Surrey Cricket League  (EST 1975)

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Guidance

ECB Information

Code Of Conduct

  1. The ECB is committed to maintaining the highest standards of behaviour and conduct. This code of conduct incorporates the Spirit of Cricket, as set out below. It applies to all matches played under the auspices of the ECB and may be applied to cricket in general.
  2. Captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of Cricket as well as within the Laws.
  3. Players and club officials must at all times accept the umpire’s decision. Players must not show dissent at the umpire’s decision or react in a provocative or disapproving manner towards another player or a spectator.
  4. Players and club officials shall not intimidate assault or attempt to intimidate or assault an umpire, another player or spectator.
  5. Players and club officials shall not use crude and/or abusive language (known as ‘sledging’) nor make offensive gestures or hand signals nor deliberately distract an opponent.
  6. Players and club officials shall not make racially abusive comments nor indulge in racially abusive actions against fellow players, officials, members and supporters. Clubs must operate an active open door membership policy and welcome players/members irrespective of ethnic origin.
  7. Players and club officials shall not use or in any way be concerned in the use or distribution of illegal drugs.
  8. Clubs must take adequate steps to ensure the good behaviour of their members and supporters towards players and umpires.

Spirit Of Cricket

  1. There are two Laws which place the responsibility for the team’s conduct firmly on the Captain.
    • Responsibility of captains The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of the Game as well as within the Laws.
    • Player’s conduct In the event of any player failing to comply with the instruction of an umpire, criticising the decision by word or action, showing dissent, or generally behaving in a manner which might bring the game into disrepute, the umpire concerned shall in the first place report the matter to the other umpire and to the player’s captain, and instruct the latter to take action.
  2. Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws, but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action which is seen to abuse this spirit causes injury to the game itself. The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rests with the captains.
  3. Fair and unfair play According to the Laws, the umpires are the sole judges of fair and unfair play. The umpires may intervene at any time, and it is the responsibility of the captains to take action where required.
  4. The umpires are authorised to intervene in case of:
    • Time wasting
    • Damaging the pitch
    • Dangerous or unfair bowling
    • Tampering with the ball
    • Any other action that they consider to be unfair
  5. The Spirit of the Game involves respect for:
    • Your opponents
    • Your own captain and team
    • The role of the umpires
    • The game’s traditional values
  6. It is against the Spirit of the Game:
    • To dispute an umpire’s decision by word, action or gesture
    • To direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire
    • To indulge in cheating or any sharp practice for instance
      • i. to appeal knowing the batsman is not out
      • ii. to advance towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing
      • iii. to seek to distract an opponent either verbally or by harassment with persistent clapping or unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of one’s own side.
  7. Violence There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play.
  8. Players Captains and umpires together set the tone for the conduct of a cricket match. Every player is expected to make an important contribution to this.

Safety Matters Concerning Young Players

The League Executive Committee recommends that members should implement this guidance as failure to do so may render clubs liable in the event of a young player being injured; in addition as the guidance comes from cricket’s governing body failure to follow it may also render club insurance policies void in the event of a claim.

The Wearing Of Cricket Helmets By Young Players

In law a young person is deemed to become an adult at age 18. The law also imposes a duty of care on those responsible for minors (ie those under the age of 18). The ECB is recommending that this guidance is followed by all players up to the age of 18. It applies to young players in adult cricket as well as to all junior cricket played with a hard ball.

  • It is recommended that a helmet is worn by young players when batting and when standing up to the stumps when keeping wicket against a hard cricket ball in matches and in practice.
  • A young player should not be allowed to bat or to stand up to the stumps when keeping wicket without a helmet against a hard ball except with written parental consent. Coaches, teachers, managers and umpires should always ensure that a young player wears a helmet if this written parental consent has not been received.
  • Players should regard a helmet with a faceguard as a normal item of protective equipment when batting against a hard ball, together with pads, gloves and, for boys, an abdominal protector (box).
  • There is a British Standard (BS7928:1998) for cricket helmets and it is in the best interests of players to ensure that their helmet conforms to this standard.

The ECB is requesting that the new guidance is communicated to the parents or guardians of all young players through clubs and schools, and that parental consent is always obtained before young people are allowed to bat or stand up to the stumps when keeping wicket against a hard ball without wearing a helmet.

ECB Fast Bowling  Match Directives

AGE MAX OVERS PER SPELL MAX OVERS PER DAY
Up to 13 5 10
U14, U15 6 12
U16, U17 7 18
U18, U19 7 18
 

For the purposes of these directives a fast bowler should be defined as a bowler to whom a wicket keeper in the same age group would in normal circumstances stand back to take the ball.

Having completed a spell the bowler cannot bowl again, from either end, until the equivalent number of overs to the length of his spell have been bowled from the same end. A bowler can change ends without ending his current spell provided that he bowls the next over that he legally can from the other end. If this does not happen his spell is deemed to be concluded. If play is interrupted, for any reason, for less than 40 minutes any spell in progress at the time of the interruption can be continued after the interruption up to the maximum number of overs per spell for the appropriate age group. If the spell is not continued after the interruption the bowler cannot bowl again, from either end, until the equivalent number of overs to the length of his spell before the interruption have been bowled from the same end. If the interruption is of 40 minutes or more, whether scheduled or not, the bowler can commence a new spell immediately.

Once a bowler covered by these directives has bowled in a match he cannot exceed the maximum number of overs per day for his age group even if he subsequently bowls spin. He can exceed the maximum overs per spell if bowling spin, but cannot then revert to bowling fast until an equivalent number of overs to the length of his spell have been bowled from the same end. If he bowls spin without exceeding the maximum number of overs in a spell the maximum will apply as soon as he reverts to bowling fast.

Captains, team managers and umpires are asked to ensure that these directives are followed at all times.

For guidance it is recommended that in any 7 day period a fast bowler should not bowl more than 4 days in that period and for a maximum of 2 days in a row.

Age groups are based on the age of the player at midnight on 31 August in the year preceding the current season.

ECB Guidelines For Junior Players In Open Age Cricket

The ECB has issued guidance covering the selection and participation of young players in open age group cricket. This is to help clubs decide when to select young players in open age group cricket and how best to help their cricketing development when they play within open age groups. The ECB keeps these guidelines under review and, following feedback from clubs and leagues, has revised these guidelines for the 2011 season. The ECB will continue to monitor the impact of these guidelines and you are invited to feedback your thoughts and comments in writing to the ECB Non-First Class Cricket Department.

The guidance will apply to boys and girls and any reference to he/his should be interpreted to include she/her. Age groups are based on the age of the player at midnight on 31st August in the year preceding the current season.

The guidance is as follows:

  • Making the step up from junior to open age group cricket is a significant event in any player’s cricket experience. Ensure the player’s safety, personal development needs and overall cricket experience are considered. There is no definitive age at which a player should be introduced to open age group cricket, but each case is to be determined on an individual basis, depending on the player’s ability and stage of cognitive and emotional maturity to take part at this level. That said clubs, squad coaches and managers must take into account the requirements on age detailed in the last bullet of this guidance.
  • ECB Fast Bowling Directives and Fielding Regulations should always be adhered to for junior players in open age group cricket.
  • Provide an opportunity for players to show their talents in an appropriate way. Children who are just used as fielders will not fully experience the game.
  • Be supportive, at all times, for all forms of effort even when children are not successful. Try and put them in situations where they will experience some success (however small) and ensure plenty of praise and encouragement.
  • Try and involve them in all aspects of the game wherever possible, eg. socialising, team talks, practice, decision making and so on, so they feel part of the team.
  • Children will often feel more comfortable and able to perform if they have a family member or friend also playing in the side.
  • Remember, children’s early experiences will remain with them always and will often determine whether they want to remain playing the game or give up and do something else.
  • Players who are selected in a County U12 squad in spring for a summer squad or in another squad deemed by ECB Performance Managers to be of a standard above 'district level' for that season are eligible to play open age cricket. This is providing they are at least 11 years old, are in School Year 7 on 1st September in the year preceding the season, and have written parental consent to play. In allowing these players to play in open age cricket it is essential clubs and coaches recognise the 'duty of care' obligations they have towards these young players

This means boys and girls who are county squad and area squad players, are able to play open age group cricket if they are in an U12 age group and are a minimum of 11 years old on 1st September of the year preceding the season. District and club players who are not in a county or area squads must wait until they reach the U13 age group, be in Year 8 and be 12 years old on 1st September of the preceding year before being able to play in any open age group cricket. As before written parental consent is required for these players.

The duty of care should be interpreted in two ways:

  • Not to place a young player in a position that involves an unreasonable risk to that young player, taking account of the circumstances of the match and the relative skills of the player
  • Not to create a situation that places members of the opposing side in a position whereby they cannot play cricket as they would normally do against adult players

In addition, the guidelines note the need for clubs and leagues to recognise the positive experience young players should have in open age cricket. Clubs should provide an opportunity for players to show their talents in an appropriate way. Children who are just used as fielders will not fully experience the game.

Guidance for Clubs and Leagues

All clubs must recognise that they have a duty of are towards all young players who are representing the club. This duty of care also extends to Leagues that allow the participation of young players in open age groups in their League. The duty of care should be interpreted in two ways:

  • Not to place a young player in a position that involves an unreasonable risk to that young player, taking account of the circumstances of the match and the relative skills of the player.
  • Not to create a situation that places members of the opposing side in a position whereby they cannot play cricket as they would normally do against adult players.

In addition the following specific requirements apply to young players in open age group cricket:

  • All young players who have not reached their 18th birthday must wear a helmet with a faceguard when batting and when standing up to the stumps when keeping wicket. Parental consent not to wear a helmet should not be accepted in open age group cricket. A young player acting as a runner must also wear a helmet even if the player he is running for is not doing so.
  • The current ECB fielding regulations must be adhered to and enforced by the umpires and captain. The umpires are empowered by these fielding regulations to stop the game immediately if a young player comes within the restricted distance.
  • The umpires and the opposing captain must be notified of the age group of all players participating in n open age group cricket who are in the under 19 age group or younger even if the player is not a fast bowler. This requirement also covers any young player taking the field as a substitute fielder. The ECB Team sheet cards are freely available to facilitate this.
  • Any player in the Under 13 age group and younger must have explicit written consent from a parent or guardian before participating in open age group cricket. Clubs must ensure that consent is obtained. The policy for changing and showering must be adhered to.
  • Any club wishing to play a player in an open age group League or Cup match must obtain the explicit approval of the League or Cup Management before the player can play. Approval should only be given to exceptionally talented players. It is recommended that advice is sought from the County Age Group Coach or other ECB Level 3 coach as appropriate.

Clubs and Leagues can apply more strict restrictions on the participation of young players in open age group cricket at their discretion. It is strongly recommended that a parent, guardian or other identified responsible adult is present whenever a player in the Under 13 age group or younger plays in open age group cricket. This could include the captain or other identified adult player taking responsibility for the young player.

Protective Headgear

In November 2015, the ECB endorsed changes to the regulations governing the use of helmets across the professional and recreational game. From 2016, all male and female cricketers playing in professional cricket matches will be required to use helmets which meet the latest British Safety Standard. The key changes will apply to batsmen facing all types of bowling, wicketkeepers standing up to the wicket, and fielders closer than eight yards from the batsman's middle stump, except behind the wicket on the off side.

The ECB strongly recommends that all recreational cricketers wear helmets which meet the latest British Safety Standard. The use of protective headgear is already mandatory for all under 18s within the recreational game.

The full list of helmets meeting this standard (BS7928:2013) is available at www.ecb.co.uk/helmets.

Helmets should be replaced after they have received a significant impact.

Discipline

Role of the Disciplinary Committee

The Disciplinary Committee will ensure that the cricket played in the League is competitive, fair and sporting. The Committee (and the Chairman, acting alone on behalf of the Committee) have the power to sanction breaches of discipline by punishing the offending club, players and/or the team captain. In line with ECB Disciplinary Regulations, breach of Code of Conduct will be categorised as Level 1,2,3,or 4 as set out in Appendix 1 at the end of this chapter.

The following kinds of transgressions will be addressed by the Committee:

Players’ behaviour: Failing to comply with the instructions of an umpire, criticising his decision by word or action, showing dissent, using abusive language, or generally behaving in a manner which might bring the game and/or the name of the League into disrepute.

Accumulated bad behaviour: Repeated infringements by an individual of the Spirit of the Game (where it is decided that each infringement in itself does not merit any immediate disciplinary action). Repeated infringements by a team are likely to result in the captain being held responsible for the conduct of his team (whether or not individual players are identified for disciplinary action). When issuing the penalty, the Chairman or the Disciplinary Committee may take into account poor team discipline in previous years, particularly where the on-the-field captain held the same position in those previous years. Captains bear responsibility for their own on the field behaviour as well as that of their team members.

Violence: There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play. Proven cases of violent conduct will result in expulsion from the league.

Racial Abuse: Players and team officials must not make any racially abusive comments nor take racially abusive actions against fellow players, officials, members and supporters.

ECB Code of Conduct and the Spirit of Cricket: Any breach of the Code of Conduct and the Spirit of Cricket.

Club Members and Supporters: Non-playing members and supporters are the responsibility of the club and any cases of misconduct will be dealt with by the Chairman or the Disciplinary Committee accordingly.

Social Media: Players and club officials shall not make any public or media comment which is detrimental to the League, clubs, umpires or the game in general. In this instance, media shall include press, radio, television, external websites, club websites, social networking sites and club match programmes.

Disciplinary Process

The fast track Disciplinary Process will be decisive and efficient.

A) Matches with panel umpire(s)

The Panel umpire(s) will submit a comprehensive match report to the Chairman of Discipline and to the clubs league representative by no later than the Sunday evening following the match if there was cause to report a player or a club. Umpires are the sole judges of fair and unfair play; their judgment of any poor conduct by individual players or the team will be final. The Chairman of Discipline is empowered to issue appropriate penalties to individual players or the team. The decision will be notified to the relevant club by Tuesday of the same week or soon after and in the case of Level 1 and Level 2 breaches penalties will be applied immediately. A Level 3 and Level 4 complaints will automatically be subject to a full Disciplinary Hearing. In the case of violent conduct, the player(s) involved will be suspended from playing cricket with immediate effect pending an investigation and disciplinary hearing.

Note: If a panel umpire is not appointed, process B) below will apply.

B) Matches with club or player umpire

The Captain or the League Representative will submit a comprehensive match report to the Chairman of Discipline and to the League Representative of the opposing team by no later than the Sunday evening following the match if there was a cause to report a player or a club. The recipient (the League Representative or the Captain) must submit a response to the report by the end of the Wednesday following the match to the Chairman of Discipline. Having considered the documents he has received within the timeframes set out above, the Chairman of Discipline is empowered to issue appropriate penalties to individual players or the team. The penalties will be applied as soon as possible thereafter. The League Representative will be informed of the effective date of the penalties. A Level 3 and Level 4 complaints will automatically be subject to a full Disciplinary Hearing. In the case of violent conduct, the player(s) involved will be suspended from playing cricket with immediate effect, pending an investigation and disciplinary hearing.

Disciplinary Hearing

A disciplinary hearing in a case involving violent conduct will be notified in writing to the League Representative of the relevant member clubs with at least 7 days’ notice. Any adjournments may be granted at the discretion of the Chairman of Discipline. The player(s) concerned and the member club shall be entitled to attend the hearing and state their case (a member club may only be represented by its League Representative or other club official). They may each be supported by one colleague and may call witnesses. The hearing will be conducted by the Disciplinary Committee of the League which shall consist of no fewer than three persons, none of whom shall be connected with the player, the club or the opponents.

Penalties

The Chairman of Discipline shall have the power to impose one or more of the following penalties, together with such order as to costs as he deems appropriate:

(a) In the case of a player -

  • To require the player to submit an appropriate letter of apology within a specified time
  • To record a reprimand and to give a warning as to future conduct
  • To suspend the player for one or more matches or for a stated period of time
  • To deduct League points from the player's team
  • To expel the player from the League.

(b) In the case of a member club -

To require the club to submit an appropriate letter of apology within a specified time

  • To record a reprimand and to give a warning as to future conduct
  • To impose a fine
  • To deduct League points from the clubs team(s)
  • To relegate the clubs team to any lower division of the League
  • To expel the club from any competition of the league
  • To expel the club from the League.

(c) In the case of violent conduct, the player(s) concerned will be suspended with immediate effect and the matter investigated thoroughly. A disciplinary hearing will take place once the investigations are completed.

(d) Any decision to suspend a player will be communicated to his teams opponents scheduled to play the team during the suspension, to the leagues umpires, and reported to the Surrey Cricket Board for national circulation. Suspensions will cover the appropriate number of League games played to a result, including rearranged fixtures.

(e) Violent conduct hearing: The Disciplinary Committee shall have the power to suspend the operation of any part of or the entire penalty it imposes for such period and subject to any terms that it deems appropriate. Decisions of the Disciplinary Committee, a finding that a complaint is proved or otherwise or a decision on penalty shall be by a majority vote. Where necessary the Chairman shall have a casting vote.

(f) Any decision to expel a player or a club will be communicated to Surrey Cricket Board and other Surrey Leagues, after an appeal process if applicable.

(g) As a guideline, the following penalties should be expected to be imposed for any complaint referred and, if appropriate, proved at a disciplinary hearing:-

  • Level 1 2 to 6 matches
  • Level 2 3 to 8 matches
  • Level 3 4 to 10 matches
  • Level 4 A minimum of 10 matches

Appeals Procedure

  1. A player or member club shall have the right of appeal to the Appeals Committee. The notice of appeal must be given in writing (by email) setting out the grounds of appeal to the League General Secretary within 7 days of notification of the decision and a fee of £100 must be sent immediately. If notice of appeal is given the penalty shall not take effect pending the hearing of the appeal, which shall take place as soon as is practicable.
  2. The appeal shall take the form of a re-hearing before a different committee. The composition of the committee shall be at the discretion of the Chairman of the League and shall consist of no fewer than three persons none of whom shall be connected with the player, the club or the opponents, or who sat on the Disciplinary Committee. The player or the club shall have the same rights of attendance as they had before the Disciplinary Committee.
  3. The Appeals Committee may confirm, vary or reverse the decision of the Disciplinary Committee and it shall have the power to increase or reduce the penalty and award costs of the appeal hearing. The decision of the Appeal Committee shall be by majority vote; where necessary the Chairman shall have the casting vote. The decision of the Appeals Committee or, if no appeal, of the Disciplinary Committee, shall be final and binding.
  4. In the event of a successful appeal, the fee shall be returned in full. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the appeal fee shall be forfeited unless the Appeals Committee considers that, in the circumstances of the case, the fee should be returned in full or in part.

Appendix 1 - Breaches of Discipline

Certain conduct, whether on or off the field of play of play, amounting to a breach of the Laws of Cricket and/or the Spirit of Cricket has been categorised into 4 levels which are set out below:-

Level 1

  • time wasting by either the fielding side or the batting side
  • abuse of the cricket ground, equipment or fixtures
  • showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by word or action
  • using language that is obscene, offensive or insulting and or the making of an obscene gesture
  • excessive appealing

Level 2

  • showing serious dissent at an umpire’s decision by word or action
  • inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players in the course of play
  • charging or advancing towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing
  • deliberate and malicious distraction or obstruction on the field of play, regardless as to whether such conduct is deemed to be fair under law 42.5
  • throwing the ball at or near a player, umpire or official in an inappropriate and dangerous manner
  • using language or gesture that is obscene or of a serious insulting nature to another player, umpire, team official or spectator
  • changing the condition of the ball other than as permitted by Law 42.3
  • the bowling of fast short pitched balls that result in the bowler being disallowed from bowling further in that innings
  • causing avoidable damage to the pitch contrary to Laws 42.13 and/or Law 42.14 that results in a five run penalty being awarded

Level 3

  • intimidating an umpire
  • threatening to assault another player, team official or spectator
  • using language or gesture that offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage or vilify another person on the basis of that person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin
  • the deliberate bowling of any high full-pitched ball contrary to Law 42.8

Level 4

  • threatening an umpire
  • physical assault of another player, umpire, official or spectator
  • any act of violence on the field of play
  • using language or gestures that seriously offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage or vilify another person on the basis of that person’s religion, sexual orientation, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.

The conduct listed in Level 1 to Level 4 above cannot be considered to be exhaustive.

Meetings and Payments

Meetings

  1. Attend the Annual General Meeting in January (usually the last Tuesday)
  2. Attend the Spring Meeting in April.
  3. Attend an Extraordinary General Meeting if one is called.
  4. The club must be represented at the meetings by the League Rep or a competent member of the club.
  5. Failure to attend incurs a fine of £50.

Payments

  1. Annual subscription of £150* per club due 1 March.
  2. Fee for additional teams of £50* per team due 1 March.
  3. Two places at the Annual Awards Dinner of £25 per place due 1 March.
  4. Core affiliation to the Surrey Cricket Foundation of £25 per Surrey club due 1 March.
  5. Cricket balls for the season due 1 March.
  6. Additional places for the Annual Awards Dinner (by date notified).
  7. Fines (within 14 days of notification).

* Clubs charged £75 and £25 respectively until further notice

Grounds

Grounds Facilities & Pitches

The Executive Committee has developed criteria for pitches and ground facilities in respect of all member clubs within the League and any future new applicants. This was considered necessary to improve and maintain the standard and quality of cricket available to member clubs and for the League to retain its position within the structure of Surrey Cricket and the associated leagues. In addition it would offer encouragement for Premier Division sides to remain within the League instead of considering a move to another league to access better grounds without necessarily improving their playing level of cricket.

Following a review of all the grounds/facilities used by clubs in the League, each club has been allocated a grading (A/B/C) using a Committee-approved set of criteria (see below) supplemented by personal inspections by members of the Grounds sub-committee.

All Premier Division and Division 1 clubs must achieve a minimum A or B classification to remain in those divisions. Clubs attaining a promotional position to Division 1 will not be granted promotion unless their ground/facilities satisfy an A or B rating. Should a Premier or Division 1 side's ground rating fall below a B grading at the conclusion of any season there will be a significant risk of demotion to the next lower division. If a club changes ground, the new ground will be inspected by the Grounds sub-committee and must be approved acceptable for Premier and Division 1 cricket/promotion to those divisions.

The grading of grounds and pitches is not related or linked in any way to the pitch and outfield markings provided by clubs which is a separate entity.

Ground Criteria

CATEGORY CRITERIA GRADES
 

 

A B C
Pitch & Square
Pitch Able to play 90-over matches Y Y Y

 

True and predictable bounce Y

 

 

 

Correct marked Y Y Y

 

Re-marked during intervals Y

 

 

Square Well maintained and in good condition Y Y Y

 

Cut before each match Y Y Y

 

Previously used pitches repaired Y Y

 

Outfield & Boundary
Outfield Well maintained Y Y Y

 

Closely mown and no noticeable grass cuttings Y Y

 

 

No holes or hazards Y Y Y
Boundary Clearly marked with white line, rope, flags or fence Y Y Y

 

Markers every 20 metres (approx) Y Y Y

 

Normally a minimum of 50 metres from centre of pitch Y

 

 

Sight screens Provided at both ends of the ground Y

 

 

 

Suitable size and in good condition Y

 

 

 

In position before the match starts Y

 

 

Scoreboard or Box
Scoreboard Displays all information required at the end of each over Y Y Y

 

A scorebox, internal area or cover for scoring purposes Y

 

 

 

Numbers unambiguous, accessible and in good order Y Y Y
Scorer Availability of good scorer and good communication with umpires Y Y Y
Ground General
Covers Optional and subject to agreement between club and Ground Committee

 

 

 

Sawdust / towels Sawdust and towels available Y Y Y
Equipment Rollers available for use during innings breaks

 

 

 

Surrounds Well maintained Y Y Y
Exclusive control Private ground or ability to influence high level maintenance standards Y

 

 

Practice facilities Grass nets or artificial nets (optional)

 

 

 

Changing Facilities
Dressing rooms Separate facilities for the visiting team Y Y Y

 

Maintained and in good/clean condition Y Y Y

 

Adequate size and facilities Y Y

 

 

Suitable security and privacy Y

 

 

 

Easy access from playing area Y

 

 

Umpires room Separate and secure room not used for other purposes Y

 

 

Stumps, etc Stumps, bails, bowlers’ marks, umpire coats, etc available Y Y Y
Hot showers Clean hygienic and working with suitable privacy Y Y Y
Toilets Clean hygienic and working with suitable privacy Y Y Y
Pavilion / Clubhouse
Hospitality Meal area is of adequate size and in good condition Y Y Y

 

Teas of good standard and reasonably priced Y Y Y
Kitchen Clean and hygienic Y Y Y

 

Adequate crockery and cutlery in good condition Y Y Y
Telephone Access to working telephone/mobile to originate calls to emergency services Y Y Y
Viewing area Seating for players’ use Y Y Y

 

League Ground Gradings

As at the start of season 2016, the Grounds Committee have awarded the following gradings:

GRADE A

The following clubs/ teams have been allocated an 'A' grade for their current registered home ground. They are eligible to play in the SCL Premier Division and Division 1 for season 2016.

Abahani Norwood Exiles Raynes Park FP  
Balham & Tooting Old Pete's Ploughmans  
Clapham Old Xaverians Old Royalists St Lukes  
Economicals Park Hill Surrey Seamers  
London Welsh Ploughmans Wandsworth  

GRADE B

The following clubs/ teams have been allocated an 'B' grade for their current registered home ground. They are eligible to play in the SCL Premier Division and Division 1 for season 2016.

 Bec Old Boys Ham & Petersham Ottershaw & Hamm Moor  
Bec Old Boys A Ham & Petersham A Reigate Priory  
Beddington Village Morden Spelthorne  
 Croydon of India * Morden A Wimbledon Corinthians  
Croydon of India A * Norbury Green Wimbledon Village  

* Facility inspected undergoing supervised programme of pitch renovation pre-2016 season and ongoing worth thereafter

GRADE C

The following clubs/teams have been allocated a 'C' grade for their current registered home ground. They are eligible to play in SCL Divisions 2 and 3 season 2014.

  Commonwealth 1920  Croydon Lions West Byfleet **
       

** dressingroom facilities not inspected - current overall grading based on the square and outfield alone

GRADE U

The following clubs/teams have been allocated a 'U' grade for their current registered home ground until the ground is inspected by the League. They are eligible to play in SCL Divisions 2 and 3 season 2016.

Woking XI        

Grounds unsuitable for league cricket

  • Tooting Bec Common
  • Haydons Road Rec, Wimbledon
  • Dundonald Rec, Wimbledon
  • Purley Way
  • Manor Park, Worcester Park
  • Beverley Park, New Malden
  • South Norwood Grounds, Auckland Road, SE19 (NOT South Norwood Lakes, Ave Road, SE25)
  • Morden Rec, Farm Road, Morden

Match Day Guidance

Pre-Match

  1. Before the start of the game, both teams shall complete an ECB team card and pass to either the umpires (if panel umpires have been appointed to the match) or to the opponents.
  2. Before the start of the game, if panel umpires have been appointed to the match, their match fees (in cash) shall be paid to them.

Reporting Match Result

By midnight of the day of the match the HOME team shall enter, on the scorecard on the club Play-Cricket website, the result, team scores, wickets down, overs bowled and bonus points of the losing team (the winning team is automatically credited with 20 points). This shall include a game abandoned, incomplete or conceded. A team with less than 11 players is “all out” if the last wicket falls. Use the highlights box to indicate any unusual circumstances, such as a reduction in overs.

ABANDONED - match started but no result possible

CANCELLED - match did not start - no play at all

CONCEDED - team concedes beforehand or fails to arrive for match

Match Conceeded

The CONCEDING team shall notify opponents (and umpires and Shyam Bharadwaj if panel umpires have been appointed to the match) as soon as possible if unable to field a side. Failure to notify opponents by 8:00pm on the Wednesday before the match incurs a £100 surcharge in addition to the £50 payment for failing to honour a fixture.

Completing Scorecard

BOTH teams shall complete the match scorecard on the club Play-Cricket website. The HOME team shall complete the scorecard by midday of the Monday following the match and the AWAY team shall make any corrections by midday of the Tuesday following the match. The AWAY team may enter the scorecard details first and must complete their details by midday of the Tuesday following the match even if the HOME team has not done so.

Instructions

  1. Log onto your club Play-Cricket website and click on the ADMIN button.
  2. Click on RESULTS and this will list the weekend’s league games for your club. Note: The fixtures are moved from the fixtures to the results section midnight Saturday. If you cannot see the matches there you can search by specific details (ie. by date and team).
  3. Click on ENTER next to the match result you wish to submit (if the opposition have entered the result this will show as EDIT).
  4. Enter the match details onto the summary page. Note: The scorebook must add up because if it does not it will cause problems later. The details to be entered are:
    • Ground / Result / Team which won toss
    • Details of your team: Batted first or not / Runs / Wickets / Number of overs
    • Details of opponents: Runs / Wickets / Number of overs
    • Batting and bowling points for losing side. Note: Do NOT enter points of winning team. These are recorded automatically.
    • Highlights of match (eg. scores of 50 or over, five wickets plus, hat-tricks)
  5. Click on SAVE to submit the result.
  6. Confirm your team: You will see a list of one to eleven on the left hand side and on the right hand side a list of available players for your team which is on the club’s database. Select your players in batting order from the database and click on the relevant box for captain and wicketkeeper. Notes: (a) Unsure is not acceptable for any player. (b) Do NOT type in a player’s name. It must be selected from the database. A player’s name must be entered on the club’s Play-Cricket database before he can be entered on a scorecard. (c) If the opposition has selected a wrong player you can select the correct player.
  7. Click on SAVE TEAM.
  8. Confirm your opposition: As above select their team. Note: If you cannot find a player’s name on the list, click on PICK A PLAYER FROM DATABASE and select from there. If the player’s name is not there you may select UNSURE.
  9. Click on SAVE TEAM.
  10. Enter details of team batting first as follows:
    • How out, not out or did not bat (from drop down list)
    • Fielder if applicable (from drop down list)
    • Bowler if applicable (from drop down list)
    • Scores
    • Extras
    • Scores at fall of wickets
    • Batsmen out at fall of wickets (from drop down list)
    • Figures of bowlers (from drop down list)
  11. Click on SAVE SCORECARD.
  12. Enter details of team batting second: As for team batting first.
  13. Click on SAVE SCORECARD. Note: If all details match you will be able to proceed. If they do not you will get a comment BOWLING AND BATTING DO NOT MATCH in which case you will need to check the entries made and correct errors.
  14. You will be taken to VIEW SCORECARD where you can see all the details entered. Click on BACK TO RESULTS.
    • Notes: (a) On the summary results screen you must enter the time the match started. If the overs are reduced due to weather, late arrival then this should be entered in the highlights box (eg. match reduced to 38 overs due to weather). (b) If the 2nd innings’ target is reduced due to weather then the target score should be entered in the highlights box.

Teas

  1. The League does not have criteria about the content and quality of teas and it would be very difficult to draft any. Nevertheless, there have been complaints about the quality of teas, and also about what might be called “specialist” teas, such as a curry with no alternative. The HOME team should do their best to offer a reasonable tea and at least provide the traditional sandwich based option as a part of the tea, allowing for vegetarians.
  2. Should an AWAY team have any special dietary needs, eg all players vegetarian, it is their responsibility to notify their opponents in good time before the match.
  3. The AWAY team should also notify the HOME team if full teas are not required, for example during Ramadan.
  4. The HOME team bears the full cost of the tea.

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