Outdoor Senior League Competition
Rules and Conditions of Play – 2016
PREAMBLE: The following are the official and approved rules for the Outdoor League Competition. Everyone must become acquainted with them. Lack of knowledge of these rules cannot be used and will not be accepted as an excuse for breaking them. These rules are designed to simplify playing conditions, clarify any misunderstandings, if necessary and to preserve the spirit of cricket.
1. All matches in all divisions shall be conducted in accordance with the current MCC Laws of Cricket, the ICC Rules for one day cricket, where applicable and the MCA Local Rules and Conditions of play. Any conditions of play not covered herein shall be decided upon within seven (7) days written notice at a duly constituted League Committee Meeting.
2. Start of Play
a) Play will begin at 11:00 a.m.
b) The hours of play will be –
Team batting first 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM
[LUNCH INTERVAL OF 30 MINUTES]
Team batting second 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Divisions 1 and 2
Team batting first 11:00 AM to 2:10 PM
[LUNCH INTERVAL OF 30 MINUTES]
Team batting second 2:40 PM to 5:50 PM
The duration of each innings of the premiere division will be 210 minutes of play time. The duration of each innings of the Divisions 1 and 2 will be 190 minutes. The duration includes the drinks intervals.
Intervals for drinks.
Two (2) breaks per session shall be permitted, after 1 hour and 10 minutes apart from the start of the innings. Law 15.9 shall be strictly observed, except that under conditions of extreme heat, the umpires may permit extra intervals for drinks. Drinks must be taken within the 30-yard circle and no player shall leave the field without the umpire’s consent.
c) The toss
Each captain shall nominate 11 players plus a maximum of 4 substitute fielders in writing to the umpires before the toss. No player (member of the playing eleven) may be changed after the nomination without the consent of the opposing captain. Only those nominated as substitute fielders shall be entitled to act as substitute fielders during the match, unless the umpires, in exceptional circumstances, allow subsequent additions. All those nominated including those nominated as substitute fielders, must be eligible to play for that particular team and by such nomination the nominees shall warrant that they are so eligible.
A team must have at least seven (7) players dressed in cricket attire in the presence of the umpire immediately prior to the toss.
If one team is ineligible to take part in the toss then umpire must award the toss to the other team.
If both teams are ineligible to take part in the toss then the toss shall nevertheless be taken.
d) Time and place
• The captains shall toss for the choice of innings, on the field of play and in the presence of one or both of the umpires, not earlier than 30 minutes and not later than 15 minutes before the scheduled or any rescheduled time for the match to start.
• As soon as the toss is completed or the toss is awarded, the captain of the side winning the toss shall immediately notify the opposing captain and the umpires of his decision to bat or field. Failure to notify immediately will result in the toss being awarded to the opposing team even if they are ineligible to participate in the toss. Once notified, the decision cannot be changed.
• No player can play unless he/she is dressed in the colored clothing approved for his/her club.
• The toss must take place in the presence of at least one (1) umpire.
• If by 45 minutes after the scheduled start of the day’s play or in the case of delays, 30 minutes after the game is due to start, a team does not have 7 players or fails to take the field or start the game, it will automatically default the match.
3. Appointment of umpires
The Manitoba Cricket Association will be responsible for the scheduling of all umpires for League play.
a) Fitness for play. It is solely for the umpires together to decide whether either conditions of ground, weather or light or exceptional circumstances mean that it would be dangerous or unreasonable for play to take place. Conditions shall not be regarded as either dangerous or unreasonable merely because they are not ideal.
b) Conditions shall be regarded as dangerous if there is actual and foreseeable risk to the safety of any player or umpire.
c) Conditions shall be regarded as unreasonable if, although posing no risk to safety, it would not be sensible for play to proceed.
d) If at any time the umpires together agree that the conditions of ground, weather or light or any other circumstances are dangerous or unreasonable, they shall immediately suspend play, or not allow play to start or recommence.
e) When there is a suspension of play it is the responsibility of the umpires to monitor conditions. They shall make inspections as often as appropriate, unaccompanied by any player or officials. Immediately the umpires together agree that the conditions are no longer dangerous or unreasonable they shall call upon the players to resume play.
f) Umpires are reminded of the danger that lightning poses and must immediately suspend play when a flash of lightning is visible or if peals of thunder are occurring at 30-second intervals or less. Play must not resume until it is completely safe for players to go out in the field.
g) If at any time the umpires together agree that the conditions of ground, weather or light are so bad that there is obvious and foreseeable risk to the safety of any player or umpire, so that it would be unreasonable or dangerous for play to take place, then they shall immediately suspend play, or not allow play to commence or to restart. The decision as to whether conditions are so bad as to warrant such action is one for the umpires alone to make.
(h) Umpires should enforce if any player who is under the age of 18 must wear a protective helmet with a faceguard whilst batting or keeping wicket. The captains are also responsible for enforcing the same.
4. Length of Innings
4.1 Uninterrupted Matches.
a) Each premier division team bat for 50 overs, 1 and 2 divisions 45 overs unless all out earlier.
b) If the team fielding first fails to bowl the required number of overs by the scheduled time for cessation of the first innings, play shall continue until the required number of overs has been bowled. The interval shall be reduced to enable the second innings to commence at the scheduled time, subject to there being a minimum interval of 20 minutes. The team batting second shall receive its full quota of 50/45 overs irrespective of the number of overs it bowled in the scheduled time for the cessation of the first innings.
c) If the team batting first is dismissed in less than 50/45 overs, the team batting second shall be entitled to bat for 50/45 overs.
d) If the team fielding second fails to bowl 50/45 overs by the scheduled cessation time, the hours of play shall be extended until the required number of overs has been bowled or a result is achieved.
e) Penalties shall apply for slow over rates.
4.2 Delayed or Interrupted Matches
a) Delay or Interruption to the Innings of the Team Batting First
i) When playing time has been lost the revised number of overs to be bowled in the match shall be based on a rate of 14.28 overs per hour, which is inclusive of the provision of drinks intervals, in the total remaining time available for play.
ii) The revision of the number of overs should ensure, whenever possible, that both teams have the opportunity of batting for the same number of overs. The team batting second shall not bat for a greater number of overs than the first team unless the latter completed its innings in less than its allocated overs. To constitute a match, a minimum of 20 overs have to be bowled to the side batting second, subject to a result not being achieved earlier.
iii) As soon as the total minutes of playing time remaining is less than the completed overs faced by Team 1 multiplied by 4.2, then the first innings is terminated.
iv) When calculating the length of playing time available for the match, or the length of either innings, the timing and duration of all relative delays, extensions in playing hours, interruptions in play, and intervals, excluding those for drinks, will be taken into consideration. This calculation must not cause the match to finish earlier than the original or rescheduled time for cessation of play. If required the original time shall be extended to allow for one extra over for each team.
v) If the team fielding first fails to bowl the revised number of overs by the specified time, play shall continue until the required number of overs have been bowled or the innings is completed.
vi) Penalties shall apply for slow over rates.
b) Delay or Interruption to the innings of the Team Batting Second
i) When playing time has been lost and, as a result, it is not possible for the team batting second to have the opportunity of receiving its allocated, or revised allocation of overs in the playing time available, the number of overs shall be reduced at a rate of 14.28 overs per hour, which is inclusive of the provision of drinks intervals, in respect of the lost playing time. Should the calculations result in a fraction of an over the fraction shall be ignored.
ii) To constitute a match, a minimum of 20 overs have to be bowled to the team batting second subject to a result not being achieved earlier.
iii) The team batting second shall not bat for a greater number of overs than the first team unless the latter completed its innings in less than its allocated overs.
iv) If the team fielding second fails to bowl the revised overs by the scheduled or re-scheduled close of play, the hours of play shall be extended until the overs have been bowled or a result achieved.
v) Penalties shall apply for slow over rates.
Law 19 (c) and Law 3.4(ii) will be applied as below.
The 2 trees within the field of play of the south ground and the branches of the tree hanging over the field of play of the north ground shall be regarded as boundary.
Law 19.3 – Scoring a boundary
The following shall apply in addition to Law 19.3:
If an unauthorized person enters the playing arena and handles the ball, the umpire at the bowler’s end shall be the sole judge of whether the boundary allowance should be scored or the ball be treated as still in play or called dead ball if a batsman is liable to be out as a result of the unauthorized person handling the ball
6. Number of Overs per Bowler
No bowler shall bowl more than 10 overs in an innings in premier division and 9 overs in A and B divisions.
In a delayed or interrupted match where the overs are reduced for both teams or for the team bowling second, no bowler may bowl more than one-fifth of the total overs allowed.
Where the total overs is not divisible by 5, one additional over shall be allowed to the maximum number per bowler necessary to make up the balance.
In the event of a bowler breaking down and being unable to complete an over, the remaining balls will be allowed by another bowler. Such part of an over will count as a full over only in so far as each bowler’s limit is concerned.
7. LAW 22 – THE OVER
Law 22 shall apply subject to the following:
Law 22.5 – Umpire miscounting
Law 22.5 shall apply
8. LAW 23 – DEAD BALL
Law 23 shall apply
9. LAW 24 – NO BALL
Law 24 shall apply subject to the following:
24.1 Law 24.1 (b) – Mode of delivery
Law 24.1 (b) shall be replaced by the following:
The bowler may not deliver the ball underarm. If a bowler bowls a ball underarm the umpire shall call and signal no ball, and the ball is to be re-bowled overarm.
24.2 Free Hit
In addition to the above, the delivery following a no ball called (all modes of no ball) shall be a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it. If the delivery for the free hit is not a legitimate delivery (any kind of no ball or a wide ball) then the next delivery will become a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it. For any free hit, the striker can be dismissed only under the circumstances that apply for a no ball, even if the delivery for the free hit is called wide ball. Field changes are not permitted for free hit deliveries unless: a) There is a change of striker (the provisions of clause 41.2 shall apply), or b) The No Ball was the result of a fielding restriction breach, in which case the field may be changed to the extent of correcting the breach.The umpires will signal a free hit by (after the normal No Ball signal) extending one arm straight upwards and moving it in a circular motion.
24.3 Fair Delivery – the feet
Law 24.5 shall apply, subject to the final paragraph being replaced by the following: If the bowler’s end umpire is satisfied that any of these three conditions have not been met, he shall call and signal No ball.
10. LAW 25 – WIDE BALL
25.1 Law 25.1 – Judging a Wide
Law 25 shall apply with the following addition to Law 25.1: Umpires are instructed to apply very strict and consistent interpretation in regard to this Law in order to prevent negative bowling wide of the wicket.
Any offside or legside delivery which in the opinion of the umpire does not give the batsman a reasonable opportunity to score shall be called a wide.
A penalty of one run for a wide shall be scored. This penalty shall stand in addition to any other runs which are scored or awarded. All runs, which are run or result from a wide ball, which is not a no ball, shall be scored wide balls.
11. LAW 26 – BYE AND LEG BYE
Law 26 shall apply.
12. LAW 27 – APPEALS
Law 27 shall apply.
13. LAW 28 – THE WICKET IS DOWN
Law 28 shall apply.
14. LAW 29 – BATSMAN OUT OF HIS GROUND
Law 29 shall apply.
15. LAW 30 – BOWLED
Law 30 shall apply.
16. LAW 31 – TIMED OUT
Law 31 shall apply.
17. LAW 32 – CAUGHT
Law 32 shall apply.
18. LAW 33 – HANDLED THE BALL
Law 33 shall apply.
190 LAW 34 – HIT THE BALL TWICE
Law 34 shall apply.
21. LAW 35 – HIT WICKET
Law 35 shall apply.
21. LAW 36 – LEG BEFORE WICKET
Law 36 shall apply.
22. LAW 37 – OBSTRUCTING THE FIELD
Law 37 shall apply. For the avoidance of doubt, if an umpire feels that a batsman, in running between the wickets, has significantly changed his direction without probable cause and thereby obstructed a fielder’s attempt to effect a run out, the batsman should, on appeal, be given out, obstructing the field. It shall not be relevant whether a run out would have occurred or not.
23. LAW 38 – RUN OUT
Law 38 shall apply.
24. LAW 39 – STUMPED
Law 39 shall apply.
25. LAW 40 – THE WICKET-KEEPER
Law 40.4 shall be replaced by the following.
Law 40.4 shall be replaced by the following:
After the ball comes into play and before it reaches the striker, it is unfair if the wicket-keeper significantly alters his position in relation to the striker’s wicket, except for the following:
(i) movement of a few paces forward for a slower delivery, unless in doing so it brings him within reach of the wicket.
(ii) lateral movement in response to the direction in which the ball has been delivered.
(ii) movement in response to the stroke that the striker Is playing or that his actions suggest he intends to play, however for the provisions of Law 40.3 (Position of the wicket-keeper) shall apply.
In the event of unfair movement by the wicket-keeper, either umpire shall call and signal Dead ball.
26. LAW 41 – THE FIELDER
Law 41 shall apply subject to the following:
Law 41.1 – Protective equipment
The following shall apply in addition to Law 41.1:
The exchanging of protective equipment between members of the fielding side on the field shall be permitted provided that the umpires do not consider that it constitutes a waste of playing time.
41.2 Restrictions on the placement of fieldsmen
41.2.1 At the instant of delivery, there may not be more than 5 fieldsmen on the leg side.
41.2.2 In addition to the restriction contained in clause 41.2.1 above, further fielding restrictions shall apply to certain overs in each innings. The nature of such fielding restrictions and the overs during which they shall apply are set out in the following paragraphs.
4 1.2.3 The following fielding restrictions shall apply:
Two semi-circles shall be drawn on the field of play. The semi-circles shall have as their centre the middle stump at either end of the pitch. The radius of each of the semi-circles shall be 30 yards (27.43 metres). The semi-circles shall be linked by two parallel straight
Lines drawn on the field.
At the instant of delivery:
Innings of 50 overs
a) Powerplay 1 – no more than two (2) fieldsmen shall be permitted outside this fielding restriction area. In an innings of 50 overs, these are overs 1 to 10 inclusive.
b) Powerplay 2 – no more than four (4) fieldsmen shall be permitted outside this fielding restriction area. In an innings of 50 overs, these are overs 11 to 40 inclusive
c) Powerplay 3 – no more than five (5) fieldsmen shall be permitted outside this fielding restriction area. In an innings of 50 overs, these are overs 41 to 50 inclusive
Innings of 45 overs
a) Powerplay 1 – no more than two (2) fieldsmen shall be permitted outside this fielding restriction area. In an innings of 45 overs, these are overs 1 to 9 inclusive.
b) Powerplay 2 – no more than four (4) fieldsmen shall be permitted outside this fielding restriction area. In an innings of 45 overs, these are overs 10 to 36 inclusive
c) Powerplay 3 – no more than five (5) fieldsmen shall be permitted outside this fielding restriction area. In an innings of 45 overs, these are overs 37 to 45 inclusive
41.2.4 In circumstances when the number of overs of the batting team is reduced, the number of overs within each phase of the innings shall be reduced in accordance with the table below. For the sake of clarity, it should be noted that the table shall apply to both the 1st and 2nd innings of the match.
41.2.5 If play is interrupted during an innings and the table in 41.2.4 applies, the Powerplay take immediate effect. For the avoidance of doubt this applies even if the interruption has occurred mid-over.
41.2.6 At the commencement of the middle and final phases of an innings, the umpire shall signal such commencement to the scorers by rotating his arm in a large circle.
41.2.7 The scoreboard shall indicate the current Powerplay in progress.
41.2.8 In the event of an infringement of any of the above fielding restrictions, the square leg umpire shall call and signal ‘No Ball’.
41.3 Law 41.7 – Movement by fielders and Law 41.8 Definition of significant movement shall be replaced by the following:
Movement by any fielder other than the wicket keeper
Any movement by any fielder, excluding the wicket keeper, after the ball comes into play and before the ball reaches the striker, is unfair except for the following:
(i)minor adjustments to stance or position in relation to the striker’s wicket.
(ii) movement by any fielder in the outfield towards the striker or the striker’s wicket that does not significantly alter the fielder’s position.
(iii) movement by any fielder in response to the stroke that the striker is playing or that his actions suggest he intends to play.
Notwithstanding (iii) above, in all circumstances Law 41.5 (Limitation of on side fielders) shall apply.
In the event of such unfair movement, either umpire shall call and signal Dead ball as soon as possible after the delivery of the ball. Note also the provisions of Law 42.4 (Deliberate attempt to distract the striker).Refer also to clause 40 – Law 40.4 (Movement by the wicket-keeper).
27. LAW 42 – FAIR AND UNFAIR PLAY
42.1 Law 42.1 – Fair and unfair play – responsibility of captains
Law 42.1 shall apply.
42.2 Law 42.2 – Fair and unfair play – responsibility of umpires
Law 42.2 shall apply
Law 42.3 – The Match Ball – changing its condition
Law 42.3 shall apply, subject to the following:
Law 42.3 (d) and (e) shall be replaced with the following:
If the umpires together agree that the deterioration of the ball is inconsistent with the use it has received, they shall consider that there has been a contravention of this Law. They shall then decide together whether they can identify the player(s) responsible for such conduct.
42.3.1 If it is possible to identify the player(s) responsible:
a) Change the ball forthwith. The umpires shall choose the replacement ball, for one of similar wear and of the same brand as the ball in use prior to the contravention.
Additionally the bowler’s end umpire shall:
b) Award 5 penalty runs to the batting side.
c) Inform the captain of the fielding side of the reason for the action taken.
d) Inform the captain of the batting side as soon as practicable of what has occurred.
e) Together with the other umpire report the incident to the MCA officials.
42.3.2 If it is not possible to identify the player(s) responsible:
a) Change the ball forthwith. The umpires shall choose the replacement ball for one of similar wear and of the same brand as the ball in use prior to the contravention.
b) The bowler’s end umpire shall issue the captain with a first and final warning, and
c) Advise him that should there be any further incident by that team during the remainder of the match or series, steps 42.3.1 a) to e) above will be adopted, with the captain deemed under e) to be the player responsible.
42.2 Law 42.4 – Deliberate attempt to distract striker
Law 42.4 shall apply.
42.3 Law 42.5 – Deliberate distraction or obstruction of batsman
Law 42.5 shall apply subject to the following:
42.4 Law 42.6 – Dangerous and Unfair Bowling
42.4.1 Law 42.6 (a) – The Bowling of Fast Short Pitched Balls
Law 42.6 (a) shall be replaced by the following:
a) A bowler shall be limited to two fast short-pitched deliveries per over.
b) A fast short-pitched delivery is defined as a ball which passes or would have passed above the shoulder height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease.
c) The umpire at the bowlers end shall advise the bowler and the batsman on strike when each fast short pitched delivery has been bowled.
d) In addition, for the purpose of this regulation and subject to Clause 42.4.1 (f) below, a ball that passes above head height of the batsman, that prevents him from being able to hit it with his bat by means of a normal cricket stroke shall be called a wide.
e) For the avoidance of doubt any fast short pitched delivery that is called a wide under this playing condition shall also count as one of the allowable short pitched deliveries in that over.
f) In the event of a bowler bowling more than two fast short-pitched deliveries in an over as defined in Clause 42.4.1 (b) above, the umpire at the bowlers end shall call and signal no ball on each occasion. A differential signal shall be used to signify a fast short pitched delivery. The umpire shall call and signal ‘no ball’ and then tap the head with the other hand.
g) If a bowler delivers a third fast short pitched ball in an over, the umpire, after the call of no ball and when the ball is dead, shall caution the bowler, inform the other umpire, the captain of the fielding side and the batsmen at the wicket of what has occurred. This caution shall apply throughout the innings.
h) If there is a second instance of the bowler being no balled in the innings for bowling more than two fast short pitched deliveries in an over, the umpire shall advise the bowler that this is his final warning for the innings.
i) Should there be any further instance by the same bowler in that innings, the umpire shall call and signal no ball and when the ball is dead direct the captain to take the bowler off forthwith.
If necessary, the over shall be completed by another bowler, who shall neither have bowled the previous over, or part thereof, nor be allowed to bowl the next over, or part thereof.
j) The bowler thus taken off shall not be allowed to bowl again in that innings.
k) The umpire will report the occurrence to the other umpire, the batsmen at the wicket and as soon as possible to the captain of the batting side.
The above is not a substitute for Clause 42.5 below which umpires are able to apply at any time.
42.4.2 Law 42.6 (b) Bowling of High Full Pitched Balls
Law 42.6 (b) shall be replaced by the following:
a) Any delivery, which passes or would have passed on the full above waist height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease is deemed unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker.
b) In the event of a bowler bowling a high full pitched ball as defined in Clause 42.4.2 (a) above, the umpire at the bowler’s end shall call and signal no ball.
If, in the opinion of the umpire, such a delivery is considered likely to inflict physical injury on the batsman, the umpire at the bowler’s end shall, in addition to calling and signalling no ball, when the ball is dead, caution the bowler and issue a first and final warning. The umpire shall inform the other umpire, the captain of the fielding side and the batsmen at the wicket of what has occurred.
c) Should there be any further instance (where a high full pitched ball is bowled and is considered likely to inflict physical injury on the batsman) by the same bowler in that innings, the umpire shall in addition to calling and signalling no ball, when the ball is dead, direct the captain to take the bowler off forthwith. If necessary, the over shall be completed by another bowler, who shall neither have bowled the previous over, or part thereof, nor be allowed to bowl the next over, or part thereof.
d) The bowler thus taken off shall not be allowed to bowl again in that innings.
e) The umpire will report the occurrence to the other umpire, the batsman at the wicket and as soon as possible to the captain of the batting side.
42.5 Law 42.7 – Dangerous and Unfair Bowling – Action by the umpire
Law 42.7 shall be replaced by the following:
Regardless of any action taken by the umpire as a result of a breach of Clauses 42.4.1, 42.4.2 and 42.6 the following shall apply at any time during the match:
42.5.1 The bowling of fast short pitched balls is unfair if in the opinion of the umpire at the bowler’s end he considers that by their repetition and taking into account their length, height and direction, they are likely to inflict physical injury on the striker, irrespective of the protective clothing and equipment he may be wearing. The relative skill of the striker shall also be taken into consideration.
42.5.2 In the event of such unfair bowling, the umpire at the bowler’s end shall adopt the following procedure:
a) In the first instance the umpire shall call and signal no ball, caution the bowler and inform the other umpire, the captain of the fielding side and the batsmen of what has occurred.
b) If this caution is ineffective, he shall repeat the above procedure and indicate to the bowler that this is a final warning.
c) Both the above caution and final warning shall continue to apply even though the bowler may later change ends.
d) Should there be any further instance by the same bowler in that innings, the umpire shall call and signal no ball and when the ball is dead direct the captain to take the bowler off forthwith. If necessary, the over shall be completed by another bowler, who shall neither have bowled the previous over, or part thereof, nor be allowed to bowl the next over, or part thereof. See Law 22.8. (Bowler Incapacitated or Suspended during an Over).
e) The bowler thus taken off shall not be able to bowl again in that innings.
f) The umpire will report the occurrence to the other umpire, the batsmen at the wicket and as soon as possible to the captain of the batting side.
42.6 Law 42.8 – Deliberate bowling of High Full Pitched Balls
Law 42.8 shall be replaced by the following:
If the umpire considers that a high full pitch delivery which is deemed unfair as defined in Clause 42.4.2 was deliberately bowled, then the caution and warning process shall be dispensed with.
The umpire at the bowler’s end shall:
42.6.1 Call and signal no ball.
42.6.2 When the ball is dead, direct the captain to take the bowler off forthwith.
42.6.3 Not allow the bowler to bowl again in that innings.
42.6.4 Ensure that the over is completed by another bowler, provided that the bowler does not bowl two overs or part thereof consecutively.
42.7 Action by the umpires for dangerous and unfair Bowling
Should the umpires initiate the caution and warning procedures set out in Clauses 42.4.1, 42.4.2, 42.5 and 42.6 such cautions and warnings are not to be cumulative.
42.8 Law 42.9 – Time Wasting by the Fielding Side
Law 42.9 shall apply subject to Law 42.9 (c) being replaced by the following:
If there is any further waste of time in that innings, by any member of the fielding side the umpire shall:
42.8.1 Call and signal dead ball if necessary, and;
42.8.2 Award 5 penalty runs to the batting side (see Law 42.17).
42.8.3 Inform the other umpire, the batsmen at the wicket and as soon as possible the captain of the batting side of what has occurred.
42.9 Law 42.10 – Batsman Wasting Time
Law 42.10 shall apply, subject to the following:
If the incoming batsman is not in position to take guard or his partner not ready to receive the next ball within 2 minutes of the fall of the previous wicket, the action should be regarded by the umpires as time wasting and the provisions of Law 42.10 shall apply.
42.11 Law 42.15 – Bowler attempting to run out non-striker before delivery
Law 42.15 shall be replaced by the following:
The bowler is permitted, before releasing the ball and provided he has not completed his usual delivery swing, to attempt to run out the non-striker. Whether the attempt is successful or not, the ball shall not count as one of the over. If the bowler fails in an attempt to run out the non-striker, the umpire shall call and signal Dead ball as soon possible.
28. Batsman out of his ground –Law 29
a) A batsman shall be considered to be out of his ground unless his bat or some part of his person is grounded behind the popping crease.
b) Notwithstanding (a) above, if a running batsman, having grounded some part of his foot behind the popping crease, continues running further towards the wicket at that end and beyond, then in any subsequent total loss of contact with the ground or both his person and his bat during his continuing forward momentum shall not be interpreted as being out of his ground.
c) For the avoidance of doubt, if an umpire feels that a batsman, in running between the wickets, has significantly changed his direction without probable cause and thereby obstructed a fielder’s attempt to effect a run out, the batsman should, on appeal, be given out, obstructing the field. It shall not be relevant whether a run out would have occurred or not.
29. Umpires awarding a match
Law 21.3 shall apply.
30. Prematurely Terminated Matches – Calculation of the Target Score
Interrupted Matches – Calculation of the Target Score
If, due to suspension of play after the start of the match, the number of overs in the innings of either team has to be revised to a lesser number than originally allotted (minimum of 20 overs), then a revised target score (to win) should be set for the number of overs which the team batting second will have the opportunity of facing. This revised target is to be calculated using the current Duckworth/Lewis method. The target set will always be a whole number and one run less will constitute a Tie. (Refer Duckworth/Lewis Regulations)
Prematurely Terminated Matches
If the innings of the side batting second is suspended (with at least 20 overs bowled) and it is not possible for the match to be resumed, the match will be decided by comparison with the D/L ‘Par Score’ determined at the instant of the suspension by the Duckworth/Lewis method (refer Duckworth/Lewis Regulations). If the score is equal to the par score, the match is a Tie. Otherwise the result is a victory, or defeat, by the margin of runs by which the score exceeds, or falls short of, the Par Score.
31. Law 21.8 – Correctness of result
Any query on the result of the match as defined in Laws 21.2, 21.3, 21.5, 21.8 and 21.10 (as modified by these regulations) shall be resolved as soon as possible and a final decision made by the umpires at close of play.
a) To constitute a match, a minimum of 20 overs have to be bowled to the side batting second, subject to a result not being achieved earlier.
b) If due to bad weather, the team batting second does not receive their allotted minimum number of overs,  – and a result has not been reached, the game will be abandoned.
c) If the team batting second has received their minimum 20 overs, and bad weather (rain) stops [or interrupts] play, the game will be decided using the Duckworth-Lewis method of determining the result in a rain affected game.
d) If available time for team batting second is insufficient to complete 20 overs by the scheduled finishing time, a maximum of 3 overs shall be permitted and play shall continue until 20 overs are completed subject to result not being achieved earlier.
The points awarded in a league game will be as follows
a) Win – 4 points; Loss – 0 points; Tie/Abandoned matches – 2 points
b) In the event of a tied game, [i.e. – scores are identical at the conclusion of the game] the points will be divided equally.
c) If two or more teams have the same number of points [tied on points] at the end of the season, the team with the highest net run rate shall be declared the winner.
33. Penalty for delayed start and interruption of the innings, when teams are responsible.
Teams are expected to be in position to bowl the first ball of the last of their allotted overs (i.e. 50/45 overs) within their allotted playing time (i.e. 3 hours and 30/10 minutes). In the event of a team failing to do so, the full quota of overs will be completed. For every over that has not been bowled by the scheduled or re-scheduled cessation time, a fine of $10.00 per over and a maximum penalty shall be $50.00, This will apply to both innings of the match.
The team that is responsible for the delayed start will be subject to a penalty of $50.00 Additionally if they are batting first they will lose the number of overs equivalent to the time lost in the first innings cessation divided by 4.2 minutes per over . Should the calculation result in a fraction of an over the fraction shall be ignored.
If the team responsible for the delayed start bowls first and if they do not finish bowling the total number of overs by the scheduled cessation of the first innings, they will lose the number of overs completed after the scheduled finishing time of the innings when they are batting.
These penalties should be paid in full to MCA before the affected teams play their next scheduled league game. Failing to do so they will not be eligible to play thus lose by default. Umpires will inform the captains when the infractions occur and describe the fine on the score sheet before obtaining the captains signatures. They will also notify the league chairman.
All penalties in this regard shall be imposed immediately the ball becomes dead after the scheduled or re-scheduled time for the cessation time for the innings even if this time is during an over. However the penalty runs shall be considered to be awarded at the instant of the last delivery.
If the innings is interrupted the over rate penalty will apply based on the re-scheduled cessation time for that innings…. The umpire shall inform the fielding captain when taking the field for the first time and on every subsequent occasion if play is interrupted, the scheduled cessation time for that innings.
34. Law 2.5 – Fielder absent from field of play
If a fielder fails to take the field with his side at the start of the match or at any later time, or leaves the field during a session of play, the umpire shall be informed of the reason for his absence, and he shall not thereafter come on to the field during a session of play without the consent of the umpire. (See Law 2.6 as modified). The umpire shall give such consent as soon as practicable. If the player is absent from the field for longer than 8 minutes, the following restrictions shall apply to their future participation in the match:
• 2.2.1 The player shall not be permitted to bowl in the match until he has either been able to field, or his team has subsequently been batting, for the total length of playing time for which he was absent (hereafter referred to as penance time), subject to a maximum cumulative penance time of 120 minutes. If any unexpired penance time remains at the end of the first innings, it is carried forward to the second innings of the match.
• 2.2.2 The player shall not be permitted to bat in the match until his team’s batting innings has been in progress for the length of playing time that is equal to the unexpired penance time carried forward from the previous innings, subject to a maximum cumulative penance time of 120 minutes. However, once his side has lost five wickets in its batting innings, he may bat immediately.
For the purposes of 2.2.1 and 2.2.2, playing time shall comprise the time play is in progress excluding lunch and tea intervals, intervals between innings and official drinks intervals.
However, in the event of a batsman or a fieldsman already being off the field at the commencement of an interruption in play through ground, weather or light conditions or for other exceptional circumstances, he shall be allowed to count any such stoppage time as playing time, provided that he per-sonally informs the umpires when he is fit enough to take the field had play been in progress.
Law 2.1 – Substitutes and Runners
Law 2.1 (a) (ii), 2.7 and 2.8 shall not apply. A runner for a batsman when batting is not permitted.
Law 2.1 (b) shall be amended as follows: The umpires shall have discretion to allow, for other wholly acceptable reasons, a substitute fielder to act for a nominated player, at the start of the match, or at any subsequent time.
(iii) If at the start of play, the fielding team does not have all its listed players, then that team is allowed to use substitutes providing that those substitutes are not listed on the roster of other teams playing at the same time. Teams should not rely on substitutes to get their games started. Substitutes will not be part of the minimum 7 players required to start a game. The substitute must be registered with the Manitoba Cricket Association.
35. For all divisions
Each team shall be entitled to choose the colours and design of its playing shirts and trousers, subject to the following restrictions.
The playing shirt and trousers shall be coloured other than white, cream or any light colour.
Skins and T-shirts may be worn under the playing shirt, if white in colour they must not protrude from the sleeves.
Pads (batting or wicket keeping) shall be coloured. White pads are not permitted.
36. Single spiked, cloverleaf or any other metal spiked boots are prohibited on the pitch for batting or bowling.
37. a) Players cannot switch to another club after the season has started. In exceptional cases if it is necessary to switch clubs during the season, an “M.C.A. – Transfer Form” must be filed with and approved by the League Committee. If a request is denied, final appeal may be made to the M.C.A. Executive Committee.
b) Only players with permission from the MCA [i.e. UNRESTRICTED PLAYERS] will be allowed to play for a second team. Once that player plays for a second team he cannot change teams and play for a third team.
c) Player permission to play for more than one Team:
The League Management Committee agrees that for the 2015 Summer League, players registered in the Premier Division will play only for the team they are registered with and will not be allowed to play in any other division.
Players registered in Division 1 will have permission to play with one other team in the premier division.
Players registered in Division 2 will have permission to play with one other team in the Premier division and one other in Division 1.
Players who are under 19 years of age as of May 1st, 2015 or over 55 years of age will be allowed to play for two different teams from the one they are registered with. The different teams cannot be in the same division that they are registered in nor can it be two teams in the same division. This is also true for all female players.
38. a) All players must be registered with a local club.
a) Of the fees paid by each club, $225 will be used for registration fee to cover a maximum of 15 players per club. A club that exceeds the 15 player registration limit must pay an additional $20.00 for every player above the 15-player limit.
b) Player registration to play for the team. This is done electronically via email ONLY by Thursday before the game. Player insurance. This needs to be done by Wednesday before the game. If a player is registered but does not file insurance form they are still allowed to play but they will not be covered by insurance.
d) A team shall not play any member of a touring team in the MCA League
Competition. [A touring team is any visiting team.]
e) A team shall not play more than one out-of-province player in any League game.
f) A team shall not play an elite out-of-province player in any League game. [An
elite player is anyone who represented his province or country (i.e. played in
competition nationally or internationally) in the last 8 years.]
g) Non-registered persons will not be allowed on the field of play.
39. Umpires are responsible for depositing the score sheets in the “Black Box” at the end of a game. The score sheets must be completely filled out with the players’ complete names listed on it. Both captains and both umpires must sign the sheets.
The score sheet should be photographed or scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the league chairman.
40. In the event that any club finds it necessary to default [i.e. not play] a match, that team will be fined $100.00. This fine must be paid by the Wednesday following the defaulted game. [ “before Wednesday of the next scheduled game.”] Failure to pay will result in immediate suspension. Games missed due to suspension will be deemed to be forfeited.
41. As a safety measure and for insurance purposes, players are asked not to practice in the vicinity of spectators and players. Practice in front of the pavilion at any time is not allowed.
42. One new ball as supplied by the League will be used per innings.
43. Any MCA member(s) using inappropriate [e.g. foul, abusive, threatening] language on or off the field of play to an opponent, teammate, umpire or MCA official, or whose behaviour is, or borders on unsportsmanlike conduct, may be suspended from the day‘s game following consultation between the umpires and captains in the game. Such conduct or behaviour may be brought to the attention of the Disciplinary Committee/Adjudicator in writing for further disciplinary action. This rule extends to other MCA members in the cricket area. [NOTE: – If the League fails to formulate a Disciplinary Committee (or appoint an Adjudicator) within 14 days of any complaint, the MCA Executive would have to act to expedite matters.]
44. Teams listed FIRST in each week’s schedule are considered HOME teams; those listed SECOND are AWAY teams. The HOME team is responsible for the laying of the matting, placing of the flags (boundary markers), and any other duties necessary to get the game started. The AWAY team is responsible for all post-game activities – putting away matting, covering pitch, flags, discs, scoreboard, etc. BOTH TEAMS are responsible for leaving the playing area (i.e. in and around pavilion, field, nets, and bushes) clean and tidy. If a team is found to have not carried out these duties, they will be assessed a fine of $50.
45. Generally there will be a promotion of one team from the first division to the Premiere division, and from the 2nd division to the first. Also a relegation of one team from the premiere division to the first division and from the first division to the 2nd. The understanding is clear that the WINNER of the first division shall be promoted to the premiere and the winner of the 2nd division shall be promoted to the first in the following year. The last placed team in the premiere division will be relegated to the first, and the last placed team in the first division will be relegated to the 2nd division. These decisions will be based on the final league standing.
46. The markings for wide deliveries will be as follows:
-On the OFF side – 35 inches from the centre point of the middle stump.
47. Inter – Provincial and /or Representative matches.
If a club has two (2) or more of its members selected to represent Manitoba or Canada [playing, officiating or coaching] and this results in their absence from a regular scheduled League game, such game shall be rescheduled.
48. Clubs are reminded that use of the pitches/grounds at the Assiniboine Cricket Park is by agreement between the Assiniboine park conservancy and MCA. Any club(s) playing unscheduled or ‘friendly’ matches on these grounds MUST obtain prior approval from the MCA.
49. Practice – Teams must pick up practice mats from the practice pitches after each use, and clean up any other practice equipment. Any team that fails to do so will be assessed a fee of $50.00 and will be suspended from League play until the fine is paid to the MCA.
50. Any point not dealt with in these rules will be dealt with by the League, or by the Executive committee.
Calculation Sheet for Use When Delays or Interruptions Occur in First Innings.
Net playing time available at start of the match 380 minutes (A)
Time innings in progress __________ (B)
Playing time lost ___________ (C)
Extra time available ___________ (D)
Time made up from reduced interval ___________ (E)
Effective playing time lost [C – (D + E)] ___________ (F)
Remaining playing time available (A – F) ___________ (G)
G divided by 4.2 (to 2 decimal places) ___________ (H)
Max overs per team [H/2] (rounded up if not a whole number) ___________ (I)
Max overs per bowler [ I / 5 ] ___________
Duration of Powerplay Overs (Refer to 41.2.6) _______ + _______ + _______
Rescheduled Playing Hours
First session to commence or recommence ___________ (J)
Length of innings [I x 4.2] ___________ (K)
Rescheduled cessation time (round up fractions) [J + (K – B)] ___________
Length of interval ___________
Second session commencement time ___________ (L)
Rescheduled cessation time = (L + K) ___________
Calculation Sheet for Use When Delays or Interruptions Occur in Second Innings.
Original cessation time of innings ___________ (A)
Time at start of interruption ___________ (B)
Restart time ___________ (C)
Length of interruption [C – B] ___________ (D)
Extra time available (incl. any interval make up time) ___________ (E)
Total playing time lost [D – E] ___________ (F)
Amended cessation time of innings [A + E] ___________ (G)
Maximum overs at start of innings ___________ (H)
Overs lost [F / 4.2] ignore fractions ___________ (I)
Adjusted maximum length of innings [H – I] ___________ (J)
Overs per bowler and Fielding Restrictions
Max. overs per bowler [J / 5] ___________ overs
Duration of Powerplay overs (initial, batting side)
First Innings ___________ + ___________ Second Innings ___________ + ___________
APPENDIX 3 – CREASE MARKINGS
Restriction of the placement of fieldsmen
The final mark of the 15 yards radius shall be a line placed at an angle of 45°, measured from the popping crease at a point level with the middle stump.