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GMCL Rules - Sec F - Fixture Cancellation

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SECTION F –THE MATCHES

This section of the rules covers all information relating to your fixtures and the matches in GMCL

14 Fixtures: Amendments, Cancellations or Forfeits

This section of the rules concerns the changing and cancellation of fixtures

 

14.1.Fixture Changes

14.1.1.Fixture Clashes

14.1.1.1.Fixture Clashes - Sunday League fixtures

14.1.1.1.1.Re-arrangement can be approved in certain circumstances with the aim of providing a full calendar for Sunday teams.

14.1.1.1.1.1.Application must be made more than a week in advance

14.1.1.1.1.2.Both clubs must have a vacant Sunday to take the game and

14.1.1.1.1.3.Both clubs must agree to the change.

14.1.1.1.2.Where a Sunday League home fixture clashes with a home game for a club’s 1st XI in a GMCL cup, Lancashire Knockout, National Knockout or Village Cup

14.1.1.1.2.1.The first option should always be to reverse the Sunday league fixture or

14.1.1.1.2.2.If a reverse is not possible then it can be rearranged to a vacant Sunday for both teams.

14.1.1.1.2.3.Both clubs must agree to the change.

14.1.1.1.3.Where a Sunday League fixture clashes with a 2nd XI, 3rd XI or 4th XI GMCL cup fixture and there are 4 or more players regulars in the cup team

14.1.1.1.3.1.the clubs involved in the league fixture should still look to play dependent on ground availability

14.1.1.1.3.2.but where the loss of players from the league fixture to the cup game is too many then then it can be rearranged to a vacant Sunday for both teams

14.1.1.1.3.3.The players concerned must be made known and both clubs must agree to the change.

14.1.1.1.4.Where a junior cup semi-final or final clashes with a Sunday League fixture and the Sunday League team will lose 4 or more regular players,

14.1.1.1.4.1.the clubs involved in the league fixture should still look to play dependent on ground availability

14.1.1.1.4.2.but where the loss of players from the league fixture to the junior game is too many then then it can be rearranged to a vacant Sunday for both teams

14.1.1.1.4.3.The players concerned must be made known and both clubs must agree to the change.

14.1.1.2.Fixture Clashes - GMCL Cup fixtures

14.1.1.2.1.The League will only sanction the re-arrangement of a GMCL Cup 1st XI fixture if that fixture clashes with a match for the same team in the Lancashire Cup, National Knockout or National Village Cup

14.1.1.2.1.1.The GMCL 1st XI cup game must be played on the reserve date.

14.1.1.2.1.2.There can be no further rearrangement because this will impact the other teams in the competition.

14.1.1.2.2.The League will sanction the re-arrangement of any other home GMCL Cup fixture if that fixture clashes with a home game in the Lancashire Cup, National Knockout or National Village Cup

14.1.1.2.2.1.The first option is to reverse the league GMCL cup fixture

14.1.1.2.2.2.If this is not possible, the second option is to play on the reserve date.

14.1.1.2.2.3.There can be no further rearrangement

14.1.1.2.3.The Board will consider the rearrangement of any other GMCL Cup Fixture only in exceptional circumstances

 

14.1.2.Fixture Amendments not due to clash of dates

14.1.2.1.Reasoning & Statements

14.1.2.1.1.All fixtures will be based on availability dates provided by all clubs at registration on or before 31st October and available dates cannot be changed after that date

14.1.2.1.1.1.Weeks of preparation goes into the organisation of GMCL fixtures and clubs publish their fixture calendars and organise sponsor agreements ahead of the season and therefore changes are inconvenient and costly, through loss of sponsors and match day income.

14.1.2.2.Fixture Amendments - Saturday League fixtures

14.1.2.2.1.No alteration to Saturday fixtures shall be allowed after publication, in accordance with the Club-League agreement, unless there are exceptional circumstances

14.1.2.2.2.If a team is unable to play without exceptional circumstance this will be considered a forfeit.

14.1.2.3.Fixture Amendments - Sunday League fixtures

14.1.2.3.1.Re-arrangement can be approved in certain circumstances with the aim of providing a full calendar for Sunday teams.

14.1.2.3.1.1.Application must be made more than a week in advance

14.1.2.3.1.2.Both clubs must have a vacant Sunday to take the game and

14.1.2.3.1.3.Both clubs must agree to the change.

14.1.2.4.Fixture Amendments - GMCL Cup fixtures

14.1.2.4.1.No alteration to Cup fixtures shall be allowed after publication, in accordance with the Club-League agreement, unless there are exceptional circumstances

14.1.2.4.2.If a team is unable to play without exceptional circumstance this will be considered a forfeit.

14.1.2.5.Fixture Amendments - GMCL20 fixtures

14.1.2.5.1.Lots of preparation goes into the organisation of GMCL20 fixtures by the League and by the home clubs and so

14.1.2.5.1.1.all fixtures schedules will be based on dates provided at registration and there will no changes after the deadline published at registration.

14.1.2.5.2.This competition brings in much needed Revenue for clubs and forfeits will be punished.

14.1.2.5.3.Once the GMCL20 fixtures are agreed the only rearrangements shall be for weather and games can only be rearranged once to be played in the reserve weeks.

14.1.2.5.4.The Board will consider the rearrangement of any GMCL20 Fixture only in exceptional circumstances

14.1.2.6.Fixture Amendments – Junior Competition

14.1.2.6.1.Avoiding Cancellations

14.1.2.6.1.1.Junior Fixtures are organised as late as possible in order to assist clubs to know they have enough players to enter a competition and fulfil their allocated fixtures

14.1.2.6.1.2.There should be few cancellations or forfeits of junior fixtures

14.1.2.6.1.3.Please maintain communication with our junior director on juniors@GtrMcrCricket.co.uk if you anticipate any issues with fixtures.

14.1.2.6.2.Junior competition – maximising fixtures to provide as many games as possible in the short time available

14.1.2.6.2.1.Please ensure that rearranged fixture dates are notified to fixtures@GtrMcrCricket.co.uk and juniors@gtrmcrcricket.co.uk 48hours before any rescheduled fixture date to ensure the fixture can be posted to cricHQ ready for scoring the game

14.1.2.6.3.Junior competition – Full procedures can be found in the junior rules (Link Here)

 

14.1.3.Fixture Cancellations – Exceptional Circumstances & Misuse of Rules

14.1.3.1.Cancellations will attract a penalty on the defaulting club unless there are approved exceptional circumstances.

14.1.3.1.1.What is Exceptional?

14.1.3.1.1.1.Events that are not planned; Events that could not be anticipated; Events that clubs and players have no control over

14.1.3.1.1.2.We cannot be exhaustive in listing exceptional circumstances

14.1.3.1.1.2.1.So, other than the fixture clashes listed in respect of each competitions, examples we have dealt with are issues such as national pandemic or disease, fire damage to facilities or ground or threat of damage, threat to life or health, vandalism that prevents use of facilities or ground, no access to a ground or clubhouse due to last minute 3rd party activity, loss of ground outside team/club control.

14.1.3.1.2.What is not Exceptional?

14.1.3.1.2.1.Examples but not a comprehensive list include: Concerts, events, or private hire on your ground not organised or notified before 31st October prior to the season; Private events restricting player numbers; Clashes with other local or national sporting events which do not prevent access to the ground.

14.1.3.1.2.1.1.Such circumstances and any other circumstances not considered exceptional will attract a penalty.

14.1.3.2.Fixture Amendments - Deliberate Misuse

14.1.3.2.1.In negotiations between clubs the Board expect honesty and respect for each other.

14.1.3.2.1.1.Any attempt to manipulate final placings in leagues for titles, promotion or relegation or any trophy through the changing or cancellation of fixtures will be frowned upon and be considered in any penalty decision made.

14.1.3.2.1.2.Any attempt to manipulate player availability through the changing of cancellation of fixtures will be frowned upon and be considered in any penalty decision made

 

14.1.4.Fixture Amendments, Cancellations, or Forfeits Procedure

14.1.4.1.Fixture Amendments - Communications & E-Mail protocol

14.1.4.1.1.It is for the defaulting club to drive the communication with the other club involved in the relevant match and the League to achieve a solution, but

14.1.4.1.1.1.But all parties must ensure that an acknowledgement is issued and received to any communication they issue in the matter before any changes are considered final.

14.1.4.1.2.Any cancellation of a match must have approval of the Board following notification to fixtures@GtrMcrCricket.co.uk before it is considered final.

14.1.4.2.Fixture Amendments - Who do you contact?

14.1.4.2.1.Within 24 hours of being made aware of an issue that could mean a match is cancelled,

14.1.4.2.1.1.as well as contacting the opponents

14.1.4.2.1.2.you should contact the League on fixtures@gtrmcrcricket.co.uk, club-director@gtrmcrcricket.co.uk and the umpire's on umpires@gtrmcrcricket.co.uk with details of the problem

14.1.4.2.1.3.If the game is a Sunday fixture you should also include sundayumpires@gtrmcrcricket.co.uk

14.1.4.2.2.If you are reading this online, you can CLICK HERE to generate an automatic e-mail to the league for completion

14.1.4.2.2.1.The defaulting club should advise all parties of any proposals in respect of the fixture

14.1.4.2.3.The clubs involved should discuss the issue and advise the League of any agreed changes that could resolve the issue

 

14.1.5.Fixture Amendments - League Action & Penalties

14.1.5.1.On receipt of the e-mail the League will ensure that

14.1.5.1.1.umpires are cancelled

14.1.5.1.2.umpires are reallocated to other games and

14.1.5.1.3.umpires are reallocated to any rescheduled fixture

14.1.5.1.4.cricHQ is updated and reschedule the fixture for any revised date and time if required

14.1.5.2.Fixture Amendments - Board Decision

14.1.5.2.1.The Board will consider all representations and seek clarification where needed.

14.1.5.2.2.A binding decision will be issued by the Board.

14.1.5.3.Fixture change approved

14.1.5.3.1.The League will organise a resolution with the parties involved which may still include awarding the match or penalties.

14.1.5.4.Fixture Forfeit or cancellation notification not approved

14.1.5.4.1.The League will act in accordance with league rules as regards any action to be taken against clubs involved in the unapproved cancellation of fixtures or failure to notify unavailability for a fixture.

14.1.5.5.Result Awarded

14.1.5.5.1.Where a match is not played and fault is found to be with one of the clubs,

14.1.5.5.1.1.The match shall be treated as an outright win for the non-offending club

14.1.5.5.1.2.For a league game the non-offending club shall be awarded 5 points, but no bonus point. .

14.1.5.5.1.3.For a cup game, the non-offending club will progress to the next round

14.1.5.6.Financial penalties

14.1.5.6.1.If a game is forfeited on or before the Wednesday preceding the game a fine of £25.00 will be incurred and

14.1.5.6.1.1.the fine will increase incrementally from Thursday to Saturday, by £25.00 per day.

14.1.5.6.1.2.e.g. a club cancelling a match on a Saturday will be fined £100.00.

14.1.5.6.2.In addition, if the offending club’s fixture is an away fixture, the away club will also be liable for the home club’s expenses already incurred.

14.1.5.6.2.1.The home club will be requested to submit a claim for expenses actually incurred, including umpire fees paid out (where umpires attended),scorer’s fees paid out (where scorer attended - up to a maximum of £25.00) and cost of teas paid out (up to a maximum of £40.00*) but NOT for loss of bar or gate takings.

14.1.5.6.2.2.*A claim for teas can only be submitted if the game is cancelled after noon on Friday and must be accompanied by valid receipts for the expense incurred.

14.1.5.7.Non-Financial Sanctions for Forfeiting Matches

14.1.5.7.1.In addition to the fines for forfeited matches there shall be the following additional consequences for forfeiting matches

14.1.5.7.1.1.unless the Board resolves otherwise and in particular in the Sunday competition, the Board reserves the right to permit a pre-agreed forfeiture in exceptional circumstances where it has not proved possible to rearrange the game.

14.1.5.7.2.Forfeit of a league match on each occasion,

14.1.5.7.2.1.for a club with one senior team in the League, it shall incur a 10 point penalty.

14.1.5.7.2.2.for a club with 2 or more senior teams in the League, there will be an aggregate of 10 points penalty, all allocated against the club’s most senior team if that team is the team forfeiting the match, or otherwise as to 5 points penalty against the team forfeiting and 5 points penalty against that club’s most senior team.

14.1.5.7.3.Multiple forfeiture - in addition to the fines and points penalties for each game forfeited, if a particular team at a club forfeits 3 or more League games in a season:

14.1.5.7.3.1.this is unacceptable for the competition and shows a lack of respect to opponents.

14.1.5.7.3.2.the recommendation from the Board is that that team will be demoted at the end of the season, and senior club officials must make representations to the Board to avoid this.

14.1.5.7.4.Forfeiture on Match Day - this is totally unacceptable unless there are exceptional circumstances (which does not include insufficient players).

14.1.5.7.4.1.Without any reasonable excuse, forfeiture on match day shows a total lack of organisation and preparation at the club and a lack of respect for opponents and the competition.

14.1.5.7.4.2.In addition to the fines and points penalties, if required by the Board, the 2 most senior club officials and captain will be asked to attend a hearing with representatives of the Board to explain the club’s behaviour and provide a list of and reasons for all players unavailable and state what measures have been put in place to avoid this happening in the future.

14.1.5.7.5.Forfeiture of a GMCL Cup Match (this does not apply to any GMCL20 Match) - for any cup match forfeited, the relevant team at the club shall

14.1.5.7.5.1.incur the financial penalties set out above,

14.1.5.7.5.2.if the away team forfeit, incur a further £100 penalty payable to the non-forfeiting club,

14.1.5.7.5.3.be banned from any GMCL cup competition relevant to that team for the next 2 seasons.

14.1.5.7.6.Forfeiture of a GMCL20 Match

14.1.5.7.6.1.The cancellation procedure and financial penalties listed in these rules shall also apply to GMCL20 adjusting the Rule accordingly to replace “Saturday” with the day of the GMCL20 game in question and amending the other references to days accordingly. For example, if a GMCL20 game on a Friday is conceded on the day of the game then the fine shall be £100, £75 if it is conceded on the Thursday and so on. There is no claim for compensation for teas or lost bar or gate takings in GMCL20.