Rules 2017-03-30T21:06:11+00:00

Rules of the League

Constitution of the League

1)  The Wilden Industrial Estates Cricket League (formerly The Stainweld Cricket League, Terry Church Print League and Kidderminster Friendly Cricket League) shall be referred to throughout the Rules as “the League”.

2)  The League has been in continual existence since 1976 and aims to provide competitive cricket for clubs in and around the Kidderminster/Wyre Forest locality and its immediate surrounds.

3)  All clubs registered as members of the League are automatically assumed to be playing again the following season. Clubs wishing to withdraw from the League for next season must inform the Governing Executive Committee (G.E.C.) in writing by the September General meeting of the current season.  Failure to do so and subsequent withdrawal of the league may incur a fine of up to £100.  Fees for the following year will be due at the AGM in November.  Failure to pay fees will jeopardise the club’s place for the next season.  All member clubs must provide the League with full contact details of at least two people for listing in the handbook, and at least one e-mail address for correspondence with team officials.  Additionally, clubs will nominate an ambassador who may be called upon to represent the League at Cup finals.

4)  The G.E.C. shall satisfy themselves that existing teams continue to meet minimum standards (e.g. of ground facilities and organisation).  All clubs must also adopt the ECB “Safe Hands” policy, including submitting to the League the name of at least one official Club Welfare Officer with responsibility for their club.

5)  New clubs are welcomed but must first be proposed, seconded and voted in at the AGM.  The GEC shall satisfy themselves as to the new team’s facilities and eligibility to join the League.

6)  New grounds must be within a 15 mile radius of Kidderminster Town Hall (exceptions at the discretion of the GEC).

The Governing Executive Committee

7)  The G.E.C. shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to administer the League in accordance with its rules, interpreted fairly in the best interests of the League, and to promote cricket within the local community.  The GEC shall have the power to deal with internal domestic issues without the right of appeal by the clubs or players.

8)  The GEC shall comprise of the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, and Umpires Association Representative plus up to five other elected members who, apart from the umpires’ representative, will each have one vote at League Meetings.

9)  The GEC will meet at least once a month throughout the year, usually on the second Tuesday, or at their discretion.  They have the power to bring to General Meetings proposals for changes to League rules or structures, as they see fit, in the best interests of the League.

League Meetings

10) General Meetings of the League will be held three times a year, as advertised in the handbook or at the discretion of the GEC.  All teams are obliged to send a representative to General Meetings.  Failure to do so will result in a fine (see rule 67).

11) In addition to League General Meetings an AGM will be held once a year on the 2nd Tuesday in November commencing promptly at 7.30pm; the following Tuesday being reserved should business dictate.  All teams are obliged to send a representative.  Failure to do so will result in a fine (see rule 67).

12) The GEC have the right to call additional General or Extraordinary League Meetings, as they deem necessary.  Teams may also call an EGM if they have the written support of more than half the teams in the League.

13) Trophies will be handed in at the September League meeting.  Teams failing to return a trophy (cleaned) by the stated date will be fined.


14) At League General Meetings teams may only vote on issues that affect them.  Each team will have one vote per issue and may only vote provided the team is represented at the meeting.  Votes will be passed on a simple majority.  The Chairman will have the casting vote in the event of a tie.

Annual Fees

15) Annual fees for participating clubs will be as follows:

£80 for one team

£100 for two teams

above fees agreed at September 2016 general meeting.

Fees for the following year will normally be set at the September General Meeting and paid at the AGM in November.  Late payment will incur an additional registration fee of £10 per month overdue.

Player Eligibility


16) Any player may represent a club in the League or Cup provided that they have not played for any other club in the League that season, excepting when a player is correctly transferred (rule 21).  All players should be covered by club insurance preferably by being members of the club.  Guest players are permitted so long as insurance allows and they have not played for another club that season.  Once a player appears on the results card for a club the League will consider him/her signed by the club for the season.

17) Clubs represented by more than one team in the League or Cup may play players as selected providing:

      (i) Such teams do not operate independently

      (ii) Players who play more than 3 times for any one team in the League become Cup tied to that team.

      (iii) Players who play a Cup match for one team are tied to that team for the remainder of the Cup and may not play for the other team/s (see also rules 21 and 23).

 Any team playing ineligible players will lose all points (or the tie in a Cup match) gained in such matches and be fined up to £50 (see also rule 23).

18) For the 2017 season all teams have been entered for one of two 10×10 knock-out competitions, except for clubs that have expressly requesting omission.  Fixtures will be played at the end of the season therefore movement of players will be permitted between teams for this Cup.

19) Players owing monies to one club shall not be allowed to sign for a new club until such debts are paid.

20) Substitute fielders need not be signed players, however clubs should ensure all participants are covered by insurance.

21) New signings (not previously appeared for the club, or previously appeared for another club) must be indicated (by asterisk) on the results card.  Once appearing for a club the player is tied to that club for the season unless officially transferred.  Players wishing to transfer must have written agreement from the secretary (or other official) of both clubs, which will be forwarded to the GEC.  If there is a dispute the matter will be resolved by the GEC.  No transfers will be allowed after the June General Meeting, except by permission of the GEC and only in exceptional circumstances.

22) Where a club is cited in a disciplinary matter, all players tied to that club may be held liable for penalties imposed (e.g. suspension from the League; see disciplinary procedures).

23) Players in Semi-Finals or Finals of the Cup/Plate competitions must have already played in at least one Cup or League fixture for the team that season.  Returning players (e.g. from long standing injury, university etc.) may be permitted to play if the club can show they are established, signed players (e.g. have played in previous seasons).  If, due to the qualification system, a club is unable to field a full team they may appeal to the GEC with suggestions of alternate players.  The League may grant permission to field alternate players but they may not bat above no. 7 and may not bowl.  Teams found guilty of fielding unqualified players shall forfeit the match, be fined up to £50 at the discretion of the GEC and may be reported to the ECB.

24) No artificial limits are to be placed on the standard of players that a team can field in the League.  Indeed, the League welcomes players of any standard, from novice to international.  However, umpires will be reminded of their powers to intervene in the case of intimidatory bowling, and captains are reminded of their responsibilities under the Preamble to the Laws of Cricket (Spirit of Cricket).  See also rule 46.



25) BOTH TEAMS shall be expected to submit the result (including abandoned games) to the results secretary on the night of the match.  Results should be conveyed by SMS (text) message to 07726 007321. A more detailed result should then be submitted via the reporting system on the League’s website or the League’s section on the ECB Play-Cricket website. Teams that fail to notify will be fined. Results will be posted on the league website at the earliest opportunity.

26) (a) Official umpire liability cards and team sheets are provided to clubs by the League.  The home club will supply the card for the match.  Both teams must fill in the names of players competing in the match, as well as the age group details of any players under 19 years of age (see rule 51). This should be completed before the start of the match and correctly signed by both captains before handing to the umpires who will retain the card for legal and insurance reasons. If no official umpire is present the home team should forward the card to the results secretary.

(b) Results are no longer reported via the team card.

(c) All League fixtures are detailed on the WIECL section of the ECB Play-Cricket website. Results can be posted direct to the site or uploaded using the new official, free, mobile and tablet scoring app, downloadable from the Play Cricket website.

27) In the event of only one scorer he/she shall be solely responsible for keeping the score with both captains respecting this record.

28) Any decision as to the correctness of the scores shall be the responsibility of the umpires and scorers, their decisions being respected by the captains.

29) Each club should submit to the GEC the following averages by the September General Meeting (Cup and League matches combined, 10×10 matches excluded), preferably on the official sheet which will be downloadable from the league website.  Averages may be submitted by email.  Any club failing to submit averages shall be fined (see rule 67).

            a) Leading bowler

            b) Leading batsman

            c) Wicket keeper: total victims

            d) Best fielder (number of outfield catches)

            e) Special individual performances (hat-trick, 5 fors, hundreds, etc)

30) Promotion and Relegation:  Promotion is normally achieved by finishing first or second in the division at the end of the season.  Clubs finishing in the bottom two positions in the division can expect to be relegated.  Final positions are subject to ratification by the GEC.  If the League is deficient at the time of setting fixtures for the new season then the GEC may adjust the divisions accordingly, with the best interests of the League in mind.  Qualifying clubs will be asked at the AGM whether they wish to be promoted.  Care will be taken over the placement of newly elected teams.

31) Results and League positions shall be advertised in the local press or via the web site.  League positions posted on the web site should be treated as a guideline only.  Final League positions will be confirmed at the AGM once fines and disciplinary issues have been settled.  Where teams are tied at the end of the season their positions shall be decided in the following manner:

i)   Most wins

ii)  If equal, results against each other,

 iii) If equal, points score against the two equal teams

 iv) If equal, the greater aggregate runs scored shall be deemed the higher place.

 v)  If equal, the team with the highest runs per wicket shall be the winner, averaged over the season.


Playing Conditions


32) All Fixtures are to be played as stated in the handbook.  In exceptional circumstances (e.g. where there is a clash of interests) the GEC may allow fixtures to be rearranged (see also rule 40 & 54).

33) All grounds should be correctly marked, together with boundary markers and line.  All Premier division league games, as well as all Cup games, will include a fielding circle marked by discs (see rule 61).  Division A league matches are excluded from fielding circles.  Scoreboards and match ball(s) are to be provided by the home team in all cases. Pink, or other high visibility coloured balls are permitted.  White balls are not advised due to white clothing and sight screens.

34) In the event of the home team finding their ground double booked it must use the following prioritised guidelines to ensure the match is played (rather than automatically forfeiting the game).  The GEC may be able to help with fixture problems given sufficient notice. 

(i) Play fixture on the stipulated day at an alternative, neutral venue

(ii) Play fixture on the stipulated day as a reversed fixture

(iii) Play fixture at appointed venue within six days either side of the original date

(iv) Play fixture at alternative venue (including as a reversed fixture) within six days either side of the original date.

Both teams are responsible for reaching agreement on one of the four alternatives.  Where one team can offer a higher prioritised solution then this must always be taken (e.g. home team offers solution “iii”, away team can insist on solution “ii” if it is available).  The GEC shall adjudicate in disputes.  If no solution is possible the home team shall forfeit the game and may be liable under rule 42, (see also unfit grounds rule 40).

35) Where both artificial and grass wickets are available (see types of wicket available in Club Contact details), the away team must come prepared to play on either pitch, depending on weather conditions.

36) Spikes are not permitted on artificial wickets except at the discretion of the club groundsman.  Should any player attempt to bat or bowl or to keep wicket while wearing spikes, the umpire shall instruct the captain to order the player to change his footwear.  Should this instruction not be carried out, the player will not be permitted to take part in the game other than as an outfielder.

37) Players should be suitably attired for cricket. The GEC refers all players to the Preamble to the Laws of Cricket (Spirit of Cricket), specifically point 4 regarding respect for opponents and the traditional values of the game, as well as point 1, the responsibilities of the captain. Exceptions will be made for stand-in players, debutants, etc, however players will be expected to obtain suitable attire after a few games.  Anyone who repeatedly disregards this rule can be reported by the umpires to the GEC. Players sited will have to provide reasons for their repeated offending.

38) The GEC do not have the right to overrule the decision of a club groundsman.

39) The question of fitness of the ground for play shall be left to the captains to decide.  In the event of a disagreement, the umpires shall be asked to adjudicate.  After the toss has taken place the continued fitness of the ground for play, including the conditions of light and weather, shall be the sole responsibility of the umpires.  Players are asked to respect the umpires’ decisions at all times.

40) (a) When weather is inclement and/or the ground is clearly unfit for play it is the responsibility of the home team to notify the away team, and the umpires, at the earliest opportunity to avoid wasted journeys.  Unless the away team, and the umpires, have been notified, they should turn up at the appointed time and conditions assessed before play begins.  Umpire appointments can be found on the League web site.

 (b) Where a ground is deemed to be unfit for play games are usually abandoned, however, teams may reverse fixtures or find alternative grounds on the day, provided both agree (umpires should also be informed at the earliest opportunity).  The League must be informed via the results card.  Where possible the GEC should be informed in advance of changes to fixtures, and executive approval sought (e.g. home ground moved etc.).  Rescheduling (on alternative dates) of League matches due to unfit grounds can only be carried out with the agreement of the GEC.  Playing of “double headers” is not permitted.

(c) Where opposing captains suspect that home clubs are abusing the “ground unfit” rule in order to avoid playing a fixture, they can submit a report to the GEC. Repeated allegations against the same club will be investigated.

41) In the event of a rearranged venue, the initial home team continues that responsibility.

42) Any club failing to fulfil a fixture without prior agreement with the GEC will be reported by the Umpire to the GEC who will penalise the offending club(s) the following:

            i)   Loss of points for relevant fixtures (allocated to the opposition)

            ii)  Pay all costs incurred

 iii) At least 4 and up to 10 points will be deducted from the offending club(s).

 iv) For repeated offenders, at the GEC’s discretion, clubs may be charged with bringing the game into disrepute.

 General Rules


43) Rules of play in the League are as defined by the latest version of the Laws from the MCC in their document The Laws of Cricket (2000 Code 5th Edition – 2013) and any recent updates (, with the exception of those defined below.

44) The League does not enforce the use of penalty runs.  The only exception is for a ball striking a fielding helmet (when not in use) where the five run penalty stands.

45) In order to avoid controversy the laws regarding wides, no-balls and beamers will be enforced as follows: 

(a) If in the opinion of the umpire at the bowler’s end, a bowler bowls a ball negatively past either side of the wicket in any over the umpire shall call and signal “wide ball” unless either umpire has already called “no ball”.  Additionally, any ball passing unhindered outside the leg stump, unless passing between the batsman and the stumps, shall be deemed to be negative bowling and shall be called “wide ball”, without exception.

 (b) If a pitched delivery goes on to pass, or would have passed, above shoulder height of the striker standing in an upright position, the bowlers end umpire shall call and signal “no ball”.  If a bowler bowls a fast, full pitched delivery that reaches the batsman on the full above waist height (i.e. a “beamer”) the umpire shall call “no-ball” and warn the bowler.  If the bowler bowls a second beamer the umpire shall instruct the captain to take the bowler off immediately, any remaining balls in the over being bowled by someone who has not completed their quota.

46) The League encourages participation of players of all abilities (see rule 24), however the umpire shall consider the ability of batsman and bowler, the light and the pitch conditions when deciding whether short bowling is intimidatory.  After warning the bowler twice, the umpire shall instruct the captain to remove the bowler immediately if he offends a third time, any remaining balls in the over being bowled by someone who has not completed their quota.

47) Bowl outs will be used to determine the result of Cup matches where no result has been achieved due to weather or pitch conditions.  Bowl out rules are as follows:

      Five nominated bowlers bowl three balls in turn at a full set of stumps.  First to bowl shall be decided by coin toss.  Run ups are not limited except by underfoot conditions, however the ball must be legal and no-balls are not rebowled.  The most hits after 15 balls will be deemed the winner.  Should scores be equal then sudden death will apply using the same five bowlers in the same order.

48) The home team should advise the appointed umpires of any cancellation or change of venue in good time.  Umpire appointments can be found on the league web site.  Where umpires are informed that the match is cancelled, before travelling, they will not be entitled to any fee.  If no notification then umpires should travel to the ground.  On arrival, should conditions subsequently be deemed unplayable then umpires are entitled to the “cancelled match” fee (see rule 78).  Otherwise umpires should be offered their full fee before the game commences.  Changes to the published appointments will be notified to the home team at the earliest opportunity by the league’s umpire representative.

49) The home side must provide replacements for lost balls.  If the match ball is recovered it must be reintroduced immediately. 

50) Each captain must inform the other, and the umpires, of the number of players in attendance at the official starting time.  Any substitutes fielding at the start of play must be pointed out to the umpire.

51) Umpires must be informed of any participating players in the under 19 age group and younger on the umpire liability/team sheet provided by the League (see rule 79).  ECB guidelines for young players must be adhered to at all times (rules 70 to 72). Captains may not change the team once the card is handed to the umpire except on appeal to the opposing captain. In the event of any changes the umpires must always be informed. Umpires should sign the cards confirming that they have been notified of underage players and retain it as a legal record (see also rule 26).

52) In the event of the non appearance of opposition (GEC approved or otherwise), or the forfeiting of a match by one team, the non offending team will be awarded a win (see also rule 42).  However, on days where all other matches in the same division are wiped out by weather then all games in that division will be considered abandoned, including previously forfeited games, regardless of prior arrangements. Exceptions are games that are played on days when the full programme is not enacted (e.g. Cup matches).

Special Rules


53) All matches to start at 6.30pm except in August where, due to reduced light, teams should make mutual arrangements for earlier starts, but no earlier than 6.00 pm.  Umpires should be notified by the home team where early starts are scheduled.

54) All Fixtures are to be played as stated in the handbook.  In certain circumstances the GEC may allow fixtures to be rearranged.  In all cases both teams must agree and the GEC be informed.  Rearranged fixtures must be played on or before the following Tuesday (see also rules 32, 34, 40, 63 & 64).

55) Each innings shall consist of a maximum of 12 eight ball overs.  Depending on weather, light and other considerations the duration of each innings can be reduced, by agreement between captains before the start of the game, to a minimum of 6 eight ball overs per team.  Captains can seek the advice of the umpires when making their decision.  In the case of a dispute over the agreed length of the game, the umpires shall adjudicate.

56) Each bowler shall be limited to a maximum of 3 overs each, regardless of the length of the game. Additionally, a minimum of 5 bowlers must be used during the innings, even in reduced innings games (e.g. by delayed start or captain’s agreement); the only exceptions being where a team is bowled out before the end of the innings or the innings is prematurely ended by weather.

57) If a team has 7 players in attendance they must take the field at the official start time.  After 7.00pm or 6 overs, whichever is the sooner, no player may join a match except as a sub.  There is no waiting time imposed on a late arrival before they can bowl (excepting as a sub).  If both teams have less than 7 players at the official start time one over shall be deducted from each innings for every 8 minutes delay, or part thereof. As soon as one team has 7 players present they are deemed non offending.  The offending team shall continue to have overs deducted from their innings at a rate of one every 4 minutes of time lost, or part thereof. When one, or both, side(s) has been deducted more than 6 overs the match will be abandoned and the points awarded to the non offending team.  The offending team(s) shall be responsible for all expenses.  The umpires shall forward a report to the GEC.

58) In the event of a delay to the start of the match, or during the first innings, due to weather or ground conditions, or other reasons, each innings shall be reduced by one over for every eight minutes, or part thereof, which is lost.  Umpires are urged to use their discretion in this matter and their decision is final.  Time lost during the second innings cannot be allowed for and on resumption the overs remaining stay the same.  If bad light prevents the game being played to a finish then the match is abandoned.

59) Points awarded are as follows


Winning team 4 points
Tie 2 points
Abandoned match 2 points
Loosing team 0 points

 See also rules 42 and 52.

Additional Cup Rules


60) (a) All League teams will be automatically entered into Cup matches unless they specifically request an opt out at the AGM.

 (b)The Cup shall be a straightforward knockout competition as follows:

      Senior Cup (Top 8 teams based on last year’s league positions)

      Junior Cup (Bottom 8 teams based on last year’s league positions)

      Teams knocked out in the first round automatically enter the Senior and Junior Plate competitions, respectively.

      Where division sizes or number dictate, the GEC reserves the right to vary the qualification or draw for Junior and Senior Cup as they deem fit, in the interests of the game.

61) All games (except for Division A league matches) shall have fielding circles marked out and employed as follows:

(a) Grounds will be marked out with a 30 meter fielding circle using a minimum of 10 discs (reducing to 20 meters on small grounds). Half circles, each with radius of 30 meters, are to be marked each end of the wicket with the stumps as centre.  The half circles are then joined to each other by straight lines parallel to the wicket.

(b) A minimum of half the team (including bowler and wicketkeeper) must be within the circle as the bowler delivers the ball, for the whole duration of the game.  This rule allows for occasions when teams are deficient in numbers, for whatever reason, including when players have to leave the field during play.

Examples:      (i) for a normal 11 players in the field, a minimum of 6 must be within the circle.

                          (ii) for 10 players in the field, 5 must be within the ring

                          (iii) for 9 players in the field, 5 must be within the ring.

(c) If more than the permitted number of fielders are outside the ring as the ball is delivered either umpire will call “no ball”.

Home teams will provide the means to mark out fielding circles.  Any club without the means to mark out circles may apply to the GEC, who may provide suitable markers for deserving cases.

62) Cup fixtures must be played on or before the date stipulated by the League fixtures secretary.  Both teams are responsible for re-arranging fixtures as necessary. Rules 32, 34, 40, 63 & 64 apply.

63) To avoid fixture congestion, Wednesday Cup matches postponed or abandon due to weather will be played on the following Tuesday (or before if the two teams agree and the GEC is informed).  A result must be achieved at this time.  If no play is possible then a bowl out will ensue (see rule 47).  If the conditions are too bad even for a bowl out then the result will be decided by the toss of a coin.  If there is a disagreement over playing conditions the umpire will decide.

64) Should it not prove possible to reschedule a game, or if weather or conditions again intervene, then the fixtures secretary will hold a lottery to decide which team will progress.

65) In the event of a tie, the result shall be decided in the following way:

            i)   Winner shall be the team loosing least wickets

            ii)  If still equal winner shall be the team with the highest total after 6 overs.

            iii) If still equal the team with the most runs from the bat

            iv) If still equal decide by bowl out

            v)  If still equal decide by toss of a coin.

66) Dates and venues of all Cup Finals are to be published in the League’s handbook or at the earliest opportunity via the local press or League website.



67) Fines associated with non-attendance at General Meetings are detailed below.  Additionally teams will automatically be deducted 4 points for each non-attendance.

a)  Non-attendance at General meetings                           £20.00 for first time

                                    for 2nd consecutive offence                        £40.00 + original fine

                                    for 3rd consecutive offence                         £80.00 + preceding fines

            b)  Non completion of team sheet                                     £4.00

            c)  Failure to notify result on the night                                £4.00

            d)  Failure to return trophies on time (per trophy)             £30.00

            e)  Failure to fulfil a fixture                                                   £costs

            f)  Non payment of umpire                                                   £25.00

            h) Non payment of previous fine                                         £double

            i)  Non submission of end of year averages                      £25.00

            j)  Non attendance at a disciplinary hearing             up to £50.00

68) Clubs will be notified of any fines, in writing, each month.  Clubs then have until the next general meeting, or AGM (depending on which is sooner), to pay.  If payment is not received then the fine will be doubled and re-issued.  At this time 4 points will be deducted.

69) Continued non-payment of fines shall be a disciplinary matter.

Rules for Players aged 18 and under


70) All players under the age of 18 must wear a “kite marked” helmet when batting or standing up to keep wicket.  It is the responsibility of the captain to inform the umpires of any players under 18 and to ensure that they follow these rules and all ECB guidelines relating to young players.  These now include the mandatory wearing of a “kite-marked” helmet by all players under the age of 18 and playing in an adult game, regardless of parental consent, except in exceptional circumstances.  In such exceptional circumstances the consent must be in written form and umpires notified via the league approved team sheet before the start of play.  Any player under the age of 19 is also covered by ECB fast bowling and fielding directives.  The League and the Umpires Association will not be held responsible for any consequences if the guidelines are not correctly followed.

71) No under 11’s shall be permitted to play in League-organised matches.  Under 13’s can only play as the responsibility of the club and must have written parental permission (see rule 70).  It is very important to note that only a very low number of Under 12 age group cricketers are eligible to play open age cricket. Almost all juniors in the Under 12 age group are ineligible.  For further details please see ECB Guidelines for Junior Players in Open Age Group Cricket.

72) Age groups of players are determined by age at midnight on 31st August in the year before the current season.



73) All clubs must be fully insured.  Umpires must also be fully insured and it is their responsibility to ensure that they are.  Clubs and umpires are advised to check that their insurance is adequate to cover the ECB initiative limiting umpires liabilities.

74) The League shall not be held responsible for any claim made against them including damage or loss of property, or injury to life or limb.



75) (a) Umpire fees are set by the GEC in consultation with the League and the umpires association.  Changes in umpire fees must be agreed at League General Meetings.

       (b) Umpires should be paid their fee before the start of the game.  Failure to pay umpires fees shall initiate a £25.00 fine.  Both teams are responsible for paying umpires. Fees are payable for all Cup and League matches including Finals.

76) (a) All umpires, except stand-in umpires as per Section 77 below, shall be members of the ECB ACO, hold a current Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Certificate. These details shall be held by the Umpires Representative on the League GEC.

  (b) Membership of the ECB ACO provides umpires, aged 16 and over, with unlimited Public Liability and Personal Injury insurance cover.  However Personal Injury cover lapses after the age of 85.  Any umpire over the age of 85 must provide evidence of Personal Injury insurance to the League GEC.  Failure to do so will mean they will not receive any appointments.

 (c)  The League will make umpire appointments in line with the Memorandum of Understanding agreed by the Worcestershire Cricket Board and the Worcestershire Association of Cricket Officials covering the management and development of umpires.

 (d)  Meetings of the League Umpires Panel will be called before the beginning of the season to brief umpires on match regulations for the coming season. An end of season review meeting will also be held in September.

77) (a) Umpires should aim to arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the match.  In the event of only one umpire being available/present, the batting side shall nominate a stand in umpire to operate Square Leg only and, ideally, the home team will provide a white coat.  In the event of no umpires being available the captains will jointly nominate both umpires from the persons available as long as is necessary. The home team shall report any umpire for non-attendance or late arrival. Reports to be made to the league’s Umpires Representative.

 (b) The umpires disciplinary process is as follows:
Where teams, players or colleagues have a complaint against an umpire or umpires they should notify the Chairman of the League and the Umpires Representative as soon as possible.  The Chairman and the Umpires Rep will then refer the matter to the GEC and the Disciplinary Convenor who will decide on an appropriate course of action in determining if there is a case to answer.  If appropriate a disciplinary panel will be set up by the Convenor and individual(s) will be called before the panel in the form of a hearing. Umpires called to a hearing have the right to representation. The panel may also seek evidence from witnesses.  Results of the hearing will be notified immediately and, subsequently, in writing to the individual concerned. Where appropriate, WACO or other relevant ACO may be asked to contribute to the disciplinary process and the appropriate ACO will be notified of any decision.

78) Umpires fees shall be as follows, costs split equally between teams

Two umpires in attendance

£14.00 each



Cancelled match

£3.00 each

If travelling more than 7 miles from home

£6.00 each



Only one umpire in attendance




Cancelled match


If travelling more than 7 miles from home


ECB Team Sheet and Umpire Liability


79) (a) The league publishes an official combined Team Sheet/Umpire liability card. The home team should provide the card for the match.  Both captains should enter their teams for the match on the card BEFORE THE TOSS.  All players in the under 19 age group and younger should be identified in the boxes provided on the card.  Also read, fill in and sign the disclaimer on the back of the card before handing to the umpires for their inspection at the toss.  Umpires should then sign the card in the requisite place and retain for records. After the game the card should be forwarded to the League’s results secretary for safe keeping.  If teams are unwilling to sign this card the umpires have the right to refuse to stand (see also rule 26).

(b) Any person signing this card should be aware that liability effectively transfers to them.  For this reason it is imperative that the signatory is a fully paid up member of the club and that the club insurance is adequate to cover the situation.  The official ECB ExtraCover insurance scheme covers all eventualities. Their approved brokers are Marshall Wooldridge Ltd.  You can download details of the scheme via the ECB website in their Club Support/Club Management section.  If insuring with other companies it is advisable to check policy wording to ensure there is sufficient liability cover for the team, officials and those acting for the team in any capacity (e.g. as umpires or scorers) whether or not they are paid up members of the club.  If in any doubt clubs should seek advice from ECB, WCB or your league committee.

Disciplinary Procedures


The following regulations are produced by the ECB, apply to any player who plays for any club at any level under the auspices of the ECB and are intended to provide assistance and uniformity to all Clubs and Leagues in dealing with any alleged breach of the ECB Code of Conduct (Appendix 1) and MCC Spirit of Cricket (Appendix 2).

The aim is to simplify the procedure for minor offences, whilst providing full rights for all accused and wronged, in accordance with ECB Guidelines. It is intended that any breach of the Spirit of Cricket should in the first instance be dealt with by the player’s club who shall notify the League of the result of any action taken against its player.

For the purpose of these regulations, the expression of “the player” shall throughout these regulations be deemed to mean and include not only any player but also any member or official of any club or if appropriate, any other person involved in any incident of possible misconduct occurring on the field of play, or on the premises of the club, as may be appropriate in the particular circumstances.

As member clubs of The Wilden Industrial Estates Cricket League, you have agreed to abide by the ECB Code of Conduct and accepted to abide by the League’s disciplinary procedures set out below. Every Player registered to play in the League explicitly acknowledges, by virtue of his registration, the constitution of the League and its procedures, and undertakes to be bound by them.

As stated in “The Spirit of Cricket” it is the responsibility of the individual concerned AND his captain, club and team-mates to uphold standards of behaviour at all times. It is only when that has failed that there is a need for the umpire to report a player.

The League is to provide the strongest possible backing to umpires, and to each Club as it undertakes to suspend any player reported by an umpire.

The ECB outlines 4 levels of breaches in discipline, which are listed in Appendix 3.  For minor offences, covered by level 1, the clubs take the disciplinary lead. Clubs are obliged to impose a ban for a period of at least two matches on any player who is reported to them by an umpire for discipline breaches relating to the ECB code of Conduct (Appendix 1) or the Spirit of Cricket (Appendix 2) of a level 1 nature. Umpires will also report the player to the League.

For more serious offences, covered by level 2 and above, the League will normally call a Disciplinary Hearing as covered by the regulations below.

Actions to be taken by the Umpire, Clubs and League


Level 1 Breaches will normally be dealt with at the time by the umpires with the backing of the clubs and league as follows:

The umpire will caution the player as to his conduct and advise him and his captain that it is a first and final warning. On any further breach the umpire will warn the player as to his conduct and advise him and his captain that a report will be submitted. This will result in an automatic two-match ban to be imposed by the club.

The umpire will send a report to the League and the club must also notify the League as to the actions it has taken against the player. Failure of clubs to report actions to the League will result in a £20 fine.  It should be stressed that there is nothing in this code preventing, or discouraging, clubs from applying additional, or stronger, sanctions against offenders, whether or not they are the subject of a report. To this end, it is recommended that clubs have their own code of conduct and disciplinary procedures in place.

Level 2 Breaches – depending on the circumstances Level 2 breaches may also be dealt with in the same manner as level 1 except that the umpire may decide not to give a first and final warning but immediately warn the player as to his conduct and advise him and his captain that a report will be submitted. Clubs must report their actions to the league as for level 1 breaches. The League’s Disciplinary Convenor will decide if the automatic two match ban is sufficient or if a discipline hearing should deal with the matter.

Level 3 & 4 Breaches – will be reported to the league and be dealt with at a disciplinary hearing.

Disciplinary Hearings


Upon receipt of an umpires report a Disciplinary Hearing will normally be called by the Disciplinary Convenor and shall be formed from the League’s Governing Executive Committee. At least 7 days notice in writing of the hearing and of the offence alleged shall be given to the player(s) or his/her representative, or in the case of a Club, its Secretary, in writing. The player or Club shall be entitled to attend the hearing (in the case of a Club by its secretary or other official), to be legally or otherwise represented and to call witnesses; up to 3 in normal circumstances.  Failure to attend a disciplinary hearing may attract a fine of up to £50, and/or a ban from the league, and/or (where a club is cited) a deduction of points.

If at the hearing the Disciplinary Committee find the alleged offence proved, it shall have the power to impose one of the following penalties:

in the case of the player

a ban from the League;

suspension for three or more matches

a fine of not more than £50 (FIFTY POUNDS)


(Save that player may be for the same offence both suspended and fined).

in the case of a Club:

expulsion from the League;

expulsion from any cup competition of the League.

deduction of points in the League;

a fine of not more than £100 (ONE HUNDRED POUNDS)           

(Save that a Club for the same offences may be subject to both deduction of points and a fine).

A player or Club found by the Disciplinary Committee to have committed an offence or upon whom the Disciplinary Committee has imposed a penalty, shall have the right of Appeal to the Appeals Committee which will comprise of persons not included in the original hearing. The membership will consist of independent persons appointed by the League committee.

A deposit of £50 shall be lodged with the appeal, returnable if the appeal is upheld. The Appeal shall be by way of rehearing. The player or Club shall have the same rights of attendance and representation, and to call witnesses as they had before the Disciplinary Committee.

The Appeals Committee may confirm, vary or reverse the decision of the Disciplinary Committee.  It shall also have the power to increase the penalty. The Appeals Committee shall also have the power, where they consider the appeal to be without merit, to order that the deposit be forfeited.

The decision of the Appeals Committee, or if no appeal of the Disciplinary Committee, shall be final and binding.

Appendix 1



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  The 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 team 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 team officials shall not intimidate, assault or attempt to intimidate or assault an umpire, another player or a spectator.

5  Players and team 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 team 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 whilst respecting player qualification regulations and welcome players/members irrespective of ethnic origin.

7  Players and team 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.

Appendix 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.

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 instructions of an umpire, criticising his 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, requesting the latter to take action.

2  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 captain to take action where required.

3  The umpires are authorised to intervene in cases of:-

. Time wasting

. Damaging the pitch

. Dangerous or unfair bowling

. Tampering with the ball

. Any other action that they consider to be unfair.

4  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

5  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

a) appeal knowing the batsman is not out

b) advance towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing

c) 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.

6  Violence

There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play.

7  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.

Appendix 3


ECB definition of Breaches of Discipline

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

Level 1
a. Time wasting by either the fielding side or the batting side
b. Abuse of the cricket ground, equipment or fixtures
c. Showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by word or action
d. Using language that is obscene, offensive or insulting and/or making of an obscene gesture
e. Excessive appealing

Level 2
a. Showing serious dissent at an umpire’s decision by word or action

  b. Inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players in the course of play

  c. Charging or advancing towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing

  d. 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

  e. Throwing the ball at or near a player, umpire or official in an inappropriate and dangerous manner.

  f. Using language or gesture that is obscene or of a serious insulting nature to another player, umpire, team official or spectator

  g. Changing the condition of the ball other than as permitted by Law 42.3

  h. The bowling of fast short pitched balls that result in the bowler being disallowed from bowling further in that innings
i. Causing avoidable damage to the pitch contrary to Laws 42.13 and/or 42.14

Level 3

a. Intimidating an umpire or referee
b. Threatening to assault another player, team official or spectator
c. 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

d. The deliberate bowlingof any high full-pitched ball contrary to Law 42.8

Level 4

a. Threatening an umpire or referee
b. Physical assault of another player, umpire, referee, official or spectator
c. Any act of violence on the field of play
d. Using language or gesture 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.


10 x 10 Rules

Updated for 2017 Season


The 10×10 competitions are split into two separate competitions: the Audrey Burley Cup and the Kidderminster and District Cricket Umpires Association Cup.  Both Cups will be played as a knockout.

S2 - As advertised

All fixtures are to be played as advertised; rearrangements are not permitted except by the express permission of the GEC.

S3 - Time

Matches are to start at 6.30pm.  The match ends when

(a) the team batting second is bowled out before reaching the target, or

(b) the team batting second passes the target score, or

(c) all the balls have been bowled whereupon the team with the most runs is the winner, excepting in a tie.

Wednesday league rules should be adopted where appropriate, except for the following amendments.

S4 - 11 Players

In a team of eleven players one shall be nominated as the non bowling wicket keeper.  The remaining ten players will all bowl one six ball over making up an innings of 60 balls.  It is not permitted to swap the ‘keeper in order to allow him/her to bowl.  An injured ‘keeper can be replaced but, if remaining on the field of play, cannot bowl.

S5 - Wide & No Balls

Wides and No balls are called in accordance with normal laws of cricket and with reference to General rule 45.  Each wide or no ball shall count as 4 extras to the batting side, without the ball being re-bowled.  However, all wides and no balls bowled in the lastover of each innings must additionally be re-bowled. Extra runs can be scored off wides and no balls as per normal laws of cricket.

S6 - Bowlers limit

S6) Bowlers run ups are limited to 8 paces, preferably marked out by the home side before the match begins, or, if not, by the umpire.  Additionally, a fielding circle will be marked out using discs and fielding restrictions applied, as described in rule 61.

S7 - Out

Batsmen retire “out” following the completion of the scoring stroke that takes their personal score to or beyond 20 runs.  If a batsman fails to retire at the appropriate time his/her score shall be reduced to 20 runs.

S8 - Less than 10 players

If the fielding side has less than eleven players the fielding skipper shall nominate the player who will bowl the last over of the innings.  Then, once all the other eligible bowlers have completed their overs, the batting side will have the following options to make up the discrepancy.

nominate the bowler(s) to complete the outstanding overs(s)

ii) accept 20 penalty runs per over in lieu

a combination of (i) and (ii) if more than one over.

The extra over(s) will be bowled immediately before the last over of the innings.  This rule also applies if a player is injured during the game and cannot bowl.  Where a substitute fielder is used due to an injury the opposing captain has the additional option of allowing the substitute to bowl an over. Rule S4 still applies.

S9 - Bowler unable to complete

If a bowler is unable to complete his/her over through injury the over remains uncompleted.  After all the other overs have been bowled, but before the last over of the innings is bowled, the opposing captain will select a bowler to bowl the remainder of the unfinished over.

S10 - Results

Results must be notified on the night (see rule 25).

S11 - Knockout

Matches in 2017 will be played on a knockout basis with the winner progressing to the next round.

S12 - Points

(applicable only when 10×10 is played in a league format; not applicable in 2017)

When played in a league format points should be awarded as follows

Winning team

20 points

Losing team

4 points

Abandoned match

4 points

Tied Match

16 points

In addition to any points received for the result, bonus points are available throughout the match as follows:

Each batsman scoring 20 or more runs

2 points

Each bowler who takes at least one wicket

2 points

Each player (inc.‘keeper) who takes a catch

1 point

Each fielder (not ‘keeper) who effects a run out

1 point

Wicketkeeper who effects a stumping

1 point

Note: each player can score a maximum of 2 points per discipline (bat, bowl, field, keep) per match. There are up to 50 bonus points available per team per match.

S13 - Finals

Where the match is a “final” the team that wins the match is deemed the winner regardless of the points total (see rule S12).