Please keep in mind that these rules have been designed to both ensure continuity in a competition that relies heavily upon self-officiating and to govern a competition that is intended to increase participation for keen cricketers at a particular level in our region. We are all responsible for upholding these and ensuring both their relevance and purpose. Your club's commitment to this is vital and greatly appreciated.
Matches should be played to the standard rules of cricket with the following amendments specific to this competition:
- MPW.1a - Each MIDWEEK match will commence no later than 18:30 so as to ensure as much daylight as possible is available throughout, whilst not impacting too adversely upon the working day. Both sides should be ready to start play at this time even if one or both sides are depleted due to late arrivals. Late arriving players shall be permitted to participate as soon as they are ready to enter the field of play, but not mid-over except in between where a wicket has fallen and the next delivery.
- MPW.1b - Each SUNDAY will commence at 14:00 UNLESS the two participating sides mutually agree to an alternative start time, that must not be any later 18:30.
- MPW.2 - Apart from the Final, all matches are to be officiated through a combination of the two competing club’s members, the details of which are to be agreed upon by the two captains prior to the start of the match.
- MPW.3 - Each innings shall consist of 16 overs, which in turn shall consist of 6 deliveries. The first half of the allotted overs shall be bowled from the same end, with the 2 batsmen changing ends at the end of each other. The second half of the allotted overs shall all be bowled from the opposite end, meaning that the batsman shall not be required to change ends at the same time that the bowling changes ends. This is decided in an effort to reduce the amount of time lost to the changing of ends after each over.
- MPW.4 - For each match, both teams are to provide 1 PINK, match standard, 5.0oz ball. The ball need not be brand new, but should be in reasonable condition and agreed upon by both Captains prior to the start of the match. Both balls should be readily available throughout the match and where searching for a ball leads to an extensive delay, the alternate ball should be utilised whilst members of the batting team search for the missing ball. ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE IN RELATION TO MATCH BALLS CAN BE FOUND HERE.
- MPW.5 - Each match will be played on an 8-a-side basis UNLESS both captains agree at least 48 hours prior to the agreed start time that more players can be used up to a maximum of 11. If agreement cannot be reached then the teams will play 8-a-side.
- MPW.6a - Batsmen are required to retire (not out) the first time the ball is declared dead after that batsman passes 40 runs. This is applicable at all stages of the competition and the batsman is only allowed to return once the remaining wickets in their team’s innings have been taken.
- MPW.6b - Anyone who has been nominated to bat in the top 4 positions of any commenced innings (whether the came to bat or not) MUST be nominated to bat at position 5 or below in the batting order of that persons next commenced innings for that team. After that innings said batsmen is free to bat at any position in the next commenced innings for that team.
- ANY TRANSGRESSION OF THIS RULE BY THE WINNING TEAM WILL RESULT IN THE MATCH BEING DECLARED A TIE AND MATCH POINTS BEING AWARDED ACCORDINGLY.
- Batsman bats at number 3 in Match ONE
- Batsman HAS to bat at number 5 or below in Match TWO and duly bats at number 6, but doesn't bat due to teammates scoring the required runs.
- Batsman is free to bat at any number in Match THREE, and duly bats at number 2.
- Batsman HAS to bat at number 5 or below in Match FOUR.
- MPW.8 - For an innings lasting between 13 and 16 overs each bowler is limited to bowling no more than 4 overs. For an innings lasting between 9 and 12 overs each bowler is limited to bowling no more than 3 overs. For an innings lasting between 8 overs each bowler is limited to bowling no more than 2 overs.
- MPW.9 - A wide delivery shall be called when a delivery passes, without any contact to the batsman or their equipment, down the batsman’s ‘leg side’ to whatever degree, so long as the batsman has not moved to deliberately manufacture a wide delivery. The judgement of a wide on the ‘off side’ should be in line with that used in other forms of cricket. This ruling is mandatory and CANNOT be opted out of through agreement between the two competing sides.
- MPW.10 - Bowlers shall be limited to a maximum of ten yards for their ‘run-up’. The home team shall provide a marker to clearly show this maximum distance. Should a delivery be completed following a ‘run-up’ materially exceeding this distance then the umpire should declare a no-ball and the consequences detailed in MP.11, MP.12 and MP.13 should follow.
- MPW.11 - In all but the last over of each innings a wide delivery or a no ball shall incur TWO extra runs (in addition to whatever is achieved through runs following the delivery) but an extra delivery will NOT be required.
- MPW.12 - In the final over of each innings a wide delivery or a no-ball shall still incur TWO extra runs (in addition to whatever is achieved through runs following the delivery) and an extra delivery WILL be required, up to a limit of 9 deliveries.
- MPW.13 - The delivery immediately following a no ball (in whatever form it takes and at any stage in the match) shall be a ‘free hit’ whereby the batsman facing the next delivery can only be dismissed by run out, handling the ball, hitting the ball twice or obstructing the field.
- MPW.14 - Should an illegal delivery take place on the final ball of an over (except the final over of the innings) then the ‘free hit’ shall occur on the first delivery of the next over, regardless of the fact that the subsequent delivery will be made by a bowler different to that who committed the offence. Should the offence occur on the final ball of the innings then an extra delivery shall be bowled by that bowler immediately.
- MPW.15 - A ‘free hit’ shall be signalled by the umpire through a one-handed, flat, circular motion above their head and the fielding team shall not be permitted to materially alter the set-up of their field to that which was set for the previous (illegal) delivery. Should the ‘free hit’ delivery be to a batsman of an alternate ‘handedness’, or should it represent the start of a new over, then the field can be materially altered.
- MPW.16 - Throughout each innings, the fielding team must have at least the following number of fielders (excluding the bowler and wicketkeeper) within the fielding circle at the moment that a ball is bowled
- THREE for an 8 or 9-a-side match
- FOUR for a 10 or 11-a-side match
- If less than this number are within the fielding circle then either umpire should declare a no-ball and the consequences detailed in MPW.13, MPW.14 and MPW.15 should follow.