GMCL Rules - Sec G - Weather Affected Games
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SECTION G - WEATHER AFFECTED MATCHES
GMCL Rules Section G19 as at Oct 2020
19 Weather Affected League & Cup Games
This section of the rules covers procedures for any league or cup matches shortened due to unfit surfaces or bad weather.
19.1. Bonus Points in League Games
19.1.1.Bonus Points do not apply in any reduced over league games
19.2. GMCL Rain Panel for League Games
19.2.1.Rain Panel - Reasoning
184.108.40.206.GMCL has a Rain Panel of Umpires to prevent unnecessary travel and reduce match day expenses when there are poor weather conditions at grounds in the lower levels in the league.
220.127.116.11.1.If the home team consider that their ground for a Saturday Fixture is not fit and is unlikely to be fit for any play, then the club can call in a Rain Panel Umpire to make a decision in advance of the game to save costs and travelling.
18.104.22.168.2.The Rain Panel can only be used in the Sunday Competition or in the Division 3 and below of the Saturday Competition.
22.214.171.124.The decision taken can take into account that some clubs may not have roll on/roll off covers and water removal equipment, therefore this may mean there is little prospect of play.
126.96.36.199.Details of available umpires will be published before the start of the season.
19.2.2.Rain Panel Procedure
188.8.131.52.The home club must ensure sufficient time is available for the umpire to attend and carry out a thorough inspection and make a decision.
184.108.40.206.1.The decision to cancel a game MUST be made by a Rain Panel Umpire at least two hours before the scheduled start time so sufficient time must be allowed for the Rain Panel Umpire to visit the ground, inspect and make a decision on whether the match be cancelled.
220.127.116.11.2.So, for example, for a match due to start at 1.00pm, the Rain Panel Umpire must have made his decision before 11.00am on the day of the match. In practice this requires the Home club to make contact with a Rain Panel Umpire around 9.00am on the day of the match. This will allow the Umpire time to travel to the ground, carry out an inspection, maybe consult with colleagues and then inform the club of his decision.
18.104.22.168.If the Rain Panel Umpire decides that the game is to go ahead or believes play may be possible
22.214.171.124.1.then he will inform the club of his decision and allow the standing umpire/s attend for the match as normal.
126.96.36.199.2.The home should confirm this to the away team
188.8.131.52.If the Rain Panel Umpire decides that the fixture is to be called off
184.108.40.206.1.The Rain Panel Umpire will inform the appointed Umpires of the cancellation of the fixture and
220.127.116.11.2.The home club shall inform the away team.
18.104.22.168.The Rain Panel Umpire will be paid £10.00 at the time of the inspection by the club whose ground is being inspected, whatever the decision.
19.2.3.Rain Panel - Umpire Actions
22.214.171.124.We strongly recommend that the Rain Panel Umpire
126.96.36.199.1.checks the facilities available such as water hog, sponges, sawdust etc before making their decision
188.8.131.52.2.takes photos if possible, in support of their decision. Most umpires now have smartphones which can be used to do this.
184.108.40.206.Umpires who are informed that their match is cancelled, should contact the appropriate Umpires Appointments Secretary to see if there is another match that they can be appointed to. If such a game exists, they will umpire that game and receive the appropriate fee.
19.3. Match Completion
19.3.1. Every effort should be made to have GMCL Cup matches played on the fixture day.
220.127.116.11.Use of reserve dates will impact other teams, other cup competitions, Sunday League games and the availability of umpires
18.104.22.168.There are reserve dates for all rounds of the senior cup competitions however,
22.214.171.124.1.with a full fixture programme for 50 Sunday Teams, there are no completely free dates
126.96.36.199.2.venues may not always be available at both clubs as it is not possible to predict the cup draw and fixture league games accordingly.
188.8.131.52.3.If the weather forecast is not good, then clubs should agree (with the umpires on the day) before the game as to whether the reserve date is available or a bowl out should be the solution.
19.3.2. Once a cup game is started it must be completed on the day, no exemptions
184.108.40.206.in accordance with the GMCL Cup bad weather rules below and the cup result rules below.
19.4.Delayed Start in League or Cup Matches
19.4.1.Weather – Delayed start due to weather
220.127.116.11.If bad weather delays the start of the match,
18.104.22.168.1.The overs have to be rearranged so that each team has an innings of equal overs and so overs will be reduced at the rate of 2 overs i.e. one per side for every 7½ minutes lost, equivalent to two overs per side every 15 minutes.
22.214.171.124.When a decision is made to restart
126.96.36.199.1.The umpires should
188.8.131.52.1.1.calculate the overs lost and
184.108.40.206.1.2.notify the scorers of the overs lost before taking the field and
220.127.116.11.1.3.verify that the scoring app has been updated by both scorers
18.104.22.168.2.The scorers must update cricHQ with the overs lost
22.214.171.124.If the scorers are not notified or they do not update the scoring app, the match cannot be scored correctly.
126.96.36.199.When a game does start, both sides must have at least 20 overs and must be allocated an equal number of overs for the start of each innings.
19.4.2.Weather - Latest Start
188.8.131.52.A league or cup game cannot start without sufficient time for 40 overs, 20 overs for each innings.
184.108.40.206.If the calculated start time is later than any times shown here then the game must be abandoned,
220.127.116.11.1.in the league both sides would take 2 points,
18.104.22.168.2.in the cup the game must go to the reserve date. If this is the reserve date, then a bowl out must take place.
22.214.171.124.Because of the varied start times across our divisions and the standard loss of overs of 7.5 minutes for 1 over per side, all our games might end up with a different latest start time therefore we have agreed the following:
19.5.Weather Interruptions during the first innings of League or Cup matches
19.5.1.Weather - Overs Lost during First Innings
126.96.36.199.If play is interrupted by bad weather during the first innings,
188.8.131.52.1.The overs have to be rearranged so that each team has an innings of equal overs and
184.108.40.206.2.the umpires should record the time at the start of each interruption
220.127.116.11.If a restart is agreed,
18.104.22.168.1.the umpires calculate the total time lost between the time of the interruption and the proposed time for restart
22.214.171.124.2.the umpires then use the total time lost to calculate the overs lost from each innings at a rate of one for each side for every 7½ minutes lost, equivalent to 2 for each side deducted for every 15 minutes lost, calculation charts can be found below.
126.96.36.199.If the umpires find at any time that the total overs already faced plus the overs still to play in the first innings totals less than 20, then the game is to be abandoned,
188.8.131.52.1.in the league both sides would take 2 points,
184.108.40.206.2.in the cup, because the game has started, a bowl out must take place.
220.127.116.11.Whilst overs in the first innings remain higher than 20, the procedure for restart should be followed by umpires and scorers.
19.5.2.Weather - Before restarting after each First Innings interruption
18.104.22.168.The umpires should
22.214.171.124.1.calculate the overs lost and
126.96.36.199.2.notify the scorers of the overs lost before taking the field and
188.8.131.52.3.verify that the scoring app has been updated by both scorers
184.108.40.206.The scorers must
220.127.116.11.1.update cricHQ with the overs lost
18.104.22.168.If the scorers are not notified or they do not update the scoring app, the match cannot be scored correctly
22.214.171.124.1.The actions taken will generate a “Revised Target” for the second innings on cricHQ which will be displayed on the cricHQ app at the time the second innings commences.
19.5.3.Further delay in first innings
126.96.36.199.If there is a further interruption
188.8.131.52.1.and the innings still exceeds 20 overs and there are overs remaining, this rule should be followed again and for each subsequent interruption in the first innings
19.6.Taking an early tea, in League or Cup
19.6.1.Weather – Early Tea
184.108.40.206.Where a long weather interruption is expected during the first innings
220.127.116.11.1.due to weather, and teas are prepared, then captains and umpires may agree to take tea early
18.104.22.168.2.The benefit of this is that the turnaround between innings can be reduced to 10 minutes.
19.7.Weather interruption brings the first innings to an end in League or Cup Match
19.7.1.Weather - First Innings - Overs lost exceed overs remaining
22.214.171.124.Should the first innings be interrupted, and the remaining overs are lost to that interruption, then the first innings shall come to an end.
126.96.36.199.If less than 20 overs have been faced by the team batting first, then the game is abandoned,
188.8.131.52.1.in the league each side awarded 2 points.
184.108.40.206.2.In the cup, because the game has started, the game goes to a bowl out.
220.127.116.11.If the team batting first had already used more than 20 overs,
18.104.22.168.1.then the umpires should advise the scorers that the first innings has ended so they can enter overs lost into CricHQ.
22.214.171.124.2.If the scorers are not notified or they do not update the scoring app, the rest of the match cannot be scored correctly
126.96.36.199.3.Tea will be taken if not already taken
188.8.131.52.4.The umpires will advise both captains and scorer of the scheduled restart time after the interval between innings.
19.8. Restarting a League or Cup match after interval between innings
19.8.1. Weather – Second Innings starting on time after interval between innings
184.108.40.206. If the match can start on time after the interval between innings, then the second innings will begin with the same number of overs as the first innings.
220.127.116.11.1. If an over was incomplete in the first innings when it ended, this will be counted as a full over for the second innings. e.g. first innings 25.4 overs, second innings 26 overs.
18.104.22.168. If the side batting first were bowled out and did not complete their overs, the overs for the second innings are the number of overs the side batting first had available.
22.214.171.124.1. (e.g. 30 overs after delays but bowled out in 26 – then side batting second has 30 overs)
126.96.36.199. In addition, if overs were lost during the first innings, after the start of the match
188.8.131.52.1. the match will have a D/L/S Revised Target which will come into play for the Second Innings,
184.108.40.206.2. and, providing the scorers have correctly entered the overs lost so far at the time they were lost
220.127.116.11.3. when the second innings is started on the app, after all overs lost have been entered, then a Revised Target will be displayed by cricHQ.
18.104.22.168. The scorers should advise the umpires of the Revised Target and the scorers must add the Revised Target to the scoreboard
22.214.171.124.1. The Umpires should notify both captains of the Revised Target before taking to the field.
126.96.36.199.2. For clarity, the revised target is the score needed to win.
19.8.2. Weather – Second Innings - Delayed Start after interval between innings
188.8.131.52. If the game cannot be restarted at the agreed end of interval time, overs will be lost from the second innings
184.108.40.206.1. This will mean that the game will have unequal innings and therefore a D/L/S Revised Target or a further Revised Target will come into play for the Second Innings.
220.127.116.11.2. As soon as the umpires have a new time for restart the umpires should calculate the time lost between the notified restart time after the interval and the new time for restart and
18.104.22.168.3. the umpires then use the time lost to calculate any (further) overs lost from the second innings at a rate of two for every 7½ minutes lost, four for every 15 minutes lost
22.214.171.124. If there are still more than 20 overs for the side batting second to face,
126.96.36.199.1. Umpires are to notify the scorers of the overs lost in this delay before re-taking the field and verify that the scoring app has been updated
188.8.131.52.2. The scorers must update cricHQ with the overs lost
184.108.40.206.3. If the scorers are not notified or they do not update the scoring app, the match cannot be scored correctly
220.127.116.11.4. When the cricHQ app has been updated the app will generate the Revised Target to chase.
18.104.22.168.5. The umpires shall notify both captains and the scorers must display the Revised Target on the scoreboard.
22.214.171.124.6. For clarity, the revised target is the score needed to win.
126.96.36.199. If there are less than 20 overs available for the second innings,
188.8.131.52.1. EITHER the game is abandoned, in the league each side takes 2 points or in the cup the game goes to a bowl out
184.108.40.206.2. OR the Revised Target Option rule can be invoked, see below.
This section covers
19.9 Where there are "Unused Overs" from the first innings and
19.10 Where there are no "unused Overs" from the first innings
19.9.League or Cup, first innings completed, team all out with “Unused Overs”, weather interruption in the second innings.
19.9.1.Weather – Second Innings - Side batting first all out
220.127.116.11.Should the team batting first be all out before completing their overs, the unused overs do not carry forward for the use of the team batting second, however, in line with match rules in international cricket ODIs, we set any unused overs against weather interruption before reducing the overs from the side batting second.
18.104.22.168.These overs will be referred to as “Unused Overs”.
22.214.171.124.Examples of this are: -
126.96.36.199.1.Where the side batting first in a 45 over game is all out in 39 overs then there are 6 unused overs, a rain delay of 1 hour in the second innings requires a reduction of 16 overs, in this case the reduction should be reduced to 10 and the umpires will notify the scorers of the 10 overs lost up to the proposed restart and the scorers will input the 10 overs lost into the CricHQ system and they will then notify the umpires of the D/L/S Revised Target generated to be notified to the captains.
188.8.131.52.2.Where the side batting first in a 45 over game is all out in 30 overs then there are 15 unused overs, a rain delay of 30 minutes in the second innings requires a reduction of 8 overs, in this case the reduction should be reduced to nil and the umpires will notify the scorers that no overs should be recorded as lost and the game continues with the team batting second having the same number of overs as they did before the interruption. This also leaves 7 overs in the pot for any further weather interruptions.
184.108.40.206.At no time will the side batting second have an increased number of overs.
19.9.2.Weather – Second Innings Overs Lost Calculation where there are “Unused Overs”
220.127.116.11.If play is interrupted by bad weather during the second innings, the umpires should record the time of each interruption
18.104.22.168.If a restart is agreed,
22.214.171.124.1.the umpires calculate the total time lost between the time of the interruption and the proposed time for restart
126.96.36.199.2.the umpires then use the total time lost to calculate the overs lost from the second innings at a rate of one per 3 ¾ minutes, two for every 7½ minutes lost, four for every 15 minutes lost,
188.8.131.52.If the overs lost are lower than any “Unused Overs” available
184.108.40.206.1.The umpires should reduce the amount of “Unused Overs” and record the number remaining.
220.127.116.11.2.The scorers should be advised that no overs have been lost from the second innings and no adjustment is required on cricHQ,
18.104.22.168.3.The second innings continues with no overs lost.
22.214.171.124.4.This same procedure will occur for every such break until the unused overs are used up.
126.96.36.199.Where the overs lost in the latest delay exceed any “Unused Overs” remaining
188.8.131.52.1.Then the excess need to be deducted from the overs available in the second innings.
19.9.3.Weather – Second Innings - After interruption – overs lost exceed “Unused Overs”
184.108.40.206.Where the overs lost exceed any remaining “Unused Overs” the excess must now be deducted from the second innings and
220.127.116.11.this will mean that the game will have unequal innings and therefore D/L/S Revised Target will come into play for the second innings or be further adjusted if a Revised Target is already in place.
18.104.22.168.Umpires are to notify the scorers of the excess overs lost in the delay before re-taking the field and verify that the scoring app has been updated
22.214.171.124.1.The scorers must update cricHQ with the excess overs lost
126.96.36.199.2.If the scorers are not notified or they do not update the scoring app, the match cannot be scored correctly
188.8.131.52.3.When the cricHQ app has been updated the app will generate a Revised Target to chase.
184.108.40.206.4.The umpires shall notify both captains and the scorers must display the Revised Target on the scoreboard.
220.127.116.11.5.For clarity, the revised target is the score needed to win.
18.104.22.168.Any further delays due to weather are to be treated as follows: -
19.10.League or Cup, Weather interruption in the second innings, no “Unused Overs” available
19.10.1.Weather – Second Innings - Overs Lost Calculation where overs to be deducted
22.214.171.124.If play is interrupted by bad weather during the second innings, the umpires should record the time of each interruption
126.96.36.199.this will mean that the game will have unequal innings and therefore D/L/S Revised Target will come into play for the second innings or be further adjusted if a Revised Target is already in place.
188.8.131.52.If a restart is agreed,
184.108.40.206.1.the umpires calculate the total time lost between the time of the interruption and the proposed time for restart
220.127.116.11.2.the umpires then use the total time lost to calculate the overs lost from the second innings at a rate of one per 3 ¾ minutes, two for every 7½ minutes lost, four for every 15 minutes lost,
18.104.22.168.Umpires are to notify the scorers of the excess overs lost in the delay before re-taking the field and verify that the scoring app has been updated
22.214.171.124.1.The scorers must update cricHQ with the overs lost
126.96.36.199.2.If the scorers are not notified or they do not update the scoring app, the match cannot be scored correctly
188.8.131.52.3.When the cricHQ app has been updated the app will generate a Revised Target to chase.
184.108.40.206.4.The umpires shall notify both captains and the scorers must display the Revised Target on the scoreboard.
220.127.116.11.5.For clarity, the revised target is the score needed to win.
19.10.2.Weather - After second innings interruption - Overs remaining more than 20 overs
18.104.22.168.The game will continue with the Revised Target set being the score needed for the side batting second to win.
22.214.171.124.Since there are more than 20 overs in the innings,
126.96.36.199.1.D/L/S Par score is in play in this scenario and therefore the scoreboard should be updated with the Par score at the end of each over by the scorers as advised by the cricHQ app
19.11.League or Cup, Revised Target – Over 20 overs played
19.11.1.Weather – A Revised target in place and more than 20 overs played
188.8.131.52.If the Revised Target is reached within the available overs then the side batting second wins
184.108.40.206.If the team batting second scores one less than the Revised Target then
220.127.116.11.1.in the league, the game is a tie, 3 points each,
18.104.22.168.2.in the cup the game is incomplete and must go to a bowl out. Note: the wickets lost rule and scoring rate does not come into play in the cup where the Revised Target is in play due to imbalanced overs or unequal overs.
22.214.171.124.If the side batting second is bowled out in the available overs, and f the target is not reached, and the match not “tied” then the side bowling second wins
19.12.Revised Target Option - second innings overs fall below 20
19.12.1.Weather – Second Innings - Overs available falls below 20 following interruption
126.96.36.199.If overs played plus overs still to come falls below 20 over then the game would normally come to an end but the umpires can instruct the scorer to show a reduction on cricHQ that leaves a 20 over innings so that the D/L/S calculation in CricHQ creates a Revised Target for a 20 over innings.
188.8.131.52.1.Because the team batting first has had an innings of at least 20 overs, and a game must be based on 20 overs per side
184.108.40.206.2.the team batting second is offered the chance to chase the Revised Target that would exist if they had 20 overs (ascertained from CricHQ) but only have the number of overs calculated as actually available.
220.127.116.11.3.To balance this the side bowling second is also offered the chance to bowl out the side batting second in the overs actually available.
18.104.22.168.If neither side wants to take the option the game is abandoned, in the League 2 points each, in the cup the game goes to a bowl out.
22.214.171.124.If either side does want to take the option, then the game can continue.
126.96.36.199.1.Note 1: D/L/S Par is no longer in play in this scenario because should the game come to an abrupt end (the purpose of D/L/S Par) then less than 20 overs will have been played and the result is “Abandoned”.
188.8.131.52.2.Note 2: If more overs are lost in a further interruption after the restart when the Revised Target Option is invoked by either side then the game ends as Abandoned, in the league this is 2 points each, in the cup the game must go to a bowl out.
184.108.40.206.If play does continue to the end of the revised overs available
220.127.116.11.1.If the Revised Target is reached in the available overs then the side batting second wins
18.104.22.168.2.If the team batting second scores one less than the Revised Target then in the league the game is a tie, 3 points each, in the cup the game is incomplete and must go to a bowl out.
22.214.171.124.2.1.Note: the wickets lost rule and scoring rate does not come into play in the cup where the Revised Target is in play due to imbalanced overs or unequal overs.
126.96.36.199.3.If the side batting second is bowled out in the available overs, then the side bowling second wins
188.8.131.52.If the target is not reached and the match not “tied” and the side is not bowled out, then this is an incomplete game (because it did not have 20 overs in the second innings and a result was not reached) and should be recorded as Abandoned, in the league it is 2 points each, in the cup it goes to bowl out.
19.13.League or Cup match rained off to end the game during the second innings
19.13.1.Weather – Second Innings – Match stopped with 20 overs or more played
184.108.40.206.The game will be decided by the D/L/S Par Score comparison after the action of the last ball bowled is recorded on the app
220.127.116.11.Scorers to note that the cricHQ scoring should not be ended and score uploaded until the umpires and captains have been able to confirm the D/L/S position below
18.104.22.168.1.If the score of the team batting second exceeds the D/L/S Par score recalculated after the final ball bowled and after all details have been entered into CricHQ then the side batting second will be the winner; in the league that is 5 points, no bonus points.
22.214.171.124.2.If the score is equal to the D/L/S Par score, recalculated after the final ball bowled and after all details have been entered into CricHQ then the game is a tie; 3 points each, in the cup a bowl out is needed.
126.96.36.199.3.If the score is below the D/L/S Par score, recalculated after the final ball bowled and after all details have been entered into CricHQ then the side bowling second will be the winner; in the league that is 5 points, no bonus points.
19.13.2.Weather – Second Innings – Match stopped with less than 20 overs played
188.8.131.52.Where the Revised Target Option is invoked and the game ends before the available overs are completed
184.108.40.206.Or where Revised Target not invoked, and less than 20 overs played
220.127.116.11.1.then the game will end Abandoned – Incomplete. – in the League 2 points each, in the cup it must go to bowl out.
19.14.The Bowl Out
19.14.1.Weather – Bowl Out required
18.104.22.168.A result is achieved using the following procedure: -
22.214.171.124.Five players from each team, in the order nominated to the umpires, will each bowl two fair over-arm deliveries at a wicket and from a wicket (conforming to Law 8, e.g. including bails) pitched at a distance of 22 yards with, if practicable, bowling, popping and return creases (conforming to Law 9).
126.96.36.199.1.The five cricketers to take part in the ‘bowl-out’ must be selected from the 11 players named on the team sheet.
188.8.131.52.The captains will toss a coin and the winner will decide which team bowls first.
184.108.40.206.One umpire will stand at the bowlers end to adjudge ‘no balls’, the other will stand square to the target wicket to remake the wicket and check the position of a wicket-keeper.
220.127.116.11.Each team will appoint a wicket-keeper to stand behind the wicket but out of reach of the stumps.
18.104.22.168.The same suitably acceptable ball (not a new one) will be used by both teams. If this ball becomes wet, it may be changed subject to the Umpires’ approval.
22.214.171.124.If a bowler bowls a ‘no ball’ it will count as one of his two deliveries but will not count towards the score of the team. A fair delivery must pitch before reaching the wicket and only bounce once.
126.96.36.199.The first bowler from ‘Team A’ will bowl two deliveries, then the first bowler from ‘Team B’ will bowl two deliveries, then the second bowler from ‘Team A’ will bowl two deliveries, etc.
188.8.131.52.The team which bowls down the wicket (defined in Law 28.1) most times shall be the winner.
184.108.40.206.If the scores are equal, the other players from each team will bowl, in the order nominated to the umpires, one ball each alternately to achieve a result on a ‘sudden death’ basis, should all 11 have bowled then the players go again (in the original order) with alternate balls until a winner is found.
220.127.116.11.Should it not prove possible to bowl at the stumps, the match shall be decided on the toss of a coin
19.15.Both innings completed in League or Cup Match
19.15.1.Weather - No interruptions after game starts
18.104.22.168.The teams will have had equal overs and more than 20 overs so
22.214.171.124.the team that scores the most runs is the winner, in the league that means 5 points, no bonus.
126.96.36.199.where the scores are equal in the league
188.8.131.52.1.a tie is declared. 3 points each.
184.108.40.206.where the scores are equal in the cup
220.127.116.11.1.the side losing the least number of wickets shall be declared the winners.
18.104.22.168.2.If the number of wickets lost by both sides is equal, the result shall be decided on the average scoring rate runs per over overall, highest wins
22.214.171.124.3.Should this not bring about a decision, the scoring rate (runs per over) on the first 30 overs (20 overs, 10 overs, 9 overs and then reducing by one over) should be considered until a result has been realised.
19.16.Run Rate Calculations
19.16.1.Run rate calculations in GMCL
126.96.36.199.Run rate calculations will no longer be required except for a tie in the cup where teams have had equal overs as referred to in that section of the rules.
19.17.Rain affected Games - Bowlers overs
19.17.1.Weather - Maximum overs per bowler are in place for games in GMCL
188.8.131.52.This maximum will be reduced pro rata at the time of any recalculation of overs in rain interrupted matches.
184.108.40.206.Where the calculation equals part of an over the figure will be rounded up to the nearest whole over.
220.127.116.11.e.g. An innings reduced to 41 overs; 30% of 41 =12.3, a bowler may bowl a maximum of 13 overs.
18.104.22.168.There will be no penalty if a bowler has already bowled more than this maximum following any recalculation and
22.214.171.124.1.Should the innings resume, the bowler at the time of any interruption can complete any over part completed when the match interruption came.
126.96.36.199.2.But that must be the bowler’s last over if he exceeds the recalculated maximum
188.8.131.52.Scorers and umpires should note that the cricHQ app will not highlight that a bowler has completed their allocated overs after a recalculation to reduce the overs.