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Playing Conditions

The Spirit of Cricket

Cricket is a game that owes much of its appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within the Laws but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action which is seen to abuse this spirit causes injury to the game itself. The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rests with the captains.

  1. There are two Laws which place the responsibility for the team's conduct firmly on the captain.

    Responsibility of Captains

    The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of the Game as well as within the Laws.

    Player's Conduct

    In the event of a player failing to comply with instructions by an umpire, or criticising by word or action the decisions of an umpire, or showing dissent, or generally behaving in a manner which might bring the game into disrepute, the umpire concerned shall in the first place report the matter to the other umpire and to the player's captain, and instruct the latter to take action.

  2. Fair and unfair play

    According to the Laws the umpires are the sole judges of fair and unfair play. The umpires may intervene at any time and it is the responsibility of the captains to take action where required.

  3. The umpires are authorised to intervene in cases of:
    • Time wasting
    • Damaging the pitch
    • Dangerous or unfair bowling
    • Tampering with the ball
    • Any other action they may consider to be unfair

  4. The Spirit of the Game involves RESPECT for:
    • Your opponents
    • Your own captain and team
    • The role of the umpires
    • The game's traditional values

  5. It is against the Spirit of the Game:
    • To dispute an umpire's decision by word, action or gesture
    • To direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire
    • To indulge in cheating or any sharp practice, for instance:
      1. To appeal knowing the batsman is not out
      2. To advance towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing
      3. To seek to distract an opponent either verbally or by harassment with persistent clapping or unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of one's own side

  6. Violence

    There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play.

  7. Players

    Captains and umpires together set the tone for the conduct of a cricket match. Every player is expected is expected to make an important contribution to this

Young Players

The ECB has issued strict guidelines regarding young players. These can be accessed from this link.

Laws of Cricket

The following variations have been adopted as playing conditions for this League

  1. Law24. Substitutes must comply with league rules 12 & 14. Wicketkeeper must be register player from  team.
  2. When only one official umpire is in attendance, the person at square leg must be able to comply with the provisions of this rule. That means he must be able to consult in English with the official umpire.
  3. In the event of matches having to be umpired by players, any decision on Fitness For Play shall  revert to the captains. If they cannot agree, prevailing situation shall continue.
  4. Law 4.3  (New Ball) shall not apply see League rule 19

Because of conditions created by pandemic, Cup games to be completed on arranged date. If no result for any reason then decision made by toss of coin.

Please Note: Lightning and Concussion guide lines must be followed.

Custom and Practice

It is custom and practice to permit substitutes for nominated players who arrive late due to work.

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