Cancellation of matches:
Matches may be cancelled up to three hours prior to the scheduled start time provided that both clubs are in agreement. If this is the case the home club must email firstname.lastname@example.org copying in the visiting club prior to this time detailing the cancellation. The email must include the name of the person at the away club who has agreed to this cancellation. This must be the club secretary or team captain.
Interruptions for weather:
Where the start of the match is delayed overs will be deducted at one for every three minutes lost. The number of overs lost will be deducted from the total match overs and the balance split equally between the two teams. If the number of overs lost is an odd number it must be rounded up. Example: Delay 39 minutes overs lost 13 so the match will be a 43 overs a side contest. A match cannot commence if more than 60 overs have been lost due to adverse weather conditions.
For First XI only: Once the game is underway there is a cumulative allowance of 30 minutes for stoppages for rain or bad light when no overs will be deducted. Once the cumulative total of 30 minutes has been reached then the Duckworth Lewis Stern method will be used to calculate the result. A minimum of 25 overs must be bowled in the second innings to constitute a result.
For Second XI only: once the game is underway there is an allowance of 30 minutes for stoppages for rain or bad light when no overs will be deducted. Once the cumulative total of 30 minutes has been reached overs will start to be deducted at the rate of one for every three minutes. Example: Delays of 12 minutes, 13minutes and 17 minutes means stoppages total 42 minutes -30 minute allowance =12 minutes four overs will be deducted. No overs shall be deducted during the tea interval but any stoppage before the interval shall be added on to any stoppage after the interval should the same team be batting. If the stoppage is for sun, no overs shall be deducted however long the stoppage. The Umpires shall remain on the field of play during the stoppage.
In a match which has commenced play and is then affected by the weather, providing the second side batting receives an equal number of overs or more than the side batting first and providing that a minimum number of 40 overs are available when the match commences a ten point win can be achieved.
Where there is an imbalance of overs in favour of the side batting first, the ten points for a win can only be awarded if they bowl out their opponents or if their score is beaten by the side batting second. Where scores finish level, the match is tied, and each side will receive five points plus any bonus points. In all other circumstances the match is considered “ abandoned or incomplete ” and three points will be awarded to each side together with any bonus points accrued.
Examples of over reductions
Match starts at 1pm. At 1.30pm the match is interrupted by rain and play does not recommence until 2.30pm. At 5pm (in the second innings) there is a further interruption of 5 minutes. As in Example 2 above but a further 2 overs deducted from the match for the 5 minute interruption as the 30 minute threshold for the deduction of overs had already been completed.
Match starts at 1pm. At 3pm the match is interrupted by rain. At 3.40pm the umpires decide to take tea. Play recommences at 4.45pm. No overs are deducted for the 25 minutes tea interval but the remaining stoppage is 50 minutes. Of this, no overs would be deducted
Match starts at 1pm. At 1.30pm the match is interrupted by rain for 10 minutes. At 2.30pm there is a further 25 minute interruption. No overs are deducted for the first interruption . The length of the second interruption is added to the first interruption making a total of 35 minutes. No overs are deducted for the first 30 minutes but 2 overs are deducted from the match for the extra 5 minutes.
Match starts at 1pm. At 3.30pm the match is interrupted by rain. At 3.40pm the umpires decide to take tea. Play recommences at 4.05pm. No overs are deducted from the match as the stoppage was only 10 minutes with the tea interval not counting in the stoppage.