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Please note the changes to Rule 9 & Rule 20(c) for the 2016 season

1. NAME 
2. OBJECT
3. MEMBERSHIP
4. MANAGEMENT
5. PRESIDENT
6. FINANCE
7. DISSOLUTION
8. TROPHIES
9. ELIGIBILITY OF PLAYERS
10. RULING LAWS 

11. FAILURE TO FIELD A FULL SIDE
12. MATCH CONDITIONS
13. HOURS OF PLAY
14. TABLES, POINTS, POSITIONS
15. FIXTURES
16. FITNESS FOR PLAY, ETC.
17. MATCH BALL
18. UMPIRES
19. CLOTHING
20. SCORING AND RESULTS
21. INSURANCE
22. PROTESTS, CLAIMS & DISCIPLINE see Rules Part 3 & 4
23. ANY OTHER MATTERS


1. NAME
The competition shall be called the NEWARK CLUB CRICKET ALLIANCE

2. OBJECT 

To promote interest & competition in weekend cricket.

3. MEMBERSHIP
 
a) The competition shall consist of as many clubs as shall be decided annually by the Management Committee.
b) Applications for membership of the competition shall be made to the Secretary in writing before 1st October, i.e.18 months before the season in which a club commences playing in the competition. (Exceptions dealt with by Management Committee). All applicants must be members of their County Cricket Board.
c) Applications in writing shall comprise:
c1. A Club's current fixture list
c2. Details of ground & facilities
c3. Any other relevant information
**A Membership Application form can be requested from the League Secretary, downloaded or emailed.
d) Member Clubs wishing to resign from the competition shall do so in writing to the League Secretary by 1st October following the season in which they last competed otherwise they will incur a £50 fine.
e) 11 Clubs per division shall be a maximum.
f) A Club may not have more than one team in any division of the league.
g) Members must belong to their County Cricket Board.
h) Each club should satisfy the management committee as to the suitability of its constitution, administration and playing facilities to enter and remain in membership of the league. Any Club failing to maintain satisfactory conduct and playing facilities may be disqualified from promotion or excluded from membership of the league.
i) League Management Committee recommends a 30 mile radius from Newark for new clubs joining league. From 2014 season.

4. MANAGEMENT 

Management Committee comprising the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Press Official plus six elected officers each to represent one division of the league shall govern the competition. Any proposed alterations to the rules must be submitted in writing to the Secretary by 30th September of that year. A majority of at least two thirds of the clubs present at the AGM will be needed to change the rules. Any club failing to attend the AGM will be liable to a fine at the Management Committee's discretion. 

5. PRESIDENT 

An ex-officio President shall be elected each year at the AGM. An ex-officio President shall be elected each year at the AGM. 

6. FINANCE
a) Each new club shall pay a joining fee of £2.00 to the Treasurer by the 30th October of the year before they begin playing in the competition.
b) The annual subscription to the competition will be £30.00 for each team. In the event of a team failing to pay a subscription by the 1st May, the subscription for that team for the year in question shall be DOUBLED to £60.00. Any Club failing to pay its annual subscription by the end of the playing season shall have to apply for re-election by the full body of members at the following AGM.
c) All moneys shall be banked in the name of the Newark Club Cricket Alliance with the Yorkshire Bank plc, withdrawals to be made on any two signatures of the Treasurer, Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary.
d) Two auditors may be elected annually from any two clubs in membership, but not including any member of the Management Committee.
e) Any club failing to send a representative to the leagues Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall be fined £30.00

f) Club information form if not returned by March 31st a £30-00 fine will be imposed.

g) All clubs to have banking facilities to deal with fees, fines and receive awards. 


7. DISSOLUTION
Should the competition be dissolved, any funds in hand will be donated to the Nottinghamshire Cricket Board Limited and Lincolnshire Cricket Association in proportion to the number of clubs from each County in the competition at that time. Any trophies held by the competition shall be donated to the Notts & Lincs Cricket Associations as the Management Committee deems fit.

8. TROPHIES
The competition shall provide annually for a Championship and Runners-up prize for all divisions that will be awarded to the successful clubs that attend the presentation ceremony held after completion of the A.G.M. It is stressed that the vote carried at the A.G.M. in 2002 insisted that a representative of the successful club must attend to receive the prize or else it will be forfeited.

9. REGISTRATION OF PLAYERS
a) All players must be registered with League Registrar via their club’s Play-cricket web-site (Pre-season 2016 by 1st April 2016). It is the responsibility of the clubs to ensure that player’s registrations have been received by the League Registrar. Within the necessary time scales.
b) In All Divisions any additional registrations (i.e. after 1st April 2016), must be submitted to the League Registrar on the clubs play-cricket web-site by the start time on the day of the match.
c) Any team playing an unregistered player will be deducted 4 (four) points for each game played by the illegal player, and shall be fined a minimum of £10.The opposition will be awarded a win and the 4 (four) points available in the game. Any club found to have deliberately falsified a team sheet or the Play–cricket results to hide an unregistered player shall be subject to an unlimited points deduction as decided by Management Committee and/or Disciplinary Committee.
d) No transfer of players in All Divisions may take place after 31st July. Registration of players in All Division will be allowed to the end of season. No player will be allowed to play for another club until all outstanding monies are settled with is previous club(s). in the event of a club fielding such a player 2 (two) points will be deducted for each match the player participates in until the debt(s) are settled.
e) No player can register to play for more than one Club in the League in any one season, except with the approval of the management committee following agreement with the club holding the current registration and the proposed club. Players will only be allowed one transfer in a current season. An official league transfer form must be completed and an approved by the league registrar before a player can play for is new club. A club must not unreasonably withhold such transfer.
f) A registration will carry over from season to season and shall be affective until cancelled by the club. Provided that all obligations have been met, a player may change clubs at the end of season without a formal transfer form process. Each year and no later than the official registration date 1st APRIL for the league, clubs shall ensure all registrations relating to players leaving the club have been cancelled.
g) Any unusual circumstances will be decided by Management Committee.

 

10. RULING LAWS
a) SPECIAL ATTENTION IS DRAWN TO THE FOLLOWING:-
The England and Wales Cricket Board insist that ALL clubs with junior and youth members MUST now appoint a Child Welfare Officer. Each club playing in the Newark Alliance is responsible for ensuring that team managers, coaches, umpires and any other volunteer helpers have undergone the required CRB checking. Please read the ECB publication 'Safe Hands - Welfare of Young People in Cricket', October 2003 for further information.M.C.C. Laws shall be adhered to, except where modified by the Newark Club Cricket Alliance rules including the following:- In respect of the NEW laws introduced in October 2000, the 5 run penalties shall NOT be implemented. In circumstances when an umpire feels that the 5 run penalty would have applied, a full report should be sent to the Management Committee and will be dealt with under the league disciplinary code. N.B. The 5 run penalty when the ball touches helmets, articles of clothing etc. is still valid.
b) To update ECB Fast bowling directives Rule (10). Done Automatically.
Current ECB Fast Bowling Directives
Under 13 - Maximum 5 overs per spell - 2 spells per match i.e. maximum 10 overs per day
Under 14/15 - Maximum 6 overs per spell - 2 spells per match i.e. maximum12 overs per day
Under 16/17 - Maximum 7 overs per spell - 3 spells per match i.e. maximum 18 overs per day

Under 18/19 - Maximum 7 overs per spell - 3 spells per match i.e. maximum 18 overs per day
Having completed a spell, the bowler cannot bowl again from either end until an equivalent number of overs to the length of his spell have been bowled from the same end. Interruptions to play shall reduce this requirement by one over at each end for every 7 minutes of interruption.For the purposes of these directives, a fast bowler is defined as one to whom a wicket keeper in the same age group, would, in normal circumstances, stand back to take the ball.
c) Overseas Players

1) The onus is on NCCA Member Clubs to satisfy themselves that overseas players have the right to play league cricket in accordance with UK Border Agency visa regulations.

 2) The NCCA defines overseas players in accordance with ECB regulations and guidelines.”

 d) Wearing of helmets - Under 18 years of age
All cricketers under the age of 18 shall wear a helmet, and boys an abdominal protector, whilst batting.All wicket keepers under the age of 18 shall wear a helmet whilst standing up to the stumps (and boys keeping wicket will wear an abdominal protector at all times).Helmets must be worn by under 13's fielding within 11 yards (10 metres) of the middle stump, under 15's fielding within 8 yards (7.3 metres) and under 18's within 6 yards (5.5 metres). All boys shall wear abdominal protectors whilst fielding within the distances quoted for their age group. A fuller explanation is contained in a dossier available from your Cricket Association.

 

11. FAILURE TO FIELD A FULL SIDE 
a) A team failing to field a full XI will not be loaned fielders by the opposing side.
b) In the event of a member of the fielding side being injured, the batting side may provide a substitute at their own discretion without prejudicing their rights under Rule 9.
c) If a Club with more than one team find it necessary to call off a fixture, it MUST be their lower division fixture that is cancelled. See also 15(e). 

12. MATCH CONDITIONS
a) Before the commencement of each match both captains MUST insert the first and second name of each of his players on the official match result form, clearly indicating the ages of all players up to (and including) nineteen years. The form should then be lodged with the official scorers but made available to the umpires so that they are aware of under-aged participants. (See Rule 10)
b) Each match shall be of no more than 80 overs (40 overs per side). Captains may agree before the toss of the coin to play no fewer than 40 overs (20 overs per side). 
No bowler to bowl more than 20% of his side's agreed number of overs. 
c) The number of overs may be reduced due to weather conditions after play has started provided both captains agree. No match will be reduced to fewer than 40 overs (20 overs per side)

d) If a side batting first is bowled out in fewer than it's allotted overs the side batting second will NOT be allowed to use the remainder.


13. HOURS OF PLAY 
a) Weather permitting, ALL matches will begin at 2.00 pm from April to August. ALL matches will start no later than 1.00 pm from September 1st. Teams failing to achieve a prompt start will be liable to a fine (not exceeding £5.00) decided by the Management Committee.
b) The tea interval shall be of not more than 30 minutes duration, usually to be taken between innings. Where clubs provide teas, a minimum of 11 teas must be paid for. The current maximum charge for teas is £30.00 - this will be reviewed annually by the Management Committee.
c) All matches to finish by 8.30 pm from April to August and by 7.30 pm in September. If the agreed number of overs has not been completed when stumps are drawn, the game shall be declared a 'No Result'.

14. TABLES, POINTS, POSITIONS
a) League Tables shall be constructed on a points basis.
b) In the event of two or more teams being tied on points, the positions shall be decided firstly by any failure(s) to fulfil fixture(s) Rule 15(e) and should they still be equal by the difference between each team's average of runs scored per wickets lost and its average of runs conceded per wickets taken throughout the season. Incomplete matches to be included.
c) The team scoring the most runs in the allotted overs of a match shall be the winner. There shall be no such result as a Drawn Game.
d) Points shall be awarded thus: 4 for a win, 3 to each side in a tied game, 2 to each side for a no result. 4 to the aggrieved side in the event that their opponents fail to fulfil a fixture.
e) In the event of a team failing to fulfil a fixture, for the first instance of default a total of 4 points will be deducted from the record of the defaulting team which will also be fined an amount decided by the Management Committee (currently £10.00 for each match). For the second failure to fulfil a fixture a further 8 points will be deducted and after that an additional 12 points deducted for every subsequent unfulfilled fixture and The Management Committee will meet after the third default with the potential outcome being the expulsion of the defaulting team from the League.
f) Promotion and Relegation as follows:- Div ONE - 2 relegated; Div TWO - 2 promoted & 2 relegated; Div THREE - 2 promoted & 2 relegated; Div FOUR - 2 promoted & 2 relegated; Div FIVE - 2 promoted & 2 relegated; Div SIX - 2 promoted & 2 relegated; Div SEVEN - 2 promoted. 
If any unforeseen circumstances arise, the Management Committee will then decide on the structure of promotion and relegation. A new club applying for membership to the league would be accomodated in a Division to suit its strength provided there was a vacancy. 
g) If a club qualifies for promotion to a division where they already have a team then this qualification will be forfeited. If a club should be relegated to a division in which it already has a team, the decision of the Management Committee shall be final.

15. FIXTURES
a) Each team shall play the other teams in their league twice per season.
b) All fixtures shall be arranged for Sundays unless clubs concerned mutually agree to play on a Saturday or Bank Holiday. All clubs must attend a meeting to be called in November or December each year to finalise the fixture lists. This meeting is of such fundamental importance to the smooth running of the League that failure to attend will carry a compulsory fine of £50.00. When a Club has finalised its fixture list, a copy must be lodged with the Secretary of the competition. The name by which a club registers at the fixture meeting will stand for the following season.
c) Where BOTH teams AGREE and a minimum of seven day's notice is given to the divisional secretary, fixtures can be changed after publication of the official list. A firm revised date must be advised to the divisional secretary immediately - no matches left T.B.A. If the teams CANNOT agree then no changes to the fixture list will be allowed after 1st April. (See also Rule 17(c)).
d) Home teams will always be liable for the preparation of good wickets, in keeping with the ambitious standard of the competition and shall be answerable to the Management Committee (under Rule 14) in the event of a protest being lodged.
e) See also Rule 11(c). 

16. FITNESS FOR PLAY.
a) No match shall be called off, other than for bad weather. Any other problem MUST be referred to and approved by the Management Committee.
b) A home team deciding their ground is unfit by reason of the weather must inform the opposition in ample time taking into account the starting time of the match, the distance the opposition have to travel and the time required to inform their entire squad.
c) By mutual agreement of clubs, a fixture may be transferred to the ground of the original away side. If such a match is called off, the original home team will be responsible for informing the secretary of the competition.
d) Matches failing to start due to adverse weather shall be classed as 'No result'

 

17. MATCH BALL 
a) Each team shall provide a ball (together with a spare) for use when fielding.
b) The match balls shall be standard quartered Grade 'A' - approved by the captains & umpires prior to the toss for innings.

18. UMPIRES 
(Please also refer to RULE 10 with regard to your club's responsibility)
a) Each team should provide one umpire.
b) In the event of only one team providing an umpire any REASONABLE expenses incurred should be shared between BOTH teams. The said umpire shall stand at the bowling end throughout the match and a player of the batting side shall officiate at square leg throughout the match. This arrangement can be waived with the agreement of both captains.
c) In the event of neither side providing an umpire, players of the batting side shall carry out the full duties of the umpires.

19. CLOTHING
Captains, as far as possible, shall ensure that all players are correctly attired; with special regard to the bowlers.

20. SCORING AND RESULTS
a) Each club shall provide a competent scorer. The scorers in each game to compare records at the end of play. The discovery of an error materially affecting the result, after stumps have been drawn, shall be reported immediately to the Management Committee via the Divisional Secretary.
b) It is the HOME side's responsibility to ENTER RESULT & SCORESHEET details in full on the Play Cricket Website. Failure will incur a one point deduction from the league table.

c) To start April 2015 season. All RESULT SHEETS WILL BE COMPLETED IN FULL on the Play-Cricket Website by the HOME Team's rep; by 23.59 on the MONDAY following the game. This then to be confirmed as correct by the AWAY Team's rep by 23.59 on the WEDNESDAY following the game. (Failure to do so by the club/clubs involved will incur a one point penalty from the league table. When the home team have completed the result sheet the away team will be given 48 (Forty Eight Hours) to confirm as correct.)

d) Clubs must provide and maintain a comprehensive list of their players names on their play cricket web-site and no player shall be allowed to play for that club unless registered at least 24 hours in advance of the game taking place.

e) Clubs to fill in Team Sheet cards supplied by League. To be handed at toss to each team captain.

21. INSURANCE
Each club shall be responsible for its own insurance liability when playing fixtures in this competition.  

22. PROTESTS, CLAIMS, DISCIPLINE ETC. 
0. a) Any club lodging a protest or claim must deposit the sum of £10.00 for each such protest or claim.
b) Such protests or claims must be lodged with the Secretary of the competition within three clear days, not including Sunday, following the match concerned. 
c) Neither club involved shall have a vote when the Management Committee judges the matter.
d) Deposits shall be forfeited when protests or claims are not upheld. When they are upheld, the deposit shall be returned and the defaulting club shall be dealt with as the Management Committee deems fit.
e) If the fine(s) are not paid within fourteen days of a defaulting club being notified, the club will be dealt with as the Management Committee deems fit.
f) Any fines imposed as above must be lodged with the Treasurer.  
g) The NCCA is set to fully adopt ECB Code of Conduct & Spirit Of Cricket protocols. This will follow the same principle as the SNCL and other leagues.   


DISCIPLINE

1. CODE of CONDUCT and SPIRIT OF CRICKET   
(a) Code of Conduct   
(i) The League under the auspices of the ECB is committed to maintaining high standards of behaviour and conduct.   
(ii) The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of Cricket as well as within the Laws.   
(iii) Players and team officials must at all times accept the umpire's decision. Players must not show dissent at the umpire's decision or react in a provocative or disapproving manner towards another player or spectator.   
(iv) Players, team officials, match officials, spectators and supporters shall not assault nor attempt to assault, verbally abuse, intimidate, use crude, offensive/abusive language (known as "sledging") or racially abusive language nor make any offensive gestures/actions towards match officials, opponents or other persons, nor deliberately distract an opponent.   
(v) Clubs must take adequate steps to ensure the good behaviour of their members and supporters towards players and umpires.   
(vi) It will be the duty of any League Official, club official or match official to notify the League Secretary, in writing, of any breach of this Code within seven days of the offence. Where an umpire identifies a breach of this Code by another umpire, the umpire must also inform the League Secretary, in writing, within seven days of the offence.   
(vii) Player, cricket officials and match officials shall not make public, press or media comment which is detrimental to the League, any club or the game in general.   

Notes:  
(i) A match will be from the time that the toss is made until the time both umpires finally leave the ground after the match, and includes all intervals or interruptions in play during the match.   
(ii) For the purposes of this Code, a match official is deemed to be an umpire or scorer; a cricket official is deemed to be an official member of any cricket club or cricket organisation.   
(b) Spirit of Cricket   There are two Laws which place the responsibility for the team's conduct firmly on the captain. (Laws 1.4 and 42).   

Responsibility of Captains        
The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of the game as well as within the Laws.   

Players' Conduct        
In the event of any player failing to comply with the instructions of an umpire, criticising his decision by word or action, showing dissent, or generally behaving in a manner which might bring the game into disrepute, the umpire concerned shall in the first place report the matter to the other umpire and to the player's captain, requesting the latter to take action.   
(i) Fair and Unfair Play   
According to the Laws the umpires are the sole judges of fair and unfair play (Law 42.2). The umpires may intervene at any time, and it is the responsibility of the captain to take action where required.   
(ii) The umpires are authorised to intervene in cases of:  
· Time wasting   
· Damaging the pitch   
· Dangerous and unfair bowling   
· Tampering with the ball   
· Any other action that they consider to be unfair   
(iii) The Spirit of the Game involves RESPECT for:   
· Your opponents   
· Your own captain and team   
· The role of the umpires   
· The game's traditional values   
(iv) It is against the Spirit of the Game:   
· To dispute an umpire's decision by word, action or gesture   
· To direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire   
· to indulge in cheating or any sharp practice, for instance:  
(a) appeal, knowing the batsman is not out   
(b) advance towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing   
(c) seek to distract an opponent either verbally or by harassment with persistent clapping   or unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of one's side.   
(v) Violence      
There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play.   
(vi) Players   
Captains and umpires set the tone for the conduct of a cricket match. Every player is expected to make an important contribution to this.   
(c) Alms & Jurisdiction   
(i) It shall be a disciplinary offence   
(a) for any player in the course of or in connection with a match to misconduct himself or to act at any time in a manner calculated to prejudice the good name or interests of the League and   
(b) for any club to fail properly to control its players or to act in a manner calculated to prejudice the good name or interests of the league.   

(ii) and the player and/or club committing an offence shall be liable to penalties as specified in these Rules.   
(iii) Failure to comply with the provision of Rule 12.1 may lead to disciplinary action, irrespective of an alleged breach being related to a match not under the jurisdiction of the League.   

For the purpose of the Rules the expression "The Player" shall throughout these Rules be deemed to mean and include not only any player, whether a professional or otherwise, but also any member or official of any club or if appropriate any other person involved in any incident of possible misconduct occurring on the field of play, or on the premises of the club, as may be appropriate in the particular circumstances.

 

2. PROCEDURE

 (a) Any club or player lodging a protest or claim must deposit with the League a sum of £20 for each protest or claim. Any protest or claim lodged by an umpire appointed by the Management Committee is not required to be accompanied by a deposit.

(b) Such protests or claims must be lodged with the League Secretary within ten days following the match concerned.

(c) Any alleged breach of the Code of Conduct and Spirit of Cricket reported to the League Secretary will be referred to the Chairman of the League Disciplinary Committee.

(i) Upon receipt of such complaint, and as soon as reasonably practicable, the Chairman of the League Disciplinary Committee shall consider the complaint and resolve either:

(a) To take no action except to record the complaint and notify the club: or

(b) To endorse disciplinary action taken by the Club: or

(c) To refer the matter for a Disciplinary Hearing.

(d) All disciplinary matters shall be under the direction of the Disciplinary Committee consisting of not less than three persons. Each case shall be heard by a chairman and at least two members appointed by the Management Committee. Appeals from the Disciplinary Committee shall be to an Appeals Committee consisting of not less than three persons which shall comprise a chairman and at least two members, none of whom shall have served at the original hearing, appointed by the Management Committee. No person on these committees shall be connected with the player, the club or their opponents at the time of the alleged breach.

(e) Decisions of the Disciplinary Committee (a finding that a complaint is proved or not proved or a decision on a penalty) shall be by majority vote'; where necessary the Panel Chairman shall have a casting vote.

(f) Disciplinary hearings and appeals will be conducted in accordance with the guidelines issued by the ECB. (http://www.static.ecb.co.uk/files/disciplineregs2009-10467.pdf

(g) Deposits shall be forfeited when protests or claims are not upheld. Should they be upheld, the deposit shall be returned and the defaulting club or payer dealt with as the Management Committee adjudges fit.

 

3. DISCIPLINARY HEARING

(a) In any case which is referred for a Disciplinary Hearing, at least seven days' notice in writing of the hearing and of the offence(s) alleged shall be given to the player, or in the case of a club, its Secretary.

(b) The Chairman of the League Disciplinary Committee shall convene a hearing as soon as is practicable and in any event within 21 days of the decision to refer. Any adjournments may be granted at the discretion of the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee.

(c) The player and club shall be entitled to attend the hearing, state their case, (in the case of a club by its Secretary or other official), to be supported by a colleague and to call witnesses.

 

4. NON-ATTENDANCE AT THE DISCIPLINARY HEARING

(a) Non-attendance at a Disciplinary Hearing by the player or club having been given reasonable notice in accordance with Rule 3a will not postpone or cancel the hearing. The hearing will be conducted in the absence of the player or club.

(b) The player or club will be advised of the decision in writing only within 7 days of the date of the hearing. Non-attendance at the hearing, without good and valid reason, by the player or club will automatically result in forfeit of their right to an Appeal Hearing, and the Disciplinary Committee's decision will be final and binding.

 

5. PENALTIES

(a) If at the hearing the Disciplinary Committee finds the alleged offence proved it shall have the power to impose one or more of the following penalties, together with such order as to costs as it deems appropriate:

(b) In the case of a player:

· To require the player to submit appropriate letter(s) of apology within a specified time

· To record a reprimand and to give warning as to future conduct

· To impose a fine of not more than £50

· To suspend the player for one or more matches, or for a stated period of time

· To deduct League points from the player's team

· To expel the player from the League

(c) In the case of a club:

· To require the club to submit appropriate letter(s) of apology within a specified time

· To record a reprimand and to give warning as to future conduct

· To impose a fine of not more than £100

· To deduct League points from the club's teams

· To relegate to any lower division of the League

· To expel the club from any competition in the League

· To expel the club from the League

(d) The Disciplinary Committee shall have the power to suspend the operation of any part, or all, of the penalty it imposes for such period and subject to such terms and conditions it deems appropriate.

(e) The Disciplinary Committee will notify the club and/or the player concerned of its decision in writing.

(f) To provide clear indications to all those who fall within the scope of this procedure, the following corrective actions and penalties will be applied to any complaint of misconduct proven after investigation and hearing:

(1) Individual Corrective Actions and Penalties

(i) Actions likely to receive at least a reprimand and/or deduction of match points:

· Deliberate time wasting

· Damaging the pitch

· Intimidatory bowling

· Deliberate tampering with the match ball to gain advantage

· Ridiculous appeals from fielders

· Distracting an opponent

· Aggressive appealing by a bowler towards an umpire

· Failure of the captain to take appropriate action to control players' conduct/behaviour

(ii) Actions likely to receive at least a suspension of 2 matches and/or a fine and/or a deduction of match points:

· Continuance of reprimandable offence

· "Sledging" or disparaging remarks towards a player

· Disparaging remarks about an umpire

· Showing dissent towards an umpire by gesture

· Disparaging remarks made by a captain towards an umpire or other player

· Unruly behaviour off the field of play including foul or abusive language

· Any action that could be construed as unfair play or bringing the game into disrepute

(iii) Actions likely to receive at least a suspension of 4 matches and/or a fine and/or a deduction of match points

· Continuance of a reprimandable offence or Category 2 offence

· Dissent such as bat throwing or breaking the stumps without a genuine reason accepted as part of the game

· Showing verbal dissent or persistent and unreasonable questioning of an umpire's decision

· Using foul or abusive language, or gestures, directed at an umpire

· Aggressive behaviour on the field of play including foul and abusive language

(iv) Actions likely to receive at least a suspension of 8 matches and/or a fine and/or a deduction of match points:

· Continuance of a reprimandable offence or Category 2 or 3 offences

· Violence, fighting, or aggressive actions, on or off the field of play, with other players or spectators

· Violence or aggressive intimidation towards an umpire

· Verbal abuse, foul language or actions likely to be so obvious that they are not restricted to those participating in the game

· any form of Racist or Sexist comment

(g) In addition, where a player, club or their representative and witnesses behave inappropriately or fail to respect the formality at any level of hearing, the Disciplinary and Appeals Committees reserve the right to impose further corrective actions or penalties as they see fit.

2. Club Corrective Actions and Penalties

(i) Actions likely to receive at least a reprimand:

· Cumulative non-attendance at mandatory League meetings

· Persistent failure to supply mandatory documentation in a timely manner

· Failure to take appropriate action on members who commit reprimandable offences

· Other minor breaches of Codes of Conduct, Guidelines or Rules

(ii) Actions likely to receive at least a deduction of match points and/or a fine:

· Continuance of reprimandable actions

· Failure to control the actions of its players or members on or off the field of play

· Failure to attend Hearings (in addition to the penalties imposed as a result of non-attendance)

· Serious breaches of Codes of Conduct, Guidelines or Rules

(iii) Actions likely to receive at least a deduction of match points, and/or a fine and/or expulsion from the League:

· Continuance of reprimandable actions or Category II penalties

· Persistent failure to fulfil scheduled fixtures

· Very serious breaches of Codes of Conduct, Guidelines or Rules

(h) In addition, where a club or their representative and witnesses behave inappropriately or fail to respect the formality at any level of hearing, the Disciplinary and Appeals Committees reserve the right to impose further corrective actions or penalties as they see fit.

(i) Suspensions of four weeks' duration (or above) should be reported by the League to their nominated County Board for national circulation. Players should understand that suspension of this length will normally apply to all cricket played under the auspices of ECB.

 

6. APPEALS PROCEDURE

(a) A player or club shall have the right of appeal to the Appeals Committee.

(b) Notice of Appeal setting out the grounds, and including the names of any witnesses to be called, must be given in writing to the League Secretary within seven days of the decision of the Disciplinary Committee, together with a deposit of £30 per player and/or £60 per club.

(c) If Notice of Appeal is given the penalty shall not take effect pending the hearing of the Appeal, which shall take place as soon as is practicable.

(d) The appeal shall be by way of re-hearing before the Appeals Committee and the player or club shall have the same rights of attendance and representation, and to call witnesses as they had before the Disciplinary Committee.

(e) The Appeals Committee may confirm, vary or reverse the decision of the Disciplinary Committee and it shall have the power to increase the penalty and award costs of the Appeal hearing. Where they consider an appeal to be without merit, the Appeals Committee shall have the power to order the deposit to be forfeited to the League. Decisions of the Appeals Panel shall be by majority vote; where necessary, the Chairman shall have the casting vote.

(f) The decision of the Appeals Committee, or if no appeal, of the Disciplinary Committee, shall be final and binding.

(g) Any fines imposed by the Disciplinary or Appeals Committee on a player or a club must be paid within 14 days to the League Treasurer, and may be liable to a further fine under Rule 7f if the fines imposed are not paid by the appropriate date.

(h) Leagues should notify their nominated County Board of a four week suspension or above upon expiry of the seven day period within which notification of intent to appeal should be made, or in the case of an appeal, immediately upon conclusion of the appeal hearing.

 

23. ANY OTHER MATTERS
The Management Committee shall deal with any questions or matters not herein provided for together with the interpretation of the above rules. They shall meet as and when required.

 

RULES