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Development League Rules

A – Competition Structure

A1. Participating teams will be fielded from clubs located in West Yorkshire. Clubs wishing to ‘amalgamate’ for the purposes of fielding a team in the League may also participate. An entry fee of £20 is to be paid by each team. The fee is to be paid by the end of January prior to the start of the season.

A2. The makeup of any ‘divisions’ will be announced prior to the start of the season. This will clearly depend on how many teams have entered the League.

A3. Participating teams are to arrange at least one fixture with each other team in their ‘division’. All fixtures are to be notified to the League’s Administration Team by 31st March prior to the start of the relevant season. After this date, matches can be rearranged where they have been cancelled or abandoned due to adverse weather / pitch conditions.

A4. Matches are to be arranged for Sundays, but can be arranged on Bank Holidays or on days other than Sunday if desired. Abridged matches can be played in the evening, and it is suggested that this is for the purpose of replaying a fixture abandoned or postponed due to weather or a concession.

A5. No points will be awarded for winning matches and no league tables will be produced, although all results will be published on the AWSCL website.

A6. If a team is unable to put out a side within the age limits, but is still able to play the fixture, the match can still go ahead with the agreement of both Team Managers. If no agreement can be reached, then the match can be rescheduled.

A7. Each team shall award a ‘Man of the Match’ trophy after each match played. The trophy is to be awarded to one of the junior players, to be decided by both team captains in consultation with each other.

A8. Each team shall nominate a ‘Most Improved Player’ at the end of the season. The MIP is to receive a voucher, to be supplied by a local sports shop.

B – Team Composition & Player Eligibility

B1. Players of each team must be members of the participating club (or clubs in the case of an amalgamated team), with the exceptions shown in B2 below. In the case of ‘junior playing members’, this includes juniors that play their junior cricket for a club that does not participate in the League and who play their senior cricket for a League club.

The youngest players are as determined by AWSCL rules i.e. juniors that are in the ‘under 13’ age group at the previous 31 August are eligible to play. For the avoidance of doubt, junior players in the ‘under 12’ age group (or younger) at the previous 31 August are not eligible to play unless special permission has been granted via the YCB.

B2. Where a team wishes to call upon players from another club in order to get a side out, the following will apply:
a. Approval must be sought from the Administration Team.
b. The players concerned must be under age 18.
c. The club from which the players are being called upon must not be an existing League club (or amalgamated club).

B3. No ‘called upon’ player may play for more than one team in the same season. Exceptions here are where the player has genuinely transferred from one club to another (in line with AWSCL transfer rules) or where approval has been gained from the Administration Team.
B4. Each team is to include six players under the age of 21, two of whom should be under the age of 18. Age groups are decided by the player’s age at 31 August in the year prior to the start of the season.
B5. Balls will be supplied by the AWSCL at specially discounted prices. Two balls per game are to be used and clubs should carry spares to replace lost balls. Ten coloured stumps will be provided by the AWSCL to each team.
B6. The home team is responsible for notifying the Administration Team of the result and sending a complete scorecard by email.

C – Playing Conditions

C1. Each game is to be governed by the umpires and played in the ‘spirit of the game’. The umpire’s decision is final and it is expected that players will not question or abuse the umpires in any way. For the purpose of any disciplinary action, the League adopts the AWSCL Disciplinary Procedures model.

C2. Teams are to provide their own umpire and scorer for all matches. The exception here is where an AWSCL ‘volunteer’ umpire is available.

C3. All teams are to play in coloured kit.

C4. The team scoring the most runs wins the match. In the event of a match finishing with the scores level, the match will be declared a tie.

C5. It is suggested that matches start at 2pm. There is to be a break of 15 minutes between innings. Food is to be provided once the match has finished and it is suggested that this is ‘hot food’ (e.g. pizzas, curry etc.). Both teams are encouraged to stay after the match to sit down together and for the ‘Man of the Match’ trophies to be presented at this time.

C6. Drinks will be provided at the midpoint of each innings as a matter of course.

C7. Each match is to be a minimum of 35 overs a side and a maximum of 45 overs a side, to be agreed by both Team Managers in advance of the match.

No match should be agreed to be played at less than 35 overs a side unless match conditions on the day dictate a curtailment, or a midweek evening game is arranged in order to replay a previously postponed fixture. In the latter case, the minimum number of overs considered before the start of play will be 20 a side.

C8. Teams are encouraged to use at least 5 bowlers in an innings. If a match is curtailed or shortened due to adverse weather conditions, then the fielding side should still try to ensure that at least 5 bowlers are used in the innings.

No ‘senior bowler’ may bowl more than:
• 9 overs (45 overs a side)
• 8 overs (40 overs a side)
• 7 overs (35 overs a side)
• 4 overs (20 overs a side)

‘Junior bowlers’ may bowl more overs than stated above, so long as this is within the ECB’s ‘bowling directives’.
‘Junior bowlers’ for the purpose of this rule are those who are under the age of 19 at the previous 31 August. ‘Senior bowlers’ are those who are not junior bowlers.

C9. Senior batsmen are to retire when they have reached a score of 50 runs. If required, such batsmen can return at the end of an innings in the event that all other batsmen are out.
‘Senior batsmen’ for the purpose of this rule are those who are over age 21 at the previous 31 August.

C10. If a match has commenced and is then delayed due to rain or any other such occurrence, no overs are lost for the first 15 minutes of the delay. Overs are then lost as described below.
If a delay occurs during the first innings, then it is suggested that an over is deducted from each team for every 7 minutes of the delay. When the number of deducted overs takes the first innings up to pre-agreed number of overs (e.g. 40 overs), the first innings will be deemed concluded. The team batting second will then receive the number of overs remaining to them under the 7-minute suggestion.
For example, the team batting first bats for 30 overs before it rains. The score is 150-5. The match is delayed for 77 minutes and so each team loses 11 overs. The first innings is deemed concluded, leaving the team batting second to score 151 from 29 overs. All over calculations should be rounded down to the nearest over.
If a delay occurs in the second innings, then it is suggested that overs are lost at 2 overs for every 7 minutes.
In all circumstances, the team captains (in conjunction with the umpires) should reach a reasonable agreement regarding the number of overs lost, whilst also considering the context of the match being played and the Spirit of the Game (e.g. in the example given above, it could be deemed that 30 overs for the team batting second is reasonable). If no agreement can be reached, the umpires’ will make a sensible decision.

C11. Calling of No Ball for a suspect bowling action: in the spirit of developing young cricketers, umpires will NOT call and signal no ball for a suspicious action during an AWSCL Development League match. If there are suspicions, the two umpires should discuss the matter and, if sufficient suspicion exists, either umpire may record their suspicions with the Administration Team for further investigation.