WCSL Rules and Competition Regulations

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WOMEN’S CRICKET SOUTHERN LEAGUE
Full Rules for 2016

A:  ADMINISTRATION Regulations applying to all clubs
SUMMARY of ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES
The Women’s Cricket Southern League (WCSL) will be responsible for:
(a)    framing and issuing Rules
(b)    decisions on the interpretation of the Rules
(c)    appointing a Rules Arbitration Panel (Rule A-7)
(d)    dealing with all grievances (through the Rules Arbitration Panel where appropriate), all breaches of Rules and any other disciplinary matters
(e)    specifying dates and arrangements for entry to the Competition each year, including fees
(f)     schedule of matches showing dates, opponents and ‘Home/Away’ (see Rule A-3)
(g)    calculating and compiling a record of points and rankings (Rules C-1 to C-6)
(h)    decisions about promotion and relegation (Rule C-7)
(i)     keeping an up-to-date record of Registered Players
(j)     keeping an up-to-date record of names and addresses of club contacts
(k)    appointing an Administrative Organiser (or more than one) to deal with the paperwork and ensure clubs have all relevant information.
Participating clubs will be responsible for:
(a)    submitting entries and fees by the due dates
(b)    submitting and updating details of Registered Players (Rule A-1)
(c)    keeping WCSL informed of changes of club contacts
(d)    informing WCSL of any match rearrangements (Rule A-3)
(e)    booking grounds
(f)     making all local arrangements for matches. 
(g)    confirming details (including travel directions) with opponents
(h)    appointing umpires and scorers (Rule A-4)
(i)     ensuring that umpires for each match have a copy of the Playing Conditions (Section B)
(j)     supplying balls (Rule A-6)
(k)    entering results on play-cricket.com in accordance with instructions from the Administrative Organiser.
NOTE 1  Under ‘confirming details with opponents’, clubs should exchange suitable mobile phone numbers so that players en route to a venue can contact someone at that venue.
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ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS
A1     Registered Players
Only players registered by the club with WCSL may play in Competition matches.
(a)    Clubs will be asked to register their players on play-cricket, before the first match of the season.
(b)    Additional registrations, A player must be registered on play-cricket no later than the first match in which she plays. 
      (c)    (i)    A player may play only for the club for which she is originally registered and for no other WCSL club in the same season, irrespective of division. 
              (ii)    A player becomes an illegal player as soon as she plays for a WCSL club other than the one for which she was originally registered.  This first WCSL club other than her original club, and any subsequent WCSL clubs, for which she plays, including her original one, will have 20 points deducted from its total for each occasion. 
             (iii)    An illegal player may apply to the Committee to have her illegal status revoked.  The Committee may grant or refuse the request as it sees fit.
(d)    For those clubs with two or more teams entered, movement between teams must be restricted to genuine need.  The Committee may, as it sees fit, impose penalties on any club found to have breached this restriction.
A2     Restricted Players
1.  In these Rules, an Overseas Player is one who is not qualified to play for England. 
(a)    A Restricted Player is
          either   a current England Elite or Academy Player who has not played for the proposed Club in the previous season or, in that case, not moved to within reasonable travelling distance of the Club.  ‘Reasonable travelling distance’ will be interpreted with due regard to the problems of travel in London and the South-east
                or   an Overseas Player who has been a member, at any age group, or academy, of the National Squad of  ANY OF THE TOP 8 ICC RANKED TEAMS , at any time between  May 2013 and December 2015 inclusive.
(b)    A Club may not register a Restricted Player in addition to any player registered with the Club as a Restricted Player in 2014 or in 2015  If the Club does not register any former Restricted Players from these years, it my register one Restricted Player in 2016
(c)    Other Overseas Players, but not Restricted ones, may be registered.  However, Clubs must obtain the consent of the Organising Committee to register more than one such player, or two for a club with two teams and no Restricted Overseas Player.
A3     Financial Requirements
Premier Division Clubs only must pay a deposit of £100 before the start of  the season.  A Club will not score any points in its matches until its deposit has been received.  This will be repaid at the end of the season only if the Club has not defaulted in any of its matches.  See Rule C4
A4     Rearrangement of fixtures
1.  The match schedule as laid down by WCSL will be sent to clubs in the autumn of the preceding year.
(a)    Rearrangement of fixture schedules, either of the date of a match, or of which is the Home club, is permitted as long as all matches are completed on or before 18th September.  The Administrative Organiser must be notified by both clubs as soon as the rearrangement is made and in any case before the match actually takes place.  She must be satisfied that any rearrangement is acceptable to both clubs.
(b)    In addition to rearrangements prior to the scheduled date, No-result matches may be rearranged even if some play takes place.  Rearrangement of matches in which one side defaulted is not permitted. for Premier Division.  In other Divisions it is permitted  by special permission of the Administrative Organiser.
A5     Umpires and Scorers
1.  Clubs are responsible for appointing officials for Competition matches.
(a)    Premier Division clubs must provide BOTH umpires for their HOME matches. In all other divisions each club must appoint someone to umpire the match throughout.  A succession of players from the batting side is not acceptable.
      (b)    (i)    In the Premier Division, the umpire should have some level of qualification.  In Championship Division and Division 1, the umpire should if at all possible have some level of qualification.
              (ii)    In all Divisions, the person appointed should be of as high a level of competence as the club can obtain and should be adequately competent to umpire.  A minimum level, only barely acceptable, and then only in the lowest divisions, is an adult with a reasonable knowledge of the game.
(c)    Failure to appoint an umpire will incur a fine of:
10 points in Premier Division
5 points in Championship Division and Divisions 1 and 2
3 points in Division 3
2.  Premier and Championship Divisions and Division 1 clubs must appoint an adequate scorer for the whole match.  Clubs in other divisions should endeavour to appoint a scorer.  Appointed scorers need not be Qualified but any scorer must be capable of keeping an accurate record of play. 
A6     Balls
1.  Balls must conform to Law 5.6(i).
2.  Each club must provide one new ball for use in its fielding innings.
3.  Each Club must provide at least one used ball in reasonable condition, in case a replacement is needed during play.
A7     Notification of results
1.  All results must be recorded on Play-Cricket
(a)    HOME team is to add the results by 10pm on the Tuesday following the match
(b)    AWAY team to confirm the results on the site by the Friday following the match
(c)    ALL Players are to be identified. There must be no ‘Unsures’ on the scorecard
NOTE: Teams to sort out ‘typos’ between themselves. Any disputes to be notified to the Administrative organiser.
A8     Breaches of rules; disputes; grievances
 1. Except where a specific penalty is stated, breaches of the Rules, or of the Spirit of the Game, will be dealt with by the WCSL Organising Committee, who shall take such action as it considers appropriate.  This action may include referring the complaint to the Rules Arbitration Panel.  Any decision of the Committee or of the Panel will be binding.
 2.  If any club considers that the opposing side has acted unfairly by breaching either the letter or the spirit of any of the Rules, or has committed breaches of the Spirit of the Game, the aggrieved club must submit details of its complaint in writing to the Administrative Organiser within one week of the date on which the alleged unfair act took place. 
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B:  PLAYING CONDITIONS
The MCC Laws of Cricket, 2000 Code 5th Edition 
2013 will apply except where modified by the Playing Conditions set out in B1 to B15
NOTE A:  This is a new edition containing several Law changes.  The important ones, relevant to WCSL umpires and captains are summarised on a separate sheet
NOTE B  Throughout these Rules: 
1.    Side A will be the side batting first, side B will be the side batting second.
2.    An underage player is one in any age group up to and including Under 19
3.    A player’s age group is her age on 31 August 2015
B1     ECB Directives for young players
1.  These directives are summarised on page 10, at the end of the Playing Conditions
2.  ECB Directives on fast bowling, wearing of helmets and fielding distances are to be observed.  In particular, an underage fast bowler’s overs must not exceed the maximum for her age group, either as to length of spell or as to daily total.  In addition, ECB directives on under age players in ‘open age’ matches – issued in detail to Clubs in Spring 2009 – are to be observed
(a)    For this purpose, the list of nominated players given by each captain to the umpires before the toss must show the age group of any underage player. See Note 3 above.
(b)    Captains are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of this information.
B2     Non-participants
1.  The on-field players are solely the batsmen at the wicket and the current fielders.  Anyone else is a non-participant
2.  Once play has started in any session, then during that session (including any drinks interval),
(a)    no non-participant is allowed on the field of play, with the exception of
               (i)    the umpires
              (ii)    a physio or other medical personnel (if need arises)
             (iii)    members of the batting side but only at a drinks interval
             (iv)    ground staff, if the umpires require the creases to re-marked during the session.
(b)    no non-participant (including the umpires) shall, in any way whatsoever, give tactical advice or coach any on-field player, either from inside or from outside the boundary.
B3.    Boundaries
1.  For Premier Division only.  The boundary shall be a minimum of 55 yards and a maximum of 70 yards, measured from the centre of the pitch.
B4.    Artificial pitches
     1   If the Home side’s pitch is too wet for play, an artificial pitch (if available) may be used but only if before the day of the match, an official of the visiting team, having consulted her players, agrees to play the match on the artificial pitch, on the basis that
           (a)   on the day of the match, before the visiting team travel, an official of the home team, competent to do so, pronounces the outfield fit – that is , not dangerous –  for play
           (b)   satisfactory  arrangements are agreed before the toss between the two captains and the umpires, on
               (i)   what is to happen if a delivery by the bowler pitches on the edge of the concrete strip, or completely off it.  This point is not covered in the Laws.  To call the delivery a No ball is recommended
              (ii)   the fact that batsmen cannot wear studs or spikes on the pitch, but may need them for safety in running between wickets off the pitch.  Although to be avoided if a all possible, it may be necessary to allow batsmen to run between wickets on the very edge of the pitch.  Umpires would have to be vigilant in seeing that ‘the very edge of the pitch’ was strictly observed.
             (iii)   any anomalies arising out of the use of spring-back stumps.  For example if the ball hits them low down, it might move the stumps as a whole without dislodging a bail.  If the spring-back stumps are not sufficiently secure to prevent this happening, it may be advisable to agree to dispense with bails and apply the Law on this basis.
B5     Fielding restrictions
For Premier Division only
1.  At the instant of delivery, there must be no more than 5 fielders on the leg side.
2.  Fielding restriction areas are to be marked on the field as continuous white lines or dots at intervals of 5 yards.  Two fielding restriction areas are to be defined
 (i)    An outer area is to be enclosed by lines thus.   Two semicircles are to be drawn, one at each end of the pitch.  Each shall have as centre the middle stump at that end, and lie wholly outside the pitch.  The radius of each semicircle is to be 25 yards.  Straight lines are to be drawn joining the ends of the semicircles, and parallel to the (imaginary) line joining the two middle stumps. 
(ii)    An inner area is to be the total area (excluding the pitch itself) enclosed by two overlapping circles, each of radius 13 yards one at either end of the pitch, each with centre at the mid point of the popping crease at that end. 
3.  In an uninterrupted innings, at the instant of delivery
(a)    for the first fifteen overs
               (i)    no more than two fielders are permitted outside the outer fielding restriction area
              (ii)    there must be at least two stationary fielders inside the inner fielding restriction area.
As an exception, when a fast bowler is bowling, stationary fielders at slip, leg slip or gully may stand further back than the 13 yards.
(b)    For the remaining overs, no more than five fielders are permitted outside the outer fielding restriction area.
4.  If any fielder fails to meet any of the requirements in 1 or 3 above, either umpire shall call and signal No ball as soon as possible after the instant of delivery.
B6     Fielding restrictions in curtailed matches (Premier Division only)
1.  If the overs for an innings are reduced, the number of overs for which the restrictions are to apply will be reduced as follows.
 
Total overs for innings
20-23
24-26
27-29
30-32
33-35
36-38
39-41
42-44
45-47
48-50
Overs for restrictions to apply
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
 
B7.    Duration of matches
Each side shall have one innings, consisting of at most the number of overs as set out in the schedule below.  Time limits are of playing time, which does not include drinks etc.
 
                                             Premier           Championship      Wostrack           Whitehorn           
  Advised start times           12-45 p.m.       1-00 p.m.              1-00 p.m.           1-00 p.m.           
  Number of overs               50                    45                         40                       40                      
  Max overs per bowler        10                    9                          8                        8                       
  Limit for 1st innings          3 hr                  2 hr 40 min           N/A                    N/A                   
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(a)    Starting times shown in the schedule are advisory.
They may be adjusted, either by prior agreement between club secretaries (or appropriate official), or on the day of the match by agreement between the two captains.  Early and late in the season teams rearranging the start time must allow for it getting dark earlier
Rearrangement by captains on the day does not mean adjustment because of rain, bad light etc.  That remains the responsibility of the umpires.
(b)    For Premier and Championship Divisions, only, if side A’s innings is not completed within the respective specified playing times, the innings shall continue until the allotted number of overs is completed. Side B will then receive only the number of overs (rounded up to the next whole number, where applicable) actually achieved by side A within the specified time limit.
The umpires are, however, empowered to restore some or all of the overs thus deducted from Side B’s allocation, if they consider that either side A itself, or circumstances beyond the control of either side, caused or contributed to the slowness of the innings.  How many overs are to be restored is to depend on what proportion of the delay they consider not to be the fault of the fielding side.
NOTE that a drinks interval is not playing time and is extra to the time allowed for the innings. 
(c)    The number of overs set out in the schedule above is in each case a maximum.  If adverse conditions of ground, weather or light, or exceptional circumstances interfere with the progress of play, the umpires have the power to reduce the number of overs from this maximum.  If playing time is lost for other reasons, the overs shall not be reduced unless the umpires consider that the circumstances are sufficiently exceptional to warrant this.
In making such a reduction, the umpires should have regard to the prospects of play in view of the prevailing conditions, as well as to time lost.  Umpires are reminded that it is illegal for umpires to allow play to continue in dangerous or unreasonable conditions and could mean severe penalties in the courts.
(d)    Calculations should be based on how much playing time could reasonably be expected, having regard to the weather and light conditions, after the resumption of play.  The number of overs that could be bowled in this time, taking an over rate of approximately 17 overs per hour, should be allocated so as to give the two sides equal overs as far as this is possible.  One extra over may be considered as available, if necessary to avoid half overs.  See examples in Rule B12.6 
If the number of overs for an innings is reduced, a new time limit must be calculated (for relevant divisions) as the time required at 17 overs per hour, rounded up to the next exact five minutes.
(e)    The number of overs for side B is not to be reduced merely because side A has been dismissed in fewer than its allotted number of overs.
B8     Tea Interval
1.  There is to be a 30 minute break for tea, taken between innings unless this is impracticable.  No allowance is to be made for the 10 minutes interval between innings 
(a)    If for any reason it is impracticable to take tea between innings, the umpires shall be responsible, with the agreement of both captains, for retiming the start of the interval. 
If tea is not between innings, then the 10 minutes interval between innings will be taken.
(b)    In exceptional circumstances a longer tea interval may be agreed.  In any case the agreement must be made, between captains and umpires, before the toss.
(c)    Although the starting time for tea can be adjusted according to circumstances, the length of the tea interval, either the prescribed 30 minutes or the agreed revised length, cannot be altered after the toss, unless adverse conditions or exceptional circumstances cause loss of playing time. 
(d)    If adverse conditions or exceptional circumstances cause loss of playing time, the umpires, together with the captains, may alter both the starting time and the duration of the tea interval, providing that
                      (i)    after an innings of 45 overs or more, the tea interval is at least 30 minutes.
                      (ii)   no tea interval is less than 20 minutes.
(e)    Any changes to the timing of the tea interval must have due regard to the catering arrangements.
B9     Drinks intervals
1.   One drinks interval per innings is permitted in an innings scheduled to be 24 overs or more.
(a)    The captains must agree before the toss whether they wish to have drinks.  If agreed, the interval shall be after half the number of overs have been bowled.  If the agreed number of overs is an odd number, purely for calculation purposes, add 1 to the agreed number, (without increasing the agreed number of overs) before dividing by 2.
(b)    If, however, the umpires consider that very hot weather conditions warrant it, and both captains agree to it before the toss, a second drinks interval will be allowed in an innings of 36 overs or more.  The two intervals should be after one-third and two-thirds of the overs, adjusted to the nearest whole number.
(c)    If a wicket falls during the over immediately prior to a drinks interval, drinks will be taken immediately.
(d)    If an innings is interrupted before drinks have been taken, there shall be no drinks interval in that innings.  However, in very hot weather, if at least 24 overs are scheduled for play after the interruption, the umpires and captains can arrange to take drinks halfway through the remaining session.
B10   Balls
1.  The match balls and the used balls (see Rule A6) must be agreed by both captains and umpires before the toss and given into the charge of the umpires.
B11   Scoreboard
1.  In all Competition matches, the batting side is responsible for seeing that the scoreboard is brought up to date at least at the end of every over.  The necessary details of score, wickets and overs are to be ascertained from the scorers.
B12   Limitation of overs by any one bowler 
1.  In addition to any other restrictions on bowlers in these Rules, no underage fast bowler shall be permitted to exceed the limits laid down for her age group in the ECB Directives, either as to overs in a day or overs in one spell.
2.  In the following details and examples, remember that Side A batting first means side A bowling second and vice versa for side B.
3.  If after any revision a bowler has already bowled the new maximum number, or more, she will not be allowed to bowl any further overs except, where applicable, to finish the over she was bowling when the interruption occurred.
4.  In any revision of overs, the new limit for any bowler must always be a whole number.
(a)    If any revision of the total number of overs for an innings, whether before the start of the match or during play, would mean a theoretical limit which was not a whole number then, for the smallest possible number of bowlers in the team, the limit shall be the next whole number above the calculated value.  For remaining bowlers in that team it will be the next whole number below.  This will apply, but will not be stated, in all the provisions below for allocating the number of overs.
(b)    The right of the specified number of bowlers to bowl a fraction of an over above the theoretical limit will not be removed, even if using more bowlers makes it unnecessary.
5.  In matches where there is no reduction of overs after the start of play, no bowler may bowl more than the appropriate fraction of the total number of overs for the innings.  The appropriate fraction means one-fith for all divisions.
                                 
     6.  For the first occasion that overs have to be reduced after the start of play:
(a)   The reduction occurs after Side A has completed its innings
With immediate effect, in the second innings each bowler will be limited to the appropriate fraction of the revised total, even if the second innings has begun.  Any side A bowler who has already bowled the new maximum, or more than the new maximum, will not be allowed to bowl further overs except as in 3. above.
(b) The reduction occurs before the first innings is complete.  Side A’s overs will have to be reduced.
There are three situations.  Examples are given for each of them.
either (i) side A is allowed no more overs and B gets the same number as A has had. 
Side A (bowling second) is allowed to match, each to each, the number of overs for each bowler in the first innings.  The matching is not obligatory, but the number for each bowler in the first innings is to be a maximum for the corresponding bowler in the second innings.
Example   In a Division 1 match (bowlers limited to one fifth of total) side A has received 33 overs at the interruption.  Tea is taken during the interruption.  On resumption it is expected that probably 2 hours more play will be possible.  This is 34 overs. 
Side A’s innings stops now; side B is allocated 33 overs  the same as A
A is allowed to match whatever side B bowlers had.  For example in Div 1, if side B’s bowlers had 9, 7, 7, 6, 4, side A could also have 9, 7, 7, 6, 4.  They are not obliged to have the same pattern but must not exceed each individual match.  9, 7, 6, 5, 3, 3 would be permitted but 9, 7, 7, 5, 5 would not, since A’s lowest number of overs must not exceed the 4 in side B’s shortest spell.
or (ii) side A is allowed no more overs and B gets fewer overs than A had. 
In this case each bowler in side A is limited to the appropriate fraction of the new total. 
However, A will be allowed, if relevant, to use as few bowlers as side B has used.  This will be achieved by adjusting the value of ‘the appropriate fraction’.
Example   Again in Division 1: stoppage after 33 overs; tea taken during interruption.  Now, however, it is considered that only an hour and a half more play can be expected.  This is 251/2 overs.  Side A stops now; Side B is allocated 26 overs, i.e. fewer than A.  This is a Div 1 match, so bowlers will be limited to one fifth of this, which is 51/5.  One can bowl up to 6 overs; the rest are limited to 5.
As an exception to this, the appropriate fraction for side A will be adjusted so as to permit side A to use as few bowlers as side B actually used.  In the example above, if side B used only 4 bowlers (9, 9, 8, 7), A need use only 4, so the limit is calculated by making the appropriate fraction one quarter, instead of one fifth.
       or (iii)   side A continues but with a reduced total.  B has the same by definition. 
In this case, subsequent bowlers of both sides will, with immediate effect, be limited to the appropriate fraction of the revised total. 
7.  If the overs have to be revised again, then with immediate effect subsequent bowlers will be limited to the appropriate fraction of the revised total.
8.  For ALL Divisions.  If a bowler is incapacitated or suspended during an over, another bowler must complete the over.  Law 22.8 will apply – that is, the replacement bowler must not have bowled any part of the previous over, nor may she bowl any part of the following over. 
The two parts of the broken over itself will each count as a whole over insofar as` of the two bowlers’ individual limits are concerned.
B13   Wides
1.  Law 25 will apply, not the much closer definition used in top level one-day matches.  As guidance 
(a)    a ball is not to be considered as ‘passing wide of the striker’ merely because it passes her on her leg side or on the leg side of the striker’s wicket. 
(b)    If, however, a ball pitches outside the line of the leg stump and moves further away to leg, this is to be considered as ‘passing wide of the striker’ unless she moves and brings it near enough ‘to be able to play it with her bat (even if she does not do so) by means of a normal cricket stroke’.
NOTE.  A ‘normal cricket stroke’ is not a recognised text book one.  It is a stroke she can make comfortably that is appropriate to the game of cricket.  For example she might be able to reach a ball directly over head, but hitting it with a bat would be more appropriate to tennis than to cricket.  Just to be able to reach a ball with bat and arms fully outstretched is not ‘comfortably’.  Both fall within the definition of a Wide, but although the latter is indeed a Wide, unless the striker touches it, the former is to be a No ball, as decreed in Law
B14   Special conditions
1.  A captain may not declare her side’s innings closed.
2.  The (imaginary) lines bounding the protected area will be 4 feet in front of each popping crease, rather than 5 feet.
3.  A substitute may act as wicketkeeper if the umpires are satisfied that the opposing captain has freely given her consent.
B15 Result
1.  For a valid result
(a)  In the Premier Division each side must bat for 20 overs or more, unless one  side is all out in fewer than 20 overs, or side B passes side A’s score in fewer than 20 overs.
(b)  In the Championship Division each side must bat for 15 overs or more, unless one side is all out in fewer than 15 overs, or side B passes side A’s score in fewer than 15 overs.
(c)  In all other Divisions, each side must bat for 10 overs or more, unless one side is all out in fewer than 10 overs, or side B passes side A’s score in fewer than 10 overs.
A match in which the prescribed minimum is not achieved, or in which there is no play at all, will be designated (unless a default) a No-result match.
2.  For matches in which either there is no reduction of overs, or in which both sides are allocated the same reduced number of overs (at least 10 in Divisions A to C, 15 in Championship and 20 in Premier Divisions) the side with the greater number of runs at the conclusion of both innings wins.  If the scores are equal at the conclusion of both innings, the side having lost fewer wickets is regarded as having a Winning Draw, the other side as having a Losing Draw.  The result is a Tie only if the number of runs is the same and the number of wickets is the same.
3.  For matches in which side B is allocated fewer overs than were allocated to side A, the following will apply unless the reduction of overs was the result of slowness of play. 
When side B’s allocation of overs is made, a target score is also to be set.  This will be the score side B has to beat.  It will be the first innings score reduced in the same proportion that the overs have been reduced.
If this is a fractional number, B’s target score is the nearest whole number, whether this is above or below.  For an exact half, the number above is to be taken.
(a)    If side B scores more than its target score, it has won.
(b)    If side B is all out, or completes its allocation of overs, with a score less than its target score, side A has won.
(c)    If at the conclusion of side B’s allocation of overs, it has reached but not passed its target score, the side losing fewer wickets will have a Winning draw, the other side a Losing Draw.
In this situation, if both sides have lost the same number of wickets the result is a Tie.
For matches in which side B’s innings is terminated prematurely – that is, stopped before it has completed its allocation of overs. But when it has not made enough runs to win, and still has wickets left to fall, the following will apply.
For both sides a run rate per over is to be calculated, but not rounded up or down.  This is
Whichever side has the greater run rate wins.  If the run rates are equal, the result is a Tie
NOTE that ‘exact number of overs’ means in decimal form.  e.g. 4 overs and 3 balls is 4.5 overs
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A summary of ECB Directives for young players is overleaf

Summary of restrictions for young players
A player’s age group is her age on 31 August in the preceding year i.e. 31 August 2015 for 2016 season.
Distances given for close fielders are measured from the striker’s middle stump
 
Age
Group
All
Batsmen
Fast bowlers
Close
Fielders
Keepers up
to stumps
 
U13
Helmet
5/spell  10/day
11 yards
Helmet
U14
Helmet
6/spell  12/day
8 yards
Helmet
U15
Helmet
6/spell  12/day
8 yards
Helmet
U16
Helmet
7/spell  18/day
#
Helmet
U17
Helmet
7/spell  18/day
#
Helmet
U18
Helmet
7/spell  18/day
#
Helmet
U19
##
7/spell  18/day
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# No restriction on how close she can stand BUT if it is less than 6 yards, she must wear a helmet
Younger age groups are simply not allowed nearer than the laid down minimum even if they wear a helmet.
## Requirement for helmet disappears on her 18th birthday but bowling restrictions apply until she is too old to be in the U19 age group
NOTE that in addition to the bowling restrictions above, applicable in all matches; other ECB guidance on under age players in ‘open age’ matches must be observed.…Details of these were issued to Clubs in Spring 2009
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C:  POINTS and RANKINGS for all Divisions
THE POINTS SYSTEM for 2016
NOTE that there are a few changes from 2014 and that these changes were discussed at the 2015 AGM
C1  Award of points
1.  For matches in which a valid result is achieved, points will be awarded as follows.
(a)    Match points         A Win       12 points
              A Winning Draw       8 points
                 A Losing Draw       4 points
                                 A Tie       6 points to each side.
 (b)   Bonus points
                  batting     Run rate per over, rounded up or down to one decimal place.  Run rate per over is the number of runs scored divided by the exact number (in decimal form*) of overs faced.  Batting points will be restricted to a maximum of 6. 
                                *For example, 4 overs and 1 ball is 4.17 overs, 2 balls 4.33, 3 balls 4.5, 4 balls 4.67, 5 balls 4.83
                bowling     1/2 point for each wicket taken.  5 points if the side is all out, even if there are fewer than 11 players in the side.
C2  Fewer than 11 players
 1.  For the purpose of awarding bowling bonus points, if a nominated player is not available to bat, or retires
(a)    if it is because of illness or injury sustained during the match, this will not count as a dismissal.
(b)    if it is for any other reason, it will count as a dismissal.
 2.  If a team consists of fewer than 11 players, then the opposing team will be awarded 5 bowling points if the whole side is dismissed.
C3   No-result matches
No points will be awarded to either side for No-result matches.
C4  Teams withdrawing or defaulting
If a team’s opponents default, it will be awarded 20 points, and the match will be deemed played.  Its defaulting opponents will, on every occasion, be deemed to have played the match (thus reducing its average points score) and be awarded no points.  Additionally, for a first default its total points score will be reduced by 10 points for Premier Division teams, or 5 points for other Divisions.  For each subsequent default (every Division) 5 points more than for the previous default will be deducted.  So a team defaulting 3 times will therefore lose
5 + 10 + 15 points — a total of 30 points.  For a Premier Division team this would be 10 + 15 + 20 = 45 points.  As well as these points fines, for a Premier Division team only, it will forfeit £50 of its deposit for a first default, for a second default it will lose the remainder.
A defaulting team must notify its opponents before 10 p.m. on the preceding Friday that it is unable to raise a team.  If it fails to meet this deadline, the points fine for defaulting will be double what it otherwise would have been.
If a team withdraws from the Competition, all points gained from matches against that team shall be deleted from the records.
 
 
 

 
C5  Average points scores
1.  At any one moment during the Competition, a club’s average points score (aps) is the total number of points gained at that date, divided by the number of matches played or deemed to have been played at that date.
2.  If a No-result match is rearranged, the match as actually played will replace completely all aspects of the original fixture except any fines that may have been incurred.
C6  Ranking
1.  Clubs will be ranked within their Division by their average points scores
2.  Equal rankings
If equal final average points scores mean that the clubs for promotion or relegation cannot be uniquely determined, then as many as are required of the following criteria, in the order in which they are stated, will be applied to tying clubs.  In the calculations,
               (i)    the number of overs bowled or faced is to be the exact number in strict decimal form.  For example 4 overs and 3 balls is 4.5 overs 
              (ii)    calculations are to be taken to as many decimal places as necessary
(a)    A rate for each of the tying teams is to be calculated as  ‘total runs scored in all its matches’    divided by  ‘total number of overs faced in all its matches’.  A team with a higher rate will be placed above one with a lower rate.
(b)    If this fails to distinguish between the teams, a rate for each team is to be calculated as ‘total number of wickets it has taken in its matches’  divided by  ‘total number of overs it has bowled in its matches’  A team with a higher rate will be placed above one with a lower rate.
(c)   If the teams are still level, a rate for each team is to be calculated as ‘total wickets it has lost in its matches’  divided by  ‘total number of overs it has faced in its matches’.  A team with a lower rate will be placed above one with a higher rate
(d)    If the teams are still level, the Organising Committee of the WCSL shall apply what further criteria it sees fit.
C7. Promotion and relegation
1. Clubs will be ranked within their Divisions by their final average points scores
2.  Promotion and relegation will be determined by final rankings. Note, however, that the Organising Committee is empowered to vary the details below if circumstances require it.
3.  Subject to the proviso in 2 above,
(a)    Premier Division.  The lowest ranked club will be relegated to the Championship Division
(b)    Championship Division. The highest ranked club will be promoted to the Premier Division. The lowest ranked 2 teams will be relegated to the regional divisions.
(c)    Winner of the Wostrack and winner of the Whitehorn divisions will be promoted to the  Championship division.
(d)    All the results for Whitehorn A,B,C etc will be combined to reveal the top team. The administrator will ensure that a combined table will be sent out each week.