16 Teams will form 4 groups. They will play each other once. 3 points awarded for a win, 2 points for a tie and 1 point for an abandoned or uncompleted match. In the event of two or more teams in a division having the same number of points, the net run rate per wicket of each team and its opponents shall decide the issue.
Fixtures will be given a play by date which is to be used as a guide.
All fixtures are to be completed by the final play-by date.
Once the Group Stage is completed, Eight teams will enter the Play-Off stage. These will be the top to teams from each group. This will be an open draw with the following caveats:
1. Group winners will be dran at home.
2. A team may not be drawn against a team that they have previously played. This Draw will take place on 23rd August.
Quarter Finals will be completed before the 31st August.
A Finals Day will be organised for the Four Quarter Finals Winners.
T20 Matches will be played as per the ECB T20 playing conditions (click link)
- Matches should be played with a Pink Cricket Ball. These can be ordered from Readers or via Supersports.
- If teams have a Coloured Kit they are entitled to wear it, All 11 players on the team must be dressed in the same kit choice.
As per the ECB T20 Rules, Each side must face a minimum of 5 overs. (Unless the team batting second has won the game in fewer). Duckworth Lewis will be used with a G50 score of 200 if a game is interrupted after it has started.
It is the responsibility of the host club to make sure that the Play-Cricket Scoring ‘ App is available and that the ‘Par Score’ is clearly displayed on the scoreboard during the 2nd Innings prior to each over starting.
Both Teams/Umpires/Scorers need to familiarise themselves with how the ‘App’ works in the event of rain delays.
- A 1 minute ‘hygiene break’ will be called by the umpire every 6 overs or 20 minutes whichever is sooner, during which all participants should clean their hands using a suitable sanitiser and the Fielding Captain should clean the ball with an anti-bacterial wipe (conforming to BS EN 14476). Such action should also take place at any drinks break.
- No sweat or saliva is to be applied to the ball at anytime.
- Batters must run in distinct lines to ensure they are not within 2m of the bowler or other batter. To assist this process lines will be marked on the square either side of the wicket square to the popping crease, 2m from the edge of the wicket.
- Batters should sanitise their bat when leaving the field of play and wicket keepers their gloves.
Law 41 will be applied in full with the addition of the following regarding Dangerous and Unfair Bowling
In addition to Law 41.6 the following regulations shall apply:
- Any delivery, after pitching, which is clearly over the head of the striker standing upright at the crease, will be called No Ball. (Law 21.10)
- A bowler shall be limited to one fast short pitched ball per over. (The Umpire at the bowler's end shall make it clear to both the bowler and the batsman when such a delivery has been bowled).
- A fast short pitched ball is defined as a ball which passes or would have passed above the shoulder of the batsman standing upright in the crease.
If this limit is exceeded the Umpire at the bowler's end shall call and signal "No Ball" on each occasion.
- If the bowler exceeds his limit of short pitched deliveries in an over not only must the Umpire call "No Ball" but he must invoke the procedures of Law 41.6 in regard to cautioning the bowler indicating that this is a first and final warning.
- If a bowler is "No Balled" a second time in the innings for the same offence the Umpire shall direct the captain of the fielding side to suspend the bowler immediately from bowling.
- The side with the highest aggregate score will be the winners.
- If the scores are equal at the end of the match the game will be a tie 2 points each. Number of wickets will not be used to decide on a winner.
Additional Specific Covid Guidance
- Players must maintain social distancing at all times. This is 2 metres except in the case of wicket keepers standing up to the stumps and the distance between slip fielders. when 1m+ Is permitted
- The ball must be returned direct to the bowler either on the full or rolled along the ground. It should not be passed around the field.
- The umpires will not collect the ball at the fall of a wicket or at any breaks; instead the ball will be returned to the base of the stumps.
- Only umpires should replace bails and remake the wicket including after any attempted stumpings or run outs.
- Bowlers when returning to their mark should maintain social distancing when passing the umpire.
- Bowlers should maintain social distancing when making any appeals.
- Umpires will not hold any players equipment this should be placed at least 1 metre beyond the boundary.
Any breach of the Covid guidelines during play will result in a first and final warning under Law 41. Any subsequent breach will result in the award of 5 penalty runs.
A player intentionally moving within 1 metre of anyone else for non-cricketing purposes will be treated as a Law 42 Level 3 offence (Removal from the field for 1/5th of the allocated overs at the start of the innings 40 overs game = 8 overs)
A player intentionally spitting or coughing at and within 2 metres of, another person will be treated as a Law 42 Level 4 offence (Offending player to be removed for the remainder of the game)
In the event of any disagreement, the decision of the (Northern League and Palace Shield Chairmen) shall be final.