This section of the rules covers procedures for any league or cup matches shortened due to unfit surfaces or bad weather.
10. Weather Affected League Matches
10.1. Bonus Points
10.1.1. Bonus Points do not apply in any reduced over games.
10.2. Rain Panel
10.2.1. Rain Panel
10.2.1.1. If the home team consider that the ground for a Saturday Fixture is not fit then the club can call in a Rain Panel Umpire to make a decision in advance of the game to save costs and travelling.
10.2.1.2. For 2017 onwards this will only apply in Divisions 4 and 5
10.2.1.3. Details of available umpires will be published before the start of the season
10.2.1.4. The home club must ensure sufficient time is available for the umpire to attend and carry out a thorough inspection and make a decision. The decision to cancel a game MUST be made 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, that time must be no less than two hours prior to the scheduled start time.
10.2.1.5. So for example, 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.
10.2.2.1. The Rain Panel Umpire will inform the appointed Umpires of the cancellation of the fixture and
10.2.2.2. The home club can inform the away team.
10.2.3. Game to go ahead
10.2.3.1. If the Rain Panel Umpire believes play may be possible then he will inform the club of his decision and allow the standing umpire/s attend for the match as normal.
10.2.4. No Play possible
10.2.4.1. If the Rain Panel Umpire decides no play will be possible on the day, then he calls the match off and both clubs and the umpire(s) are informed as per the process outlined above.
10.2.5.1. The Rain Panel Umpire will be paid £10.00 at the time of the inspection by the club whose ground is being inspected.
10.2.6. Umpire Actions
10.2.6.1. We strongly recommend in such instances the Rain Panel Umpire takes photos if possible in support of their decision to call the match off. Most umpires now have smartphones which can be used to do this.
10.2.6.2. 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.
10.2.7.1. The benefit of this proposal is to try to stave off unnecessary expense on the day. Some clubs may not have roll on/roll off covers and water removal equipment, therefore this option may save a considerable expense on a match day, the cost of Umpires, teas, etc. when there is little prospect of play is an expense that can be avoided.
10.3. Delayed Start to Game
10.3.1. Game cannot start as scheduled
10.3.1.1. If bad weather delays the start of the match, overs will be reduced at the rate of 2 overs i.e. one per side for every 7.5 minutes lost, equivalent to two overs per side every 15 minutes.
10.3.1.2. Umpires are to notify the scorers of any calculation of revised overs before taking the field.
10.3.1.3. Calculation charts for overs lost at the start of the game can be found at the Appendices of these rules.
10.3.1.4. When a game does start, both sides must have an equal number of overs available.
10.3.1.5. When a game does start, each side must have at least 20 overs, see next paragraph on “Latest Start”
10.3.2. Latest Start
10.3.2.1. No league game can start without sufficient time for 40 overs, 20 each innings. If the start time is later than any times calculated here, then the game must be Abandoned with each side taking 2 points.
10.3.2.2. Based on our varied start times and the standard loss of overs of 7.5 minutes for 1 over per side, all our games would end up with a different latest start time therefore we have agreed the following:
10.3.2.2.1. Games in April or from the 3rd Saturday in August
10.3.2.2.1.1. Where tea not taken during the delay: latest start is 16:15
10.3.2.2.1.2. Where tea taken is taken during the delay: latest start is 16:35
10.3.2.2.2. Games from May up to the 3rd Saturday in August
10.3.2.2.2.1. Where tea not taken during the delay: latest start is 16:45
10.3.2.2.2.2. Where tea taken is taken during the delay: latest start is 17:05
10.4. Weather Interruptions during the first innings
10.4.1. Overs Lost Calculation
10.4.1.1. If play is suspended during the first innings, overs shall be deducted equally from each innings at a rate of one each side for every 7.5 minutes lost, equivalent to 2 for each side deducted for every 15 minutes lost between the time of the interruption up to the time of the proposed restart as determined by the umpires.
10.4.1.2. Calculation charts can be found at the Appendices of these rules.
10.4.1.3. This same procedure will occur for every such break.
10.4.1.3.1. If at any time, the total overs already faced plus overs still to play totals less than 20, then rule 10.4.2 will apply
10.4.1.4. Prior to taking the field the umpires will notify the scorers of the overs lost up to the proposed restart and the scorers will input the overs lost into the cricHQ system to ensure that the
10.4.2. First Innings revised to less than 20 overs
10.4.2.1. Should the reduction(s) during the innings mean that the side batting first has a total from overs already played plus revised overs to come that is recalculated to less than 20 overs then the game must be Abandoned and each side awarded 2 points.
10.4.3. First Innings overs remaining used up by an Interruption
10.4.3.1. Should the game be interrupted and the first innings has to be reduced by more overs than are unused at the time of the interruption then the first innings shall come to an end.
10.4.3.1.1. If less than 20 overs have been faced by the team batting first, then the game is Abandoned and each side awarded 2 points.
10.4.3.1.2. If the team batting first had already used more than 20 overs,
10.4.3.1.2.1. then the scorers should be advised that the first innings has ended so they can enter overs lost into cricHQ.
10.4.3.1.2.2. Tea will be taken and
10.4.3.1.2.3. as soon as the umpires are able to advise the proposed time for restart the scorers should be notified of the overs lost from the second innings so they will be able to enter the overs lost for the delay and
10.4.3.1.2.4. If there are more than 20 overs for the side batting second to face, then the side batting second has a Revised Target to chase.
10.4.3.1.2.5. If there are less than 20 overs available for the second innings, the game is Abandoned and each side takes 2 points.
10.5. Weather interruptions after the first innings has ended
10.5.1. First innings completed, all overs used, overs lost from the second innings.
10.5.1.1. Should the team batting first bat their full complement of overs and then weather prevents the restart after tea at the scheduled time then overs are lost from the second innings at a rate of 1 overs every 3.75 minutes from the time of the scheduled restart after tea up to the time the game can restart, as determined by the umpires.
10.5.2. If the overs faced plus overs remaining falls below 20
10.5.2.1. following one or more interruptions, then the game would normally come to an end but the umpires can instruct the scorer to show a reduction that leaves a 20 over innings so that the D/L/S calculation in cricHQ creates the Revised Target for a 20 over innings.
10.5.2.1.1. Because the team batting first has had a completed innings the team batting second is offered the chance to chase the 20 over target ascertained as above from cricHQ but only with the number of overs actually available.
10.5.2.1.2. To balance this the side bowling second is also offered the chance to bowl out the side batting second.
10.5.2.1.3. If either side wants to take that option, then the game can continue. The Revised Target for the batting side is the 20 over target in the overs actually available
10.5.2.1.3.1. but should one or more overs be lost in a further interruption after the restart then the game ends as Abandoned, two points each.
10.5.2.1.3.2. D/L/S Par score does not come into play because should the game come to an abrupt end then less than 20 overs will have been played and the result is “Abandoned”, 2 points each
10.5.2.1.4. If play does continue to the end of the revised overs available and the score is not reached or the side is not bowled out, then this is an incomplete game and recorded as Abandoned 2 points each.
10.5.3. If after interruptions there are still more than 20 overs for the innings (including any overs already faced)
10.5.3.1. then the umpires will notify the scorers of the overs lost up to the proposed restart and the scorers will input the 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. The second Innings continues with the revised target set,
10.5.3.1.1. Since there are more than 20 overs in the innings, D/L/S Par score still applies unless the game ends suddenly before 20 overs are played whereby the game is Abandoned – 2 points each
10.5.4. First innings completed, side all out with unused overs, overs to be lost from the second innings.
10.5.4.1. Should the team batting first be all out before completing their overs, the unused overs will no longer carry forward for the use of the team batting second.
10.5.4.2. In line with match rules in international 50 over cricket ODIs, we will therefore set any unused overs against weather interruption before reducing the overs from the side batting second. Examples of this are: -
10.5.4.2.1. 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.
10.5.4.2.2. 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.
10.5.4.2.3. At no time will the side batting second have an increased number of overs.
10.5.4.3. If there are more than 20 overs remaining, then the game continues with the Revised Target set by D/L/S.
10.5.4.4. If there are less than 20 overs remaining, normally the game would be Abandoned but If the batting side inform the umpires that they believe they can attain the Revised Target (based on 20 overs being remaining) or the bowling side inform the umpires that they believe they can bowl out the opposition then the game can resume with the lower number of overs, on the understanding that if neither side wins, the game will be recorded as Abandoned, incomplete.
10.6. Game comes to an abrupt end during the second innings
10.6.1. No further play is possible
10.6.1.1. Should the game end with 20 overs or more of the second innings played then the game will be decided by the D/L/S Par Score comparison, see “Determining a Result in a Rain Affected Game” below.
10.6.1.2. Should the game end with less than 20 overs played then the game will end Abandoned – Incomplete. – 2 points each.
10.7. Duckworth Lewis Stern (D/L/S) scoring for weather interrupted games
10.7.1. Revised Target
10.7.1.1. D/L/S on cricHQ will replace our previous system for calculating a revised target in rain affected games that reach a conclusion.
10.7.1.2. Instead of a “runs per over” calculation, D/L/S is internationally approved calculation based on resources available (batsmen/overs) against runs required and generally considered more accurate way of testing both sides.
10.7.1.3. Where weather interrupts a match after the start of the game during either or both innings D/L/S will provide a revised target for the team batting second at the resumption of play after each weather break.
10.7.1.4. The revised target will be a whole number and may be higher or lower than the first innings score.
10.7.2. Par Score
10.7.2.1. D/L/S will also provide a “par score” after every ball bowled in the second innings.
10.7.2.2. This will be a whole number and is intended to reflect where a team should be with the number of overs used and the number of wickets lost.
10.7.2.3. That par score will only be used if the game ends abruptly due to weather or bad light. The actual score and the par score at that point are compared to determine the result.
10.7.2.4. Of course the benefit to both sides is that they can see the trend in where they stand, but remember that the actual comparison for a result can only be made after the last ball is bowled.
10.8. Scoreboard requirements
10.8.1. We recommend that all clubs, whether they have electronic scoreboards, flip numbers or tins look for solutions around their own scoreboard functionality to display “Revised Target” alongside the first innings score and be ready to amend this should overs continue to be lost.
10.8.1.1. We didn’t request that clubs displayed Revised Targets on scoreboards in 2016 but we feel that everyone has knowledge of D/L/S from TV and big match cricket so understands the concept.
10.8.1.2. This can be a few extra nails, numbers standing on a shelf or a new electronic display we will leave this to your local arrangements, so long as players, umpires and spectators can understand.
10.8.2. Where the “par score” is likely to be relevant (in that weather is threatening and so the game may come to an abrupt end) or the umpires or batsman request it, all clubs must consider how they will share the D/L/S Par at the end of each over (or the ultimate solution to display it after each ball).
10.8.2.1. Senior Divisions at the top of the pyramid have been asked to make walkie talkies available to enable direct communication between umpires and scorers as well as look at solutions to display the “Par Score”.
10.8.2.2. We could have displayed similar in 2016 on the runs per over adjustment that we used but didn’t do this but hope that clubs will make the best attempt to work with this new system that is more easily understood and visible from cricHQ with no calculations required.
10.9. Determining a Result in a Rain Affected Game
10.9.1. No interruptions after game starts
10.9.1.1. The teams have equal overs available.
10.9.1.2. The team that scores the most runs is the winner. 5 points, no bonus.
10.9.1.3. Where the scores are equal a tie is declared. 3 points each.
10.9.2. Interruption to play after game starts
10.9.2.1. 2nd Innings more than 20 overs, game reaches natural conclusion.
10.9.2.1.1. The team batting second wins 5-0 if it equals or exceeds the Revised Target.
10.9.2.1.2. Where the team batting second ends on one less than the target score then the game is a tie – 3 points each.
10.9.2.1.3. The team bowling second will win 5-0 if it bowls out the batting side for less than the Revised Target score,
10.9.2.1.4. The team bowling second wins 5-0 if the batting team fail to score one less than the Revised Target score.
10.9.2.2. 2nd Innings less than 20 overs, game reaches natural conclusion.
10.9.2.2.1. The team batting second wins 5-0 if it equals or exceeds the Revised Target.
10.9.2.2.2. The team bowling second will win if it bowls out the batting side for less than the Revised Target score.
10.9.2.2.3. All overs used, batting side not all out and fail to reach Revised Target – game incomplete 2 points each.
10.9.3. Weather / Bad Light brings the game to early conclusion
10.9.3.1. Second innings has had 20 overs or more
10.9.3.1.1. If the score of the team batting second exceeds the D/L/S Par score re calculated after the final ball bowled and details have been entered into cricHQ then the side batting second will be the winner; 5 points, no bonus points.
10.9.3.1.2. If the score is equal to the D/L/S Par score, then the game is a tie; 3 points each
10.9.3.1.3. If the score is below the D/L/S Par score, then the side bowling second will be the winner; 5 points, no bonus points.
10.9.3.2. Where less than 20 overs bowled in Second Innings
10.9.3.2.1. The game is incomplete – 2 points each.
10.9.4. Run Rate Calculations
10.9.4.1. Run rate calculations will no longer be required.
10.10. Rain affected Games Bowlers overs
10.10.1. This maximum will be reduced pro rata at the time of any recalculation of overs in rain interrupted matches.
10.10.2. Where the calculation equals part of an over the figure will be rounded up to the nearest whole over. (e.g. An innings reduced to 41 overs; 30% of 41 =12.3, a bowler may bowl a maximum of 13 overs).
10.10.3. There will be no penalty if a bowler has already bowled more than this maximum following any recalculation and
10.10.4. Should the innings resume, the bowler at the time of any interruption can complete any over part completed when the match interruption came.
10.10.5. Scorers and umpires should note that the scoring app will not highlight that a bowler has completed their allocated overs after a recalculation to reduce the overs.
The following is a weather related excerpt from the Cup Rules which relate to the weather.
The Cup Rules are reproduced in full in a separate section
Weather Affected Cup Matches
13.10. Bad Weather in Cup Games
13.10.1. Start Delayed
126.96.36.199. If bad weather delays the start of the cup match, the number of overs will be re-arranged so that each side bats for the same number of overs.
188.8.131.52. This shall be calculated by deducting 2 overs for every full period of 7.5 minutes of delay, to be deducted equally from each side.
184.108.40.206. e.g. 30 minutes’ delay is 8 overs lost = 4 overs per side
13.10.2. First Innings Interrupted
220.127.116.11. If play is suspended during the first innings, the number of overs will be re-arranged so that each side bats for the same number of overs.
18.104.22.168. This shall be calculated by deducting 2 overs for every full period of 7.5 minutes of delay, to be deducted equally from each side.
22.214.171.124. e.g. 37.5 minutes’ delay is 10 overs lost = 5 overs per side
126.96.36.199. The team batting second will be subject to a revised D/L/S target, taken from CricHQ.
13.10.3. Second Innings Interrupted
188.8.131.52. If play is suspended during the second innings, the side batting second will lose overs.
184.108.40.206. This shall be calculated by deducting 1 over for every full period of 3.75 minutes of delay
220.127.116.11. e.g. 15 minutes’ delay is 4 overs lost from the second innings.
18.104.22.168. The team batting second will be subject to a revised D/L/S target, taken from CricHQ.
13.10.4. Multiple Interruptions
22.214.171.124. Overs lost should be recalculated at each interruption
126.96.36.199. The D/L/S revised target will be recalculated after each interruption when the umpires confirm the number of overs lost to the scorers.
13.10.5. Less than 20 overs
188.8.131.52. If there are less than 20 overs remaining, normally the game would be Abandoned but
184.108.40.206.1. If the batting side inform the umpires that they believe they can attain the Revised Target (which is calculated based on 20 overs being remaining) or
220.127.116.11.2. the bowling side inform the umpires that they believe they can bowl out the opposition then
18.104.22.168. the game can resume with the lower number of overs, on the understanding that
22.214.171.124.1 If there is a further rain delay or
126.96.36.199.2. if neither side wins,
188.8.131.52. then the game will be recorded as Abandoned, incomplete.
184.108.40.206.1. In which case a bowl out will be required.