allrounder_cricket_header.png
 
 

League Rules

 
2015Middlebrook-bowling.jpg
James Middlebrook bowling for New Farnley against Saltaire - Picture: © Mike Baker
 

Constitution
This combination of clubs shall be called The All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League and for the season 2017shall consist of the following: Adwalton, Altofts, Azaad :Baildon, Bankfoot, Batley, Birstall, Bowling Old Lane, Bradford & Bingley, Brighouse, Brook Walton, Buttershaw St Paul’s, Carlton, Cleckheaton, Crossbank Methodists, East Ardsley, East Leeds, East Bierley, Farsley, Gildersome, Gomersal, Great Preston, Hanging Heaton, Hartshead Moor, Heckmondwike & Carlinghow United, Hopton Mills, Hunslet Nelson, Idle, Keighley, Lightcliffe, Liversedge, Methley, Morley, New Farnley, Northowram Fields, Ossett, Oulton, Pudsey Congs, Pudsey St. Lawrence, Rodley, Sandal, Scholes, Spen Victoria, Townville, Undercliffe, Wakefield St Michael's, Windhill, Woodlands, Wrenthorpe and Yeadon.    
There will be 12 teams in the Premier League and Championship One and Two and tThere will be 14 in the Conference.
 Click to view the composition of the leagues.

1. Condition of Membership
All Clubs shall run two elevens. Premier & Championship One clubs’ first elevens shall also take part in the Priestley Cup competition, whilst clubs in Championship Two and the Conference first elevens will partake in the Jack Hampshire Cup competition. Premier Division second elevens must take part in the Priestley Shield competition. Other clubs may apply to partake in this competition however the maximum number of teams allowed will be 32. In the event of more than 32 clubs applying a draw will take place to ascertain which clubs will partake in the competition..

2. Management Board
The League shall be governed by a President and a Management Board consisting of:
Chairman, Chief Executive, Admin Executive, Treasurer, League Secretary, Competitions Secretary plus a Development Officer; (“The Officials “) together with 4 club representatives and 1 Umpires Association member making 12 persons in total –    hereinafter known as ‘’The Management Board".
All club representatives shall be eligible to serve on the Management Board and will be elected 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 Board have the power to co-opt members to maintain the maximum permitted number. 
The Management Board shall deal with all urgent matters, shall prepare the business and accounts to be dealt with at League Meetings, shall deal with all questions concerning grounds, and shall transact any business delegated to it.
The existing Management Board have the power to co-opt as considered expedient, such persons as they consider would enhance the Board, co-options under this rule to be limited to a maximum of two persons.
 Click to view roles and responsibilities of board members
 Click to view Management Board minutes

3 Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting shall be held in November, when all Officials & Board members shall be elected. All Nominations shall be in the hands of the League Secretary 28 days prior to the meeting. The Officials and all other members of the Management Board together with one representative from each cub shall each have one vote at the A.G.M., or at an E.G.M., and the President or Chairman for the time being shall also have a casting vote.
Any club not represented at an AGM or EGM shall be fined £50.

4. Extraordinary General Meeting
An Extraordinary General Meeting may be called on receipt by the League Secretary of a requisition signed by at least 16 member clubs. The business to be discussed shall be stated, and the meeting shall be called within 21 days from the receipt of the requisition.

5. League Meetings 
League meetings will be held by arrangement of the Management Board when all members of the board are entitled to vote together with the representatives of each club, who have one vote each.
Any club not represented at a League meeting shall be fined £50.

6 Alteration to Rules
The Management Board or any club may submit proposals for alterations to rules for the following season, notice of these shall be given to the League Secretary in writing by August. 31. Such proposals shall be considered by the Management Board, and their findings sent to all clubs in the league. Such proposals as are finally agreed by the Management Board shall then be submitted to the AGM, or an EGM, and shall become effective provided they are supported by a simple straight majority of the votes recorded.

7. Financial Year
The financial year shall end on the September 30. Honoraria to be determined at the AGM.

8. Subscription
Each club shall pay an annual subscription of £50 and purchase a minimum of 10 handbooks, payment to be made by March 31 of each financial year. In the event of this subscription being insufficient to meet expenses, the clubs shall contribute equally such sums as the Management Board may decide. Non-payment of subscriptions by the due date or any fines imposed which remain unpaid after one month shall be doubled and if still unpaid after the stipulated time will be doubled again..

9 Admission of Clubs
Subject to League criteria being met, the entrance fee for new clubs wishing to join the League shall be £100. Clubs wishing to resign from the league shall give notice in writing either by registered post, or by recorded delivery to the League Secretary before June 30 otherwise they shall be required to fulfil fixtures and financial obligations for the following year.

  Entry criteria for new clubs

10. Cessation of Membership
Any club which is expelled from the league, or which ceases to be a member of the league, shall at once forfeit any rights to participate in the assets of the league

 
2013newislam.jpg
Adil Islam drives a boundary for Manningham Mills in the 2012 Sovereign Health Care Priestley Cup final - Picture: © Mike Baker JCT600 Bradford League
 

11. League  Season

The League playing season shall be determined by the Management Board but will not commence before the third Saturday in April. All matches shall commence at 1pm, except for those in September which shall commence at noon.

12. Promotion and Relegation

The Management Board are empowered to decide on the promotion and relegation of clubs for the following year.

Clubs are advised that all promotions are subject to criteria attainment. Criteria for the Premier League will be set per ECB Premier League Criteria. Clubs not maintaining these criteria will not be eligible to play in the Premier League.

In the event of two or more clubs in a division having an equal number of points at the end of the season, their relative positions shall be decided by the side having won more matches taking precedence. If this still leaves them even, then positions shall be decided by dividing their average runs per wicket for, by their average runs per wicket against.

  Criteria for clubs within the league

13. Failure to Fulfil Fixtures

Any club failing to fulfil league fixtures shall be penalised 20 points against both their first and second teams and fined £50 per offence. They must also pay any costs incurred by their opponents. Their opponents will automatically receive 10 match points 3 batting and 4 bowling points.

14. Re-arranged Fixtures

Bradford Premier League cup and league Fixtures must take precedence always and no Club shall be permitted to postpone any cup or league fixture or field an under-strength side in either of these competitions for the purpose of competing in any alternative Competition organised by any outside body. The only exception being when a club reaches the final of a National Competition staged on a league match day. The postponed league match will be played on a date specified by the Management Board.

15. Match Reporting

The system to be used will be notified to all clubs prior to the start of each season.

Clubs who fail to comply with the directive will be fined £10 for each discretion.

All clubs shall provide live scores for their first teams when playing at home, clubs failing to comply will be fined £10 on each occasion. All club secretaries are responsible for ensuring their club’s computer is maintained in good order and that it is not used inappropriately or that no software is installed on to the computer unless directed to do so by the league chairman. The Management Board will determine the punishment for breaching this directive.

16. Registration of Players

Registrations are administered by the league's Admin Executive who can be emailed at registrations@bradfordcl.com

All players must be registered electronically as advised annually.

ALL PLAYERS MUST BE REGISTERED, BEFORE THEY ARE ALLOWED TO PLAY IN ANY LEAGUE, CUP OR SHIELD GAME.

All players must complete and sign a copy of the league registration form which is to be retained by their club and produced on request from a league official.

Those players over the age of 18 on August 31, 2016 must also supply a recent photograph of themselves.

The club will then submit an application for registration on-line. Clubs engaging players not having played for them the previous season MUST forward a correctly completed YCB player transfer form to the Admin. Executive before such registration will be accepted.

The transfer form can be scanned and attached to the on-line registration as a pdf, or delivered to the Admin Executive by email attachment, post or by hand. Once the registration has been approved the players name, picture and registration will be displayed on the site.

Registrations for consideration MUST BE RECEIVED by the Admin. Executive by no later than midnight on the Thursday prior to the pending weekend matches.

A club playing an unregistered player shall be liable to a penalty to be determined by the Management Board. This penalty may include a fine and / or points deduction.

IT IS EACH CLUB’S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT ALL REGISTRATIONS & TRANSFERS ARE BONA FIDE.

A club shall not register a player from another club outside the league for occasional matches only.

In the event of any player being dismissed by his club, and providing the Management Board supports such dismissal on investigation, the player shall be debarred from taking part in league or cup competition matches.

  Click to download the transfer form

  Click to download the overseas player registration form

Registrations for consideration MUST BE RECEIVED by the Admin.Executive  Bob Shackleton no later than midnight on the Thursday prior to the pending weekend matches. No registrations (Juniors excepted) will be considered after July 31.

A club playing an unregistered player shall be liable to a penalty to be determined by the Management Board. 

IT IS EACH CLUB’S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT ALL REGISTRATIONS & TRANSFERS ARE BONA FIDE. 

A club shall not register a player from another club outside the league for occasional matches only.

All players including Junior players must be registered with the Admin. Executive before playing.

In the event of any player being dismissed by his club, and providing the  Management Board supports such dismissal on investigation, the player shall be debarred from taking part in league or cup competition matches.

17. Transfer of Players 

No transfers between clubs within the league may take place for players who have played first team cricket during the current season. Transfers for second team cricketers and players from outside the league are allowed up to July 31 in any season. Players may only transfer once in any season. A player from another club within the league or from another league shall not play with any league club until the necessary YCB transfer form has been deposited with the Admin Executive and the transfer approved. All transfers after the commencement of the season shall be subject to an administration fee of £20.

 
Ossett-Celebrate.jpg
Ossett players congratulate man of the match Khalid Usman in their Jack Hampshire final victory - Picture: © Mike Baker
 

18.  New Players

No new player shall take part in the concluding matches of the season unless he is registered on or before July 31 unless consent is given from the Management Board. All players correctly registered prior to this date may play at any time. Where no play is possible owing to weather conditions, players selected and present on the ground shall be deemed to have played.

19. Overseas Players 

Each club is allowed to register a maximum of one overseas player in any season. This player must be registered and play prior to 31 July to be eligible. The definition of an overseas player shall be defined by his ability to play for England under current ECB regulations as interpreted by the Management Board. Conference clubs may not register a Tier 5 player. All clubs must supply a copy of the player’s passport and visa to the administration executive within 7 days of him playing his first match. Clubs must satisfy themselves that the player is meeting the conditions of his visa. Any player found not to be meeting these conditions will be classed as ineligible. This will result in a penalty of all points gained in every game that he has played for the club.

20. Players Playing Outside the League

Players contracted to play cricket outside the Bradford Premier League with a Country, County or Minor Counties club may be allowed to play in the League as long as they are registered as a player and play before July 31.

21. Player Qualification

Where a first team does not have a fixture, a player or players may not play in the club’s second team on that day if they have played in more than half of the club’s first team league games. Exceptions may be considered by the Management Board provided they receive a request at least 24 hours before the game taking place. Not more than three players who have played in more first team games (League & Cup) than 2nd XI games will be allowed to take part in the final six second team matches at any one time.  . 

21a Loan Players

“To assist clubs in fielding a full side of eleven players clubs who wish to do so will be allowed to register a maximum of six players, non-overseas, aged 17 or under,  prior to the scheduled start of the season, who are prepared to play in an emergency for another club’s second team without transfer regulations being applied. Such registrations will be indicated on a clubs list of registered players as “Loan Players” Those players taking part MUST give their consent and be registered as a “loan player” by their clubs no later than the Thursday deadline before the start of the season. No additions can be made to this category of player after the above deadline. In the event of “loan Players“ being utilised, both clubs involved should notify details of  the player(s) to the Admin Executive Officer by noon on the day of the match.

22. Players in Re-arranged Matches

No player may play in the second team if he has played with the first team in the corresponding set of fixtures, except with the consent of the Management Board. Requests must be made at least 24 hours before the match.

 
sweeper.jpg
This young sweeper gave his assistance when the 2016 Priestley Cup final was played at Spen Victoria - Picture: © Ray Spencer, The All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League
 

23. Conduct of Matches

Matches shall be conducted in accordance with the MCC Laws of Cricket, except for matters specially provided for in these rules.

24. Weather Conditions

The two captains shall decide whether conditions are suitable for the match to commence, and if they cannot agree, the umpires shall decide. After play, has commenced, the umpires shall be the sole judges as to the continuation or resumption of the match. If a prepared pitch is unfit for play, the captains may decide to have another pitch prepared.

25. Choice of Innings

The away team will have choice of bowling first or asking for a toss to determine choice of innings. A pre-match meeting must take place with the umpires, captains and scorers on the pitch prior to play in the place of a toss or to toss if requested.

26. Preparation of the Pitch

The preparation of the pitch shall be the responsibility of the home club and shall conform with the new MCC Laws. Pitches must not be watered within 36 hours of the start of a match. Where possible pitches for first team games will be located towards the centre of the square.

27.Covering of pitch.

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

28. Nomination of Teams.

Names of selected players must be stated on the Official Team cards signed by the Captain(s) & handed to the Umpire(s) for retention, before the pre match meeting. No practice may take place within the precincts of a ground after a game has commenced.

Players may however, be allowed to loosen up between innings, during the tea interval ON THE OUTFIELD ONLY.

If the first ball of a match has been bowled, then no second team player may leave the match for the purpose of assisting his club's 1st Eleven (irrespective of whether or not his side is batting or fielding) but any such request occurring prior to the first ball of the game must be granted, and the side concerned may be permitted a replacement by a duly registered player, subject to Rules16 and 18. 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.

29. Rules for Match Play 

A first team match shall 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 30 and rule 31.

Second team matches will be as follows: Premier - maximum of 100 overs and each side shall bat a maximum of 50 overs, Championship - maximum of 90 overs and each side shall bat a maximum of 45 overs, Conference - maximum of 80 overs and each side shall bat a maximum of 40 overs except as provided for in rule 30 and rule 31.

Premier Division first teams only
: 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.

All other divisions: Transfer of overs will be allowed in all matches where Duckworth Lewis Stern is not in operation. This means for first teams - Championship A, Championship B and Conference and second teams - Premier Division, Championship A, Championship B and Conference.

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’ to be covered by a white plastic or rubber (but not metal) disc measuring seven inches in diameter.

30. Weather

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

Interruptions for weather: Where the start of the match is delayed overs will be deducted at one for every three minutes lost. The number of overs lost will be deducted from the total match overs and the balance split equally between the two teams. If the number of overs lost is an odd number it must be rounded up. Example: Delay 39 minutes overs lost 13 so the match will be a 43 overs a side contest. A match cannot commence if more than 60 overs have been lost due to adverse weather conditions.

For Premier Division First XI only: Once the game is under way there is a cumulative allowance of 30 minutes for stoppages for rain or bad light when no overs will be deducted. Once the cumulative total of 30 minutes has been reached then the Duckworth Lewis Stern method will be used to calculate the result. A minimum of 20 overs must be bowled in the second innings to constitute a result. 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.
In situations like the one illustrated or 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 over in the first innings umpires will be reducing the length of the game. 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. 
Please note: It is advised that scorers print off the DLS sheets at the tea interval in all games, even when there is no adverse weather.

Click for guide to Duckworth Lewis Stern

All matches other than Premier Division: Once the game is underway there is an allowance of 30 minutes for stoppages for rain or bad light when no overs will be deducted. Once the cumulative total of 30 minutes has been reached overs will start to be deducted at the rate of one for every three minutes. Example: Delays of 12 minutes, 13minutes and 17 minutes means stoppages total 42 minutes -30 minute allowance =12 minutes four overs will be deducted. No overs shall be deducted during the tea interval but any stoppage before the interval shall be added on to any stoppage after the interval should the same team be batting. If the stoppage is for sun, no overs shall be deducted however long the stoppage. The Umpires shall remain on the field of play during the stoppage.

In a match which has commenced play and is then affected by the weather, providing the second side batting receives an equal number of overs or more than the side batting first and providing that a minimum number of 40 overs are available when the match commences a ten point win can be achieved.

Where there is an imbalance of overs in favour of the side batting first, the ten points for a win can only be awarded if they bowl out their opponents or if their score is beaten by the side batting second. Where scores finish level, the match is tied, and each side will receive five points plus any bonus points. In all other circumstances the match is considered “ abandoned or incomplete ” and three points will be awarded to each side together with any bonus points accrued.

31. Late Starts

Unless eight players of any club are ready to commence play at the appointed time the umpires shall report the defaulting club to the Admin Executive and the game shall not start until the requisite number of players are present.

If, after a period of 30 minutes after the scheduled start time, eight players of a side are still not available, the umpires will abandon the match, stating the action taken on the Match Report Sheet.

All late starts shall carry a penalty of £5 for each five minutes a game is delayed.

In the event of a late start for reasons other than the weather, maximum overs shall be bowled, subject to the delay not having exceeded 30 minutes. Should the delay exceed 30 minutes, the overs available after deducting at the rate of 20 for each hour lost, calculated from normal starting time, shall be divided equally. In the latter case the umpires shall inform both captains and both scorers of the number of overs to be played.

32. Overs & Over Rate.

First teams: No bowler may bowl more than 15 overs in an innings. If the start of a match is delayed and overs are reduced (rule 30,2nd para.) the maximum number of overs permitted per bowler will be 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 are reduced (rule 30,2nd para) the maximum number of overs permitted per bowler is indicated above,

Championship One & Two: No bowler may bowl more than 14 overs.

Conference: No bowler may bowl more than 12 overs

Over rates:

First Teams and Second Teams Premier Division, Championship One, Championship Two and Conference: 50 overs MUST be bowled in 3hours 10 minutes (includes breaks)

NB. - Penalty points will only be deducted if a side fails to bowl 50 overs in 3 hrs 10 mins (playing time)

Second Teams Championship One and Two; 45 overs MUST be bowled in 2hrs 51min.

Second Teams Conference: 40 overs MUST be bowled in 2hrs 32 mins.

When the start of a match is delayed by weather rule 30,2nd para.) – overs divided equally.) the ‘target times’ will be reduced as required. Once the game has commenced & further stoppages occur the ‘target times’ will not be affected. Similarly any game which does start on time and is then interrupted by weather the ‘target time’ of 3hrs 10 mins. remains unaffected.

Failure to achieve the target time will result in 1 point being deducted from the fielding side for the 1st occasion; 2 points for the 2nd occasion; 3 points for the 3rd occasion and so on and so forth.

Umpires MUST inform the offending team's captain that they have failed to bowl their overs in the allowed time and report as such on their match report.

OVERSTARGET TIMEOVERSTARGET TIME
20
1hr 16mins
35
2hr 13mins
21
1hr 19mins
36
2hr 16mins
22
1hr 23mins
37
2hr 20mins
23
1hr 27mins
38
2hr 24mins
24
1hr 31mins
39
2hr 28mins
25
1hr 35mins
40
2hr 32mins
26
1hr 38mins
41
2hr 35mins
27
1hr 42mins
42
2hr 39mins
28
1hr 46mins
43
2hr 43mins
29
1hr 50mins
44
2hr 47mins
30
1hr 54mins
45
2hr 51mins
31
1hr 57mins
46
2hr 54mins
32
2hr 1mins
47
2hr 58mins
33
2hr 5mins
48
3hr 02mins
34
2hr 9mins
49
3hr 06mins
50 overs target time 3hrs 10mins | 45 overs target time: 2hrs 51min | 40 overs: Target time 2hrs 32min
 
2013newscorttyjunior.jpg
Woodlands' young bowler Scott Richardson in action against Pudsey Congs - Picture: © Mike Baker JCT600 Bradford League
 

33.Tea Interval

There shall be a tea interval between innings of 25 minutes. This interval 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 etc., takes place. Should a declaration be made during an interruption for weather the Umpires must be informed immediately. Each club will provide teas for players, umpires and scorers. Teas for umpires and scorers will be provided free of charge, whilst 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 8 (eight) teas.

34. Championship Points

Points shall be awarded as follows:

Win 10  points bonus points

Tie 5 points bonus points

Loss 0 points bonus points

Abandoned / No Play 3 points bonus points

Bonus points shall be awarded as follows :-

Batting first – 1 point for scoring 125 runs, plus, 1 point for every 25 runs scored over 125 ( max. 5 batting bonus points.)

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.

A side batting second and winning shall provisionally be awarded 5 batting points but 1 of these allocated points will be deducted for each 2 wickets lost, however they will gain a point at 125 runs and each 25 runs up to and including 200 however can only obtain a maximum of 5 batting bonus points in the innings. See table below:

Wickets lost
124 or less
125-149
150-174
175-199
200
0
5
5
5
5
5
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


35. Reward to Players

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. A bowler cannot have two collections in any one match.

36. Benefit Matches

A benefit match shall not be played, nor a special subscription obtained for any player by or on behalf of any Bradford League club without the previous consent in writing of the Management Board.

37. Scorers

A scorer MUST be provided by each team. If a team fails to provide a suitable scorer, a player must score instead of fielding. At no time must a team not have a scorer in attendance. Any team not complying with this rule will be dealt with by the Management Board who have the power to impose such penalties as may be considered necessary. Scorers must be provided with a safe environment and alcohol must not be consumed whilst scoring.

38. 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, Oxbridge and Lords . The home side shall replace any ball lost by the visiting side during the course of the match. Umpires must always notify the batsman of the type of ball which is in use.

39. Players Leaving the Field

An incoming batsman must pass the outgoing batsman on the field of play. Umpires shall report any defaulting player in this respect, or one who wastes time unduly on the field of play.

A Fieldsman shall not be allowed to leave or return to the field of play without the consent of the umpires and then can return only at the end of an over or at the fall of a wicket.

The field of play shall mean that part of the field within the boundary.

40. Regulations for Junior Players (under 19 at midnight on August 31, previous year).

The following ECB regulations for junior players regarding Helmets, Fielding, Fast Bowling will be applied in all games under the jurisdiction of the All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League.

Any player in Year 7 or below (under  12 years old at midnight on August 31, 2016, cannot play in league or cup matches with or without explicit written consent.

a. HELMETS (Batting & Wicketkeeping)

All players under the age of 18 years old MUST wear an approved helmet fitted with a protective grill, when batting or during practice with a hard ball. A helmet must also be worn when wicket keeping if standing up to the stumps. Club captains and coaches are responsible for ensuring that this regulation is enforced.

Umpires should obtain an assurance from the player and captain if they have any doubts about the age of the player.

A young player may only bat (or keep wicket) without a helmet on production of a consent form signed by a parent or guardian. Such consent must be on an officially approved form which indicates that the parent or guardian accepts the risk involved and absolves the club and league from liability in the case of injury.  

Failure to act within the above regulations may render the club, captain or coach, liable in the event of injury and may invalidate any insurance cover.

Fast bowling restrictions for young bowlers:

AGE GROUP
MAXIMUM OVERS PER SPELL
MAXIMUM OVERS PER DAY
Up to 13
5
10
Under 14 and under 15
6
12
Under 16 and under 17
6
18
Under 18 and under 19
7
21


Failure to act within the above regulations may render the club, captain or coach, liable in the event of injury and may invalidate any insurance cover.

 
Tomy-Tennant.jpg
Umpire Tony Tennent keeps a close eye on the action the 2016 Priestley Shield final at Cleckheaton - Picture: © Ray Spencer, The All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League
 

41. Umpires

Should an appointed umpire be unable to officiate he/she must notify the Umpires Appointments Secretary immediately, the latter shall then appoint a substitute. If a selected umpire fails to arrive at the ground at least 30 minutes before the match is due to commence, he/she shall be immediately reported to the Umpires Appointments Secretary by the secretary of the home club.

In this case, the two captains and the other umpire shall select a temporary umpire from the spectators and the temporary umpire shall officiate until the defaulting umpire arrives, they shall then decide whether the substitute Umpire shall take over the normal duties or those at "square leg" only. 

If an Umpire takes over both bowling ends throughout a game, he/she shall be paid 1.5, times the normal expenses for either a First or Second Eleven game, and the balance may be handed to the substitute Umpire at the home club's discretion. 

Umpires shall be on the field of play five minutes before starting time.

All expenses shall be paid no later than the tea interval.

Umpires appointed by the Appointments Secretary will receive expenses of £40 per match, in all divisions. Umpires provided by clubs are entitled to expenses of £30 per match. Where a match is not started due to adverse weather, expenses will be 50%

The level of Umpires’ expenses for both 1st & 2nd XI matches shall be agreed by the League Management Board and the Umpires Association prior to the commencement of each season, in addition, Umpires shall be provided with their tea.

In conjunction with the MC. Laws of Cricket. when penalty runs have been awarded in a game and a report is necessary, the official report form, provided by the league, should be completed and signed within 24 hours of the conclusion of the game by both match officials and posted by FIRST CLASS post to the Competition Secretary.

Umpires shall report to the Competition Secretary any misconduct on the part of the players on the field of play, or of spectators interfering with the play of the players. The home club shall be responsible for the conduct of its spectators. 

All expenses shall be paid no later than the tea interval.

Umpires appointed by the Appointments Secretary will receive expenses of £40 per match, in all divisions. Umpires  provided by clubs are entitled to expenses of £30 per match. Where a match is not started due to adverse weather, expenses will be 50%

The level of Umpires’ expenses for both 1st & 2nd XI matches shall be agreed by the League Management Board and the Umpires Association prior to the commencement of each season, in addition, Umpires shall be provided with their tea.

In conjunction with the MCC Laws of Cricket. when penalty runs have been awarded in a game and a report is necessary, the official report form, provided by the league, should be completed and signed within 24 hours of the conclusion of the game by both match officials and posted by FIRST CLASS post to the Competition Secretary.

Umpires shall report to the Competition Secretary any misconduct on the part of the players on the field of play, or of spectators interfering with the play of the players. The home club shall be responsible for the conduct of its spectators.

42. Umpires Assessment Sheets

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 £5.00 for each form not received in the time stipulated for the first three indiscretions, and fined and deducted 1 League point for each indiscretion thereafter.

  Click here for Captain's Guide for completing umpire assessment

43. Discipline

The Bradford Premier League's Disciplinary Regulations applicable in ALL matches, including Representative games, are those regulations and procedures issued by the ECB and YCB. A policy statement on Anti-Racism and Race Equality, will operate at all times. Allegations concerning racial abuse, should be reported in writing to the Chief Executive by an official of the club of the player subjected to the abuse, if the umpires inadvertently fail to report the abuse. Also, complaints relating to racial abuse may be submitted by any club on behalf of a spectator or individual subjected to such abuse. The League Disciplinary Committee and Independent Appeals Committee will be determined at the discretion of the League Chairman. 

Any allegations of misconduct on the part of a player or players whether before, during or after a game and whether on or off the field of play shall be referred to the CEO/Disciplinary Officer.

Umpires should inform the Player and the Player’s Captain of any alleged misconduct intended to be placed on report.

A written report, signed by both Umpires of any alleged misconduct should be in the hands of the CEO/Disciplinary Officer within 72 hours of the conclusion of the match.        

  Click here to download full League Disciplinary Code

  View the full League Disciplinary Code on line

  Guidance on misuse of social media       

  Disciplinary procedure   

44. Clothing

All matches under The All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League rules shall be played in traditional predominantly white clothing except where directed otherwise by the Management Board.

 45. Advertising on Clothing

Advertising will be allowed on clothing but will be limited to a maximum of three adverts of reasonable size. If in doubt clubs should seek clarification from the Management Board

46. Admission Charges

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 the whole of the gate money.

Clubs may be permitted to take up a collection instead of making a charge for admission should they so desire.

For Sunday games spectators, may be invited to purchase Programmes or tickets of admission.

47. Clubs' Grounds

All clubs' grounds shall be at the disposal of the League for matches organised or controlled by the League. All clubs should provide seating for at least 20 spectators. All grounds must meet the criteria for each division.

48. Representative Matches

The League take preference on any players selected for Bradford League representative sides. The only exceptions being matches under the control of the Yorkshire Cricket Board and/or the Bradford Junior Cricket League..

49. Ground Committee

The Ground Committee shall visit clubs on an official basis as and when considered appropriate.

50. Matters not covered by Rules

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.

51 Protests

Any club lodging a protest, an objection, or wishing to call a special meeting of the Board shall deposit the same with the League Secretary together with the sum of £50 within 5 days of the completion of the match concerned. The business shall be dealt with by the Management Board and if considered unjustified the deposit shall be forfeited. In any event the loser of the case under consideration shall pay £25 to cover the expenses of the inquiry. If the Board upholds the protest or objection. it shall have the power to impose fines, deduct points or order the match to be replayed at the committee's discretion. Any gate money shall be at the disposal of the Management Board. The representatives of the clubs concerned in any inquiry shall not be eligible to sit on the committee at the time of the inquiry.

52. Board Decisions to be Final

All decisions made by the Management Board in the interpretation of all rules, or on other matters concerning the business of the  All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League, shall be final and binding on all parties.

53. Annual Dinner

In the event of the Management Board having decided to hold an Annual Dinner, then each club must purchase a minimum of four tickets

54. Honorary Life Membership

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. Any former board member thus honoured will have the privilege of attending board meetings if they so wish, but are not entitled to vote.

 

Child Protection Guidelines

 

The All Rounder Bradford Premier League has adopted the ECB Child Protection policy, “Safe Hands - Welfare of Young People in Cricket”. The  league's Welfare Officer is David Clegg email david@bradfordcl.com

The policy is available from the Play-Cricket web site, www.play-cricket.com (go to ECB Info and then Child Welfare and Protection). “Young people” refers to those aged under 18. Click to download ECB Safehands Policy

The policy provides Cricket with ‘best practice' guidelines in relation to Child Welfare and Protection. The ECB wholeheartedly supports Child Welfare and Protection, in line with other Sports Governing Bodies, and asks that Clubs, Leagues and County Boards commit to ensuring that cricket provides a safe, friendly and fun environment for children and vulnerable young adults. 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. The ‘Safe Hands' document provides guidance and information which should be adapted to the facilities and circumstances of Clubs

Current ECB recommendations on Child Protection are as follows:

1.    All County Boards, Leagues, District Associations and Clubs should adopt the ECB “Safe Hands – Welfare of Young People in Cricket” Policy or its successors. This should be confirmed in the appropriate Constitution.

2.    All Clubs (not just those with Junior Sections) should appoint a Club Welfare Officer who needs to 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 at present not valid for cricket. CWOs also need to attend two three-hour courses “Safe Hands Workshop for Club Welfare 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 team and will surely play against Junior’s from other Clubs.

3.    All Coaches, Junior Team Managers and other volunteers having regular and/or unsupervised access to children within the Club, as well as regular Umpires and Scorers, should also be DBS-cleared.

DBS checks need to be renewed every three years and are free for volunteers. The DBS definition of a volunteer is "a person engaged in an activity which involves spending time unpaid (except for travelling and approved out of-pocket expenses) doing something which aims to benefit a third party other than or in addition to a close relative”. DBS application forms can be obtained from TMG, the company managing the process on behalf of the ECB – ECB@tmgcrb.co.uk or 0845 251 5000.

If you are receiving money from your role in cricket you are not a volunteer, and the fee for a CRB check is £44.

4.    More information is available from the YorkshireCricket Board HR & Policies Manager Administrator, 07850 775047  email l.walker@yorkshirecb.com

5.    Foreign Nationals who are coaching young players in clubs here should have the equivalent of a DBS check from the police authorities in their own country.

6.    In the event of a possible problem or incident, clubs should contact the County Welfare Officer, Ray Knowles – 07917 205860 or email  ray.knowles@live.co.uk

 
2013newpeterpollard.jpg
Umpire Peter Pollard makes a point during a match at Woodlands - Picture: © Mike Baker JCT600 Bradford League

1. League Trophies

Trophies shall be presented as follows:-

Asa Briggs Cup: Division 1 League Champions – 1stXIs

Waddilove Cup:  Division 2 League Champions – 1st XIs. 

Thackeray Cup:  Division 1 Champions – 2nd XIs.

Day Cup:   Division 2 Champions – 2nd XIs.

A Memento or Certificate of Merit shall be awarded to each of the competition winners. Prizes shall be awarded to players of the winning first and second teams in each Division.

Albert Smith ‘Spirit of Cricket’ Trophy: Club award, based on combined 1st & 2nd team marks awarded for fair play, adjudicated & awarded by the Umpires throughout the season .

All trophies shall be presented by arrangement of the League Officials and held by the winning clubs until the 31st July of the following year.

Winning clubs are responsible for the return of trophies. Failure to return trophies by the 31st July will result in a fine of £10 per day being imposed, for each day, over and beyond the due date.

The respective winners of each division are responsible for engraving of trophies by the League’s nominated company.

2. Individual Trophies (League Matches only.)

The following trophies shall be presented annually, together with a suitable memento :-

Batting & Bowling 

Qualification :

Batting - min.12 inns min. 300 runs:. 

Bowling - min.12 games   min. 30 wkts.

First XI’s.

WH Foster Jubilee Trophy: Batting Average –Division One  

WH Foster Jubilee Trophy: Bowling Average – Division One

Margaret E Mallinson Trophy: Bowling Average – Division Two

Michael Fearnley Memorial Trophy: Bowling Average - Division Two

Pennine Trophy: Highest Individual score in a League match -Division One or Two.

John Heaton Memorial Trophy: Highest Opening Partnership –Division One or Two.

The Stafford Heginbotham Tebro and Castle Trophies shall be awarded to the players scoring the highest aggregate of runs and taking the highest number of wickets, respective, in any season. The runs scored and the wickets taken shall only be taken into consideration on days when both First and Second Division fixtures are due to played.

Fastest Fifty Trophy: First fifty of an innings from the least number of balls received. -  Division One or Two.

Second XI’s

R Park Guild Trophy: Batting Average –Division One

JR Burnet. Trophy: Bowling Average – Division One

Bruce W  Moss Trophy: Batting Average – Division Two

W Hopkinson Trophy: Bowling Average – Division Two

Fielding 

In all cases, except where indicated, where two or more players qualify for a trophy, then the player who has played in fewer matches shall be granted the award. Should a clear winner not be determined then the trophy or trophies shall be held jointly by the players concerned, each or all holding the award for an equal period. Only matches started shall count as matches played.

A Waddinglon Trophy: Division –First teams

Federation Trophy: Division 2 –First teams

Leslie Mollett Trophy: Division One or Two – Second teams

Wicketkeeping

F  Milton-Watmough Trophy:  Most victims in a season – Division One - First teams

Parkside Trophy: Most victims in a season – Division Two – First teams

G Palfreman Trophy: Most victims in a season – Division One or Two – Second teams

Stanley Longbottom “Safe Hands” Memorial Trophy: Most stumpings in a season – Division One or Two – First teams 

Mick Illingworth Safe Glove Trophy: Most stumpings in a season – Division One or Two– Second teams

For the last two awards, should two or more players qualify, then the player who has kept wicket  in fewer matches shall be granted the award. Should a clear cut winner still not have been determined, then the trophy shall be held jointly by the players concerned, each holding the trophy for an equal period.

The David Bairstow Golden Glove Trophy: Most victims in one match – Division One or Two – first or second teams

In the event of two or more players being equal, the greater number of stumpings in that match shall determine the winner. If no winner has then not been determined, the trophy shall be held for an equal period by those qualifying.

Sub-Committee Panel Awards

Sir Learie Constantine Trophy: Best All Rounder – Division One – First teams

Jack Hill Trophy: Best All Rounder – Division Two– First teams

Nominations for the following trophies should be submitted, in writing, to the Chief Executive by the end of September.

The decisions of the Sub-committee in making these awards shall be final. 

Gordon Bowers Young Cricketer of the Year: Division One or Two – First teams up to age 19/20.

Ernest Lodge Trophy: Most promising young spin bowler Division One or Two– – First teams upto age 19/20.

The Sir Leonard Hutton Trophy: This shall be presented to a person who has rendered valuable service to Bradford League cricket and has displayed outstanding qualities of leadership and personality

All individual trophies shall be presented by arrangement of the  Management Board and shall be held by the recipient until August 31 of the following year.

The individual's club, at the time of the award, is responsible for the return of trophies. Failure to return trophies by August 31 will result in a fine of £10per day being imposed for each day over and beyond the due date.

 
 
2013newshielkdfinalumps.jpg
2012 Shield final umpires Les Wood and Paul Wiseman with Sovereign Health Care CEO Russ Piper - Picture: © Mike Baker JCT600 Bradford League
 

Priestley Cup

Entry: This competition is for the first teams of those clubs in the Premier Division and Championship One.

Playing Conditions: These shall be determined by the Cup Management Panel and circulated annually to all clubs and are in accordance with MCC Laws of Cricket except for matters provided for in these Competition Arrangements.

Cup Management Panel: P Arundel, A Birkinshaw, M Heald, P Radcliffe, R Shackleton & D Young.

Application of League Rules: All points not otherwise dealt with in these Competition rules shall be in accordance with the League Rules. All decisions made by the Cup Management Panel in the interpretation of all rules, or on other matters concerning the business of these competitions, shall be final and binding on all parties.

Accounts: The accounts of the competition shall be audited and a balance sheet presented at the AGM.

Player Qualification: Any registered player shall be eligible to play in the first round of the competition.

Players must have played at least one league/cup or shield match prior to the second round to be eligible for that and subsequent rounds.

In the case of bona-fide juniors & full time students, registered by their club prior to the season, permission to play must be obtained from the Cup Management Panel if they have NOT played a league game before the second round.

Any player registered at the beginning of the season who has not played a game by the date of a cup match due to illness or injury (round two onwards),may be allowed to play but only with the consent of the Cup Management Panel 

A player who has played in a Priestley Cup tie shall not play in a corresponding round match in the Priestley Shield. 

Nomination of Teams: Names of selected players must be stated on the official team cards (2 copies) and signed by the captain(s). One will be handed to the umpires prior to the toss and the second will be given to the scorers. Once teams have been exchanged, no changes to either side will be allowed. MCC Laws regarding the use of substitutes will apply.

Competition Arrangements:

Duration of matches:  All matches will commence at 1pm & will be 50 overs per side subject to weather conditions permitting except for the final which will start at noon.

Choice of innings: This will be determined by the toss of a coin and will be witnessed by the match umpires. Team cards will be exchanged.

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

The Umpires will be the sole judges of whether play can take place and they have the discretion to reduce the length of any game before commencement of the first innings 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.

Please note: This rule now applies to the original tie and not just as the reserve date.

Over rates: Fifty overs must be bowled in 3hrs 20 mins (or pro rata in a shortened game). Teams will be fined £10 for every over they fail to bowl by the deadline.

Over Rate targets for reduce overs games
10       40mins20        1hr 20mins30        2hrs40        2hrs 40mins
11       44mins21        1hr 24mins31        2hrs 4mins41        2hrs 44mins
12       48mins22        1hr 28mins32        2hrs 8mins42        2hrs 48mins
13       52mins23        1hr 32mins33        2hrs 12mins43        2hrs 52mins
14       56mins24        1hr 36mins34        2hrs 16mins44        2hrs 56mins
15        1hr25        1hr 40mins35        2hrs 20mins45        3hrs
16        1hr 4mins26        1hr 44mins36        2hrs 24mins46        3hrs 4mins
17        1hr 8mins27        1hr 48mins37        2hrs 28mins47        3hrs 8mins
18        1hr 12mins28        1hr 52mins38        2hrs 32mins48        3hrs 12mins
19        1hr 16mins29        1hr 56mins39        2hrs 36mins49        3hrs 16mins


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

Stoppages and delays: In the first innings one over is deducted from each side’s allocation for every eight minutes or part of lost. In the second innings one over is deducted for every four minutes or part of lost.  (Unlike the league There is no allowance of 30 minutes so deductions start immediately there is a delay or stoppage.

Obtaining a result:  In matches where both teams have had the opportunity to bat for the agreed number of overs (50 in an uninterrupted game, less if weather interferes),the team scoring the highest number of runs shall be the winner.

If the scores are equal, the side losing the fewer wickets will be declared the winners, if both runs and wickets are equal then countback will be used. Going back ball by ball scores will be compared until a winner is found. (If runs are equal wickets are compared at each stage of the countback).

If the team batting second has not had the opportunity to complete the agreed number of overs and has neither been ‘all out’ nor has passed its opponents’ score, and no further play is possible, a comparison of scores will be made at the exact point where the game is halted, provided a minimum of ten overs have been bowled. If the scores are equal, the side losing the fewer wickets will be declared the winners. If both runs and wickets are equal then the comparison will go back ball by ball until a winner is found. (If runs are equal wickets are compared at each stage of the countback).

No play: In the event of no play on the reserve date a result should be obtained by a bowl out. Only if the umpires consider conditions unsafe for a bowl out to be conducted the result will be determined by the toss of a coin. The home captain will spin the coin.

Semi-final and final: A comparison of scores will only come into consideration once 25 overs have been reached in the second innings, If the game is abandoned before the 25 overs mark a new game will be played on the reserve day. A comparison of scores can be used to calculate a result after 10 overs have been bowled in the second innings on the reserve day. If the final tie cannot reach a conclusion on the second day the Cup Management Panel will decide how to proceed.

 Bowl out Procedure.

(Carried out under the supervision of the umpires.)

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 a 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.

4 Failure to achieve this counts as one delivery.

5 A no ball will count as a delivery.

6 The same ball will be used by both teams.

7 No person is allowed to stand in front of the wickets to act as a target for the bowlers.

The side that bowls down the wickets most times is the winner.

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 

Bowling: No bowler may bowl more than ten overs in an innings in a 50 over contest. In a reduced overs contest the allocations are indicated below.

Lengths of game with maximum allocation for each bowler in brackets

InningsAllocationInningsAllocationInningsAllocation
10221-25536-408
11-15326-30641-459
16-20431-35746-5010


Leg Side Deliveries: 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”.

Front Foot No Balls: 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.

Fielding Restrictions: At the instant of delivery, for the first 15 overs of each 50 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”. The fielding circle should be marked by painted white ’dots’ at five yard intervals, each ‘dot’ to be covered by a white plastic or rubber (but not metal) disc measuring seven inches in diameter.

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
AllocationInningsAllocationInningsAllocation
10321-25941-5015
11-15526-3010  
16-20631-4012  


Umpires Expenses: Umpires shall receive £40 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 and will ensure that they are paid during the break which will not exceed 25 minutes. 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

Match Reporting: The Secretary of the Home Club shall be responsible for ensuring that the correct details are sent Failure to comply will incur a fine of £10. Regulations are as per league games.

Admission & Match Expenses: In all rounds up to and including the semi-final the following maximum admission prices may be applied, adults £3, Children and senior citizens £1.50. The home club is responsible for all match expenses and will retain any surplus.

Failure to Fulfil a Fixture: Any club failing to fulfil a fixture, for whatever reason, shall be fined the sum of £25, and both their teams will automatically be suspended from the following year’s competitions.

THE FINAL

Venue: The choice of ground will be made by the Management Board.

Admission: Charges for the final will be set by the Management Board. Once the match expenses have been deducted from the gross gate receipts any surplus will be divided equally between the two competing clubs, providing they provide personnel to man the gates.

Match ball: Each team will be responsible for supplying their own match ball.

Trophies: The winning team will receive the Priestley Cup and each club will receive 12 mementos for their players and one for their scorer. The man of the match will receive a cup and a momento. The three umpires will receive a similar momento to the players and a free ticket for the league dinner, Teas will be provided for umpires by the league.

Collections during Final: In the event of any collections for batting or bowling performances taking place during the final match the whole amount collected Shall be divided; 50% to Bradford League Contingencies Fund and 50% divided equally among the players who have earned the collections.

Teas: Thirteen teas will be provided for each of the competing teams and the match umpires, the cost to be defrayed out of gate receipts.

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 by the club concerned which has already been notified to the Management Board will be allowed to take place on the rearranged date.


Priestley Shield Competition Rules

Entry: This competition is for Second Teams Premier Division teams plus applications from second teams from the Championship One, Championship Two and Conference. If the number of applicants take the total number of entries above 32 the Cup Management Panel will decide on the composition of the competition.

Playing Conditions: These shall be determined by the Cup Management Panel and circulated annually to all clubs and are in accordance with MCC Laws of Cricket except for matters provided for in these Competition Arrangements.

Choice of innings: This will be determined by the toss of a coin and will be witnessed by the match umpires. Team cards will be exchanged.

Cup Management Panel: P Arundel, A Birkinshaw, M Heald P Radtcliffe, R Shackleton & D Young.

Application of League Rules: All points not otherwise dealt with in these Competition rules shall be in accordance with the League Rules. All decisions made by the Cup Management Panel in the interpretation of all rules, or on other matters concerning the business of these competitions, shall be final and binding on all parties.

Accounts: The accounts of the competition shall be audited and a balance sheet presented at the AGM.

Player Qualification: Any registered player shall be eligible to play in the first round of the competition provided he hasn’t played in the first round of the Priestley Cup or Jack Hampshire Cup.

Players must have played at least one league/cup or Shield match prior to the second round to be eligible for that and subsequent rounds. After the first round any player who has played more first team games than second team games by the date of a specific round cannot play in the Priestley Shield.

In the case of bona-fide juniors & full time students, registered by their club prior to the season, permission to play must be obtained from the Cup Management Panel if they have NOT played a league game before the second round.

Any player registered at the beginning of the season who has not played a game by the date of a cup match due to illness or injury (round two onwards),may be allowed to play but only with the consent of the Cup Management Panel 

A player who has played in a Priestley Cup tie shall not play in a corresponding round match in the Priestley Shield. 

Nomination of Teams: Names of selected players must be stated on the official team cards (2 copies) and signed by the captain(s). One will be handed to the umpires prior to the toss and the second will be given to the scorers. Once teams have been exchanged, no changes to either side will be allowed. MCC Laws regarding the use of substitutes will apply.

Competition Arrangements:

Duration of matches:  All matches will commence at 1pm & will be 50 overs per side subject to weather conditions permitting except for the final which will start at noon.

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

The Umpires will be the sole judges of whether play can take place and they have the discretion to reduce the length of any game before commencement of the first innings 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.

Please note: This rule now applies to the original tie and not just as the reserve date.

Fifty overs must be bowled in 3hrs 20 mins (or pro rata in a shortened game). Teams will be fined £10 for every over they fail to bowl by the deadline.

Over Rate targets for reduce overs games
10       40mins20        1hr 20mins30        2hrs40        2hrs 40mins
11       44mins21        1hr 24mins31        2hrs 4mins41        2hrs 44mins
12       48mins22        1hr 28mins32        2hrs 8mins42        2hrs 48mins
13       52mins23        1hr 32mins33        2hrs 12mins43        2hrs 52mins
14       56mins24        1hr 36mins34        2hrs 16mins44        2hrs 56mins
15        1hr25        1hr 40mins35        2hrs 20mins45        3hrs
16        1hr 4mins26        1hr 44mins36        2hrs 24mins46        3hrs 4mins
17        1hr 8mins27        1hr 48mins37        2hrs 28mins47        3hrs 8mins
18        1hr 12mins28        1hr 52mins38        2hrs 32mins48        3hrs 12mins
19        1hr 16mins29        1hr 56mins39        2hrs 36mins49        3hrs 16mins


Cancellation of matches: Matches may be cancelled up to three hours prior to the scheduled start time provided 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. 

Stoppages and delays: In the first innings one over is deducted from each side’s allocation for every eight minutes or part of lost. In the second innings one over is deducted for every four minutes or part of lost.  (Unlike the league There is no allowance of 30 minutes so deductions start immediately there is a delay or stoppage.

Obtaining a result:  In matches where both teams have had the opportunity to bat for the agreed number of overs (50 in an uninterrupted game, less if weather interferes),the team scoring the highest number of runs shall be the winner.

If the scores are equal, the side losing the fewer wickets will be declared the winners, if both runs and wickets are equal then countback will be used. Going back ball by ball scores will be compared until a winner is found. (If runs are equal wickets are compared at each stage of the countback).

If the team batting second has not had the opportunity to complete the agreed number of overs and has neither been ‘all out’ nor has passed its opponents’ score, and no further play is possible, a comparison of scores will be made at the exact point where the game is halted, provided a minimum of ten overs have been bowled. If the scores are equal, the side losing the fewer wickets will be declared the winners. If both runs and wickets are equal then the comparison will go back ball by ball until a winner is found. (If runs are equal wickets are compared at each stage of the countback).

No play: In the event of no play on the reserve date a result should be obtained by a bowl out. Only if the umpires consider conditions unsafe for a bowl out to be conducted the result will be determined by the toss of a coin. The home captain will spin the coin.

Semi-final and final: A comparison of scores will only come into consideration once 25 overs have been reached in the second innings, If the game is abandoned before the 25 overs mark a new game will be played on the reserve day. A comparison of scores can be used to calculate a result after 10 overs have been bowled in the second innings on the reserve day.

If the final tie cannot reach a conclusion on the second day the Cup Management Panel will decide how to proceed. 

Bowl out Procedure.

(Carried out under the supervision of the umpires.)

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 a 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.

4 Failure to achieve this counts as one delivery.

5 A no ball will count as a delivery.

6 The same ball will be used by both teams.

7 No person is allowed to stand in front of the wickets to act as a target for the bowlers.

The side that bowls down the wickets most times is the winner.

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 

Bowling: No bowler may bowl more than ten overs in an innings in a 50 over contest. In a reduced overs contest the allocations are indicated below.

Lengths of game with maximum allocation for each bowler in brackets

Innings
AllocationInningsAllocationInningsAllocation
10221-25536-408
11-15326-30641-459
16-20431-35746-5010


Leg Side Deliveries: 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”.

Front Foot No Balls: 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.

Fielding Restrictions: At the instant of delivery, for the first 15 overs of each 50 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”. The fielding circle should be marked by painted white ’dots’ at five yard intervals, each ‘dot’ to be covered by a white plastic or rubber (but not metal) disc measuring seven inches in diameter.

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
AllocationInningsAllocationInningsAllocation
10321-25941-5015
11-15526-3010  
16-20631-4012  


Umpires Expenses: Umpires shall receive £40 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 and will ensure that they are paid during the break which will not exceed 25 minutes. 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.

THE COSTS ARE SHARED BY BOTH CLUBS BUT IT IS THE HOME SIDE’S DUTY TO ENSURE THE UMPIRES ARE PAID ON TIME.

Match Reporting: The Secretary of the Home Club shall be responsible for ensuring that the correct details are sent Failure to comply will incur a fine of £10. Regulations are as per league games.

Failure to Fulfil a Fixture: Any club failing to fulfil a fixture, for whatever reason, shall be fined the sum of £25, and both their teams will automatically be suspended from the following year’s competitions.

THE FINAL

Venue: The choice of ground will be made by the Management Board.

Admission: Charges for the final will be set by the Management Board. Once the match expenses have been deducted from the gross gate receipts any surplus will be divided equally between the two competing clubs, providing they provide personnel to man the gates.

Match ball: Each team will be responsible for supplying their own match ball.

Trophies: The winning team will receive the Priestley Cup and each club will receive 12 mementos for their players and one for their scorer. The man of the match will receive a cup and a momento. The three umpires will receive a similar momento to the players and a free ticket for the league dinner.

Umpires: In the final they will receive a memento like those awarded to the players of the winning team and a free ticket to the league’s annual dinner tickets. Teas will be provided for umpires by the league.

Collections during Final: In the event of any collections for batting or bowling performances taking place during the final match the whole amount collected Shall be divided; 50% to Bradford League Contingencies Fund and 50% divided equally among the players who have earned the collections.

Teas: Thirteen teas will be provided for each of the competing teams and the match umpires, the cost to be defrayed out of gate receipts.

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 by the club concerned which has already been notified to the Management Board will be allowed to take place on the rearranged date.

Jack Hampshire Cup

Entry: This competition is for the first teams of those clubs in Championship Two and the Conference.

Playing Conditions: These shall be determined by the Cup Management Panel and circulated annually to all clubs and are in accordance with MCC Laws of Cricket except for matters provided for in these Competition Arrangements.

Choice of innings: This will be determined by the toss of a coin and will be witnessed by the match umpires. Team cards will be exchanged.

Cup Management Panel: P Arundel, A Birkinshaw, M Heald P Radcliffe, R Shackleton & D Young.

Application of League Rules: All points not otherwise dealt with in these Competition rules shall be in accordance with the League Rules. All decisions made by the Cup Management Panel in the interpretation of all rules, or on other matters concerning the business of these competitions, shall be final and binding on all parties.

Accounts: The accounts of the competition shall be audited and a balance sheet presented at the AGM.

Player Qualification: Any registered player shall be eligible to play in the first round of the competition.

Players must have played at least one league Jack Hampshire Cup or Priestley Shield match prior to the second round to be eligible for that and subsequent rounds.

In the case of bona-fide juniors & full time students, registered by their club prior to the season, permission to play must be obtained from the Cup Management Panel if they have NOT played a league game before the second round.

Any player registered at the beginning of the season who has not played a game by the date of a cup match due to illness or injury (round two onwards),may be allowed to play but only with the consent of the Cup Management Panel 

A player who has played in a Jack Hampshire Cup tie shall not play in a corresponding round match in the Priestley Shield. 

Nomination of Teams: Names of selected players must be stated on the official team cards (2 copies) and signed by the captain(s). One will be handed to the umpires prior to the toss and the second will be given to the scorers. Once teams have been exchanged, no changes to either side will be allowed. MCC Laws regarding the use of substitutes will apply.

Competition Arrangements:

Duration of matches:  All matches will commence at 1pm & will be 40 overs per side subject to weather conditions permitting except for the final which will start at noon.

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

The Umpires will be the sole judges of whether play can take place and they have the discretion to reduce the length of any game before commencement of the first innings 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.

Please note: This rule now applies to the original tie and not just as the reserve date.

Forty overs must be bowled in 2 hrs 40 mins (or pro rata in a shortened game). Teams will be fined £10 for every over they fail to bowl by the deadline.

TARGET TIMES FOR DIFFERING LENGTHS OF GAMES
10       40mins20        1hr 20mins30        2hrs
11       44mins21        1hr 24mins31        2hrs 4mins
12       48mins22        1hr 28mins32        2hrs 8mins
13       52mins23        1hr 32mins33        2hrs 12mins
14       56mins24        1hr 36mins34        2hrs 16mins
15        1hr25        1hr 40mins35        2hrs 20mins
16        1hr 4mins26        1hr 44mins36        2hrs 24mins
17        1hr 8mins27        1hr 48mins37        2hrs 28mins
18        1hr 12mins28        1hr 52mins38        2hrs 32mins
19        1hr 16mins29        1hr 56mins39        2hrs 36mins


Cancellation of matches: Matches may be cancelled up to three hours prior to the scheduled start time provided 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. 

Stoppages and delays: In the first innings one over is deducted from each side’s allocation for every eight minutes or part of lost. In the second innings one over is deducted for every four minutes or part of lost.  (Unlike the league There is no allowance of 30 minutes so deductions start immediately there is a delay or stoppage.

Obtaining a result:  In matches where both teams have had the opportunity to bat for the agreed number of overs (40 in an uninterrupted game, less if weather interferes),the team scoring the highest number of runs shall be the winner.

If the scores are equal, the side losing the fewer wickets will be declared the winners, if both runs and wickets are equal then countback will be used. Going back ball by ball scores will be compared until a winner is found. (If runs are equal wickets are compared at each stage of the countback).

If the team batting second has not had the opportunity to complete the agreed number of overs and has neither been ‘all out’ nor has passed its opponents’ score, and no further play is possible, a comparison of scores will be made at the exact point where the game is halted, provided a minimum of ten overs have been bowled. If the scores are equal, the side losing the fewer wickets will be declared the winners. If both runs and wickets are equal then the comparison will go back ball by ball until a winner is found. (If runs are equal wickets are compared at each stage of the countback).

No play: In the event of no play on the reserve date a result should be obtained by a bowl out. Only if the umpires consider conditions unsafe for a bowl out to be conducted the result will be determined by the toss of a coin. The home captain will spin the coin.

Semi-final and final: A comparison of scores will only come into consideration once 20 overs have been reached in the second innings of the initial tie, If the game is abandoned before the 20 overs mark a new game will be played on the reserve day. A comparison of scores can be used to calculate a result after 10 overs have been bowled in the second innings on the reserve day using the method set out above.

If the final tie cannot reach a conclusion on the second day the Cup Management Panel will decide how to proceed. 

Bowl out Procedure.

(Carried out under the supervision of the umpires.)

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 a 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.

4 Failure to achieve this counts as one delivery.

5 A no ball will count as a delivery.

6 The same ball will be used by both teams.

7 No person is allowed to stand in front of the wickets to act as a target for the bowlers.

The side that bowls down the wickets most times is the winner.

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 

Bowling: No bowler may bowl more than eight overs in an innings in a 40 over contest. When the length of innings is reduced before it starts the allocations are indicated below. Lengths of game with maximum allocation for each bowler in brackets.

Innings
AllocationInningsAllocationInningsAllocation
10221-25536-408
11-15326-306  
16-20431-357  


Leg Side Deliveries: When the batsman is in his normal stance any ball passing down the leg side which does not touch the bat or any part of the batsman’s person shall be called “WIDE”.

Front Foot No Balls: 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.

Fielding Restrictions: At the instant of delivery, for the first 12 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”. The fielding circle should be marked by painted white ’dots’ at five yard intervals, each ‘dot’ to be covered by a white plastic or rubber (but not metal) disc measuring seven inches in diameter.

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
AllocationInningsAllocation
10321-259
11-15526-3010
16-20631-4012


Umpires Expenses: Umpires shall receive £40 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 and will ensure that they are paid during the break which will not exceed 25 minutes. 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.

THE COSTS ARE SHARED BY BOTH CLUBS BUT IT IS THE HOME SIDE’S DUTY TO ENSURE THE UMPIRES ARE PAID ON TIME.

Match Reporting: The Secretary of the Home Club shall be responsible for ensuring that the correct details are sent Failure to comply will incur a fine of £10. Regulations are as per league games.

THE FINAL

Venue: The choice of ground will be made by the Management Board.

Admission: Charges for the final will be set by the Management Board. Once the match expenses have been deducted from the gross gate receipts any surplus will be divided equally between the two competing clubs, providing they provide personnel to man the gates.

Match ball: Each team will be responsible for supplying their own match ball.

Trophies: The winning team will receive the Jack Hampshire Cup and each club will receive 12 mementos for their players and one for their scorer. The man of the match will receive a cup and a momento. 

Umpires: In the final they will receive a memento like those awarded to the players of the winning team and a free ticket to the league’s annual dinner tickets. 

Collections during Final: In the event of any collections for batting or bowling performances taking place during the final match the whole amount collected Shall be divided; 50% to Bradford League Contingencies Fund and 50% divided equally among the players who have earned the collections.

Teas: Thirteen teas will be provided for each of the competing teams and the match umpires, the cost to be defrayed out of gate receipts.

For all clubs: No club shall play a match on the day of the Cup 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 by the club concerned which has already been notified to the Board will be allowed to take place on the rearranged date.

Failure to Fulfil a Fixture: Any club failing to fulfil a fixture, for whatever reason, shall be fined the sum of £25, and both their teams will automatically be suspended from the following year’s cup competitions.