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Greater Manchester Cricket League

Founded 2016

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GMCL Rules

A full set of rules is to be placed here as dropdowns by section for easier viewing on tablets and phones alongside a pdf document for printing. THIS IS STILL IN PROGRESS

The Spirit of Cricket

  • Cricket owes much of its appeal and enjoyment to the fact that it should be played not only according to the Laws, but also within the Spirit of Cricket. 
  • The major responsibility for ensuring fair play rests with the captains, but extends to all players, umpires and, especially in junior cricket, teachers, coaches and parents.
  • Respect is central to the Spirit of Cricket.
  • Respect your captain, team-mates, opponents and the authority of the umpires.
  • Play hard and play fair.
  • Accept the umpire’s decision.
  • Create a positive atmosphere by your own conduct, and encourage others to do likewise.
  • Show self-discipline, even when things go against you.
  • Congratulate the opposition on their successes, and enjoy those of your own team.
  • Thank the officials and your opposition at the end of the match, whatever the result.
  • Cricket is an exciting game that encourages leadership, friendship and teamwork, which brings together people from different nationalities, cultures and religions, especially when played within the Spirit of Cricket.

Relevant Laws

    1. There are two Laws which place responsibility for the team's conduct firmly on the captain. 
      Responsibility of captains Law 1.4 
      The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of the Game as well as within the Laws.
      Player's conduct Law 42
      In the event of a player failing to comply with instructions by an umpire, or criticising by word or action the decision of an umpire, or showing dissent, or generally behaving in a manner which might bring the game into disrepute, the umpire concerned shall in the first place report the matter to the other umpire and to the player's captain, and instruct the latter to take action.
    2. Fair and unfair play Law 41
      According to the Laws the umpires are the sole judges of fair and unfair play. The umpires may intervene at any time and it is the responsibility of the captain to take action where required.
    3. The umpires are authorised to intervene in cases of:
      Time wasting
      Damaging the pitch
      Dangerous or unfair bowling
      Tampering with the ball
      Any other action that they consider to be unfair
    4. The Spirit of the Game involves RESPECT for:
      Your opponents
      Your own captain
      The roles of the umpires
      The game's traditional values
    5. It is against the Spirit of the Game:
      To dispute an umpire's decision by word, action or gesture
      To direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire
      To indulge in cheating or any sharp practice, for instance:
      (a) to appeal knowing that the batsman is not out
      (b) to advance towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing
      (c) to seek to distract an opponent either verbally or by harassment with persistent clapping or unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of one's own side
    6. Violence
      There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play.
    7. Players
      Captains and umpires together set the tone for the conduct of a cricket match. Every player is expected to make an important contribution towards this.

    The Board of the Greater Manchester Cricket League expect all our clubs and club officials to work to the “Spirit” on and off the field and decisions taken by the Board will take the “Spirit” into account.