Playing Conditions 2018

Divisions 1 and 2, 1st XI's

2018 changes marked in red

All Matches

These Playing Conditions are in addition to the League Constitution.

1. ELIGIBILITY OF PLAYERS

1 (a) KENT CCC PROFESSIONALS

1.1 All players contracted to Kent County Cricket Club shall normally be affiliated to a Kent League Club.

1.2  Division 1 Clubs may register a maximum of two Category 2 players in any season, save that 'home grown' players may be registered as Exempt Category 2 players. Division 2 Clubs may only register category 2 players who are “home grown” and only up to a maximum of two.

1.3 The definition of 'home grown' shall be a player who is an active playing member of that Club when he is first offered and accepts professional terms by Kent County Cricket Club.

1.4 Should Category 2 players not have an affiliation with a Club, the matter will be resolved by the Coach of Kent County Cricket Club or his nominee.

1.5 A 'home grown' player may be registered with another Club at the discretion of the Management Committee, provided that such re-registration is consistent with enhancing the overall standard of the League.

1 (b) INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS

Paragraph 17.15 of the Constitution will not apply in Division 1 and Division 2 1st XI fixtures subject to the following requirements which are additional to and in the event of conflict override all other eligibility requirements:

a) no more than one player as defined in 17.15 may be registered each year and

b) a player as defined in 17.15 must be registered before 20 April each year and

c) the written consent of the player to his registration must be received by 20 April each year and

d) the player must play for the club in a league fixture on or before 31 May each year and

e) no other Category 3 player who has played in a Division 1 or Division 2 1st XI fixture in that year may play for the club in any division of the SNKCL or other league in the same round of matches as a player as defined in 17.15.

2. PITCHES AND GROUNDS

2.1 Clubs must abide by instructions as to the preparation, rolling, cutting and general care of pitches and grounds that may be issued by the Management Committee from time to time.

2.2 The home team are responsible for ensuring that pitches are covered during any rain interruption and during intervals if there is rain or the threat of rain. The home team must therefore have covers available that are fit for the purpose, and must put them on should either the umpires or the away team so request. In the event that the home team consider such a request to be unreasonable, the umpires shall be the sole arbiters. Failure to comply with this regulation will incur a penalty of ten points deducted. (See the Guidelines on Pitches and Grounds).

3. UMPIRES AND SCORERS

3.1 There shall be a Kent Premier League Umpires Panel and be responsible to the Management Committee. The sub-committee will organise the umpiring of all matches in Division 1 and 2, 1st XI, and in such other Divisions as the Management Committee may from time to time specify.

3.2 Clubs will be required to complete and return assessment report forms on the umpires and other matters, according to instructions specified from time to time by the Management Committee.

3.3 Each Club must provide a scorer for each match. A side that fails to provide a scorer shall ensure that they nominate two people to 'man' the scorebox, or scoring table, throughout the innings of their own side.

4. TEAM SHEETS

4.1 Teams shall submit a team sheet to the umpires, including the dates of birth of all players under the age of 19 as at the preceding 31 August, half an hour before the start of play. Law 1.2 refers.

5. DISCIPLINE

5.1 Clubs undertake to abide by the Voluntary Code of Conduct.

5.2 Should there be any apparent conflict between the League Constitution, Code of Conduct and playing conditions, the League Constitution shall prevail.

6. CONDUCT AND BREACHES OF THE CONSTITUTION

6.1 The Management Committee shall have the power to take appropriate action against individuals or member clubs in the event of misconduct or breaches of either the Constitution or the Playing Conditions of the League.

6.2 These powers shall include, but shall not be limited to, the imposition of fines, the suspension of players, the deduction of points, the awarding of matches to the opposition, and the relegation of an offending Club.

7. COLTS SECTIONS

7.1 It is a requirement of membership of Division 1 and Division 2 that Clubs run a Colts section, and that it is of a quality and level of organisation commensurate with one of the top Clubs in the country.

7.2 Clubs must provide coaching and matches for junior players in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the Management Committee from time to time.

8. THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

8.1 It is a fundamental condition of membership of the Premier League that Clubs endorse the unfettered jurisdiction of the Management Committee with regard to inter alia grounds, pitches and facilities, and accept without reservation that their decisions are binding and not subject to appeal.

PLAYING CONDITIONS 2018 - DIVISION 1 AND DIVISION 2, 1st XI MATCHES

These Playing Conditions are in addition to the League Constitution and Playing Conditions for all matches.

1. HOURS AND CONDITIONS OF PLAY

1.1 Matches shall commence at 12.00 Noon.

1.2 The normal duration of play shall be 100 overs.

1.3 The side batting first shall occupy not more than 50 overs, or half the overs in a rain reduced match.

1.4 The side batting second shall occupy no more than 50 overs, or half the overs in a rain reduced match. For the avoidance of doubt, the side batting second does not receive any overs unused by the side batting first.

1.5 Two new balls as specified by the Management Committee shall be used for each match.

1.6 One new ball shall be taken at the start of each innings.

1.7 There shall be a tea interval of 30 minutes which, unless the captains agree otherwise, shall normally take place between innings. Drinks intervals to be agreed before the start of each match.

1.8 In the event of a delayed start due to adverse playing conditions, no overs shall be deducted for the first 30 minutes. Thereafter, the match shall be reduced in length by two overs for every six minutes lost. The side batting first shall occupy not more than half the total overs.

1.9 No match may start later than four hours after the appointed start time, nor be reduced to fewer than 40 overs.

1.10 No match, once started, shall be reduced in length.

1.11 A match in which a definite result is not achieved, and in which fewer than 40 overs are completed, shall be deemed to be abandoned.

1.12 A match in which a definite result is not achieved, and the agreed number of overs have not been completed, but in which a minimum of 40 overs have been bowled, shall be an incomplete match.

1.13 In the event of an interruption in play, the final hour shall commence at 7.00 pm from which time a minimum of 16 overs shall be bowled. For matches starting after 15th August, the time 6.15 pm should be read.

1.14 In the event of interference by weather or bad light in the last hour of play (as defined in 1.13), one over shall be deducted for each three minutes, or fraction thereof, that is lost. Before the recommencement of play, the umpires shall indicate to the scorers and players the minimum number of overs to be bowled.

1.15 Umpires shall call the last over of each innings in such a way as to be understood by the batsmen, the captain of the fielding side, and the scorers.

1.16 Prior to the commencement of the final over of the match, the umpires shall confirm the score and indicate clearly to the batsmen and the captain of the fielding side the number of runs required to win.

1.17 If, during the match, a bowler is unable to complete an over for any reason, the remaining balls shall be completed by another member of the fielding side. Such part of an over will count as a full over only in so far as each bowlers limit is concerned. No bowler may bowl two consecutive overs or part overs.

1.18 At no point during an innings may the fielding side place more than five players on the leg side at the instant of delivery. In the event of an infringement, the square leg umpire shall call 'No Ball'.

1.19 Power Plays and Restrictions on the placement of fieldsmen

In addition to the restriction contained in clause 1.18 above, further fielding restrictions shall apply to certain overs in each innings. The nature of such fielding restrictions and the overs during which they shall apply are set out in the following paragraphs.

The following fielding restrictions shall apply:

Two semi-circles shall be drawn on the field of play. The semi-circles shall have as their centre the middle stump at either end of the pitch. The radius of each of the semi-circles shall be 30 yards (27.43 metres). The semi-circles shall be linked by two parallel straight lines drawn on the field.

At the instant of delivery:

a) Powerplay 1 - no more than two (2) fieldsmen shall be permitted outside this fielding restriction area. In an innings of 50 overs, these are overs 1 to 10 inclusive.

b) Powerplay 2 - no more than four (4) fieldsmen shall be permitted outside this fielding restriction area. In an innings of 50 overs, these are overs 11 to 40 inclusive

c) Powerplay 3 - no more than five (5) fieldsmen shall be permitted outside this fielding restriction area. In an innings of 50 overs, these are overs 41 to 50 inclusive

In circumstances when the number of overs of the match is reduced, the number of overs within each phase of the innings shall be reduced in accordance with the table below. For the sake of clarity, it should be noted that the table shall apply to both the 1st and 2nd innings of the match.

Innings duration

Powerplay 1

Powerplay 2

Powerplay 3

20

4

12

4

21

4

13

4

22

5

13

4

23

5

14

4

24

5

14

5

25

5

15

5

26

5

16

5

27

6

16

5

28

6

17

5

29

6

17

6

30

6

18

6

31

6

19

6

32

7

19

6

33

7

20

6

34

7

20

7

35

7

21

7

36

7

22

7

37

8

22

7

38

8

23

7

39

8

23

8

40

8

24

8

41

8

25

8

42

9

25

8

43

9

26

8

44

9

26

9

45

9

27

9

46

9

28

9

47

10

28

9

48

10

29

9

49

10

29

10

At the commencement of the middle and final phases of an innings, the umpire shall signal such commencement to the scorers by rotating his arm in a large circle.

In the event of an infringement of any of the above fielding restrictions, the square leg umpire shall call and signal ‘No Ball’.

1.20 The fielding circle shall be marked with painted white dots at 5 yard intervals, each dot to be covered by a white plastic or rubber (not metal) disc measuring seven inches in diameter. It is the responsibility of the home team to ensure that the discs are in place prior to the start of the match.

1.21 - No balls. In the event of any no ball the batsman will have a 'free hit' from the following delivery. The batsman may not be dismissed in any way from this delivery, apart from run out, obstructing the field, hit the ball twice or handling the ball, even if the delivery is called a wide. If the 'free hit' delivery is called a wide the delivery is then bowled again as a 'free hit'. Field changes are not permitted for 'free hit' deliveries unless there is a change of striker (fielding restrictions as in 1.19 shall apply). The umpires will signal a 'free hit' (after the normal no ball signal) by extending one arm straight upwards and moving it in a circular motion.

1.22 Abandoned Matches. In advance of the scheduled start time, no match may be abandoned without the prior consent of the captain of the away team, who shall have the right to inspect the ground before reaching a decision, if he so chooses. A home team abandoning a match without the consent of the opposing captain shall be deemed to have forfeited the match to the away team. The home captain must use their best endeavours to contact the away Captain or, in his absence or captain unknown, MUST contact a member of the Committee of that away club to obtain in his contact details. Should the home team seek to abandon the match because they consider conditions to be unfit for play, but the captain of the away team disagrees, the umpires shall have the power to overrule the home team if in their view the conditions are clearly fit for play. Once a match has commenced, the Laws of Cricket and the rules of the League shall apply.

1.23 Teams are required to adhere strictly to the ECB Fast Bowling Directives, ECB Fielding Directives and the ECB Helmet Safety Directives.

1.24 The restriction on bowlers running down the pitch shall be 5 feet in front and parallel with the popping crease and 1 foot either side of the centre stumps from end to end.

1.25 No bowler may bowl more than 10 overs in any one innings. In a rain reduced match, in each innings, no bowler may bowl more than one-fifth of the total overs allowed. Where the total overs of an innings is not divisible by 5, one additional over shall be allowed to the maximum number per bowler necessary to make up the balance.

1.26 Bats of Grade A, B and C may be used.

2. SCORING OF POINTS

2.1 The side scoring the highest number of runs in their innings will be awarded eighteen points for a win.

2.2 In a match where the sides finish with equal scores (a tie), ten points shall be awarded to each side.

2.3 The side scoring fewest runs in a match, one bonus point will be awarded for achieving each of the following targets: 150 runs, 175 runs, 200 runs, 225 runs and 3 wickets taken , 5 wickets taken , 7 wickets taken, 9 wickets taken.

2.4 However, sides that receive points for a win or a tie shall not receive bonus points.

2.5 In the event of a match being abandoned, each side shall receive eight points.

2.6 In the event of an incomplete match (as defined in 1.12), each side shall receive six points, plus any bonus points they have earned in the course of the match.

2.7 In the event of a delayed start reducing the total number of overs in a match, the thresholds for batting bonus points shall be pro-rated according to the number of overs available.

2.8 Forfeiture of a match shall be deemed to be a breach of conduct by the offending Club. In the event of a team failing to fulfil a fixture, the following minimum penalties will apply: i) They will be deemed to have lost the match and will receive no points. ii) A further 20 points will be deducted from their total for the season. iii) A fine of £50 shall be payable to the League. iv) The offending Club will be liable for any expenses incurred by the other Club involved.

2.9 Where a side fails to fulfil a fixture, their opponents shall be awarded seventeen points.

3. OVER RATES

3.1 The required over rate is 16 overs per hour.

(a) It is within the Spirit of the Game for the umpires to advise Captains when they are falling behind the required over rate, and in addition to advise them at the close of play if points are to be deducted. Failure by the Umpires to comply with this clause shall not invalidate the deduction of points.

3.2 A side that fails to meet the required rate over the course of each innings will have points deducted (subject to 3.5) as follows:

Less than 16 overs/hour 1 Point

Less than 15 overs/hour 2 Points

Less than 14 overs/hour 3 Points Less than 13 overs/hour 4 Points

Less than 12 overs/hour 5 Points

Note: Overs calculation = overs bowled divided by net minutes of play, times 60.

3.3 A side bowling the opposition out within 3 hours and 10 minutes will not be subject to any penalties.

3.4 In matches reduced in length at the start, the time allowed under 3.3 will be pro rated to the number of overs available for that match divided by 32.

3.5 The umpires shall have the power to make allowance for time lost during an innings (including time wasting by the batting side) and to deduct such allowances from the total time taken to complete the innings before calculating the over rate. The umpire at the bowling end will inform the fielding captain, the batsmen and his fellow umpire of any time allowances as and when they arise. The allowances shall not be subject to retrospective negotiation.

3.6 A side cannot return a negative value in points in a match. In any such cases the return will be 0 points.

4. WIDES

4.1 Umpires shall interpret the Law relating to wide deliveries in the context of whether the batsman has a reasonable opportunity of playing the ball. In addition, any ball passing behind a batsman on the leg side will be deemed a wide delivery. Wides will incur a penalty of one run plus any extras scored. As a guidance for umpires for off-side wides a line shall be marked at both ends on both sides of the wicket, 17" (43.18 cm) from and parallel to the return crease, from the popping crease to the bowling crease.

5. DANGEROUS AND UNFAIR BOWLING

A bowler shall be limited to a total of one fast short pitched ball per over. The umpire at the bowler’s end will make it clear to the bowler and the batsmen at the wicket when a delivery within this limit is bowled. It is unfair if the limit is exceeded and the umpire shall call and signal No ball on each such occasion. In addition the umpire will adopt the procedures of Law 41.6.3 to 41.6.5. Any high full pitch ball (regardless of its pace) which passes or would have passed above waist height of the striker standing upright at the crease shall be called and signalled No ball by the umpire at the bowler’s end. In addition, if the high full pitched ball is fast, it shall be deemed dangerous and unfair and the umpire at the bowler’s end, in addition to the call and signal of No ball, will adopt the warning and action sequence procedures of Law 41.7.