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Running the rule over the changes for 2021

Running the rule over the changes for 2021

With the 2021 season starting tomorrow here is a guide to the new rules that will be coming in to force.

Saturday league matches will now start at 12.30pm until September when the first ball will be bowled at midday.

Changes have been made to the weather rules with stoppages for sun now resulting in a deduction of over like other weather conditions which halt play.

The 30-minute period when no over were deducted for weather related stoppages has been scrapped. Overs will be deducted immediately at one for every four minutes lost.

Duckworth Lewis Stern has been extended to Division One for weather affected games, while a Comparison of scores has been introduced in divisions two and three to enable results to be achieved in matches where the side batting second does not have has many overs available to them as their opponents.

Under both methods, 20 overs need to be bowled in the second innings unless a result has been achieved sooner.

Transference of overs has been abolished in all first and second team cricket. Previously, a team bowling out their opponents received the unused balance of their opponents’ overs on top of their allocation.

The new over rate regulations, which were due to be introduced in 2020, have been brought in for first team cricket only.

The target time for 50 overs would normally be 3hrs 20mins, but while Covid-19 regulations for ball sanitisation and hygiene breaks are in place, this has been extended to 3hrs 30mins. Teams will incur a six-run penalty for every complete over they have not completed in the target time and will, provided weather conditions allow, still have to bowl them.

Leg side wides will apply in all first team cricket and umpires’ fees have been increased to £50.

In the Priestley Cup, Duckworth Lewis Stern is being introduced and the same over-rate rule that applies in the league – with the same penalties – will be in operation. This is also the only change to Jack Hampshire Cup rules.

This year’s Priestley Shield competition has been reduced to 40 overs per side with each bowler limited to eight overs each.

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