HARROGATE & DISTRICT EVENING CRICKET LEAGUE

Probably the Oldest Evening Cricket League in the World

CUP RULES

ADDISON CUP; C. B. ATKINSON TROPHY;

GEORGE GREAVES CUP & MMP CUP

~ RULES ~

(Amendments in RED) 

1.    The Addison Cup, the C.B. Atkinson Trophy, the George Greaves Cup and MMP Cup shall never be won outright.

 

2.    The entire management of the above competitions shall be vested in the Harrogate and District Amateur Evening Cricket League.

 

3.    The trophies shall be competed for annually in accordance with the following rules, and shall only be open for competition to clubs who are members of the Harrogate and District Amateur Evening Cricket League.

 

4.    All matches prior to the Final shall be played on Monday evenings wherever possible and, if postponed because of weather conditions, on the following Monday excluding Bank Holiday Monday unless another date be mutually agreed by the two clubs concerned and subject to the approval of the Assistant League Secretary. In such cases, matches shall be commenced entirely including the toss. League matches to be re-arranged when necessary.

 

5.  (a) Each side shall bat 20 six-ball overs unless a declaration is made or an innings completed. Unless otherwise mutually arranged, each tie in the first instance shall be played on the ground of the club first drawn in the ballot, and must be played to a finish. In the event of a tie, the side having lost fewer wickets shall win the game. If the game is still tied, the side scoring the most runs in the first five overs shall win the game and if the game is still tied the side scoring the most runs off the bat in the total allocated overs shall be deemed to have won the game. The Committee shall fix the ground for matches which have been twice tied. All games shall begin at 6.30pm except for the finals which shall begin at 6.15pmunless otherwise decided by the Committee. The time allowed between the innings shall not exceed 10 minutes.
(b)
In all rounds prior to the semi finals, prior to the toss being made, the match may, with the agreement of both captains, be reduced by a maximum of 4 overs per side. No match shall start later than 7.00pm
(c) Any player not on the ground by 7.00pm may not bat or bowl for his team, except for the finals when 6.45pm shall apply.

 

6.    All games must be played on an enclosed ground with a boundary line marked at ground level. The home team to prepare a properly marked pitch and to provide umpire coats. Each fielding side to provide a suitable ball, approved by both captains. A new ball may be used. In Cup games with neutral umpires two suitable red balls, approved by the umpire(s) shall be provided by the captains prior to the start of the game.

 

7.    The Committee shall have the management of the Finals, shall choose the grounds, umpires, and all proceeds may go to the League Funds.

 

8.    (a) Any club failing to fulfil an engagement through a cause other than weather conditions shall be deemed to have lost the match and shall be dealt with by the Committee, who may inflict any penalty they deem fit.
(b)
If a club runs two sides, it must fill those sides in order of seniority, i.e. the A team must have the majority of players and take precedence over the B team. Where a club fails to field the majority of its players in the A team, it must submit its reasons for doing so in writing to the Hon. Asst. Secretary, along with the match return.

 

9.    (a) Any player, having played for an ‘A’ team in a competition, will not be eligible to play for a ‘B’ team later in the same competition.
(b)
Where any club has two teams, one team in the Addison Cup competition and one team in the C.B. Atkinson, George Greaves or MMP Cup competitions, no player shall be eligible to play in any round of the C.B. Atkinson, George Greaves or MMP Cup competitions who has played in more league matches for the ‘A’ team than the ‘B’ team up to and including the Wednesday preceding any C.B. Atkinson, George Greaves or MMP Cup competition round, unless special permission is given by the Hon. Asst. Secretary.
(c)
Where any club has two teams, one team in the C.B. Atkinson competition, one team in the George Greaves Cup or MMP Cup competition, no player shall be eligible to play in any round of the George Greaves or MMP Cup competition who has played in more league matches for the ‘A’ team than the ‘B’ team up to and including the Wednesday preceding any George Greaves or MMP Cup competition round, unless special permission is given by the Hon. Asst. Secretary.
(d)
Where any club has two teams, one team in the George Greaves Cup competition and one team in the MMP Cup competition, no player shall be eligible to play in any round of the MMP Cup competition who has played in more league matches for the ‘A’ team than the ‘B’ team up to and including the Wednesday preceding any MMP Cup competition round, unless special permission is given by the Hon. Asst. Secretary.
(e)
League matches played before the first Wednesday in May shall not count for eligibility for Cup teams under rules 9(b), 9(c) and 9(d).
(f)
A player must have played in at least three league or cup matches before being eligible to play in the semi-final or final of any Cup competition unless special permission is given by the Assistant League Secretary.
Any club contravening these rules shall be deemed to have lost the match, shall be liable to a fine not exceeding £20, may be excluded from a cup competition in the following season and could have a maximum of two league points deducted from its total.
For the purpose of this rule a match will be deemed to have commenced when the umpire has called ‘play’ or the bowler has commenced his run up.
(g)
No player may play for more than one club in cup competitions in the same season.
(h) No first and second division club shall include in their team more than two overseas players. No club in any other division shall include in any team more than one overseas player. An overseas player, for the purpose of this rule, shall be defined as any player not eligible to play for England under the ECB qualification. The Committee shall have the final discretion upon the eligibility of any player.

 

10. All questions of eligibility, qualifications of players, or interpretations of the rules shall be referred to the Committee, whose decision shall be final. No objection or protest as to results of games will be considered unless lodged with the Disciplinary Officer within 72 hours following the evening of the match, together with a Postal Order or Cheque for £20, which shall be forfeited if the objection or protest is not sustained.
All objections or protests must be accompanied by a full statement setting forth the grounds, and shall not be withdrawn except by leave of the Committee. In all cases the opposing club’s Secretary must be notified of such objection or protest and also provided with a copy of the statement within 72 hours following the evening of the match.
Representatives of interested clubs shall not be allowed to remain on the Committee during the hearing of objections or protests.

 

11. (a) Both teams shall text the result of their Cup match to the Assistant League Secretary on 07714 141110 before 10.00pm on the evening of the fixture. Any team failing to do so may be fined a sum not exceeding £10.
(b)
Both teams shall send online to the Assistant League Secretary within 72 hours of the match being played, a full scorecard giving the result of the match.
All players’ names must be included even if they have not batted or bowled. Failure to comply may render teams to a fine not exceeding £10.

 

12. (a) Bowlers must wear white shirts or sweaters and umpires must see that this rule is carried out.
(b)
The following ECB directives will apply:
All players up to the age of 18 must
(i)
wear a helmet when batting against a hard cricket ball in matches and in practice games and net situations.
(ii)
when wicket keeping wear a helmet when standing up to the stumps.
(c) Clubs must adhere to other ECB directives.

 

13. (a) No bowler may take more than a 12 yard run-up, marked from the middle stump. In the event of the bowler contravening this rule, the umpire at the bowler’s end shall, at the instant of delivery call and signal ‘no ball’.
(b)
No bowler may bowl more than 4 overs in any one innings. In the event of a bowler being unable to complete an over for any reason, the captain of the fielding side shall depute another bowler to complete the over, provided that the normal laws of cricket are not contravened.
(c)
Any short-pitched delivery which bounces above the shoulder height of a batsman in his normal stance shall be called a ‘no ball’.
(d)
Any offside or leg side delivery which in the opinion of the umpire does not give the batsman a reasonable chance to score shall be called a wide. For guidance purposes a leg side wide should be called if a ball passes the leg side of leg stump without hitting the bat, batsman or any of the batsman’s equipment - Addison Cup only.
(e)
At least four fielders, not including the bowler and wicketkeeper, shall be inside a fielding circle at the time of delivery of the ball by the bowler. The circle to be dependent on the size of the ground and approved by the League Umpire if present. Failure to have an approved circle in place will incur penalties to be determined at the discretion of the Magagement Committee. In the event of an infringement of these fielding restrictions the striker’s end Umpire shall call and signal “no ball” - Addison Cup only.
(f)
When a front foot no ball has been called the batsman will be given a free hit. The delivery following a no ball called for a front foot fault shall be a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it. If the delivery for the free hit is not a legitimate delivery then the next delivery will become a free hit. For any free hit the striker can be dismissed only under circumstances that apply for a no ball.
Field changes are not permitted for free hit deliveries unless there is a change of striker save that in all circumstances any fielder within 15 yards of the striker may retreat to a position on the same line no more than 15 yards from the striker - Addison Cup only.

 

14. The umpire’s expenses shall be £15.00 each for each match to be paid before the commencement of the second innings. In the event of an approved umpire being the only official present, then the expenses shall be £22.50, to be shared by the competing clubs. Where no play is possible Umpires who arrive at the ground shall be paid half their expenses.
The final shall be paid for by the League.
The Umpires secretary must be notified by the Home Club in the event of the postponement of any fixture.

 

15. The trophies shall be handed to the representatives of the winning clubs in exchange for a document signed by three responsible officials, promising to take proper care of them, and to return them in as good a condition as when received, also undertaking to make good to the League the amount of any damage or loss. The trophies must be returned to the Assistant League Secretary by the holders one month before the next season’s final. Winning clubs shall be responsible for engraving and cost. Any club failing to return a trophy or failing to have the trophy engraved will automatically be fined £20.00.

 

16. The League Committee has power to disqualify or fine, or both, any competing club or player of a club who may be proved guilty of any breach of the rules of this competition.

 

17. M.C.C. Laws will be adhered to on matters not covered by these rules.

 

18. The League Committee has power to deal with any matters not covered by these rules and once a decision has been given on any dispute, protest or appeal, it shall be final and binding on all concerned.

 

19. Discipline: All matters of discipline to be dealt with in accordance with League Rule 27.