General Cup rules

General Cup rules

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The Cup Panel are empowered to review the Priestley Cup, Jack Hampshire Cup and Priestley Shield rules annually and notify them to all clubs prior to the season in which they apply.

The Cup Panel will be led by the Chief Executive and will be formed from the league officials. The day to day administration of the competition will be the responsibility of the League Secretary who will supervise all draws, and deal with all correspondence with clubs. He has the right, in consultation with the Chief Executive to reschedule cup dates where it is deemed necessary. 
The League Secretary will refer the resolution of a dispute or adjudicate on a breach of cup rules which requires a hearing to the Cup Panel who are authorised to act on the Management Board’s behalf. They have the power to adjudicate on any matter not covered specifically in the cup rules and may issue warnings, impose fines ranging from £25-£200, and may remove a team from the competition depending on the severity of the alleged action. 
Any fines imposed must be paid within one month of notification otherwise it will be doubled, If still unpaid after two months the club will be summoned to appear before the Cup Panel who have the authority to issue a further fine in line with the tariff set out above. They can also impose costs and consider expulsion from the competition in which the original offence occurred.

Will be implemented as set out in League Rule 46.

Will be implemented as set out in League Rule 45.

Will be implemented as set out in League Rule 44,

Any club lodging a protest, an objection, or wishing to call a special meeting of the Cup Panel shall inform the League Secretary by email and deposit a sum of £100 in the league’s bank account within five days of the completion of the match concerned, specifying in detail the reason(s) for their request. The Cup Panel has the power to order a match to be replayed, remove an offending team from the competition, and impose costs on the losing party.  Nobody with a connection to either club or have anyone who has had any involvement in the issue under consideration, will be eligible to hear the protest If the protest is unsuccessful the deposit will be forfeited. If the protest is upheld the deposit will be refunded.

The closeness of cup rounds makes it is important for issues to be resolved speedily and fairly.
1. By midnight on the Wednesday following any game for which the League Secretary has been informed of an alleged breach of cup rules he will notify the secretary(s) of the club(s) of any involved parties in the alleged breach by email giving full details, including details of any reports or statements.

2.They will be given until midnight on Saturday in which to respond. 
3. If the allegations are accepted those involved will be informed of the decision and any sanctions to be imposed by midnight on the following Tuesday.
4. If those involved wish to challenge the allegation, they must inform the League Secretary in their response that they wish the matter to go to a hearing before a Cup Panel. They must pay a deposit of £100 into the league’s bank account at the time of their response and the hearing will take place on the following Tuesday.
5. In the event of no response being received within the specified period, those involved lose the right to a hearing and a subsequent appeal. The Cup Panel will make their decision and apply any subsequent sanctions. 
6. Where a request for a hearing is made, the League Secretary will make the arrangements for a hearing on the following Tuesday and confirm the time and venue to those involved within 24 hours of receiving the request.
7. The rules governing the conduct of a hearing are those set out for the League Panel in League Rule 47.

An appeal against the decision of the Cup Panel will, if requested, be heard 48 hours after the original hearing. Requests for an appeal must be made to the League Secretary in writing within 24 hours indicating, whether there is a challenge to the verdict or sentence. This must be accompanied by a deposit of £75 payable into the league’s bank account. This will trigger the procedure set out for appeals under League Rule 47.

The League’s cup competitions must take precedence and no club shall be permitted to postpone any cup fixture or field an under-strength side for the purpose of competing in any alternative competition organised by any outside body. Any club representing the League in the ECB Clubs T20 Competition will, if the need arises, be given assistance by the Management Board to meet their commitments. 

Any club failing to fulfil a cup tie shall be subject to a fine of in the range between £25 and £100 plus expulsion of both their teams from the league’s cup and shield competitions for a minimum period of one year up to a maximum of five years. 
For non-fulfilment of a semi-final or final the offending club will be considered to have brought the league into disrepute and will be subject to punishments under league rule 46. In the case of a final they will also be liable to compensate the league for expenditure on programmes and catering and pay compensation to the host club for loss of revenue.

1. All players must be registered in accordance with League Rule 17. 
 2. No player can play for two clubs in the same competition in the same season. 
 3. The basic premise for qualification for those who may play in more than one competition   is we allow a player to play in the Priestley Shield and then either the Priestley Cup or Jack Hampshire Cup but not vice versa in the same round. 
 4. The specific regulations for each competition are outlined in the sections for the Priestley Cup, Jack Hampshire Cup and the Priestley Shield.

A club playing an unregistered or ineligible player or players will be immediately removed from that season’s competition and may be excluded for the following year.
if they have won a tie with an ineligible player in their side the match will be 
awarded to their opponents, unless they have also breached the regulations in which case both teams will be expelled and their prospective opponents in the next round will receive a bye.

If the league orders a game to be replayed for any reason only those players registered and eligible to play in the original game can play. 

There will be reserve dates for all rounds but it is imperative that home clubs make every effort to ensure that their ground is fit for play on the first occasion. Covers and mopping up equipment must be used.

These shall be determined by the Cup Panel, circulated annually to all clubs and are in accordance with MCC Laws of Cricket except for matters provided for in these rules.

The preparation of the pitch shall be the responsibility of the home club and shall conform with the MCC Laws. Pitches must not be watered within 36 hours of the start of a match unless written permission to do so is given by the Management Board. Where possible, pitches for first team games will be located towards the centre of the square.

All clubs MUST have suitable covers available for use both before and during a match. Such covers MUST be used during interruptions for weather.

The fielding side shall provide a new A Grade ball, or a ball in good condition plus spares. Manufacturers currently accepted by the Management Board are Dukes, Readers and Oxbridge. Umpires must always notify the batsmen of the type of ball in use.

All matches up to an including the semi-finals will commence at 1pm. In the Priestley Cup and Priestley Shield the matches will be 50 overs per side, while in the Jack Hampshire Cup they will be 40 overs per side weather permitting.

The choice of innings will be determined by the toss of a coin. The toss must take place in the presence of the umpire(s) at least 15 minutes before the start of play.

Names of selected players must be stated on the official team cards and signed by the captains and handed to the umpire(s) for retention, before the toss. The ages of all junior players must be indicated. 
No practice may take place within the precincts of a ground after a game has commenced. Players may loosen up between innings or, during the tea interval on the outfield only.
After the first ball has been bowled no second team player may leave a match for the purpose of assisting their club’s first team but any such request prior to the first ball must be granted, and the side concerned may be permitted a replacement by a duly registered player under League Rules 17 or 19.. Clubs must give preference to fielding a full 1stXI at all times.

22 REGULATIONS FOR JUNIOR PLAYERS (under 19 at midnight on August 31,
 previous year).The directives as outlined in league rule 40 MUST be abided by.

Unless eight players of any team are ready to play at the appointed start time, the umpires shall report the defaulting club to the League Secretary and the game shall not commence until the requisite number of players are present. If the match goes ahead with a late start the offending club will be fined £25 for the delay as indicated by the match umpire(s). Overs shall be deducted as described in rule 27 (one over from each side’s innings for every eight minutes).

There shall be a tea interval between innings of 25 minutes which may be taken during an interruption for weather at the discretion of the umpires, in which case there shall be a further interval of 10 minutes between innings whilst rolling and pitch work takes place. Should a declaration be made during an interruption for weather, the umpires must be informed immediately.
Each club will provide teas for players, umpires and scorers. Teas for umpires and scorers are free of charge. Orders for players teas shall be organised in any form at the discretion of the home club. Visiting teams MUST order and pay for a minimum of eight teas.
During Ramadan, (May 5 to June 4 2019) this requirement is waived provided a visiting club with fasting players notifies their opponents by email and sends a copy of the request to the League Secretary no later than 9pm on the Thursday prior to the weekend’s games. Failure to provide the required notice will result in the club having to pay for eight teas.

In matches where both teams have had the opportunity to bat for the agreed number of overs (50 in an uninterrupted Priestley Cup or Shield game, 40 in the Jack Hampshire Cup, less if weather interferes), the team scoring the highest number of runs shall be the winner.
If the team batting second has not had the opportunity to complete the agreed number of overs and has neither been ‘all out’ nor has passed its opponents’ score, and no further play is possible, a comparison of scores will be made at the exact point where the game is halted.
A minimum of ten overs has to have been bowled. If the scores are equal, the side losing the fewer wickets will be declared the winner. If both runs and wickets are equal then the comparison will go back completed over by over until a winner is found. (If runs are equal, wickets are compared at each over, of the countback).
In the event of no play or insufficient play to determine a winner on the reserve date a result should be obtained by a bowl out. Only if the umpires consider conditions unsafe for a bowl out will a toss of a coin determine the winner. The home captain will spin the coin.
Semi-final and final: A comparison of scores will only come into consideration in the Priestley Cup and Shield competitions once 25 overs have been reached in the second innings. In the Jack Hampshire Cup it will be once 20 overs have been reached in the second innings. If the game is abandoned before the 25 overs mark (20 overs for Jack Hampshire Cup), a new game will be played on the reserve day. In all three competitions, a comparison of scores must be used to calculate a result down to a minimum of 10 overs in the second innings on the reserve day. If this has not been possible a bowl out, and finally a toss of a coin will decide a winner.

If the scores are equal, the side losing the fewer wickets are the winners. If both runs and wickets are equal then countback will be used. A comparison of scores will be made after 10 overs in each innings to find a winner. If runs are equal, wickets are compared. If this fails to produce a winner, the countback will continue comparing scores and wickets lost at the end of each over until a winner emerges.

Please refer to the specific regulations for each of the cup competitions. 

The Umpires are the sole judges of whether play can take place and they can reduce the length of any game before the start without there having been a delay. They may also take into consideration an adverse weather forecast and order a shortened game down to a minimum of 10 overs per side. This applies to the original tie and the reserve date.

In the first innings one over is deducted from each side’s allocation for every eight minutes or part of lost. In the second innings one over is deducted for every four minutes or part of lost.  (Unlike the league, deductions start immediately there is a delay or stoppage).

Matches may be cancelled up to two hours prior to the scheduled start time provided that both clubs are in agreement. If this is the case the home club must email 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. 

No bowler may bowl more than ten overs in an innings in a 50 over contest or eight in a 40 over game. In a reduced-overs game the allocations are indicated below.


When the batsman is in his normal stance any ball passing down the leg side which does not come into contact with the bat or any part of the batsman’s person shall be called “WIDE”.

The delivery following a no ball called for a front foot indiscretion shall be a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it. If the delivery for the free hit is not a legitimate delivery (any kind of no ball or a wide ball), then the next delivery shall become a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it. For any free hit, even if that delivery is called ‘Wide’ the batsmen can only be dismissed under the circumstances that would apply for a No Ball (MCC. Law 24 i.e. Run Out, Handled the Ball, Obstructing the Field or Hit the Ball Twice). Play shall proceed until the ‘Free Hit’ delivery is a legitimate delivery. Field changes are permitted for free hit deliveries providing all effective fielding restrictions are adhered to. The umpires shall signal a free hit by (after the normal no ball signal) extending one arm straight upwards and moving it in a circular motion.

All Bradford Premier League cup and shield matches shall be played in predominantly white clothing except where directed otherwise by the Management Board. Advertising on clothing will be allowed. however, all items must have white as the dominant colour. The wearing of shorts is not allowed under any circumstances in any of the league’s competitions.

The Umpire Appointments Secretary will, wherever possible, appoint two umpires to every cup game. Should an appointed umpire be unable to officiate he/she must notify the Umpires Appointments Secretary immediately, the latter shall then appoint a substitute. Clubs will be notified during the week prior to the game (via the WTU system) of appointed panel umpires. Where an umpire fails to appear 30 minutes before the start time the procedure set out in League Rule 42 must be followed. 

Umpires shall receive £45 expenses in all matches up to an including the semi-final which achieve a result, this includes a bowl out or the toss of a coin. The home club will provide the umpires with a free tea. If the umpires travel to a game and there is no play they will receive £5. For any game that starts but does not reach a point where a result can be achieved, they will receive £20 each.

Priestley Cup: The home side is responsible for the payment of both umpires from the match receipts. In all rounds up except the final the maximum admission charges are adults £3 chikldren and senior citizens £1.50.
Jack Hampshire Cup and Priestley Shield: Each club pays for one umpires. The home club is responsible for making sure the umpires are paid..

A scorer MUST be provided by each team. If a team fails to provide a suitable scorer, a player must score instead of playing. If a club is reported for breaching this rule they will be considered to have played an ineligible player and they will be punished under Cup Rule 12 Scorers must be provided with a safe environment and alcohol must not be consumed while scoring.

Regulations are as per League Rule 36.

Regulations are as per League Rule 16.

In consultation with club officials/groundstaff this may take place on the designated pitch or an adjacent one, edge of outfield, artificial pitch or indoor facility, if available.
1. The captains will nominate five players from each side who will bowl one delivery alternatively at three wickets pitched 22 yards from a single stump.
2. Underarm deliveries are not allowed.
3. The ball must bounce once in front of the popping crease. Failure to achieve this counts as one delivery.
4. A no ball will count as a delivery.
5. The same ball will be used by both teams.
6.  No person is allowed to stand in front of the wickets to act as a target for the bowlers.
7. The side that bowls down the wickets most times is the winner.
8. If scores are level after the first ten deliveries, the same players will continue to bowl alternatively one ball each to achieve a result on a sudden-death basis .

Venue: The choice of grounds to be used will be made by the League Officials.
Start time: Noon
Admission: Charges for the finals will be set by the League Officials. Once the match expenses have been deducted from the gross gate receipts any surplus will be given to the host club, provided they supply the personnel to staff the gates at all time.
Match ball: Each team will be responsible for supplying their own match ball.
Trophies: The winning team will receive the competition trophy and 12 mementos for their players plus one for their scorer. The runners up will also receive 12 medals for their players and one for their scorer. The man of the match will receive a cup and a medal. The three umpires will receive a similar medal to the players and a free ticket for the league dinner. Teas will be provided for 13 players per team, scorers and umpires by the league, paid from the gross receipts.
Collections during Final: Collections may be taken during a match to reward a batsman making 50 runs, a bowler performing the hat-trick or a bowler taking five or more wickets. No player can have two collections in the same innings. All of the money collected shall be divided; 50% to Bradford Premier League Contingencies Fund and 50% divided equally among the players who have earned the collections.
For all clubs: No club shall play a match on the day of the Final, except any Bradford Junior League play-off or final, but may hold an attraction or event on its ground which must not include any cricket- based activity. Where a final date is rearranged, any counter attraction which has already been notified to the League Secretary will be allowed to take place on that date.

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