the Visiting Club who may then elect to agree that the match be cancelled or, to send a representative to view and consider the fitness for play of the ground. If, by no later than 2 hours before the scheduled start time, both Clubs agree to the cancellation of the match then, the Home Club shall immediately notify the Umpires Secretary in order that the umpires and supporters may be advised not to travel. However, if the Umpires are not contacted then, £10 expenses are payable to them.
6.8.14 Unless otherwise agreed as in Rule 6.8.24, the match will consist of 1 innings per side each innings being limited to a maximum of 20 overs.
6.8.15 No bowler may bowl more than 4 overs. When overs are reduced the generic ECB rules for non-first class cricket will apply.
6.8.16 There will normally be 2 sessions of play of 1 hour 15 minutes each separated by an Interval of 10 minutes. During the Interval the pitch can be re-marked, repaired etc. and the Captain of the side batting second can request the pitch be rolled for no more than 4 minutes.
6.8.17 If the innings of the team batting first is completed prior to the scheduled time for the Interval, it shall take place immediately and the innings of the team batting second will commence correspondingly earlier.
6.8.18 No drink intervals are permitted.
6.8.19 In uninterrupted matches (i.e. matches which are neither delayed nor interrupted)…
• Each team shall bat for 20 overs (or such reduced number of overs agreed by the captains under Rule 6.8.24 unless all out earlier.
• If the team fielding first fails to bowl the required number of overs by the scheduled time for the end of the 1st innings Rule 6.8.23 shall apply.
• If the team batting first is dismissed in fewer than 20 overs, the team batting second shall be entitled to bat for 20 overs.
• If the team fielding second fails to bowl 20 overs by the scheduled time for the end of the second innings, Rule 6.8.23 shall apply.

6.8.20 If playing time has been lost in the innings of the team batting first then…

• the revised number of overs to be bowled in the match shall be based on a rate of 4 minutes per over in the total time available for play (i.e. time already played added to time remaining though not including the time allocated to the interval
• To constitute a match, a minimum of 5 overs have to be bowled to the team batting second (including any overs for which penalty runs may have been awarded under Rule 6.8.23) unless a result has been achieved earlier.
• Interruptions to the match will be handled as per the generic ECB rules for non-first class cricket.
• If the team fielding first fails to bowl the revised number of overs by the specified time Rule 6.8.23 shall apply.
• In all reduced overs matches both teams will be given one over’s leeway in addition to any time that the Umpires might allow for stoppages. Allowances prior to a stoppage are carried forward for the purposes of the application of Rule 6.8.23 only – they do not influence the recalculated number of overs or the scheduled close of either innings.

6.8.21 If playing time has been lost in the innings of the team batting second and…
• When it is not possible for the team batting second to have the opportunity of receiving its allocated or, revised allocation of overs in the playing time available then, the number of overs shall be reduced at a rate of 4 mins per over in respect of the aggregated lost playing time.
• However, should the innings of the team batting first have been completed prior to the scheduled time for the commencement of the interval then, any calculation relating to the revision of overs shall not be effective until an amount of time equivalent to that by which the second innings started early has elapsed. Should the calculations result in a fraction of an over then, the fraction shall be ignored. In the event of a suspension occurring in the middle of an over, the number of total overs lost will be calculated as above and the innings of the team batting second will continue from the point of the interruption.
• A rescheduled time for the close of play will be fixed by applying a rate of 4 minutes per over in respect of each over already bowled and/or re-scheduled to be bowled in the innings (the timing and duration of all relative delays and interruptions in play with respect to the second innings will be taken into account in specifying this time.) This calculation should not cause the match to finish earlier than the time that was set for the cessation of play at the commencement of the second innings.
• If the team fielding second fails to bowl the revised overs by the scheduled close of play Rule 6.8.23 shall apply. In all reduced overs matches the fielding team will be given 1 over leeway in addition to any time that the umpires might allow for stoppages. Allowances prior to a stoppage are carried forward for the purposes of the application of Rule 6.8.23 only – they do not influence the recalculated number of overs or the scheduled close of play.

6.8.21 In a match with no delays or interruptions, all sides are expected to be in position to bowl the first ball of the last of their 20 overs within 1 hr 20 minutes playing time. In the event of them failing to do so, the batting side will be credited with the runs scored in their most productive previous over, followed by the runs scored in the second most productive over etc. The uncompleted overs will not be bowled.
6.8.22 Batsmen have 90 seconds to be in a position to receive the next delivery otherwise, they will be dismissed on appeal. Where a club has only one sightscreen they will be responsible for the immediate movement of sightscreens during the match. Under exceptional conditions (e.g. for an injury or consultation) if, the umpires time should be added on then, the fielding captain and the batsmen at the crease must be informed immediately. If the innings is delayed or interrupted the fielding side will have leeway of one additional over. The Umpires shall inform the fielding team’s Captain when taking the field for the first time and, on every subsequent occasion if play is interrupted by the weather, the scheduled cessation time for that innings. Umpires shall apply the penalty run Laws for time wasting especially strictly, bearing in mind that conditions for play are likely to be difficult by 9.10pm. Batsmen must be ready for the start of a new over as soon as the bowler is ready.
6.8.23 If both Captains agree prior to the commencement of a match that weather is likely to intervene, they may agree to start the match with a reduced number of overs match providing that a minimum number of 5 overs is to be received by each Club. In these circumstances, the game as agreed between the Captains may start at any time which allows the agreed number of overs together with a reduced interval of 10 minutes to be completed by 9.00pm. Once that is no longer possible, the match must either be abandoned or, the overs reduced in accordance with Rule 6.8.20 to 6.8.22.
6.8.24 The Captain of the batting side may not declare his innings closed at any time during the course of a match.
6.8.25 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 (including any penalty runs imposed under Rule 6.8.23) shall be the winner. In the event of the scores being tied, the following shall apply…
• In a Group Stage match, if the match is tied and the runs per over are equal, each team shall be awarded 1 point.
• In a quarter-final semi-final or final, the team losing the fewer number of wickets shall be the winner.
• In a semi-final or final, if the result cannot be decided by least wickets lost then the winner shall be the team with the higher score after 6 overs, or if still equal after 5 overs, or if still equal after 4 overs etc.

6.8.26 If weather delays or interrupts the match resulting in the team batting second being unable to receive the same number of overs as the team batting first then, unless the team batting second has achieved the required winning total, the result will be determined by DL provided a minimum of 5 overs have been received by the side batting second.
6.8.27 No Ball -the penalty for a front foot no-ball will be a free hit as per ECB regulations.
6.8.28 Wide Ball – as per generic ECB regulations for non-first class cricket.
6.8.29 Fielding restrictions – as per generic ECB regulations for non-first class cricket.
6.8.30 Unfair Play – as per generic ECB regulations for non-first class cricket.
6.8.31 The home club is responsible for moving sight screens and retrieving lost balls.
6.9 BOWL OUTS

6.9.1 If a match cannot be completed as above and both teams agree then, a Bowl Out using the following procedure can be used to determine the winning team.

• The Umpires shall be in sole charge and their decision shall be final.
• 5 players from each team in the order nominated to the umpires, will each bowl 2 fair over-arm deliveries at a wicket and from a wicket (conforming to Law 8, e.g. including bails) pitched at a distance of 22 yards with, if practicable, bowling, popping and return creases (conforming to Law 9).
• If the original match has started, the 5 cricketers to take part in the ‘bowl-out’ must be selected from the 11 players named on the team sheet. If there has been no play in the original match (i.e. the toss has not taken place), the 5 cricketers may be selected from any of the players in the squad as registered on Play Cricket.
• The captains will toss a coin and the winner will decide which team bowls first.
• One umpire will stand at the bowlers end to adjudge ‘no balls’, the other will stand at square leg to remake the wicket and check the position of a wicket-keeper, he will also look for No Balls (bowlers action) and for the ball pitching prior to the stumps.
• Each team will appoint a wicket-keeper to stand behind the wicket but out of reach of the stumps.
• The same suitably acceptable ball (not a new one) will be used by both teams. If this ball becomes wet, it may be changed subject to the Umpires’ approval.
• If a bowler bowls a ‘No Ball’ it will count as 1 of his 2 deliveries but will not count towards the score of the team.
• A fair delivery must pitch before reaching the wicket and only bounce once.
• The first bowler from ‘Team A’ will bowl 2 deliveries then the first bowler from ‘Team B’ will bowl 2 deliveries, then the second bowler from ‘Team A’ will bowl 2 deliveries, etc.
• The team which bowls down the wicket (as defined in Law 28.1) most times shall be the winner.