1 TITLE & CONSTITUTION
The competition shall be called the J W Lees Brewery Twenty/20 Cup. There will be a Group A Cup for clubs from the Premier Division and Championship One Division and a Group B Cup for Championship Two and Conference Clubs.
The League Officers are empowered to review the rules for the T20 Cup annually and notify all clubs prior to the season in which they come into force.
3 FAILURE TO FULFIL A FIXTURE
Any club failing to fulfil a cup tie shall be subject to a fine of between £25 and £100 plus an expulsion from the next season’s competition. For non-fulfilment of a semi-final or final the offending club will be considered to have brought the league into disrepute and will be subject to punishments under League Rule 46 and T20 Cup Rule 4. In the case of a final they will also be liable to compensate the league for expenditure on programmes and catering and pay compensation to the host club for loss of revenue.
No participant or club may conduct themselves in a manner or do any act or omission at any time which may be prejudicial to the interests of cricket or which may bring the Bradford Premier League, the game of cricket or any cricketer or group of cricketers into disrepute.
Punishments for a club may include
The level of punishmentwill be reduced if an admission of guilt and an apology to member clubs is submitted.
5 PLAYER ELIGIBILITY
All players must be registered by their clubs to play in competitions under the jurisdiction of the Bradford Premier League. No player, who has played in the Group A Cup can play for more than one team in that competition, nor can they play in the Group B Cup in the same season.
THERE WILL BE NO SPECIAL DISPENSATION GRANTED
6 INELIGIBLE PLAYERS
A club playing an unregistered or ineligible player or players will be immediately removed from that season’s competition and be excluded for the following year. If they have won a pool game with an ineligible player in their side, the match will be awarded to their opponents who will be awarded the maximum 20 points. For the knockout stages any club playing an ineligible player will be expelled from the competition and their opponents awarded the tie.
7 REPLAYED MATCHES
If the league orders a game to be replayed for any reason only those players registered and eligible to play in the original game can play.
8ANTI-RACISM AND RACE EQUALITY
The league does not condone abuse of any kind. All those involved in the game of cricket are to be treated with respect at all times. Using language or making a gesture that offends, insults, humiliates, intimidates, threatens, disparages or vilifies another person on the basis of that person's race, religion, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability must be reported in writing to the League Secretary. Reports may be submitted by umpire(s) or a club on behalf of any individual(s) subjected to alleged abuse or discrimination. This will be considered as a disciplinary matter and dealt with in line with League Rule 45. Any action which may bring the League, the game of cricket or any cricketer or group of cricketers into disrepute will lead to the application of League Rule 46.
Any club lodging a protest, an objection, or wishing to call a special meeting of the T20 Cup Panel shall inform the League Secretary by email and deposit a sum of £100 in the league’s bank account within 48 hours of the completion of the match concerned, specifying in detail the reason(s) for their request. The T20 Cup Panel has the power to order a match to be replayed, remove an offending team from the competition, and impose costs on the losing party. Nobody with a connection to either club or have anyone who has had any involvement in the issue under consideration, will be eligible to hear the protest If the protest is unsuccessful the deposit will be forfeited. If the protest is upheld the deposit will be refunded.
Clubs are expected to maintain and promote the highest levels of behaviour and respect in line with the ECB Code of Conduct and Spirit of Cricket. Captains are responsible for the conduct of their players at all times when they are present on the ground.
Club officials are responsible for their players and spectators. Any club reported for failing to take responsibility for the behaviour of its players and spectators by an umpire, will be subject to punishment under League Rule 47 which may lead to an expulsion from a cup competition.
All Participants, by virtue of their registration with the League (whether directly or via a club) and/or participation in cricket-related activities under the auspices of the League, agree to be bound by the Disciplinary Regulations
The Bradford Premier League's Disciplinary Regulations apply in ALL cup matches. The umpires at the game will determine the appropriate level of the offence committed.
If an appeal is to be made by a player or a club against the decision of the Disciplinary Panel, it must be made in writing to the Disciplinary Recorder within seven days from the date of the hearing, stating the reason(s) for the appeal, along with a deposit of a further £100 to be paid into the League’s bank account.
The appeal will be heard by a different panel, appointed by the League Chairman. The appeal panel must consist of three people, none of whom should be connected with the individual or the club or their opponents, or a club which might directly benefit from any disciplinary action (eg by the deduction of points).
View then ECB Code of Conduct and Spirit of Cricket: https://www.bradfordcl.com/pages/spirit-of-cricket
View the tariff of disciplinary penalties: https://www.bradfordcl.com/pages/punishments
View the rules for disciplinary hearings and appeals: https://www.bradfordcl.com/pages/hearings
12 PLAYING CONDITIONS
These shall be determined by the League Official, circulated annually to all clubs and are in accordance with MCC Laws of Cricket except for matters provided for in these rules.
13 PREPARATION OF THE PITCH
The preparation of the pitch shall be the responsibility of the home club and shall conform with the MCC Laws. All T20 Cup games must be played on grass wickets. Pitches must not be watered within 36 hours of the start of a match unless written permission to do so is given by the League Officials. Where possible, pitches for first team games will be located towards the centre of the square.
14 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.
15 GROUND MARKING & SIGHT SCREENS
The fielding circles as used in The All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League, Priestley Cup, Jack Hampshire Cup, & Priestley Shield Competitions shall be marked on the ground.
Sight screens shall be white. The only exception is when a white ball is being used, in which case the screen will be black.
16 MATCH BALLS
Each club will use its own standard red or pink ball and provide ‘spares’, not necessarily new, but of acceptable quality and approved by the Match Umpires. A white or pink ball will be used on Finals Day and will be supplied by the League.
17 START TIMES
ALL match dates will be set by the league. Start times will be 6.30pm for all group matches and Quarter Finals. The start time for the Finals Days will be set by the League once venues have been confirmed.
18 THE TOSS
Captains shall toss for choice of innings and exchange team cards in the presence of the umpires not later than ten minutes before the scheduled start time. The names and ages of all junior players must be clearly stated so that the regulations for junior players as specified in League Rule 40 must be abided at all times.
19 LATE START
All teams must have a minimum of 8 players present for the game to start. If any game hasn’t started by 8.05pm it will be abandoned by the umpires as there will be insufficient overs available to play a minimum five overs per side game. The matter will be reported to the League Secretary. Any club breaching this rule at the group stage, without good reason, will be deducted 10 points. Their opponents will be awarded 20 points. If this happens at the knockout stages the offending teams will be eliminated and their opponents awarded the win.
20 LENGTH OF INNINGS
One innings per side limited to a maximum of 20 overs. (Reduced over matches are permissible in a ratio of 16,12, 8 & 5 overs providing both sides are agreeable. If there is no agreement the Umpires will determine the length of the game) If the team batting first is dismissed in less than 20 overs, the team batting second shall be entitled to bat for 20 overs.
If, in the first innings, after 1hr 10 mins, 20 overs have not been completed the side batting second will only receive the same number of overs in their innings.
If, in the opinion of the umpires, a batsman is guilty of wasting time, for each occasion this occurs 5 penalty runs shall be awarded against the batting side and playing time extended.
There will be a 10-minute interval between innings.
21 STOPPAGES AND DELAYS
In the first innings one over is deducted from each side’s allocation for every six minutes or part of lost. In the second innings one over is deducted for every three 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).
After any deductions, both teams must have the opportunity to bat for the same number of overs down to a minimum of 5 overs per team. Umpires and captains should do everything possible to resolve the outcome of a match by playing a viable game.
If there is extreme weather and there is no prospect of play, the home club should exercise ‘good judgement’ and make a decision no later than 4.30pm to prevent unnecessary travel and expense for players and umpires. It is the home club’s responsibility to notify the following:
As a final effort to get the game on, clubs can with mutual agreement switch the venue to the opponents ground provided they notify all of the people above no later than 3pm.
23 RESERVE DATES
There will be reserve dates for all rounds which will be the Thursday of the same week as the original fixture. To get the game on the clubs may, by mutual agreement, switch the match to the away team’s ground if the home’s team’s ground is unfit or unavailable (eg junior matches). It is imperative that home clubs make every effort to ensure that their ground is fit for play. Covers and mopping up equipment must be used.
Where a switch is agreed the following personnel must be contacted by 6pm on the Wednesday preceding the reserve date.
The use of coloured clothing is encouraged but is not compulsory. The entire team must wear identical kit. The use of numbers on shirts is welcomed to encourage easier identification of players for scorers and spectators.
The wearing of shorts is not allowed under any circumstances.
25 TEAM NAMES
Clubs may adopt the name of a sponsor for this competition only or may add a team name such as Eagles etc to their title. Such names must be notified to the League Secretary by May 1 2019.
Clubs are not to use more than one sponsor's name for the 2019 Competitions.
26 RESULTS AND BONUS POINTS
A side batting second and winning shall provisionally be awarded 5 batting points but 1 point will be deducted for each two wickets lost. However, they will gain a point at 50 runs and each 25 runs up to and including 150. A side can only obtain a maximum of 5 batting bonus points in an innings.
See table below:
49 or less
Bowling (awarded for wicket taking)
The maximum points to be earned is 20
Where WEATHER prevents the second batting side receiving the same number of overs as their opponents and providing 5 overs of the innings have been bowled, the scores of the two sides will be compared at the end of the last completed over prior to play ceasing. The side with the most runs at that stage are declared to be the winners.
e.g. 1st inns. - Side A score 140 for 5 in 20 overs.
2nd inns - Side B 52 for 2 (after 7 overs, no further play is possible)
Side A after 7 overs were 48 for 1
Team B are declared the winners. Team B 13pts (10 win points, 1 batting, 2 bowling) Team A 8pts (3 loss points, 4 batting and 1 bowling)
In the event of less than 5 overs per side, the match will be deemed to be abandoned with each participating team being awarded 5 points, plus any bonus points earned up to the point of abandonment.
Where there is ‘no play’ at all, each participating team will be awarded 5 points, unless no play is due to insufficient players attending or the game is forfeited.
Final Group A League positions:
The draw for the Quarter Finals will be made and announced for the Group A Cup on June 19th.
Final Group B League positions:
The draw for the Quarter Finals will be made and announced for the Group B Cup on July 17th.
Forfeits and concessions
Any club forfeiting or conceding a game at the group stage, without good reason is liable to be deducted 10 points. The opponents will be awarded 20 points.
An investigation will be carried out by a T20 Cup Panel formed from the Management Board, to consider the circumstances and determine whether any further action is required. They may impose a fine of £25.
Knock out stages
The team scoring the most runs in their allotted overs shall be the winner.
When the scores are tied in a quarter-final, semi-final or final, a Golden Over will decide the outcome. Each team must nominate three batsmen and one bowler, before the toss at the start of the game. The team scoring the most runs in the Golden Over is the winner. In the event of the scores being level, the number of wickets lost will determine the outcome. If still equal, another over per side will be bowled using the same players. In the Golden Over, a team’s innings is deemed to have ended at the fall of a second wicket. i.e. no last man stands!
In the event of any or all of the Quarter Finals not being able to achieve a result, the winners will be determined by the following criteria in the order as shown below.
In the case of Pool 3 in the Group B Cup, only the scores from the first two games played will be included in the calculation.
27 BATSMEN - ‘TIMED OUT’
The incoming batsman must be in position to take guard, or for his partner to receive the next ball, within 90 seconds of the fall of the previous wicket. Failure to do this will result in the batsman being “timed out”. This rule will be strictly applied.
The incoming batsman shall be ready to make his way to the wicket immediately a wicket falls.
28 RESTRICTIONS ON THE PLACEMENT OF FIELDERS
For the first six overs of each innings, only two fielders are allowed outside the “fielding circle”. After the sixth over only five fielders are allowed outside the “fielding circle”.
At no point may the fielding side have more than 5 players on the leg side.
In the event of any infringement of these restrictions, the umpire shall call & signal ‘no ball’, which will be followed by a ‘free hit’.
Fielding Restrictions in reduced overs games.
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Bowlers shall only be allowed a run up of a maximum of ten yards when bowling and shall not bowl more than four overs in an innings.
Where start of play is delayed or interrupted during the first innings of a match and the total overs are reduced for both teams, no player shall bowl more than one-fifth of the total overs remaining.
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In the event of a bowler being unable to complete an over, the remaining balls shall be bowled by another bowler but will count as a full over for that bowler’s allocation.
30 SHORT PITCHED BOWLING
One short pitched ball will be allowed per over, but if a short-pitched ball should be over head high the umpire will call “no ball. The penalty will be one run. An extra ball will be bowled and a free hit applies.
31 FREE HITS
The delivery following all no balls 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.
32 LEG SIDE WIDES
When the batsman is in his normal stance any ball passing down the leg side which does not come into contact with the bat or any part of the batsman’s person shall be called “WIDE”.
33 UMPIRES EXPENSES
Umpires will receive £20 per game whenever there is play, and £5 if they attend and there is no play.
EACH CLUB IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING FOR ONE UMPIRE.
A scorer MUST be provided by each team. If a team fails to provide a suitable scorer, a player must score instead of playing. If a club is reported for breaching this T20 Rule 6 they will be considered to have played an ineligible player and they will be punished under Cup Rule 10. Scorers must be provided with a safe environment and alcohol must not be consumed while scoring.
35 NOTIFICATION OF RESULT
The home club must score on a laptop and submit the completed scorecard, at the completion of the game. All results must be submitted by 10.30pm on the day of the game. Scores submitted after the deadline will be subjected to a 10-point penalty. Bonus points and total points will be calculated by league officials to ease the burden on scorers. All scorecards and tables will appear on the league website.
The day to day administration of the competition will be the responsibility of the League Secretary who will supervise all draws, and deal with all correspondence with clubs. He has the right, in consultation with fellow League Officials to reschedule cup dates where it is deemed necessary. The League Secretary will request the T20 Cup Panel to resolve any dispute or adjudicate on a breach of T20 Cup rules which requires a hearing. TheT20 Cup Panel have the power to adjudicate on any matter not covered specifically in the cup rules and may, impose fines ranging from £25-£200, and may remove a team from the competition depending on the severity of the alleged action.