Oxfordshire Cricket Association Match Rules and Playing Conditions 2019
Registration and Eligibility of Players
a) All players must comply with the OCA Registration Rules. The Registration Secretary shall have the right to refuse or terminate the registration of any player deemed not appropriate to play in the Association’s competitions.
b) The full name, address, date of birth (if in the under 19 age group of the season concerned – i.e. under 19 at midnight on 31st August the previous year) and category of each player must be registered with the Registration Secretary. The minimum age group to be eligible to play in OCA competitions is under 13 i.e. age 12 or over at midnight on 31st August the previous year. This is subject to exemption for players in the under 12 age group that fulfil the necessary criteria as specified in ECB guidelines for junior players selected for an appropriate county squad.
c) Clubs must list their players who will be selected to play in the Association’s competitions on the website by 23rd April Clubs must ensure that all players listed have consented to play for their club for the season in question, whether or not they played for the same club in the previous season.
d) Subsequent applications to register additional players must be made on the website. Applications for players fully eligible under these rules can be made up to and including 31 July and such players may play from the date of registration onwards. Applications from 1 August will only be allowed at the discretion of the Registration Secretary. The Registration Secretary will, in these circumstances, determine whether the registration will be allowed and, if relevant, the first date on which the player may participate in the Association’s competitions.
e) Failure to register players by 23rd April may result in a penalty being imposed against that club in accordance with Bye-law 2.
f) Contracts between clubs and players for the payment of any sum of money (including travel costs) or other remuneration or reward, are not allowed in the OCA, except with the express written authority of the Executive. Any player wishing to be involved in the “Chance to Shine” or similar programmes must obtain a letter from the County Board confirming that the player is approved and being paid by the Board.
g) A club may not assist a third party in the payment to a player of any sum of money or other remuneration or reward, which if paid by the club to the player directly would be a breach of these rules.
h) If the Executive believes that a third party is paying any sum of money or other remuneration or reward which if paid by the club to the player directly would be a breach of these rules, the Executive can take action against the club, as if the club were in breach of these rules.
i) A Club may reimburse players for costs of travel to and from matches, these costs are not to exceed a match maximum advised annually by the Executive and these costs will be individually and clearly shown in the club’s financial records. The payment or reimbursement of airfares is not allowed.
j) The Executive reserves the right to ask for and to verify by sight any information it requires concerning a possible breach of payment rules. A breach of payment rules will be treated as an offence under these Rules.
The Registration Secretary shall scrutinise the club’s submitted lists of players and if he has any doubt as to the validity of any player taking part in any Competition regarding eligibility, payment or otherwise, he shall have the power to call upon such player or the Club for which he plays to prove to his satisfaction that he is properly qualified according to these Rules. Failing such satisfactory proof the Registration Secretary shall disqualify such player from the Associations competitions and may remove such Club from the Competition (or take such other action as, in the circumstances, he may think necessary under these rules).
Players must be genuine members of the Club. A player shall not be considered a genuine member of a club if they have any debt owing to another Club from the current or previous season.
a)Any player registered in the current season in any Saturday league competition outside the Oxfordshire Cricket Association shall not be allowed to participate in any of the Oxfordshire Cricket Association League or Cup Competitions, except by permission of the Registration Secretary.
b) This rule does not apply to all players of a club that has a team in another Saturday league in so far as they are playing for the same club in that other league.
c) This rule does not apply however to all players in, or below, the Under 17 age group.
a) No player may play for more than one Club in the Association’s Leagues and Cup competitions during any one season, except under the Player Pool, as per sub-section b below, or with the permission of the Registration Secretary.
b) A player may play for another club under the Player Pool, where permission has been given, following the provisions and procedures in Bye-Law 8.
c) Under no circumstances may an individual play for more than one team competing in the same Cup competition in the same season.
a) All clubs with two sides will nominate 6 players of appropriate ability as their first team and record this on the website by 23rd April. For each additional team 4 players of appropriate ability should be nominated. No players need be nominated for a club’s lowest ranked team. Nominated players should appear regularly at their level and be should available for selection from the start of the season.
b) The Registration Secretary will scrutinise these nominations and advise the club concerned if he feels changes are necessary.
c) Where a nominated player has not appeared in the first 5 matches of the season the Registrations Secretary may require the club to nominate a further player in addition to the originally nominated player. If the originally nominated player subsequently becomes available the club will then be allowed to reduce the number of nominated players to the original number, the player concerned to be mutually agreed with the Registration Secretary based on appearances and performance/ability.
d) No nominated player may play below their selected level in any competition without the permission of the Registration Secretary. Other players may play in any team until they have played 10 matches (league or cup) in that level at which point they may not play below that level without the permission of the Registration Secretary. In the case of clubs with more than 2 teams, matches played at a higher level shall be combined. A regular 1st XI player may not be dropped directly to a 3rd XI without the permission of the Registration Secretary. Also a recent regular 1st XI player may not be dropped from the 2nd XI to the 3rd XI without the permission of the Registration Secretary.
e) Rules 6a to 6d above will apply to any club with teams that do not play in the OCA in the same manner as if all of that clubs teams did play in the OCA."
f) Once a player has played in a cup competition after the preliminary round they shall not play below that level in any other cup competitions without the permission of the Registration Secretary.
g) No player may play in any round of a cup competition without the permission of the Registration Secretary, unless they are eligible as below.
To be eligible for cup competitions below the 1st XI, rules 6d , 6e and 6f are applicable in addition to this rule.
h) All new player registrations must indicate the level at which that player will play. The Registration Secretary will refuse to allow any player he considers to be of 1st XI ability permission to play at a lower level. Where a new registration or a delayed appearance in a season indicates a player is playing at too low a level, the Registration Secretary will refuse to allow that player to continue playing below the level he considers acceptable.
i) Any breach of the sub-sections of this rule will be treated as an offence and liable to penalties as set out in Bye-Law 2.
Separate squads for cup semi-finals and, if successful, finals must be recorded on the website at least 7 days before the match is due to take place. No player may play unless they are in the squad and approved to play. This includes a named 12th man.
Fixtures and Points
a) In all competition matches the first named team shall be considered the home team and the game will be played at their normal ground as notified at the beginning of the season.
b) In the event of a side not attending the match, that side shall be deemed to have forfeited the match 1 hour after the scheduled start time (unless agreed earlier). In this case the umpires will be paid as if the match had taken place and the cost will be borne entirely by the side not attending.
Where a club does not have its own ground the first named (home) team must notify the opposition captain of the venue for the match not later than 9pm on the Tuesday preceding the match. Failure to do so may result in penalties being imposed against that club in accordance with these rules. The penalty will be levied by the Fixtures Secretary. Opposition captains must notify the Fixtures Secretary if they have not been made aware of the match venue by this time.
Each Club shall play home and away matches in accordance with the published fixtures unless otherwise rearranged. Points awarded will be as follows:
Under no circumstances will any league or cup match be played as a combined fixture in order to obtain a dual result.
In the event of two or more clubs being equal on points, the following shall be used in order until a winner is reached:
Fixtures shall not be changed from the published fixtures list without prior permission from the Fixtures Secretary.
a) In the event of a club being unable to fulfil all league and cup fixtures on any day, the playing of the more senior fixture (s) shall take preference. It is the responsibility of the home side to speak to the Umpires and Fixtures Secretaries and record on the website immediately a fixture is conceded. Answer phone messages, faxes, e-mails or text messages will not be considered sufficient. If the Umpires Secretary cannot be spoken to, the home side must telephone both umpires as recorded on the website.
b) Where there is more than one fixture on a particular day, the senior sides(s) must not wilfully have fewer players than the junior side(s).
Any team unable to fulfil a published fixture should inform the other team by 12 noon on the Sunday preceding the date of the fixture. Failure to do so will result in the offending team being considered to have lost the match and may result in penalties being imposed against that club in accordance with these rules. The Fixtures Secretary will decide of the award of points, if any, should any fixture remain unfulfilled. In principle, it is the responsibility of the home team to ensure a fixture takes place yet the burden lies with the away team to accommodate any reasonable request for rearrangement.
Any away club cancelling a game less than 24 hours before a match may be liable for the full cost of their teas to the home club. Failure to reimburse the home team within 2 weeks of the fixture may incur additional penalties being imposed against that club in accordance with these rules. This additional penalty will be levied by the General Secretary.
In the event of bad weather games may only be cancelled by telephoning directly to the visiting club contact. Answer phone messages, faxes, e-mails or text messages will not be considered sufficient. The Umpires Secretary, and the Fixtures or Cup Secretary must also be informed at the same time. The cancellation must also be recorded on the website immediately. The home club should then inform the appointed umpires unless the Umpires Secretary has agreed to do so himself. Failure to comply with any part of this rule may result in penalties being imposed under Bye-law 2.
The maximum charge for teas to the visiting team will be £40
A copy of these Match Rules and also OCA Playing Conditions for the current season must be available at the ground on the day of any game. This may be in hard copy or electronic forms. Failure to comply with this rule resulting in undue delay to the game shall be reported to the League Executive by the umpires and the away team.
Conduct of the Game
The MCC Laws governing the game of cricket will operate unless amended by regulation below. (30)
The OCA Match Rules regarding the conduct of the game have been restructured to follow the outline of the MCC Laws of Cricket 2017 Code. The relevant match rule number from previous seasons is shown in brackets at the end of each Law.
The scheduled start time for league and cup games shall be 1:30 pm unless otherwise notified by the Executive. (31)
In addition, in all OCA matches, clubs must adhere to all ECB Directives regarding young players (41)
The captain shall be responsible for indicating those players affected on the result card and confirming restrictions with the umpires. (41)
Law 1 – The Players – will apply with the additions:
Law 2 – The Umpires – will apply with the additions:
Law 3 – The Scorers – will apply with the additions:
Law 4 – The Ball –will apply with the addition:
Law 5 – The Bat – will apply (Note – new Laws on bat sizes do not come into operation until 2020 season)
Law 6 – The Pitch – will apply
Law 7 – The Creases will apply
Law 8 – The Wickets – will apply
Law 9 – Preparation and Maintenance of the playing area – will apply with the addition:
Law 10 – Covering the pitch – will apply (42)
Law 11 – Intervals – will be replaced by:
Law 12 – Start of play; cessation of play
Law 13 – Innings – 13.1 will be replaced by:
Law 13.2 will not apply
Law 13.3 will apply
Law 13.4 – The Toss will apply with the following additions:
Law 14 – The Follow on – will not apply
Law 15 – Declaration and Forfeiture – 15.1 and 15.3 will apply, 15.2 will not apply
Law 16 – The result – will apply as appropriate to one innings cricket specifically:
Law 17 – The Over – shall apply
Law 18 – Scoring runs – shall apply with the exception of the awarding of 5 penalty runs for deliberate short runs (Law 18.5) (43)
Law 19 – Boundaries – will apply
Law 20 – Dead Ball – will apply
Law 21 – No Ball – will apply with the addition:
Free Hit after all No Balls
Law 22 – Wide Ball – will apply
Law 23 – Bye and Leg Bye – will apply
Law 24 – Fielder’s absence; substitutes – will apply
Law 25 – Batsman’s innings; runners – will apply
Law 26 – Practice on the field – will apply
Law 27 – The Wicket Keeper – will apply
Law 28 – The Fielder – will apply with the additional fielding restrictions referencing Law 9 addition above: (44)
Law 29 – The wicket is down – shall apply
Law 30 – Batsman out of his/her ground – will apply
Law 31 – Appeals – will apply
Law 32 – Bowled – will apply
Law 33 – Caught – will apply
Law 34 – Hit ball twice – will apply
Law 35 – Hit wicket – will apply
Law 36 – Leg before wicket – will apply
Law 37 – Obstructing the field – will apply (Now also incorporates Handled the Ball)
Law 38 – Run out – will apply
Law 39 – Stumped – will apply
Law 40 – Timed out – will apply
Law 41 – Unfair play (43)
Law 42 - Players’ conduct – actions of the umpires regarding on field sanctions will apply.