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GMCL Rules - Sec F - Match Structure & Timings

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15 GMCL League & Cup competitions, Match Structure & Timings

This section of the rules covers Match Day basics including preparations and the time limits.

15.1.Laws of the Game

15.1.1.General Laws

15.1.1.1.All matches must be played under the Laws of Cricket produced by the M.C.C. except as provided by these rules, or as the Board might decide

15.2.Captain’s Responsibility & Team Attendance

15.2.1. Club Authority

15.2.1.1.The League deem the Club Captain present at the game as the authority over the team attending a match

15.2.1.1.1.The captain is responsible for all interactions with League Officials, scorers, and opponents.

15.2.1.1.2.The captain is responsible for the team’s compliance with the rules, attitude to all participants of the match and behaviour of the team on or off the field whilst present at the match.

15.2.1.2.The Board will hold the captain accountable for any breaches in rules by the team at a match

 

15.2.2. Attendance and Readiness at the Match

15.2.2.1.Captains will be responsible for ensuring their team is present at the ground on time

15.2.2.2.Captains will be responsible for ensuring their team is ready to start the game on time

 

15.2.3. Full Team at Start

15.2.3.1.The club’s agreement within the MOU includes only registering in competitions for which they have sufficient players.

15.2.3.1.1.A fine, with a minimum of £10.00 for First XI teams per player and £5.00 for Second XI teams per player, shall be imposed on any club not playing a full team unless the Board, shall excuse them on reasonable grounds.

15.2.3.2.The minimum number of players to constitute a team at the start of play will be 7.

15.2.3.3.MCC law 24.2 will apply to those players who arrive late with regards as to when they may bat/bowl.

 

15.2.4. Cricket Kit

15.2.4.1.The purpose of this rule is to maintain high standards in the GMCL Competition, and the captains are responsible for ensuring compliance

15.2.4.2.In the Derek Kay Cup, First XI Championship Cup Matches and GMCL20

15.2.4.2.1.Teams are permitted and are encouraged by the GMCL Board to wear coloured kits.

15.2.4.2.2.Each Member Club shall be entitled to choose the colours and design of its playing clothing subject to the following restrictions:

15.2.4.2.2.1.The clothing shall be coloured other than a predominantly pink or red colour which is likely to make the sighting of a pink ball difficult.

15.2.4.2.2.2.The colours and design of the playing clothing (including Logos) and caps shall be uniform to all members of the same team.

15.2.4.2.2.3.There are no restrictions to sponsors, partners or charity badges worn on kit, but these should not be excessive nor detract from the predominant colour of the kit

15.2.4.2.3.Teams not choosing coloured clothing must wear traditional whites

15.2.4.2.4.if caps are worn by any player these must be crested club, league, or county caps ONLY.

15.2.4.3.In the League & Other Cup Matches

15.2.4.3.1.All players must appear in full “whites” cricket attire and

15.2.4.3.1.1.Players wishing to wear a visible base layer underneath a short sleeve shirt may do so, as long as the base layer is the same colour as the shirt or white

15.2.4.3.1.2.There are no restrictions to sponsors, partners or charity badges worn on kit, but these should not be excessive nor detract from the predominant colour of the kit

15.2.4.3.2.if caps are worn by any player these must be crested club, league, or county caps ONLY.

 

15.2.5.cricHQ requirements

15.2.5.1.It is the Team Captain’s responsibility to ensure that the team’s squad list is up to date prior to the day of a game.

15.2.5.1.1.No Scorer (Home or Away) should be tasked to add players to squad lists shortly before or during a game.

15.2.5.1.2.The team captain will be held responsible for failure to update the CricHQ squad before the day of the game and a fine of £10.00 per player per game can be imposed by the Board.

15.3.Scorers

15.3.1.Mandatory Scorers

15.3.1.1.Competing clubs are to have scorers for all teams.

15.3.1.2.If one team does not have a scorer available for a match, then

15.3.1.2.1.they must, in advance of the game, notify the other team that they do not have a scorer to check that the game will have a scorer and

15.3.1.2.2.the team not supplying the scorer must pay £25 to the scorer in attendance at the tea interval irrespective of the length of the match and irrespective of any fee he receives from his own team

15.3.1.2.3.The umpires must report a team without a scorer.

15.3.1.3.Should neither team have a scorer then

15.3.1.3.1.the home club should immediately contact the league to cancel the game and umpires.

15.3.1.3.2.Should this not be done in time and the umpires attend then they must be paid by the home team.

15.3.1.3.3.A penalty will be levied in the sum of £50 per team and

15.3.1.3.4.No points will be awarded for the game and points deducted from both teams in accordance with game forfeit rules

 

15.3.2.CricHQ Scoring

15.3.2.1.All matches from Under 11’s to Premier Division MUST be scored using CricHQ with either

15.3.2.1.1.Live ball by ball connected via wi-fi or the phone network to the CricHQ Match Centre or

15.3.2.1.2.Scored on the app and the full scorecards to be uploaded post-match

15.3.2.2.It is mandatory for all Saturday League matches to be scored live and connected to wi-fi or phone data so as to be visible to other users of cricHQ

15.3.2.3.It is requested that all Sunday League matches are scored live and connected to wi-fi or phone data so as to be visible to other users of cricHQ

15.3.2.3.1.However, if not possible they must be scored using the cricHQ app and uploaded no later than 2 hours after the game ends

15.3.2.4.It is mandatory that all GMCL Cup matches be scored live and connected to wi-fi or phone data so as to be visible to other users of cricHQ

15.3.2.5.It is mandatory that all GMCL20 matches be scored live and connected to wi-fi or phone data so as to be visible to other users of cricHQ

15.3.2.6.It is requested that all Junior matches are scored live and connected to wi-fi or phone data so as to be visible to other users of cricHQ

15.3.2.6.1.However, if not possible they must be scored using the cricHQ app and uploaded no later than 24 hours after the game ends

15.4.Preparing for Match Commencement

15.4.1.Team Cards

15.4.1.1.MCC Law 1.2 Nomination of Players: -

15.4.1.1.1.Each Captain shall nominate his players in on an ECB Team Card to one of the umpires before the toss.

15.4.1.1.2.No player may be changed after the nomination without the consent of the opposing captain.

15.4.1.2.Notifying the Scorers

15.4.1.2.1.The Umpires should immediately make the lists available to the scorers to ensure that the CricHQ team on the Scoring App is completed ready to start the game and verify that the players listed on cricHQ match the cards.

15.4.1.2.2.The umpires to be shown the team lists on cricHQ by the scorers to confirm all players are registered to play in GMCL

 

15.4.2.The Toss

15.4.2.1.Captains shall toss up no earlier than 30 minutes before scheduled start time but no later than 15 minutes before scheduled or agreed start time (“the Toss Time”),

15.4.2.1.1.after which the batting side’s captain can request that the pitch be rolled for not more than 7 minutes.

15.4.2.2.If a captain or person deputising for him is not available at the latest Toss Time then the other team shall have the decision as to whether to bat or bowl first.

 

15.4.3.The Match Ball

15.4.3.1.Prior to taking the field the captain of the bowling side must hand to the umpires a suitable new match ball and a suitable spare ball for inspection, which the umpires will hand back when on the field, ready for play.

15.4.3.2.The umpires are to report failure to provide the appropriate match ball

15.4.3.3.The Match Balls required in GMCL competition are as follows:

 

15.4.4.The Bell

15.4.4.1.A bell, hand or wall mounted, must be rung 10 minutes prior to the time play should commence, and 5 minutes from the resumption of play after the interval.

15.4.4.1.1.The ringing of the bell is to be the responsibility of the umpires.

15.4.4.1.2.Players must be ready and take the field along with the umpires 5 minutes prior to the time a match shall commence and at the interval.

15.5. Late starts, not due to weather

15.5.1.When a time for restart is known,

15.5.1.1.The umpires should calculate the overs lost

15.5.1.1.1.for every 7.5 minutes lost, the match shall be reduced by 2 overs

15.5.1.1.2.This is one per team because the innings must be equal at the start of the game

15.5.1.1.3.down to a minimum of 40 overs, 20 per side.

15.5.1.1.4.Should the calculation go beyond this the game must be abandoned and the league will deal with the issue upon receipt of the Umpire’s report

 

15.5.2.Umpires should report the reasons given for any late starts other than weather.

15.5.2.1.Where the circumstances were beyond a team or player’s control

15.5.2.1.1.The Board or an Executive Sub-Committee shall record the event and may excuse the offending team on reasonable grounds.

15.5.2.2.Captains will be responsible for ensuring their team is ready to start the game on time

15.5.2.2.1.Prompt starts are expected for all games and a fine of £25.00 shall be imposed for a late start in circumstances that were not beyond the control of the offending players/team,

15.5.2.2.2.Where it is found that a game was deliberately delayed in order to gain an advantage then the league may levy a fine of £100 and apply a points deduction.

 

15.5.3.When overs are lost to bad weather

15.5.3.1.Overs can be lost due to bad weather before the start of the game – see “Weather Affected Games”

15.6. Timings & Length of League & Cup Games

15.6.1.Matches in GMCL

15.6.1.1.For Sunday League competition games only

15.6.1.1.1.In certain circumstances, such as where bad weather is forecast and where both teams and umpires agree, the game may be brought forward to allow the fixture to go ahead.

15.6.1.1.2.The deadline to agree an earlier start must be a minimum of 24 hours before the scheduled start time whereby both teams and both Umpires agree to the earlier start.

 

15.6.2.Tea Interval

15.6.2.1.The tea interval will be 30 minutes, with the umpires advising both captains of the restart time after leaving the field

15.6.2.2.If tea has been taken during a weather delay, then the break between innings will be 10 minutes with the umpires advising both captains of the restart time after leaving the field

 

15.6.3.Tea Costs

15.6.3.1.All tea costs are to be paid by the home side in GMCL League and Cup Competitions

15.7.Declarations

15.7.1. In the League

15.7.1.1.In matches in all Saturday and Sunday League matches the side batting first has the right to declare its innings.

15.7.1.1.1.In the event of a declaration, any remaining overs from the first innings will be lost, there is no carry forward of overs.

15.7.1.2.The side batting second will not be allowed to declare.

 

15.7.2.In the Cup

15.7.2.1.There can be no declaration in the GMCL Cup competitions

Change or Cancel Fixture

If you need to notify a GMCL fixture cancellation please follow the procedures detailed below

Please note that penalties may arise for late notification and we cannot guarantee that the umpires can be stopped from travelling. Games should not be cancelled within 2 hours of the start time,

NOTIFICATION OF JUNIOR FIXTURE REARRANGEMENT

Please send an e-mail to the following

fixtures@gtrmcrcricket.co.uk AND juniors@gtrmcrcricket.co.uk AND the e-mail contact of your opponents

If we do not receive this notification the game may not be available to score on your new match day. Please give us at least 48 hours notice

Copy the following text to the body of your e-mail and complete the details

Please change the following fixture date

Full Division name …………………………………….

Scheduled Date of Match …………………………….

Home Team ………………………………. Away Team ……………………………….

New Date of Match ……………………...

Revised Start Time ……………………...

Thanks

(Your name and club)


 

NOTIFICATION OF SENIOR FIXTURE CHANGES / CANCELLATIONS

THIS IS THE PROCEDURE FOR CHANGES PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED MATCH DAY, THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE NOTICE SHOULD BE GIVEN IN ALL CASES. 

Please send an e-mail and copy in all of the following

umpires@gtrmcrcricket.co.ukbernard.sweeney@blueyonder.co.uk;  fixtures@gtrmcrcricket.co.ukumpappts@gtrmcrcricket.co.uk 

For GMCL20 fixtures also copy in umpirecompliance@gtrmcrcricket.co.uk

The umpires reps will record this for the umpires and the league will record the change on the schedule

Please head your e-mail

FIXTURE CHANGE - DATE dd/mm/yy

Your e-mail should read: (please copy and paste and complete the details)

COMPETITION AND DIVISION of the game : ………………………………...

DATE:.....................................................

HOME TEAM: ……………………………. AWAY TEAM:.....................................................

The venue for this fixture has changed to _________________________________

or

The revised date for this fixture will be _______________ and we have agreed this with our opponents

or

This fixture has been cancelled and the game awarded to _______________

And (for all options)

The reason for this is ____________________________________

Your name

Your club

Your position at the club

PLEASE CONFIRM THAT YOUR OPPONENTS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED

If you need contact details for an opponent please e-mail secretary@gtrmcrcricket.co.uk

You will receive e-mail confirmation from the league when changes are noted. If you do not receive confirmation it is your responsibility to ensure all parties are aware of the change so please follow up.

Cancellations on the match day should only be for weather and be approved by the rain panel or umpires attending at the scheduled time otherwise costs and fines may be incurred. 

There are fines for non fulfillment of fixtures