HILLS CRICKET ASSOCIATION INC MATCH RULES AND BY-LAWS PART

HILLS CRICKET ASSOCIATION INC MATCH RULES AND BY-LAWS PART

HILLS CRICKET ASSOCIATION INC MATCH RULES AND BY-LAWS PART 1 Incorporating amendments - September 2009 CONTENTS 1. REGISTRATION OF PLAYERS . . 1 2. CLEARANCES . . 1 3. PLAYING UNQUALIFIED PLAYERS . . 1 4. PLAYER SELECTION AND NOMINATION . . 1 5. UMPIRES . . 2 6. SCORING AND SIGNING OF SCOREBOOKS . . 3 7. MATCH REPORTS AND SCORES . . 3 8. PROTESTS . . 3 9. PREMIERSHIP POINTS . . 4 10. FINALS . . 4 11. QUALIFICATIONS FOR FINALS . . 5 12. OVALS AND BOUNDARIES . . 5 13. GRADING FOR TEAMS . . 6 14. LEVIES, FINES & PENALTIES FOR NON-PAYMENT . . 6 15. CLUB ATTENDANCE . . 7 16. NOTICES TO CLUBS . .

7 17. DRESS . . 7 18. ALCOHOL, DRUGS AND CIGARETTES . . 7 19. MISCONDUCT . . 7 20. AFTERNOON TEA . . 8 21. AWARDS AND TROPHIES . . 8 22. SELECTION FOR REPRESENTATIVE TEAMS . . 9 23. NO BALLS & WIDES . . 9 24. DEAD BALLS . . 9 25. OVER LIMITATIONS ON FAST AND MEDIUM PACED BOWLERS . . 9 26. GENERAL RULES . . 9 APPENDIX A –TWO DAY GAMES –A1 (TWO INNINGS . . 10 APPENDIX B –TWO DAY GAMES –OTHER GRADES (TWO INNINGS . . 12 APPENDIX C –UNSCHEDULED ONE DAY GAMES –A1 (TWO INNINGS . . 14 APPENDIX D –UNSCHEDULED ONE DAY GAMES –OTHER GRADES (TWO INNINGS . . 16 APPENDIX E –SCHEDULED ONE DAY GAMES – A1 (ONE INNINGS .

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HCA – Match Rules & By-Laws September 2009 1 1. REGISTRATION OF PLAYERS a) Each Club will keep accurate and up to date records of their players on the HCA on-line management system. The full name and date of birth (mandatory for players in an age based competition) shall be included in the records to enable each player to be able to be readily identified. 2. CLEARANCES a) Players transferring from one Club to another within or from outside the Association shall require a clearance in writing from the Club for which he has last played. If any player for whatever reason is unable to obtain a clearance, then the Club seeking the clearance may apply to the Executive Committee for a permit to allow the player to play subject to any conditions to be determined by the Executive Committee.

b) All clearances (completed documents) are to be lodged with the Secretary for the Hills Cricket Association or any other person nominated by the Executive Committee and will be received up until and including the 31st December each year. After that date the Executive Committee may consider special individual applications for clearances. c) A player who is not under suspension by his Club or this Association or is not unfinancial to his Club and has paid all monies due (if any) to the Association shall not be refused a clearance by his Club upon application.

d) Any player whose Club refuses to grant him a clearance may appeal to the Executive Committee who shall request such Club to show cause why such clearance shall not be granted.

3. PLAYING UNQUALIFIED PLAYERS a) An unqualified player is a player who requiring a clearance from his previous club has not received a clearance, is under disqualification issued by any Association, has not paid any moneys due by that player to an Association, or has been suspended by an Association, or has been suspended by his Club and that suspension has been reported to an Association, or is an unregistered player, or is a player who requiring a permit or approval from the Executive Committee under these By Laws has not received such permit or approval. b) Any team playing unqualified players may forfeit such premiership points in respect of matches in which an unqualified player has played as the Executive Committee may in its discretion determine.

The Executive Committee may in its discretion award such forfeited points to the team or teams against which the unqualified player played.

c) The Executive Committee is not required to exercise its discretion under clause (b) hereof unless a Club against whom the unqualified player has played shall lodge a protest with the Association by no later than 12 noon on the Thursday immediately following the completion of the game in which the unqualified player has played. 4. PLAYER SELECTION AND NOMINATION a) Players are to be selected for the top team first and not to play more than one grade away from the grade in which they last played without having first obtained approval from the Executive Committee. (Example - A Club has teams in A1, A2 and A3.

A player cannot be dropped from A1 to A3 without a permit.) b) Subject to clause (d) hereof for the final two playing days of the minor round no player of any Member Club which has two or more teams shall be eligible to play in any team in a grade

HCA – Match Rules & By-Laws September 2009 2 lower than that of the team for which he last played without having first obtained a permit from the Executive Committee. c) Subject to clause (d) hereof for any round when any team is not scheduled for play any player who last played in that team whether in the immediately preceding round or not may not play in a grade lower than that team without having first obtained a permit from the Executive Committee. d) No player who has played in twelve or more playing days in any one season with any one team in his Member Club shall be required to obtain a permit to play in that team notwithstanding the provisions of clause (b) or (c) hereof.

e) All applications for permits under these match rules shall be made to the Secretary and shall be received by him not later than 10.00am on the Friday preceding the match in question. f) Where the unavailability of a player for either day of a scheduled two-day match is known to a club prior to the commencement of play on the first day, the player may be replaced by another player, provided: The replacement is a qualified registered player of the club, and last played in an equal or lower grade. The names of the replacement and replaced player are provided to the opposing captain (and umpires if applicable) and have been recorded along side each other in the scorebooks prior to the toss.

The replacement will participate in the match with full rights and obligations of the replaced player, eg. if the replaced player was entitled to continue an innings or an over in progress at the recommencement of play on the second day, the replacement shall immediately resume such innings or over. Clubs may nominate a maximum of two replacement players per match. Consequential replacements in lower grades shall be permitted under the same conditions. Once a replacement has been nominated, the following conditions apply: The replacement must participate in the place of the replaced player, even if the replaced player becomes unexpectedly available.

No person other than the replacement shall participate in the place of the replaced player, even if the replacement becomes unavailable. The replaced player shall not participate in any other match in any grade on the day in which they were nominated to be replaced. Note: This clause (4f) does not apply in Finals matches. g) The names and initials of all selected players (including replacements) shall be entered in each side's scoring book before the Captains toss for the choice of innings. Captains are to ensure this has been done before such toss.

5. UMPIRES a) Independent umpires shall be under the control of the Umpires' Director, who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and who shall be responsible to the Executive Committee.

Rates of remuneration for the Coordinator and for match umpires shall be set prior to the commencement of the season by the Executive Committee in liaison with the Director. b) Independent umpires will be appointed to matches at the discretion of the Umpires’ Director, with preference given to A1 games.

HCA – Match Rules & By-Laws September 2009 3 c) Where no independent umpire is allocated or available, an umpire shall be appointed by the Captain of the team batting for the time being, subject to the right of the captain of the fielding team to require any umpire so appointed to be removed or to decline to allow any umpire so appointed to take charge of a game. d) The Executive Committee may require Clubs with teams not playing in final round matches to nominate Umpires for finals matches and any Club which fails to nominate Umpires by dates specified by the Executive Committee or nominates persons who in the opinion of the Executive Committee are not as competent Umpires as the Club could have nominated then that Club shall be penalised in such manner as the Executive Committee may determine.

A team losing a first Semi Final match shall be required to provide an umpire to nominate in a Grand Final match if required by the Executive Committee.

e) Persons nominated as umpires for finals matches approved by the Executive Committee shall not be changed either before or during a game without the approval of the Executive Committee and the Club shall cause such players nominated or approved to officiate in such games as shall be specified by the Executive Committee. 6. SCORING AND SIGNING OF SCOREBOOKS a) During each match each team shall enter into its scoring book full details of the play, including the time at which play started and the duration of any break during play. At the conclusion of each day each captain shall in the presence of the other sign his opponent's scoring book.

b) Where an independent umpire is in attendance the responsibility of recording the time at which play started and the duration of any break during play shall belong to that umpire. At the conclusion of each day the umpire shall also sign both scoring books. 7. MATCH REPORTS AND SCORES Match results and player scores must be entered into the Association’s on-line results system by no later than 12 noon on each Monday following the weekend’s play. For two day matches progress scores are to be entered following the first week of play. In respect of the last minor round match the scores and results shall be lodged at a time and place specified by the Executive Committee.

Any Club that fails to lodge match results and/or player scores within the prescribed time or at the prescribed place shall be liable to a penalty as determined by the Executive Committee. 8. PROTESTS a) Any Member Club may lodge a protest against the result of any match or the conduct of any team or club. The protest shall be lodged in writing with the Association Secretary on or before the Tuesday following the match or incident to which the protest refers. The protest shall be heard and determined by the Executive Committee according to these by-laws and Match Rules, and the Constitution.

b) On hearing a protest the Executive Committee may in its discretion declare a team as the winner of the match (either on the first innings or outright) or otherwise direct the teams as is considered proper. c) Any team reported to the Association as being responsible for any delay in the start of play for 15 minutes after the scheduled start of play shall be liable to the loss of three premiership points at the discretion of the Executive Committee. A team which is unable to start play within 30 minutes of the scheduled start shall forfeit the match.

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PREMIERSHIP POINTS a) Premiership points shall be awarded as follows: MATCH POINTS 12 points outright win 6 points outright win after 1st innings loss 6 points 1st innings win 3 points each team if game drawn 3 points tie on 1st innings 3 points (in addition to any gained on 1st innings) outright tie (where scores are tied after each team has completed its second innings). 18 points if opposing team forfeits a scheduled two day game 10 points if opposing team forfeits a scheduled one day game BONUS POINTS 0.2 points for every wicket captured 0.01 points for every run made b) Premiership lists of each grade shall be kept in each season in order of the number of points gained by each team.

In the event of two or more teams having an equal number of points their positions on the premiership list shall be determined according to percentage which shall consist of the number of runs scored by that team per wicket lost by it expressed as a percentage of the number of runs scored against the team per wicket taken by it. Bonus Points for the purpose of calculation of Premiership lists shall be calculated on the basis of the team sheets submitted. Players shown as absent shall be deemed out and a wicket captured and players retired shall be deemed a wicket captured. If a team scored 2,000 runs and lost 100 wickets and had scored against it 3,000 runs and it took 100 wickets then the percentage would be calculated as follows: 2000 ÷ 3000 x 100 = percentage (66.6%) 100 100 10.FINALS a) Finals games shall be played in each grade at the conclusion of the minor round of each season between teams in the following positions on the premiership lists at the conclusion of such minor round matches: Round 1 (Semi Finals): 1 v 4 2 v 3 Round 2 (Grand Final): Winners of each game in Round 1 b) If playing conditions so affects a finals match as to prevent either side from gaining a first innings win the match shall be awarded to the team which finished higher on the minor premiership list.

HCA – Match Rules & By-Laws September 2009 5 c) In the event of a tie in a semi final the team which finished higher on the minor premiership list will be declared the winner and will progress to the grand final. In the event of a tie in a grand final the two teams shall be joint winners of the competition. 11.QUALIFICATIONS FOR FINALS a) To be eligible to participate in a semi-final or grand final a player must have participated in at least six playing days during the current season. A position of a 12th Man shall not count towards these playing days, nor shall abandoned matches where play does not commence.

In respect of a two day game, where day one play is abandoned only the second day will count as a playing day. When the second day’s play is abandoned of a two day game this day shall count as a playing day.

b) Where a Club has more than one team then a player who has played the same or more matches for the team playing in the higher grade than the team playing in the lower grade then that player shall not play in any finals match for the team in the lower grade without a permit from the Executive Committee. For the purposes of calculating matches played by a player in a particular team regard shall only be had to games designated as minor round games by the Executive Committee. In the event of a program of one day games the number of games played in this grade shall be divided by two for the point of this exercise any fraction being ignored.

Exception: Where any Club has more than one team in the finals and provided they are successive teams as peculiar to that Club, players may be freely selected as between those teams as per following examples: Example 1: Club 'A' has teams in A1, A2 and A3 grades and all three teams are in the finals. Players may be freely selected between A1 & A2 grades, A2 & A3 grades, but not between A1 & A3 grades.

Example 2: Club 'A' has teams in A1 & A3 grades and both teams are in the finals. Players may be freely selected between both teams where both teams are playing. c) When a player has been selected for a lower team in a semi-final match as in 17(b) that player may automatically be selected to play in the grand final without the need for a permit should that team be in the final. d) Any player who having been granted a permit to play in the Association and subsequently plays for a District Club shall not be eligible to play any final matches, unless he has played in four consecutive playing days immediately prior to the first semi-final.

e) Clubs are permitted to seek permits for players to play in finals in circumstances outside the foregoing. 12.OVALS AND BOUNDARIES a) No Club shall be permitted to play in the Hills Cricket Association unless the said Club can provide an oval, unless their oval is under repair or in a damaged state. b) No Club shall be permitted to field three or more teams unless the said Club can provide two ovals, unless their oval is under repair or in a damaged state. c) Ovals must be considered to be suitable by the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall have the power to determine the suitability of all facilities provided by members clubs and to ban any facilities deemed unsuitable.

d) Flags, fences or other clearly defined markers shall define boundaries. The Captains prior to each match shall determine the boundaries unless there are independent umpires appointed by

HCA – Match Rules & By-Laws September 2009 6 the Association when they shall determine the boundaries. Note: Clubs are to endeavour to have boundaries marked by the burning of the grass with weedicide where not clearly marked. 13.GRADING FOR TEAMS Grading of sides will be affected at the discretion of the Executive Committee based on the following guidelines. a) There will be an even number of sides in all grades and the same number of sides in all grades and that byes (if any), including byes caused by forfeiting of sides, occur only in the lowest grade.

b) No club to have more than one side in each grade. c) The side finishing lowest in each grade (other than the bottom grade) is liable to demotion to the next lowest grade in the following season, subject to clause (b) above. In addition, where the side finishing last has a side in the next lower grade then the side finishing next lowest which does not have a side in the lower grade is liable to demotion. d) A team finishing top at either the end of the minor round or the major round in any grade other than the highest grade will be liable to promotion to the next grade above in the next season, subject to clause (b) above.

Where a team finishing top at the end of the minor or major round has a side in the next higher grade then the side immediately under such side which does not have a side in the higher grade shall be liable to promotion.

e) Any team may be promoted or relegated, as the Executive Committee may consider appropriate for the general competition promoted by the Association. f) Sides liable to promotion or relegation in accordance with the above may make representations to be exempted from these rules so long as the submission is in writing and is received by the Association at the commencement of the Annual General Meeting prior to the commencement of the next season. 14.LEVIES, FINES & PENALTIES FOR NON-PAYMENT a) The Executive Committee may levy clubs such amount or accounts during any particular season as may be necessary in the opinion of the Executive Committee to carry out the resolutions of the members in General Meeting or to otherwise carry out any decisions of the Executive Committee and shall specify the date by which such levy is to be paid.

b) Without prejudice to the liability of the Club to pay a levy or fine imposed to the Association, by way of additional penalty where these are not paid by 10.00am on the day following the completion of minor round matches in any season (or such other date or time as may be prescribed by the members in General meeting or the Executive Committee) a penalty of one point for every $10.00 will be deducted from the team of that Club which is highest on the Premiership Table in any grade in addition to the levies or fines remaining due. Where two teams are on the same points then the highest grade team is to lose the points.

c) Any club which shall cease affiliation shall be liable for all levies and fines made against that club and any other monies due by the club to the Association prior to its ceasing to be affiliated.

d) Any clubs that forfeits a game shall be liable for a penalty as determined by the Executive Committee. Penalties shall not be applied for the first two playing days of the season. A programmed bye will not count as a playing day for the purposes of this paragraph.

HCA – Match Rules & By-Laws September 2009 7 15.CLUB ATTENDANCE a) The Executive Committee shall require all or any member of an affiliated club to attend at such place and at such time as shall be specified. 16.NOTICES TO CLUBS a) Notice to Clubs contained in "The Courier" newspaper or emailed to Clubs via the HCA on- line management system shall be sufficient notice to Clubs.

It is the responsibility of each Club to keep those contact details up to date. 17.DRESS a) All players will wear predominantly white clothing and in A1 and A2 Grade will wear long white trousers. In finals matches any player not wearing predominantly white clothing shall not be allowed to bowl or field in a position, which in the opinion of the umpire may be distracting to the batsman. Shirts or T shirts with large writing on the front and/or coloured sleeves which in the opinion of an umpire could be distracting shall not be regarded as predominantly white even though the area of which may exceed the area of the coloured writing and/or the coloured sleeves.

Exemption To Dress: Clubs will be permitted to wear cricket shirts displaying club colours and featuring sponsorship names and or badges in all grades on the following conditions: 1. The shirt is an official shirt of the cricket club. 2. A proposed draft design of the shirt depicting the proposed colours and insignia be presented and approved by the Hills Cricket Association Executive Committee. 3. The front of the shirt must remain predominantly white whilst displaying all its paraphernalia. 18.ALCOHOL, DRUGS AND CIGARETTES a) There shall be no alcohol, cigarettes or illegal drugs consumed on any playing arena while a match is in progress.

b) No alcohol shall be consumed by members of the Association on such grounds as may be designated by the Executive Committee from time to time and without prejudice to the generality thereof shall include all grounds the property of the Crown or any instrumentality of the Crown. Note: In the event of any complaint being received by the Executive Committee concerning the state of the ground or surrounds (general rubbish) the cost associated with the clean up will be charged to the participating clubs. 19.MISCONDUCT a) Any independent Umpire, Member Club, Officer of the Association, or any member of any member club may report any player or any team of a member club or any member of a member club to the Association for breach of these Match Rules or the Rules of Cricket alleged to be committed by that member or for any conduct which is alleged is unsportsmanlike or not in the interests of the game of cricket or not in the interests of this Association alleged to have been committed by that player on or at any ground at which a match organised by this Association or in which a team from this Association is participating is being played.

HCA – Match Rules & By-Laws September 2009 8 b) Such report, other than a report by an official of the Association or an Umpire, be forwarded through the Club Secretary and shall be lodged in writing with the Association Secretary on or before the Tuesday following the match or incident to which the report refers. c) The Executive Committee shall consider the report before the scheduled commencement of the next match in the program. 20.AFTERNOON TEA a) All A1 Grade teams are to provide afternoon tea at each designated home game with the expense to be borne by the home team.

21.AWARDS AND TROPHIES a) At a time nominated by the Executive Committee after the completion of the minor round in each season, each club shall submit, in the prescribed form, a list of the names and relevant statistics of its three leading batsmen and its three leading bowlers and three leading fieldsmen in each grade in which the Club participates.

(Minimum qualifications: 200 runs and 20 wickets and six playing days played in the grade for which the player has been nominated for a trophy.) A player whose name is not included on such list or lists shall not be eligible for a trophy. Note: Where available, independent umpires will allocate fielding votes. b) At each A1 game the independent umpire will allocate fielding votes on the basis of 5-3-1, for the three best fieldsmen selected from the 22 competing players. Such votes will be recorded on the prescribed form by the independent umpire and forwarded to the Umpires' Director after the conclusion of each minor round game.

If no independent umpire is present, the two captains will determine the votes and record them on the match report. Note: For the purpose of awarding their club fielding trophy, secretaries may obtain from the Umpires' Director their individual leading vote winner. c) A trophy shall be awarded to players competing in the A1 grade and such trophy be called "Cricketer of the Year Award". Voting on a 5-3-1 basis will be made by the independent umpire and will be recorded on a prescribed form and forwarded to the Umpires' Director at the conclusion of each minor round game.

The independent umpire will take into account the following: 1.

Conditions in which the game was played 2. Actual cricket ability 3. a) Player's behaviour b)Player's dress c)Player's demeanour 4. Player's attitude toward the game If no independent umpire is present, the Umpire’s Director will determine how to award the votes at his discretion. d) A player must have played in a minimum of ten playing days to become eligible for the award “Cricketer of the Year”