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General Knock Out Cup Competition Rules


1. The League Secretary is the single point of contact in all matters relating to cup competitions.

2. The cup structure is:

a. The Charity Bowl is for all Division 1 and 2 clubs and any Division 3 (first teams) who wish to apply plus appropriate NEPL clubs upon application.

b. The Wilson Cup is for all Division 1, 2, 3 and 4 1st team clubs

c. The Birkett Cup is for all Division 3 and 4 clubs,

d. The Barlow Cup is for Division 5 clubs who wish to enter.

e. The Enid Farmer Cup is for Division 6 clubs who wish to enter

3. a) All rounds of the cup competitions shall be played on a knock out basis and specifically dated. The Charity Bowl, the Wilson and the Birkett Cups will be played on a Wednesday with the Barlow and Enid Farmer taking place on a Thursday. The Preliminary round and First rounds of the Charity Bowl, Wilson and Birkett Cups shall be regionalised. The Barlow and Enid Farmer competitions will be regionalised until the finals.

b) All results will be submitted electronically by the home team using the system provided by the League within forty-eight hours of the completion of any match, the away team must electronically agree this submission within a further 24 hours of the completion of the match.

4. In the event of a tied match the side losing the least wickets will be declared the winner. If both sides are still equal, the side scoring the most runs after 10 overs will be declared the winner. If both sides are still equal the side losing the least wickets at the completion of 10 overs will be declared the winner.

5. Match reports of cancellations through bad weather, shall be made to the League Secretary, Umpires Co-ordinator and the press on the day of the fixture. Unfit conditions of ground or bad weather only, will be accepted as bona-fide reasons for non-completion of a tie on a date fixed in accordance with these Regulations.

6. Matches not completed on the fixed date due to inclement weather must be rearranged for a date within 2 weeks. Further rescheduling of any matches should be completed by the scheduled date of the next round. Should the match not be completed, and no further rescheduling possible, then the match must be played on the fixed date of the next round. The League Secretary and the Umpires Co-ordinator must be informed of any new date, and of any situation where clubs cannot agree on a date. Any club defaulting on this rule will automatically forfeit the tie.

7. Evening matches to be played on an ‘overs’ basis, over a maximum of 20 six-ball overs, with a minimum of 16. The following shall apply for no balls, wides and number of overs per bowler:

a) No Balls: The No Ball rule of the Laws of Cricket (2017) shall apply except that underarm bowling will expressly not be permitted.

b) A “Free hit” will be allowed for each “no ball” called for a front foot infringement by a bowler. Field changes are not permitted for ‘free hit’ deliveries unless there is a change of striker. If the delivery for the “Free Hit” is not a legitimate delivery (any kind of no-ball or a wide ball), then the next delivery will become a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it.

c) Wides: Umpires are instructed to apply a very strict and consistent interpretation of Law 25.1 in order to prevent negative bowling. As a guide, if the ball passes either side of the wicket sufficiently wide to make it virtually impossible for the striker to play a “normal” cricket stroke from where he is standing and from where he should normally be standing at the crease the umpire shall call “wide”.

d) Each team must bowl a minimum of 4 bowlers. No bowler may bowl more than 25% of the agreed overs. When games are played on a Sunday, the maximum overs per innings shall be 36 six-ball overs.

e) Umpires will be paid the fee agreed by the Executive plus travelling expenses.

f) All midweek games to commence at 6pm. In the event of a game not starting by 6:15pm the non-defaulting club to have choice of innings. Cup finals to commence at 5:30pm other than the Charity Bowl. In all cup ties the team must be completed by the tenth over – after that a player can only participate as a substitute fielder. Players who arrive late but within the 10 over period shall be permitted to bowl immediately.

g) At the instant of a delivery a maximum of 5 fielders may be outside an area bounded by two semi-circles centred on each middle stump (each with a radius of 30 yards) and joined by a parallel line on each side of the pitch. In the event of an infringement, either umpire shall call no-ball. The fielding circle should be marked by painted by white dots at five-yard intervals, each dot may be covered by a plastic or rubber (not metal) disc measuring 7 inches in diameter.

h) Where a second team is involved, a player shall be ineligible if he has played in League 1st team games, for any team on more occasions than his clubs second team in the current season. As a further guide, Clubs should not select recognised first team players who, through injury or other circumstances, would meet such eligibility requirements.

i) In exceptional circumstances, the Registrations, Results and Statistics Secretary and his or her Deputy will adjudicate on the eligibility of players or prospective players. Please seek advice before playing the game.

j) The Executive will allow junior cricketers who are eligible to play under 18 cricket in the current year to be exempt from regulation 6(h). However, they must not be established or recognised first XI cricketers. In any doubt then 6(k) must be applied.

k) Any club playing an ineligible player shall forfeit the cup-tie.

l) Fielding sides must complete 20 overs in 75 minutes. Each complete over not started after 75 minutes will be deducted from the innings of the side batting second. In the case of the team fielding second, 6 runs per over will be added to the side batting’s total for each complete over not started after 75 minutes.

m) At the fall of a wicket the incoming batsman must be in position to take guard or for his partner to face the next ball within 1 minute. If this requirement is not met the incoming batsman, on appeal, will be out “Timed out”.

n) The venue for the Charity Bowl and Wilson Cup is to be decided by the Executive. The net receipts from the final shall be given to the Committee. The finals of all other cup knock out competitions will be drawn by the Executive and will be held on a nominated evening.

o) The attention of clubs who are not members of this League is drawn in particular to the registration rules of the League.

p) An entrance fee of £10 for the Charity Bowl is required from clubs not in membership of the Northumberland and Tyneside Cricket League. Payment to be made to the “Northumberland and Tyneside Cricket League” either by cheque to the Honorary Treasurer or by direct payment to the League account.

q) In all other matters Northumberland and Tyneside Cricket League rules apply.

r) All fees and reasonable expenses for umpires and catering associated with hosting a final will be borne by the League. Host clubs should settle accounts and supply receipts to the Honorary Treasurer for reimbursement. This will cover all competitions.