The Friendly Cup
Updated September 2017
THE LAWS OF CRICKET SHALL APPLY EXCEPT WHERE SPECIFICALLY CHANGED BELOW.
- 1. The length of an innings shall not exceed 40 overs. In the event of bad weather a minimum may be agreed before the game starts.
- 2. No bowler shall bowl more than 8 overs in an innings.
- 3. In the event of a bowler being unable to complete an over due to injury, the remaining balls shall be bowled by another member of the team. Such part of an over shall count as a full over as regards Regulation 2.
- 4. The side scoring the most runs shall be the winner of the game. If the scores are level at the end of the match the winner shall be the side that has lost fewer wickets.
- 5. In the event of bad weather curtailing a match, if the side batting second has received a minimum of 20 overs the winner shall be the side with the highest scoring rate. This will be calculated by the division of the first innings total by 40 (even if the side batting first is bowled out in fewer overs), compared to the total at the end of the last completed over in the second innings, divided by the number of completed overs. Apply appropriately Regulation 1 in the event of the side batting first having received an agreed lower number of overs.
- 6. If bad weather or drought prevents a match being completed, then attempts should be made to rearrange the match. If not possible to do so a decision shall be made by either the toss of a coin or preferably a bowl off. The bowl off can either be at a single stump or a full wicket. The ‘rules’ of the bowl off can be decided by the two Captains on the day.
- 7. No player shall play for more than one of the competing clubs in any one season.
- 8. Non-playing umpires should be provided by each club for the ‘Final’ – the Final being the game that decides who wins the competition.
- 9. Umpires are encouraged to adopt the following guideline with regards to negative bowling – any delivery passing the batsman above shoulder height from his normal stance position, having bounced shall be called a wide. Any delivery over waist height without pitching shall be called a no-ball, irrelevant of pace of the delivery.
- 10. Each side should provide a new ball for each innings.
- 11. There will be three rounds of matches. The first round shall be played on the third Sunday in May with a 2.00pm start. The second round shall be played on the third Sunday in June with a 2.00pm start. The third round shall be played on the first Sunday in September with a 1.30pm start.
- 12. The home venue for each match is decided by the draw. If extraordinary circumstances mean that the home team’s ground is not available, the two clubs may agree to swap venues, find an alternative ground, or change the date of the match. In the latter case, for R1 and R2 matches, the match must be played before the date of the next round. If none of these arrangements is possible, Rule 6 will apply.
- 13. The new Competition Secretary shall take up his duties immediately after the Annual Meeting, the outgoing Competition Secretary is responsible for arranging the circulation of documents from the Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting is to take place within a couple of weeks of the end of the tournament at which the draw for the following season’s competition shall take place.
- 14. Winning captains or their clubs’ representatives must contact the Competition Secretary within 48 hours following each game to supply FULL details of the scores.
- 15. The Competition Secretary shall circulate results and scores of completed matches to all clubs.
- 16. The Competition Secretary shall provide a ruling should a clarification of the Regulations be required.
- 17. Running expenses during his year of office shall be met by the Competition Secretary’s club.
- 18. The winner of the competition shall be responsible for the safe-keeping and insurance of the Trophy. The winning club shall ensure that the details are engraved on the Trophy and shall ensure that the Trophy is safely delivered to the winners of the following year’s competition.
- 19. Any club wishing to withdraw from the competition should do so not later than the March of the preceding year by writing to the Competition Secretary.
- 20. All clubs and their players are reminded that the spirit of the competition is embraced in its title, The Friendly Cup.