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Priestley Cup rules

Priestley Cup rules

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1 ENTRY
This is a 50 over competition for the first teams of those clubs playing in the Premier Division and Championship One.

2 PLAYER QUALIFICATION
1. No player may play for two different clubs in the competition.
2. Any registered player  shall be eligible to play in the first and second rounds of the competition except a Special Category player who has played in the Priestley Cup, Jack Hampshire Cup or Priestley Shield prior to his transfer.
3. Players must have played at least one league or cup or shield match (external competitions do not count) prior to June 23 to be eligible for the third round and the remainder of the competition.
4. Full-time students or players who have not played at least one league or cup, or shield match prior to June 23, but were registered before April 25, may apply in writing to the League Secretary for dispensation to play in the third and subsequent rounds of the competition. This will only be considered where the player can provide evidence to support their request. Written applications must be submitted by June 23.
5. The first three rounds of the Priestley Cup and Priestley Shield are due to be played on the same dates.
6. If any club’s Priestley Shield game is delayed in any of the first three rounds and their corresponding Priestley Cup game has been played on the original date, players who have played in the Priestley Cup game are ineligible to play in the Priestley Shield on the reserve date.
7. If any club’s Priestley Shield game is played and their Priestley Cup game is delayed, players who have played in the Priestley Shield tie can play in the re-arranged Priestley Cup tie.
8. Any player (s) playing in the Priestley Cup semi-final or final are ineligible to play in the Priestley Shield Round Four, semi-final and final.
9. Players playing in the Priestley Shield Round Four and or semi-final are eligible to play in the Priestley Cup final.

CUP COMPETITION SCHEDULE

ROUNDPRIESTLEY CUPPRIESTLEY SHIELDJACK HAMPSHIRE CUP
OneMay 5 (May 19)May 5 (May 12)May 5 (June 9)
TwoJune 2 (June 16)June 2 (June 16)June 16 (June 30)
ThreeJune 23 (June 30)June 23 (July 7)July 7 (July 14)
FourNot applicableJuly 21 (July 28)Not applicable
Semi-finalJuly 14 (July 21)August 4 (August 18)July 21 (July 28)
FinalAugust 11 (August 26)September 1 (September 15)August 18 (September 1)


3 SPECIAL CATEGORY PLAYERS
Any Special Category Player who has played in the Priestley Cup or Jack Hampshire Cup prior to his transfer will not be eligible to play for his new club in this competition.

4 OVERSEAS PLAYERS
Any late arriving Overseas Player(s) must have been registered prior to April 25 to be able to apply for dispensation if they have not played at least one league or cup, or shield match prior to June 23.

5 START TIMES
All matches will commence at 1pm except for the final which will start at noon. 

6 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”. 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.

OVERSRESTRICTIOINSOVERSRESTRICTIONSOVERSRESTRICTIONS
10321-25941-4513
11-15526-301046-5015
16-20631-4012

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

7 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.

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


8 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 REDUCED OVERS GAMES

OVERSTARGETOVERSTARGETOVERSTARGETOVERSTARGET
1040min201hr 20min302hr402hr 40min
1144min211hr 24min312hr 4min412hr 44min
1248min221hr 28min322hr 8min422hr 48min
1352min231hr 32min332hr 12min432hr 52min
1456min241hr 36min342hr 16min442hr 56min
151hr251hr 40min352hr 20min453hr
161hr 4min261hr 44min362hr 24min463hr 4min
171hr 8min271hr 48min372hr 28min473hr 8min
181hr 12min281hr 52min382hr 32min483hr 12min
191hr 16min291hr 56min392hr 36min493hr 16min

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