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ICR i The BUCS Indoor Cricket Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the following BUCS sport specific regulations, the BUCS general regulations, and the Laws of Cricket shall apply together with any experimental rules and conditions laid down by the England & Wales Cricket Board for the recreational game in the preceding cricket season.

ICR ii In the event that these regulations contradict the BUCS general regulations, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

ICR iii In the event that these regulations contradict those of the Laws of Cricket, together with any experimental rules and conditions laid down by the England & Wales Cricket Board for the recreational game in the preceding cricket season, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.


ICR 1 Championship formats

ICR 1.1 Men’s leagues The competition will consist of regionalised leagues. Each league will typically comprise of 8 teams playing each other once at central venues on set match days, though this may vary subject to entry numbers.

ICR 1.1.1 For 2018-19, the leagues are split into ‘North’ and ‘South’ groupings as follows:
-    ‘North’: Scotland, Scotland & Northern A, Northern B, Northern C, Midlands A, Midlands B, Midlands C.
-    ‘South’: Western A, Western B, South Eastern A, South Eastern B, South Eastern C, South Eastern D.

ICR 1.2 Men’s knockout stages

ICR 1.2.1 Championship

ICR 1.2.1.1 At the conclusion of the leagues, there shall be Northern and Southern Championship Qualifier events. These shall comprise of all league winning 1st teams from the relevant leagues, plus from the ‘North’ the best performing 1st team finishing as runners-up and from the ‘South’ the 2 best performing 1st teams finishing as runners-up. The best performing runners-up shall be determined by Net Run Rate (NRR).

ICR 1.2.1.2 At the Northern and Southern Championship Qualifier events, teams shall be split into 2 groups of 4, from which the top 2 teams from each shall progress to the Super 8s Championship Final event.

ICR 1.2.1.3 At the Super 8s Championship Final event, the 8 teams shall be split into 2 groups of 4. The top 2 teams from each group shall progress to semi-final knockout matches, followed by the Championship Final.

ICR 1.2.2 Trophy

ICR 1.2.2.1 At the conclusion of the leagues, there shall be Northern and Southern Trophy Qualifier events. These shall comprise of any league winning 2nd teams from the relevant leagues, plus all 2nd teams finishing as runners-up. If this does not produce a full draw of 8 teams for either region, then the best performing 3rd teams (determined by NRR) shall be added until a full draw is achieved.

ICR 1.2.2.2 At the Northern and Southern Trophy Qualifier events, teams shall be split into 2 groups of 4, from which the top 2 teams from each shall progress to the Super 8s Trophy Final event.

ICR 1.2.2.3 At the Super 8s Trophy Final event, the 8 teams shall be split into 2 groups of 4. The top 2 teams from each group shall progress to semi-final knockout matches, followed by the Trophy Final.

ICR 1.3 Women’s leagues The competition will consist of regionalised leagues. Each league will typically comprise of between 6 and 8 teams playing each other once at central venues on set match days, though this may vary subject to entry numbers.

ICR 1.3.1 For 2018-19, the leagues are as follows:
-    Scotland and Northern, Midlands, Western, South Western, South Eastern.

ICR 1.4 Women’s knockout stages

ICR 1.4.1 Championship

ICR 1.4.1.1 At the conclusion of the leagues, there shall be a Super 8s Championship Final event. This shall comprise of all league winning 1st teams, plus the best performing 1st teams finishing as runners-up until a full draw of 8 teams is achieved. The best performing runners-up shall be determined by Net Run Rate (NRR).

ICR 1.4.1.2 At the Super 8s Championship Final event, the 8 teams shall be split into 2 groups of 4. The top 2 teams from each group shall progress to semi-final knockout matches, followed by the Championship Final.

ICR 2 Squad and team requirements

ICR 2.1 The maximum number of players in a squad is 10.

ICR 2.2 The maximum number of players in a match team is 6.

ICR 2.3 The minimum number of players required for a fixture to start will be 6.

ICR 2.4 The 6 team members for each game must be selected from the squad that is to be declared and submitted to the Tournament Director present 30 minutes prior to the start of a team’s first scheduled match per match day.

ICR 2.5 No additions or alterations may be made once the squad list is submitted for that round of competition/match day.

ICR 2.6 Pertinent to institutions with multiple teams; for each round of competition, player movement between squads is governed by REG 7.1.

ICR 2.7 Women playing in men’s teams

ICR 2.7.1 Female players may play for either men’s or women’s teams, however if a female player selects to play in a specific gender competition they must remain in that competition for the remainder of the season.

ICR 2.7.2 Up to a maximum of 2 female players are permitted in a team of 6 (4 in a squad of 10).

ICR 3 Kit All teams must wear matching playing shirts and teams are advised to avoid wearing red shirts.

ICR 4 Balls All match balls will be supplied by BUCS, specifications reliant on venue for use.

ICR 5 Match officials

ICR 5.1 Umpires BUCS will arrange umpires for all match days.

ICR 5.2 Scorers Each team is required to provide a competent scorer for all of their fixtures on all match days.

ICR 6 Venues BUCS will arrange all venues. Details of venues for all rounds of competition shall be published on the BUCS Indoor Cricket webpages.

ICR 7 Late withdrawal, late arrival or non-attendance Teams withdrawing after the Tuesday prior to a match weekend will be fined £75. Teams failing to arrive in time to adhere to ICR 2.4 and/or to take the pitch for the scheduled start of their match will be fined £100 per offence and concede the relevant fixture(s). Teams not attending an entire match day will be fined £100 per scheduled fixture, concede walkovers and may face further disciplinary action, in particular if additional general regulations are contravened.

ICR 8 Playing conditions The following regulations may be altered by the Tournament Director owing to constraints of the venue in which the matches are taking place. Please note: Unless otherwise indicated as being specific to the men’s game only, where the regulations state ‘batsmen/man/he/his/etc.’, the terms should be taken as referring to the women’s competition also.

ICR 8.1 Each match shall consist of 1 innings per team other than the Championship Final which may be the combined score from 2 innings per team if the final is played as a one-off match.

ICR 8.2 Each innings shall consist of a maximum of 10 overs of 6 balls.

ICR 8.3 There shall be a 5 minute interval between innings.

ICR 8.4 Batting 2 batsmen shall be at the wicket at all times during an innings.

ICR 8.4.1 In the event of a team losing 5 wickets within the permitted 10 overs, the last man shall continue batting with the fifth man out remaining at the wicket as a runner/non-striker only.

ICR 8.4.2 When a batsman reaches a personal total of 25 not out, he shall retire but may return to the crease in the event of his side being dismissed within the 10 overs. Retired batsmen must return in the order of retirement and can only take the place of a retiring or dismissed batsman. Should a batsman return and score a further 25 runs, he shall again retire and may subsequently return. 2 ‘live’ batsmen shall be at the wicket until such time as the fifth wicket has fallen.

ICR 8.5 Bowling No bowler shall bowl more than 3 overs. (In the case of a bowler becoming incapacitated, the over shall be completed by a bowler who has not bowled 3 overs even if they bowled the preceding over).

ICR 8.6 ‘No-Balls’ and ‘Wide-Balls’

ICR 8.6.1 Having bounced once, if the ball reaches or passes the batsman at or above shoulder height, standing in his normal stance, either umpire shall call and signal a ‘No-Ball’.

ICR 8.6.2 Regardless of the pace of delivery, if the ball reaches the batsman on the full at or above waist height, standing upright at the popping crease, either umpire shall call and signal a ‘No-Ball’.

ICR 8.6.3 A ball bouncing more than once before reaching the striker in his normal position will be called a ‘No-Ball’.

ICR 8.6.4 The laws relating to ‘Wides’ shall be strictly interpreted by the umpires.

ICR 8.6.5 No extra deliveries are added to an over in the event ‘No-Balls or Wide-Balls’ are bowled except in the final over of an innings or a Super Over (refer to ICR 11.5.1) both of which must contain 6 legal deliveries.

ICR 9 Scoring The scoring for Indoor Cricket shall take place as follows:

ICR 9.1 A ball struck to hit the boundary wall behind the bowler without first touching the floor or any other wall or ceiling shall count as 6 runs. If, however, the ball touches the floor but does not touch any of the other walls or the ceiling before hitting the boundary wall, then it shall count as 4 runs.

ICR 9.2 A ball struck to hit the ceiling or 1 or more of the side or back walls shall count 1 run, even if the ball subsequently hits the boundary wall. 2 additional runs shall be scored if the batsmen complete a run. (If the ball is struck to hit the ceiling or side or back wall and a batsman is then run out, the run for hitting the wall or ceiling shall be scored).

ICR 9.3 2 runs shall be scored if the striker plays the ball and it does not hit a wall direct and the batsmen complete a run.

ICR 9.4 A bye shall count as 1 run if the ball hits a wall; a leg-bye shall count as 1 run if the ball hits a wall. In each case if the batsmen complete a run, 2 additional runs shall be scored.

ICR 9.5 2 byes or 2 leg-byes shall be scored if the batsmen complete a run without the ball hitting a wall.

ICR 9.6 A ‘No-Ball’ shall score 3 penalty runs, recorded as a ‘No-Ball’ extra, in addition to any other runs scored under ICR 9.6.2 – ICR 9.6.4 below.

ICR 9.6.1 If the striker hits a ‘No-Ball’, the number of runs resulting, as specified in ICR 9.6.2 – ICR 9.6.4, shall be added to his score.

ICR 9.6.2 If the batsman does not strike the ball and completes a run, 2 runs shall be credited under ‘No-Ball’ extras. If the ball hits the ceiling, or any wall, an additional run shall be scored as a ‘No-Ball’ extra.

ICR 9.6.3 If the batsman does not hit the ball and it goes on to hit the ceiling or any wall, 1 run shall be scored as a ‘No-Ball’ extra (unless he has let the ball hit him without either attempting to play it or avoid being hit by it).

ICR 9.6.4 No additional deliveries for ‘No-Balls’ received other than in the final over of an innings or Super Over but aforementioned scoring for ‘No-Balls’ remains the same.

ICR 9.7 A ‘Wide-Ball’ shall score 3 penalty runs, recorded as a Wide, in addition to any runs scored under ICR 9.7.1 – ICR 9.7.3 below.

ICR 9.7.1 If a Wide-Ball hits the ceiling or any wall (including the boundary wall) 1 run shall be credited under extras.

ICR 9.7.2 If the batsmen complete a run, 2 runs shall be credited under extras.

ICR 9.7.3 No additional deliveries for Wide-Balls received other than in the final over of an innings or Super Over but aforementioned scoring for Wide-Balls remains the same.

ICR 9.8 An overthrow hitting any wall (including the boundary wall) or the ceiling shall count as 1 run to the batsman or to the total of byes, leg-byes, No-Balls or Wides as appropriate.

ICR 9.9 No runs shall be scored if a batsman is out caught off the walls or ceiling.

ICR 10 Method of dismissal Apart from the normal methods of dismissal contained in the Laws of Cricket, the following variations shall apply:

ICR 10.1 The batsman shall be caught out by a fieldsman after the ball has hit the ceiling, the netting or any wall except directly from the boundary wall, provided the ball has not touched the floor. A fieldsman may lean against any wall in effecting a catch.

ICR 10.2 The last not-out batsman shall be given out if the non-striker running with him is out.

ICR 10.3 The batsman or the non-striker shall be given not out if the ball rebounds from a wall or ceiling and hits a wicket without being touched by a fieldsman.

ICR 11 Results

ICR 11.1 Inputting results Institutions are responsible for inputting results of matches for which they are listed as the ‘home’ team onto BUCScore.

ICR 11.2 Official result sheets Tournament Directors shall submit the official result sheets to the BUCS office for reference.

ICR 11.3 All teams must retain scorecards for all of their matches. In the case of a tie on league position, BUCS will request scoresheets in order to confirm NRR. If only 1 team is able to provide completed scorecards then they will take the higher placing.

ICR 11.4 Leagues and mini-leagues of knockout stages

ICR 11.4.1 The following league points shall be awarded: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie and 0 points for a loss.

ICR 11.4.1.1 If runs scored are the same then the team losing the least amount of wickets is awarded the win. A tie in league games occurs when 2 teams score an equal number of runs for an equal number of wickets lost, regardless of overs received. Both teams receive 1 league point.

ICR 11.4.2 Tie on points in a league Where any ties exist, in accordance with REG 11.10 final league table standings shall be determined using the following sequential system, involving the use of Net Run Rate (NRR):

ICR 11.4.2.1 A team tied on points in a league who has voluntarily conceded walkovers shall automatically be placed below other tied teams who have conceded fewer voluntary walkovers in the relevant season.

ICR 11.4.2.2 Walkovers deemed involuntary may be disregarded in the above calculations on a case by case basis.

ICR 11.4.2.3 If the tie on points has been effected any walkovers conceded to the teams involved in the tie, or any void fixtures, all the relevant results against the team(s) which conceded the walkover(s) or the team(s) involved in the void fixtures (i.e. all the results between the teams tied on points and the team(s) conceding the walkover(s)/void match(es)) will be removed from the results table and the recalculated NRR shall be used to determine the higher placed team.

ICR 11.4.2.4 Where Net Run Rate is used, the higher placed team is the side with the higher or highest NRR as determined by the following formula:

Total runs scored     MINUS    Total runs conceded
Total overs faced                   Total overs bowled

An exception to this is that where a team is all out in less than its allotted number of overs (either the original number or revised number) it shall be deemed to have received its full allocation rather than the number it actually received. Where fractions of overs are involved, each legitimate ball bowled shall count as 1 sixth of an over.

ICR 11.5 Championship Semi-Final and Final knockout matches

ICR 11.5.1 No ties permitted. In the event of the number of runs being equal then the team losing fewer wickets will be declared the winner. In the event of runs scored and wickets lost being equal a Super Over will take place.

ICR 11.5.1.1 A Super Over will consist of each team receiving 6 legal deliveries, 1 bowler is required for the bowling team. All batters are eligible to bat.

ICR 11.5.1.2 The team scoring the most runs in their Super Over shall be the winner.

ICR 11.5.1.3 If the teams are tied on runs scored in the Super Over it will be on wickets lost in the Super Over.

ICR 11.5.1.4 If still level, the team scoring the highest number of runs from ball 1 (of the Super Over) will be the winner. If still level then ball 2 and so on.

ICR 11.5.1.5 Scoring formats are the same for Super Overs, including those for ‘No-Balls’ and ‘Wide-Balls’ with the exception that extra deliveries are bowled.

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