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
188.8.131.52.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
184.108.40.206.The League deem the Club Captain present at the game as the authority over the team attending a match
220.127.116.11.1.The captain is responsible for all interactions with League Officials, scorers, and opponents.
18.104.22.168.2.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.
22.214.171.124.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
126.96.36.199.Captains will be responsible for ensuring their team is present at the ground on time
188.8.131.52.Captains will be responsible for ensuring their team is ready to start the game on time
15.2.3. Full Team at Start
184.108.40.206.The club’s agreement within the MOU includes only registering in competitions for which they have sufficient players.
220.127.116.11.1.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.
18.104.22.168.The minimum number of players to constitute a team at the start of play will be 7.
22.214.171.124.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
126.96.36.199.The purpose of this rule is to maintain high standards in the GMCL Competition, and the captains are responsible for ensuring compliance
188.8.131.52.In the Derek Kay Cup, First XI Championship Cup Matches and GMCL20
184.108.40.206.1.Teams are permitted and are encouraged by the GMCL Board to wear coloured kits.
220.127.116.11.2.Each Member Club shall be entitled to choose the colours and design of its playing clothing subject to the following restrictions:
18.104.22.168.2.1.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.
22.214.171.124.2.2.The colours and design of the playing clothing (including Logos) and caps shall be uniform to all members of the same team.
126.96.36.199.2.3.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
188.8.131.52.3.Teams not choosing coloured clothing must wear traditional whites
184.108.40.206.4.if caps are worn by any player these must be crested club, league, or county caps ONLY.
220.127.116.11.In the League & Other Cup Matches
18.104.22.168.1.All players must appear in full “whites” cricket attire and
22.214.171.124.1.1.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
126.96.36.199.1.2.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
188.8.131.52.2.if caps are worn by any player these must be crested club, league, or county caps ONLY.
184.108.40.206.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.
220.127.116.11.1.No Scorer (Home or Away) should be tasked to add players to squad lists shortly before or during a game.
18.104.22.168.2.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.
22.214.171.124.Competing clubs are to have scorers for all teams.
126.96.36.199.If one team does not have a scorer available for a match, then
188.8.131.52.1.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
184.108.40.206.2.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
220.127.116.11.3.The umpires must report a team without a scorer.
18.104.22.168.Should neither team have a scorer then
22.214.171.124.1.the home club should immediately contact the league to cancel the game and umpires.
126.96.36.199.2.Should this not be done in time and the umpires attend then they must be paid by the home team.
188.8.131.52.3.A penalty will be levied in the sum of £50 per team and
184.108.40.206.4.No points will be awarded for the game and points deducted from both teams in accordance with game forfeit rules
220.127.116.11.All matches from Under 11’s to Premier Division MUST be scored using CricHQ with either
18.104.22.168.1.Live ball by ball connected via wi-fi or the phone network to the CricHQ Match Centre or
22.214.171.124.2.Scored on the app and the full scorecards to be uploaded post-match
126.96.36.199.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
188.8.131.52.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
184.108.40.206.1.However, if not possible they must be scored using the cricHQ app and uploaded no later than 2 hours after the game ends
220.127.116.11.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
18.104.22.168.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
22.214.171.124.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
126.96.36.199.1.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
188.8.131.52.MCC Law 1.2 Nomination of Players: -
184.108.40.206.1.Each Captain shall nominate his players in on an ECB Team Card to one of the umpires before the toss.
220.127.116.11.2.No player may be changed after the nomination without the consent of the opposing captain.
18.104.22.168.Notifying the Scorers
22.214.171.124.1.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.
126.96.36.199.2.The umpires to be shown the team lists on cricHQ by the scorers to confirm all players are registered to play in GMCL
188.8.131.52.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”),
184.108.40.206.1.after which the batting side’s captain can request that the pitch be rolled for not more than 7 minutes.
220.127.116.11.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
18.104.22.168.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.
22.214.171.124.The umpires are to report failure to provide the appropriate match ball
126.96.36.199.The Match Balls required in GMCL competition are as follows:
188.8.131.52.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.
184.108.40.206.1.The ringing of the bell is to be the responsibility of the umpires.
220.127.116.11.2.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,
18.104.22.168.The umpires should calculate the overs lost
22.214.171.124.1.for every 7.5 minutes lost, the match shall be reduced by 2 overs
126.96.36.199.2.This is one per team because the innings must be equal at the start of the game
188.8.131.52.3.down to a minimum of 40 overs, 20 per side.
184.108.40.206.4.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.
220.127.116.11.Where the circumstances were beyond a team or player’s control
18.104.22.168.1.The Board or an Executive Sub-Committee shall record the event and may excuse the offending team on reasonable grounds.
22.214.171.124.Captains will be responsible for ensuring their team is ready to start the game on time
126.96.36.199.1.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,
188.8.131.52.2.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
184.108.40.206.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
220.127.116.11.For Sunday League competition games only
18.104.22.168.1.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.
22.214.171.124.2.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.
126.96.36.199.The tea interval will be 30 minutes, with the umpires advising both captains of the restart time after leaving the field
188.8.131.52.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
184.108.40.206.All tea costs are to be paid by the home side in GMCL League and Cup Competitions
15.7.1. In the League
220.127.116.11.In matches in all Saturday and Sunday League matches the side batting first has the right to declare its innings.
18.104.22.168.1.In the event of a declaration, any remaining overs from the first innings will be lost, there is no carry forward of overs.
22.214.171.124.The side batting second will not be allowed to declare.
15.7.2.In the Cup
126.96.36.199.There can be no declaration in the GMCL Cup competitions
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
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 ……………………...
(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
For GMCL20 fixtures also copy in firstname.lastname@example.org
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 : ………………………………...
HOME TEAM: ……………………………. AWAY TEAM:.....................................................
The venue for this fixture has changed to _________________________________
The revised date for this fixture will be _______________ and we have agreed this with our opponents
This fixture has been cancelled and the game awarded to _______________
And (for all options)
The reason for this is ____________________________________
Your position at the club
PLEASE CONFIRM THAT YOUR OPPONENTS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED
If you need contact details for an opponent please e-mail email@example.com
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