SCARBOROUGH & DISTRICT EVENING CRICKET LEAGUE


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Updated February 2018

RULES OF THE “ANDY HIRE” SCARBOROUGH AND

DISTRICT EVENING CRICKET LEAGUE


1. This amalgamation of Clubs shall be called “The Scarborough & District Evening Cricket League”.


2. The management of the League shall be vested in the President, Vice-Presidents, Chairman, Committee, Secretary/Treasurer, and one representative from each club.


The Committee shall consist of nine elected members, including the Chairman and Secretary and League Players Registrations Secretary (ex.officio).  At every Annual General Meeting, three of the elected members shall retire in rotation, but shall be eligible for re-election without nomination and at any such election the voting shall be by ballot by the members present.  Four members of the Committee shall form a quorum.  Nominations for the Committee to be submitted, in writing, to the League Secretary, not later than 30th November in each year, and must be seconded by another club.  The Secretary (or his sub) and one representative from each club shall be allowed to attend the Annual General Meeting, and each club shall have only one vote.


 3. Any protest made by a club against the infringement of the rules of the League, by another club, shall be dealt with by the Committee, and must be lodged with the League Secretary, in writing, within three days of the infringement, together with a fee of £10 which shall be forfeited if the protest is considered trivial.  The representatives of the clubs concerned shall attend to state the facts of the dispute, but shall not act.  The guilty club, if guilt be established, shall be dealt with as the Committee shall direct.  The underlying principle of all decisions resolved on a protest, shall be considered at the next Annual General Meeting, and if so resolved at this meeting, shall be incorporated in the Rules of the League.


4. Any proposed alterations of rules shall be sent to the League Secretary, in writing, by 30th November to be considered at the following AGM. The Secretary shall notify all club Secretaries of proposed alterations, when giving notice of the Annual General Meeting, of which fourteen clear days’ notice shall be given.  Rules can only be altered at the Annual General Meeting, or at an extra-ordinary meeting, and on a majority vote.


5. The Committee has full power to deal with any point in connection with the League, not already provided for in these rules, and shall be empowered, at its discretion, to call an extra-ordinary meeting to deal with any point arising.  An extra-ordinary meeting must be called if the League Secretary is requested to do so, in writing, by at least six members clubs.


6. Players under the age of 19 must comply with the E.C.B/Y.C.B rules of wearing of helmets and fast bowling over restrictions.   Team Cards in accordance with E.C.B/Y.C.B rules are to be completed by each Club in all League and Cup games to ensure that helmet rules and bowling restrictions are complied with.  All team cards to be completed prior to the game and exchanged between captains prior to the toss and duly signed by the opponent’s captain.  These cards should be held by a responsible person at each Club until the end of each season.  Clubs may be asked at any time during the season by a league official to see these team cards or ask for scorebooks to check player’s eligibility.  Clubs found to be playing ineligible players in league or cup games may be disqualified at the League Committees discretion. Playing of junior player’s in Open age Cricket must comply with E.C.B. rulings. The “Safe Hands” policy of the E.C.B. is adopted by this league.


7. That the M.C.C law code 2001(and updates since) be complied with in this league (except where overiden by these rules of the league) but to disapply the 5 penalty runs rule except in the case where the ball strikes a fielders helmet placed on the field of play by the fielding side.


8. Any Club who is not represented at the Annual General Meeting shall be fined a sum of £20.  New clubs must notify the Secretary of the League, in writing, by 30th November, of their intention to apply for membership of the League.  All new clubs can only be admitted at the Annual General Meeting.  Resignation of Clubs/Teams from the League also have to be in writing by 30th November prior to the following Season or a £50 fine will apply to Clubs/Teams who resign between 30th November and end of following cricket Season (i.e. August).


9. The subscription to the League, which shall include admission to the “Linda Goulding” Memorial Harburn Cup, Hunter Cup and “Lloyd Dowson Cricket Cup Competitions, shall be £45 for each team, which must be paid at the Annual General Meeting.


10. Clubs shall send a list of registered playing members to the League’s Registrations Secretary before 16 April each year. Additional players may also be added to during the cricket season.


11. Any player shall be eligible to play for his team in a League match if for three clear days before playing he is registered with the League Registrations Secretary, along with any appropriate (if applicable) transfer form.


12. No club shall play or register (in the Evening League) in any one season, more than two registered players, who has played two or more matches on weekends for another club in any of the four (New in 2016) Yorkshire Premier League’s or similar standard leagues, at the committees discretion, in the current season.  This does not apply to any player who has not reached the age of 17 years 0 months, 0 days.  (Note that the committee’s discretion is to indicate that only two players who receive expenses/fees (without breaking rule 13) in another League on a Saturday would be allowed to play for a club in the Scarborough and District Evening League).  These one or two players (depending upon how many players the Club has of this standard) would only be eligible to play for the Clubs first team in the Evening Cricket League.


13. No player may play for more than one Club, unless an appropriate transfer form has been completed to transfer to another club.  To be effective the transfer must have the agreement in writing of the player transfer and the transferee clubs on the official E.C.B./Y.C.B. transfer form.  A player shall only be allowed to transfer once in any one season.  No transfers will be allowed after 1st July each Season.   All completed transfer forms to be sent to the League’s Registration Secretary.  No professional cricketer shall be allowed to play in a League match.  “Professional” meaning that a player makes his main living out of payments for playing cricket.


13a.     Evening League Open Age Temporary Player Loan System - The league operates a temporary player loan system where players may play for another club on a loan basis in order to assist short-handed clubs by means of a temporary transfer. Such players shall not have made more than two appearances at a level of more than one division in the Evening League above the borrowing team. The Player Loan System shall only apply to players registered within the “Scarborough and District Evening Cricket League”. All player loans must be sanctioned by the league secretary in advance in order to prevent team strengthening and to ensure the loan is within the “Spirit of Cricket”. Any player, regardless of age, involved in the loan system shall not be permitted to sign shall not be permitted to sign for the borrowing club in the current season without the specific permission of the loaning club and approval by the Evening League.

              Players are on loan for one Evening League game at a time only, with the deadline for submissions being 5pm on the day of the match. The players’ parent club will retain his/her registration. Loan players CANNOT be used in any of the Evening League’s Cup Competitions.


14. No Club in the Scarborough and District Evening League will be allowed to pay a player fees or expenses.


15. The League Secretary shall arrange fixtures, each club playing all other clubs in the division twice (except Division ‘C’).  The team at the top of the League at the end of the season shall be declared League winner.  Division ‘A’ to consist of 8 teams, Div ‘B’ to consist of 8 teams, and Division ‘C’ will have a various numbers of teams and in this Division clubs will play a maximum of 14 fixtures playing each team at least once.  


16. The league tables to be compiled on a points basis.  Three points shall be awarded for a win.  Two points for a tie, and all matches either abandoned or cancelled one point to each team.  


17. Any Club failing to fulfil a fixture (except for weather or ground conditions) then that Club shall be fined by the league £20 and deducted 2 points, (i.e. failure of a club to raise a side ) and in addition if being the away team and not giving the home team at least 24 hours’ notice prior to the due start of the fixture (i.e. before 6.15pm of the day before) then to pay the home club a sum of £20 to help the home club for costs incurred with pitch and ground preparations. This fine to be paid to the home club within 2 weeks of the date of the fixture. (Note - all this rule to also apply to cup games)

               Clubs with more than one team in the league and unable to fulfil one of its games then that club must always fulfil its senior teams side – i.e. it’s ‘A’ team game.


18. The Secretary of the Home Team shall be responsible for telephoning results to the League Secretary, by 10pm on evening of completion of fixture.  A fine of £20 will be imposed for non-compliance.


19. 19. Playing Rules as Follows:-  Twenty/20 Cricket For All Evening League And Cup Games


a. Start Time


Games to start at 6.15pm prompt. (Except finals of cup matches which start at 6.00pm prompt.)  A team not able to take the field ten minutes after this time shall forfeit the right of choice of innings.  All games shall be controlled by two umpires (one from each side).


b. Number of Overs


Each side shall bowl 15 (8 ball) overs (unless a side is all out within that 15 overs).  It is expected that the 15 overs should not take longer than 1 hour 10 minutes to complete.  

             An exception to 15 overs is that on dark evenings and only by mutual consent from both captains at the         

             toss for choice of innings the overs can be reduced from 15 to a minimum of 12 (8 ball) overs.


c.          Fielding Restrictions/Fielding Circle

  

             A fielding circle to be provided (using discs or similar) which shall be a distance of 25 metres from each                                                                                 

             set of wickets and 25 metre’s away from the centre  of the pitch in a straight line.

              Throughout each innings at least four fielders (plus wicketkeeper and bowler) should remain inside that                                                       

fielding circle and in addition for the first 5 overs of each innings only a maximum of two can field outside that circle (for the last 10 overs of each innings the maximum fielders outside that circle would be five fielders) even if a team does not have a full eleven players then for the first 5 overs the side short of players would still be required to have seven players in the circle (plus wicketkeeper and bowler) and would have to reduce the number of fielders outside that circle by numbers of players short.  (NOTE – An exception to this  part of the rule applies to Division C only where irrespective of the number of players a team fields, two players to be allowed to field outside the fielding circle in the first 5 overs, with the last 10 overs to remain as below which applies to all Divisions).

Where a side does not have a full eleven players then for the last 10 overs must have a minimum of four fielders (plus wicketkeeper and bowler) always being inside the circle, with the reduction by number of players short being from the outer circle players.


Note:-  Players may obviously leave the circle to chase after the ball but the required number must be inside the circle at the point when the bowler delivers the ball.



c. Number Of Overs Per Bowler


Each bowler may bowl a maximum of 4 overs (a minimum of 4 bowlers will be needed for each innings in 15 over games.)

The following exceptions apply to the number of overs a bowler may bowl in games of less than 15 overs when reduced due to dark evenings – see rule b above – these are –

14 overs – 3 bowlers can bowl a maximum of 4 overs and 1 bowler a maximum of 2 overs.

13 overs – 3 bowlers can bowl a maximum of 3 overs and 1 bowler a maximum of 4 overs.

12 overs – 4 bowlers can bowl a maximum of 3 overs. In all the above reduced over games a minimum of 4 bowlers will be needed.

   

e. Wide Ball


Negative leg side bowling should be discouraged by wide ball being given.  Short pitch bowling should be discouraged.   Note - More leeway on leg side bowling particularly by younger players should be given by clubs umpires in C  Division games.

f. Batsmen Crossing on Field of Play


Batsmen should ensure they cross on the field of play when a wicket falls and be ready to face a ball within one minute 30 seconds from the fall of the previous wicket.


g. Clothing


White clothing to be worn by players.


h. Cricket Ball


Cricket Ball


Each side to use their own PINK cricket ball (which should be agreed by the captains prior to the toss).  Only PINK cricket balls to be used for all Evening League and Associated Evening League Cup Competitions.  Each side should take the match ball plus a spare PINK ball on the field of play, the spare to be kept by the umpires and used should the original ball be lost to enable play to continue. (PINK BALL ONLY Rule passed at the League’s AGM in 2018).



i. Lost Balls and Moving of Sightscreens


The batting side should look for lost balls to enable the fielding side and batsmen to continue the game using the spare ball and save time. The batting side should move sightscreens when required by the batsmen to save time.


j. Winning Team


Shall be the team with the higher number of runs in the allotted overs.  Should the scores be level at the end of the game it will be a tie.


k. Spirit of Cricket


All games should be played “in the spirit of cricket”, failure to do so may result in appropriate action being taken by the League Committee.


20. All League Matches will be completed on the fixed dates supplied by the League Secretary – no changes to be made except for exceptional circumstances – League Secretary to be informed of such circumstances – and even then, if allowed, must be by mutual agreement to change a date with their opponents.


21. The League is formed of three Divisions, A, B and C where the top 2 teams in Division B shall be promoted to Division A and the bottom 2 teams in Division A shall be relegated to Division B.  The top 2 teams in Division C shall be promoted to Division B and the bottom 2 teams in Division B shall be relegated to Division C.  Division winners will each receive a payment of £150.  Play offs will occur for teams finishing level on points at the top of each division to decide the winners.  

Where two teams in Division A, B and C tie at the top of a Division on points a play-off will be decided to determine the League Champions.  Where teams tie in Division B and C for promotion places in 2nd place (or if 3 teams or more finish at the top of the table) then the promoted team will be the team with the highest runs scored divided by wickets lost over all games played in the Season with the highest average being the promoted team (or to be involved in any play off for the Championship if 3 or more teams involved.  Likewise the same to apply for relegation in that if teams tie on points in Division A and B again with the highest average runs/wickets over Season not being relegated (note 2 teams tied on points at the bottom of a division would be relegated anyhow, but for example 2 teams tied on points in the 6th and 7th position of the League this rule would apply.  (Note that this part of the rule prevents the need for play-off games for relegation and promotion.)


22. No player shall be allowed to play who is not ready to play and on the field of play at the commencement of the eighth over of the first innings.  An exception to this is as follows in that any player called away in their role of voluntary work for Emergency Services and returning during the course of the game will be allowed to return to the field of play regardless of the number of overs played.  This will apply to any player nominated on team cards at the start of a game who is on voluntary Emergency Service.


23. When both matches are played on opponent’s ground, the sum of £30 shall be paid to the home club for use of the ground.  If this is not paid to the home club the £30 becomes payable to the League Secretary for League funds.  


24. If a club umpire is reported to the League Committee by three different clubs, he may be suspended from officiating in any League match for the remainder of the season, should the Committee so decide after consideration of all the facts.


25. The Treasurer’s books and accounts shall each year be audited and the League’s financial year end is to be 31st October each year.


26. The League and Cup Trophies shall be insured by the League Management each year, but all winning clubs should take all precautions to ensure safe keeping when on their premises - failure to do so may mean the leagues insurance is invalid and then it would down to clubs to provide a like for like replacement if lost or stolen.


27. The League and Cup Trophies and Runners Up Trophies to be engraved by the winning clubs and returned, in good condition to the League Secretary at the league’s AGM the following year.  Failure to return cups at the AGM, clean and suitably engraved, will result in the offending club being fined £20 plus any engraving costs.


28. The Scarborough and District Evening Cricket League shall operate a Disciplinary Policy in accordance with the current disciplinary Rules operated within the jurisdiction of the England and Wales Cricket Board and the Yorkshire Cricket Board.


The ECB “Code of Conduct and Spirit of Cricket” statement and the Yorkshire Cricket Board Policy Statement “Anti-Racism and Race Equality” shall operate throughout the League.


These rules shall apply to all League Cup, Representative and Indoor matches played under the auspices of the Scarborough and District Evening Cricket League.


 

              Disciplinary Hearing

 That all issues reported (along with £10 complaint fee) about Clubs or players will be dealt with by the League’s Committee and players may be banned from all cricket in all Leagues by the Committee if the complaint is found proven.  Clubs may be suspended/or dismissed from the League.  Reported issues

                must be in writing to the League  Secretary within 3 days of the alleged offence together with £10 complaint fee which may be forfeited if the complaint/issue is considered trivial or not upheld by the Committee.


Appeals Procedure

  

               An Independent Body consisting of a Chairman, Secretary and two other representatives (all independent of the Scarborough and District Evening Cricket League) shall be brought together to form an Appeals Panel.  No member of the panel shall have been involved in either the investigation or Disciplinary Hearing or be connected in any way with the reported Club or player (it is likely that such an appeals panel will be made up of Officials of the Scarborough Beckett Cricket League and/or Derwent Valley Cricket League).  To set up an appeal against a decision made at a Disciplinary Hearing of the League a letter has to be sent to the Secretary of the Scarborough and District Evening Cricket League who will pass on to an independent Secretary of such an Appeal Panel.  Enclosed with such an appeals letter should be a sum of £50 in respect of each and every appeal, this sum will be forfeited in the event of the Appeals Panel rejecting such an appeal.  Any appeal must be in writing within 7 days of the decision of the Disciplinary Hearing along with the £50 fee.


In the event of the appeal being upheld by the Appeal’s Panel then the £50 fee will be returned to the Club.


Any decision of the Appeal’s Panel is final.           




“LINDA GOULDING” MEMORIAL HARBURN CUP COMPETITION

(‘A’ DIVISION TEAMS ONLY)


29. Division ‘A’ teams only of the Evening Cricket League shall be entitled to compete for this trophy, which shall be run on a knock-out basis.


30. The Management of this competition shall be vested in the officials of the Evening League, as prescribed in Rule 2.


31. Rule 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 26, 27 and 28 of the Evening League shall apply. (Note -Loan players are not allowed to play in any of the League’s cup competitions).


32. The Draw for the competition shall be made by the Committee either prior to or just after the A.G.M., and the dates fixed by which rounds must be completed shall be strictly adhered to.  Any Club failing to complete a fixture shall forfeit the game, unless the Management considers that the failure was unavoidable.


33. No player shall play for more than one Club in this competition.  Any bona-fide registered player may play in his Clubs first eleven cup ties (even if he has already appeared for his Clubs second eleven in the same competition) having played in the Clubs first eleven in the competition the player cannot then play in his Clubs second eleven in the competition.  No professional cricketers shall be allowed to play in this competition.


34. Any player, to be eligible to play in the “Linda Goulding” Memorial Harburn Cup, must have played two Evening League Games before the first round, and three Evening Cricket League Games before the Semi-Final and six Evening Cricket League games before the Final, however, this does not apply to players aged 15 years or under on 1st September of previous year providing such players are registered with their club under Rule 10 who may play regardless of number of Evening League games played.    Rained Off games do not count.  Qualification of players eligible may be checked by a League official from team cards completed under Rule 6 of the League Rules.  (The number of qualification games may be varied by the authorization of the League’s Chairman, League Secretary and League’s Players Registrations Secretary only if a season’s poor weather has prevented a large number of league gamed from being played).  Teams reaching the final will be sent out a sheet by the League Secretary to list their cup final players and for the club to indicate how many Evening League games each player has played prior to the final.  This sheet would be checked by a League official prior to the game commencing and may be checked against the clubs scorebook and team cards for player’s eligibility.  Clubs found to be playing ineligible players in cup games may be disqualified at the League Committees discretion.


35. No team shall play, in any one season, more than two registered player who has played two or more matches in the Yorkshire League or similar status in the current season – See Rule 12 of the Evening League.  Team cards to be completed for all cup games and retained as per Rule 6 of the League.


36. Playing rules of the Evening Cricket League shall apply i.e. Twenty/20 Cricket – see Rule 19 except that the Semi-Finals and Final shall be played on neutral grounds with neutral umpires.  The Final will commence at 6.00 pm.   In the event of a tied game in the Cup Competitions (i.e. Scores level at the end of last ball of game) then the winner will be decided as follows:-


1. Winner is team losing fewest wickets and if this is equal then;

2. The team conceding the fewest extras in the game and if this is equal then;

3. The team with the highest score at the end of half the overs in each innings, and if this is equal then;

4. The team losing the least wickets at the end of half the overs in each innings.


If all the above are equal then a toss of a coin should take place to decide the winners.


37. No player shall be allowed to play who is not ready to play, and on the field of play, at the commencement of the eighth over of the first innings.


38. If an umpire is reported to the Committee by three different clubs, he may be suspended from officiating in any competition match for the remainder of the season, should the Committee so decide, after consideration of all the facts.


39. The cup winners will receive a payment of £150 and the runners up £50.


THE ERNEST HUNTER MEMORIAL CUP COMPETITION

(‘B’ DIVISION TEAMS ONLY)



40. The Cup, presented by Mrs Ernest Hunter in memory of her late husband, to be known as “The Ernest Hunter Memorial Cup”, shall be competed for by the teams of the B Division of the Scarborough and District Evening Cricket League only, but in the event of the League being permanently disbanded, the Cup shall pass to the Scarborough Cricket Club, to be used as a trophy for competition in local Junior Cricket, as the Scarborough Cricket Club shall decide.



41. The Management of this competition shall be vested in the officials of the Evening Cricket League, as prescribed in Rule 2.


42. Rules 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38 and 39 of the “Linda Goulding” Memorial Harburn Cup shall apply except that on rule 36, the semi-finals will be played on the ground of the 1st named Club (and not neutral grounds or neutral umpires).  Remainder of rule 36 still to apply.


43. To qualify to play in the Hunter Cup a player must have played two Evening Cricket League games before the 1st round and three Evening Cricket League Games before the Semi-Final and six Evening Cricket League games before the Final.  These qualifying games must be played in either Divisions ‘’B’ or ‘C’ of the League - rained off games do not count, this does not apply to players aged 15 years or under on 1st September of previous season as Harburn Cup Rule 34.  (Regular Division ‘A’ players do not qualify for this competition.)



RULES OF THE LLOYD DOWSON CRICKET CUP COMPETITION

(‘C’ DIVISION TEAMS ONLY)


44. The Cup shall be for Division ‘C’ Clubs only.  Only regular members of the ‘C’ Division team can compete.  Players in this competition may be subject to the scrutiny of the Committee.


45. Rules 41 and 42 of the Hunter Cup shall apply.


46. Any player to be eligible to play in the Lloyd Dowson Cricket Cup competition must have played two Division ‘C’ Evening Cricket League games before the first round and semi-final and four games before the final (rained off games do not count) however, this does not apply to players aged 15 years or under on 1st September of previous season providing that these players are registered with their club under Rule 10.  The qualification games have to be Division ‘C’ Evening Cricket League games.  (Regular Division ‘A’ and ‘B’ players do not qualify for this competition.)


OVERALL CUP COMPETITION RULES


50. Lower division club players will be able to play in both a higher division final and their own divisional final providing they have played the majority of their Evening League cricket for their lower division team, providing they shall have played the required number of qualifying games for that lower division cup final in the appropriate division.


51. All cup games to be played under the E.C.B. “Spirit of Cricket” codes.


              


Bernard Goulding – League Secretary – 12, Ewden Close, Filey. YO14 0DY. Telephone 01723 518202  

email bgoulding@btinternet.com                     


7th February 2018







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