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Rules for the BBS Cricket League
The current British Blind Sport Laws of Cricket in the UK should be followed with the following Amendments and Additions.
LAW 1 - THE PLAYERS
a) Players may play for no more than one club in the League during the same League season.
LAW 3 - THE UMPIRES
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 present, he 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 2 points deducted from its League total.
LAW 4 - THE SCORERS
a) It is the dual responsibility of the clubs to provide at least one scorer, who shall not also be acting as an Umpire.
LAW 7 - THE PITCH
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.
LAW 12 - THE INNINGS
a) Each side shall bat for no more than one innings.
b) A match shall last for no more than 60 overs in total.
c) After the team batting first has completed its innings the team batting second shall have the remainder of the 60 overs in which to complete its innings.
d) The team batting first shall be forced to declare after 40 overs.
In the event of a delay in play, the total number of overs to be bowled
in the match shall be reduced by 1 over for every 4 minutes (or part
of) lost. When delays occur in the First Innings, the batting side shall
be forced to declare when they have batted for 2/3 of the total number
of overs available.
LAW 15 - THE START OF PLAY
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.
LAW 19 - BOUNDARIES
a) In the event that the boundary is more than 50 yards 2 points shall be deducted from the home club's League total.
LAW 21 - THE RESULT
Points shall be awarded as follows:
Batting bonus points may only be secured in the first 32 overs of an
innings c) Batting bonus points shall be awarded as follows:
Bowling bonus points may be secured throughout the innings and shall
be awarded as follows:
d) If the team batting second wins the match their batting points will be determined by how many runs per wicket they have scored. If they have scored 5 runs per wicket lost they get 1 bonus point. They will receive an extra bonus point for every 5 runs per wicket up to 25 runs per wicket which would score 5 batting points.
NOTE. The number of batting bonus points awarded to one side, (including additional batting bonus points) may not exceed 5.
In the event of a fixture, having once been set, subsequently being
cancelled in advance and not rearranged:
f) A team not arriving within 1 hour of the pre-arranged start time of a fixture that has not been cancelled in advance, shall have one penalty point deducted and concede the match. Maximum points, including bonus points, shall be awarded to the opposition.
g) When an official BBS England event clashes with a League fixture, which results in at least one of the clubs being unable to fulfill their fixture due to having players on England duty, the fixture shall be postponed. Neither side shall be considered to have cancelled the match and will not therefore forfeit points to the opposition. Any club finding itself in this position must inform their opponents immediately and both clubs must agree a suitable date for the game to be rearranged.
h) If any club is responsible for cancelling more than a third of their league matches in one season the results from all their league fixtures in that season shall be disregarded.
LAW 22 - THE OVER
a) No Bowler may bowl more than three overs in the first fifteen overs of an innings. Thereafter there are no restrictions on the number of overs one Bowler may bowl, but the BBS Amendment 22(a) concerning B1 Bowlers still applies.
LAW 42 - UNFAIR PLAY
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 league shall be split into a first division and a second division comprising, at present, five teams in each.
2. Each team shall play two league matches against each other team in its division (once at home and once away) during the season (April - September).
3. Any additional teams entering the League shall join the second division.
4. At the end of each season the team finishing bottom of the first division shall be relegated and the team finishing top of the second division shall be promoted.
5. Notwithstanding Regulation 4 (above), the number of sides to be promoted or relegated shall be left to the discretion of the AGM should the numbers in each division need equalising in the event of new teams joining or teams dropping out.
6. 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.
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, light or BBS England commitments, no decision to postpone a match shall be allowed, except in exceptional circumstances 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. Clubs are responsible for arranging their own fixtures.
14. All clubs shall forward a list of their League fixtures for the coming season to the BBS Cricket Domestic Secretary before the end of March of that year.
15. All clubs wishing to take part in the League shall contact the BBS Cricket Domestic Secretary prior to the AGM of the preceeding year.
16. Clubs initiating a cancellation of a fixture, that is not rearranged, or failing to arrive within 1 hour of the pre-arranged start time, thus conceding the match, shall be fined £20 on each occassion. This money will be deducted from the club's allocation of League expenses from BBS.
17. Clubs incurring expenses following the cancellation of a fixture by the opposition, that is not rearranged, or following the failure of the opposition to arrive within 1 hour of the pre-arranged start time, thus conceding the match, may claim the standard contribution from BBS, on production of the appropriate receipts to the BBS Cricket Domestic Secretary.
18. The BBS Cricket Domestic Secretary will send League Tables and results to each club at the end of each month during the season.
19. The BBS Cricket Domestic Secretary 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.
20. If any club is responsible for cancelling more than a third of its league matches in one season the results from all of its league fixtures in that season shall be disregarded.