Cricket regulations for 2020-21 | Updated 31 March

Please note: Regulations are currently under review for the 2021-22 season and so those currently published are subject to change.

CRI i The BUCS Cricket Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the following BUCS sport specific regulations, the BUCS general regulations, and the MCC Laws of Cricket, together with any permanent or experimental conditions approved by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for the recreational game.

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

CRI iii In the event that these regulations contradict those of the MCC Laws of Cricket or any permanent or experimental conditions approved by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for the recreational game, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

CRI iv – TEMOPORARY ADDITION FOR 2020-21 SEASON ONLY It is not possible for BUCS to predict or account for all the ways in which COVID-19 may impact the 2020-21 season. BUCS has addressed some of the potential issues that may occur through additional regulations and amendments to existing regulations (both general and sport specific). However, it is possible that further changes will be required during the season. If regulation changes are required, they will be communicated to all institutions/Playing Entities with teams entered.


CRI 0 Regulations relating to COVID-19 – TEMPORARY ADDITION FOR 2020-21 SEASON ONLY

CRI 0 Regulations relating to COVID-19 – TEMPORARY ADDITION FOR 2020-21 SEASON ONLY

CRI 0.1 The Championships will be subject to any UK government, devolved administration, or local authority legislation and/or guidance in relation to COVID-19 in place at the time. Such legislation and/or guidance may change during the competition. These shall supersede any BUCS General or Sport Specific Regulations.

CRI 0.2 The Championships will be subject to any National Governing Body protocols and guidance in relation to COVID-19 in place at the time. Such protocols and guidance may change during the competition. These shall supersede any BUCS General or Sport Specific Regulations.

CRI 0.3 By participating in the BUCS Cricket Championships 2020-21, all institutions/Playing Entities are committing to the following:

  • That they will have read, understood, and shall follow the NGB guidance in place at the time of each fixture. This shall include sharing this information with the relevant staff, students and any other individuals involved in any fixtures.
  • That they will ensure that all their fixtures will take place in accordance with COVID-19 protocols.
  • That they will have an individual identified as a COVID-19 Officer for each fixture to monitor that guidelines are being followed.
  • That they will have a COVID-19 risk assessment in place for each sport and venue.
  • That they have checked their insurance policies to ensure that they cover COVID-19.
  • That they will communicate to their teams that their experience at each fixture will vary, in particular in relation to any site-specific COVID-19 protocols in place and that they must follow any such protocols as advised.
  • That host institutions/Playing Entities share as much information on site-specific protocols in advance of each fixture.

CRI 0.4 COVID-19 cancellation for league fixtures

CRI 0.4.1 In the event that a match is called off due to COVID-19, either before a ball is bowled (up to and including the day of the match), or before the minimum number of overs (as per CRI 6) are bowled to obtain a result using the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method (DLS) (note CRI 27 for the version to be used), and cannot be rearranged, then both teams shall be awarded one league point each.

CRI 0.4.2 Matches which under CRI 0.4.1 cannot be rearranged should be recorded on BUCS Play as 'Abandoned' and an email should be sent to [email protected] confirming why the fixture was 'Abandoned' and requesting the allocation of one league point to each team.

CRI 0.5 COVID-19 cancellation for knockout fixtures

CRI 0.5.1 For all fixtures a wet weather reserve day will be scheduled. If the match cannot be played on the scheduled date due to COVID-19, then it must be played on the advertised wet weather reserve day unless both institutions/Playing Entities agree with the BUCS Executive that an alternate date for the delayed match is suitable. Should a result not be achieved from the rearranged match a bowl out shall be undertaken (see CRI 20).

CRI 0.5.2 Where it is absolutely certain on a wet weather reserve day that there will be no play, or insufficient play to obtain a result under these regulations and that a bowl out will be required, if the home side advises the visiting side in sufficient time to prevent travel and if the visiting side accepts that there is no prospect of sufficient play, then the visiting side may opt not to travel. In these circumstances, both teams would be required to have a qualified umpire present to oversee the bowl out in two separate locations with the two teams concerned.

CRI 0.6 Knockout competitions For the 2020-21 season only, in place of Appendix 10 (‘BUCS Promotion, Relegation and Knockout information’) the qualification criteria for all knockout competitions shall be as follows:

CRI 0.6.1 Men's Championship The top two teams from each of the Men’s National League pools will qualify for the semi-finals of the Men’s Championship. The first placed team in the North will face the second placed team in the South, and vice versa. The first placed team from each pool will be the host for their respective semi-final match and the winners of these matches will progress to the final. The dates for these matches and the wet weather reserve days are listed in Appendix 2b.

CRI 0.6.2 Men's Trophy The top two teams from each of the North/South leagues will qualify for the semi-finals of the Men’s Trophy. The first placed team in the North will face the second placed team in the South, and vice versa. The first placed team from each league will be the host for their respective semi-final match and the winners of these matches will progress to the final. The dates for these matches and the wet weather reserve days are listed in Appendix 2b.

CRI 0.6.3 Women's Championship As a result of the league structures in place, there will not be a Women’s Championship knockout competition for the 2020-21 season.

CRI 1 There shall be separate Team Championships for Men and Women. The programme for each Championships shall include leagues and knockout competitions as per BUCS general regulations, Appendix 1 (‘BUCS Competition Offer and Associated BUCS Points’) and Appendix 10 (‘BUCS Promotion, Relegation and Knockout Information’).

CRI 1.1 Women playing in men’s teams

CRI 1.1.1 Female players may play for either men’s or women’s teams, however once a female player selects to play in a specific gender competition they must remain in that competition for the remainder of the season.

CRI 1.1.2 Up to a maximum of four female players are permitted in a team of 11.

CRI 2 University Centres of Cricket Excellence (UCCEs)

CRI 2.1 The University Centres of Cricketing Excellence (UCCE) scheme is an initiative of the England and wales Cricket Board (ECB). There are six UCCEs of which four include more than one institution in membership of BUCS. BUCS’s (formerly BUSA) General Council agreed in June 2000 that the UCCEs would compete in the BUCS Men’s/Women’s Team Championships as joint teams, i.e. a single team would represent the UCCE regardless that players within that team may come from different institutions in membership of BUCS.

CRI 2.2 Individual institutions that form part of a joint UCCE will be permitted, should they so wish, to enter other men’s/women’s teams to represent solely their institution, with the first of these being designated as their 1st Team. These teams may only comprise players eligible under BUCS regulations to represent that individual institution. These additional teams will always play at a level of the Championships below that of their joint UCCE team. The fixtures of the UCCE will always take priority.

CRI 2.3 Subject to BUCS General Regulations concerning the selection of teams (note REG 11.1), the selection of teams within institutions that are constituent parts of a UCCE shall be a matter for those institutions with the following exception. Each of the UCCE teams must supply BUCS with the names of three players, who, as their better players, will not be permitted to play at a level below that of the joint UCCE team regardless of circumstance. This form must be submitted and received by BUCS no later than the date published in the BUCS Sport Specific Affiliations Document.

CRI 2.4 CRI 2.2–CRI 2.3 will also apply to any non-UCCE institutions that have been granted permission by the BUCS Cricket Sports Advisory Group to field a joint team and who then choose to enter other teams within the Men’s/Women’s Team Championships.

CRI 3 Format

CRI 3.1 Men's National/North/South/Tier 1 league matches, Men's Championship/Trophy knockout competition matches, Women's North/South league matches, and Women's Championship knockout competition matches All matches shall consist of one innings of 50 overs per side.

CRI 3.2 Men's Tier 2 and below league matches The competition format with regard to duration of play must be the same across the whole league. Which format is used must be a majority decision between all teams in that league, choosing one of CRI 3.2.1 - CRI 3.2.4, and must be communicated to the BUCS Executive in writing. If a majority decision cannot be reached the match must be as outlined in CRI 3.2.4:

CRI 3.2.1 One innings of 20 overs per side.

CRI 3.2.2 One innings of 30 overs per side.

CRI 3.2.3 One innings of 40 overs per side.

CRI 3.2.4 One innings of 50 overs per side.

CRI 3.3 Women's Tier 1 league matches All matches shall consist of one innings of 30 overs per side.

CRI 4 Hours of play

CRI 4.1 Men's National/North/South/Tier 1 league matches, Men's Championship/Trophy knockout competition matches, Women's North/South league matches, and Women's Championship knockout competition matches The normal hours of play shall be as follows: Start – 12:30, Finish – 19:30. Tea: 30 minutes’ duration, taken between innings. Matches may begin earlier and/or have a 45 minute interval between innings, provided there is written consent of both institutions/Playing Entities and the Umpires/ECB Regional Appointment Officer are notified at least 14 days before the match, with BUCS Play and Who’s the Umpire (where applicable) being updated accordingly. The closing time for any such matches and all other timings in these regulations shall be adjusted accordingly. The BUCS Executive reserves the right to set the timings for the Championship/Trophy Final matches without requiring consent from the teams involved.

CRI 4.2 Men's Tier 2 and below league matches Matches may not begin earlier than 12:30 unless there is written consent of both institutions/Playing Entities and the Umpires are notified and should not be scheduled to finish later than 19:30, with times selected made to fit the chosen league format. Tea: 30 minutes’ duration, taken between innings.

CRI 4.3 Women's Tier 1 league matches Matches may not begin earlier than 12:30 unless there is written consent of both institutions/Playing Entities and the Umpires are notified and should not be scheduled to finish later than 19:30. Tea: 30 minutes' duration, taken between innings.

CRI 4.4 Altering the hours of play In a delayed or interrupted match, the umpires shall have the discretion to alter the timing of or abandon the interval.

CRI 5 Altering the number of overs The number of overs shall not be changed once a match has started, except in the event of an interruption in play during the first team to bat’s innings. In such a circumstance, the object shall be to rearrange the overs so that, where possible, both sides have the opportunity to bat for the same number of overs. The calculation of overs to be bowled shall be based on one over for every full 3.75 minutes remaining before the notional close of 19:30.

CRI 6 Minimum number of overs and extension of play Play shall continue beyond 19:30 if conditions permit and that is necessary in order to complete the number of overs allowed by CRI 3 or CRI 5. However, if the full number of overs cannot be bowled, the winner shall be calculated using the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method (DLS) (note CRI 27 for the version to used), provided that at least 20 overs (or 10 overs in the case of 30 and 20 over formats) of the second innings have been bowled.

CRI 7 Delayed start Should the start of the match be delayed, the number of overs to be played shall be determined by calculating the playing time remaining until the notional close of 19:30 and allowing one over for every 3.75 minutes, rounded down to allow an equal number of overs per side.

CRI 7.1 Late arrival of a team Both teams should arrive at the ground in plenty of time to allow for warming up and a prompt start. Should the start of the match be delayed on account of one team’s not being ready at the appointed time, that team shall be deemed to have lost the toss. Where a team arrives too late for the minimum number of overs to be bowled (note CRI 6), then they shall concede a walkover. There are no extenuating circumstances for late arrival and the umpires’ decision as to the team at fault shall be final.

CRI 8 Conditions of play All matters of fitness of ground, weather and light are entirely for the umpires to determine.

CRI 9 Ground and pitch conditions

CRI 9.1 Men's North/South league matches, Men’s Tier 1 and below league matches, Women’s Premier Tier matches, and Women’s Tier 1 matches Matches can be played on grass (turf) or artificial (non-turf) pitches. It is the responsibility of the first named (home) team when confirming the fixture (note REG 9.5) to advise the opposition team and all match officials of the playing surface and on any footwear restrictions and the type of surface to be used (note REG 9.3.3).

CRI 9.2 Men’s National league matches, the Men’s Championship Semi-Finals and Final, the Men’s North/South Playoff match, the Men’s National Playoff match, the Men’s Trophy Semi-Final and Final, and the Women’s Championship Semi-Finals and Final Artificial (non-turf) pitches may be used if available but only if the umpires and both captains agree that, as a result of inclement weather, no grass (turf) pitch would be playable but that conditions are otherwise acceptable.

CRI 9.3 Additional requirements for Men’s National league matches, the Men’s Championship Semi-Finals and Final, the Men’s North/South Playoff match, the Men’s National Playoff match, and the Men’s Trophy Final

CRI 9.3.1 Pitches must be of good quality. Umpires are to complete the ECB Pitch and Fair Play form on 'Who's the Umpire' after each match, which is completed against the ECB Pitch Marking Criteria. Any pitch marked poor or unsuitable will be investigated by BUCS who reserve the right to request reversed venues in further rounds should pitches receive two or more marks of these low level.

CRI 9.3.2 Sufficient ground staff (or equivalent) must be available on match days to provide the following duties: a) operate covers, b) roll between innings (if requested) and c) brush and remark pitch between innings.

CRI 9.3.3 Suitable sightscreens should be available.

CRI 9.3.4 There should be provision of sawdust.

CRI 10 Covers Should covers be available the pitch shall be completely covered during any interval or interruption of play. For all Men’s National and North/South league matches, Men's Championship and Trophy Semi-Final and Final matches, the Men’s North/South playoff match and the Men’s National Playoff match it is a requirement that covers be available.

CRI 11 Officials

CRI 11.1 For all Men’s National and North/South league matches, Men's Championship and Trophy Semi-Final matches, the Men’s North/South playoff match and the Men’s National Playoff match, umpires will be appointed by the ECB Regional Appointment Officers or Cricket Scotland and all appointments detailed on www.whostheumpire.com (WTU). Institutions/Playing Entities must ensure that they are signed up to WTU in order to access appointments details and to communicate with officials, including advising them of timings and venue.

CRI 11.1.1 Payment of officials is the responsibility of the home team and follows the below procedure:

  1. Host teams communicate directly with the appointed umpires to confirm fixture details and provide the umpires with the BUCS Cricket Umpire Reimbursement Pro Forma.
  2. Umpires complete the reimbursement pro forma and present it to the host team for payment before the fixture commences.
  3. To enable teams to budget, the rate for umpires will be a set rate with no additional travel allowance.

Men’s National, Championship Semi Final, North/South Playoff and National Playoff – £50.00 per match per umpire

Men’s North/South and Trophy Semi-Final – £40.00 per match per umpire*

*This is based on the standard flat rate plus the average travel costs incurred over previous BUCS seasons.

CANCELLED/POSTPONED FIXTURES: In accordance with ECB guidelines – In the event a game is not completed, and an umpire has either commenced or completed their journey to the ground, the umpire will be reimbursed as above.

CRI 11.1.2 Should any Men’s National league match, Men’s North/South league match, Men’s Championship or Trophy Semi-Final match, the Men’s North/South playoff match or the Men’s National Playoff match be postponed/rearranged, then the home side shall be responsible for the appointment of both umpires. The home side should however liaise with the ECB Regional Appointment Officers or Cricket Scotland who will do their best to assist with these appointments.

CRI 11.2 For all Women’s North/South, Women’s Tier 1, and Men’s Tier 1 and below league matches, Women’s Playoff matches, and Women’s Championship Semi-Final matches, the home side is responsible for the appointment of both umpires. For Women’s North/South, Women’s Tier 1, Men’s Tier 1, and Women’s Championship Semi-Final matches, both umpires must be qualified members of an officials’ association recognised by the England and Wales Cricket Board Ltd. For all Tier 2 and below league matches it is a requirement that at least one umpire be a qualified member of an officials’ association recognised by the England and Wales Cricket Board Ltd.

CRI 11.3 Umpires for the Men’s and Women’s Championship Finals and the Men’s Trophy Final shall be appointed by the ECB and BUCS shall be responsible for payment of the officials.

CRI 11.3.1 Should the Men’s Trophy Final need to be postponed/rearranged, then the home side shall be responsible for the appointment of both umpires. The home side should however liaise with the ECB Regional Appointment Officers or Cricket Scotland who will do their best to assist with these appointments.

CRI 11.4 In all matches, each side shall be responsible for supplying its own scorer. In the Men’s National, North and South leagues, any side not supplying a scorer, who shall not be a player in the match, will be fined £30.

CRI 12 Clothing

CRI 12.1 Men's National league and Championship knockout competition matches Teams shall wear coloured clothing.

CRI 12.2 Men's North/South league and Trophy knockout competition matches All teams are strongly encouraged to play in coloured clothing although this is not mandatory, but all players within the team must be in the same kit. Coloured tops and white trousers, white tops and coloured trousers, or traditional whites are acceptable.

CRI 12.3 Men's Tier 1 and below league matches Teams shall wear whites unless agreed in writing with the opposition to wear coloured clothing.

CRI 12.4 Women's North/South league and Championship knockout competition matches All teams are strongly encouraged to play in coloured clothing although this is not mandatory, but all players within the team must be in the same kit. Coloured tops and white trousers, white tops and coloured trousers, or traditional whites are acceptable.

CRI 12.5 Women's Tier 1 league matches Teams shall wear whites, unless agreed in writing with the opposition to wear coloured clothing.

CRI 13 Balls The home team shall provide two new identical balls for all matches. The requirements of these balls are as follows:

CRI 13.1 Men's National league and Championship knockout competition matches The Kookaburra Pink Turf Ball shall be used.

CRI 13.2 Men's North/South league and Trophy knockout competition matches Grade A standard and English manufactured pink balls shall be used, unless agreed with the opposition to use red balls. BUCS recommends the Oxbridge Windsor Ball.

CRI 13.3 Men's Tier 1 and below league matches Grade A standard and English manufactured red balls shall be used, unless agreed with the opposition to use pink balls. BUCS recommends the Oxbridge Windsor Ball.

CRI 13.4 Women's North/South league and Championship knockout competition matches Grade A standard and English manufactured pink balls shall be used, unless agreed with the opposition to use red balls. BUCS recommends the Oxbridge Kensington Ball.

CRI 13.5 Women's Tier 1 league matches Grade A standard and English manufactured red balls shall be used, unless agreed with the opposition to use pink balls. BUCS recommends the Oxbridge Kensington Ball.

CRI 14 Wearing of helmets by young players No player aged under 18 on the day of the match shall be permitted to bat or to stand up whilst keeping wicket unless wearing a helmet. Please note: REG 4.1.2 must be complied with.

CRI 15 Wide Ball

CRI 15.1 Men’s Umpires are instructed to apply a very strict and consistent interpretation in regard to Law 22 in order to prevent negative bowling wide of the wicket. As a guide, if the ball passes either side of the wicket sufficiently wide to make it virtually impossible for the striker to play a normal cricket stroke both from where they are standing and from where they should normally be standing at the crease, the Umpire shall call and signal Wide Ball.

CRI 15.2 Women’s In North/South league matches and Championship knockout competition matches, umpires are instructed to apply a very strict and consistent interpretation in regard to Law 22 in order to prevent negative bowling wide of the wicket. Any offside or legside delivery which in the opinion of the umpire does not give the batter a reasonable opportunity to score shall be called a wide. For guidance purposes, a legside wide should be called if a ball passes on the legside outside the pads of the batter standing in a normal guard position. In all other matches, umpires are instructed to use their discretion over the interpretation of the Wide Ball rule in keeping with the normal Laws.

CRI 16 No Ball

CRI 16.1 The bowler shall be limited to one short-pitched ball per over. A short pitched ball is defined as one that passed or would have passed above shoulder height of the striker standing upright at the crease. The umpire at the bowler’s end shall indicate clearly when such a short pitched ball is bowled. Should the one short-pitched ball be exceeded in any over, the umpire at the bowler’s end shall call and signal No Ball and implement the procedures of Law 41.6.

CRI 16.2 Bowling of high full pitched ball. Law 41.7 shall apply.

CRI 16.3 For the Men’s National League, the Men’s Championship Semi-Finals and Final, the Men’s North/South Playoff match, the Men’s National Playoff match, and the Men’s Trophy Final, all no balls shall incur a penalty of two runs which shall be scored as no balls. For all other fixtures, all no balls shall incur a penalty of one run which shall be scored as a no ball. These penalties shall stand in addition to any other runs which may be scored or awarded.

CRI 16.4 For the Men’s National League, the Men’s Championship Semi-Finals and Final, the Men’s North/South Playoff match, the Men’s National Playoff match, and the Men’s Trophy Final, the delivery following a foot fault no ball, shall be a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it. Field changes are not permitted for free hit deliveries unless there is a change of striker.

CRI 17 Penalty for slow over rate In an uninterrupted match, each side shall complete its 50 overs in no more than three and a quarter hours (195 minutes). If they fail to do this, play will continue until the end of the 50 overs, but the fielding side shall be penalised six runs for each over of their allocation that has not started within 195 minutes. These runs shall be added to the score of their opponents as penalty runs on the first occasion the ball is dead once the 195 minutes have elapsed. The umpires shall make allowance for any delays beyond the control of the fielding side, and shall advise the fielding captain of the amount of time to be allowed for and at the time of each incident. In reduced or interrupted matches, a cessation time shall be calculated for each innings based on 3.75 minutes per over and that time shall be substituted for references to 195 minutes above. In addition, one over’s leeway shall be allowed in all shortened and/or interrupted matches.

CRI 17.1 For 20, 30 or 40 over matches the timings of CRI 17 should be adjusted accordingly.

CRI 18 Bowling restrictions

CRI 18.1 Men’s No bowler shall bowl more than 10 overs or, if the duration of the match is reduced before the start, more than one fifth of the total number of overs to be bowled, except that where the number does not divide by five, as many bowlers as necessary may bowl an extra over to make up the total (e.g. in a 37 over match, two bowlers may bowl a maximum of eight overs and others no more than seven overs). If a bowler has inadvertently exceeded the allocation following an adjustment they shall be permitted to complete any over in progress but not to bowl any further.

CRI 18.2 Women’s No bowler shall bowl more than 10 overs in Premier North/South league matches or Championship knockout matches, or more than six overs in Tier 1 league matches. In matches where the number of overs is reduced from the start, these numbers shall be adjusted proportionately. If a bowler has inadvertently exceeded the allocation following an adjustment they shall be permitted to complete any over in progress but not to bowl any further.

CRI 18.3 The ECB fast bowling directive shall apply in all matches (irrespective of where played).

CRI 19 Fielding restrictions

CRI 19.1 Men’s National league matches, the Men’s Championship Semi-Finals and Final, the Men’s North/South Playoff match, the Men’s National Playoff match, and the Men’s Trophy Final The following fielding restrictions shall apply:

CRI 19.1.1 At the instant of delivery, there may not be more than five fielders on the leg side.

CRI 19.1.2 In addition to the restriction contained in CRI 19.1.1 above, further fielding restrictions shall apply to certain overs in each innings. The nature of such fielding restrictions and the overs during which they shall apply are set out in CRI 19.1.3.

CRI 19.1.3 The following fielding restrictions shall apply: two semi-circles shall be drawn on the field of play. The semi-circles shall have as their centre the middle stump at either end of the pitch. The radius of each of the semi-circles shall be 30 yards (27.43 metres). The semi-circles shall be linked by two parallel straight lines drawn on the field. (Refer appendix 4 of ODI playing conditions). The fielding restriction areas should be marked by continuous painted white lines or ‘dots’ at five yard (4.57 metres) intervals, each ‘dot’ to be covered by a white plastic or rubber (but not metal) disc measuring seven inches (18 cm) in diameter. At the instant of delivery:

  1. Powerplay 1 – no more than two fielders shall be permitted outside this fielding restriction area. In an innings of 50 overs, these are overs 1 to 10 inclusive.
  2. Powerplay 2 – no more than four fielders shall be permitted outside this fielding restriction area. In an innings of 50 overs, these are overs 11 to 40 inclusive.
  3. Powerplay 3 – no more than five fielders shall be permitted outside this fielding restriction area. In an innings of 50 overs, these are overs 41 to 50 inclusive.

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

Innings           Powerplay 1   Powerplay 2   Powerplay 3

10                    2                      6                      2
11                    2                      7                      2
12                    3                      7                      2
13                    3                      8                      2
14                    3                      8                      3
15                    3                      9                      3
16                    3                      10                    3
17                    4                      10                    3
18                    4                     11                    3
19                    4                      11                    4
20                    4                      12                    4
21                    4                      13                    4
22                    5                      13                    4
23                    5                      14                    4
24                    5                      14                    5
25                    5                      15                    5
26                    5                      16                    5
27                    6                      16                    5
28                    6                      17                    5
29                    6                      17                    6
30                    6                      18                    6
31                    6                      19                    6
32                    7                      19                    6
33                    7                      20                    6
34                    7                      20                    7
35                    7                      21                    7
36                    7                      22                    7
37                    8                      22                    7
38                    8                      23                    7
39                    8                      23                    8
40                    8                      24                    8
41                    8                      25                    8
42                    9                      25                    8
43                    9                      26                    8
44                    9                      26                    9
45                    9                      27                    9
46                    9                      28                    9
47                    10                    28                    9
48                    10                    29                    9
49                    10                    29                    10

CRI 19.1.4 If play is interrupted during an innings and the table above applies, the Powerplay takes immediate effect. For the avoidance of doubt this applies even if the interruption has occurred mid-over.

CRI 19.1.5 Illustrations of CRI 19.1.4 A 50 over inning is interrupted after 8.3 overs and reduced to 32 overs. The new phases are 7+19+6. Therefore the middle phase fielding restrictions take immediate effect when play resumes and last for a further 17.3 overs. The final phase begins after 26 overs have been bowled. A 40 over innings is interrupted after 18.5 overs and reduced to 22 overs. The new phases are 5+13+4. When play resumes, the final phase fielding restrictions apply for the remaining 3.1 overs.

CRI 19.1.6 At the commencement of the middle and final phases of an innings, the umpire shall signal such commencement to the scorers by rotating their arm in a large circle.

CRI 19.1.7 The scoreboard shall indicate the current Powerplay in progress.

CRI 19.1.8 In the event of an infringement of any of the above fielding restrictions, the square leg umpire shall call and signal ‘No Ball’.

CRI 19.1.9 In the event of the striker’s end Umpire failing to call and signal ‘No Ball’ when the fielding restrictions in this playing condition have been breached, or, when at the point of delivery, more than two fielders other than the wicketkeeper are behind the popping crease on the on side, immediately the ball becomes dead and the striker may draw the matter to that Umpire’s attention. If the striker’s end Umpire is able to verify the breach they shall call and signal No Ball. If the striker’s end Umpire is unable to verify the breach then they shall confirm that the events of the delivery shall be unchanged.

CRI 19.2 Men's North/South league matches, the Men's Trophy Semi-Finals, and Men's Tier 1 and below league matches The following fielding restrictions shall apply:

CRI 19.2.1 At the instant of delivery there shall be no more than five fielders on the leg side. In the event of infringement, the umpire at the striker’s end shall call and signal no ball.

CRI 19.2.2 For the first 15 overs of each innings (or, if the match or either innings is reduced, for the first 30% of each innings), at the instant of delivery no more than two fielders may be outside a fielding circle. This fielding circle shall comprise an area bounded by two semi-circles, one centred on each middle stump and each with a radius of 30 yards, joined by a parallel line on each side of the pitch. The fielding circle should be marked by painted white dots at five yard intervals, each dot to be covered by a white plastic or rubber (but not metal) disc measuring seven inches in diameter. For the remaining overs of each innings, a minimum of four fielders (plus the bowler and wicket-keeper) must be within the fielding circle. In the event of infringement, the umpire at the striker’s end shall call and signal no ball.

CRI 19.3 Women’s North/South league matches and Championship Semi-Finals and Final There must be a minimum of four fielders, not including the wicket keeper or bowler, within the fielding circle at all times. This fielding circle shall comprise an area bounded by two semi-circles, one centred on each middle stump and each with a radius of 25 yards, joined by a parallel line on each side of the pitch. The fielding circle should be marked by painted white dots at five yard intervals, each dot to be covered by a white plastic or rubber (but not metal) disc measuring seven inches in diameter.

CRI 19.4 Women’s Tier 1 league matches No fielding circle or fielding restrictions shall apply (other than provided by the Laws).

CRI 20 Bowl Out procedure

CRI 20.1 For the Men’s National League, the Men’s Championship Semi-Finals and Final, the Men’s North/South Playoff match, the Men’s National Playoff match, and the Men’s Trophy Final, the procedure for a Bowl Out will be as follows:

CRI 20.1.1 The umpires will determine the location of the bowl out which may take place on a grass pitch, artificial pitch or indoors.

CRI 20.1.2 The captains will nominate five players who will each bowl twice (alternatively with the opposition) at a wicket (comprising of three stumps and two bails) from a distance of 22 yards.

CRI 20.1.3 The teams shall toss for the order of bowling and then one player from each side shall bowl one ball alternately.

CRI 20.1.4 Where a bowl out is held in two separate venues under CRI 22.2, CRI 20.1.3 will not apply and BUCS will issue separate instructions on the conduct of the bowl out.

CRI 20.1.5 The wicket shall not be obstructed by any person or item; however, teams may decide to nominate a wicket keeper who shall stand well back from the wicket.

CRI 20.1.6 The umpire shall officiate at the bowler’s end.

CRI 20.1.7 If a player scores a hit from a no ball, that hit shall not count, nor shall they retake the attempt.

CRI 20.1.8 The winner shall be the team with the higher number of hits from their 10 attempts. Should the scores be equal, then the bowl off shall continue using the same five players, in the same order, until such time as an equal number of balls have been bowled and one team has hit the wickets more times than the other.

CRI 20.2 For all other fixtures the procedure for a Bowl Out will follow the ECB guidelines.

CRI 21 Wet weather situation for league fixtures

CRI 21.1 Men’s National league fixtures

CRI 21.1.1 In the event that a match is called off up to and including the day of the match, before a ball is bowled, due to bad weather, both teams will be awarded one league point each.

CRI 21.1.2 In the event that a match which has started is abandoned due to bad weather before the minimum number of overs (as per CRI 6) are bowled to obtain a result using the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method (DLS) (note CRI 27 for the version to be used), then both teams shall be awarded one league point each.

CRI 21.1.3 Matches which fall under CRI 21.1.1/CRI 21.1.2 should be recorded on BUCS Play as 'Abandoned' and an email should be sent to [email protected] confirming why the fixture was 'Abandoned' and requesting the allocation of one league point to each team.

CRI 21.2 All other Men’s and Women’s league fixtures

CRI 21.2.1 In the event that a match is called off up to and including the day of the match, before a ball is bowled, due to bad weather, then institutions/Playing Entities should rearrange fixtures according to REG 14. If a match does not start, is not rearranged, and no walkover is claimed/conceded, then the match will be deemed void and both teams shall receive zero league points.

CRI 21.2.2 In the event that a match which has started is abandoned due to bad weather before the minimum number of overs (as per CRI 6) are bowled to obtain a result using the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method (DLS) (note CRI 27 for the version to be used), and cannot be rearranged, then both teams shall be awarded one league point each.

CRI 21.2.3 Matches which under CRI 21.2.2 cannot be rearranged should be recorded on BUCS Play as 'Abandoned' and an email should be sent to [email protected] confirming why the fixture was 'Abandoned' and requesting the allocation of one league point to each team.

CRI 22 Wet weather situation for knockout and playoff fixtures

CRI 22.1 For all fixtures a wet weather reserve day will be scheduled. If the match cannot be played on the scheduled date due to adverse weather conditions, then it must be played on the advertised wet weather reserve day unless both institutions/Playing Entities agree with the BUCS Executive that an alternate date for the rain delayed match is suitable. Should a result not be achieved from the rearranged match a bowl out shall be undertaken (see CRI 20).

CRI 22.2 Where it is absolutely certain on a wet weather reserve day that there will be no play, or insufficient play to obtain a result under these regulations and that a bowl out will be required, if the home side advises the visiting side in sufficient time to prevent travel and if the visiting side accepts that there is no prospect of sufficient play, then the visiting side may opt not to travel. In these circumstances, both teams would be required to have a qualified umpire present to oversee the bowl out in two separate locations with the two teams concerned.

CRI 23 Hospitality For the Men’s National League, the Men’s Championship Semi-Finals, the Men’s Trophy Semi-Finals, the Men’s North/South Playoff match, the Men’s National Playoff match, and the Women’s Championship Semi-Finals, the home team is required to provide hospitality (cricket teas) for its opponents and officials (minimum 12 opposition players plus manager/coach, two umpires and two scorers) free of charge. The home team should notify its opponents in writing prior to the match if hospitality will not be made available. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary proceedings.

CRI 24 Determining the winner The winner shall be the side scoring the higher number of runs, irrespective of the number of wickets lost. In a league match, should the teams score an equal number of runs, the match shall be tied, irrespective of the number of wickets lost. In a knockout match, should the teams score an equal number of runs, the result shall be determined as follows:

CRI 24.1 The side losing the fewer wickets shall be the winner.

CRI 24.2 If the teams are still level, if both sides have been dismissed in under their full quota of overs, the side with the higher overall scoring rate shall be the winner.

CRI 24.3 If still level, the winner shall be the side with the higher scoring rate after:

CRI 24.3.1 40 overs; or, if still equal

CRI 24.3.2 30 overs; or, if still equal

CRI 24.3.3 20 overs. And then 19 overs etc.

CRI 24.3.4 If no decision is possible in any final, that title shall be shared for the year.

CRI 24.4 In the event of the scores being tied in a Men’s Championship Semi-Final or Final, or Men’s Trophy Final, when the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method (DLS) has been used (note CRI 27 for the version to be used), no account shall be taken of wickets lost. The teams shall compete in a Super Over to determine the winner. The following procedure will apply should the provision for a Super Over be adopted in any match.

CRI 24.4.1 Subject to weather conditions the Super Over will take place at a time to be determined by the umpires. In normal circumstances it shall commence 10 minutes after the conclusion of the match.

CRI 24.4.2 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 and the umpires.

CRI 24.4.3 The umpires shall stand at the same end as that in which they finished the match.

CRI 24.4.4 In both innings of the Super Over, the fielding side shall choose from which end to bowl.

CRI 24.4.5 Only nominated players in the main match may participate in the Super Over. 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.

CRI 24.4.6 Any Penalty time or a suspension under Law 42.4 being served in the main match shall be carried forward to the Super Over.

CRI 24.4.7 Each team’s over is played with the same fielding restrictions as apply for Powerplay 3 in a normal Royal London One Day Cup Match.

CRI 24.4.8 The team batting second in the match will bat first in the Super Over.

CRI 24.4.9 The umpires shall select a ball from the box of spare balls which shall be used for both overs of the Super Over. The ball to be used shall not be a new ball and should have the apparent wear characteristics of a ball that has had between 5 and 20 overs of usage. For the avoidance of doubt, a ball used in the main match shall not be used in the Super Over. If the ball needs to be changed, then playing conditions as stated for the main match shall apply.

CRI 24.4.10 The loss of 2 wickets in the over ends the team’s 1 over innings.

CRI 24.4.11 In the event of the teams having the same score after the Super Over has been completed, a count-back from the final ball of the Super Over shall be conducted. The team with the higher scoring delivery shall be the winner. If a team loses 2 wickets during its over, then any unbowled 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 sixth and fifth ball of their innings. However, team 1 scored 2 runs from its fourth ball while team 2 scored a single so team 1 is the winner.

CRI 24.4.12 If still equal, then another Super Over shall be played in accordance with CRI 24.4.

CRI 25 League points

CRI 25.1 Three points shall be awarded for a win, 1.5 points for a tie, one for an abandoned match (note CRI 21) and no points for a loss.

CRI 25.2 Where a walkover has been awarded/conceded (REG 13), three points shall be given to the non-offending team and three points deducted from the offending team.

CRI 25.3 No points will be awarded to either team in the case of a void fixture.

CRI 26 Calculating final league positions Final league positions will be primarily based on league points accumulated. However, should there be any ties on points within a league, they shall be split by the following sequential systems;

CRI 26.1 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.

CRI 26.2 Walkovers deemed involuntary may be disregarded in the above calculations on a case by case basis.

CRI 26.3 Tie between two teams

CRI 26.3.1 The result between the two teams will be the determining factor in placing one team above the other. Where this is not possible, e.g. That match was not played, was abandoned with no result able to be taken, or in the case of Women's Premier North/Premier South each team won one fixture (as they play both home and away in these leagues), then CRI 26.3.2 shall be used.

CRI 26.3.2 Where CRI 26.3.1 cannot be used to separate the teams, for whatever position in the league, the final standings for these teams shall be determined on Net Run Rate (NRR). Where a tie on points has been effected by any walkovers conceded to them 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 NRR comparison calculation for the purpose of determining league positions.

CRI 26.3.3 Where NRR is used, the higher placed team is the side with the higher net run rate 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 one sixth of an over.

CRI 26.4 Tie between three or more teams CRI 26.3.2 and CRI 26.3.3 shall be used.

CRI 27 Use of the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method (DLS)

CRI 27.1 The Standard Edition of the Duckworth-Lewis method (D/L) should be used and where applicable the G50 coefficient shall be 245. The Standard Edition of the Duckworth-Lewis method built in to the 'Result' section for each fixture on BUCS Play should be used. However, should this not be possible, then before the start of play the teams can agree on an alternative system to be used, such as Play-Cricket Scorer/PCS Pro, and inform the umpires of this and who will be responsible for any calculations. The home team is responsible for having a working computer/tablet/phone available to use for this purpose should it become necessary.

CRI 27.2 If a match is abandoned before the Close of Play and the minimum number of overs of the second innings (note CRI 6) have been bowled then the result shall be decided using the Standard Edition of the Duckworth-Lewis method (D/L).

CRI 27.3 If, due to suspension of play, the number of overs in the innings of either team had to be revised to a lesser number (note CRI 6 for the minimum number of overs permitted) than that originally allotted (note CRI 3), then a revised target score should be set for the number of overs which the team batting second will have the opportunity of facing. This target score shall be calculated using the Standard Edition of the Duckworth-Lewis method (D/L). An integral target will be set for the team batting second with one run less resulting in a Tie. If after the restart of play it is discovered that the wrong target has been set, the faulty target shall stand.

 

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