PREMIER DIVISION T20 CUP COMPETITION – RULES
18.1 Competition Format
18.1.1 Clubs will be divided into two pools, on a broadly geographical basis.
18.1.2 Each club shall play matches on set matchdays, as prescribed by LMC.
18.1.3 During the Pool Stage of the competition, two points will be awarded for a Win, one point for a Tie or No Result and no points for a Loss.
18.1.4 Where teams finish on equal points, the team with the higher net run rate in the Pool Matches will be placed in the higher position.
18.1.5 Net Run Rate
A team’s net run rate is calculated by deducting from the average runs per over scored by that team, the average runs per over scored against that team. In the event of a team being all out in less than its full allocation of overs, the calculation of the net run rate of both teams shall be based on the full quota of overs to which the batting team would have been entitled and not on the number of overs in which the team was dismissed. Only those matches where results are achieved will count for the purpose of net run rate calculations. Where a match is abandoned, but a result is achieved under Duckworth/Lewis/Stern, for net run rate purposes Team 1 will be accredited with Team 2’s Par Score on abandonment off the same number of overs faced by Team 2. Where a match is concluded but with DLS having been applied at an earlier point in the match, Team 1 will be accredited with 1 run less than the final Target Score for Team 2 off the total number of overs allocated to Team 2 to reach the target.
18.1.6 The two pool winners and two runners-up shall progress to the semi-finals, where each pool winner shall play against the runner-up from the opposite pool.
18.1.7 LMC shall undertake all arrangements, including financial, for the Finals Day.
18.2 Match Balls / Clothing
18.2.1 One new pink ball per innings, conforming to the specifications laid down by the CCL, shall be used and spare balls shall be of the same brand. Before the toss for innings in the first match of the day, the home club shall supply the umpires with four approved new balls and at least 4 spare balls of varying ages and use.CCL shall provide new and spare balls for the Finals Day.
18.2.2 Players may wear coloured clothing.
18.3 Hours of Play
18.3.1 During the Pool stage each club shall play one Fixture against each of four other clubs: one of these may not be in its own pool.
The Fixture will consist of two matches played at the same venue on the same day. Unless agreed otherwise, the first match shall
commence at 1.00pm. There shall be an interval of 30 minutes between the first and second match.
18.3.2 The toss for innings in the second match
220.127.116.11 The exchange of team sheets and the toss for the second match shall take place within five minutes of the conclusion of the first match. Prior to the toss, the umpires shall decide whether or not a roller shall be used before the second match and if so, which one shall be used and they shall inform the captains accordingly before the toss takes place. In exceptional circumstances, the umpires shall have the discretion to delay the toss for up to ten minutes, should either captain so request.
18.3.3 For each match there will normally be two sessions of play of 1 hour 15 minutes each, separated by an interval of 10 minutes. If the innings of the team batting first is completed prior to the scheduled time for the Interval, the Interval shall take place immediately and the innings of the team batting second will commence correspondingly earlier.
18.3.4 If the first match is completed later than the scheduled time, the interval between the first and second match may be reduced
by the same amount, up to a maximum reduction of 10 minutes – ie. the minimum length of the interval shall be20minutes.
18.3.5 No drinks intervals are permitted.
18.4 Length of Innings
18.4.1 In Uninterrupted Matches (matches which are neither delayed nor interrupted) each team shall bat for 20 overs unless all out earlier.
18.4.2 If the team fielding first fails to bowl the required number of overs by the scheduled time for the cessation of the first innings, play shall continue until the required number of overs has been bowled.
18.4.3 If the team batting first is dismissed in fewer than 20 overs, the team batting second shall be entitled to bat for 20 overs.
18.4.4 If the team fielding second fails to bowl 20 overs by the scheduled time for the cessation of the second innings, the hours of play shall, subject to conditions of ground, weather and light, be extended until the required number of overs has been bowled or a result has been achieved
18.4.5 Teams are expected to be in position to bowl the first ball of the last of their 20 overs within 1 hour 15 minutes playing time. A six-run penalty shall be added to the batting side total for every full over not bowled in the allotted time. In reduced overs matches, the fielding side has a one over leeway and the umpires may also allow for stoppages and must advise the fielding captain of the time allowed to bowl the reduced number of overs.
calculating the length of time available for either innings. When calculating revisions to the number of overs to be bowled, if the first match finishes before the scheduled time and there is a delay or interruption to the second match, then the length of time “saved” by the early finish shall be deducted from the length of the delay or interruption.
18.104.22.168 The object shall always be to rearrange the number of overs so that, if possible, both teams have the opportunity of batting for
the same number of overs.
per over in the total time available for play (that is, time already played added to time remaining though not including the time allocated to the interval). Should calculations regarding numbers of overs result in a fraction of an over, the fraction shall be ignored. In the event of a suspension occurring in the middle of an over, the total number of overs to be bowled in the match will be calculated as if the over in progress at the time of the interruption had been completed. The innings of the team batting first will continue from the point of the interruption. The revision of the number of overs should ensure, whenever possible, that both teams have the opportunity to bat for the same number of overs. (Where this is possible, if the total number of overs in the match thereby calculated results in an odd number, then one over shall be added and the new total divided by two).
22.214.171.124 If the number of overs of the team batting first is reduced, a fixed time will be specified for the completion of its innings, as
calculated by applying the provisions of 18.6.1 above. In the event of its innings being completed prior to the scheduled time, the
interval shall take place immediately and the innings of the team batting second will commence correspondingly earlier.
126.96.36.199The object shall always be to rearrange the number of overs so that, if possible, both teams have the opportunity of batting for
the same number of overs.
18.5.3 Delay or interruption to the Innings of the Team Batting Second
188.8.131.52 If there is a delay or interruption to the innings of the team batting second, the revised number of overs to be bowled in the
innings shall be based on a rate of 3.75 minutes per over in the total remaining time available for play. When the innings of the team batting first has been completed prior to the scheduled or rescheduled time for the interval between innings, the reduction of overs will not commence until, in the case of a delay, an amount of time equivalent to that which the first innings finished early has elapsed, or in the case of an interruption, an amount of time equivalent to that by which the second innings started early has elapsed.
184.108.40.206 A rescheduled cessation time should be re-calculated for the second innings, based on a rate of 3.75 minutes per over.
220.127.116.11 The re-calculated number of overs will be the minimum number that ensures that the rescheduled cessation time is no earlier
than the original cessation time.
18.5.4 Completion of Interrupted Matches (DLS Method)
18.104.22.168 If, due to suspension of play after the start of the match, the number of overs in the innings of either team has to be revised to a lesser number than that originally allotted (minimum 6 overs), then a revised target score should be set for the number of overs which the team batting second will have the opportunity of facing. This will be calculated on the DLS system as set out in Rule 12.4.
18.6 The Result
18.6.1 When there is no interruption after play has commenced and when both sides have had the opportunity of batting for the same agreed number of overs, the team scoring the higher number of runs shall be the winner. In the event of a match ending with level scores, the following shall apply:
22.214.171.124 In a Pool Stage match, no account shall be taken of wickets lost, the match is tied and each team shall be awarded one point.
126.96.36.199 In a Semi-final or Final, the team losing the fewer wickets shall be the winner.
188.8.131.52 In a Semi-final or Final, if the result cannot be decided by 18.7.1, 184.108.40.206 or 220.127.116.11, the winner shall be the team with the higher score after 6 overs, or if still equal after 5 overs, or if still equal after 4 overs etc; if those scores are equal at the end of each of the first six overs the match shall be regarded as a Tie and be decided by the provisions of Rule 18.104.22.168 (Super Over).
18.6.2 No Result Final: In the event of a Tie or of conditions of ground, weather or light rendering it impossible to play a match of the
minimum of 6 overs per side being in the Final and circumstances do not allow a Super Over to take place, the Trophy will be shared.
18.7 Finals Day
18.7.1 The scheduled start times shall be as follows:
1st Semi-final 10.30am 2nd Semi-final 1.30pm. Final 4.30pm (or 30 minutes after 2nd SF ends, whichever is the later).
18.7.2 The CCL Matchday Supervisor will, in conjunction with the Umpires, determine the re-arrangement of overs and timings of matches in the case of any match being delayed or interrupted. The objectives shall be prioritized as follows:
(i) to ensure wherever possible a 20overs per side Final and a minimum of 10 overs per side in each Semi-final;
(ii) to ensure that, wherever possible, both semi-finals are of the same duration.
(iii) to ensure that, wherever possible, within each match, each team has the opportunity to bat for the same number of overs. In making their judgements, the officials will need to take into account the amount of play that may already have taken place, the amount of playing time remaining, and the most accurate weather forecast.
18.7.3 If there is a delayed start or one or more interruptions in play, the officials may order up to 30 minutes of extra time either at the break between the first and second semi-final and/or between the second semi-final and the final and readjust the timings for matches as appropriate.
18.7.4 If it is not possible for the first Semi-final to start by 1.00pm then a Reserve Day shall be used.
18.8 Number of Overs Per Bowler – See Rule 17.1.10
18.9 Restrictions on the placement of fieldsmen – See Rule 17.1.12
18.10 Wide Ball – See Rule 17.1.13
18.11 Free Hit after a No Ball – See Rule 17.1.14
18.12 Fast Short Pitched Bowling – See Rule 17.1.15
|17.1.10||Overs – each match will consist of 20 six ball overs to each side; No bowler may bowl more than 20%, i.e. 4 overs, in the match. Where the overs are reduced and the total overs are not exactly divisible by 5 an additional over shall be allowed to the minimum number of bowlers necessary to make up the balance, e.g. 16 overs = 3+3+3+3+4. Each match will normally be played on the ground of the first named club except in cases of mutual agreement.|
|17.1.12||Fielding Restrictions – will apply in all rounds of the Premier T20, Vinter, Hawkey, Premier T20, Division 2 Cups and Edwards Cup Final. There shall be no such restrictions in the Clive Rosevear and Andrew Cups|
|22.214.171.124||No side may have more than 5 fielders on the leg side at the moment of delivery; any infringement of fielding restrictions shall be called NO Ball by the striker’s end umpire.|
|126.96.36.199||A 30-yard circle will be drawn on the field of play; for the 1st six overs of each innings, a maximum of two fielders is permitted outside the circle at the moment of delivery. After six overs have been bowled, four fielders (not including wicketkeeper and bowler) must be within the 30-yard circle at the moment of delivery; any infringement of fielding restrictions shall be called NO Ball by the striker’s end umpire (NOTE, not a free hit)|
|188.8.131.52||When overs have been reduced, the table below will be applied by the panel umpires to determine the fielding restrictions for the 30-yard circle
Wides – in all 20/20 matches, wides shall be adjudged as follows: In addition to MCC Law 22:
|184.108.40.206||For offside wides, a delivery that passes outside of a line drawn (in blue) seventeen inches (17”) inside either return crease, will be called and signalled a wide.|
|220.127.116.11||Leg-side wide: a delivery that passes the stumps outside the line of the leg stump shall be called and signalled a wide, but shall not be called if the ball passes between the batsman and the line of the leg stump.|
|17.1.14||Free Hit after a No Ball|
|The delivery following any no ball shall be a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it. If the delivery for the free hit is not a legitimate delivery (any kind of no ball or a wide ball) then the next delivery will become a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it.|
|For any free hit, the striker can be dismissed only under the circumstances that apply for a no ball, even if the delivery for the free hit is called wide ball.|
|Field changes are not permitted for free hit deliveries unless there is a change of striker save that in all circumstances, any fielder within 15 yards of the striker may retreat to a position on the same line no more than15 yards from the striker.|
|17.1.15||Fast Short Pitched Bowling – A bowler shall be limited to one fast short-pitched delivery per over.
A fast short-pitched delivery is defined as a ball which passes or would have passed above the shoulder height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease. The umpire at the bowler’s end shall advise the bowler and the batsman on strike when the fast short-pitched delivery has been bowled. The Umpires may consult if required. If a second or subsequent fast short-pitched delivery is bowled in the same over the bowler’s end umpire shall call “no ball” and shall initiate the warning sequence as given in MCC Law 41.6.