I’Anson

I’ANSON COMPETITIONS

CONSTITUTION and RULES 

INDEX OF CONTENTS

SECTION ONE

Constitution

A

Title

F

General meetings

B

Objective

G

Amendments to Constitution and Rules

C

Competitions format

H

Finance

D

Management

J

Fines & Penalties

E

Membership

K

Discipline

  

SECTION TWO

I’Anson Cup Competition Rules of Play

1

General

5

Match ball

2

Season, Fixtures and grounds

6

Points, winning team, Match results

3

Timings

7

Champion teams, Promotion & Relegation, Trophies

4

Players, team precedence  & numbers

8

Umpires

  

SECTION THREE

Stevens Cup & Pope Cup Competitions

Rules of Play

SP1

General

SP5

Match ball

SP2

Season, Fixtures, grounds

SP6

Bowling rules

SP3

Timings

SP7

The finals

SP4

Players, team precedence  & numbers

SP8

Winning team, match results

                                                                 SP9       Champion teams & trophies

Important dates and deadlines

Changes to this Constitution and Rules,

which were approved at the 2015 ADM, are shown underlined

SECTION ONE

CONSTITUTION

 

A TITLE

1) The name shall be I’Anson Cup Competitions, hereinafter called ‘The Competitions’.

B OBJECTIVE

1) The Competitions exist to foster & encourage amateur cricket.

C COMPETITIONS FORMAT

1) The Competitions are split into two formats:

a) I’Anson Cup, which is played in a divisional format on Saturday afternoons and the rules of the Competitions cover all divisions except where stated

b) Stevens Cup and Pope Cup, which are played in a knockout format on Tuesday evenings.

2) In this document, the term ‘I’Anson Cup Competition’ represents all divisions, and the term ‘Evening Competition’ represents both Stevens Cup and Pope Cup.

D MANAGEMENT

1) The Competitions will be controlled and managed by a Management Committee, which shall comprise the officers of The Competitions and up to nine other members.

2) The officers of The Competitions are: The President, Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Umpires’ Secretary, Fixtures Secretary and Disciplinary Secretary.

3) With the exception of the President, all officers and other members of the Management Committee will be elected annually at the Annual Delegates’ Meeting, and all will be eligible for re-election at the following ADM without re-nomination.

3a) The president will be elected at an ADM and will stand for a maximum of three years and shall not be available for re-election for one year thereafter.

4) Any nomination for an office or a position on the Management Committee must be lodged with the secretary by September 1 for inclusion in voting in that year’s ADM.

5) With the exception of officers, who may be either independent or affiliated to a member club, other Management Committee positions may only be filled by members of member clubs, with a maximum of one general Management Committee member from any member club.

6) The Chairman shall preside at Management Committee Meetings andADMs and SDMs. In the absence of the Chairman, the Management Committee members present shall elect one of their number to chair the meeting, this person having the full chairmanship powers of the Chairman.

7) A quorum of the Management Committee shall comprise six members, three of whom must be officers of The Competitions.

8) Should it be necessary to vote on a motion at a Management Committee meeting, each member present will be entitled to one vote. In the case of an equal number of votes cast, the chairman of the meeting shall have a second, casting vote.

9) Management Committee meetings will not be open to the public or the press. The chairman, through the secretary, shall provide any reports, rulings or instructions, including disciplinary decisions, to clubs or the press

10) Minutes of all Management Committee meetings will be produced by the secretary.

11) The Management Committee shall have the power to co-opt persons as it sees fit, although co-opted members may not vote.

12) The duties of the Management Committee shall include the following:

a)      To manage The Competitions.

b)      To organise fixtures, and the structure of The Competitions

c)       To manage The Competitions’ finances.

d)      To communicate important issues relating to The Competitions to all member clubs.

e)      To hear and dispose of any complaints or suggestions, properly made in writing to the secretary, by the secretary of a member club, or another officer.

f)       To ensure that member clubs and players comply with the rules of The Competitions, and to exercise disciplinary measures where necessary.

g)      To co-ordinate available pool umpires.

h)      To monitor and inspect the grounds and facilities of member and prospective member clubs.

i)        To appoint a rules sub-committee and a disciplinary sub-committee annually, and any other sub-committee(s) deemed necessary to deal with any particular business or to furnish any special report.

j)        To organise ADMs,  SDMs and Captains meeting

k)      To select representative teams and officials.

l)        To determine the winner of the Player of the Year awards.

13) Any matters not expressly covered within The Constitution, Rules of Play or the Laws of Cricket shall be within the power of the Management Committee to determine as it sees fit.

14) The decision of the Management Committee shall in all cases be final.

E MEMBERSHIP

1) Only clubs within a radius of approximately 12 miles of Grayshott Village Hall are eligible to apply to compete.

2) All new clubs wishing to enter The Competitions and all existing clubs wishing to renew their membership of The Competitions for the following season must submit the application form (which will be provided by the secretary), accompanied by the annual subscription fee set by the Management Committee, to reach the secretary by September 1 annually. The completed membership application form must also confirm that the club has or will have adequate public liability insurance cover of at least £2 million for the duration of the entire playing season to which the membership application relates. Member clubs will also be required to indicate their intentions concerning their participation in the evening competition for the following season on this membership application form.

3) New clubs applying to compete must demonstrate to a member of the Management Committee, at an inspection, that at least the minimum standards for grounds and facilities determined by the Management Committee exist.

4) New clubs eligible under El, E2 and E3 may be elected to membership only at either an ADM or SDM, when a vote will be taken from the existing member clubs.

5) If payment of any club’s annual subscription fee is not received by September 1 for the following playing season, a surcharge to the subscription fee will be levied, this being increased by a further surcharge for each month until payment is received (refer to Section J).

F GENERAL MEETINGS

1) An ADM or SDM are the only meetings authorised to amend the constitution or rules of The Competitions and elect new clubs to membership.

2) Every club with membership of The Competitions, including new clubs, which have been elected to membership earlier in the same meeting, shall be eligible to nominate one delegate to be the official representative of their club, and who alone may vote on any motions put to a general meeting.

3) Subject to F2, there is no restriction on the number of club members or members of the public who may attend general meetings.

4) In the case of an equal number of votes cast at a general meeting, the chairman of the meeting shall have a casting vote.

Annual Delegates’ Meeting

5) Any matters of common interest to the member clubs may be discussed at a general meeting although no amendments may be passed that have not been properly proposed and notified to the clubs,

6) The Annual Delegates’ Meeting, referred to within this document as ADM, will be arranged by the Management Committee and be held by 30th November annually. Notification of the date, time and venue will be published to member clubs by September 1 annually.

Special Delegates’ Meeting

7) The Management Committee shall have the power to call a Special Delegates’ Meeting, referred to within this document as SDM, the secretary to give member clubs a minimum of 14 days’ notice.

8) A SDM may also be convened on application to the secretary by six or more competing clubs, stating the objects of such a meeting. Provided that the objects of the meeting are not within the power of the Management Committee to resolve, such a meeting will be convened at the earliest opportunity, while providing member clubs with a minimum of 14 days’ notice.

G AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION AND RULES

1) The rules sub-committee shall meet on as many occasions as it deems necessary, to review the rules of The Competitions and to consider ideas or proposals submitted by member clubs or by the Management Committee.

2) Proposals for rule changes from member clubs must be submitted to the secretary by August 1 annually for inclusion in that year’s ADM.

3) A proposal received from a club in accordance with G2 will be forwarded by the secretary to the rules sub-committee, which will draft the full content of the proposal into a formal resolution on which a vote can be taken.

4) The secretary will then forward any such resolutions, as outlined in G3 above, to all member clubs by September 15 annually.

5) Having received the proposed resolutions as outlined in G4, member clubs that wish to submit amendments to the proposals may do so, provided the secretary receives these by October 7, with any alternatives being worded precisely into resolution format on which a vote can be taken.

6) The finalised resolutions will be forwarded to clubs by the secretary, together with the agenda for the ADM, by October 14 annually.

7) The only proposals to alter the constitution or rules of play that will be permitted to be raised at general meetings shall be those submitted in accordance with the aforementioned procedure (G2-G6). No additions or amendments to the published resolutions whatsoever will be permitted at any general meeting.

8) Changes to the constitution or rules of play may only be implemented if they achieve a majority vote at an ADM or SDM.

H FINANCE

1) The financial year of The Competitions shall commence on October 1 and end on September 30.

2) The Competitions shall be financed by subscription from member clubs, donations and any other means determined by the Management Committee.

3) All monies shall be banked in the name of The Competitions.

4) The Management Committee shall keep an account of all income and expenditure of The Competitions and at each ADM shall present to the membership a report and statement of accounts for the preceding financial year, certified by signature of an independent auditor.

5) Subscriptions to compete in The Competitions will be set annually by the Management Committee and shall be published to all member clubs by August 1 for the following season.

J FINES AND PENALTIES

1) Subject to the Management Committee being satisfied as to the responsibility, the following scale of fines and/or penalties shall apply:

  • Failure to pay annual subscription fee by the due date: Mandatory £20 surcharge on due date, plus further £20 each month until payment is received (One:E5)
  • A proven disciplinary offence found at disciplinary hearing: Any combination of a reprimand and/or maximum fine of £50 and/or suspension may be levied. The Management Committee to have powers to deduct points. The number of points to be determined by the Management Committee (One:K5).   A proven disciplinary offence in a Stevens/Pope cup match could conclude in a change of the result.
  • Gross misconduct found by emergency Management Committee meeting: Expulsion of player may be applied.   The Management Committee to have powers to deduct points.   The number of points to be determined by the Management Committee. (One:K7)
  • Failure to fulfil I’Anson Cup fixture or cancelling I’Anson Cup fixture,  any umpires  fees, plus any reasonable and unavoidable costs incurred by opposition, plus deduction of points. (Two:2h).
  • Failure to commence I’Anson Cup match on time: Maximum £20 fine may be levied. (Two:3a)
  • Fielding ineligible player in I’Anson Cup match:  Mandatory fine of £20 per ineligible player fielded plus forfeit of points as determined by the Management Committee (Two:4b, d, e & f)
  •    Failure to give priority to senior teams: Maximum £25 fine and/or loss of points. (Two:4c)
  •     Failure of the home team to provide the prescribed new balls: a fine of  £25
  • Failure of home team to notify I’Anson Cup match result in time: Mandatory £20 fine per fixture. (Two:6d)
  • Failure to fulfil a Stevens Cup or Pope Cup fixture, a mandatory forfeit of the match plus maximum fine of £25 may be imposed. (Two:2c)
  • Fielding ineligible player in Stevens Cup or Pope Cup: Reversal of result may apply, plus mandatory fine of £10 per ineligible player fielded. (Three:SP4d)
  • Failure to notify Stevens Cup or Pope Cup match result in time: Mandatory £10 fine. (Three:SP7b)
  • Failure to return trophies by 31st July: fine £20 (Two:7i and Three:SP8c)
  • Failure to engrave trophies in matching script: fine £20 plus cost of engraving (Two:7j and Three:SP8d)
  • Failure to provide club details for inclusion in the Year Book by 15th February: mandatory fine of £20.

2) The Management Committee shall deal with non-payment of fines by the due date, and may impose such penalties for late payments, as it deems appropriate.

K DISCIPLINE

1.  It shall be a disciplinary offence for any player, official, other club member or member club in connection with The Competitions to misconduct themselves, or to act at any time in a manner which prejudices the good name or interests of The Competitions, or to breach the rules of The Competitions.

2.  The disciplinary sub-committee (referred to within this document as DSC) shall be appointed annually by the Management Committee.  It shall consist of three members, these including one officer of the The Competitions (who shall be the chairman of the DSC), and one pool umpire.

3.  The standard of proof in all disciplinary cases, including any appeal, is the balance of probability.

4.  OFFENCES  REPORTED  BY  POOL  UMPIRES

4.i.  Any incident arising during a match under the jurisdiction of duly appointed pool umpire(s) shall be reported in accordance with the procedure approved by the Management Committee for each season, as published in that year’s yearbook.

4.ii.  The umpire(s) shall advise the Chairman of the DSC in the prescribed form within 24 hours of the offence.

4.iii.  If satisfied that the proper process has been followed, the Chairman of the DSC shall advise the outcome to the secretary of the player’s club within 48 hours of the offence, and confirm any suspension.

4.iv.  The player shall have five days from the date of the offence to lodge any appeal, which can only be lodged in accordance with section 8 below.

4.v.  The chairman of the DSC shall advise the chairman of the Management Committee of the outcome, who, in turn, shall authorise the publication of the outcome in the next available edition of the Farnham Herald.

5.  CLUB  TO  CLUB  COMPLAINTS

5.i.  Any incident which arises in a match not under the jurisdiction of pool umpire(s), or anything which arises beyond the scope of any pool umpire, whether on or off the pitch in either case, shall be first reported by the aggrieved team captain to a Senior Club Officer (such as the Chairman or Secretary) of their club.

5.ii.  That Senior Club Officer shall refer the matter to his opposite number in the other club, in the expectation that an amicable resolution can be achieved.

5.iii.  After referral, if no satisfactory conclusion is reached within seven days of the alleged incident, the Club Secretary shall send a full report to the Secretary of the Management Committee, who will refer the matter to the Chairman of the DSC for action.

6.   OTHER  COMPLAINTS

The Management Committee shall have unfettered authority to refer any matter which comes to its attention, either directly or from any third party, to the DSC for consideration.

7.  THE  DSC  MANAGEMENT  OF  OFFENCES  AND  COMPLAINTS

7.i.  For offences reported by pool umpires, the DSC’s involvement shall end when the Chairman of the DSC advises the relevant Club Secretary as described in K4.iii above, unless the umpire’s report requires the matter to be referred to the DSC.

7.ii.  All other incidents of alleged misconduct shall be reported to the Secretary of the Management Committee who may instruct the DSC to establish the facts of the situation, and to determine the action, if any, which shall be taken.

7.iii.  Where a disciplinary hearing is felt necessary, seven days’ notice of the hearing and details of the alleged offence shall be given in writing to the alleged offender and any witnesses, or in the case of a club to its Secretary.   In the case of a player, this notice shall also be given to the Secretary of his/her club, who shall then be responsible for advising the player concerned.

7.iv.  Any umpire(s) who attend disciplinary hearings will receive £20 reimbursement.   This reimbursement will be paid by the club, where a club or individual member(s) of the club have the alleged offences proved.  If they are not proven then the reimbursement will be paid from Competition funds.

7.v.  If, at the hearing, the DSC finds the alleged offence proved, it shall have the power to impose any combination of penalties, including to reprimand and/or fine and/or suspend and/or deduct points.  The number of points will be determined by an emergency meeting of the Management Committee (refer to section J).  Fines, where levied on a player or club representative, will be the liability of the club that they represented at the time of the offence.  Suspension of any player or club may be from The Competitions or from any specified aspect of it.   The outcome of the DSC’s findings, together with details of any penalty imposed, shall be confirmed in writing within seven days of the hearing by the DSC chairman.

7.vi.  In addition to the penalties outlined in K7.v above, where gross misconduct is deemed to have occurred, the DSC shall be able to recommend the expulsion of a player from The Competitions or from a specified aspect of The Competitions to the Management Committee.

7. vii.  Where the DSC has recommended the expulsion of a player, this will be referred to an emergency meeting of a group, comprising four members of the Management Committee.   Those who comprised the DSC may attend this emergency meeting to outline the DSC’s findings and reasons for reaching their conclusions and recommendations, but they shall not vote.   The group will have the power to impose any penalties it so deems appropriate or, where gross misconduct has been found, to expel a player as it sees fit (refer to Section 1 – J).

8  RIGHT  OF  APPEAL

8.i.  Any person or club found to have committed an offence as described in the foregoing shall have the right of appeal to the Management Committee, or in any case under para 7.vii. to a group comprising those members of the Management Committee who did not sit on the original emergency meeting.

8.ii. Where an appeal is submitted in accordance with para 4.iv. above, notice of appeal setting out the grounds should be submitted in writing to the Secretary within five days of the original offence.

8.iii. In all other cases, notice of appeal setting out the grounds should be submitted in writing to the Secretary within seven days of the written advice of the DSC’s decision.

8.iv. Every notice of appeal shall be accompanied by a deposit cheque for £50 payable to I’Anson Competitions.

8.v. Upon receipt by the Secretary of a properly completed notice of appeal, any penalty imposed shall not take effect pending the hearing of the appeal.

8.vi. The appeal shall be by way of a re-hearing.  Those members of the DSC who conducted the original hearing shall present the reasons for reaching the conclusions they did, but may not vote at this appeal.  The Management Committee shall consider the facts and determine the outcome of the appeal, which include power to confirm, vary or annul the original decision of the DSC, and where they consider the appeal to be without merit to order the deposit be forfeited.

9.  GENERAL

9.i. The decision of the Management Committee at an appeal hearing, or where no appeal was lodged, of the DSC (or in the case of expulsions, of the  Management Committee at the emergency meeting), shall be final and binding on all persons.

9.ii. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this section K shall prevent the proper application of Safeguarding regulations as laid out by the ECB, and which shall take precedence.

SECTION TWO 

I’ANSON CUP COMPETITIONS RULES OF PLAY

1 GENERAL

a) All matches shall be played according to the Laws of Cricket (2000 Code), but as further amended by these rules. The Competitions shall apply the ECB’s Safe Hands policy, including ECB directives on playing conditions for junior cricketers.

b) The imposition of penalty runs shall only apply where a pool umpire is standing. The exceptions are Law 41, 2a (illegally fielding the ball) and Law 41, 3 (ball striking a protective helmet belonging to the fielding side), which shall apply throughout.   In addition, ANY DELIVERY which passes or would have passed on the full above the waist of the striker standing upright at the popping crease is to be deemed dangerous and unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker.    The umpire at the bowler’s end shall call and signal no ball.    If it is a FAST delivery, when the ball is dead, the umpire will adopt the procedure in Law 42.7.    The bowler will be cautioned for the first offence, at the second offence there will be a final warning and if there is a third offence, the bowler will be suspended.     Similarly, if it is a SLOW delivery and above shoulder height, then the same procedure will be followed i.e. caution, final warning and suspension.     (See  42.7 in the Laws of Cricket to see the full procedure when invoking these cautions).

c)  No money will be payable by the visiting team for teas provided by the home team in those divisions where there are equal numbers of home and away fixtures.

2 SEASON, FIXTURES, GROUNDS

a) The Management Committee shall arrange fixtures for each team in all divisions.

b) The Management Committee may determine that a penalty be levied on any team which fails to fulfil a fixture on the due date (refer to Section J).

c) No matches shall be played on artificial pitches.

d) All matches must be played on the Club’s home ground unless notification is received, at least 24 hours before the match is due to be played, in writing to the Competition Secretary. Both clubs must agree to the change before notification is submitted to the secretary.

e) Any spectator or animal interfering with the ball on the field of play shall be treated as a boundary four. All trees, foliage, transmission wires or other objects overhanging or within the field of play shall be treated as a boundary four or six.

f) A decision concerning whether a ground is unfit for play shall only be made for reason of player safety. Before cancelling, those involved must be certain that the ground will remain unfit for play two hours after the scheduled start time.

g) The decision to cancel a match prior to the toss taking place must be agreed by both captains. If the captains cannot reach agreement, pool umpires shall make the decision. However, for matches where no pool umpire is present and where agreement between captains cannot be reached, either captain may contact a member of the Management Committee or an official umpire at a local match, to request an independent pitch inspection be made on the same day. In the event that one team feels it has grounds for a complaint, it may report the matter to the Management Committee, which will review the independent report, and will levy a penalty on the team(s) involved where an unacceptable reason for cancellation is found (refer to Section J)

3 TIMINGS

Start of play

a) Weather permitting, play will commence at 1.00pm and 12.30pm on or after 15th September) unless an earlier or later alternative start time is agreed between the clubs concerned and notified to the Competitions Secretary. All late starts should be reported to the Management Committee, which may levy a penalty on the offending club(s) (refer to Section J).

Duration of play — uninterrupted matches

b) All matches shall be of one innings per side.

c) In a match unaffected by inclement weather, the time of the tea interval shall be either two and a half hours after the scheduled start time of the match, or after the close of the innings of the side batting first, whichever occurs later. In other circumstances, the captains shall agree the time of the tea interval. The tea interval shall be of a maximum of 30 minutes’ duration.

d1) Traditional Format Divisions 1, 2 and 3   – A match shall comprise a maximum of 90 overs. The innings of the side batting first shall last not longer than 48 overs. Any over not completed due to declaration or end of innings shall be regarded as a full over, except for the purposes of Rule 6c.   No bowler in any match will be permitted to bowl more than 14 overs in an innings.

d2) Traditional Format Divisions 4, 5 and 6 –    A  match shall comprise a maximum of 80 overs. The innings of the side batting first shall last not longer than 43 overs. Any over not completed due to declaration or end of innings shall be regarded as a full over, except for the purposes of Rule 6c.   No bowler in any match will be permitted to bowl more than 12 overs in an innings.

d3) Limited Overs Format Divisions 1, 2 and 3

 The innings of each side batting shall last not longer than 45 overs. No bowler in any match will be permitted to bowl more than 9 overs in an innings.   Any ball passing outside the line of the leg stump and legside of the batsman shall be called wide by the bowler’s end umpire.

d4) Limited Overs Format Divisions 4, 5 and 6

 The innings of each batting side shall last not longer than 40 overs.  No bowler in any match will be permitted to bowl more than 8 overs in an innings.

Duration of play — delayed starts

e) For late starts due to any reason, overs shall be deducted on the basis of two overs (one over for each innings) for every complete seven minutes lost

Duration of play — interrupted matches

f1) Traditional Overs Format

Any intervals or interruptions in play, excluding periods between innings, intervals for tea or suspensions for exceptional reasons, occurring after the start of a match, or any delay due to weather, shall result in a reduction in the number of overs available for play in the whole match at the rate of one over for each completed period of three and a half minutes lost. In these circumstances, the side batting first may still bat for the full 48 overs in Divisions 1, 2 and 3 and 43 overs in Divisions 4, 5 and 6

f2) Limited Overs Format

In the event of time being lost after the commencement of the match due to inclement weather or other cause during the innings of the Team batting first, then the team batting first may still receive the full 45 overs   in Divisions 1, 2 and 3 and 40 overs in Divisions 4, 5 and 6 or as reduced at the start of the match  The calculation of the total number of overs remaining to be bowled shall be based on I over being lost for each completed period of 3 and a half minutes.  The runs required for the Team batting second will be determined by the rate run per over of the team batting first calculated as detailed in 5c)

g) In all matches, the bowling side should achieve a minimum bowling rate of 16 overs per hour.   In matches where pool umpires are officiating  umpires shall advise the Umpires Secretary when this rate is not achieved.   The Management Committee may issue a warning to the club on the first occasion and, other than when there are extenuating circumstances, may deduct points for subsequent reports.

4 PLAYERS, TEAM PRECEDENCE AND NUMBERS

a) A team shall normally comprise 11 players. However, a team must play when comprising eight players or more (See also Two: 2c).

b) The following players are NOT eligible to play for a club in any match in The Competitions:

1) Those who have already played for another club in The Competitions in the current season. However, any such player wishing to transfer may apply, only before August 1st, by submitting the written agreement of the player’s former club with the application to the secretary, who shall have the power to agree the transfer. Where the former club fails to agree the transfer, the Management Committee may nevertheless authorise the transfer if it considers agreement to have been unreasonably withheld.

AND

2) A player who has in the current season already played for a club 1st XI in the Surrey Championship, Premier Division, 1st  Division, or 2nd Division or the Hampshire Southern Electric Premier cricket league.

AND

3) Within the last 4 schedules fixtures of the season, if the player has in the current season already played for another club in another local adult Saturday competitive league in Berkshire, Hampshire, Sussex & Surrey.   This restriction shall not apply where the player has played for the club in the Competitions in at least half of the completed fixtures in that season.

c) All clubs having two or more teams in The Competitions or within other Saturday competitive league competitions must give their senior teams priority in all respects, including in terms of the fielding of a full team of 11 players, and the ability of individual players (see also Two:4g).

d) In addition to Two:4c, within the last four scheduled fixtures of the season no more than TWO players who have played seven or more times  in a higher team for their club, in either The Competitions or any other Saturday competitive league competitions, may be permitted to play in any lower team within their club in The Competitions, unless the prior written consent of the Management Committee has been obtained. Any player who has played in the Southern League in the same season will not be eligible to play in The Competitions without prior written consent of the Management Committee (see also Two:4g).

e) No player may play for more than one team for the same club on the same day (other than as a substitute) (see also Two:4g).

f) No player shall receive any payment for playing in the competitions, either in the form of remuneration or payment of expenses connected with participation in a match (such payment shall not, however, be deemed to include the sharing between players of reasonable transport expenses or the receipt of end of season prizes, other than cash, for exceptional performance). The receipt of a prohibited payment shall render the player ineligible to play again during the season and the club shall be liable for the penalties specified in J.1 relating to ineligible players shall apply.

g) In all cases brought to its notice and proved to its satisfaction, the Management Committee will levy a penalty for each breach of Rules 4b, c, d, e & f (refer to Section J).

5) MATCH BALL

a) It shall be the responsibility of the home club to provide a new ball, which will be used at the start of and throughout each innings in all matches.

b) In the event of a lost or damaged ball, a replacement will be agreed by the pool umpires or, where there are no pool umpires, by the captain of the fielding team and a batsman or the captain of the batting team. It shall be the responsibility of the home captain to have readily available a selection of replacement balls of the same specification as the original, and of varying degrees of wear.

c) All match balls shall be purchased through The Competitions.

6) POINTS, WINNING TEAM MATCH RESULTS

a1)

Traditional Format

 In all matches, points shall be awarded as follows:

Win

18

Draw (faster scoring rate)

8

Draw (identical scoring rate)

5

Draw (slower scoring rate)

2

Tie

9

Loss

0

Bonus points shall be awarded in each match as follows:

For a loss batting second

 

If getting 75% or more of Target

2

If getting less than 75% of Target

0

For a loss batting first

 

If taking 7 wickets or more

2

If taking 6 wickets or fewer

0

For a losing draw batting second

 

If getting 75 % or more of Target

4

If getting less than 75% of Target

0

For a losing draw batting first

 

If taking 7 wickets or more

4

If taking 6 wickets or fewer

0

a2)   Limited Overs Format

Win

12

Tie

6

Loss

0

Bonus points shall be awarded in each match as follows:

For a loss batting second  
If getting 75 % or more of Target

2

If getting less  than 75% of Target

0

For a loss batting first

 

If taking 7 wickets or more

2

If taking 6 wickets or  fewer

0

b) A result can only be achieved if both teams have the opportunity of batting for at least 20    overs, however should an innings be completed or a target reached within 20 overs the match shall be completed. The only result that isn’t permissible if the team batting second doesn’t receive 20 overs is the draw. Abandoned/cancelled matches shall not be considered for the calculation referred to in Section Two:7a except in the case of a team failing to fulfil or cancelling a fixture for unacceptable reasons.In such cases the offending team will be deducted 12 points.

c) Scoring rates shall be calculated by dividing runs by legal deliveries bowled.

d) The results of all matches (including cancellations) must be notified by the home club to The Competitions by noon on the Monday following the fixture with a full scorecard on the ‘Play Cricket’  Website  including bonus points  for both Teams .  Failure to do so will result in a penalty per default per team being levied (refer to Section J).

7 CHAMPION TEAM, PROMOTION AND RELEGATION, TROPHIES

a) The team that gains the highest average points per completed match shall be the champion and shall be awarded either the I’Anson Cup, the Herald Shield, the Miller Cup, the Bob Burchett trophy, the Norman Disney trophy, or the Cyril Crawte trophy, these being for Divisions One to Six respectively.

b) Medals or other suitable emblems shall be provided from The Competitions funds and be presented to members of each winning and runner-up team.

c) The Management Committee will annually determine the winner of the Jack Warner trophy for the player of the year from within Division One, the Graham Collyer trophy from within Division Three, and other trophy winners in the remaining divisions of the Competitions.

d) In the event of two or more teams finishing with identical average points, the team with the most wins will have the advantage. If still level, the team with the fewer defeats will have the advantage. If still level, the overall results of all divisional matches played in that season between the relevant teams will determine the team awarded the advantage.

e) No club may have two teams in the same division, apart from the lowest division.

f) Promotion and relegation in each division will be on a two up and two down basis.   In division 6 three teams will be eligible for promotion if one or two clubs are entered in division 6.   Consequently three teams will be relegated from division 5.    If no new clubs enter into division 6 then the two up, two down will remain.

g1) If a club has a team in a division to which another of its teams is relegated, the other team will also be relegated.   Conversely, a team cannot be promoted into a higher division if the club has a team in the higher division).  In the event of new teams joining or existing teams leaving The Competitions, the Management Committee shall have the power to modify the promotion and/or relegation arrangements to enable changes in the structure of the divisions.

g2)  In the event a club drops out of the league (whatever the division) or the league is restructured for any reason, the management committee, whilst retaining its discretion, will weigh any decisions around promotion and relegation in favour of teams in the lower divisions being promoted rather than teams in a ‘relegation spot’ at the bottom of the higher division retaining their place.   To clarify, if there is a vacant space in a higher league, then three teams will be promoted from the lower league and two teams from the higher league relegated.

h1) The trophies are challenge trophies and cannot be won outright. The secretary will insure them, but clubs holding these shall be responsible for taking reasonable precautions for their safe custody. The trophies must be returned to the Secretary by July 31st  for re-presentation. Failure to comply to incur a fine of £10.

h2)) It is the responsibility of the winning clubs to engrave the Trophies, in matching script, before returning them to the Secretary. Failure to comply to incur a fine of £10 plus the cost of engraving.

8 UMPIRES

a) Whenever possible, both umpires officiating in matches will be appointed from a pool of independent umpires and subject to availability.

b) Clubs with teams in Divisions One shall pay monies towards umpires’ fees at the start of each season. These fees will be set and published by the Management Committee by April 1 annually, and must be paid by May 31 annually.

c) In any matches in which umpire(s) cannot be provided from the pool, it shall be the responsibility of each side to provide a fair and competent umpire(s). Where players are asked to officiate, it shall be the responsibility of the captain concerned to ensure that the player-umpire is conversant with the current Laws of Cricket and is over eighteen years of age.

d) Where only one pool umpire is available, it shall be the umpire’s decision as to whether he/she officiates at the bowlers end or alternates between the bowler’s end and striker’s end.

SECTION THREE 

STEVENS CUP AND POPE CUP COMPETITIONS

RULES OF PLAY

All rules within this section are prefixed “SP”, to eradicate confusion with I’Anson Cup Competition rules as outlined in the previous section.

SP1 GENERAL

a) The I’Anson Cup Competition rule numbers 1a, 2f, 2d, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5b, 5c,  8a, 8c & 8d shall apply in the Stevens and Pope Cup Competition with the following additional rules.

b) Penalty runs as per the Laws of Cricket (2000 Code) will apply to all Stevens and Pope Cup matches.

SP2 SEASON, FIXTURES, GROUNDS

a) All matches shall be played on dates and grounds determined by the Management Committee.

b) Clubs losing in the first two rounds of the Stevens Cup shall be eligible to play in the subsidiary competition, known as the Pope Cup (except as detailed in Section J).

c) The first round of the Pope Cup shall be played one week after the date of the second round of the Stevens Cup.

d) In the event of the postponement of the original fixture, the tie may be played, providing both sides can agree, on any day within seven days of the original fixture. Failing agreement, the games must be played on the day following the original fixture.

e) At any time on the day of the match, until 4.30pm, the home authority may postpone the fixture due to the unfit nature of the ground. In the absence of any such postponement, a decision about the fitness of the ground shall be in the hands of the captains. In the event of the captains being unable to agree, the umpires shall make a decision.

f) In the event of a tie being unable to be played or completed before the date of the next round, the tie will be determined by a “bowl out”. Each member of the two teams will bowl alternately at a set of stumps. The team with the most number of “hits” will be the winner. If the number of “hits” is equal, then there will be “sudden death”. If a “bowl out” is impossible then the tie will be determined by a toss of the coin.

g) If a club withdraws from the Stevens Cup for reasons other than mentioned above, then that club shall not be qualified to enter the Pope Cup.

SP3 TIMINGS

a) Matches shall commence at 6pm unless the Management Committee has in advance agreed otherwise.

b) Each innings shall be of a maximum of 16 six-ball overs, except in the case of the semi-final and final when each innings shall be of a maximum of 16 eight-ball overs.

c) Matches where the start is delayed shall result in the maximum number of overs being reduced by two per innings for each 15 complete minutes lost prior to the start, to a minimum of 12 overs per innings.

d) If for any reason the match is abandoned after play has commenced, the match shall be replayed in accordance with the rules for postponements (refer to Rule SP2d).

SP4 PLAYERS, TEAM PRECEDENCE AND NUMBERS

a) A player must be eligible to play for his club under Rule 4b of the I’Anson Cup Competition AND be a club member (see also Rule SP4b).

b). To be eligible to play in the early rounds, up to and including the quarter finals of the evening competitions, a player must have PLAYED at least four times for his club in the I’Anson Competition in the previous season or at least once for his club in the current season. To be eligible to play in the semi-final round of the evening competition, a player must have PLAYED at least twice for his club in the I’Anson Cup Competition in the current season, and in the final of the evening competition, he must have PLAYED at least three times for his club in the I’Anson Cup Competition in the current season (see also Rule SP4c). Those bona-fide members of a club aged 17 and under will also be eligible to play subject to ECB regulations.

c) In all cases brought to its notice in time and proved to its satisfaction, the Management Committee shall have the power to levy a penalty for any breach of Rules SP4a, SP4b (refer to Section J).

SP5 MATCH BALL

a) One new ball of identical specification to that used for the I’Anson Cup Competition shall be provided either by The Competitions, or failing that by the home club, and shall be used for the entire match.

SP6 BOWLING and FIELDING

a) No bowler shall bowl more than four overs out of the allotted number.

b) Any ball passing outside the line of the leg stump and legside of the batsman shall be called wide by the bowler’s end umpire.

c)  There will be fielding restrictions,  there must be 4 fielders inside the a circle at the instant of delivery. The circle should comprise of 2 semi circles that have at their centre the middle stump at either end of the pitch. The radius of the semi circles shall be 30 yards.

d)  In the event of a foot fault no ball, the next delivery will be a “free hit”.    The field placings for the “free hit” will not be changed from the previous delivery, allowance will be made for a change from left to right handed batsmen and vice- versa.

SP7  THE  FINALS

a)  A new ball will be provided for each innings.

SP8 WINNING TEAM, MATCH RESULTS

a) In the event of a tie, the team losing the least wickets shall be declared the winner. If both teams have lost the same number of wickets, the game shall be replayed on the visiting club’s ground within one week of the original fixture. However, in the final, in the event of a tie where both teams have also lost the same number of wickets, the trophy is shared.

b) Results of all matches (including those postponed) must be notified by the home club to The Competitions within 24 hours of the completion or the postponement of the tie. Failure to do so will result in a penalty being levied (refer to Section J).

SP9 CHAMPION TEAM, TROPHIES

a) The champion teams in the evening competition shall be awarded the Stevens Cup and the Pope Cup respectively.

b) Medals or other suitable emblems shall be provided from The Competitions’ funds and be presented to members of each winning and runner-up team.

c) The trophies are challenge trophies and cannot be won outright. The secretary will insure them, but clubs holding these shall be responsible for taking reasonable precautions for their safe custody. The trophies must be returned to the Secretary by May 31st for re-presentation. Failure to comply to incur a fine of £10..

d) It is the responsibility of the winning clubs to engrave the Trophies, in matching script, before returning them to the Secretary. Failure to comply to incur a fine of £10 plus the cost of engraving

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

 

New Clubs
Submit application to compete (One:E2) September 1
Existing member clubs
 Submit club details for inclusion in Year Book (One: J1) Submit names of umpires expected to officiate (Two:8c)  February 15April 1
 Submit payment of umpire fees (Div 1&2 teams) (Two:8b)  May 31
 Submit player transfer applications for those who have played for another club in I’Anson Cup (Two:4b[1))  August 1
 Return Stevens & Pope Cups to Secretary (engraved) (SP8d)  May 31
Submit any rule change proposals (One:G2) August 1
Return League trophies to Secretary (engraved) (Two:7h July 31
 Advise if wish to opt out of evening competition (One:E2)  September 1
 Submit annual subscription fee renewal (One:E2 and E5)  September 1
 Submit nominations for Management Committee (One:D4)  September 1
 Submit any proposed amendments to rule change (One:G5)  October 7
 Management Committee/Secretary
 Publish umpire fees payable (Two:8b)  April 1
 Publish annual subscriptions (One:H5)  August 1
 Publish ADM date, time and venue (One:F6)  September 1
 Issue initial ADM resolutions for rule changes (One:G4)  September 1
 Issue final ADM resolutions and agenda (One:G6)  October 14

 

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