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League Rules

League Rules

This combination of 48 clubs plus the Match Officials Association shall be called the Bradford Premier League, hereinafter referred to as the League and for the season 2021 shall consist of: Adwalton, Altofts, Baildon, Bankfoot, Batley, Birstall, Bowling Old Lane, Bradford & Bingley, Brighouse, Buttershaw St Paul’s, Carlton, Cleckheaton, Crossbank Methodists, Crossflatts, East Ardsley, East Bierley, East Leeds, Farsley, Gildersome & Farnley Hill, Gomersal, Great Preston, Hanging Heaton, Hartshead Moor, Heckmondwike & Carlinghow United, Hopton Mills, Hunslet Nelson, Jer Lane, Keighley, Lightcliffe, Liversedge, Methley, Morley, New Farnley, Northowram Fields, Ossett, Pudsey Congs, Pudsey St. Lawrence, Rodley, Sandal, Scholes, Spen Victoria, Townville, Undercliffe, Wakefield St Michael's, Windhill & Daisy Hill, Woodlands, Wrenthorpe and Yeadon.

All member clubs, their registered players and officials, agree to be bound and must abide by the league’s rules, disciplinary regulations, procedures and decisions at all times. All clubs must support the aims of the league and its sponsors. This will include using the full title of the league in all club programmes and websites. Failure to comply with the rules, procedures and decisions will constitute a breach of rule 48. It may also invoke a charge under rule 47.

All clubs must run two elevens. Premier and Division One clubs’ first elevens shall also take part in the Priestley Cup competition, while clubs in Division Two and Division Three first elevens will compete in the Jack Hampshire Cup. Premier Division second elevens must enter the Priestley Shield. Other clubs may apply to enter in the Priestley Shield with the number of entrants limited to 32.

If any team fails to compete in the 2021 season, they will be included in the final league table and therefore will be subject to relegation if the criteria for its operation is met as set out in rule 14.


The League shall be governed by a President and a Management Board of 12 consisting of: Chairman, Chief Executive, Treasurer, League Secretary, Cricket Operations Officer, Marketing Officer, and Communications & Data Officer (The Officials) who will form the Executive Committee. They will be joined for Management Board Meeting by 2 club representatives a Safeguarding Officer, plus two members to be appointed by the board to advise and direct Ethnicity, Diversity and Inclusion. A day-to-day operations team will be led by the Communications & Data Officer and includes the Secretary, Cricket Operations Officer and Marketing Officer
All club representatives shall be eligible to stand for election when the Management Board is voted for at the Annual General Meeting. Nominations for election should be in the hands of the League Secretary 28 days prior to the AGM.
The election shall be by ballot, in the case of a tie, a second ballot shall be taken.
In the event of a vacancy on the Management Board, the existing members have the power to co-opt personnel to fill any vacancy. In addition, they can co-opt up to two additional members who have skills which will enhance the board.

The Officials shall handle all urgent matters and deal with the day-to-day business of the League. They have the right to amend rules and playing conditions at any time. They can also terminate or amend competitions if Covid-19 or any other exceptional circumstance makes such action necessary.


The Annual General Meeting shall normally be held in November but if Covid-19 or any other exceptional circumstance makes it necessary the Management Board have the right to delay the meeting which must then be held before March 31. If a physical meeting is not possible the Management Board will arrange for it to be conducted by Microsoft Teams or another suitable on-line meeting forum, and ensure all clubs are advised how they can access any on-line meeting. Voting will be on-line with the matters requiring a ballot being circulated in advance. The result of all votes will be announced at the AGM with a straight majority determining the outcome. The league official chairing the meeting will have a casting vote if required. The notice of the meeting along with the agenda will be sent to all clubs 14 days prior to the meeting. The AGM will approve the reports, accounts, honoraria and elect the Management Board for the following year. All members of the Management Board, together with one representative from every club and the Match Officials Association, shall have one vote each. Any club not represented shall be fined £50.


The Management Board have the right to call an EGM whenever they consider it appropriate and will give 21 days’ notice to all parties. An Extraordinary General Meeting may also be called on receipt by the League Secretary of a requisition signed by at least 16 members. The business to be discussed shall be stated, and the meeting shall be called within 21 days from the receipt of the requisition. If a physical meeting is not possible the Management Board will arrange for it to be conducted by Microsoft Teams or another suitable on-line meeting forum, and ensure all clubs are advised how they can access any on-line meeting. All members of the Management Board, together with one representative from every club, shall have one vote each. Where a vote is required a straight majority will decide the outcome. The league official chairing the meeting will have a casting vote if required. Any club not represented shall be fined £50.

These will be held twice a year when all members of the Management Board are entitled to vote, together with one representative of each club and the Match Officials Association. If a physical meeting is not possible the Management Board will arrange for it to be conducted by Microsoft Teams or another suitable on-line meeting forum, and ensure all clubs are advised how they can access any on-line meeting. Where a vote is required a straight majority will decide the outcome. The league official chairing the meeting will have a casting vote if required. Any club not represented shall be fined £50.


The League Officials will review all rules annually and will publish these, following Management Board approval, normally no later than January 31 when they will come into effect. As part of the review, clubs may make suggestions for alterations to rules at any time provided they are sent to the League Secretary no later than September 30th for consideration. When an exceptional circumstance such as Covid-19 arises, they have the right to delay publication so that the rules can take account of essential Government and ECB advice.

The financial year shall end on the September 30 and the Treasurer or his representative will provide audited accounts for approval at the AGM.

Each club shall pay an annual subscription of £50 and purchase a minimum of 10 handbooks, Payment has to be made by March 31st. Non-payment of the annual subscription by the due date will result in the fee being doubled with immediate effect. In the event of the delay exceeding 14 days from the due date Rule 48 will be applied,

Any fines imposed must be paid within one month of receipt of notification otherwise the amount will be doubled. If any fine remains unpaid two months after the date of notification, 10 league points will be deducted from each of the club’s teams. Rule 48 will be applied for any further delay or breaches.

The Secretary of every club is responsible for ensuring that a copy of its current insurance certificate is forwarded to the League Secretary by March 31 each year. No Club will be allowed to fulfil fixtures until a valid certificate is produced. Each club must ensure that insurance provides adequate protection for its players, officials, and club umpires. The insurance must also cover clubs for public liability. 

Any club wishing to join must secure written permission from their existing league, before opening negotiations with Officials of the Bradford Premier League. New applicants will need to meet the league’s entry criteria, resign from their existing league by June 30th in the year before they intend joining and pay the entrance fee of £100.

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Clubs wishing to resign from the Bradford Premier League, must secure written permission from the League Secretary before opening negotiations with officials of another competition. Permission will not normally be refused if the procedure is followed correctly.

To complete the transfer of membership, the club must give notice in writing to the League Secretary by midnight on June 30 in the year before they intend leaving. If the deadline passes without the club completing a transfer to another league, they will remain a member of the Bradford Premier League and be required to fulfil fixtures and financial obligations for the following year. They will also need to reapply for permission to negotiate if they are still seeking to leave.
Any club which is expelled, or which ceases to be a member of the league, shall at once forfeit any rights to any share of the league’s assets. They must meet any financial obligations up to the AGM in the year in which their departure is confirmed.

The playing season will be determined by the Management Board but will not start before the third Saturday in April. Unless special permission is granted by the Management Board, all Saturday matches will start at 12.30pm, except for those in September which will start at noon. League matches rearranged for Sundays will start at 1pm until September when the start time will be noon.

All first team promotions are subject to criteria attainment. Criteria for the Premier Division and Division One will be set in line with ECB Premier League criteria and clubs must be compliant with these requirements to be promoted to or remain in the Premier Division.

Clubs seeking promotion to the Premier Division must provide all requested compliance documentation by June 30. On receipt of this documentation, the League Secretary/Compliance Officer will inform clubs of any areas of concern before compliance can be approved.

Clubs should be fully compliant by July 31 for the following season and no club can play in the Premier Division without the ECB Clubmark. Additional time may be allowed if waiting for ECB approval of a Clubmark application. This will be subject to the club being able to demonstrate its application is ready to be signed off.

All clubs must appoint a Covid-19 Officer and conduct a risk assessment outlining how they will implement all the Government and ECB directives. No club can play a game on its home ground until the Risk Assessment is submitted to the League Secretary. If a club is reported to the league for not following ECB and Government guidelines, they will receive a first and final warning and any further breach will lead to sanctions being imposed in line with ECB Special Measures which could involve loss of funding or Clubmark status.

The Management Board are empowered to decide on the promotion and relegation of clubs. Where clubs finish level on points the following will apply to determine championship winners, promotion and relegation positions.

1. The team with most wins will occupy the highest position.
2. If the number of wins is identical, then the higher positions shall be decided by dividing their average runs per wicket for, by their average runs per wicket against.
3. In the event of teams still being level, the above method used in point 2 will be applied to the league matches between the respective teams to determine the outcome.

In the event of Covid-19 restricting the length of the season the following will apply.

0-10 games played will lead to the season being declared null and void with no promotion or relegation. However, personal performances will still count towards league records.

11-15 games played will lead to the following.

Premier Division: The championship will be awarded and the bottom team will be relegated..
Division One: The top team will be promoted and the bottom team relegated.
Division Two: The top team will be promoted and the bottom team relegated.
Division Three: The top team will be promoted.
Second Teams
Premier Division:
The championship will be awarded and the bottom team will be relegated.
Second Teams Division One: The top team will be promoted and the bottom team relegated.
Second teams Division Two: The top team will be promoted and the bottom team relegated.
Second Teams Division Three: The top team will be promoted.

16-22 games played

Premier Division: The championship will be awarded and the bottom two teams will be relegated.
Division One: The top two teams will be promoted and the bottom two teams will be relegated.
Division Two: The top two teams will be promoted and the bottom two teams will be relegated.
Division Three: The top two teams will be promoted.

Second Teams Premier Division: The championship will be awarded and the bottom two teams will be relegated.
Second Teams Division One: The top two teams will be promoted and the bottom two teams will be relegated.
Second teams Division Two: The top two teams will be promoted and the bottom two teams will be relegated.
Second Teams Division Three: The top two teams will be promoted.

In the event of there being a difference in the number of games played by teams when the season is brought to a halt, a points per game formula will be applied to bring each affected team up to the highest number of games played by any team in their division. The points per game average will relate to each individual team’s record. Their total points won will be divided by the number of games played and applied as required.

Example: Team A has played 18 games – the most in the division, Team B has only played 15 and earned 180 pts. Their points per game average is 180/15=12. They would be awarded 3 x 12=36pts giving them a total of 216


Where a club fails to fulfil a league fixture their opponents will automatically receive 20pts (10 match points plus 5 batting and 5 bowling points. The circumstances of the non-fulfilment of the fixture must be detailed in writing by the offending club to the league’s Chief Executive within 72 hours of the scheduled start time. The League Executive have the right to impose a points penalty on both the offending club’s teams and impose a fine if they consider such a penalty appropriate, they may also order the offending team to pay costs associated with the game.

The League’s competitions must take precedence and no club shall be permitted to postpone any cup or league 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 Championship and the ECB Clubs T20 Competition will, if the need arises, be given assistance by the Management Board to meet their fixture commitments.


All First Eleven games must be scored on PCS PRO. Clubs must ensure they have an internet connection to update Live Scores for the duration of the game. One of the scorers MUST be set as Live Scorer on PCS PRO.

Second Eleven games can be scored on PCS PRO or the Play Cricket APP or by the traditional book method. Clubs can connect to Live Scores but this not compulsory.

For games scored electronically, the result must be submitted by Play Cricket Scorer or Play Cricket APP within 15 minutes of the conclusion of the match.  As soon as you click on end of match the result will automatically go to Play Cricket if there is an internet connection. Before the match is uploaded both scorers must check that they agree with the result, scores, and scorecard.

All results to be submitted by 9pm on the day of the match. Any result not submitted by this time will incur a fine of £10 per occasion for the home club.

If the match is being scored manually then the result summary must be entered on Play Cricket by 9pm of the match and any not received will incur fine as above. The full match scorecard must be submitted on Play Cricket by midnight on the day of the match. This must detail names of all players playing in the game. If not submitted by midnight the home club will also incur a fine of £10. Any full scorecard not submitted by noon the following day will result in a deduction of 5 league points from the home team.

Both Clubs must confirm the result and scorecard on their Play Cricket Action Centre page within 48 hours of the match completing.

Corrections: It is the responsibility of both clubs to check that the scorecard displayed on Play Cricket and the league website is accurate.

Once the scorecard is entered both clubs must verify its correctness. This verification and any amendments must be completed on Play Cricket within 48 hours of the conclusion of the match.

Abandoned matches

In the case of matches abandoned without play the names of all the players MUST be entered on Play Cricket. Failure to do so will result on the first occasion in a warning and a team offending for a second time will have three league points deducted.
Cancelled matches

For cancelled matches (ie no players and match officials attend the ground) the game does not count for eligibility purposes. No names are needed but confirmation that the match was cancelled must be entered on Play Cricket in line with the results procedure.

The procedure for entering a scorecard manually can be found by clicking here
Failure to follow any of the procedures above will incur a fine of £10 per offence. Any full scorecard not submitted by noon the following day will result in a deduction of 5 league points from the home team.

It is each club’s responsibility to ensure that all registrations and transfers are bona fide

A club shall not register a player from another club outside the league for occasional matches only. All players must be registered on the Play Cricket system and cannot play in any league, cup or shield game until their registration has been approved.

1. Each player must complete and sign a copy of the League’s Registration Form. This will be retained by their Club for registration purposes only for the period of time they are playing for the Club.
2. Those players over the age of 18 on August 31 of the previous season must also supply a recent passport size photograph of themselves.
3. The club will then submit an application for registration on Play Cricket
4. Clubs engaging players not having played for them the previous season MUST input a transfer  nomination on Play Cricket, having requested and received the player’s record from their previous club.
5. Once the registration has been approved the player’s name and picture will only be displayed on the Play Cricket administration site. They are password protected and can only by accessed by those granted authority to do so.
6. Registrations for consideration MUST BE RECEIVED by no later than 6pm on the Friday prior to the upcoming weekend matches.
7. The deadline for transfers and registrations of players in the current season is July 31, except for junior players up to and including under-17 who are registering with the club they play their junior cricket. These players may be registered up to August 31.
Any queries or questions on registrations should be sent by email to registrations@bradfordcl.com


1. A club playing an unregistered or ineligible player or players will have all points removed from the game or games in which they were involved. They will also be deducted 10 points for each ineligible player in each match in which the rule was breached. 
eg. Club A plays three ineligible players in one game and wins with full bonus points. They will lose the 20pts and will be deducted 30 pts for playing ineligible players.
2. The opponents of an offending club will receive the maximum 20 points (10 match points plus 
5 batting and 5 bowling points in all instances.

All players from within or outside the league cannot move to any Bradford Premier League club until the necessary transfer process on Play Cricket (www.play-cricket.com) has been approved.  Clubs must request the players record from the releasing club, and when this has been received the receiving club should process the record and apply for League Registration. This will be approved only if the releasing club has accepted the transfer or deleted the player’s record from their list of League Registered players.

Any club needing advice should contact registrations@bradfordcl.com  All approved transfers will be displayed on the League’s website.
Download league transfer form

During the season
Players may only transfer once in any season.

1. Players who have not played in the Bradford Premier League in the current season can play in first and second team cricket provided they transfer before July 31.
2. Players who have only played second team cricket in the current season may transfer before July 31 and play for their new club’s first team.
3. Juniors may transfer for first and second team cricket irrespective of whether they have played first or second team cricket in the current season.
4. The deadline for transfers for the 2021 season will be 6pm on Saturday 31st July.
Special Category
The League does not condone the poaching of players so all transfers under the Special Category will have to be ratified by the Management Board. Any club seeking to make a signing under this category must obtain a signed statement from the player giving their reason(s) for wanting to change clubs. A completed transfer form and a cheque for the administration fee of £50 must be sent to the League Secretary before the request will be considered. If the transfer is rejected the fee will be refunded. The player cannot play until approval is given and the transfer approved on Play Cricket.

1. Clubs may secure by transfer two players who has played first team cricket (league or cup) in the current season from another Bradford Premier League club, provided it is approved by the deadline of 6pm on Friday May 28.2021.
2. These players will be eligible to play first team cricket but may not play in their club’s second team when their first team do not have a fixture.
3. Any 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 either competition and the Priestley Shield.
4. A maximum of two players who have played first team cricket during the current season may be transferred from any club before 6pm Friday May 28.
5. Players who have played first team cricket in the current season cannot transfer to another Bradford Premier League club at any other time. This does not apply to juniors who can transfer up to July 31.

Download Special Category transfer form

Any player who has played 10 or more first team games by August 14 will be ineligible to play in the final four second team games of the season. In the case of a player who has transferred during the season from a Bradford Premier League club, appearances, for both of their clubs will count. 
Should a club face a situation where they have 12 or more players who have played ten or more first eleven games by the deadline date of August 14,the club may apply for named players to be allowed to play in the second eleven, when all eleven first team players have also played ten or more first eleven games and are available.

No senior player may play in the second team if he has played with the first team in the corresponding set of fixtures. This rule does not apply to those players who are qualified to play under-17 age group cricket in the current season.
There can be no exceptions to this rule.

Clubs may register a loan player at any point of the season for second team cricket only. The player must be registered by 9am on the day of the game. Only non-overseas players aged under 21 and over 50 are eligible to be loan players. Clubs involved should notify details of the player(s) to registrations@bradfordcl.com .
Each club is entitled to play one overseas player in any season, and it is solely their responsibility to ensure that their player is bona fide and meets the conditions and restrictions of the visa on which they enter the United Kingdom. 
1. Qualification - Subject, when required, to the overriding discretion of the League Management Board (which shall only be exercised in what the Board judges to be exceptional circumstances) a Cricketer will only become qualified to register as a non-overseas player if:
(a) they are a British citizen in possession of a valid passport and were born in the UK. or
(b) They have been continuously resident in the UK for the immediately preceding three years prior to registration for the Bradford Premier League.
2. Division Three clubs may sign a player under the Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) but cannot recruit one on a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Creative and Sporting) visa.
3. No overseas professional player may play in second team cricket.
4. An overseas player must be registered prior to playing, using the overseas player registration form. A transfer form will be required if he played with a club in the UK in the previous season.
5. All clubs must supply a copy of the player’s passport and visa to the League Secretary within 7 days of playing their first match.
6. Failure to comply will lead to the player being classified as ineligible and penalties applied as escribed in Rule 18a.
7. In 2021, the deadline for registering an overseas player will be 6pm on Friday, July 30. They will have to play on Saturday July 31 to be eligible for the rest of the season.
Players contracted with a Country, County or Minor County are allowed to play in the League as long as they are registered with the league and play on or before Saturday, July 30.
If the league orders a game to be re played for any reason only those players registered and eligible to play in the original game can play.
Matches shall be conducted in accordance with the current MCC Laws of Cricket, except for matters specifically provided for in these rules.
Points shall be awarded as follows in all league matches.
Win: 10 points plus bonus points
Tie (scores level irrespective of wickets lost): 5 points plus bonus points
Abandoned no play: 3 points
Abandoned during play: 3 points plus bonus points

Bonus points
There are a maximum of 5 batting and 5 bowling points available in each innings
First innings batting points
125                 1
150                 2
175                 3
200                 4
225                 5
Second Innings
A side batting second and winning shall provisionally be awarded 5 batting points but 1 point will be deducted for each two wickets lost. However, they will gain a point at 125 runs and each 25 runs up to and including 200. A side can only obtain a maximum of 5 batting bonus points in an innings.
See table below:
WICKETS LOST    124 or less    125-149    150-174    175-199    200
1                                     5                 5             5                5             5
2                                     4                 5             5                5             5
3                                     4                 5             5                5             5
4                                     3                 4             5                5             5
5                                     3                 4             5                5             5
6                                     2                 3             4                5             5
7                                     2                 3             4                5             5
8                                    1                  2             3                4             5
9                                    1                  2             3                4             5
Bowling: 1 point for every two wickets taken. If a team plays short or a batsman is unavailable and is all out then maximum bowling points will be awarded. If a team declares, the bowling side will only receive bonus points for the wickets they have taken.
1                                       0
2                                       1
3                                       1
4                                       2
5                                       2
6                                       3
7                                       3
8                                       4
9                                       4
10                                     5
The umpires are the sole judges of whether play can take place at all times. If a prepared pitch is deemed unfit for the scheduled start of play by the umpires, they can request that another pitch is prepared, which must then be used provided weather conditions allow. 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.
A match cannot commence if more than 60 overs have been lost. The minimum length of game permissible is 20 overs per side after a delayed start.
Interruptions: Once play is under way in all games, overs will be deducted immediately there is a stoppage for rain, bad light, sun or other adverse conditions. In the first innings overs are deducted from the game while the second innings they are deducted from the allocation of the batting side. 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.
Please note: The 30-minute rule when no overs were deducted has been removed.
Achieving a result in weather affected games for Premier Division & Division One First XI using Duckworth Lewis Stern
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 and the Duckworth Lewis Stern method will be used to calculate the result.
2. A minimum of 20 overs must be bowled in the second innings for ten points to be awarded for a win unless a victory is achieved sooner by a team reaching its target or being bowled out.
3 Where a DLS target for victory is the par score plus one run. If scores finish level (ie DLS par score), the match is tied irrespective of wickets lost, and each side will receive five points plus any bonus points.
4. If a win is not achieved as in 2 above, the match is considered ‘abandoned or incomplete’ and three points will be awarded to each side together with any bonus points accrued.
5. A delayed start or interruptions during the first innings means the loss of overs is split equally between the two sides ie loss of 20 overs, split 10 each, becomes a 40 overs per side game.
6. Where there is a delayed start or a stoppage leading to a reduction of overs during the first innings, under no circumstance must the side batting first bat 50 overs. (It is worth noting that when there is a loss of overs in the first innings, umpires will be reducing the length of the game).
7. Loss of overs in the second innings are simply deducted from the allocation of the side batting second leading to a revised target. Umpires MUST detail the length of all stoppages to the scorers who will use the DLS programme to calculate the target scores and print off the required five copies. 
8. Scorers must print off the DLS sheets at the tea interval in all games, even when there is no adverse weather.
9. Scorers will see the DLS par score on PCS Scorer Pro and should display this after every over on the scoreboard wherever possible to assist players, umpires and scorers.
All other Divisions achieving a result by comparison of scores
1. Overs will be deducted at the rate of one for every four minutes immediately rain, bad light, sun or other adverse conditions interrupts play.

Rain brings a sudden end to play
2 If the team batting second has not had the opportunity to complete the same number of overs as their opponents 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 team scoring the most runs will be the winner and will receive 10 points plus bonus points earned. If the scores are identical the match will be tied with each side being awarded five points plus the bonus points, they have earned.

Victory targets

If there is an interruption to play after the second innings has started, the umpires will determine how many overs have been lost and will confirm to the two captains and scorers how many overs remain in the game. At this point the target score for victory can be ascertained by comparing the first innings score after the same number of overs and adding one run. The target will have to be amended using the same method if further overs are lost.

Example: Team A scores 150 in 40 overs. Team B has batted 15 overs when 20 minutes are lost to rain. Five overs will be deducted so Team B now has a maximum of 35 overs to bat and their target is Team A’s score at 35 overs plus one run. In his case Team A were 120-6 after 35 overs so the target is 121.

If Team B achieve their target before the expiry of their overs the match is complete. 

Obtaining a result
3 A minimum of 20 completed overs must have been bowled for the comparison of scores to come into play unless the batting side is bowled out or reached its target sooner.
4 Where a result has not been achieved and less than 20 overs have been bowled in the second innings, the game will be deemed abandoned or incomplete with each side getting three points plus bonus points earned.
There is no longer any transference of overs (see also rule 32)
The preparation of the pitch shall be the responsibility of the home club and shall conform with the current 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 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. Drinks break will be agreed and 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 rules for running either side of the wicket.
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
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. In the case of matches abandoned without play team cards must still be exchanged and the names of all the players entered on Play Cricket. Failure to do so will result in the offending team or teams incurring a penalty of three league points.
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 rules 18 or 20. Clubs must give preference to fielding a full 1stXI at all times. If a 2ndXI fields a full side and the 1stXI is short a ten-point penalty will be imposed on both sides.
All first team matches shall normally consist of a maximum of 100 overs and each side shall bat a maximum of 50 (6 ball) overs, except as provided for in rule 27 and rule 34.
Second team matches will be as follows:
Premier: Maximum of 100 overs and each side shall bat a maximum of 50 overs.
Division One and Two: Maximum of 90 overs and each side shall bat a maximum of 45 overs.
Division Three: Maximum of 80 overs and each side shall bat a maximum of 40 overs except as provided for in Rule 27 and Rule 34.
All divisions: If the team batting first is dismissed or declares its innings closed, before the end of its allotted number of overs, the side batting second shall NOT receive the balance of overs.
Leg-side wides (All first team cricket): When the batsman is in his normal stance any ball passing down the leg-side without making contact with the bat or any part of the batsman's person shall be called WIDE.
Fielding restrictions: For the duration of the innings the fielding side MUST, at the instant of delivery have four fieldsmen plus the wicketkeeper and bowler within a 30-yard fielding circle. In the event of an infringement the umpire will 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. The fielding circle should be marked by painted white dots at five-yard intervals, each dot must be covered by a white plastic or rubber (but not metal) disc measuring seven inches in diameter.
Practice: 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.
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 surrounding fielders.
6. Social distancing must always be maintained including during post-wicket celebrations, drinks breaks and tactical discussions. 
7. There should be no handshakes, shouting or spitting.
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.
If a team has to withdraw from a fixture because of a Covid-19 outbreak and/or the loss of a significant number of players due to isolation requirements such that they are unable to fulfil their commitments. Their secretary must immediately follow the Covid-19 protocol which will be circulated to clubs prior to the season. The first point of contact for Covid-19 postponements will be the league’s Communication & Data Officer.
Any club calling a game off for this reason would be required to provide appropriate evidence. If it is subsequently established that the club calling off the match provided incorrect information in order to gain an advantage then the club would be subject to sanctions under the ECB’s Special Measures, as well as league rules 47 and 48 
The Cricket Operations Officer will endeavour wherever possible to rearrange Covid-19 postponed matches. A revised Sunday date will be set for the game to be played and it will have priority over all other fixtures in the league’s competitions. Where is not possible to rearrange a Covid postponed game the two sides will be awarded the average points per game they secured from their fixtures prior to the date of the postponement. 
A Covid-19 postponed fixture will not be rearranged or average points per game awarded if, on the same day, all remaining games in the same division are abandoned with no play. In that circumstance the two teams will receive three points each like all the other teams.
All clubs abusing this rule, which is in place for health reasons, will be liable to disciplinary action under league rules 47 or 48. They also face sanctions under the ECB’s Special Measures.
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 for every four minutes)
If eight players from a side are still not available 45 minutes after the scheduled start time the umpires will abandon the match and report the matter to the League Secretary. The offending team will be deducted 20 league points and their opponents will receive 20pts (10 match points plus 5 batting and 5 bowling bonus points). If the offending team are the away side, they will have to compensate their opponents for eight teas plus any umpires and scorers’ fees, provided the claim is submitted by the home side to the League Secretary within five days of the scheduled fixture and approved as meeting the requirements of this rule. On receiving the approved amount of costs, the offending team will be given seven days to reimburse their opponents. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a charge under Rule 48.
First teams: No bowler may bowl more than 15 overs in an innings. If the start is delayed and overs are reduced, the maximum number of overs permitted per bowler will be adjusted as follows:
Innings Length    Bowler maximum    Innings Length    Bowler maximum
20-21 overs                     6                       34-36 overs            11
22-24 overs                     7                       37-40 overs            12
25-26 overs                     8                       41-43 overs            13
27-30 overs                     9                       44-46 overs            14
31-33 overs                   10                       47-48 overs            15
Second teams
Premier Division: No bowler may bowl more than 15 overs in an innings. If the start of a match is delayed and overs reduced, the maximum number of overs permitted per bowler is indicated above.
Division One & Two: No bowler may bowl more than 14 overs
Division Three: No bowler may bowl more than 12 overs.
Over rates (This applies to first teams only)
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 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.
    20                   1hr 20min        35             2hrs 20mins
    21                   1hr 24min        36             2hrs 24mins
    22                   1hr 28min        37             2hrs 28mins
    23                   1hr 32min        38             2hrs 32mins
    24                   1hr 36min        39             2hrs 36mins
    25                   1hr 40min        40             2hrs 40mins
    26                   1hr 44min        41             2hrs 44mins
    27                   1hr 48min        42             2hrs 48mins
    28                   1hr 52min        43             2hrs 52mins
    29                   1hr 56min        44             2hrs 56mins
    30                   2hrs                 45             3hrs
    31                   2hrs 4min        46             3hrs 44mins
    32                   2hrs 8min        47             3hrs 8mins
    33                   2hrs 12min      48             3hrs 12mins
    34                  2hrs 16min       49              3hrs 16mins

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
    20                  1hr 30min        35               2hrs 30mins
    21                  1hr 34min        36               2hrs 34mins
    22                  1hr 38min        37               2hrs 38mins
    23                  1hr 42min        38               2hrs 42mins
    24                  1hr 46min        39               2hrs 46mins
    25                  1hr 50min        40              2hrs 50mins
    26                  1hr 54min        41              2hrs 54mins
    27                  1hr 58min        42              2hrs 58mins
    28                  2hrs 02min      43              3hrs 2mins
    29                  2hrs 06min      44              3hrs 6mins
    30                  2hrs 10mins    45              3hrs 10mins
    31                  2hrs 14min      46              3hrs 14mins
    32                  2hrs 18min      47              3hrs 18mins
    33                  2hrs 22min      48              3hrs 22mins
    34                  2hrs 26min      49              3hrs 26mins
Time limit: 50 overs 3hrs 30mins | 
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 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.
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.
Any club wishing to play a benefit or memorial game for any current or past playing member of the League must seek written permission from the League Secretary.
A scorer MUST be provided by each team. If a team fails to provide a suitable scorer, a player must score instead of fielding. If a club is reported for breaching this rule they will receive a 
10-point deduction suspended for the rest of the season for a first offence. A second breach will lead to the suspended deduction coming into force along with a further 10-point penalty.
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.
The fielding side in all Bradford Premier League cricket shall provide and use a new Grade A ball. Spares in good condition must be readily available for use when the match ball is deemed lost. Manufacturers currently accepted by the Management Board are Dukes, Readers and Oxbridge. Umpires should 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.
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. 
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.
If the sanitiser is placed behind the stumps at the bowler's end and the ball comes into contact with it the ball is immediately dead. The umpire will call and signal dead ball and if the ball goes on to hit the stumps the batsman cannot be out.
41 REGULATIONS FOR JUNIOR PLAYERS (under 19 at midnight on August 31 the previous year)
1. Making the step up from junior to open age group cricket is a significant event in any player’s cricket experience. Club’s must ensure that the player’s safety, personal development needs and overall cricket experience are considered.
2. There is no definitive age at which they should be introduced to Open Age group cricket Each case should be determined on an individual basis dependent on their ability and stage of cognitive and emotional maturity to take part at this level.
3. ECB Fast Bowling Directives and Fielding Regulations should always be adhered to for junior players in Open Age cricket.
4. District and club players who are not in a County or Area squad must wait until they reach the Under 13 age group, 12 years old, Year 8 on 1st September of the preceding year prior to being able to play in any Open Age Cricket. Written parental consent is required for these players. This must be submitted to the player’s club before they can be registered.
5. Players who are selected in a County U12 squad in Spring for a summer squad or in another squad deemed by ECB Performance Managers to be of a standard above 'District level' for that season are eligible to play Open Age Cricket. This is providing they are at least 11 years old, and in School Year 7 on 1st September in the year preceding the season and have written parental consent to play. In allowing these players to play in Open Age Cricket it is essential that clubs and coaches recognise the 'Duty of Care' obligations towards these young players.
a. HELMETS (Batting & Wicketkeeping)
All players under the age of 18 must wear helmets with a faceguard or grille when batting against a hard cricket ball in matches and in practice sessions
1. Young players should regard a helmet with a face guard as a normal item of protective equipment when batting, together with pads, thigh pads, gloves and, for boys, an abdominal protector (box).
2. Young wicketkeepers must wear a helmet with a face guard, or a wicketkeeper face protector when standing up to the stumps.
3. Clubs must continue to ensure the wearing of helmets by young players is standard practice at all time.
4. Helmets are widely available and are covered by British Standard (BS7928:2013). A face protector represents an alternative head protection system for young wicket keepers. Wicketkeeper Face Protectors are covered by British Standard (BS 7928 – 2 :2009).
5. The League strongly recommends that junior players use head protectors that have been tested against cricket balls that are used in Open Age cricket.
6. Parental or guardian written consent allowing a young player not to wear a helmet should not be accepted in any form of cricket.
7. This guidance applies to all players up to the age of 18 when playing Open Age cricket.
Fast bowling restrictions for young bowlers
AGE                                     SPELL    DAY
Up to 13                                    5         10
Under-14 and under 15             6        12
Under-16 and under-17             7        18
Under-18 and under-18             7        18
For the purpose of these Directives a fast bowler is defined as a bowler to whom the wicketkeeper would stand back to take the ball.
 1. Having completed a spell, the bowler cannot bowl again, from either end, until the equivalent number of overs to the length of their spell have been bowled from the same end. A bowler can change ends without ending his current spell provided that he bowls the next over that he legally can from the other end.
2. If this does not happen his spell is deemed to be concluded. If play is interrupted, for any reason, for less than 40 minutes any spell in progress at the time of the interruption can be continued after the interruption up to the maximum number of overs per spell for the appropriate age group.
3. If the spell is not continued after the interruption the bowler cannot bowl again, from either end, until the equivalent number of overs to the length of his spell before the interruption have been bowled from the same end.
4. If the interruption is of 40 minutes or more, whether scheduled or not, the bowler can commence a new spell immediately.
5. In matches of 20 overs or less per team where the competition regulations only allow bowlers to bowl less than or equal to the number of overs specified as the maximum in a spell in the Directives the provisions requiring an equivalent number of overs from the same end to have elapsed before a subsequent spell can commence, shall not apply (e.g. in any competition where a maximum of 4 overs per bowler is allowed these may be bowled at any time in the innings irrespective of the number of spells bowled).
6. Once a bowler covered by these Directives has bowled in a match, he cannot exceed the maximum number overs per day for his age group, even if he subsequently bowls spin. He can exceed the maximum overs per spell if bowling spin, but cannot then revert to bowling fast until an equivalent number of overs to the length of his spell have been bowled from the same end. If he bowls spin without exceeding the maximum number of overs in a spell, the maximum will apply as soon as he reverts to bowling fast.
7. Captains, Team Managers and Umpires are asked to ensure that these Directives are followed at all times. For guidance it is recommended that in any 7-day period a fast bowler covered by these regulations, should not bowl on more than four days in that period and for a maximum of two days in a row. Age groups are based on the age of the player at midnight on August 31 in the year preceding the current season.
8. The guidance also applies during all practice sessions. Any individual taking responsibility for players should take all reasonable steps to ensure that this guidance is followed at all times.
It is essential that the guidance is communicated to the parents or guardians of all young players through club coaches and officials, and that young players are not allowed to bat or stand up to the stumps when keeping wicket against a hard ball without wearing appropriate protection.
Fielding directives
1. No young player in the Under 15 age group or younger shall be allowed to field closer than 8 yards (7.3 metres) from the batsman’s position on the popping crease on a middle stump line, except behind the wicket on the off side, until the batsman has played at the ball.
2. For players in the Under 13 age group and below the distance is 11 yards (10 metres). These minimum distances apply even if the player is wearing a helmet.
3. Should a young player in these age groups come within the restricted distance the umpire must stop the game immediately and instruct the fielder to move back.
4. Any player in the Under 16 to Under 18 age groups, who has not reached the age of 18, must wear a helmet and, for boys, an abdominal protector (box) when fielding within 8 yards.
5. Players should wear appropriate protective equipment whenever they are fielding in a position where they feel at risk.
6. These fielding regulations are applicable to all cricket under the jurisdiction of the Bradford Premier League. Age groups are based on the age of the player at midnight on 31st August in the preceding year.
The Bradford Premier League has adopted the ECB Child Protection policy, “Safe Hands - Welfare of Young People in Cricket”. The policy provides Cricket with ‘best practice' guidelines in relation to Child Welfare and Protection. The aim is also to protect the interests of adults working with young players. The principles within the policy must be followed, but it is important that common sense is used in applying them.
1. All Clubs in the Bradford Premier League are required to include the ECB Child Protection policy, “Safe Hands - Welfare of Young People in Cricket in their constitution.
2. All clubs must appoint a Club Safeguarding Officer (CSO), who must have a current Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) clearance (formerly known as Criminal Records Bureau (CRB check) through the ECB. Clearances through other sports or teaching, for example, are not valid for cricket. CSOs also need to attend two three-hour courses “Safe Hands Workshop for Club Safeguarding Officers” (formerly Time to Listen), and “Safeguarding & Protecting Children.” This is relevant to all clubs, even those who do not have an organised Junior Section; because they are likely to have players aged under-18 in their teams and will play against juniors from other clubs.
Criminal records check.
The roles in clubs that require ECB vetting are: 
•Safeguarding Officer (Club and League)  
•Volunteer Co-ordinator
•Coach (volunteer or paid, assistant or lead)
•Colt/Junior Manager
•Age Group Manager
•Open-Age Team Captain
•Junior Supervisor
•First Aider/Physiotherapist/Medical Support
All member clubs are reminded that they have a responsibility to safeguard children and young people at their clubs and ensure that all child welfare requirements are complete and current.
All member clubs must have at least one current appointed Club Safeguarding Officer in place at all times. New Club Safeguarding Officers should be vetted through the DBS system with ECB and have attended a Safeguarding Young People in Sport Course run by the Local Authorities (just Google the name of the course and you will find where they are being held in your area) and a Safe Hands Course presented by your County Safeguarding Officer before taking up the position.
All the above should be completed and the CWO in post prior to the season commencing. In addition, existing Club Welfare Officers must ensure they renew their existing DBS and safeguarding courses on a three-yearly basis, and it is considered the club’s responsibility to ensure this is the case.
All member clubs are required to notify the League each year, by no later than the end February, as to who their nominated Club Safeguarding Officer is, confirming the dates of the latest DBS clearance and safeguarding courses taken by that officer. If a change is made to the nominated Club Welfare Officer during the season the League must be advised immediately.
The forms provided by the League for these notifications should be used in all cases, with the chairman of the club signing the form as confirmation. If a club does not comply with the above this will be considered a serious breach of the League’s Safeguarding policy and the club concerned will be subject to such penalties as the League Management Board may determine.
The Umpire Appointments Officers will, wherever possible, appoint two umpires to every first team game. Appointments made to second team fixtures will be as agreed with clubs prior to each season. Should an appointed umpire be unable to officiate he/she must notify the Umpires Appointments Secretary immediately who shall then appoint a substitute.  Clubs will be notified during the week prior to the game (via the WTU system) of appointed panel umpires.
Procedure for clubs and umpires
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 club. Due 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.
Payment to umpire
1. Panel umpires will receive expenses of £50 per match, in all divisions paid by the homne team.
2. Club umpires will receive expenses of £40 per match.
3. Where a match is not started due to adverse weather, panel umpires will receive £25 and club umpires £20.
4. If a match is cancelled and the home club notifies the umpires in time to prevent them from travelling, then no fee is payable. If an umpire or umpires have travelled to their appointed ground the home club will be required to pay the fee as stated in 3 above.
5. If an umpire takes over both bowling ends throughout a game the following fees will apply. A panel umpire will receive £75 and a club umpire £60.
6. A substitute umpire who stands for the entire game: a) When assisting a panel umpire. b) When assisting a club umpire will receive £20.
7. Umpires shall be provided with a free tea by the home club when covid 19 regulations are not in place
8. All expenses shall be paid no later than the tea interval.
The level of Umpires’ expenses shall be agreed annually by the Management Board prior to the commencement of each season.
Covid 19 guidance
Umpires should refrain from any contact with the ball, it can be returned to the base of the stumps at breaks and wickets. Umpires should be responsible for the stumps closest to them and should be the only person replacing the bails if dislodged.
Umpires will not handle any clothing or equipment belonging to any of the players. Discarded jumpers and caps should be removed from the field.
The required procedure will be notified before each season and training provided. The completed form, which needs to include the names of both umpires, MUST be received NO LATER than Wednesday for a Saturday fixture, Thursday for a Sunday game and Friday for a Monday match.
Any club failing to conform in returning the completed forms in the correct manner will be fined £5 for each form not received in the time stipulated for the first three indiscretions, and fined and deducted one League point for each indiscretion thereafter.
The league does not condone abuse or discrimination of any kind. All those involved in the game of cricket are to be treated with respect at all times. Using language or making a gesture that offends, insults, humiliates, intimidates, threatens, disparages or vilifies another person on the basis of that person's race, religion, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability must be reported in writing to the League Secretary. Reports may be submitted by umpire(s) or a club on behalf of any individual(s) subjected to alleged abuse or discrimination. This will be considered as a disciplinary matter and dealt with in line with League Rule 46. Any action which may bring the League, the game of cricket or any cricketer or group of cricketers into disrepute will lead to the application of Rule 47.
All Participants, by virtue of their registration with the League (whether directly or via a club) and/or participation in cricket-related activities under the auspices of the League, agree to be bound by the Bradford Premier League's Disciplinary Regulations apply in ALL league and cup matches, plus any representative games under the League’s jurisdiction. The regulations will also apply if the organisers of any external competition request the league to act solely on its behalf. Where the league is not acting solely, the Disciplinary Recorder will advise those running the competition of the Bradford Premier League's Disciplinary regulations, but the final decision will rest with the competition's organisers.
1. The umpires at the game will determine the appropriate level of the offence committed.
2. The umpire or umpires will submit a disciplinary report to the Disciplinary Recorder by email to discipline@bradfordcl.com, clearly stating the facts and identifying the level of offending within 48 hours.
3. The umpire or umpires will notify the player[s] concerned and the captain that they intend to submit a disciplinary report before leaving the ground on the day of the game.
4. On receipt, the Disciplinary Recorder will review the report. The Disciplinary recorder will have the power to confirm or amend the categorisation of any alleged offence should they feel necessary. This could be either to increase or reduce the level of the alleged offence. The Disciplinary Recorder will notify the player via his club and also inform the match umpires whenever it is felt necessary to amend the categorisation.
5.The effect of a level 1 offence being reported will be a 7 days suspension (14 days in the event of a second or subsequent level 1 offence in the same season).
6. The effect of a level 2 offence being reported will be a 14 days suspension. A second or subsequent offence (of any level) will result in an immediate 21 days suspension and the need for a Disciplinary Hearing.
7. The suspension will commence on the Thursday following the date of the report, unless a request for a Disciplinary Hearing has been lodged with the Disciplinary Recorder specifying the grounds for seeking a hearing and paying a deposit of £75 into the League’s bank account to cover expenses, prior to 7pm on the Thursday following the date of the report.
8. Any alleged Level 3 or 4 offences will require a Disciplinary Hearing.
9. Disciplinary hearings will normally take place during the second week following the report. The Disciplinary Recorder will require a report from the player involved, the captain and the club concerned which must be received no later than 24 hours prior to the hearing.
10. The player, their captain and/ or a club representative will attend the hearing and will be asked to present their case.
11. The case will be heard by the Disciplinary Panel which will consist of no less than three persons.
12. The Disciplinary Panel will have the power to impose penalties in line with the recommended ECB tariffs and may impose any other sanctions in accordance with the League’s Disciplinary guidelines.
13. A player or club will have the right to appeal as per the League’s Disciplinary Guidelines.
If an appeal is to be made by a player or a club against the decision of the Disciplinary Panel, it must be made in writing to the Disciplinary Recorder within seven days from the date of the hearing, stating the reason(s) for the appeal, along with a deposit of a further £100 to be paid into the League’s bank account.
The appeal will be heard by a different panel, appointed by the League Chairman. The appeal panel must consist of three people, none of whom should be connected with the individual or the club or their opponents, or a club which might directly benefit from any disciplinary action (eg by the deduction of points).
Clubs are expected to maintain and promote the highest levels of behaviour and respect in line with the ECB Code of Conduct and Spirit of Cricket. Captains are responsible for the conduct of their players at all times when they are present on the ground.
Club officials are responsible for their players and spectators. Any club reported for failing to take responsibility for the conduct of its players and spectators by an umpire, will be subject to punishment under Rule 47 which may include a league-points deductions.
No participant or club may conduct themselves in a manner or do any act or omission at any time which may be prejudicial to the interests of cricket or which may bring the Bradford Premier League, the game of cricket or any cricketer or group of cricketers into disrepute.
Punishments for a club may include
1. Points deductions up to a limit of 200
2. Fine from £200 up to a maximum of £1,000
3. Relegation to a lower division
4. Suspend a club from membership
5. Place a club on probation for 12 months
6. Expulsion from the league
7. Expulsion from a cup competition for up to five years
For a player
1. Suspension from 4 weeks up to sine die
2. Fine from £50 up to a maximum of £500
3. Possible points deduction for their club with an upper limit of 100
The level of punishment will be reduced if an admission of guilt and an apology to member clubs is submitted.
Procedure: After receiving a complaint the League Secretary 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. They will be given seven days in which to respond. If the allegations are accepted those involved will be informed of the decision and any sanctions to be imposed.
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 League Panel. They must pay a deposit of £100 into the league’s bank account at the time of their response which must be within the seven days specified.
In the event of no response being received within the seven-day period, those involved lose the right to a hearing and a subsequent appeal. The League Panel will make their decision and apply any subsequent sanctions.
Where a request for a hearing is made, the League Secretary will make the arrangements for a hearing. The involved parties must receive seven days-notice of the hearing which will take place within 14 days of the receipt of the request.
The League Panel can impose points penalties up to a maximum of 100 points, fines up to £200, order a match to be replayed and impose costs on the losing party.
H1 A Hearing is not a court of law and the decision of the Chairman of the Hearing on its procedure shall be final. The standard of proof shall be on the balance of probabilities rather than the criminal standard of beyond reasonable doubt.
H2 The League Chairman will appoint a panel of three persons. No-one connected with the individual or the club, or their opponents, or a club which might directly benefit from any disciplinary action (eg by the deduction of points), can be a member of the Panel.
H3 The club (s) and or person(s) involved are entitled to be supported by a colleague. There is no right to legal representation, but the panel would normally permit those involved in the allegations to be legally represented provided the attendance or otherwise of the legal representative is not used as a `delaying tactic' and that their attendance is notified to the League Secretary at least 48 hours before the hearing.
H4 In the case of a minor it is recommended that he should be supported by the club’s Child Welfare Officer or other appropriate adult.
H5 If the complainant will be requested to give evidence at a hearing.
H6 The Panel shall agree the general procedure prior to the commencement of the hearing and the Chairman shall explain that procedure prior to the start of proceedings to all parties.
H7 The Panel members will speak through its Chairperson only, unless they invite others to speak.
H8 Any reports and written evidence shall be presented and outlined.
H9 Witnesses may be called by parties involved in the hearing and they may be questioned by the Panel.
H10 The Chairperson and the Panel will deal with any points arising from the testimony and evidence given.
H11 The Panel will consider their verdict in private. They will ask the defendant(s) to return to the room and the Chairperson will deliver the verdict. This will be stated and later confirmed by email. The defendants will be informed by the League Secretary of their right to an appeal.
A1 Notice of appeal against the decision of the League Panel, whether as to verdict or sentence, to be given in writing to the League Secretary within seven days of the decision of the panel together with a deposit of £75 payable into the league's bank account.
A2 The notice of appeal should record the decision or part of the decision against which the appeal is made and the grounds and basis of the appeal.
A3 Any penalty imposed by the League Panel should not take effect until the appeal has been heard.
A4 The appeal will be heard by a different Panel appointed by the League Chairman. The Appeal Panel must consist of three people, none of whom will be connected with the individual or the club or their opponents, or a club which might directly benefit from any action (e.g. by the deduction of points).
A5 An appeal against the verdict will take the form of a complete re-hearing. The involved parties shall have the same rights of attendance and representation and the ability to call witnesses as they did at the first hearing.
A6 At an appeal against the sentence, the involved parties shall have the same rights of attendance and representation as they did at the first hearing.
A7 Decisions of the Appeal Panel shall be by majority vote with the Chairperson having a casting vote where necessary. The decision of the Appeal Panel is final and binding.
A8 The Appeal Panel can confirm the League Panel's decision, vary it or reverse it. It has the power to increase the penalty and award costs.
A9 The decision of the Appeal Panel and if appropriate the sanction will be communicated to the involved parties once the Panel have concluded their deliberations. This verdict will be confirmed by email within 48 hours and will be final and binding on all parties.
A10 Any sanction (s) will come into force.
Any club lodging a protest, an objection, or wishing to call a special meeting of the League 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 League Panel has the power to impose fines, deduct points, order a match to be replayed 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 Management Board shall organise visits to clubs on an official basis as and when considered appropriate. All grounds must meet the criteria for the division in which their first team plays. All clubs' grounds shall be at the disposal of the League for matches organised or controlled by the League
In the event of any question arising which is not specifically covered by league or cup rules, the Management Board shall have the power to deal with it and impose such penalties as may be considered necessary.
All Bradford Premier League matches shall be played in predominantly white clothing except when 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.
All decisions made by the Management Board in the interpretation of all rules, or on other matters concerning the business of the Bradford Premier League, shall be final and binding on all parties.
Maximum Admission charges shall be as follows:
First team matches: Adults £3, Children & Senior Citizens £1.50 Disabled drivers: Free.
All clubs can set their own admission prices up to the maximum shown above.
The home club shall retain all gate money. Clubs may be permitted to take up a collection instead of making a charge for admission should they so desire.
Priority over league and cup commitments must be given when a player(s) are selected to play for matches under the control of the Yorkshire Cricket Board or the Bradford Junior Cricket League.
In the event of the Management Board having decided to hold an Annual Dinner, then each club must purchase a minimum of five tickets.

To be awarded to all winners of the Sir Leonard Hutton Trophy and may be conferred on any other individual by the Management Board for outstanding service to the league. The Management Board may invite a Life Member to a board meeting to advise on a particular area where they have expertise, but they will not be able to vote.