2013 Evening League Rules
1. Clubs shall play each other home or away.
2. Registration of Players
a i) All secretaries must supply (by post, fax or email) the Evening League Secretary with a list giving full names of their players and identify their Junior Players for registration. This list, with Transfer Forms if applicable, must be in the possession of the Evening League Secretary before the first day of the season.
ii) Any new members joining a club subsequent to the registration date must have their names submitted to the Evening League Secretary for registration. No player can take part in any Evening League Competition until such registration has been ratified by the Evening League Secretary.
iii) Clubs not complying with this rule shall have 4 (four) points deducted in respect of each team involved.
Junior Players must be marked "Junior” on the result sheet of any matches in which they play. All disputes relating to registration of players shall be disciplinary matters and shall be dealt with under the Disciplinary Procedures in Rules 28 and 29 of the League Rules and Constitution.
Eligibility of Players
Clubs shall be limited to one overseas player registered with the league who must not have played first class cricket in the previous five calendar years and must be registered with the Evening League Secretary before the first day of the season.
NOTE: An overseas player is defined as a player who is not eligible to play for England under the E.C.B. qualifications. The Management Committee shall have final discretion on the eligibility of overseas players.
3. Match Conditions
Each team to bat 20 x 6 ball overs unless dismissed before with a limit of 5 overs per bowler.
The bowler's run-up shall not exceed 12 yards. The extent of the run-up to be clearly marked.
The side scoring the most runs shall be the winner.
Four points for a win and two for a tie or cancelled/abandoned match (due to wet weather).
Teams cancelling matches for reasons, other than the weather or other exceptional circumstances (agreed by the Disciplinary Panel) will have four points deducted. The non-offending team will be awarded four points.
Wickets must be pitched by 6.30pm and the match must commence before 6.45pm.
Any team failing to comply with this must forfeit the toss for choice of batting.
This rule will be rigidly enforced by umpires.
Boundaries to be fours and sixes. The Balls to be used throughout the League are the Lords Regal County Crown Ball or the Lords Shooting Star and should be identifiable as such.
Each Club shall provide its own umpire.
a) In the event of wet weather both Clubs must be in agreement that conditions are unsuitable for cricket:- NOT LATER than 4.30pm, otherwise both teams must be on the field of play by 6.30pm when the umpires will be the sole judges as to whether the ground is fit for play.
b) If wicket covers are available then the wicket may be wholly covered during any interruption due to the weather.
a) In the event of more than six teams entering, the League Secretary shall have power to divide the Clubs into two sections, and the winners of each section shall play each other for championship on a neutral ground.
b) Players must have played in two Evening League Matches to be able to play in the Semi-Final and/or Final Play-Off.
All matches must be played on Wednesday evenings.
Entrance fee to be £10.
11. Notification of Results
a) After each match the Home Side shall telephone, fax or Email the result of their match to the Evening League Secretary no later than midnight on the match day. Clubs failing to do so will be fined £5.00.
b) Each team shall submit online a full score-sheet of both teams, including times of commencement and drawing of stumps, bowling analysis and the full names of all the players in the match.
c) Result sheets must be submitted by ALL teams every week whether the match was played or not, giving the full names of all players selected to play.
d) These score-sheets must be submitted online on or before noon, no later than 3 days following the match.
e) The name of the club submitting the score-sheet must be clearly shown.
f) Any team failing to submit a fully completed score-sheet by the requisite deadline will be fined £10. Should a team fail to submit a score-sheet including on 3 or more occasions in any season the Management Committee will deduct that team 6 points for this offence.
In the event of two or more teams tieing for the Championship the following shall apply:-
a) Precedence will be given to teams who have not cancelled matches for reasons other than the weather.
b) If the situation is not resolved by a) above, then the averages will be calculated based on the team's performance over the whole season, the bowling average will be divided into the batting average and the team with the higher average will be declared the Champions.
Any matters that are not covered by these Rules shall be dealt with by the Management Committee.
a) In the event of a number of teams dropping to four, a supplementary competition will be played. On completion of the League matches in the normal manner a knock-out competition will be held.
b) The team coming first in the League will play the team coming fourth, with the second and third playing each other. The two winners will then play the final. The Evening League Champions will be the team winning the Final.
15. Rules 28, 29, 35, 36, 37 & 38 of the Rules and Constitution
shall apply to this competition as if the same had been fully set out in these Rules.