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Jack Hampshire Cup rules

Jack Hampshire Cup rules

1 ENTRY
This is a 40 over competition for the first teams of those clubs playing in Division Two and Division Three and is played under the latest MCC Laws of Cricket except for matters provided for in these rules. The rules of the competition are reviewed annually by league officials and are advised to clubs before the start of each season.
2 START TIMES 
All matches will commence at 1pm with exception of the final which will start at 12 noon
3 THE TOSS 
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. At the Toss captains and their players will be advised of their responsibilities for directing their team on the following whenever Covid-19 guidelines are in place. 
1. No sweat or saliva on the ball is allowed 
2. Players to maintain social distance at all times. 
3. Ball to be returned directly to the bowler (On the full or rolled along the ground) 
4. Not to remake the wicket once the ball has become dead, this is the role of the umpire. 
5. Players to ensure that any drinks, sweaters or other paraphernalia to be placed at least 1m from boundary edge where at all possible. 
6. Players understand the running rules. 
7. Hygiene breaks will take place every 6 overs or 20 minutes whichever is sooner (A wicket break can be used to restart the process). 
Captains should be made aware that any breach of the above could result in a first and final warning and any subsequent transgression will result in the award of 5 penalty runs. 
During Play: Umpires will not deliberately come into contact with the ball and will not handle any items of players’ clothing 
4 NOMINATION OF TEAMS 
Names of selected players must be provided on a sheet of paper or an official team card and signed by the captains and displayed for the umpires to inspect. 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. 
5 MATCH BALL 
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. The host club will provide sanitised spare balls and they should be left off the field until needed. The chosen spare ball should be cleaned by the fielding captain before use. At the fall of a wicket the ball must be returned to bowlers’ end by the stumps. During any interruption for rain the fielding captain is responsible for the ball in use.

5A SWEAT AND SALIVA
Whenever Covid-19 regulations are in place no sweat or saliva must be applied to the match ball under any circumstances. A team can be issued up to two warnings per innings but repeated use of saliva on the ball will result in a five-run penalty to the batting side. Whenever saliva is applied to the ball, the umpires will instruct the fielding captain to clean the ball before play recommences.

5B SANITATION OF THE MATCH BALL
Every six overs or 20 minutes a break will be called by the umpires and the fielding captain will be responsible for sanitising the ball with wipes before play recommences. The umpires should ensure that this happens and manage these breaks by waiting until the end of the over or a fall of a wicket. The ball should be sanitised by the fielding captain every time it is touched by a spectator. The umpires should sanitise their own hands at every drinks or innings break and after every contact with stumps or bails.

6 PLAYER QUALIFICATION
1. No player may play for two different clubs in the competition.
2. Any registered player shall be eligible to play in the first and second rounds of the competition except a Special Category player who has played in the Priestley Cup, Jack Hampshire Cup or Priestley Shield prior to his transfer.
3. Players must have played at least one league or cup or shield match (external competitions do not count) prior to June 26 to be eligible for the third round and the remainder of the competition.
4. Full-time students or players who have not played at least one league or cup, or shield match on or before June 26, but were registered before April 17, may apply in writing to the League Secretary for dispensation to play in the third and subsequent rounds of the competition. This will only be considered where the player can provide evidence to support their request. Written applications must be submitted by June 23.
5. Players who have appeared in the Jack Hampshire Cup cannot play in the same round of the Priestley Shield.

CUP COMPETITIONS SCHEDULE
ROUND PRIESTLEY CUP JACK HAMPSHIRE CUP PRIESTLEY SHIELD
1  May 2 (May 23)    May 16 (June 6) May 23 (June 13) 
2 June 20 (June 27) June 13 (June 20)  June 27 (July 11)  
3  July 11 (July 18)  June 27 (July 4) July 18 (July 25)
Semi-final August 8 (August 22) July 18 (August 8)  August 8 (August 22)  
Final August 29 (August 30)   August 15 (August 22) September 5 (September 12)


7 SPECIAL CATEGORY PLAYERS
Any Special Category Player who has played in the Priestley Cup or Jack Hampshire Cup prior to his transfer will not be eligible to play for his new club in this competition.
8 OVERSEAS PLAYERS
Any late arriving Overseas Player(s) must have been registered prior to April 17 to be able to apply for dispensation if they have not played at least one league or cup, or shield match prior to July 10.
9 INELIGIBLE PLAYERS
Any club playing an ineligible will be removed from the competition and may also face punishment under League Rule 47.
10 WEATHER CONDITIONS
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. All efforts should be taken to ensure that the game is played. 
Delayed starts: Where weather delays the start of the match, overs will be deducted at one for every four 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 40 minutes, overs lost 10, so the match will be a 45-overs a side contest.
Interruptions
1. Once there is a stoppage for rain, bad light, sun or other adverse conditions overs are deducted at the rate of one for every four minutes lost.  In the first innings overs are deducted from the game while the second innings they are deducted from the allocation of the batting side.
Reserve dates: A reserve date has been allocated for each round of the competition. These will only be used if there is insufficient play on the original date for a result to be achieved as detailed in rule 10.
11 OBTAINING A RESULT
1. Where both teams have had the opportunity to bat for the same number of overs, the side scoring the most runs will be the winner.
2 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 end of the last completed over. The winner will be the team scoring the most runs,
3. A minimum of 10 completed overs need to be bowled for the comparison of scores to come into play unless the batting side is bowled out or reached its target sooner.
4. If in the original tie a result has not been achieved and less than 10 overs have been bowled in the second innings, a fresh game will be played on the reserve date.
5. If on the reserve date there is insufficient play to secure a result, the winners will be determined by a bowl out, if conditions allow, or the toss of a coin.
12 TIED MATCHES
1. Where scores finish level, the team losing least wickets will be declared the winner.
2. If the wickets are identical a comparison of the relative scores of the two sides after 10 overs of their respective innings will be made. If runs are equal the winner will be the team losing least wickets.
3. If a winner still hasn’t emerged the comparison will go back over by over until a winner emerges.
13 CANCELLATIONS 
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 cancellations@bradfordcl.com 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. 
14 BOWLING
No bowler may bowl more than eight overs in an innings in a 40 over contest. In a reduced-overs contest the allocations are indicated below.

INNINGS ALLOTMENT INNINGS ALLOTMENT INNINGS ALLOTMENT
10 2 21-25 5 36-40 8
11-15 3 26-30 6
16-20 4 31-35 7

15 OVER RATES
Teams are expected to be in position to bowl the first ball of the last of their 50 overs within 3 hours 20 minutes playing time. In the event of them failing to do so, the batting side will be credited with 6 runs for every whole over that has not yet commenced. The innings will then continue, providing Ground, Weather and Light (GWL) conditions allow, until the full quota of overs is completed, or it otherwise concludes. This will apply to both innings of the match.

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 side batting second is credited with runs in this way and this consequently takes their score past their victory target then the match shall be deemed to be won by the side batting second. Play must not continue until the Umpires and Scorers are satisfied that the score is correctly displayed on the scoreboard.

If the innings is ended before the scheduled or rescheduled cut off-time, no over rate penalty shall apply. Whenever an innings suffers an interruption for adverse GWL conditions (including for sun) and the number of scheduled overs for an innings is amended, the cut-off time for that innings will be adjusted accordingly. This shall be calculated at a rate of four minutes per over of the new quota.

All playing time lost for Law 42 matters or extraordinary circumstances (e.g. player / umpire injury) shall be added onto the innings and the cut-off time extended accordingly.

* For the avoidance of doubt, and solely for the purpose of this regulation, the time taken for all drinks intervals and replacing lost balls in an innings is to be regarded as playing time, i.e. 3 hours 20 minutes includes intervals for drinks and replacing lost balls.

Target times in delayed starts
When the start of a match is delayed by weather, the ‘target times’ will be reduced as required. Once the game has commenced and further stoppages occur the ‘target times’ will be adjusted in line with the chart below. Similarly, any game which does start on time and is then interrupted by weather, the ‘target time’ will be adjusted.

THE TABLE BELOW APPLIES TO REDUCED OVERS GAMES WHEN THERE ARE NO
COVID-19 REGULATIONS IN PLACE

OVERS

TARGET

OVERS

TARGET

OVERS

TARGET

OVERS

TARGET

10

40min

20

1hr 20min

30

2hr

40

2hr 40min

11

44min

21

1hr 24min

31

2hr 4min

41

2hr 44min

12

48min

22

1hr 28min

32

2hr 8min

42

2hr 48min

13

52min

23

1hr 32min

33

2hr 12min

43

2hr 52min

14

56min

24

1hr 36min

34

2hr 16min

44

2hr 56min

15

1hr

25

1hr 40min

35

2hr 20min

45

3hr

16

1hr 4min

26

1hr 44min

36

2hr 24min

46

3hr 4min

17

1hr 8min

27

1hr 48min

37

2hr 28min

47

3hr 8min

18

1hr 12min

28

1hr 52min

38

2hr 32min

48

3hr 12min

19

1hr 16min

29

1hr 56min

39

2hr 36min

49

3hr 16min


The clause below only applies whenever Covid-19 restrictions are in place,

In the event of Covid-19 guidelines requiring the ball to be sanitised every six overs the target time will be extended to 3hrs 30mins. Overs will still be deducted at one every four minutes for GWL and when recalculating the target time after any stoppage the four minute metric will be used with the 10 minutes added,

Example: Innings reduced from 50 overs to 25 the new target time will be 25 x 4mins + 10mins = 110mins or 1hr 50mins

THE TABLE BELOW APPLIES TO REDUCED OVERS GAMES WHEN THERE ARE NO COVID-19
REGULATIONS IN PLACE

OVERS

TARGET

OVERS

TARGET

OVERS

TARGET

OVERS

TARGET

10

40min

20

1hr 20min

30

2hr

40

2hr 40min

11

44min

21

1hr 24min

31

2hr 4min

41

2hr 44min

12

48min

22

1hr 28min

32

2hr 8min

42

2hr 48min

13

52min

23

1hr 32min

33

2hr 12min

43

2hr 52min

14

56min

24

1hr 36min

34

2hr 16min

44

2hr 56min

15

1hr

25

1hr 40min

35

2hr 20min

45

3hr

16

1hr 4min

26

1hr 44min

36

2hr 24min

46

3hr 4min

17

1hr 8min

27

1hr 48min

37

2hr 28min

47

3hr 8min

18

1hr 12min

28

1hr 52min

38

2hr 32min

48

3hr 12min

19

1hr 16min

29

1hr 56min

39

2hr 36min

49

3hr 16min

16 FIELDING RESTRICTIONS
At the instant of delivery, for the first 15 overs of each 40 overs innings, only two fieldsmen are permitted to be outside the area known as “the fielding circle”. For the remainder of each innings a minimum of four fieldsmen (plus the bowler & wicket-keeper) must be within the “fielding circle” In the event of an infringement the Umpire shall call “NO BALL”
The “fielding circle” is 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”. In the event of the length of the innings being reduced prior to its start the following table indicates. the number of overs for which the restrictions will apply.

INNINGS

ALLOCATION

INNINGS

ALLOCATION

INNINGS

ALLOCATION

10

2

21-25

5

36-40

8

11-15

3

26-30

6

41-45

9

16-20

4

31-35

7

46-50

10

Legside fielders: At all times there must be no more than five fielders on the legside at the point of delivery. An infringement will lead to the umpire calling no ball.

16A SOCIAL DISTANCING
1. Fielders to maintain social distancing (no fielders allowed within 1 m of the batter or other fielders). The only exceptions are wicketkeepers standing up to the stumps and the distance between slip fielders.
2. The non-striking batter should remain socially distanced from the umpire and should run on the opposite side of the pitch to the batter on strike.
3.
Bowlers returning to their mark should maintain social distancing when passing the umpire.
4. Bowlers should be socially distanced from the umpire when making an appeal.

5. Fielders must minimise sharing of the match ball by limiting contact as the ball makes its way back to the bowler e.g. ball goes straight from wicketkeeper to bowler instead of around the fielders.

17 LEG SIDE WIDES
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”.

18 FREE HITS
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.

19 CLOTHING
All Jack Hampshire  Cup 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.

20 UMPIRES
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 below must be followed.

1. Appointed panel or club umpires should arrive at the ground at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start time.
2. 
Umpires shall be on the field of play five minutes before the start time.
3. 
If a panel umpire fails to arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start time. This shall be immediately reported to the Umpires Appointments Secretary by an official of the home clubDue to the lateness of the request it may not be possible to contact the Appointments Secretary. If this is the case, contact should be made to the League secretary.
4. 
The two captains and the other umpire shall select a temporary umpire from anyone at the ground and they shall officiate solely at square leg until the defaulting umpire arrives. If the absent umpire fails to arrive the temporary umpire will officiate for the entire game. In the case of only one panel umpire being appointed, then the home club must provide a club umpire to stand in the game. If it is not possible to appoint a club umpire, then players must undertake the square leg duties only at recommended periods of five overs.
5. 
Where no panel umpires are appointed (due to lack of numbers), each club must provide a club umpire to officiate fully. If a club does not provide a club umpire, then the other club umpire will umpire at bowler’s end for the full game and then players from both teams must undertake the square leg duties at recommended periods of five overs.
6. 
All games must take place, with or without panel or club umpires. If no club or panel umpires are available both captains must nominate a player from their team who will then officiate for the duration of the game and not play.
7. 
When penalty runs have been awarded, the match officials must report the matter to discipline@bradfordcl.com within 48 hours of the completion of the game.
8. Umpires MUST report any misconduct on the part of the players on the field of play, or of spectators interfering with the play of the players by emailing the Disciplinary Recorder at 
discipline@bradfordcl.com within 48 hours of the completion of the game.

21 UMPIRES EXPENSES
Umpires shall receive £50 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 when Covid-19 regulations allow. 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.

22 PAYMENT OF UMPIRES
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 children and senior citizens £1.50.

23 SCORERS
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 Priestley Cup Rule 9.2 Scorers must be provided with a safe environment and alcohol must not be consumed while scoring.

The two scorers are required to follow social distancing guidance with only one official inside the scorers’ box unless it is big enough for them to work socially distanced. No players to be allowed in the scorers’ box. The scorers’ box should be well ventilated. Communal scorebooks or a scoring computer should not be passed from one player to another.

24 BOWL OUT PROCEDURE
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.

25 TEA INTERVAL
1. 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.

2. 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.
3. During Ramadan, (April 13 to May 12, 2021) 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.
When Covid-19 regulations prevent clubs from providing teas, clauses 2 and 3 do not apply.
4. When Covid-19 regulations are in place all participants should bring their own food and drink. Players should bring their own tea and eat this outside while observing social distancing and social gathering size limits. Water bottles should be clearly marked with the owner’s name and must not be shared.

26 MATCH REPORTING
Regulations as per league rule 16

27 FORFEITING A TIE
Any club that forfeits a tie will be automatically excluded from the following season’s competition. They may also face punishment under League Rule 47.

28. THE FINAL
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: 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 day.

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