REMINDER: ECB Guidelines for Junior Players in Open Age Cricket

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Captains and players.  A reminder is being issued here to reinforce the ECB Guidelines for Junior Players with regards to how many overs a SLOW or a FAST bowler may bowl in a game and a spell.  This is as a result of some confusion in a game involving a young player recently.

the fast bowling directive is pretty clear about how many overs a ‘fast bowler’ can bowl in a spell and in total in a day: 

AGE

MAXIMUM OVERS IN A SPELL

MAXIMUM OVERS IN A DAY

Up to Under 13

5

10

Under 14, 15

6

12

Under 16, 17, 18, 19

7

18

 This applies for juniors playing in both junior and open age cricket.

 There is also some key text that relates to the information over the definition of a fast bowler:

 ‘For the purpose of these directives a fast bowler is defined as a bowler to whom a wicket keeper in the same age group would in normal circumstances stand back to take the ball.’

 This therefore means that if the wicket keeper would normally be stood up to the wicket, that bowler is not deemed to be a ‘fast bowler’ and therefore the fast bowling directive should not be applied i.e. if a bowler is bowling off-spin, you would expect the wicket keeper to normally be stood up to the wicket and therefore this bowler is allowed to bowl as many overs as permitted with the match regulations and should not be restricted by the number of overs they can bowl in a spell or on the day.

Finally you are reminded that the ECB guidelines relating to junior players playing in open age cricket should be adhered to at all times – http://www.ecb.co.uk/sites/default/files/ecb_guidelines_for_junior_players_in_open_age_cricket_2016.pdf

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