Under 17s


Under 17 Competition – Sponsored by Bill Monitor – Duncan Cowburn

Junior players (BOYS) who attain the age of 17 years before 1st September of the year preceding the year in progress, will not be able to play in any round of the competition. Girls a year older are permitted to play in the U17 Competition. AGE GROUPS ARE BASED ON THE AGE OF A PLAYER AT MIDNIGHT ON 31st AUGUST, IN THE YEAR PRECEDING THE CURRENT SEASON.

League games shall consist of 20 x 6 ball overs per innings, with no bowler bowling more than 4 overs. Batsmen shall retire on reaching 50 runs and shall not be allowed to return.

Semi-finals and the Final will be games of 40 x 6 ball overs per innings, with no bowler bowling more than 8 overs and retirements shall NOT apply.
In a reduced overs game, the number of overs allowed per bowler shall be reduced pro rata (to the nearest whole number).
Clubs can use a Liverpool Competition, Northern League or Palace Shield stamped cricket ball in all 20 over matches, but the competition stamp must still be visible to allow the ball to be used.
In games of more than 20 overs a side, a new ball must be used (U17 Semi Finals and Final).

The fielding side shall provide the ball, which shall be approved by the Captains and Umpires, in all matches. The League will provide a new ball in all Finals in both innings.

The League will provide umpires for the Semi-Finals and the Final and will pay the fees for both umpires in Semi-Finals and the Final.

If scores are level at the end of either a Semi Final or Final, the winners will be decided by way of a bowl out, where all 11 players will bowl 1 legitimate delivery at a set of stumps, the team having the most hits will be the winners.

Regulations regarding the safety of batsmen applies in all matches. All batsmen must wear a helmet whilst batting and when wicket-keeping standing upto the wicket.


7 points will be awarded for a win,
6 points to each side with NO batting or bowling points being awarded in a tied game.
2 points to each side for any game not being played.
3 bowling bonus points are also awarded in any forfeited match (10 points in total, max).

Bonus points to be awarded after the completion of the first innings (20 overs or when a team is all out), in all INCOMPLETE GAMES where the game is not to be rearranged.

BOWLING points shall be available to both sides.

One point upon taking 3 wickets,
a SECOND on taking 5 wickets
and a THIRD one for taking 7 or more wickets.
No bowling points will be awarded in a tied game.

Teams BATTING first or second and losing shall be awarded
ONE batting point upon reaching a run rate of 3 runs per over (eg 60 runs in a 20 over innings),
a SECOND upon reaching 4 runs per over
and a THIRD upon reaching 5 runs per over.
No batting points will be awarded to either side in a TIED game.

Following the completion of a match, the WINNING TEAM is responsible for entering the result of the game on the website and must enter a full scorecard as well. Scorecards are required for ALL age groups. The result to be recorded within 24 hours on the website www.palaceshieldresults.co.uk and scores also to be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A full scorecard must be on the website within 7 days of the game having been played; any winning club that fails to do so to be fined £10 for each missing scorecard.

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