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  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 1Runs: 114*Name: Jimmy IngramTeam: Scarcroft
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 3Runs: 96Name: Ewan HardyTeam: Barwick in Elmet A
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 2Runs: 87Name: Matt StupplesTeam: Crossgates
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 3Runs: 87Name: Ravi Kiran EadalaTeam: East Keswick
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 2Runs: 85Name: Steven Parker-HarrisonTeam: Church Fenton
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 4Runs: 81*Name: Imran RehmanTeam: Meanwood A
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 1Runs: 80*Name: Larry AudainTeam: Scarcroft
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 4Runs: 72*Name: Andy ColbeckTeam: Scholes A
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 1Runs: 72Name: Cameron EdwardsTeam: Shadwell
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 3Runs: 69Name: Jason CainesTeam: Garforth Parish Church A
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 2Runs: 66Name: Anjum Bilal SabirTeam: Thorner Mexborough
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 1Runs: 66*Name: Rohan SivajotiTeam: Kirk Deighton
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 2Runs: 66Name: Jamie WillsTeam: Kippax Welfare
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 1Runs: 64*Name: Andy WoodTeam: Sicklinghall
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 1Runs: 60Name: Martin BramleyTeam: South Milford
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 2Runs: 59*Name: Adam CopelandTeam: Meanwood
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 4Runs: 58*Name: Alun GabrielTeam: Old Leodiensians A
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 2Runs: 58Name: Sankara Subraman DhakshinamurthyTeam: Long Marston
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 4Runs: 57Name: Jon NewcombeTeam: Shadwell A
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 4Runs: 57Name: Wayne CravenTeam: Hillam and Monk Fryston A
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 1Runs: 55Name: Sean NesbittTeam: South Milford
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 1Runs: 55Name: Henry BlytheTeam: Kirk Deighton
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 1Runs: 53Name: Richard BrookeTeam: Sicklinghall
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 4Runs: 52Name: Srinivas IndukuriTeam: Saxton A
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 1Runs: 52Name: Jonathan WatkinsTeam: Kirk Deighton
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 2Runs: 51Name: Mahmed Munaf Navsarka Team: Kippax Welfare
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 4Runs: 49Name: Tim BrearsTeam: Hillam and Monk Fryston A
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 3Runs: 45Name: MD Rajib SarderTeam: East Keswick
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 3Runs: 44Name: Mark Elgar Team: Garforth Parish Church A
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 3Runs: 43Name: Tom DraperTeam: Kirk Deighton A
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 4Runs: 41*Name: Chris WoodallTeam: Ledsham A
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 2Runs: 41Name: Amit KhullaTeam: Crompark
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 4Runs: 40Name: Stephen DeanTeam: Old Leodiensians A
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 20/08/2017Div: Division 4Runs: 92Name: Paul EastwoodTeam: Kippax Welfare A
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 20/08/2017Div: Senior Evening CupRuns: 70*Name: Andy WoodTeam: Sicklinghall
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 20/08/2017Div: Senior Evening CupRuns: 65Name: Michael FisherTeam: Garforth Parish Church
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 20/08/2017Div: Reserve Evening CupRuns: 55*Name: Ewan HardyTeam: Barwick in Elmet A
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 20/08/2017Div: Division 4Runs: 51Name: Dan WhiteTeam: South Milford A
  • Batting - 40 or More RunsDate: 20/08/2017Div: Reserve Evening CupRuns: 41Name: Peter CausonTeam: Barwick in Elmet A
  • Bowling - 4 or More WicketsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 1Wickets: 7 for 30Name: Richard WardTeam: Kirk Deighton
  • Bowling - 4 or More WicketsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 1Wickets: 6 for 14Name: Nick BoyesTeam: Old Leodiensians
  • Bowling - 4 or More WicketsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 2Wickets: 6 for 57Name: Daniel HewerTeam: Saxton
  • Bowling - 4 or More WicketsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 3Wickets: 5 for 26Name: Mark CrosbieTeam: Bilton in Ainsty A
  • Bowling - 4 or More WicketsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 1Wickets: 5 for 55Name: Jim LedgewayTeam: Rufforth
  • Bowling - 4 or More WicketsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 1Wickets: 5 for 12Name: Mitchell CullenTeam: Barwick in Elmet
  • Bowling - 4 or More WicketsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 1Wickets: 5 for 32Name: Anas ImtiazTeam: Scarcroft
  • Bowling - 4 or More WicketsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 3Wickets: 4 for 21Name: Tom LawrensonTeam: Bilton in Ainsty A
  • Bowling - 4 or More WicketsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 3Wickets: 4 for 14Name: Gareth WaddingtonTeam: Thorner Mexborough A
  • Bowling - 4 or More WicketsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 4Wickets: 4 for 25Name: Ben WhiteheadTeam: Shadwell A
  • Bowling - 4 or More WicketsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 2Wickets: 4 for 27Name: Ronan MelodyTeam: Meanwood
  • Bowling - 4 or More WicketsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 4Wickets: 4 for 21Name: Paul HarkerTeam: Old Leodiensians A
  • Bowling - 4 or More WicketsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 3Wickets: 4 for 49Name: Andrew BarberTeam: Scarcroft A
  • Bowling - 4 or More WicketsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 2Wickets: 4 for 48Name: Dave RobinsonTeam: Crompark
  • Bowling - 4 or More WicketsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 1Wickets: 4 for 15Name: Robert NichollsTeam: Barwick in Elmet
  • Bowling - 4 or More WicketsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 1Wickets: 4 for 7Name: Michael De Kauwe Team: Garforth Parish Church
  • Bowling - 4 or More WicketsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 2Wickets: 4 for 37Name: Bashir KhalifaTeam: Kippax Welfare
  • Bowling - 4 or More WicketsDate: 19/08/2017Div: DIVISION 3Wickets: 4 for 27Name: Muhammad KamranTeam: East Keswick
  • Bowling - 4 or More WicketsDate: 20/08/2017Div: Division 4Wickets: 5 for 58Name: Danny O ConnorTeam: Kippax Welfare A
  • Bowling - 4 or More WicketsDate: 20/08/2017Div: Division 4Wickets: 4 for 41Name: Gareth DodsonTeam: South Milford A

Playing Regulations

Content

1. COMPETITION INFORMATION

1.1 The following annual League competitions are open to all senior clubs in membership of the League:

a) The League Championship - Played on Saturdays for all teams.

b) The Fred Fleetwood Cup – Knockout Cup. Played on Sundays for first XI teams

c) The Hare Cup – Knockout Cup. Played on Sundays for reserve teams.

d) The Senior Evening Knockout Cup - Played on Tuesday evenings for first XI teams. The final shall be played on a Sunday.

e) The Reserve Evening Knockout Cup - Played on Tuesday evenings for reserve teams. The final shall be played on a Sunday.

1.2 The Betty Chadderton Rosebowl is played annually

2. ORGANISATION OF THE LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

2.1 The teams competing in the League Championship shall be divided into divisions and the constitution of such divisions shall be determined by the Senior Cricket Committee. Where possible, there shall be promotion and relegation through all divisions, the top two teams in each division shall be promoted whilst the bottom two teams in each division shall be relegated. No club shall be permitted to have two teams in the same division.

2.2 Fixtures shall be arranged by the Senior Fixture Secretary and details of such fixtures shall be available to each club no later than 31st January.

2.3 In the event of two or more clubs in any division finishing the season with an equal number of points then the final positions will be determined by taking account of the following:

a) The number of league matches won by the clubs concerned during the season. If the matter is still unresolved, then

b) The number of six point league matches won during the season. If the matter is still unresolved, then

c) The points gained from the head to head league matches between those clubs. If the matter is still unresolved, then

d) The proportion of the average number of runs scored for, per wicket, to the average number of runs scored against, per wicket, in league matches.

3. ORGANISATION OF THE CUP COMPETITIONS

3.1 The Cup competitions shall be open only to clubs that compete in the League Championship.

3.2 Clubs wishing to participate in any of the Cup competitions are required to notify their intentions to the Senior Fixture Secretary no later than the date notified by the SCC each season for the forthcoming season. Any team subsequently failing to fulfil any Cup competition fixture shall be fined in accordance with the provisions of Rule 6.7.

3.3 Fixtures shall be determined by a draw to be conducted by the Senior Cricket Committee. The first team of each pair so drawn shall be considered the home team.

3.4 Evening Cup competitions may be regionally zoned

3.5 `The SCC holds the right to host a plate completion for the losers of the Evening Cup first round, this will be entered on a voluntary basis. It will run on the same dates as the main competition. The final will not be on a neutral venue.

4. QUALIFICATION OF PLAYERS

4.1 Each club may play any bona-fide member, provided such member is an amateur, in any competition organised by the League. The player must first be duly registered with the League, in accordance with the rules contained in Rule 5, 'Registration of Players'.

4.2 An amateur shall be a player who does not receive from, or on behalf of, their club any cash payment or reward for their services or is paid any wage, salary, reward or out of pocket expenses by any person, business organisation or society interested in the club. Clubs wishing to apply for an exemption to Rule 4.2 should make application, in writing and stating all relevant details, to the Senior Cricket Secretary.

4.3 A club may register a maximum of one overseas player in any one season, irrespective of age. Any such player shall be registered for the current season only and shall only be permitted to play in a club's first team. If the overseas player for a Club is injured or unable to play for the rest of the season then the Club may apply to the League to register a replacement overseas player. Any overseas player must be registered in accordance with the League Rules and Home Office Requirements.

4.4 Individuals in the following categories will not be deemed as overseas players:

a) British citizens either born in the United Kingdom or who have been resident for the preceding four consecutive years.

b) Non British citizens who have been resident in the United Kingdom since the preceding calendar year.

c) Bona-fide students residing in the United Kingdom for the purpose of full time education.

4.5 Each week there will be a pool of League players who are not required by the club to which they are registered but who wish to make themselves available for other clubs within the League. A maximum of two pool players can be used per club per match weekend No pool players may be used in cup matches. Such players will not be required to pay match fees or for teas. The Senior Cricket Committee reserves the right to refuse a player to be used as a pool player. Pool Players are permitted to bowl a maximum of 7 overs and must retire upon reaching 50 runs when batting. They may return to the crease only if overs remain after the dismissal of the last man.

4.6 Any player who has played in ten or more League Championship matches for a club's first team in any of the Pyramid Leagues(as defined below) shall not be eligible to play in any of the Wetherby League club's last three second team League Championship matches. Any player who has played in ten or more Wetherby League or other Pyramid League Championship matches for a club's first and second teams combined shall not be eligible to play in any of the club's last three third team Wetherby League Championship matches. Clubs wishing to apply for an exemption to Rule 4.6 must do so by email to the Senior Cricket Committee at senior@wetherbyleague.co.uk by midnight on the Tuesday prior to the Saturday for which exemption is sought. Each application will be considered on its own merit.

4.7 No player shall be eligible to play in any round of the Hare Cup or Reserve Evening Cup if they have played in more League Championship matches for the first team than for the second team and/ or third team, up to and including the Saturday preceding any Hare Cup or Reserve Evening Cup round. No player shall be eligible to play for a club's third team in any round of the Hare Cup or Reserve Evening Cup if they have played in more League Championship matches for the second team up to and including the Saturday preceding any Hare Cup or Reserve Evening Cup round. The SCC will consider reasonable requests to allow players to play that do not meet the outlined criteria, submissions should be via email to senior@wetherbyleague.co.uk no later than 24 hours before the fixture is due to take place.

4.8 No player who has represented a club in any Cup competition held under the auspices of the Wetherby League or one of the Pyramid Leagues may represent another club in the same Cup competition during the same season. No player who has represented a club's second team in the Hare Cup or the Reserve Evening Cup may represent a club's third team in the same Cup competition during the same season. No player who has represented a club's second or third team in the Hare Cup or the Reserve Evening Cup may represent a club's fourth team in the same Cup competition during the same season.

4.9 There will be no dispensation for juniors with regard to the rules contained in this section. A junior is defined in section 5.1.

4.10 Any club breaking any part of Rule 4 in any League Championship match shall be fined the sum of £25 and the team concerned deducted six points in respect of each individual breach of the rules. The match shall also be awarded to their opponents, along with the maximum six points.

4.11 Any club breaking any part of Rule 4 in any Cup competition shall be fined the sum of £25 in respect of each individual breach of the rules. The match shall also be awarded to their opponents.

4.12Any player (Junior or Senior) is barred from entering WCL cup competitions if they have played in a senior YCB affiliated league fixture for a none WCL club. This rule is not relevant if players have competed a transfer form to a WCL club.

5. REGISTRATION OF PLAYERS

5.1 Clubs must register all senior players to play in any senior competition organised by the League. For the purpose of registration, a senior player is one who is 17 years or over as at midnight on 31st August of the preceding year.

5.2 Juniors in the Under 13 age group who are eligible to play in open age cricket, as defined in Rules 18.2 and 18.3, and juniors in the Under 15 and Under 17 age groups as at midnight on 31st August of the preceding year are eligible to play in any senior team in any division and should also be registered. Separate provision is made in junior rules for the registration of juniors to play in junior cricket.

5.3 Clubs are required to register players directly on the League's website (www.wetherbyleague.co.uk) under 'Senior Registrations' and must provide the full names, addresses and postcodes of all bona-fide senior players who are to be registered. For eligible juniors, only full names are required and the 'junior' box should be ticked. In order to be eligible to play, all players must have been registered on the League website before midnight on the day before the player is first required to play.

5.4 No new registrations or transfers will be allowed for a team's last three League Championship matches of a season.

5.5 A club wishing to transfer a player already registered to another club, in the last 2 cricket seasons, either within the Wetherby Cricket League or a club playing in any other Yorkshire Saturday cricket league, shall be required to complete a YCB Player Transfer Form, which must be emailed to senior@wetherbyleague.co.uk and received by the League before midnight on the day before the player is first required to play for the new club.

5.6 No club, either through its officials or any other person connected with it, shall approach or negotiate with any player between the date of his first registration or the date on which he plays his first match with his existing club, and the 30th September inclusive, in any year, for the purpose of securing his services without first giving seven clear days' notice, in writing, on the official YCB Player Transfer Form, of their intention to negotiate. This notice must be delivered to the Secretary of the player’s club by recorded delivery.

5.7 No club, either through its officials or any other persons interested in the club shall accept into membership, association, or service any person who, after official enquiry and investigation, shall have been adjudged guilty of any conduct as to have justified their expulsion or suspension from any organisation affiliated directly, or indirectly, to the YCB until the period of such disciplinary action has been completed and then only on the person being able to produce a Clearance Certificate where this is appropriate. Such persons shall have the right of appeal to the YCB whose decision shall be final.

5.8 Any club breaking any part of Rule 5 in any League Championship match shall be fined the sum of £25 and the team concerned deducted six points. The match shall also be awarded to their opponents, along with the maximum six points.

5.9 Any club breaking any part of Rule 5 in any Cup competition shall be fined the sum of £25 in respect of each individual breach of the rules. The match shall also be awarded to their opponents.

6. RULES APPLYING TO ALL MATCHES UNDER THE LEAGUE AUSPICES

6.1 All matches shall be conducted under the Laws of Cricket as have been agreed for the recreational game by the ECB for the current season. The ECB regulations and guidelines relating to junior players, as set out in Rule 18, must be applied in all matches played under the auspices of the League.

6.2 The Code of Conduct & Spirit of Cricket notice, provided to clubs by the League, must be displayed by all clubs, senior and junior, in all changing areas and in a public area in the clubhouse. A copy of the current Constitution and Rules of the Wetherby Cricket League must also be displayed by all clubs, senior and junior, in a public area in the clubhouse.

6.3 Alleged breaches of any League Rules for which no specific penalty is made shall, in accordance with the provisions of Rule 14.7, be referred to the Disciplinary Committee in connection with conduct whereby the spirit of the game may have been breached.

6.4 First team cricket must take precedence over second team cricket and second team cricket must take precedence over third team cricket. In the event that any club is unable to raise sufficient players to fulfil all its fixtures on any given day, it must always be the lowest team fixture that is cancelled. In cases of emergency, six or more players shall be held to constitute a team.

6.5 In all divisions, first teams must field more players than, or the same number of players as, the club's second team in every match. Second teams must field more players than, or the same number of players as, the club's third team in every match, and so on. Any club breaking Rule 6.5 in any matches shall be fined the sum of £25 and the affected matches shall be awarded to the opposition.

6.6 The full names and all relevant details of all players taking part in a match must be exchanged between the two Captains and the official lists handed to the Umpires and Scorers not later than fifteen minutes before the time set for commencement of the match. If any player is under 19 years as at midnight 31st August of the preceding year then their age group must be entered against their name. Compliance with this rule is required even where there are no League-appointed Umpires present. Captains are required to retain the official list for four weeks after each match and to provide the said list to the Senior Registration Secretary if requested. Failure to do so shall result in a fine of £25.

6.7 Any club failing to fulfil a League Championship or Cup competition fixture shall be fined the sum of £35 and the match awarded to their opponents. All of this amount shall be paid to their opponents, with a cheque payable to the opposing club sent via the League Finance Secretary, as a contribution to loss of revenue. The club failing to fulfil the fixture must also ensure that the Umpires are notified otherwise it shall be liable for their fees and any costs that may be incurred by the Umpires.

6.8 Matches may be cancelled on account of weather or ground conditions at any time but no later than two hours before the designated start on the day of the match by mutual agreement between the two clubs concerned. (Leaving a message is not mutual.) However, the visiting club, after an approach by the home club, may withhold their agreement and exercise the right to travel. In the event of mutual agreement to cancel, the home club will be responsible for advising the Umpires of the cancellation and shall also be responsible for notifying the designated Senior Results Secretary, no later than two hours before the designated start. After the mutual agreement of cancellation has been accepted by the visiting club no objection can be considered by the League.

6.9 Should light, weather, or ground conditions interfere, the responsibility for commencing the match rests primarily with the Captains but, in the event of them not being able to agree, the Umpires shall be called upon for a decision. After play has commenced in any of the above situations, the Umpires shall be the sole arbiters for the continuance or resumption of play. Where no League or neutral Umpires are available, the match shall commence unless both Captains are in agreement that the ground is unfit and will remain so for three hours after the designated start time, and shall continue until such time that the Captains agree to its abandonment. In such circumstances, it is expected that Captains will exercise all reasonable discretion to ensure that matches are not played in unsuitable conditions. No pitch shall be changed after the match has commenced. In the case of matches played on neutral grounds, where any doubt or dispute arises, an official of the club on whose ground the match is being played shall be consulted and shall be allowed to have the casting vote on the matter.

6.10 Where covers are available and have been used prior to the match, they must be used during the match if play is suspended for rain.

6.11 Except by prior agreement of the Board, non-turf pitches may not be used in any League Championship or Cup competition fixture.

6.12 The home team, in all League Championship or Sunday Cup competition fixtures, shall be responsible for providing no less than fifteen teas for the visiting team and match officials. Teas for Umpires and Scorers must be available immediately at the start of the tea interval and, where possible, set aside to avoid delay. The visiting team must pay £25 on the day towards the cost of this provision, regardless of the number of teas to be consumed.

6.13 All teams playing in Divisions One and Two, the Fred Fleetwood Cup and the Senior Evening Cup must provide a competent Scorer. This person must be named on the team sheet handed to the Umpires prior to the start of the match. Any team failing to provide a competent Scorer will either have to nominate from their team sheet a person to act in that capacity for the duration of the match. A substitute will not be allowed for that person, or required to pay a fine of £50 per occurrence (£25 payable to the opposition on the day and £25 to the league). The umpire (or opposition captain if there are no umpires) will notify the league of the lack of scorer.

6.14 Captains shall not request substitutes from the opposition except in the case of injuries sustained during the course of play.

6.15 Each fielding side will provide its own two balls which shall be of a manufacture and grade decreed by the Board at the previous year’s Annual General Meeting and purchased through the League or from a supplier nominated by the League. These are to be shown to the opposing Captain, and submitted to the Umpires for their approval and retention prior to the toss being made. One ball shall be clearly nominated as the match ball, the other then being available as a spare.

6.16 All boundaries shall be clearly marked at ground level to the satisfaction of the Umpires and shall count four runs. Sixes shall be allowed where the ball clears the boundary.

6.17 The scoreboard shall show the number of overs bowled in the innings, including the over being bowled.

6.18 If batsmen would like a sightscreen moving after every run due to the change in action of a bowler then their own team will be responsible for moving it.

6.19 The League expects all teams to take the field in full whites and use the usual protective equipment where necessary. If not in full whites then the player may not either bat or bowl in the game.

6.20 Umpires shall report to the League Secretary any misconduct on the part of the players on the field of play, or of spectators interfering with the play of the players. The home club shall be responsible for the conduct of its spectators.

In conjunction with the MCC Laws of Cricket. when penalty runs have been awarded in a game and a report is necessary, the official report form, provided by the league, should be completed and signed by both match officials and posted by FIRST CLASS post to the League Secretary within 24 hours of the conclusion of the game.

Guidelines for umpires

Umpires will be able to award five penalty runs where they consider the team and or individual are not abiding by the ECB Code of Conduct. This will form part of the disciplinary procedure. Unsatisfactory conduct shall include, but not be limited to: Dissent at an umpire’s decision or reaction in a provocative or disapproving manner, whether verbal or written. Physical abuse, intimidation, assault or attempt to intimidate or assault an umpire, official, player or spectator. The use of crude, foul or abusive language or the making of offensive gestures or hand signals whether directed at an individual or otherwise. Sledging or deliberate distraction of an opponent and persisting appealing in order to put pressure on an umpire or opponent. Any form of abuse or discrimination, relating to race, religion, creed, or of any other nature. Wilful damage to property, equipment or playing surface. Ungentlemanly conduct or any other action that is likely to bring the League, Club or Game of Cricket into disrepute or prejudice its good name or interests. Repeated infringements of the Spirit of Cricket either by an individual or a team, where each Infringement, in itself, does not warrant any disciplinary action. (Such instances will result in a Disciplinary Hearing and the captain will be held responsible for the conduct of his team).

7. RULES APPLYING TO THE LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

7.1 League Championship matches shall be played on Saturdays but may be moved to the Sunday or Bank Holiday Monday following the original fixture if there is mutual agreement of the clubs and the Senior Fixture Secretary. This applies to all matches except those involving a team that is playing its last League Championship match of the season. The clubs must afford fourteen clear days' notice of their wish to rearrange a fixture to the Senior Fixture Secretary. Once agreement has been reached with all parties, the re-arranged date must stand. No player shall be allowed to play in the rearranged match on the Sunday or Bank Holiday Monday who had previously played for another team within their club on the Saturday from which the fixture was originally moved.

7.2 The points system shall be as follows:

a) The team scoring the most runs in a completed match will be awarded:

i) Five points.

ii) One additional point if they bowl out their opposition or the opposition declare their innings batting first.

b) The team scoring the least runs in a completed match will be awarded:

i) Zero points.

ii) One additional point if they batted second and scored at least 75% of their opponent’s total.

iii) One additional point if they bowled second and took at least seven of their opponent’s wickets.

c) The following points may also be awarded:

i) Three points for a tie in a completed match, irrespective of the number of wickets taken.

ii) One point for a cancelled or abandoned match due to weather conditions.

7.3 All matches shall consist of 90 overs in Divisions 1, 2, 3, and 4 with each team batting 45 over. Overs not used in the first innings will NOT be used by the team batting second.

7.4 All matches shall start promptly at 1.00 p.m., with a tea interval between innings of 20 minutes.

7.5 In the event of rain, bad light or other conditions delaying the start of the match, the following shall apply:

Start delayed up to: 2.00 p.m. - 40 overs per side

3.00 p.m. - 30 overs per side

3.30 p.m. - 25 overs per side

This means that no match shall commence more than 2½ hours after the designated start time and the minimum permitted duration of any match shall be 25 overs per side.

7.5.1 In the event of rain, bad light or other conditions delaying the start of the match, the following shall apply:

15 minutes is allowed for stoppages for rain or bad light before any overs are lost. After 15 minutes has elapsed one over is deducted for each side for every 7 minutes lost. If after a maximum of 2½ hours after the designated start time the game has not started then the game shall be declared a 1 point draw.

7.5.2 In the event of rain, bad light or other conditions interrupting the first innings, the following shall apply:

15 minutes is allowed for stoppages for rain or bad light in each innings before any overs are lost. After 15 minutes has elapsed in the 1st innings, one over is deducted for each side for every 7 minutes lost. If after 4 hours 30minutes of the start time, a minimum of 20 overs of the first innings has not being reached (or cannot be reached based on over rate of three and a half minutes per over) then the game will be abandoned as a 1 point draw.

7.5.3 In the event of rain, bad light or other conditions interrupting the second innings, the following shall apply:

15 minutes is allowed for stoppages for rain or bad light in each innings before any overs are lost.

The team batting second will have their innings reduced by one over for every three and a half minutes of suspension, with a minimum innings of 20 overs. If the 21st over of the second innings is not reached the game will be abandoned as a 1 point draw.

The revised target score for the team batting second shall be calculated by multiplying the reduced number of overs, by the average number of runs per over scored by the team batting first. The calculation applies only when play is resumed after the suspension. Scores always based on rounding up to the next whole run. The number of wickets lost by any team is not a factor in calculating the run rates.

7.5.4 Bonus points for 75% or 7 wickets still remain available in a rain affected game.

7.5.5 The 15 minutes grace before losing over can only be used once, if one or more interruption happens in a game then at the second occurrence time is lost straight away.

  • Scenario 1 – rained off after 25 over of the second innings
  • First innings 45 overs scored 210 therefore a run rate of 4.6667
  • If after 25 overs of the second innings the team batting second were over a score of 117 the team batting second would win, if it were 116 or under the team batting first would win.

Scenario 2 – rain for only 10 overs (50 minutes) of the second innings

  • First innings 45 overs scored 210 therefore a run rate of 4.6667
  • If the second innings is interrupted at any point for rain for 10 overs then the revised chase would be 164 from 35 overs

Scenario 3 – rain for 85 minutes in the first innings and again a further 6 overs (21 minutes) in the second innings

  • Both teams have their innings reduced to 35 overs each.
  • First innings team score 170 from 35 over at a rate of 4.857
  • The second innings becomes further reduced to 29 overdue to the second rain delay therefore the target is 141 to win the game.

7.6 For the purpose of Rule 7.2, a match is not considered as interfered with by weather or light if the full 90 overs, or the reduced overs originally agreed, are bowled.

7.7 Any time lost at the commencement or after the interval shall be made up if this is not due to interference by weather or light.

7.8 The toss shall be made 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. In the event of a team not being ready to take the field at the time of the toss i.e. with fewer than 6 players ready, then the toss shall be claimed as of right by their opponents. From 1.05 p.m. for every 5 minutes lost due to a team having fewer than 6 players ready to start the match, a penalty of 5 runs will be awarded to the opponents.

7.9 No player arriving after 2.30 p.m. for any League Championship match shall be permitted to take part in the match as either bowler or batsmen, but may field. No batting or bowling restriction will apply to any player arriving before 2.30pm.

7.10 Reduced bowling restrictions will only be applied in games affected by rain before the game.

No bowler shall be permitted to bowl more than:

12 overs in a 90 over match;

11 overs in an 80-89 over match;

10 overs in a 70-79 over match;

9 overs in a 60-69 over match;

8 overs in a 50-59 over match.

7.11 If, for any reason, a bowler is unable to complete an over another bowler shall complete the over from the same end, provided that they do not bowl two overs, or parts thereof, consecutively. The part over shall count as an over towards both bowlers’ maximum allocation.

7.12 Teams must bowl their overs at a rate no less than 16 overs per hour in all Division One and Two games. Failure to achieve this will result in a fine of £25. Umpires have the right to penalise a team 5 penalty runs for continually and repetitively slowing the game when batting or fielding.

8. RULES APPLYING TO THE SUNDAY CUP COMPETITIONS

8.1 Matches shall be played on Sundays and shall start promptly at 1.00 p.m for Fred Fleetwood Cup and 2.00pm for Hare Cup, with a tea interval between innings of 20 minutes.

8.2 Each innings shall consist of 40 overs unless a side is dismissed or declares. The side batting second will not be credited with any unused overs from the first innings.

8.3 In the event of rain, bad light or other conditions delaying the start of the match the following shall apply:

Start delayed up to: 2.00 p.m. - 40 overs per side

3.00 p.m. - 30 overs per side

3.30 p.m. - 25 overs per side

This means that no match shall commence more than 2½ hours after the designated start time and the minimum permitted duration of any match shall be 25 overs per side.

8.4 The toss shall be made 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. In the event of a team not being ready to take the field at the time of the toss i.e. with fewer than 6 players ready, then the toss shall be claimed as of right by their opponents.

8.5 No player arriving after 2.30 p.m. shall be permitted to take part in the match as either bowler or batsman, but may field.

8.6 No bowler shall be permitted to bowl more than:

  • 8 overs in a 40 overs per side match;
  • 6 overs in a 30 overs per side match;
  • 5 overs in a 25 overs per side match.

8.7 If, for any reason, a bowler is unable to complete an over another bowler shall complete the over from the same end, provided that they do not bowl two overs, or parts thereof, consecutively. The part over shall count as an over towards both bowlers’ maximum allocation.

8.8 Umpires are required to apply a strict and consistent interpretation of Law 25.1 in the Laws of Cricket in order to prevent negative leg side bowling.

8.9 In order for a result to be achieved both side must have been entitled to bat the same number of overs. The side scoring the most runs in the allotted period shall be the winners.

8.10 Should the match result in tied scores the side losing the fewest wickets shall be declared the winner. In the event of the wickets being equal the match shall be decided by a bowl out. This will initially involve five players from each side who will bowl two overarm deliveries each. The side which bowls down the wicket the most times shall be the winner. Thereafter, if the scores are equal, the same players will bowl one ball each alternately to achieve a result on a ‘sudden death’ basis.

8.11 Any match unable to be played to a conclusion shall be rescheduled to the reserve date for that round, subject to confirmation by the Senior Fixture Secretary.

8.12 If a result is not achieved in any match rescheduled under Rule 8.11 it must be decided by a bowl out (as described in Rule 8.10) or, where this is not possible, by the toss of a coin.

9. RULES APPLYING TO THE EVENING CUP COMPETITIONS

9.1 All matches, apart from the finals which shall be played on a Sunday, shall be played on Tuesdays and shall start promptly at 6.30 p.m., with an interval between innings of 10 minutes.

9.2 Each innings shall consist of 20 overs unless a side is dismissed or declares. The side batting second will not be credited with any unused overs from the first innings.

9.3 In the event of rain, bad light or other conditions delaying the start of the match the following shall apply:

Start delayed up to: 7.00 p.m. - 18 overs per side

7.15 p.m. - 15 overs per side

7.45p.m. - 10 overs per side

This means that no match shall commence more than 1¼ hours after the designated start time and the minimum permitted duration of any match shall be 10 overs per side.

9.4 The toss shall be made 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. In the event of a team not being ready to take the field at the time of the toss i.e. with fewer than 6 players ready,then the toss shall be claimed as of right by their opponents.

9.5 No player arriving after 7.00 p.m. shall be permitted to take part in the match as either bowler or batsman, but may field.

9.6 No bowler shall be permitted to bowl more than:

  • 4 overs in a 20 overs per side match;
  • 4 overs in an 18 overs per side match;
  • 3 overs in a 15 overs per side match;
  • 2 overs in a 10 overs per side match.

9.7 If, for any reason, a bowler is unable to complete an over another bowler shall complete the over from the same end, provided that they do not bowl two overs, or parts thereof, consecutively. The part over shall count as an over towards both bowlers’ maximum allocation.

9.8 The bowlers' run ups shall be restricted to 12 yards, which must be marked on the outfield. Any bowler bowling from beyond that line shall be deemed to have bowled a no ball.

9.9 Umpires are required to apply a strict and consistent interpretation of Law 25.1 in the Laws of Cricket in order to prevent negative leg side bowling.

9.10 In order for a result to be achieved both side must have been entitled to bat the same number of overs. The side scoring the most runs in the allotted period shall be the winners.

9.11 Should the match result in tied scores the side losing the fewest wickets shall be declared the winner. In the event of the wickets being equal the match shall be decided by a bowl out. This will initially involve five players from each side who will bowl two overarm deliveries each. The side which bowls down the wicket the most times shall be the winner. Thereafter, if the scores are equal, the same players will bowl one ball each alternately to achieve a result on a ‘sudden death’ basis.

9.12 Any match unable to be played to a conclusion shall be rescheduled to the reserve date for that round, subject to confirmation by the Senior Fixture Secretary.

9.13 If a result is not achieved in any match rescheduled under Rule 9.12 it must be decided by a bowl out (as described in Rule 9.11) or, where this is not possible, by the toss of a coin.

10. MATCH RESULTS & MATCH RETURNS

MATCH RESULTS

Divisions 1 & 2 and Fred Fleetwood Cup Matches

10.1 NOTE - New for 2016 - CLUBS NO LONGER REQUIRED TO TELEPHONE RESULTS IN FOR DIVISION 1 & 2 and FRED FLEETWOOD CUP MATCHES.

Divisions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Fred Fleetwood Cup, Hare Cup, Senior Evening Cup and Reserve Evening Cup Matches

10.2 Match results for Divisions One, Two, Three, Four and Five, Fred Fleetwood Cup, Hare Cup, Senior Evening Cup and Reserve Evening Cup matches (completed, abandoned or cancelled) must be entered in to the 'Initial Senior Match Result' area of the Wetherby League website (www.wetherbyleague.co.uk) by the home club by 11.59 p.m. on the day of the match. If a match is played at a neutral venue then it is the responsibility of the designated home team or, in a cup final, the first drawn team to submit the match result.

MATCH RETURNS

Divisions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Fred Fleetwood Cup, Hare Cup, Senior Evening Cup and Reserve Evening Cup Matches

10.3i Match returns for all League Championship and Cup matches (completed or abandoned) must be entered in to the 'Full Senior Match Return' area of the Wetherby League website (www.wetherbyleague.co.uk) by the home club no later than 11:59 p.m. on the second day following the match i.e. for Saturday matches by 11.59 p.m. on Monday; for Sunday matches by 11.59 p.m. on Tuesday and for Tuesday matches by 11.59 p.m. on Thursday. If a match is played at a neutral venue then it is the responsibility of the designated home team or, in a cup final, the first drawn team to submit the match return.

10.3ii Teams failing to complete the match scorecard accurately will be find £10 per match return. This will be applied at the discretion of the SCC.

GROUND MARKINGS

NEW FOR 2016 - ALL DIVISIONS – League Championship matches only

10.4(i) After the game, Away captains shall provide a marking on the League website for the Home club's Pitch, Outfield, Facilities and Scoring Facilities, and indicate whether covers and sight-screens were available. When games are played at neutral grounds no ground markings are required.

10.4(ii) After the game, both captains are required to provide a Sportsmanship marking for the opposition team on the match return

10.5 When a match is cancelled with no play having been possible then no match return should be submitted. No players shall be credited with an appearance for that match in relation to qualification for future League and Cup matches.

10.6 Any club failing to comply with any part of Rules 10.1 - 10.3 shall be fined the sum of £25 for each individual breach. Any club failing to comply with Rule 10.3(i) shall be fined the sum of £10.00.

10.7 Any club who is found to be in breach of any part of Rule 10 on more than four occasions in any one season shall be reported to the Senior Cricket Committee and may be subject to disciplinary action.

MISCELLANEOUS REGULATIONS

11. UMPIRES

11.1 The appointment of Umpires for all matches shall rest with the Wetherby Association of Cricket Officials (WACO).

11.2 Umpires shall be encouraged to be qualified members of the England & Wales Cricket Board Association of Cricket Officials (ECBACO) and encouraged to complete and pass ECBACO courses and examinations.

11.3 Umpires officiating in the League senior or junior Cup competition finals and in senior or junior representative matches on behalf of the League must be graded members of the ECBACO.

11.4 Umpires must be at the ground to which they have been appointed no later than thirty minutes before the start of play.

11.5 In the event of the appointed League Umpires failing to attend, or if no appointments were made, the respective Captains shall each nominate their own Umpire. Should one Umpire fail to attend, a substitute may be nominated with the agreement of both Captains, or the Captains may request the League appointed Umpire to stand at both ends. Umpires nominated by the Captains shall have the full authority of a League Umpire in that particular match.

11.6 Remuneration of WACO appointed Umpires for League Championship and Sunday Cup matches shall be £35.00 each per match, the cost to be shared equally by both clubs. Should an Umpire stand at both ends then their remuneration shall be £50.00, the cost to be shared equally between both clubs.

11.7 Remuneration of WACO appointed Umpires for Evening Cup matches shall be £15.00 each per match, the cost to be shared equally by both clubs. Should an Umpire stand at both ends then their remuneration shall be £20.00, the cost to be shared equally between both clubs.

11.8 WACO appointed Umpires, if they attend, shall be paid £10.00 even though a ball is not bowled.

11.9 Remuneration of WACO appointed Umpires who are required to stand at both ends for junior Under 17 matches or junior Cup finals shall be £16.00, the cost to be shared equally between both clubs. Where two WACO Umpires are appointed to stand in junior Cup finals, remuneration shall be £15.00 each, the cost to be shared equally between both clubs.

11.10 Umpires must be paid no later than the end of the interval.

11.11 Umpires are to apply a strict interpretation in regard to slow play.

11.12 Umpires must report within 3 days to the Head of Discipline any person, whether participating in the match or not, whose language or conduct before, during or after the match shall have been objectionable, ungentlemanly or considered likely to bring the club, the League or the game of cricket into disrepute. The Disciplinary Committee shall ensure that appropriate disciplinary action has been taken by the relevant club and will, where considered necessary, apply its own additional sanctions.

11.13 After a match has been completed the Umpires shall immediately check and compare the totals of the score books and shall sign them certifying that they appear to have recorded the true scores, also stating starting, interval and finishing times of the match.

11.14 There shall be no appeal against a decision given by any Umpire except in regard to the interpretation of the current edition of the Laws of Cricket as issued by the MCC.

12. CLUB OFFICIALS

12.1 Clubs shall enter a list of all their officials for the coming season in the 'Club Details' area of the Wetherby League website (www.wetherbyleague.co.uk) no later than 31st December. A fine of £25 will be levied in the event of non-compliance. If necessary, clubs should hold their Annual General Meeting before this date to enable a full list to be submitted.

13. FINES

13.1 All fines shall be payable to the Finance Secretary and are due for settlement within one calendar month of the date of notification.

13.2 Where any fine remains unpaid after expiry of the stipulated settlement date, a further fine of the sum of £25 will automatically be levied without notice, for each settlement period, or part thereof, that the original fine remains outstanding.

13.3 In the event of any club being fined under any rule and it withdrawing from the League without paying such fines, the club's £100 League admission fee and any relevant bond shall be forfeit. The members of such club shall also be suspended from taking part in the League, or with any other club in the League, for such time as the Board may think fit. A player attached to such a club may be reinstated on payment of an agreed portion of such outstanding fines.

14. OBJECTIONS OR APPEALS

(Note: these provisions apply to both senior and junior cricket and disputes should be sent to the appropriate Cricket Secretary)

14.1 Objections or appeals by clubs must be made in writing and be signed by the club Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer. Prior notification may be made by email but a signed, hard copy of the objection or appeal must be received by the Senior / Junior Cricket Secretary, accompanied by a deposit of £25, no later than seven days from:

the date of any event giving rise to such objection, or

the notification date of any fine/ penalty issued by the Finance Committee, or

the notification date of any decision issued by the Senior or Junior Cricket Committees.

Where another club or an individual is the subject of any objection, a copy must also be sent to the Secretary of the club or to the individual at the same time as the Senior / Junior Cricket Secretary.

14.2 Any club lodging an objection or appeal and later wishing to withdraw it may do so on forfeiture of its deposit. Notice of such withdrawal must be made in writing to the Senior / Junior Cricket Secretary and a copy must also be forwarded to the Secretary of the club or the individual involved.

14.3 Objections and appeals shall, as far as possible, be heard within fourteen days of receipt by the Senior / Junior Cricket Secretary. All clubs, individuals or sub-committees involved shall be invited to the hearing and given at least seven days' notice of the date, time and venue. This notice period may be reduced by the mutual agreement of all parties concerned.

14.4 Objections and appeals shall be heard by an appropriate panel consisting of a minimum of three members, none of whom shall have a personal interest in the matter under investigation or in any person(s) or club(s) connected thereto. This includes any club(s) or individual(s) that might directly gain from the outcome and will exclude anyone connected to the decision under dispute. Outcomes shall be decided by majority vote, with the Chairman of the panel having a casting vote.

14.5 Appeals against decisions issued by the Finance Committee shall be heard by an appropriate panel selected by, and under the authority of, the Senior or Junior Cricket Committee, whichever having jurisdiction. The outcome decision of the Senior or Junior Cricket Committee shall, in these circumstances and in accordance with the provisions of Rule 14.1, carry a further right of appeal to the Disciplinary Committee.

14.6 Appeals against decisions issued by the Senior and Junior Cricket Committees shall be heard by the Disciplinary Committee. Under these specific circumstances, there shall be no right of appeal against the Disciplinary Committee's decision by any individual, club or sub-committee.

14.7 The Disciplinary Committee shall, in the first instance, always deal with issues connected to disciplinary matters in terms of behaviour alleged to be in breach of the spirit of the game. Should a club or individual wish to appeal that decision in line with the provisions of Rule 14.1, representatives of the Management Board will hear that appeal.

14.8 The Management Board has the right to overrule any decision made by any sub-committee as part of an objection or appeal and the Board's decision shall be final.

15. INDIVIDUAL AWARDS & TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP AWARDS

15.1 Individual trophies shall be awarded, in respect of performances in League Championship matches only, for:

the best batting average in each division

the best bowling average in each division

the best all rounder in Divisions 1 & 2 inclusive

the best all rounder in Divisions 3 – 5 inclusive

the best first team wicket keeper

the best reserve team wicket keeper

15.2 Qualifications shall be ten innings and two hundred and fifty runs for batsmen and twenty five wickets for bowlers. Wicket keeper awards shall be determined on the basis of most victims (stumpings and catches).

15.3 The qualifications for the all rounder awards are ten innings and two hundred and fifty runs and twenty five wickets. In the event of no one achieving this, the qualification will be reduced to eight innings and two hundred runs and twenty wickets.

15.4 As part of the Match Return Teams can be nominated for the “Team Sportsmanship Award”

16. TROPHIES

16.1 The League trophies are listed in Appendix B. All trophies shall be insured by the Treasurer in the name of the League.

16.2 After presentation of any trophy, the winning club shall immediately forward a receipt for the same to the relevant Cup Secretary. Such receipt shall be considered a guarantee of the safe custody and return of the trophy.

16.3 All senior trophies shall be held by the winning clubs or individuals until 30th June, unless required earlier by the League. All junior trophies shall be held by the winning clubs or individuals until 31st May, unless required earlier by the League.

16.4 Trophies shall be returned to the relevant Cup Secretary and it is the responsibility of the club Secretary to ensure this, whether they are club trophies or individual trophies won by a player of that club. Any club failing to meet the above dates will be fined £25 per trophy not so returned. Clubs are at liberty to return trophies at an earlier date, by prior arrangement with the relevant Cup Secretary. All trophies are to be returned in a clean and acceptable condition.

16.5 Clubs will be responsible for the engraving and cost thereof of any trophies won by them or by individual members. In the event of non-compliance the League, through the relevant Cup Secretary, shall undertake any necessary engraving and such costs as have been incurred shall be recovered from the defaulting club.

16.6 Clubs will be responsible for the safe keeping of any trophies won by them or by individual members. In the event of damage the League, through the relevant Cup Secretary, shall undertake any necessary repairs and such costs as have been incurred shall be recovered from the defaulting club.

17. USE OF CLUB GROUNDS BY THE LEAGUE

17.1 The League shall have the right to call upon any club to place its ground at the disposal of the League for the purpose of staging Cup Finals or any League representative match, senior or junior.

17.2 Where this requirement entails a clash of fixtures, clubs shall rearrange with the agreement of the Senior Fixture Secretary.

17.3 For senior Cup Finals and League representative matches, the League shall pay the sum of £50 to the club for the preparation and use of the ground and, where teas are required, £50 for providing no less than thirty teas for the teams, match officials and League officials. Teas for Umpires and Scorers must be available immediately at the start of the tea interval and, where possible, set aside to avoid delay.

17.4 It shall be the prerogative of the club providing the ground to keep all proceeds from the sales of refreshments.

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