Rules & Playing Conditions for The Conference Cup
Posted by Stan Nicholson on 01/11/2013 12:05
Club Cricket Conference
Competition Rules for The Conference Cup
1. The Conference shall maintain a knockout competition for its member clubs. Its title shall be The Conference Cup.
2. The Competition shall be controlled on behalf of the Council of the Club Cricket Conference (“the Conference”) by a sub-committee of its
Board. The decision of the sub-committee in each and every circumstance shall be final, subject only to the right of appeal to the full
Board. The sub-committee and the Board shall determine their own procedures. By submitting an application form and entry fee, Clubs
indicate their acceptance of these rules and waive all rights of external redress against the Conference.
3. The Competition shall be by invitation and open only to Cricket Clubs who are members of the Conference and are of a standard judged
by the Conference to be appropriate to participation. Clubs will be of this standard if:
i. they play in a League recognised by the Conference for this purpose; or
ii. their record in other competitions is such as to indicate that they would be strong enough to play a full part in the Conference Cup.
4. A player shall play for only one club in The Conference Cup in any one year, and shall be a bona fide member of that club.
5. All players in the Competition shall be:
(i) British or Irish passport holders (or, if no passport held, be eligible to hold a British or Irish passport); or
(ii) have been resident in the United Kingdom for the 24 consecutive months prior to the start of the season (save for vacations or business trips
lasting not more than 28 days on any one occasion).
Players qualifying under (ii) shall be known as “overseas exempt players.
6. No more than two overseas exempt players as defined in Rule 5 above shall be eligible to play for a Member Club in any one match in
The Conference Cup.
7. No player who is aged 23 or over or who has played for his county first team in a competitive match who has a full or summer county
contract shall be eligible to play in The Conference Cup unless he qualifies under Rule 8 below. Academy contracts are not regarded as
county contracts for the purposes of this Rule.
8. Rule 7 shall not apply to any player who was a playing member of the Member Club for which he wishes to play for at least two full seasons
prior to obtaining his county contract.
9. No more than three players in total may play for a Member Club in any one match by virtue of Rules 6 and 8.
10. No player who is suspended from playing for any reason by the Club or League for which he normally plays or by any English county or
minor county or any national Board of Control or the International Cricket Council shall be eligible to play in the Cup during his period of
11. In case of doubt as to the eligibility of a player, the Member Club that wishes to play him shall contact the sub-committee through the
Conference Office at least four days prior to the match and seek a ruling.
12. Any Club that plays an ineligible player shall be liable to be disqualified from the Cup.
Entry, draw and match arrangements
13. Following receipt of an application to enter, applications must be received at the offices of the Conference by such date as the Conference
shall determine, accompanied by an entrance fee to be determined by the Conference and advised at the time of issue of the invitation.
14. The draw will be made by the Conference by no later than the 31st of March each year. The Conference may decide to award byes in the
early stages of the Competition.
15. The normal dates on which each round is to be played shall be determined by the Conference. The teams may reach a mutually agreed
alternative date for the match, subject always to approval by the Conference. Subject to Rules 16 and 17, the Club drawn at home shall be
responsible for all match arrangements. In the event of inclement weather and either no play is possible or the match is abandoned without
a result, the match shall be replayed. In the event of disagreement as to the date of the replay, the Conference will decide the day of play. If on
that day, because of weather, the match is cancelled or abandoned without a result, the team to proceed to the next round shall be determined by the toss of a coin between the two Captains. Should one or both Captains be unavailable, the toss will be made by the Conference.
In the event of widespread inclement weather, the Conference reserves the right to delay subsequent rounds or make such other arrangements for the progression of the competition as it sees fit. For the Final, all arrangements, apart from the provision of scorers, will be undertaken by
16. All grounds on which matches are to be played shall be approved by the Conference. Such approval shall be automatic if:
i. the Club is a member of one of the eight Premier Leagues that are members of the Conference and the ground has been approved for play in that League; or
ii. the Club is a member of an official feeder league to one of the eight Premier Leagues and the ground has been approved by the parent Premier League as suitable for play in that Premier League; or the ground has in the past two years been used to stage List A, County 2nd XI or Minor County 1st XI games.
For the purposes of this Rule, “Premier League” shall be defined as any division in a League whose top division is an ECB Premier League. Other grounds shall also be eligible to stage matches if approved by the Conference following an application by the Club that proposes to use that ground.
17. If a Club drawn at home normally plays on a ground that is not approved, it shall have the option of hiring at its own expense a ground
that is approved for the competition or conceding home advantage to its opponents.
18. Umpires for all matches in all rounds shall be appointed by the Conference. Each side shall pay a fee to one of the umpires on the day of
a match until the Quarter Final stage from when the Conference will both appoint and pay the umpires. The umpire’s fee shall be set by the
Conference. In the event of a match being postponed or abandoned, the originally appointed umpires will, if possible, officiate at the rearranged
match. If this is not possible, the Conference Office should be advised as soon as possible so that umpires can be appointed expeditiously.
19. In all postponed or abandoned games the Home side shall be responsible for notifying the Conference Office of the details of the
rearranged fixture and umpire availability.
20. Each side shall provide one Scorer for all matches in all rounds.
21. The Reader “Sovereign” ball shall be used in all matches (one for each innings), and shall be supplied by the Conference. Each Club that
enter the Competiton shall be charged for a match ball for the 1st round, at a cost determined by the Conference (one charged to each team).
22. Each side shall appoint a Match Manager who shall act as the representative of that Club in all matters connected with the Competition.
Each representative must furnish the Club Cricket Conference with his name, address, telephone number(s) and email address wherever possible so as to enable the Conference and opponents representatives to make contact with him.
23. The winning team will notify the result to the Conference by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1.00pm on the Monday (Tuesday if the
Monday is a Bank Holiday) following the match. Failure to do this may result in disqualification from the competition. The e-mail will contain
the total runs scored, the wickets lost and the number of overs bowled in each innings, and any notable performance. The results will be published on the Conference website, www.club-cricket.co.uk.
The Conference will enter the fixtures on Clubs play-cricket websites, and each club is requested to complete a full scorecard result on their
play-cricket website after the match. These detailed results are linked to the Conference Competitons play-cricket website.
Playing Conditions for The Conference Cup
1. Laws of Cricket. The M.C.C. Code 2000 (5th Edition – 2013) of the Laws of Cricket will apply except where otherwise stated herein.
2. Duration, Hours of Play and Interval. The matches shall consist of one innings per side being limited to a maximum of 45 six ball overs unless all out earlier. Apart from the final, normal hours of play will be 1:00pm to 7:10pm unless an alternative starting time is mutually agreed:
First innings 1:00pm to 3:50pm
Interval 3:50pm to 4:20pm
Second innings 4:20pm to 7:10pm
Should there be a mutually agreed alternative starting time, the above times should be rescheduled as appropriate. Play may continue beyond 7:10pm subject to conditions of ground, weather and light and subject to the over rate penalties at rule 3. The duration and time of the interval can be varied by the umpires alone in the case of a match which starts late or is suspended.
3. Over Rate Penalties. Assuming that the match is not suspended by weather, serious injury, frequent lost balls, slow play by the batting side, or Acts of God, all sides are expected to be in a position to bowl the first ball of the last of their 45 overs within 2 hours 50 minutes allowable playing time. In the event of their failing to do so, the full quota of overs will be completed, and the batting side will be credited with 6 runs for every whole over that has not been bowled. This will apply to both innings of the match. If the side batting second is credited with runs in this way and this consequently takes their score past that of the side batting first, then the match shall be deemed to be won by the side batting
second. All penalties in this regard will be imposed immediately the ball first becomes dead after the scheduled or re-scheduled cessation time for the innings. If the innings is terminated before the scheduled or rescheduled cut-off time, no over rate penalty shall apply. If the innings is suspended, the over rate penalty will apply based on the rescheduled cessation time for that innings. Over rate penalties will not apply in an innings of less than 20 overs. In all reduced overs innings the fielding team will be given one over’s leeway in addition to any time that the umpires might allow for stoppages. The umpires on the day will have sole discretion on the interpretation and implementation of this rule.
4. Restriction on Field Placements. At the instant of delivery, there shall not be more than five fieldsmen on the leg side. For the first 15 overs only of each innings, only two fieldsmen are permitted to be outside an area bounded by two semi-circles centred on each middle stump (each with a radius of 30 yards) and joined by a parallel line on each side of the pitch (the fielding circle). 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 only five fieldsmen are permitted to be outside the fielding circle at the instant of delivery. Two inner circles shall be drawn on the field of play. The circles shall have as their centres the centrepoint of the popping crease at either end of the pitch. The radius of each of the circles is 15 yards. The field restriction should ideally be marked by coloured “dots”. The segment of the circles reserved for the slip positions shall not be demarcated. For the first 15 overs only of each innings there must be a minimum of two stationary fieldsmen (excluding the wicket-keeper) within 15 yards of the striker at the instant of delivery. When a fast bowler is bowling, the two stationary fieldsmen may be permitted to stand deeper than 15 yards provided only that they are standing in slip, leg-slip and gully positions.
5. In circumstances where the number of overs for the team batting first is reduced, the number of overs in regard to the above restrictions shall be reduced in ratio of 15/45. Fractions are to be ignored in all calculations regarding the number of overs. Where the number of overs for the team batting second is reduced, the aim will be to retain the restrictions for the same proportion of the second innings that they were maintained for the first innings (fractions to be ignored).
6. In the event of an infringement by any player of any of the above fielding restrictions, the umpire at the striker’s end shall call and signal “No Ball”.
7. Declarations. The Captain of the batting side may not declare the innings closed at any time during the course of the match.
8. Delayed Start to the match. The number of overs shall be arranged so that both teams have the opportunity of batting for the same number of overs (minimum 10 overs each team). A result can only be achieved in a match of less than 20 overs per side if both sides have the pportunity to bat for the full number of overs originally allocated. The calculation of the number of overs to be bowled shall be based on one over per side for each full 7.5 minutes (7 minutes 30 seconds) in the time remaining before close of play (normally 7:10pm). Time for the interval must be allowed for in the calculations.
9. Suspended matches. When play is suspended during the first innings, the object shall be to rearrange the number of overs so that both sides have the opportunity of batting for the same number of overs (minimum 20 overs per side). If, owing to a delayed start to the second innings or a suspension of play during the second innings, there is insufficient time for the side batting second to face the same number of overs as the side batting first, then the number of overs to be bowled will be those that could be bowled by the scheduled close of play assuming a rate of 16 overs per hour (3.75 minutes per over) subject to a minimum of 20 overs.
10. Number of overs per bowler. No bowler may bowl more than 9 overs. However, where an innings is reduced in length no bowler may bowl more than one-fifth of the total overs allowed (unless such number has been exceeded before the interruption), except that where the total overs are not divisible by five, an additional over shall be allowed to the minimum number of bowlers necessary to make up the balance.
11. When a suspension of play occurs in mid-over and on resumption the bowler has exceeded the new maximum allocation, he will be allowed to finish the incomplete over. In the event of a bowler breaking down and being unable to complete an over, another bowler will bowl the emaining balls. Such part of an over will count as a full over only in so far as each bowler’s limit is concerned.
12. Wide Ball – Judging a Wide. Umpires are instructed to apply a very strict and consistent interpretation in regard to this law in order to prevent negative bowling. Any offside or legside delivery which in the opinion of the umpire does not give the batsman 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 batsman in a normal guard position.
13. Dangerous and Unfair Bowling. A bowler shall be limited to a total of one fast short pitched ball per over. The umpire at the bowler’s end will make it clear to the bowler and the batsmen at the wicket when a delivery within this limit is bowled. It is unfair if the limit is exceeded and the umpire shall call and signal No ball on each such occasion. In addition the umpire will adopt the procedures of Law 42.7. Any high full pitch ball (regardless of its pace) which passes or would have passed above waist height of the striker standing upright at the crease shall be called and signalled No ball by the umpire at the bowler’s end. In addition, if the high full pitched ball is fast, it shall be deemed dangerous and unfair and the umpire at the bowler’s end, in addition to the call and signal of No ball, will adopt the procedures of Law 42.7.
14. The Result. When there is no suspension to the match and when both sides have had the opportunity of batting for the same agreed
number of overs, the side scoring the higher number of runs shall be the winner. If the scores are equal, the result shall be determined by the loss of wickets with the side losing the fewer number of wickets being declared the winner. If still equal, or if both sides were all out, the side with the higher score at the end of the completed penultimate over shall be the winner, and if still equal, at the end of the previous over, and so on until a winner can be decided.
15. If, due to a suspension of play after the start of the match, the number of overs in the innings of either team has to be revised to a lesser number than originally allotted (minimum 20 overs), 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 will be based on average run-rate of the side batting first.
16. If a match is abandoned before it has been played to a conclusion and before the team batting second has received its allotted number
of overs (providing that it has received not less than the minimum overs), the result shall be decided by average run-rate. The minimum overs shall be either the recalculated number of overs (minimum 10) for a late start, 20 overs for a suspended match, or if the match has a delayed start and a suspension, the recalculated number of overs at the suspension if less than 20 overs.
17. If it is not possible to obtain a result in the Final on the original scheduled date, the Committee will make arrangements for the match to be re-staged.
18. Average Run-Rate. A team’s average run-rate is calculated by dividing the number of runs scored in the innings by the number of legitimate balls received during that innings. In the case of a team batting first being dismissed in less than the number of overs allocated for their innings, the calculation will be based on the number of balls that the team was scheduled to receive and not the number actually received. In the case of the team batting second being unable to receive their allocated overs, the calculation of their average run-rate will be based on the actual number of legitimate deliveries received by them during their innings. The average run-rate can be calculated to any number of decimal
positions and a tie can only be achieved if the average run-rates are identical. If average run-rates are identical the match shall be replayed unless already replayed when the winner shall be determined by the toss of a coin by the Captains (see Rules for the Competition).