Rule 5 - Fixtures

A. Each Club may apply prior to the AGM for a fixture on a particular date to be re-arranged. The merits of such applications will be decided upon by the Management Board. Only in exceptional, unforeseen circumstances, where the ground becomes unavailable will any other games be considered for re- arrangement. Clubs are not allowed to re-arrange a fixture at another ground without the prior approval of the Management Board. A re-arranged fixture may also be applied for when a club has more than 1 player in an approved representative team. In extenuating circumstances, the Management Board can re-arrange fixtures in a section(s) or part of a section(s).

B. There shall be no blank Saturday fixtures for local holiday weeks.

C. There shall be no blank Saturday fixtures for any other sporting fixture.

D. Any fixtures not played on the original date designated by the league programme whether arranged before or after the printing of the League fixtures shall be classed as a rearranged fixture.

E. The rearranged fixture printed in the fixture list shall be indicated as a rearranged match. No player can therefore play in one team for a Club on the rearranged date and for the clubs other team on the original date. Where any breach of this rule is proven then the maximum available points will be awarded to the non-offending team.

F. League fixtures will be determined by The Management Board, taking into consideration the calendar and the number of matches to be played. All matches in April and September shall be played on a Sunday.

G. All matches to be played on dates arranged by The Management Board.

H. All matches shall start at 2.00pm April to August inclusive and 1.00pm in September.

I. Each team shall receive 45 overs unless it is all out beforehand. All bowlers to be restricted to a maximum of 12 overs.

J. All practicing to cease 10 minutes before the scheduled start.

K. No player shall be allowed to take part in a fixture except when substituting for an injured fielder if they arrive more than 45 minutes after the scheduled start.

L. If a match cannot start on time because one team did not arrive to commence at the stipulated time, then the match when it commences will start with both teams receiving their full allocation of 45 overs unless all out beforehand. The team causing the delayed start to have the time of the delay deducted from their allotted time in which to bowl their 45 overs, see Rule 5(T), if the team fails to bowl the overs in the time allowed, then the offending club to be fined in accordance with Rule 5(U). A team causing the start of a match to be delayed to be fined £1 for every 5 minutes or part thereof. Should a team not be present to make the toss 15 minutes before the scheduled start of play (as per MCC law 12.4) it will forfeit choice of innings.

M. If a match cannot start at the stipulated time because of adverse weather or ground conditions, then each team shall lose one over from its allocation for every complete 6 minutes delay.

N. If by 90 minutes after the scheduled start, no start has been made, then the match shall be abandoned.

O. If the weather interferes with a match once a ball has been bowled then the match will be played out to a normal finish unless the Umpires decide that conditions are too dangerous to continue playing, or both captains agree that the game should be abandoned as a draw through inclement weather.

P. The captains shall toss for choice of innings in the presence of one or both umpires and the captain winning the toss shall immediately notify the opposing captain and umpires of his decision to bat or field.

Q. From 2 hours before the scheduled start until the conclusion of the match, the Umpires shall be the SOLE judges of the fitness of the ground, weather and light. They shall determine all such questions and if they disagree the actual state of things shall continue.

R. After any suspension of play the umpires UNACCOMPANIED by any players or officials shall on their own initiative carry out an inspection immediately conditions improve and shall continue to inspect at intervals.

S. Immediately the umpire decides that play is possible they shall call upon the players to resume the match.

T. It is expected that under normal conditions the 45 overs allotted to each team will be bowled in 2 hours 30 minutes exclusive to drink(s) interval (i.e. 18 overs per hour).

U. Any infringement will be reported by the Umpires to the League on the match result sheet and the captain of the offending team at the end to the innings. This will result in a fine of: - First Offence £5.00; Second Offence £7.50; and Subsequent Offences £10.00.

V. The pitch shall be rolled before the commencement of a match, in the presence of either, the opposing Captain or Umpires and no roller shall be put on after that time until the completion of an innings. Upon the completion of an innings the crease markings shall be renewed as necessary. All clubs must ensure that their equipment store is available for such items, i.e. roller, marking frame, whitening for lines and sawdust.

W. The interval between the innings shall be twenty minutes.

X. Should rain interfere with the match tea may be taken early with a shortened interval of ten minutes between innings.

Y. When a match has come to a definite conclusion, play shall cease.

Z. If it appears obvious that due to inclement weather, a ground will be unfit for play, then the two captains (or club representatives) can meet on the morning of the game to inspect the ground and reach a decision on the fitness of the ground. If they both agree the ground is unfit, the home club will notify the Umpires Appointments Secretary, by telephone, as soon as possible, but no later than 2 hours before the scheduled start of play. If the two captains (or club representatives) do not agree then both teams must turn up as normal. Any breach of this rule will result in both clubs being deducted at least 6 points.
A(a). No pitch shall be watered or in any way tampered with within 36 hours of the match. Any club breaking this rule shall be fined £5 and also have one point deducted.
A(b). HCCL and Cup Fixtures take preference over any other Competition.
A(c). Any pitch can be covered before and during a match due to inclement weather, in order to facilitate a game.

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