CYCL League Rules

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All new and amended rules are highlighted in Bold Italics.



 1.1  Name of the League

 1.2  Aims of the League

 1.3  Administration

        1.3.1   Management Committee

        1.3.2   Management Meetings

        1.3.3   Sub-Committees

        1.3.4   Duties of the Secretary

        1.3.5   Duties of the Treasurer

        1.3.6   Accounts of the League and Auditors

        1.3.7   Alteration of Rules

 1.4  Annual General Meeting

        1.4.1   Date of AGM

        1.4.2   Nominations for Elections at the AGM

        1.4.3   Business of AGM

 1.5  Executive Committee

 1.6  Emergency Committee

 1.7  Extraordinary General Meeting

 1.8  Letters of Complaint


 2.1  Application for Membership

 2.2  Resignation from the League

 2.3  Subscriptions 

        2.3.1   Fees

        2.3.2   Handbook Allocation

        2.3.3   Annual Dinner

 2.4  League Structure

 2.5  League Tables

 2.6  Promotion and Relegation

 2.7  Reporting of Match Results

        2.7.1     Penalty for Failing to Report Results

 2.8  CYCL Membership Criteria

 2.9  Insurance

3.     PLAYERS

 3.1 Registration

 3.2  Transfers

 3.3  Contracted Players

 3.4  Overseas Players

 3.5  Approaching of Other Club’s Players

 3.6  Junior Players Age Restriction

 3.7  Junior Player Loan Scheme

 3.8  Player's Obligations

 3.9  Representative Matches, the League etc

 3.10 Captain’s Responsibility


 4.1  Arrangement of Fixtures

 4.2  Change of Fixture

 4.3  Failure to Fulfil a Fixture


 5.1a  High Full Pitched Ball

 5.1b  Short Pitched Ball

 5.2  Wide Ball

 5.3  CYCL Local Rules

        5.3.1   Match Ball

        5.3.2   Preparation of Pitches

        5.3.3   Non-Turf Pitches

        5.3.4   Covers

        5.3.5   Sight Screens

        5.3.6   Boundaries

        5.3.7   Scoreboard

        5.3.8   Drinks

        5.3.9   Teas

        5.3.10   Scorers

        5.3.11   Practice

        5.3.12   Clothing

 5.4  Conditions of Play

        5.4.1   Time for Matches

        5.4.2   Nomination of Players

        5.4.3   Duration of Play

        5.4.4   Start Delayed

        5.4.5   Over Rates

        5.4.6   Late Starts

        5.4.7   Cancellations

        5.4.8   Fielding Restrictions

        5.4.9   Front Foot No-balls


 6.1  Club Awards

 6.2  Averages

 6.3  Individual Honours

 6.4  Junior Awards

 6.5  Return of Cups and Trophies


 7.1  General

 7.2  Panel Umpires

 7.3  Non Panel Umpires

 7.4  Umpires Expenses

 7.5  Awarding of Penalty Runs


 8.1  Disciplinary Committee

 8.2  Appeals Panel


        ECB Directives

        a) Fast Bowling Match Directives

        b) Close Fielding Regulations

        c) Wearing of Helmets by Junior Players


        The MCC have issued several new/amended laws, some of which will be adopted by the CYCL and others which will not.



        a) Wide Ball Rule for 2014.

        b) Amended Crease Markings.



        Sports Visitor Visas and definition of ‘AMATEUR’.






























 1.1 Name of the League

     a)  This combination of Clubs shall be called The All Rounder Cricket  Central Yorkshire Cricket League.

        All games controlled by the Central Yorkshire Cricket League, including League representative matches, shall have precedence over all other competitions.

     b)  The CYCL is registered with the ECB as a Designated Professional League.

 1.2 Aims of the League

        The aim of the League is to encourage Clubs in the Central Yorkshire area to develop a high standard of performance on the field and in the running of the Club. This will involve the encouragement of junior cricket at the Club. The highest standards of sportsmanship are expected of its Clubs. Criteria for membership of the CYCL are listed later in the Handbook. The league and its member Clubs will be open to all irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, colour, social status or sexual orientation.

 1.3  Administration

  1.3.1  Management Committee

     a)  The business of the League shall be governed by the Management Committee consisting of the President, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Secretary, Fixtures Secretary, Results Secretary, Treasurer, Registration Secretary, Umpires' Representative, Ethnic Liaison Officer and all other members of the Committee and existing Life Vice Presidents.

     b) The number of Vice-Presidents shall at no time exceed four.

     c)  All members of the Committee shall have voting rights with the exception of the Chairman who shall have a casting vote only.

     d)  Future Life Vice Presidents will be appointed for conspicuous service to the League, but will not form part of the Management Committee.

     e)  The Management Committee shall have power to manage the affairs and concerns of the League and to do all such things and to decide all such matters in relation to the affairs of the League.

     f)   The decisions of the Management Committee shall be notified to all Clubs and shall be final and binding upon the Clubs.

     g)  The Management Committee, pursuant to rule 1.3.1e above, is hereby empowered to impose fines upon offending Clubs or players. In a case where the Management Committee decide that a player or a Club has been guilty of serious misconduct, that the player be fined and/or suspended from playing for a specified period, and the Club may be fined and/or suspended from playing for a specified period, or suffer loss of points, or even be expelled from the League, or any combination of these.

     h)  All questions of eligibility, qualification of players, interpretation of rules, and all matters of dispute between Clubs comprising the League shall be referred to the Management Committee whose decision shall be final. (see rule 1.3.1e).    

     i)   A failure to respond to mandatory requests for a reply from the Management Committee will result in a £25 fine.

  1.3.2  Management Meetings

     a)  The Management Committee shall meet on the first Thursday of each month and at such other times as the business of the League shall require.

     b)  Any Committee Member who fails to attend three successive meetings without due notification being passed to the Chairman will be deemed to have resigned.

  1.3.3  Sub-Committees

        The Management Committee shall, from within its members, appoint Sub-Committees such as Cricket, Finance, Disciplinary, Grounds, and Emergency to handle the affairs of the League. These Sub­-Committees shall reserve the right to co-opt additional members, if necessary.

  1.3.4  Duties of the Secretary

        The Secretary shall deal with all correspondence, affairs of the League, outside bodies and such other matters as shall be necessary to properly conduct the CYCL business.

  1.3.5  Duties of Treasurer

        The Treasurer shall have charge of all monies belonging to the League, and shall discharge all accounts passed by the Executive.

  1.3.6 Accounts of the League and Auditors

        A statement of accounts shall be prepared to the end of December in each year, together with all necessary documents to be laid before the auditors who shall examine the said accounts and certify as to their correctness.

  1.3.7  Alteration of Rules

     a) The Management Committee may alter, amend or add to such rules, from time to time, as it feels necessary to improve the standards of the CYCL. These changes will be notified to members of the Executive through the minutes of the Management Committee.

     b) Clubs wishing to propose such alterations, amendments or additions should submit them in writing to the League Secretary for consideration no later than December 31st each year.

 1.4  Annual General Meeting

  1.4.1  Date of AGM

        The Annual General Meeting shall be held on the second Thursday in February at which each Club will be represented by not more than two representatives, only one of whom shall vote.

Failure by any club to attend the AGM will result in a £50 fine.

  1.4.2  Nominations for Elections at the AGM

     a) All nominations for election as officers or Clubs Representatives on the Management Committee shall be submitted, in writing, to the League Secretary no later than December 31st prior to the AGM.

     b) Elected Officers and Representatives not intending to stand for re-election should confirm in writing to the league Secretary by the same date.

  1.4.3  Business of AGM

     a) At the Annual General Meeting the report of the Secretary and the statement of accounts shall be submitted.

     b) Then shall be elected the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, New Life Vice-Presidents, Vice Presidents, Secretary, Fixtures Secretary, Results Secretary, Treasurer, Registration Secretary, Ethnic Liaison Officer and Auditors.

     c) Where vacancies arise on the Management Committee after the AGM, the Management Committee shall have the authority to co-opt additional members until the next AGM of the League,.

     d) The decisions of the Management Committee shall be notified to all Clubs and shall be binding upon the Clubs.

 1.5  Executive Committee

     a) The Executive Committee is to consist of the Management Committee plus a representative from each club who will be allowed one vote each.

     b) The Executive Committee shall meet on the first Thursday of April and at the AGM in February and at such other times as the business of the League shall require.

     c) Any club not represented at any Executive Meetings to be fined £50.

 1.6  Emergency Committee

     a) This Committee shall consist of the Chairman, Secretary, and Chief Executive Officer with the option to co-opt another member as and when necessary.

     b) The Emergency Committee shall have power to act in any emergency not provided for in these rules.

 1.7  Extraordinary General Meeting

     a) At the discretion of the Emergency Committee or upon written request by 33% of clubs the Management Committee will meet with Representatives of all Clubs to review Management Committee decisions or any other matters which could normally only be determined at the AGM.

     b) Clubs to be given a minimum of 7 days notice of any such meeting.

 1.8  Letters of Complaint

     a) Letters/emails of complaint must be sent on club-headed paper to the Hon. Secretary within FIVE days of the incident and must be signed and dated by two club officials. The complaint must be accompanied by a refundable deposit of £50.

     b) Copies of the letter must be sent, at the same time, to the Club & officials concerned and the CYCL Umpires Association where appropriate.

     c) When a letter of complaint is sent to the Management Committee with respect to the eligibility of another Club's player(s), it must be supported by written evidence. If such evidence is not provided the Management Committee reserves the right to take no further action.

     d)  Any other matters brought to the Management Committee’s attention after the end of the current year’s season and before the 30th September only will be considered and/or acted upon. Thereafter no complaints relating to the season just ended will be accepted.



 2.1  Application for Membership

     a) The application for membership should be received in writing by the Hon. Secretary by 30th April of that year, and all clubs given notice of the application so that discussion can take place at Club level.

     b) The admission of Clubs to the league will be at the discretion of the Management Committee based on the agreed criteria (see rule 2.8)

     c) All Clubs admitted to the CYCL will be on a probationary period for their first year of membership. This trial period may be extended should the Management Committee deem it appropriate.

    d) For a period of three seasons i.e. until season 2016 only, Clubs who would be of a playing standard that would mean that they could comfortably compete at Championship level or above and would enter at that level will be allowed to join the League at the discretion of the Management Committee.

 2.2  Resignation from the League

     a) Any Member Club of the Central Yorkshire Cricket League wishing to leave the CYCL must give notice in writing by April 30th in the year previous to the season in which they intend to play in another League.

     b) Clubs must request permission, in writing, before seeking to approach another league. Following receipt of a letter of resignation, any Club, if and when it wishes to resume its membership of the League must apply in writing for re-admission. If such an application is successful, that Club will be treated as a new member.

     c) Any Club leaving this League without fulfilling the aforementioned obligations will be reported to the Yorkshire Cricket Board.

 2.3  Subscriptions

  2.3.1  Fees

     a) The Annual Subscription shall be £200 inclusive of the Player Registration system fee of £25 for all clubs.

        This includes fees to ECB/YCB, League Cricket Conference, Yorkshire CC, and also the cost of 12 handbooks supplied to each Club at the pre-season Executive meeting, such amount to be paid before 31st March each year.

     b) Any club which defaults on this amount by this date will be fined £25.

     c) Any club which nominates an umpire who becomes a member of the CYCL Umpires Panel and who carries out his duties throughout the season as requested by the Umpires’ Appointments Secretary will not be required to pay the usual extra £200 subscription.

        Any club not fulfilling this request will have to pay the £200 by the 1st September. Failure to do so will incur a further fine of £50 and also for every month the Umpires’ subscription stays unpaid. 

  2.3.2  Handbook Allocation

        Twelve copies of the League Handbook shall be supplied to each Club at the pre-season Executive meeting. Further copies of the handbook will be made available at a cost of £2.80 each, plus postage where applicable.

  2.3.3  Annual Dinner

     a) Each Club within the CYCL will be expected to support the Annual Dinner by paying for a minimum of 6 places for their Club.

     b) Each Club will also be expected to ensure that a minimum of 2 representatives from their Club attend the Dinner.

     c) If either of the above 2 Rules are breached then the offending club(s) will be subject to a reduction of £50 in any refund that may become due. 

 2.4    League Structure

        Each year, prior to the AGM, the Management Committee shall determine the divisional structure of the League to be adopted for the following season. This may vary from one season to another depending on the number of clubs and teams in membership.

 2.5  League Tables

     a) The team scoring most runs shall be awarded six (6) match points if:

          i) they bowl the other side out   or

          ii) the team batting first declares their innings closed   or

          iii) a player retires injured or with illness and is unable to bat.

        The losing team gain no match points but may obtain a bonus point (see (e) below).

     b) Three (3) points are awarded to each team for a tie; a tie being a match in which each side has scored the same number of runs in a completed match irrespective of the number of wickets taken.

     c) Two (2) points awarded to each team for a match which has not started or in which a definite result is not reached due to weather conditions. i.e. the agreed number of overs have not been bowled.

     d) Four (4) points to be awarded to the side scoring most runs in a completed match, if they do not bowl the other side out.  i.e. this is a winning draw.

        Their opponents gain no points but may obtain a bonus point (see (e).

     e) One (1) bonus point will be awarded in the following cases to -­

i) the side batting second, but not winning the match, providing they         achieve at least 75% of the runs scored by the side batting first.

ii) the side fielding second, but not winning the match, provided they take at  least seven (7) of the opposition's wickets.

        Such additional points will not be awarded in the case of a tied match.

     f) Any alterations to the points scoring system under this rule shall be in force for a minimum of two years.

     g) Irrespective of how many matches commence, the results in each Division to stand.

     h) Individual performances in abandoned matches are included in the league averages. (Final decision to commence rests with the umpires)

     i) In the event of two or more Clubs in any division having an equal number of points at the end of the season, their relative position shall be decided by the most six point wins, then, if still tied, the most four point winning draws, then, if still tied, the ‘average runs per wicket for’ divided by ‘the average runs per wicket against’.

     j) League tables will be published every week on WWW.CYCLWEB.COM and in the local press.

 2.6  Promotion and Relegation

    a) All teams to be promoted must attain the qualifying criteria for the division into which they would play (see rule 2.8 and below)

    b) Promotion and Relegation will be 2 up and 2 down between all divisions subject to any new clubs being admitted to the CYCL and any fast-tracking that may consequently be deemed necessary. A final decision will be confirmed at the May Management meeting when it will be known if any new clubs have applied to join the CYCL.

        However the top team in each of the two Championship and two Division Ones will be promoted subject to Management Committee approval.

    c) Where it is necessary during the course of a season to amend promotion and relegation criteria the Management Committee will agree the changes and circulate the Clubs at the earliest opportunity.

 2.7  Reporting of Match Results

    a) The home club is responsible for the submission of the TCS scorecard to the TCS website on the internet using the ‘live scores’ option at the conclusion of the game, and the generated scorecard file by email, to the Results Secretary at ‘  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ’ no later than 9pm on the day of the match.

    b) Clubs in all divisions are encouraged to score ‘ball by ball’ on their Netbooks, posting the scores during the game to the internet via TCS.

    c) Home clubs that have a TECHNICAL problem should inform the Results Secretary immediately the problem occurs by texting or ringing 07545425215. Any problem reported after the 9pm deadline will be considered to be a late result.

    d) Where clubs enter the details manually after the game, they must still submit the generated scorecard file to the TCS website as per 2.7a above. Clubs must ensure that all information is entered, including Fall of Wickets, and that totals of both batting and bowling sides balance. Failure to submit a complete scorecard may, at the discretion of the Results Secretary, be penalised in a similar manner to a late result.

    e) All scorers must ensure that both umpires’ and both scorers’ names are entered. Where there is only one umpire and/or scorer then enter NONE as the 2nd name.

    f)  A responsible person from both teams must check the scorecard on the TCS website within 48 hours and report any errors ASAP, since errors will not be corrected after this time and will be reflected in the averages and team statistics.

  2.7.1 Penalty for Failing to Report Results

     a)  Any club failing to report their result to the TCS website and Results Secretary on time will be penalised as follows:

          £10 for the 1st offence, £20 for the 2nd offence,

          £30 for the 3rd offence and £40 for the 4th offence.

        Any subsequent offence with be dealt with by the Management Committee.

     b)  Any club failing to fulfil ALL reporting obligations (or contact the Results Secretary) within 72 hours of the conclusion of the game will incur a further fine of £50.

c)  All teams must submit a full team sheet for inclusion in all match results / reports including postponed / abandoned fixtures. Any team failing to comply with this requirement will be deemed to have included ineligible players.

 2.8  CYCL Membership Criteria

     a) All Clubs playing in the CYCL, or wishing to be admitted to the CYCL, must meet the following minimum designated standards. Any Club failing to meet or maintain these standards (with the exception of ground size criteria for current members) will be given twelve months notice to leave the league, if deemed necessary.

        1) All member clubs must provide a minimum of two teams.

        2) Conditions of the square and outfield.

        3) Clubhouse and/or pavilion, including changing rooms, washing and toilet facilities and catering arrangements.

        4) Two suitable sightscreens.

        5) Provision of basic facilities for covering pitches and bowlers' run ups.

        6) Suitable score box, display and scoring arrangements.

        7) Practice and coaching facilities.

        8) Availability of separate changing rooms for Umpires.

        9) All clubs to have at least 1 junior team playing in a recognised junior


        10) Adopt and implement the ECB Welfare of Young People in Cricket Policy - this to include nominated Club Child Welfare officer.

        11) Carry Public Liability Insurance Cover up to £5 million and the Certificate to be clearly displayed in a Public Area.

     a) All new Clubs wishing to join the League will be subject to a preliminary Ground Inspection to ensure their ability to meet these criteria. The inspection will also include having first aid facilities, suitable storage arrangements and being of a suitable standard to enhance the League.

     b) Clubs will also only be considered for admittance to the League if they meet the following standards with regard to the size of the playing area: "The dimensions of two axes of the ground, taken at right angles to each other at their maximum point (expressed in yards), when multiplied together, shall exceed 10,000, with the minimum of either dimension being 80 yards." All decisions regarding the ability of Clubs to meet the criteria shall be the sole responsibility of the Management Committee.

2.9   Insurance

        All clubs to carry Public Liability insurance cover for a minimum £5 million.

        All clubs must send a valid copy of their Public Liability Cover Schedule to the League Secretary no later than 30th April each year. The Schedule must also be clearly displayed in a public area within the clubhouse.


3.       PLAYERS

 3.1  Registration

     a)  All players must complete and sign a copy of the new league registration form (PRTF), which can be downloaded from the PlayerReg website, and which is to be retained by their club. Those players over the age of 18 on August 31 of the previous year must also supply a recent photograph.

        The Club Rep will then submit an application for registration on-line on the ‘’ website.

     b)  Once the registration has been approved the player’s name, picture (not juniors) and registration number will be displayed on the site.
It is each club’s responsibility to ensure that all registrations & transfers are complete and bona fide.

     c)  Players not attached to any Club in the previous season, and without any outstanding obligation, financial or otherwise, to any Club in the past must be registered using a PRTF as above but no transfer is required.

        Such players can be added to a club's list at any time in each season.

     d)  A club playing an unregistered player shall be liable to a penalty to be determined by the Management Committee.

     e) Registration by phone is not acceptable.

     f) Each club will be held fully responsible for all players who appear on its register. If a registered player is requested by the Management Committee to provide proof of his eligibility to play under the relevant CYCL rules he must do so. Failure to provide evidence upon such a request could result in action being taken against the player and also the club concerned.

     g) Clubs must inform the Registration Secretary of players who change address or retire from playing or leave to play in other Leagues.

 3.2  Transfers

     a) The Registration Secretary may grant provisional transfers where there is no objection by the Clubs concerned until the 31st July.  The provisional transfers so granted may be referred to the Management Committee for confirmation.

        No ‘in season’ transfer fees are payable.

     b) The deadline for transfers to play in a weekend's matches is 7pm on the Friday immediately preceding the fixtures.

     c)  Clubs engaging players who require a transfer must submit a correctly completed YCB/YCA player transfer form or completed section B of the league registration form (PRTF) to the Registration Secretary via the PayerReg website before such registration will be accepted. The transfer form should be scanned and attached to the on line registration details as a PDF file or delivered to the Registration Secretary by post or by hand but players will not be cleared to play until this is received.

        A club shall not register a player from another club outside the league for occasional matches only.    

     d) Transfers for one match only shall not be entertained.

     e) Transfers shall not be required for players from the Army, Navy or Air Force teams provided they have not played for any other Club in Senior Cricket in the current season.

                    Students from Universities, Colleges and Residential Schools must obtain a transfer if they have played senior cricket in the previous or current season.

        Junior players (U17) do not require a transfer under the Junior Player Loan Scheme (see para 3.7).

     f) Where a player is transferring from a club outside the YCA/B jurisdiction, a written release on club headed note paper and signed by an official of that club must be sent to the Club Secretary/Rep together with a PRTF before the transfer can be accepted.

 3.3  Contracted Players

        All contracted players at any level outside the CYCL must be registered by member Clubs prior to the commencement of the season. They must have played two League or (CYCL) Cup matches prior to July 31st in order to play after this date.

3.4   Overseas Players

     a)  Under the government's Points Based Managed Migration system, cricket clubs will now need to obtain a sponsor licence from the Home Office in order to bring player/coaches from outside the EU into the UK.

        As part of this process, clubs must obtain from the ECB a Governing Body Endorsement BOTH for their sponsor licence and for individual player/coaches.

        Following Home Office approval of ECB's Governing Body Endorsement requirement process, the guidance document, together with application forms to be used when applying for these endorsements is to be found at

     b)  It is each club’s responsibility to ensure that all the Home Office /ECB rules and regulations are followed when signing an overseas player.

        At the time of registration Clubs are required to provide the league with the type of Visa a player has entered the country on and they will be registered on this basis. A CYCL form is available for downloading from the website for this purpose.

        If a player is registered on a Sports Visitor Visa and then is proven to have been paid for playing/coaching then they will be considered to have been incorrectly registered and will be treated in line with other players deemed to have played whilst not properly registered.


     c)  A Club will not be allowed to register more than ONE overseas player per season who is not eligible to play for England as per ECB rules.

        For the purpose of this rule, overseas players include EU Citizens.

     d) All overseas players must be checked to CRB standards or produce a current Police Clearance Certificate or Letter. If the overseas player is to be involved with coaching or umpiring junior players an ECB Vetting Form must be completed and sent to the ECB together with the documents specified on the reverse of the form. These include a Work Permit (except for EU players) and a copy of the main page of the player’s passport.

     e) All overseas players MUST be registered with the League’s Registration Secretary, using the PlayerReg transfer system, by 31st July at the latest, and upon receipt of the appropriate documentation. However

Clubs may sign a maximum of one replacement overseas player  before the 30th June each year.

No player falling into any of these categories will be allowed to play until cleared by the CYCL.

     f) A cricketer who is not qualified for England under the current ECB regulations but who is ordinarily resident in this country is NOT classified as an overseas player  if:-

         i) He has been resident in this country for a period of 24 consecutive          months or more before the date of his registration. The definition of        'ordinarily resident' shall be at the absolute discretion of the body           responsible for registration of the player in the relevant competition  AND

         ii) He has not been out of the country for longer than 28 days                     consecutively or 56 days in total during the previous 24 months   AND

         iii) Any remuneration he receives from playing cricket is not the main       source of his income.

iv) The qualifications to play in the CYCL will be the regulations as advised          by the League Cricket Conference, and their ruling on the     eligibility of Overseas Players will be adhered to by the Management       Committee.

        v) All clubs will have the option of signing an overseas player.

            However no overseas player will be allowed to play for an ‘A’ team.

 3.5  Approaching of Other Club’s Players.

     a) No League Club affiliated to the YCB, either through its officials or any person or society interested in the club, shall approach or negotiate during the period 1st April to 21st September with any player of any affiliated League Club for the purpose of securing his services at any time, without first giving seven days' notice of their intention to negotiate.

     b) This notice must be given to the Secretary of the player's Club in writing.

     c) No player shall negotiate with any other League Club unless he can produce, in writing, an official permission from his present Club.

        Such permission shall not be withheld unless the player has failed to discharge all financial obligations to his Club.

     d) The player shall have the right of appeal to the Yorkshire Cricket Board if permission is withheld without just cause.

     e) Unless a person has actually taken part in a match, he shall not, for the purpose of this rule, be regarded as a player.

     f) Where the approach or negotiation is solely in respect of CYCL Member Clubs there is no period of restriction.

 3.6  Junior Players Age Restriction

    a) No players under the age of 12 as at September 1st of the previous year may play in any match conducted under CYCL Rules in the current season unless they are listed on the Yorkshire Pathway.

    b) Any player in the U13 age group must have explicit written consent from a parent or guardian before participating in open age cricket, a copy of which MUST be sent to the Registration Secretary prior to the registration being accepted. Clubs must ensure that their player registration procedures ensure that consent is obtained.

 3.7  Junior Loan Scheme

      a) A registered player aged 13 to 17 years old may play in an ‘A’ team for another club without a formal transfer. The club must obtain prior permission of the club with which the player is registered. The player must be identified on the result sheet and the team nomination sheet together with his/her age and the loaning club name.

        The permission must be sent to the Registration and Results Secretary prior to the game being played.

        A text is acceptable up to 15 minutes before the match starts and the umpires must be kept informed. Otherwise the player concerned will be considered ineligible and dealt with as per any other unregistered player.

     b)  Permission must be obtained on a match by match basis.

 3.8 Player's Obligations

        A player who has not fulfilled his financial obligations to his past Club shall not be allowed to play for another Club.

 3.9  Representative Matches, the League etc

     a)  The League shall have first call on all players for representative matches. In the event of three players from one Club being selected then the Club can request postponement of a League match. If a player is unfit to play for the selected League team then he will be considered unfit to play for his Club. All players selected to play in these matches must be made available by their Club, unless the Management Committee shall agree otherwise. Any player refusing to play in a Representative match, without an acceptable reason, will not be able to play for his Club in the next CYCL League/Cup match following the date of the Representative match.

     b)  Any player who does not wish to be considered for selection for any League Representative match during the season must confirm this, in writing, to the League Secretary; to be received no later than seven days after the completion of the opening week's fixtures of the CYCL season.

 3.10  Captain's Responsibility

        The Captain's responsibility for conduct applies whether a player is on the field or not. Immediate action should be taken against any team member who contravenes the 'Spirit of Cricket' guidelines as defined in ‘The Preamble’ which immediately precedes these rules in the Handbook, without any intervention by the Umpires. The Captain has responsibility for the welfare of young players in the team and MUST enforce the league requirement that all players below the age of 18 wear a helmet when batting and when "standing up" to the stumps keeping wicket. The helmet shall be fitted with a face guard and it must be adjusted to ensure that the match ball cannot go through the space left between grill and helmet visor. The ECB Fast Bowling Directives and Close Fielding regulations to be rigorously enforced. These are set out in full in Appendix C of these rules.



 4.1  Arrangement of Fixtures.

     a)  Fixtures shall be drawn up by the Fixtures Secretary.

     b)  All Clubs in each division must play home and away matches with each other each season unless otherwise agreed by the Management Committee.

c)  From 2015 there will be no Fixtures scheduled for the Saturday of the August Bank Holiday (for example the 29th of August in 2015) for both 1st and 2nd teams in the Championship and First Divisions

 4.2  Change of Fixture.

     a) All matches must be played on the dates allocated and if, for any reason, their ground is unavailable the home Club must arrange for a suitable alternative ground on the designated date.

     b) If, for any other reason, a match is rearranged by the express permission of the CYCL Management Committee, any player who played for the Club’s other XI on the date of the original fixture shall not play for this Club in the rearranged fixture in the side involved in that fixture.

 4.3  Failure to Fulfil a Fixture

     a) Teams failing to fulfil any fixture will not only receive 0 points, but will also be fined 6 points, and 6 points will also be awarded to their opponents.

     b) A minimum of seven players will be required for a club to fulfil a fixture in the CYCL. The offending club will not only be responsible for all the match expenses, but also be subject to a fine for a first offence should there be no satisfactory explanation. Further offences will incur increasing penalties.

     c) A change of fixture for an ‘A’ team may be agreed to if, in the opinion of the Emergency Committee, a good and reasonable case has been made out for such re-arrangement. The revised date(s) must be reported by the Emergency Committee at the next meeting of Management Committee.


5.     LAWS and MATCH RULES.

        Current M.C.C. Laws apply except where local League Rules operate.

 5.1a  High Full Pitched Ball

        Any delivery, regardless of pace, which passes or would have passed on the full above waist height of the striker standing upright at the crease is to be deemed dangerous and unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker.

Such cases are to be called and signalled No Ball.

 5.1b  Short Pitched Ball

In all divisions no bowler may bowl more than two short pitched deliveries in an over irrespective of which batsman is on strike.

Short pitched is defined as above head height when the batsman is stood upright. Any subsequent short pitched balls in that over will be called and signalled No Ball.

 5.2  Wide Ball

        APPENDIX C contains a diagram of the ‘wide crease’ markings amended from season 2014 and a detailed explanation of what is required of umpires when deciding to award leg-side wides.

        The normal MCC rule still applies for off-side wides.

        This amended rule applies to teams in all divisions.

 5.3  CYCL Local Rules

  5.3.1  Match Ball

    a)The League match ball is designated by the League as the Reader Sovereign and is to be purchased through the CYCL.

        However in season 2014 any old stocks of Solly Sports Windsor balls may be used until exhausted.

    b) The match ball, which in all 1st Xl matches must be a new ball, and the replacement ball to be used by both teams shall be approved by the Umpires and handed to them by the Captains as soon as possible before the toss, but not later than 10 minutes before the match starts.

    c) Loss or damage to the match ball shall result in the replacement ball being used irrespective of the wear condition of the former at the time of loss or damage.

     d) The batting side shall be responsible for organising a search for any ball lost during play.

     e) Recovery of the lost match ball shall result in it being returned to play at the earliest possible opportunity.

     f) At the fall of a wicket the ball shall be given to the Umpires which will allow the chance for inspection.



  5.3.2  Preparation of Pitches

     a) The Committee of the home Club shall be responsible for the rolling of the pitch which must take place before the toss up.

     b) The Captain of the team taking the second innings shall have the choice of the roller during the interval.

     c) No pitch shall be watered or treated with any liquid preparation in the period 48 hours immediately preceding the match.

     d) The rolling of the pitch must be carried out in the presence of either one or both Umpires, the visiting captain, or member of the visiting team if so requested.

     e) See Appendix C for details of the new ‘wide crease’ markings.

  5.3.3  Non-Turf Pitches

        A non-turf pitch may be used in League and League Cup matches only if-

          (i) a turf pitch has been prepared and declared by the umpires as unfit       for use due to weather conditions, and

          ii) by full agreement by the Captains of both sides to play the game on       the non-turf pitch and abide by the result in the usual way.

  5.3.4  Covers

     a) It is a rule of the CYCL that covers must be available on all grounds. In the event of rain during the game, the pitch & bowlers run ups must be fully covered at all times.

     b) When only partial covering of the pitch is possible, it should be provided to cover the bowler's run ups at both ends (not just one end) and the areas covered shall not extend further than five feet in front of each popping crease.

     c) Umpires are required to report the home club if no attempt is made to make play possible unless it is obvious that there is no hope of play within 3 hours and 10 minutes of the scheduled start.

        Failure to make any effort where play might be possible will be referred to Management for appropriate action to be taken.

  5.3.5  Sight Screens

     a) Every club in the CYCL shall have TWO sight screens, one at each end, as a condition of membership of the League.

     b) All sight screens that encroach onto the field of play must be clearly roped off in a way which permits the sight screen to be moved freely within this roped off area without having to move the rope (or other markings).

     c) At the request of the fielding side's captain it will be the responsibility of the batting side's captain to delegate people to move sight screens as required.

  5.3.6  Boundaries

        An allowance of 6 runs shall be scored if the ball, having been struck by the bat, pitches beyond the boundary edge, no matter how it is defined. The designated boundary shall include any person other than a participating player, obstacle or animal etc. on the field of play making contact with the ball; in this case 4 runs will be scored.

  5.3.7  Scoreboard

        The scoreboard shall be changed at least at the end of each over to display the total runs scored, wickets taken and the number of overs remaining to be bowled.

  5.3.8  Drinks

        An interval for drinks is to be allowed at the completion of the 25th over of a 50 over innings or after the 23rd over of a 45 over match or after the 20th over of a 40 over innings, unless both captains agree to forego the interval. In special circumstances, by prior agreement of both captains and umpires, drinks may be taken twice during each innings.

  5.3.9  Teas

        A visiting team will purchase not less than 7 teas from the home club on a Saturday or Sunday match day and must be paid for if not taken.

       During Ramadan, so long as a minimum of 7 days notice is given to the home club by the visiting club, this rule will be relaxed.

  5.3.10  Scorers

     a) Every club shall provide a scorer for 1st XI and ‘A’ team League and Cup games.

     b) Any club failing to provide a scorer will supply a playing member of the side to score throughout the match. An acting scorer who returns to the field of play may be allowed to bowl immediately.

     c) Home scorers in all divisions will score ‘ball by ball’ using the TCS application on their netbook or laptop and should try to score ‘live’ where a connection to the internet is possible.

     d) Scorers must enter Umpires and Scorers names onto the TCS scorecard.

  5.3.11  Practice

     a) There shall be no bowling or batting practice on the pitch or on the area parallel and immediately adjacent to the pitch on the day of the match except where a non-turf surface is laid next to the pitch.

     b) Practice on any other part of the square must not continue later than 15 minutes before the start of the match.

  5.3.12  Clothing

        All clothing worn in matches conducted under CYCL rules must be predominantly white/cream in colour.

 5.4  Conditions of Play

  5.4.1  Time for Matches

     a) All matches under the rules of the CYCL will start at 1.00pm, with the exception of all matches in September which will commence at noon.

     b) Clubs shall not be allowed to alter the date or the starting time of any match without prior consent of the Management Committee.

  5.4.2  Nomination of Players

     a) Before the toss for innings, at which at least one umpire must be present, each captain shall nominate (in writing and on the approved form) the surname, forename and, where appropriate, identify the age group of any player under the age of 19, to the opposing captain. The form, which includes a declaration of understanding and responsibility, must be signed and handed to the umpires immediately before the toss, to be available for reference. The captain winning the toss must immediately inform his counterpart of his decision to bat or bowl.

     b) No player under the age of 12 as at September 1st of the previous year may play in any match conducted under CYCL Rules and Regulations in the current season.  (also see rule 3.6)

     c) Captains must inform Umpires and the opposing captain of any players who are absent at the start of the match together with known reason. If, for reasons of illness or injury or reasons unknown, a player fails to arrive at the ground within 30 minutes of the scheduled start time, the Captain of that side, after informing the umpires and the opposing captain, can either play his reserve or send for a player from the Club's ‘A’ team (even if that player has batted or bowled) to fill the vacancy in his team. The player's name shall be entered on the nomination sheet and he shall be allowed to take a full part in the match as his Captain directs.

     d) The replacement player may be allowed to bowl immediately after entering the field of play, except in the case of a junior player due account should be taken of the fast bowling directive if he has bowled in the ‘A’ team match.

     e) The ‘A’ team has the right to replace the player lost to the 1st Xl who will be allowed to take full part in the match except that he cannot bat if the player he has replaced has commenced his innings.

     f) The Management Committee strongly deprecates the wholesale or deliberate selection of recognised 1st XI players for an ‘A’ team fixture and may take action against clubs found guilty of this offence. This will exclude reasons such as loss of form, returning from injury etc

Any player who has played more 1st XI than 2nd XI matches will be ineligible for any of the last six 2nd XI fixtures unless special permission is granted by the Emergency Committee.

5.4.3  Duration of Play

    a) In all 1st Xl divisions and the 2nd Xl Premiership division play shall consist of 100 six ball-overs and 2nd Xl Championship and 2nd Xl Division One fixtures will be played over 90 six-ball overs.

The first batting side shall occupy not more than 50% of the overs in all matches.

There will be an interval of 25 minutes between innings.

The side batting second shall occupy the balance of the overs not occupied by the first batting side, any odd balls being deemed a complete over.

     b)  Any time lost at the commencement or after the interval must be made up if this is not due to the weather or light. Any time of 15 minutes or less lost at the start of the match due to the weather or light shall not affect the number of overs to be played.

     c)  If such a delay is greater than 15 minutes, a reduced number of overs for each innings shall be calculated from the scheduled start of the match. Two Overs Calculator tables, which use an average of 7.5 minutes for every 2 overs are included at the back of this handbook to assist umpires and captains. These are based on the maximum innings length of 3 hours and 10 minutes (50 overs) and 2 hours 53 minutes (45 overs).

     d)  Of the overs remaining the first batting side shall not occupy more than half. The second batting side may occupy the balance of the overs not used by the first batting side (odd balls being deemed a complete over).

     e)  A match is not considered to be interfered with by weather or light if the full 100 overs or 90 overs as appropriate or the reduced overs agreed before the start are bowled.

     f) Once a match has started there will be no further reduction to the overs remaining.

    g) In a 100 over match no bowler will be allowed to bowl more than 15 overs in an innings even if extra overs are available from the first innings.

        In a 90 over match the maximum is 10 overs per bowler. However, in the second innings, this restriction will be increased as per the Extra Overs column shown on the 90 overs calculator table where the inclusion of any unused first innings overs may apply. (also see ECB Directives in Appendix A)

    h) In a match delayed by more than 15 minutes the maximum number of overs permitted to be bowled by any one bowler will be reduced pro-rata the reduced number of overs to be bowled in each innings.

The appropriate calculator table referred to in rule 5.4.3c should be used.

  5.4.4  Start Delayed

     a) No match shall commence more than 3 hours and 10 minutes (100 overs) or 2 hours and 53 minutes (90 overs) after the designated start time for the match.

     b) When the start of play is delayed by the weather, the maximum number of overs to be deducted shall be 50% of the total overs.

i.e. the minimum number of overs in any game shall be 50 (100 overs match) or 45 (90 overs match).

  5.4.5  Over Rates

        In a 100 overs match any team not bowling their 50 overs within 3 hours 10 minutes maximum shall be fined £2 per minute over the allotted time for each match where failure to do so is reported by the Umpires.

        The limit in a 90 overs match is 2 hours 53 minutes.

Any team which exceeds 3 hours 15 minutes (50 overs) or 3 hours

(45 overs), as reported by the umpires on three occasions will thereafter on each subsequent occasion have 2 points deducted. 

  5.4.6  Late Starts

     a) Umpires must report all late starts to the Results Secretary on the Umpires Match Result Card and the offending Clubs shall be notified on the day of the offence by the umpires.

     b) Clubs shall be fined £2 per minute for the offence unless there is a satisfactory explanation brought to the notice of the Management Committee.

  5.4.7  Cancellations

        No match shall be cancelled because of bad weather conditions before the authorised time fixed for the commencement of the game.

  5.4.8  Fielding Restrictions

    a) Clubs must use white discs to mark out this designated area, white lines are not adequate.

    b) The area is defined by two semi-circles, each with a radius of 25 yards, with their centres being middle stumps. The two ends of each semi-circle shall be joined to the other by a straight line of discs on the same side of the pitch.

     c) On a trial basis only for one year in the 1st Xl Premiership.

        A maximum of two fielders only will be allowed outside the designated area in the first 15 overs. In a match in which the overs are reduced this number will be reduced by the same ratio as the maximum number of overs per bowler specified in the overs calculator.

        For all other divisions the current rule below still applies.

        For the whole of each innings a minimum of FOUR fielders plus the wicketkeeper and bowler must be inside the designated area as the ball is delivered.

        (i.e. a maximum of 5 fielders outside the area).

    5.4.9 Front Foot No Balls.

        On a trial basis only for one year in the 1st Xl Premiership.

        Front foot no balls are to be penalised by the next FAIR (legitimate) ball being given as a free hit. The fielders may not be moved whoever the batsman is, except where the Umpires feel that a close fielder(s) is in a dangerous position, and only then by moving to a safe distance, acceptable to the Umpires.  The usual no ball rule applies for ways of being dismissed from the free hit.


 6.1     Club Awards

        Cups shall be competed for as follows:

        Premiership                      Ken Kingsbury Trophy

       Championship                  Avison Cup

        Division One                     Victory Cup

        2nd Xl Premiership Frank Morton Cup

        2nd Xl Championship      Blackburn Cup

        2nd Xl Division One         Worthington Cup

         Whenever possible the above trophies will be presented to the Champions on the day the title is decided.

        Clegg Cup to be awarded to the club whose 1st and ‘A’ teams combined gain most points in the season.

        Ground Maintenance Awards are presented to Clubs in the Premier League and in other Divisions based on current standards and improvements made.

        The 1st XIs shall take part in a competition for the Bradley Trophy (Most points gained in last 6 matches).

        The ‘A’ teams shall take part in a competition for the Stones Cup (Most points gained in last 6 matches).


6.2      Averages

     a) As a result of the introduction of the computerised scoring system (TCS), averages for all clubs and individuals will be extracted as and when required for the press, website and handbook.

6.3. Individual Honours

        Don Nicholson Trophy for the outstanding individual performance in any CYCL match during the season.

        Eric Lodge Trophy to be awarded annually to the batsman at the head of the Premiership averages. Min. qualification 12 inns. and 400 runs

        Barry Wood Trophy shall be awarded annually to the bowler at the head of the Premiership averages. Min. qualification 35 wickets.

        Vernon Grace Trophy to be awarded annually to the batsman at the head of the Championship averages. Min. qual. 12 inns & 400 runs.

        G. D. Wolfenden trophy to be awarded annually to the bowler at the head of the Championship averages. Min. qualification 35 wickets.

        J. P. Burnhill Trophy to be awarded annually to the batsman at the head of the 1st Xl Div. One averages. Min. qualification 12 inns & 400 runs.

        W. S. Goldsmith Trophy to be awarded annually to the bowler at the head of the 1st Xl Division One averages. Min. qualification 35 wickets.

        Crown Sports Trophy to be awarded annually to the batsman at the head of 2nd Xl Premiership averages. Min.qual. 12 inns. & 350 runs

        G. S. Cooper Trophy to be awarded annually to the bowler at the head of 2nd Xl Premiership averages. Min. qualification 25 wickets.

        Ron Wolfenden Trophy to be awarded annually to the batsman at the head of 2nd Xl Championship averages. Min. 12 inns & 350 runs

        Associated Leisure Trophy to be awarded annually to the bowler at the head of 2nd Xl Championship averages. Min. qual. 25 wickets.

        Adrian Burdekin Memorial Trophy to be awarded annually to the outstanding All Rounder in the 1st Xl Premiership.

        Clifford Sykes Trophy shall be awarded to the outstanding all-rounder in the 1st Xl Championship.

        Barry Winstanley Cup shall be awarded to the outstanding all-rounder in 1st Xl Division One.

Pennine Trophy Batting Award to be awarded annually to the batsman at the head of 2nd Xl Division One batting averages.

Min. qualification 10 inns. & 300 runs

Pennine Trophy Bowling Award to be awarded annually to the bowler at the head of 2nd Xl Division One bowling averages.

Min. qualification 20 wickets.

        David Morris Trophy shall be awarded to the outstanding all-rounder in the 2nd Xl Premiership.

       Jim Billington Trophy shall be awarded to the outstanding all-rounder in the 2nd Xl Championship.

       Trophy required for all rounder in 2nd Xl Division One. TBA.

        Bradby Cup awarded to the most promising Under 21 year old.

        Tom Senior Cup shall be awarded annually to the leading 1st XI

        wicket keeper.

        Hanging Heaton Trophy shall be awarded annually to the leading ‘A’ team wicket keeper.

        Maurice Pollard Shield shall be awarded annually to the most proficient scorer. Clubs are requested to make nominations for this shield.

        Malcolm Tate Trophy shall be awarded annually to the most competent Umpire as recommended by the Umpires Association.

        A. & G. Boothroyd Trophy shall be awarded annually to the fielder (not wicket keeper) who takes the most catches in league matches.

        LJB Services & Sales Trophy for leading run scorer in the CYCL.

        Blades Hairdressing Trophy for most wickets taken in the CYCL.


Pennine Trophy Batting Award to be awarded annually to the batsman at the head of 2nd Xl Division One batting averages.

Min. qualification 10 inns & 300 runs.

Pennine Trophy Bowling Award to be awarded annually to the bowler at the head of 2nd Xl Division One bowling averages.

Min. qualification 20 wickets.

Simon Stirling Cup to be awarded to the batsman who hits the most sixes in league matches.

        Awards will be presented with the individual Trophies.

 6.4. Junior Awards

     a) To be eligible for these annual awards a player must be under 18 on the 1st September of the previous year.

     b) Separate awards will be made for batting, bowling and all rounders in each of the six divisions and the eligibility criteria are as follows:

        Premier and Championship Divisions      - Batting 250 runs 12 Innings

                                                                         - Bowling 20 wickets min.

        Divisions One                                                     - Batting 200 runs 10 Innings

                                                                         - Bowling 15 wickets min.

 6.5  Return and Presentation of Cups and Trophies

        a) “All CUP competition trophies are to be returned to the management meeting held on the 1st Thursday in July. Failure to do so will result in a £25 fine. If they are not returned by the 1st Thursday in August the fine will be doubled.

b) All other CLUB & INDIVIDUAL trophies presented at the annual league dinner to be returned by the 1st Thursday in August with a similar fine structure (doubled if not returned by the 1st Thursday in September).

        CLUBS will be fined if Individual trophies are not returned on time.

c) The divisional winners’ trophies will be presented to the winning teams on the day the trophy is secured, whenever possible, but no later than the final Saturday of the season. These should be returned by the 1st Thursday in October so that they can be prepared for re-presentation at the league dinner.

Note: Clubs are responsible for the insurance of all club and individual trophies and awards.

7.       UMPIRES

 7.1 General

     a) All Umpires shall adhere to the dress code as laid down by the Umpires Association of white shirt and footwear, tie and dark trousers.

     b) Smoking during play is not permitted.

     c) It is a requirement of the League that all Umpires in the CYCL are CRB checked, irrespective of whether they are on the League Panel or not.

     d) The umpires will be in total control of the match (ground conditions etc.) from the moment they both reach the ground where their allocated match is being played (or if standing on his own by the single umpire on his arrival at the ground.

 7.2  Panel Umpires

     a) All clubs shall nominate, in writing, to the CYCL Secretary by 31st January each year at least ONE Umpire to stand as a member of the Umpires’ Panel.

     b) These umpires must attend, or have attended the Umpires Short Course, and must, subsequently, be approved, or have previously been approved, by the Umpires’ Standards Committee.

     c) Neutral Umpires shall be appointed by the Appointments Secretary from the League Panel, prioritising 1st Xl fixtures.

     d) Any available surplus panel umpires will be allocated to ‘A’ team fixtures with 2nd Xl Premiership matches being given priority.

     e) All panel Umpires must be members of the ECB’s Association of Cricket Officials (ECBACO). This will ensure that they have comprehensive insurance cover for any matches at any level in which they officiate.

 7.3  Non Panel Umpires

     a) All clubs shall nominate at least ONE Umpire, who will officiate in ‘A’ team matches, to the CYCL Secretary by 31st March.

        These umpires to be encouraged to attend the Umpires’ Short Course if at all possible and to join the Umpires’ Panel.

     b) Each club must arrange for a suitable deputy in the absence of their nominated Umpire, and this should not be an individual already participating in the match.

     c) Any club failing to provide an Umpire, or suitable deputy, for a match will be liable to a fine of no less than the Umpires match fee.

 7.4  Umpires Expenses

     a) Umpires appointed by the Appointment Secretary will receive expenses of £40 per match, even in lower Division matches.

        The home club is responsible for paying both Umpires.

     b) Umpires provided by Clubs are entitled to expenses of £30 per match.

     c) All expenses shall be paid no later than the tea interval. Where a match is not started due to adverse weather the expenses shall be 50%.

     d) Where it is necessary for an Umpire to officiate continually at the bowler's end, the expenses shall be increased by 50%.

7.5   Awarding of Penalty Runs

        The Awarding of five penalty runs under the provisions of MCC Law 42 shall include disputing or criticising the Umpire's decision by word, action or gesture. The name of the offending players, together with an explanation, to be included on the CYCL Result Card. This will apply to all matches in the Premier and First Divisions, and any other matches in which panel Umpires are officiating.



 8.1  Disciplinary Committee

     a)  Any report of any incident of alleged misconduct must be sent to the Disciplinary Recorder in writing within five days from the date of the alleged occurrence.

           A copy should also be sent to the Club(s) whose player(s), member(s) or supporter(s) is/are involved in the report.

     b) Clubs, through their Captains, are responsible for the behaviour of their players, and their actions. Any such actions deemed by the Umpires to be prejudicial to the good name of Cricket or the interests of the CYCL will be reported by the Umpires, if they feel it is appropriate. This will be irrespective of any action taken at the time.

     c) Clubs are encouraged to deal internally with such disciplinary matters but, if the League feels the measures imposed are insufficient, it reserves the right to take further action.

     d) Clubs must take appropriate steps to ensure the good behaviour of members and supporters, as well as players, not only at matches but also at other events which are the responsibility of the League.

     e) The Disciplinary Committee is empowered to impose fines and suspensions upon offending players and fines upon offending Clubs. Should the Disciplinary Committee feel the misconduct or action is serious enough to suspend the Club from playing or to deduct points from the Club or expel them from the League, the proposed action is to be referred to the full Management Committee for confirmation.

     f) Any person involved, accompanied by a friend if so desired, may appear before the Disciplinary Committee when the matter is considered.

     g)  A Club involved may be represented at the hearing by two members of its committee.

     h)  The disciplinary committee has power to take action against any club or individual, who make comments on any social network site which could be deemed to be derogatory towards the CYCL or its officers or indeed be thought to bring the game into disrepute.

 8.2  Appeals Panel

     a) Any decision reached by the disciplinary panel of the Management Committee shall be subject to the right of appeal to the Appeals Panel of the League provided that notice of such appeal be received by the League Secretary within 7 days accompanied by a deposit of £75.

     b) The Appeals Panel may adjust the penalties or findings of the Disciplinary Panel but in the case of serious misconduct, where the Appeals Panel are proposing to administer a severely increased penalty, (such as the expulsion of a Club or the sine die suspension of a player), the Appeals Panel would first confer with the Management Committee. The Appeals Panel decision shall then be final and binding.

    c) Any evidence submitted to the Appeals Panel must be the same evidence as that submitted at the original disciplinary hearing. However in exceptional circumstances and at the Management Committee’s discretion new evidence or witness(es) may be allowed.



   ECB Directives

  a)  Fast Bowling Match Directives

        For the purpose of these Directives, a fast bowler should be defined as a bowler to whom a wicket keeper, in the same age group, would in normal circumstances stand back to take the ball.

        The Directive, as detailed below, MUST be enforced in all matches organised by the CYCL.

        Age Group              Max Overs per Spell      Max Overs per Day

        Up to U13                5 overs per spell              10 overs per day

        Under 14/U15                    6 overs per spell              12 overs per day

        Under 16/U17                    7 overs per spell              18 overs per day

        Under 19                  7 overs per spell              18 overs per day


Note: Age group qualifications to be based on the age of the player as at midnight on 31st August in the year preceding the current season

        Having completed a spell the bowler cannot bowl again, from either end, until the equivalent number of overs to the length of his* spell have been bowled from the same end. A bowler can change ends without ending his current spell provided that he bowls the next over that he legally can from the other end. If this does not happen his spell is deemed to be concluded. If play is interrupted, for any reason, for less than 40 minutes any spell in progress at the time of the interruption can be continued after the interruption up to the maximum number of overs per spell for the appropriate age group.

        If the spell is not continued after the interruption the bowler cannot bowl again, from either end, until the equivalent number of overs to the length of his spell before the interruption have been bowled from the same end. If the interruption is of 40 minutes or more, whether scheduled or not, the bowler can commence a new spell immediately.

           Once a bowler covered by these Directives has bowled in a match he cannot exceed the maximum number overs per day for his age group even if he subsequently bowls spin. He can exceed the maximum overs per spell if bowling spin, but cannot then revert to bowling fast until an equivalent number of overs to the length of his spell have been bowled from the same end.

        If he bowls spin without exceeding the maximum number of overs in a spell the maximum will apply as soon as he reverts to bowling fast.

        Captains, Team Managers and umpires are asked to ensure that these Directives are followed at all times.

        For guidance it is recommended that in any 7 day period a fast bowler should not bowl more than 4 days in that period and for a maximum of 2 days in a row.

*Any reference to he/his should be interpreted to include she/her.

   b) Close Fielding Regulations

        The following stipulates the minimum fielding distance for young players in all matches where a hard ball is used. In the senior game, it is the Captain's responsibility to apply these regulations.

  • No young player in the Under 15 age group or younger shall be allowed to field closer than 8 yards (7.3 metres) from the middle stump, except behind the wicket on the off side until the batsman has played the ball.
  • For players in the Under 13 age group and below, the distance is 11 yards (10 metres).
  • These minimum distances apply even if the player is wearing a helmet.
  • Should a young player in these age groups come within the restricted distance the umpire must stop the game immediately and instruct the fielder to move back.
  • In addition, any young player in the Under 16 to Under 18 age groups who has not reached the age of 18, must wear a helmet and, for boys, an abdominal protector (box) when fielding within 6 yards (5.5 metres) of the bat, except behind the wicket on the off side. Players should wear appropriate protective equipment whenever they are fielding in a position where they feel at risk.

Note: The age groups referred to are based on the age of the player at midnight on 31st August in the year preceding the current season.

   c) Wearing of Helmets by Junior Players

        In February 2000 the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) issued safety guidance on the wearing of helmets by young players up to the age of 18. This original guidance document can be found at

        In brief, the guidance recommends that:

        • helmets with a faceguard or grille should be worn when batting against a hard cricket ball in matches and in practice sessions

        • young players should regard a helmet with a faceguard as a normal item of protective equipment when batting, together with pads, gloves and, for boys, an abdominal protector (box)

        • young wicket-keepers should wear a helmet with a faceguard when standing up to the stumps.

        With the assistance of schools, cricket clubs and leagues, the wearing of helmets by young players is now standard practice in cricket throughout England and Wales. Helmets are widely available and are covered by a British Standard (BS7928:1998).

           The original guidance allowed parents or guardians to give their written consent to allow a young player not to wear a helmet. However most clubs, schools and leagues have decided not to accept this parental consent and require all young players to wear a helmet in all junior matches. If a club or school does agree, in exceptional circumstances*, that a young player need not wear a helmet they must ensure that an ECB Team Sheet card is completed and given to the umpires before the start of play whenever the young player takes part in a junior match.

           At the beginning of 2007 the ECB clarified the guidance relating to young players in adult matches and confirmed that all young players who have not reached their 18th birthday must wear a helmet with a faceguard when batting and when standing up to the stumps when keeping wicket in adult matches. It is now the case that parental consent not to wear a helmet should not be accepted in any form of cricket whether adult or junior or during practice sessions.

           This guidance applies to all players up to the age of 18, both in adult cricket and in all junior cricket played with a hard cricket ball. The guidance also applies during all practice sessions. Any individual taking responsibility for players should take all reasonable steps to ensure that this guidance is followed at all times.

           The ECB asks that the guidance is communicated to the parents or guardians of all young players through clubs and schools, and that young players are not allowed to bat or stand up to the stumps when keeping wicket against a hard ball without wearing a helmet.         

        * Additional guidance on what constitutes ‘exceptional circumstances’

        can be obtained from the ECB Cricket Department.


        The MCC have recently issued several new/amended laws, some of which will be adopted by the CYCL and others which will not.

        Adopted –

- Umpires will no longer offer the light to batsmen and will be the sole arbiters of whether play should continue. (law 3.8 & 3.9)

- At least one umpire must be present at the toss for innings and the winning captain must immediately inform his counterpart of his decision to bat or bowl (law 12.4 & see amended rule 5.4.2a above)

- MCC Law 28.1 has been amended so that if a batsman’s bat breaks in the act of playing a shot and the broken part of the bat hits the stumps, he will be out.

- MCC Law 29.1 now protects a sprinting batsman who has run past his stumps but whose bat and feet happen to be in the air as the bails are removed. He will now be deemed to be in his ground.

- A batsman who damages the pitch will be given just one warning rather than two before penalty runs are issued.

                    NOT Adopted –

- A bowler must not deliver the ball with their front foot having crossed an imaginary line between the middle stumps i.e. bowling over the wicket but releasing the ball as if they were bowling round the wicket. (MCC law 24.5)

- A bowler must not bowl the ball into the ground to a team mate which damages the ball and wastes time. (MCC law 17.3)


   a) Umpires are instructed to apply a very strict and consistent interpretation of the ‘Wide Ball’ law in order to prevent negative leg-side bowling wide of the wicket ON THE LEG-SIDE ONLY.

        Any delivery passing down the legside of the batsman and outside the line of the new ‘wide crease marking’ which does not come into contact with the bat or any part of the batsman’s person shall be called and signalled Wide Ball regardless of whether the batsman has moved across or not.

        The normal MCC law for wides is to apply for balls on the off-side and the wide creases are to be ignored.

   b) Amended Crease Markings.

           The new wide creases are to cater for both right and left handed batsmen but are to be used for leg-side wides only.




































































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Popping Crease














N.B. The amended Wide Crease is 30.5” from the inside edge of the return crease.












Sports Visitor Visas and definition of ‘AMATEUR’.

The CYCL Management Committee advises in the strongest possible terms that the following will apply to Sports Visitors Visas correctly and properly obtained in line with guidance given by the Home Office. Specifically:

In ECB and Home Office guidelines the benchmark for obtaining a Professional Sports Person’s Tier 5 visa is having played 5 first class matches in the preceding 24 months. Players meeting this benchmark will need to obtain such a visa and will not be considered for an amateur sports visa.

In the Immigration Rules an 'amateur' is defined, for the purpose of distinguishing him from a professional who is paid a salary for participation in sport (for example, someone contracted to play for a sport or club) as a person who engages in a sport solely for personal enjoyment and who is not intending to derive a living, either wholly or in part, from the sport. Amateurs may not receive fees and sponsorship but may receive cash prizes as well as board, lodging and living expenses.

Clubs are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure that all rules and regulations regarding overseas players are properly complied with and players correctly registered. As per Home Office guidelines amateur players on Sports Visitor Visas cannot be paid for playing or coaching. In other words clubs should not provide players with a contract that indicates they will be paid for playing/coaching – otherwise the SVV will not have correctly been obtained. At the time of registration Clubs are required to provide the league with the type of Visa a player has entered the country on and they will be registered on this basis. If a player is registered on a SVV and then is proven to have been paid for playing/coaching then they will be considered to have been incorrectly registered and will be treated in line with other players deemed to have played whilst not properly registered.

We are sure that this accurately reflects the intention of both Home Office and LCC in terms of registration of genuine amateur players on SVV and that clubs will properly discharge their responsibilities as regards the registration of overseas players.