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Blind Cricket Rules for the Primary Club National Knockout Cup

March 2004

The current British Blind Sport Laws of Cricket in the UK should be followed with the following Amendments and Additions.


a) All players shall be registered to play in the competition, with the BBS Cricket Domestic Secretary by the required date, according to the Competition Regulations.


a) Unless otherwise agreed before the match, it is the responsibility of each club to provide one non-playing Umpire. If only one Umpire is present the clubs must share any resulting expenses.

b) In the event that only one Umpire is available, they may be joined by an assistant to be agreed upon by both Captains.

c) In the event that no Umpire or assistant is available the Captains may improvise, using partially sighted Players to act as Umpires.

d) In the event that a club fails to fulfill its responsibility to provide one non-playing Umpire for a match and, as a consequence, members of either playing side are used as Umpires, that club shall be penalised by having to play its next home cup match away.


a) It is the dual responsibility of the clubs to provide at least one scorer, who shall not also be acting as an Umpire.


a) All matches must be played on either a prepared cricket strip (grass or artificial) or a rolled and mown area of grass.

b) Both Umpires and the visiting Captain may submit their opinions on the ground to the BBS Cricket Domestic Secretary.

c) Any ground which receives adverse comments from three separate matches during one season, must be assessed for suitability before hosting further competitive cricket. This assessment is the responsibility of the BBS Cricket Domestic Secretary.


a) Each side shall bat for no more than one innings.

b) Each innings shall last no longer than 30 overs.

c) In the event of a delay in play the overs shall be rearranged so theat both teams have the opportunity of batting for the same number of overs. The calculation of overs to be played following a delay shall be based on one over for four minuted or part thereof lost in the time remaining before the close of play.

d) In the event that, due to delay, either innings is reduced to less than ten overs the match shall be abandoned and the winner is decided by bowling at stumps (see Law 21, c).

e) Each innings will last no longer than 2 Hours. Any team not bowling their overs within the time limit shall only face the number of overs they actually bowled at the cut off time. The team bowling second shall be penalized by deducting 10 runs from their total for every over not bowled by a partially sighted bowler before the cut off time and 15 runs from their total for every over not bowled by a B1 before the cut off time. In both cases, the bowling team must bowl the allocated overs as determined at the start of the innings.


a) Play should start promptly at 1.00 p.m. unless otherwise arranged by the two Captains.

b) If one of the sides is short of the required number of players by the pre-arranged start time the opposing Captain may insist that the game begins.

c) Players subsequently arriving must announce their arrival to the Umpire in the usual way before joining the play.


a) In the event of a tie, the side which has lost the fewer wickets shall be declared the winner.

b) In the event of a tie where both sides have lost the same number of wickets, or, due to weather interuptions, the side batting second does not complete the same number of overs as the side batting first, the side that has scored the most runs in the first ten overs of its innings shall be declared the winner.

c) In the event of a tie, or an abandonment due to weather, where a winner cannot be declared by either (a) or (b) above, the result shall be decided by bowling at stumps, as follows:
i) Each team shall nominate 4 Bowlers in a pre-set order, at least one of whom shall be a B1.
ii) The Captains shall toss to decide which team will bowl first.
iii) There shall be no Striker to defend the stumps.
iv) Each of the 8 nominated Bowlers shall bowl, alternately by team, 3 consecutive balls from one end of the pitch, to the stumps at the other end.
v) Once a Bowler has bowled his 3 balls, he my not bowl again until all other members of the team have bowled.
vi) If the ball fails to bounce at least once before the popping crease at the other end, it is declared a 'no ball'.
vii) Other than in (vi) above, 'no balls' and 'wides' are called in the normal way.
viii) An extra ball is not awarded for a 'no ball' or a 'wide'.
ix) Once all 8 Bowlers have completed their 3 balls, the team with the most wickets (from legitimate balls) shall be declared the winner.
x) a) If the scores are level after all 8 Bowlers have completed their 3 balls, the competition shall move to sudden death.
b) One Bowler from each team (continuting with the same team bowling first), shall bowl 3 consecutive balls, and the team obtaining the most wickets is declared the winner.
c) If the scores remain level, this shall be repeated until a winner is declared.


a) No Bowler may bowl more than six overs in the match.

b) At the end of 30 overs, at least 9 overs must have been bowled by B1 Bowlers.


a) Should any member of the batting side encroach onto the field of play the Umpires' attention should be drawn to the fact and they should request him to leave immediately.

b) If by encroaching onto the field of play a member of the batting side touches the ball or obstructs a member of the fielding side the Umpire shall immediately call and signal 'dead ball'. The Umpires will then decide on any action to be taken, including action as prescribed under Law 37: (Obstructing the Field).

c) Should a player show dissent to the Umpire(s) or indulge in abusive language, following a caution and final warning, he should be asked to leave the field of play and allowed to take no further part in the match. Should the player fail to comply the match shall be awarded to the opposing team. The incident should then be reported by the Umpires to the BBS Cricket Committee and the player will face a disciplinary hearing. A BBS Cricket Disciplinary Procedure is in place - details are available on request from the Cricket Committee.

d) Smoking is not permitted on the field during play.

e) No form of glasswear, plastic glasses or cans are permitted on the field during play.


1. The Draw for the Knockout Cup shall take place at the previous year's AGM.

2. In the event that a preliminary round is necessary, the semi-finalists from the previous year shall be exempt.

3. All other clubs shall enter the draw for any necessary preliminary round.

4. All players on the same team shall be dressed alike. Players shall wear designated club shirts, tops and trousers at all times. No player may wear white or shaded white shirts or tops. Players must wear white trousers unless all team members wear identically coloured trousers. If a player is not correctly dressed, on appeal from the opposing Captain, the Umpire shall ask him to leave the field until he is correctly attired.

5. All clubs must register a squad of up to 24 players with the BBS Cricket Domestic Secretary by the first Saturday in May. All B1 and B2 players must be clearly indicated on the Squad List. Any Club failing to register by the deadline will be placed in the draw for the Preliminary Round of the Cup the following season.

6. Clubs that register 22 or fewer players by the first Saturday in May may register up to 2 additional players before the first Saturday in June, or at least one week before their first Cup Match, whichever is the earlier. B1 and B2 players must be clearly indicated. The Squad, including additional players, must not exceed 24.

7. The home side is responsible for offering hospitality to the visiting side and officials. In the event that food will not be provided, at least 24 hours notice must be given to the visiting side.

8. The home side shall provide a First Aid Kit for the match and ensure that the Emergency Services are able to be contacted.

9. Other than for reasons of weather, ground or light, no decision to postpone a match shall be allowed, except in exceptional circumatances and only then if authorised by the BBS Cricket Domestic Secretary.

10. The BBS Cricket Domestic Secretary shall be informed as soon as possible following the decision to postpone a match.

11. Completed score sheets shall be forwarded to the BBS Cricket Domestic Secretary by an official of the home side within 7 days of the match.

12. In the event of a dispute that is not resolved on the day of the match, reports shall be submitted to the BBS Cricket Domestic Secretary and exchanged by both Captains and Umpires within 4 days of the match. The BBS Cricket Committee shall then decide on the action to be taken, including the possibility of replaying the match.

13. The BBS Cricket DomesticSecretary will ensure that the Rules are produced in large print, audio and Braille before 1st March each year. He will distribute them to all participating clubs by 1st April each year.

14. A reserve date for the Cup Final shall be put into the calendar at least one month in advance of the scheduled Cup Final day. This reserve day will only be used if the Cup Final is not played due to adversed weather conditions. If Lord's is unable to offer a reserve date at least one month in advance of the day of the Final, the BBS Cricket Committee shall find an alternative reserve venue.


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