Oxfordshire Cricket Association 2019
 

Oxfordshire Cricket Association Match Rules and Playing Conditions 2019

Registration and Eligibility of Players

1.

a) All players must comply with the OCA Registration Rules. The Registration Secretary shall have the right to refuse or terminate the registration of any player deemed not appropriate to play in the Association’s competitions.

b) The full name, address, date of birth (if in the under 19 age group of the season concerned – i.e. under 19 at midnight on 31st August the previous year) and category of each player must be registered with the Registration Secretary. The minimum age group to be eligible to play in OCA competitions is under 13 i.e. age 12 or over at midnight on 31st August the previous year. This is subject to exemption for players in the under 12 age group that fulfil the necessary criteria as specified in ECB guidelines for junior players selected for an appropriate county squad.

c) Clubs must list their players who will be selected to play in the Association’s competitions on the website by 23rd April Clubs must ensure that all players listed have consented to play for their club for the season in question, whether or not they played for the same club in the previous season.

d) Subsequent applications to register additional players must be made on the website. Applications for players fully eligible under these rules can be made up to and including 31 July and such players may play from the date of registration onwards. Applications from 1 August will only be allowed at the discretion of the Registration Secretary. The Registration Secretary will, in these circumstances, determine whether the registration will be allowed and, if relevant, the first date on which the player may participate in the Association’s competitions.

e) Failure to register players by 23rd April may result in a penalty being imposed against that club in accordance with Bye-law 2.

f) Contracts between clubs and players for the payment of any sum of money (including travel costs) or other remuneration or reward, are not allowed in the OCA, except with the express written authority of the Executive. Any player wishing to be involved in the “Chance to Shine” or similar programmes must obtain a letter from the County Board confirming that the player is approved and being paid by the Board.

g) A club may not assist a third party in the payment to a player of any sum of money or other remuneration or reward, which if paid by the club to the player directly would be a breach of these rules.

h) If the Executive believes that a third party is paying any sum of money or other remuneration or reward which if paid by the club to the player directly would be a breach of these rules, the Executive can take action against the club, as if the club were in breach of these rules.

i) The Executive reserves the right to ask for and to verify by sight any information it requires concerning a possible breach of payment rules. A breach of payment rules will be treated as an offence under these Rules.

2.

The Registration Secretary shall scrutinise the club’s submitted lists of players and if he has any doubt as to the validity of any player taking part in any Competition regarding eligibility, payment or otherwise, he shall have the power to call upon such player or the Club for which he plays to prove to his satisfaction that he is properly qualified according to these Rules. Failing such satisfactory proof the Registration Secretary shall disqualify such player from the Associations competitions and may remove such Club from the Competition (or take such other action as, in the circumstances, he may think necessary under these rules).

3.

Players must be genuine members of the Club. A player shall not be considered a genuine member of a club if they have any debt owing to another Club from the current or previous season.

4.

a) Any player registered in the current season in any Saturday league competition outside the Oxfordshire Cricket Association shall not be allowed to participate in any of the Oxfordshire Cricket Association League or Cup Competitions, except by permission of the Registration Secretary.

b) This rule does not apply to all players of a club that has a team in another Saturday league in so far as they are playing for the same club in that other league.

c) This rule does not apply however to all players in, or below, the Under 17 age group.

5.

a) No player may play for more than one Club in the Association’s Leagues and Cup competitions during any one season, except under the Player Pool, as per sub-section b below, or with the permission of the Registration Secretary.

b) A player may play for another club under the Player Pool, where permission has been given, following the provisions and procedures in Bye-Law 8.

c) Under no circumstances may an individual play for more than one team competing in the same Cup competition in the same season.

6.

a) All clubs with two sides will nominate 6 players of appropriate ability as their first team and record this on the website by 23rd April. For each additional team 4 players of appropriate ability should be nominated. No players need be nominated for a club’s lowest ranked team. Nominated players should appear regularly at their level and be should available for selection from the start of the season.

b) The Registration Secretary will scrutinise these nominations and advise the club concerned if he feels changes are necessary.

c) Where a nominated player has not appeared in the first 5 matches of the season the Registrations Secretary may require the club to nominate a further player in addition to the originally nominated player. If the originally nominated player subsequently becomes available the club will then be allowed to reduce the number of nominated players to the original number, the player concerned to be mutually agreed with the Registration Secretary based on appearances and performance/ability.

d) No nominated player may play below their selected level in any competition without the permission of the Registration Secretary. Other players may play in any team until they have played 10 matches (league or cup) in that level at which point they may not play below that level without the permission of the Registration Secretary. In the case of clubs with more than 2 teams, matches played at a higher level shall be combined. A regular 1st XI player may not be dropped directly to a 3rd XI without the permission of the Registration Secretary. Also a recent regular 1st XI player may not be dropped from the 2nd XI to the 3rd XI without the permission of the Registration Secretary.

e) Rules 6a to 6d above will apply to any club with teams that do not play in the OCA in the same manner as if all of that clubs teams did play in the OCA." 

f) Once a player has played in a cup competition after the preliminary round they shall not play below that level in any other cup competitions without the permission of the Registration Secretary.

g) No player may play in any round of a cup competition without the permission of the Registration Secretary, unless they are eligible as below.

    1. All registered players shall be eligible to play in any round of a cup competition up to and including quarter finals, subject to the player’s registration having been approved, and remaining approved at the date of the match.
    2. For a semi-final a player must have played in a minimum of 2 league or cup matches, at that level or below.
    3. For a final a player must have played in a minimum of 3 league or cup matches at that level or below.

    To be eligible for cup competitions below the 1st XI, rules 6d , 6e and 6f are applicable in addition to this rule.

h) All new player registrations must indicate the level at which that player will play. The Registration Secretary will refuse to allow any player he considers to be of 1st XI ability permission to play at a lower level. Where a new registration or a delayed appearance in a season indicates a player is playing at too low a level, the Registration Secretary will refuse to allow that player to continue playing below the level he considers acceptable.

i) Any breach of the sub-sections of this rule will be treated as an offence and liable to penalties as set out in Bye-Law 2.

7.

Separate squads for cup semi-finals and, if successful, finals must be recorded on the website at least 7 days before the match is due to take place. No player may play unless they are in the squad and approved to play. This includes a named 12th man.

 

Fixtures and Points

8.

a) In all competition matches the first named team shall be considered the home team and the game will be played at their normal ground as notified at the beginning of the season.

b) In the event of a side not attending the match, that side shall be deemed to have forfeited the match 1 hour after the scheduled start time (unless agreed earlier). In this case the umpires will be paid as if the match had taken place and the cost will be borne entirely by the side not attending.

9.

Where a club does not have its own ground the first named (home) team must notify the opposition captain of the venue for the match not later than 9pm on the Tuesday preceding the match. Failure to do so may result in penalties being imposed against that club in accordance with these rules. The penalty will be levied by the Fixtures Secretary. Opposition captains must notify the Fixtures Secretary if they have not been made aware of the match venue by this time.

10.

Each Club shall play home and away matches in accordance with the published fixtures unless otherwise rearranged. Points awarded will be as follows:

  1. The winning team shall be awarded 20 points plus any bonus points.
  2. Teams shall be awarded bowling points to a maximum of 5 as follows:
    1. 1st point for second wicket
    2. 2nd point for fourth wicket
    3. 3rd point for sixth wicket
    4. 4th point for eighth wicket
    5. 5th point for final wicket (even if not the tenth or in the event of a declaration)
  3. Teams shall be awarded batting points to a maximum of 5 as follows:
    1. 1st point for 70 runs
    2. 2nd point for 110 runs
    3. 3rd point for 145 runs
    4. 4th point for 175 runs
    5. 5th point for 200 runs
  4. If the team batting second wins the game it gains an additional batting point for every two wickets that remain standing. The total batting points may not exceed 5.
  5. In the event of the scores being level at the completion of the second innings both teams shall be awarded 10 points plus any bonus points. No account shall be taken of wickets lost. (However see 16 (e) for cup fixtures)
  6. In the event of a game not starting due to weather or unforeseen circumstances both teams shall be awarded 5 points.
  7. In the event of a game being abandoned after the start due to weather or unforeseen circumstances both teams shall be awarded 5 points + bonus points.
  8. All pitches and outfields must be presented to a playable standard. If deemed to be dangerous by the umpires, either before play or within the first 15 overs, the home team will forfeit the game, lose 20 points and pay for teas and all umpires fees, with the visiting team being awarded 20 points. (This rule does not apply if the games is rained off)
  9. Where a team concedes a game the penalties defined in the Bye-Laws shall apply. (See Rule 17)
  10. If a team already assured of promotion or relegation concedes a fixture causing a change in league positions such that another side is promoted or relegated a playoff match between the sides affected will be scheduled on a following weekend.
  11. Under no circumstances may clubs play a match for double points.
  12. If a league match is abandoned or cancelled because of bad weather there will be no re-arrangement.
11.

Under no circumstances will any league or cup match be played as a combined fixture in order to obtain a dual result.

12.

In the event of two or more clubs being equal on points, the following shall be used in order until a winner is reached:

  1. the team with most wins
  2. the team with least games lost
  3. the team with most ties
  4. the team with the greater runs scored per wickets lost over the whole season for all matches in that division.
13.

  1. Fixtures shall not be changed from the published fixtures list without prior permission from the Fixtures Secretary.
  2. In exceptional circumstances league and cup fixtures may be rearranged by mutual consent, and with the agreement of the Fixtures Secretary, provided that the Fixtures Secretary is notified and gives his consent not later than 12 noon on the Sunday preceding the date of the fixture. The Fixtures Secretary must notify the Cups Secretary, General Secretary, the Umpires Secretary, the Registration Secretary and the Media and Results Secretary.
14.

a) In the event of a club being unable to fulfil all league and cup fixtures on any day, the playing of the more senior fixture (s) shall take preference. It is the responsibility of the home side to speak to the Umpires and Fixtures Secretaries and record on the website immediately a fixture is conceded. Answer phone messages, faxes, e-mails or text messages will not be considered sufficient. If the Umpires Secretary cannot be spoken to, the home side must telephone both umpires as recorded on the website.

b) Where there is more than one fixture on a particular day, the senior sides(s) must not wilfully have fewer players than the junior side(s).

15.

Cup Replays

  1. Cup games postponed, except finals, shall be played on the Sunday of the following weekend. Airey, Telegraph, Steve Dixon Memorial, Osberton Radiators and Keith Crump Centenary Cup games are to have preference over all league fixtures.
  2. For all cup finals postponed shall be played on a date specified by the Fixtures Secretary.
  3. Saturday re-plays will only be permitted if the weather is such on Sundays between rounds that the game has not been decided by the Saturday scheduled for the next round. In this case the undecided match will take place on that Saturday and the matches originally scheduled for that day shall be played as clause (a). Matches not completed shall be played on the ground as in the original draw.
  4. Cup games which have been abandoned due to bad light or weather shall be considered void and replayed.
  5. In the event of the scores being level at the completion of the second innings, in all cup competitions, the team who has lost the least wickets shall be the winner. In the event of wickets being equal a “Super Over” eliminator shall be played.

(See Law 16 and additional cup rules for Super Over regulations)

16.

Any team unable to fulfil a published fixture should inform the other team by 12 noon on the Sunday preceding the date of the fixture. Failure to do so will result in the offending team being considered to have lost the match and may result in penalties being imposed against that club in accordance with these rules. The Fixtures Secretary will decide of the award of points, if any, should any fixture remain unfulfilled. In principle, it is the responsibility of the home team to ensure a fixture takes place yet the burden lies with the away team to accommodate any reasonable request for rearrangement.

17.

Any away club cancelling a game less than 24 hours before a match may be liable for the full cost of their teas to the home club. Failure to reimburse the home team within 2 weeks of the fixture may incur additional penalties being imposed against that club in accordance with these rules. This additional penalty will be levied by the General Secretary.

18.

In the event of ground, weather or light issues games may only be cancelled by telephoning directly to the visiting club contact. Answer phone messages, faxes, e-mails or text messages will not be considered sufficient. The Umpires Secretary and the Fixtures Secretary must also be informed at the same time. The cancellation must also be recorded on the website immediately. The home club should then inform the appointed umpires unless the Umpires Secretary has agreed to do so himself. Failure to comply with any part of this rule may result in penalties being imposed under Bye-law 2.

19.

The maximum charge for teas to the visiting team will be £40

20.

A copy of these Match Rules and also OCA Playing Conditions for the current season must be available at the ground on the day of any game. This may be in hard copy or electronic forms. Failure to comply with this rule resulting in undue delay to the game shall be reported to the League Executive by the umpires and the away team.

 

Conduct of the Game

The MCC Laws governing the game of cricket will operate unless amended by regulation below.

The OCA Match Rules regarding the conduct of the game have been restructured to follow the outline of the MCC Laws of Cricket 2017 Code.

The scheduled start time for league and cup games shall be 1:30 pm unless otherwise notified by the Executive.

In addition, in all OCA matches, clubs must adhere to all ECB Directives regarding young players

The captain shall be responsible for indicating those players affected on the result card and confirming restrictions with the umpires.

Law 1 – The Players – will apply with the additions:

a) Any team with less than 7 players present 1 hour after the scheduled start time (or as agreed earlier) shall be deemed to have forfeited the match

b) In this case the umpires will be paid as if the match had taken place.

c) Captains must have provided the umpires with all their players' names and ID numbers on the result sheet and names on the team card before the toss.

d) The Umpires will enforce this rule and will report cases of late compliance with this rule to the Umpires Secretary and to the Media and Results Secretary.

e) In Divisions 1-6 no bowler shall bowl more than one quarter of the available overs in an innings in any league or cup match. If this figure is not a whole number of overs it shall be rounded up to the next whole over.In Divisions 7 North and 7 South no bowler shall bowl more than one fifth plus one of the available overs. (e.g. 40 overs = 4 bowlers bowl 9 overs, one bowls 4 overs) (See additional conditions for Cup competitions)

f) If, in a rain affected match, that number of overs has already been bowled (or exceeded) that bowler may not bowl again.

Law 2 – The Umpires – will apply with the additions:

a. It is the duty of Competing Clubs to register one Umpire for each division of the league in which they are competing. Registration of Umpires with the Umpires Secretary shall be made by the date to be notified by the Umpires Secretary. All appointed umpires must be capable of taking on the full responsibilities of the position.

b. The Umpires Secretary shall appoint two umpires for each match. The Umpires Secretary will notify the home club of umpires appointed, together with their telephone numbers. The home club will report cases of late arrival or non-attendance to the Umpires Secretary.

c. The expenses allowed for each Umpire are to be borne equally by both teams. Payment is to be made on the day of the match prior to the toss. These expenses are inclusive of travelling expenses. Umpires shall also be provided with teas, both clubs bearing this expense equally.

d. Should an umpiring commitment be covered by a rota, having been previously agreed with the Umpires Secretary, the club shall ensure that the commitment is met.

e. For all League and Cup Matches umpires shall be paid £40.00 each. Umpires standing alone shall be paid £60.00 borne equally by both teams provided that they stand throughout the game at the bowlers end. The batting side shall provide an umpire at square leg. All League and Cup Matches £10.00 per umpire if the umpire(s) is (are) in attendance but the game is cancelled prior to the start.

f. Adverse weather regulations

In the event of a poor weather forecast the umpires and captains together may reduce the match up to the minimum of 25 overs per side before play has started. Once agreed, a match shall not then be “extended” if the rain fails to arrive.

Under no circumstances may a match be foreshortened for anything other than weather.

If no agreement can be reached the match will begin as a game of 45 (or 40 in Divs 7N/7S) overs a side.

g. Delayed Start or Interruption(s) during the 1st innings.

For weather interruptions which delay the start or happen during the 1st innings:

Overs shall be lost at a rate of one over from each side for each 7 minutes lost.

The number of overs shall not be less than 25 per side

A maximum of 2 hours and 20 minutes may be lost. (If tea is taken during the delay or interruption a maximum of 2 hours 40 minutes may be lost.)

This means that play must have started by 4:10pm for a 25 over match.


h. Interruption(s) during the 2nd innings.

For weather interruptions which happen during the 2nd innings the team batting second shall have the TARGET required and OVERS reduced as follows:

(These reductions can be made in the second innings even if a decision had been made prior to the start to reduce the number of overs available to each team. The indicative minimum of 25 overs still applies)

OVERS - the 2nd innings overs shall be reduced at the rate of 1 over for every 3½ minutes lost.

TARGET - the adjusted target for the side batting second is calculated by dividing the first innings score by the number of overs allocated (this will not necessarily be the overs used, e.g. side all out or declaration) to give the run rate (rounded to 2 decimal places).

This run rate is then multiplied by the number of overs lost. 75% of this figure is then calculated (rounded down to whole runs) to give the runs adjustment.

The par score (to tie) is then the first innings total minus the runs adjustment. The target is therefore 1 more than this.

Wickets lost shall not be a part of this calculation.

The revised target must be calculated by the umpires before play resumes and communicated to both captains. If no umpires attend the revised target must be agreed by both captains. If agreement cannot be reached the match shall be abandoned and a full report of events reported to the Results Secretary by each captain for adjudication.


i) Target Score Regulations

At any rain break in the second innings no calculation of target score is made until a decision has been made that play can restart. (i.e. No restart, no result)

Once the umpires agree that play can restart they will set a time for this restart and they will calculate how many overs remain to be bowled in the second innings and calculate the Target Score.

If the side batting second have already surpassed this target they will be deemed to have won the game.

Second Innings of 25 or more overs. If the total number of overs available in the second innings is 25 overs or more the game will continue as normal with a revised Target Score calculated as in 2 h) above.

Second Innings of less than 25 overs. If the total number of overs available in the second innings is less than 25 and the batting side score the required Target Score they are declared the winners.

If the batting side are dismissed during this period then the bowling side are declared the winners.

If the Target Score is not achieved and the batting side are not dismissed then the match is declared a wet weather no result and 5 points are awarded per side, plus bonus points achieved.

j) Where the interruption occurs during the 1st innings and extends into the 2nd innings , the 1st innings should be declared complete and umpires should calculate the overs for the 2nd innings based on:

One over deducted for each 7 minutes lost from the time play was suspended until the point the 1st innings has no overs left.

One over deducted for each 3½ minutes lost from that point

k) The time allowed for the completion of overs in the above cases will be calculated at a rate of 3.5 minutes per over. If this time is exceeded penalty runs will apply as in 13 d) below but one over leeway will be allowed in all shortened games

l) Tea can be taken at any point during the interruption, and will stop the reduction in overs for 20 minutes.

m) If the first innings is declared closed mid over then only whole overs bowled shall be counted as the 1st innings overs but the score as is shall stand.

n) Both captains shall mark the umpires according to the grading system and form as set out in Bye Law 4

Law 3 – The Scorers – will apply with the additions:

a) Two scorebooks must be maintained throughout each match.

b) A score board displaying runs scored, wickets taken and overs bowled must be visible to the umpires and players on the field of play and must be updated at least at the end of each over. The batting captain is responsible for maintaining the score board

Law 4 – The Ball –will apply with the addition:

a) Both teams shall provide a ball and in reasonable condition for each match. These balls shall be handed to the umpires before the toss for innings. All games will be played using traditional leather balls. No synthetic or part synthetic (e.g. plastic injected) substitutes will be accepted.(Wording to be amended for 2020 season to take account of standard ball decision)

Law 5 – The Bat – will apply (Note – new Laws on bat sizes do not come into operation until 2020 season)

Law 6 – The Pitch – will apply

Law 7 – The Creases will apply

Law 8 – The Wickets – will apply

Law 9 – Preparation and Maintenance of the playing area – will apply with the addition:

a) For all league and cup matches an inner fielding ring shall be marked by two semi-circles 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. The ends of each semi-circle shall be joined to the other by a straight line drawn on the field parallel to the pitch. The fielding restriction area should be marked by 'dots' at five-yard intervals, each 'dot' to be covered by a white plastic or rubber (but not metal) disc.

(See also Law 28 Fielders for restrictions)

Law 10 – Covering the pitch – will apply

Law 11 – Intervals – will be replaced by:

a) There will be a 20 minutes allowance for tea

b) Tea will normally be taken between innings but this may be moved with the agreement of umpires and both captains.

c) Where tea is taken away from the ground Umpires will allow what they consider a reasonable extension.

d) If a tea interval is not taken there will be a ten minute interval between innings.

e) Drinks intervals will be agreed between captains and umpires prior to the Toss and Law 11.8, 11.9 and 11.10 will apply

Law 12 – Start of play; cessation of play

Laws 12.1 to 12.4 will apply

Laws 12.5 to 12.11 are not relevant to OCA cricket

Law 13 – Innings – 13.1 will be replaced by:

a) Matches will be decided on a single innings each.

b) The number of overs available per innings will be as below but shall not be less than 25 overs per side. (See Law 2 Adverse weather regulations above)

Divisions 1-6 will play a maximum of 45 overs per side Divisions 7 North and 7 South will play a maximum of 40 overs per side (See additional conditions for cup competitions below)

c) An innings should, except in exceptional circumstances, be completed within: Divisions 1-6 - 2 hours 45 minutes playing time. Divisions 7 North and 7 South – 2 hours 25 minutes playing time. (Note Laws 2 f-k above for time calculations in reduced overs games).

Umpires will calculate the time allowed for the completion of any innings and inform the captains of the cut off time before the commencement or recommencement of play for each innings. (Any part minutes in such calculations to be rounded up)

d) Any full overs remaining un-bowled after that time will incur a penalty of 6 runs per over against the fielding side.

e) Any such penalties should be added to the batting side’s score immediately on the calculated playing time or time as amended in 2 g) below.

f) The innings will be completed except where the team batting second is awarded penalty runs under this rule such that they have won the game. Umpires are to report all incidents to the Umpires Secretary and Results Secretary.

g) Umpires are empowered to make time for stoppages outside of the control of the fielding side. e.g. lost balls, injuries etc. Any such allowances must be agreed by the two umpires at the time of the occurrence and notified to the teams and scorers at that time. Such time shall not be subject to retrospective negotiation. Drinks breaks will not be regarded as playing time.

Law 13.2 will not apply

Law 13.3 will apply

Law 13.4 – The Toss will apply with the following additions:

a) The toss for innings shall take place a minimum of 15 minutes before the scheduled start time for the match. (i.e. 1:15pm/1315) If the captain of either side is not present one of the nominated players from that team shall conduct the toss and immediately inform the opposing captain and umpires of his decision to bat or field.

b) A team shall have at least 7 players present at the ground before the toss. If this is not the case the toss will be delayed until 7 players are present. (also See Law 1 a) above)

c) In the event of any other delay to the toss occasioned by anything other than weather or bad light the overs reductions as set out in d) below will apply.

d) If the toss is delayed by any of a) b) or c) above the umpires will reduce the overs available to the side deemed responsible for the delay at a rate of one over per 31/2 minutes of time delayed from the time initially scheduled for the toss up to a maximum of 10 overs.

e) For the sake of clarity this time period will run from the time scheduled for the toss to take place (1:15/1315) or as amended due to weather or light conditions) until the toss actually takes place. The umpires will then start the game as soon as reasonably practicable following the actual toss.

Law 14 – The Follow on – will not apply

Law 15 – Declaration and Forfeiture – 15.1 and 15.3 will apply, 15.2 will not apply

Additionally – if a side declares its innings closed they will be deemed to have lost 10 wickets.

Law 16 – The result – will apply as appropriate to one innings cricket specifically:

a) The side which has scored in its one innings a total of runs in excess of that scored by the opposing side in its one completed innings shall win the match

b) In league matches in the event of the scores being level at the completion of the second innings no account shall be taken of wickets lost and the match will be deemed a tie.

c) For Cup competitions in the event of the scores being level at the completion of the second innings, the team who has lost the least wickets shall be the winner. In the event of wickets being equal the game will be decided by a “Super Over”.

(See additional cup rules for Super Over regulations)

d) For league points awarded from any game see OCA match rule 10 above

e) The home side shall be responsible for submitting results (complete with umpires’ grading) and match reports in accordance with current Bye laws. Failure to do so may result in penalties being imposed against that club in accordance with these rules.

f) The away side shall be responsible for a ground assessment in accordance with the current Bye Laws. Failure to do so may result in penalties being imposed against that club in accordance with these rules.

Law 17 – The Over – shall apply

Law 18 – Scoring runs – shall apply

Law 19 – Boundaries – will apply

Law 20 – Dead Ball – will apply

Law 21 – No Ball – will apply with the addition:

Free Hit after all No Balls

a) The delivery following any No Ball shall be a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it.

b) 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 shall become a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it.

c) 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.

d) Field changes are not permitted for free hit deliveries unless there is a change of striker or the No Ball was the result of a field restriction breach in which case the field may be changed to the extent of correcting the breach. However, 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.

e) The umpires shall signal a free hit by (after the normal no ball signal) extending one arm straight upwards and moving it in a circular motion.

(Reference OCA Bye Law 6 – Bowlers actions)

Law 22 – Wide Ball – will apply

Law 23 – Bye and Leg Bye – will apply

Law 24 – Fielder’s absence; substitutes – will apply

Law 25 – Batsman’s innings; runners – will apply

Law 26 – Practice on the field – will apply

Law 27 – The Wicket Keeper – will apply

Law 28 – The Fielder – will apply with the additional fielding restrictions referencing Law 9 addition above:

a) For the first one third of the overs available (rounded down, i.e. in a 35 over match the restrictions apply for the first 11 overs) at the instant of delivery there shall be no more than 2 fielders outside the fielding restrictions area as defined in Law 9 above.

b) For the remaining overs no more than 5 fielders shall be allowed outside of the fielding restrictions area at the instant of delivery

c) This will also apply where the overs available to only one team have been reduced due to late arrival, late start of the match or any other reason.

d) These fielding restrictions will apply irrespective of how many players the fielding side have on the field of play.

e) In the case of infringement the square-leg umpire shall call and signal no ball as soon as the ball is delivered.

f) If the striker’s end umpire is in any doubt about whether or not a moving fielder was in the circle at the point of delivery then he shall call and signal No Ball.

g) Signal should be repeated to scorers by Bowler’s end umpire

h) In the event of the Striker’s End (square leg) Umpire failing to call and signal No Ball when the fielding restrictions in this playing condition have been breached, or when Law 28.4 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 batsmen may draw the matter to the Umpires’ attention. This must be done before the bowler starts his run up for the next delivery. If the Umpires are able to verify the breach they shall call and signal No Ball retrospectively. If the Umpires are unable to verify the breach then they shall confirm that the events of the delivery shall be unchanged.

Law 29 – The wicket is down – shall apply

Law 30 – Batsman out of his/her ground – will apply

Law 31 – Appeals – will apply

Law 32 – Bowled – will apply

Law 33 – Caught – will apply

Law 34 – Hit ball twice – will apply

Law 35 – Hit wicket – will apply

Law 36 – Leg before wicket – will apply

Law 37 – Obstructing the field – will apply (Now also incorporates Handled the Ball)

Law 38 – Run out – will apply

Law 39 – Stumped – will apply

Law 40 – Timed out – will apply

Law 41 – Unfair play – will apply

Law 42 - Players’ conduct – actions of the umpires regarding on field sanctions will apply.

Member clubs are responsible for the behaviour of their supporters, officials, members and players and for ensuring that they understand the Laws of Cricket, the ECB Code of Conduct and Spirit of Cricket, these Rules and any other relevant regulations.

Any breaches of the above will be dealt with as detailed in the Oxfordshire Cricket Association Disciplinary Regulations.

Additional Regulations for Cup Competitions

Innings

Airey and Telegraph Cups – shall be played over a maximum of 40 overs per innings (2 hours 25 minutes playing time).

Steve Dixon and Osberton Radiators Cups – shall be played over a maximum of 35 overs per side (2 hours 10 minutes playing time).

Bowling restrictions

In all cup competitions no bowler may bowl more than one fifth of the available overs (Where total overs are not divisible by 5 an additional over shall be allowed to the number of overs per bowler necessary to make up the balance. (e.g. in a 33 over game 3 bowlers may bowl 7 overs and no other bowler more than 6).

Super Over Regulations for Cup Competitions

a) Subject to weather conditions the Super Over shall commence 10 minutes after the conclusion of the match.

b) The Super Over will take place on the pitch allocated for the match (the designated pitch) unless otherwise determined by the umpires in consultation with the ground authority.

c) In both innings Super Over, the fielding side shall choose from which end to bowl.

d) Only nominated players in the main match may participate in the one over per side eliminator. Should any player (including the batters and bowler) be unable to continue to participate in the Super Over due to injury, illness or other wholly acceptable reason, the relevant Laws and Playing Conditions as they apply in the main match shall also apply in the Super Over.

e) Each team’s over is played with the same fielding restrictions as apply for the final 2/3 of the normal match (i.e. no more than 5 fielders shall be allowed outside of the fielding restrictions area at the instant of delivery)

f) The team batting second in the match will bat first in the one over eliminator.

g) The Umpires shall select a ball which shall be used for both overs of the Super Over. The ball to be used shall not be a new ball.

h) The loss of two wickets in the over ends the team’s one over innings.

i) In the event of the teams having the same score after the Super Over has been completed, the team whose batters hit the most number of boundaries in the Super Over shall be the winner.

j) If still equal, a count-back from the final ball of the one over eliminator shall be conducted. The team with the higher scoring delivery shall be the winner. If a team loses two wickets during its over, then any un-bowled deliveries will be counted as dot balls. Note that for this purpose, the runs scored from a delivery is defined as the total team runs scored since the completion of the previous legitimate ball, i.e including any runs resulting from wides, no ball or penalty runs.

Example:

Runs scored from: Team 1 Team 2
Ball 6 1 1
Ball 5 4 4
Ball 4 2 1
Ball 3 6 2
Ball 2 0 1
Ball 1 2 6

In this example both teams scored an equal number of runs from the 6th and 5th ball of their innings. However team 1 scored 2 runs from its 4th ball while team 2 scored a single so team 1 is the winner.

k) If still equal, then another one over per side eliminator shall be played.

The Tony Pullinger 20-20 Cup Match Rules

1. To be eligible to participate in this competition all players must be registered on the OCA website and for the Preliminary & Round 1, have played one (1) cup or league fixture for their club. For Round 2 and Finals Day, two (2) appearances in a cup or league fixture are required.

2. Matches will be 20 overs a side, unless inclement weather prohibits this, in which case, providing both umpires agree, overs can be reduced down to a minimum of 10 overs a side.

3. There is no current provision for ties not to be played (bad weather or otherwise). Every effort should be made to fulfil the fixtures.

4. A circle or inner fielding ring shall be marked at 30 yards radius from centre of stump with a line parallel with the wicket. A minimum of four (4) fielders plus wicket-keeper and bowler shall remain inside the ring from the time the bowler commences his/her run up until the ball is delivered. For the first six (6) overs (3 in a 10 overs a side match), a maximum of only two (2) fielders are allowed outside the ring. In the case of infringement, the square-leg or strikers end umpire shall call and signal no ball.

5. A bowler is restricted to four (4) overs maximum, (2 overs in a 10 overs a side match) any part over to be completed and counted as one over for each bowler.

6. The fielding side must be bowling their final over within seventy five (75) minutes, being three and a half (3.3/4) minutes per over. The umpires shall allow additional time for lost balls, time wasting by the batting side, injuries and time lost through no fault of the fielding side, but not for time wasting by this side. Should the fielding side not bowl their overs in the amended time allowed by the umpires, they shall notify the captain of the fielding side and both batsman that a penalty of six (6) runs per over un-bowled is being awarded. The innings will be completed, except where the side batting second is awarded penalty runs under this rule such that they have won the game.

7. For Rounds 1 and 2 the home club will inform the Fixtures Secretary of the date, venue and starting time of matches when agreed with their opponents (Ideally this should be 6pm - but no later than 6.15pm). This information will be entered on the OCA website by the Fixtures Secretary and any changes required must be agreed with the Fixtures Secretary by e-mail in every case. The home side will also enter the result on the website within 24 hours and should inclement weather cause a further match to be arranged, repeat the processes. When reporting the result they will provide full details of the individual performances as is usual.

8. Captains must provide the umpires with all their players names and ID numbers on the result sheet and names on the team card and must toss for innings fifteen (15) minutes before the start time. No match will start until this has been done and the umpires have signed a completed result sheet. Overs will be deducted from the side(s) who fail to complete the card and sheet by this time at a rate of one (1) over per three and a half (3.3/4) minutes with a maximum deduction of five (5) overs. The umpires will enforce this rule and will report cases of late compliance with this rule to the Umpires Secretary and to the Media Secretary/Results Secretary.

9. In the event of a delay to the start of a match occasioned by the late arrival of one of the two teams, any consequent reduction in overs stipulated by the umpires will be applied solely to the innings of the team which has, in their opinion, been responsible for the late start. If the toss is delayed, the reduction in overs will start at the time scheduled for the toss, one (1) over per three and a half (3.3/4) minutes, with a maximum deduction of five (5) overs.

10. A team shall have at least seven (7) players at the toss and commencement of the match for it to be considered valid. The commencement of the match shall be delayed if either team has less than seven (7) players with the offending team penalised at the rate of one (1) over per three and a half (3.3/4) minutes with a maximum deduction of five (5) overs. Any team with less than seven (7) players half an hour (1/2) after the scheduled start shall be deemed to have forfeited the match. Also, should one side fail to attend the match, that side shall be deemed to have forfeited the match half an hour (1/2) after the scheduled start time. In these circumstances, the umpire’s costs shall be borne entirely by the side not attending.

11. Both teams shall provide a ball for each match. These balls shall be handed to the umpires before the toss for innings. All games will be played using a traditional leather ball. No synthetic or part synthetic (e.g. plastic injected) substitutes will be accepted.

12. The umpires are requested to be strict when considering wides. Offside wides. An extra lines should be marked 17" in from the side popping crease on both sides as a visible guide for offside wides. Leg side wides - anything passing outside the line of the body down the leg side. Except where the ball has passed between the batmen and the leg stump or the batsman has moved across to the offside to play to leg and failed to contact a ball that is deemed to have been a fair ball by the umpire.

13. In normal circumstances the winner of a match shall be the side scoring the most runs. If the runs are equal, the least wickets lost shall decide the winner. If wickets lost are equal there will be a count back to the highest score after 10 overs (plus wickets) then 5 overs (plus wickets) This will be repeated as necessary until one side has more runs than the other side, or if tied less wickets.

14. All no balls will be deemed a 'free hit'.

15. The mandatory penalty for fielding an ineligible player will be expulsion from this competition for that season, together with a twenty five (25) pound fine. If more than one ineligible player per club is proved the matter will be reported to the Disciplinary Co-ordinator to consider further penalties.

16. If a 12th man is nominated by a side he should be made know to the umpires and be present at the start of the game. A 12th man should only be required for injury or illness and no other reason.

17. The laws of cricket will apply in matters not specifically covered in these rules.

18. An OCA Executive sub-committee will decide any disputes. The decision(s) of this sub-committee will be final, as the lack of available time prohibits appeal meetings being arranged.

19. Coloured balls will be allowed.