North Staffs & South Cheshire Premier Cricket League
The Sentinel Colts Trophy
40 over competition
Norton in Hales
Newcastle & H
- The competition is open to all players under 21 years of age on 1st September 2016, and who are neither Academy players with a First Class County or already representing Staffordshire, Cheshire or Shropshire at 1st XI team level.
- The clubs in membership of the League shall be divided into 4 groups according to the geographical location of their ground – namely North, South, East and West Zones.
- Clubs are invited to offer their facilities for hosting one of the matches, ensuring that players and officials have a free tea at the agreed time. Clubs are allowed to charge admission, run a raffle, etc. with all proceeds thereafter going to the club. The League and Sponsor shall select a ground for the final.
- Umpires shall be appointed by the League, and cricket balls will be supplied by the League for all matches throughout the competition.
- Matches shall commence at a time nominated by the League and will be played over 40 over per team, with no bowler allowed to bowl more than 8 overs. In the event of a late start, a reduced overs game shall be allowed as long as there is time for a minimum 20 overs per side. The number of overs will be agreed by the two Captains in consultation with the Umpires. In this case the maximum number of overs per bowler shall be reduced proportionately by agreement with the Umpires. The Umpires shall decide if conditions are fit for play at all times.
- A 30 yards fielding circle shall be used in all matches, marked by white discs 7 inches in diameter. For the first 10 overs of each innings a minimum of players must be inside the circle at the time the bowler delivers the ball. In the remaining 30 overs of each innings 4 players plus the wicket-keeper and bowler must be inside the circle at the time of delivery. In the event of infringement, the square leg umpire shall call and signal ‘No ball’.
- When a ‘No ball’ is called for any reason, the batting team shall have 2 runs added to its total and the batsman shall be allowed a ‘Free Hit’ of the next ball bowled.
- The team with the higher aggregate of runs shall be the winner.
a) If the teams finish with the same number of runs, the side taking the greater number of wickets shall be the winner.
b) If both teams are all out, the side with the higher overall scoring rate shall be the winner.
c)If the result cannot be decided by a) or b) the team with the higher scoring rate in the first 20 overs of each innings shall be declared the winner.
- In the event of a match being unfinished, the winner shall be the team which has scored the faster runs per over throughout their innings, provided at least 20 overs have been bowled at the team batting second. If the scoring rate is the same, the team losing the lesser number of wickets in the first 20 overs in each innings shall be declared the winner. For the purpose of calculating runs per over in this situation the first innings shall be taken as 40 overs in all cases.