Dukes 20/20 playing conditions

This competition is a feeder competition; the winner represents Essex in the Cockspur Club Twenty20 competition.

1. Duration

1 innings per side, each limited to a maximum of 20 overs.

2. Hours of Play

2.1. Teams have 1 hour 15 minutes to bowl 20 overs.

2.2. In the event of an interruption or delay during the 1st innings, the calculation of the number of overs to be bowled shall be based upon one over for every 3 ¾ minutes in the total time available for play up to the scheduled close of play. In the 2nd innings of the match, overs shall be reduced at a rate of one over for every full 3 ¾ minutes lost, unless the 1st innings has finished early or the 2nd innings started early, in which case no overs are lost until the time that has been gained is subsequently lost.

3. The Result

3.1. Each side must have faced (or had the opportunity to face) a minimum of 5 overs in order to constitute a match.

3.2. In the event of the side in the 1st innings batting for longer than the side in the 2nd innings the target score shall be decided by average run rate based on the number of legitimate balls faced.

3.3. If tied at the completion of a match, the team that has lost fewer wickets shall be adjudged the winner.

3.4. If tied on average run rate then fewer wickets lost at the close of the 2nd innings shall determine the winner.

3.5. If this gives no result, then the team with the higher score at the end of 5th completed over shall be adjudged the winner.

3.6. If still equal, the side with the higher score at the end of 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st completed over shall be adjudged the winner.

4. Rearrangement of overs due to inclement weather

The objective of rearranging overs is to give the greatest opportunity for a match of equal overs without reverting to a bowl out.

If in the view of the captains and umpires - bearing in mind the prevailing ground, weather and light conditions - it is considered to be most unlikely that the full quota of overs will be bowled in any match; it is recommended that a pre-emptive decision is made to reduce overs in both innings equally. The level of the reduction will be made at the discretion of the umpires and captains.

5. Over rate penalties

5.1. A 6 run penalty shall apply for each over not bowled in the required time, as determined by the umpires.

5.2. All sides are expected to be in position to bowl the first ball of the last of their 20 overs within 1 hour 15 minutes playing time.

5.3. In reduced over matches the fielding side has a one over leeway in addition to any time that the umpires may allow for stoppages.

5.4. 20 overs shall be bowled and the penalty runs are added to the final total.

5.5. Umpires are instructed to apply a strict interpretation of time wasting by the batsman (5 run penalties) specifically; batsmen are expected to be ready for the start of a new over as soon as the bowler is ready.

6. Bowl Out

6.1. In the event of no result being obtained by other methods and where there is no reserve date on which to play the game, a bowl-out (outdoors or indoors) will take place to achieve a result. Five players from each side will bowl two over arm deliveries each at a wicket (conforming to Law 8) from a wicket pitched at a distance of 22 yards (or the length of pitch applicable in the Competition) with, if practicable, bowling, popping and return creases marked (conforming to Law 9).

6.2. The side, which bowls down the wicket (as defined in Law 28.1a) the most times, shall be the winner. If the scores are equal, the same players will bowl one ball each alternately to achieve a result on a ‘sudden death’ basis.

6.3. The following shall also apply in respect of bowl-outs:

6.3.1. The same suitably acceptable ball (not a new one) will be used by both teams. If this ball becomes wet, it may be changed subject to the umpires’ approval.

6.3.2. If a bowler bowls a No ball it will count as one of the two deliveries but will not count towards the score of the team.

6.3.3. If the original match has started, then the five cricketers nominated to take part in the bowl-out must be chosen from the eleven cricketers and 12th man selected to play in the match. If there has been no play in the original match (the toss has not taken place), the five cricketers may be selected from any of the players in the squad as registered on Play-Cricket.

6.4. Each side will appoint a wicket-keeper to stand behind the wicket but out of reach of the stumps.

7. Timed out

The incoming batsman must be in a position to take guard, or for his partner to be ready to receive the next ball, within 1 minute 30 seconds of the fall of the previous wicket. Any infringement of this rule shall result in the incoming batsman being declared out by the umpires.

8. Fielding restrictions

Please refer to ECB Generic Playing Condition 4, with the exception of ECB Generic Rules 4.3 and 4.6 as varied hereunder.

8.1. For the first 6 overs of each innings only two fielders are permitted to be outside the field restriction marking at the instant of delivery.

8.2. In circumstances when the number of overs of the batting team is reduced, the number of Fielding Restriction Overs shall be reduced in accordance with the table below. For the sake of clarity, it should be noted that the table shall apply to both the 1st and 2nd innings of the match.

Total overs No. of overs for which fielding in innings restrictions in clauses above shall apply
5-6              1
7-9              2
10-13          3
14-16          4
17-19          5

9. Overs per bowler

9.1. No bowler may bowl more than one-fifth of the amount of overs scheduled for the innings. However, in a delayed start, or interrupted match, where the overs are reduced for both sides, or for the side bowling second, no bowler may bowl more than one-fifth of the total overs allowed (unless such a number has been exceeded before the interruption), except that where the total overs are not divisible by five, an additional over shall be allowed to the minimum number of bowlers necessary to make up the balance.
9.2. When an interruption occurs mid-over and on resumption the bowler has exceeded the new maximum allocation, he will be allowed to finish the incomplete over.
9.3. In the event of a bowler breaking down and being unable to complete an over, another bowler will bowl the remaining balls. Such part of an over will count as a full over only in so far as each bowler’s limit is concerned..
9.4. The allocation of overs per bowler will not be reduced as a result of the deduction of any penalty overs.

10. Free Hit after a foot-fault no ball

10.1. The delivery following a no ball called for a foot fault shall be a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it.

10.2. If the delivery for the free hit is not a legitimate delivery (any kind of no ball or a wide ball), then the next delivery shall become a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it.

10.3. For any free hit, the striker can be dismissed only under the circumstances that apply for a no ball, even if the delivery for the free hit is called wide ball.

10.4. Field changes are permitted for free hit deliveries providing all effective fielding restrictions are adhered to.

10.5. The umpires shall signal a free hit by (after the normal no ball signal) extending one arm straight upwards and moving it in a circular motion.

11. Law 25 - Wide Ball: Judging a Wide

In addition to Law 25 the following will apply;

Umpires are instructed to apply a very strict and consistent interpretation in regard to this Law in order to prevent negative bowling wide of the wicket.

Any offside or legside delivery which in the opinion of the umpire does not give the batsman a reasonable opportunity to score shall be called a wide. For guidance purposes, in adult cricket a legside wide should be called if a ball passes on the legside outside the pads of the batsman standing in a normal guard position.

12. Law 42.6 – Dangerous and Unfair Bowling

Law 42.6 (i) (a) Bowling of Fast, short-pitched balls, will apply.

13. Law 42.6 (b) Bowling of high full pitched balls, to be amended to read as follows:

Any high full pitched ball (regardless of its pace) which passes or would have passed above waist height of the striker standing upright at the crease shall be called and signalled No ball by the umpire at the bowler’s end. In addition, if the high full pitched ball is fast, it shall be deemed dangerous and unfair and the umpire at the bowler’s end, in addition to the call and signal of No ball, will adopt the procedures of Law 42.7.

14. Law 42.7 - Dangerous and Unfair Bowling - action by the umpire.

Law 42.7 applies except that the reference to Law 42.6 is the amended Law 42.6 as above.