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Supplement to Posting below "Action Required Before AGM 3rd December 2017"

Further to my previous posting, I circulate herewith further changes proposed to Association Rules 17 and 18 by AGSFPs, Gordonians and Mannofield, as under:

AMEND EXISTING RULE 17(c) to read - "The declaration of a team's innings is not permitted."
RATIONALE - We are now effectively playing limited overs cricket but retain a generous bonus points system for the losing side. The use of a declaration has the potential to restrict the ability of one side to earn bonus points. In some matches it may also reduce the potential for junior players to bat and bowl.
ADD AS NEW 17(c) (with all other rules consequently being re-lettered) - "In Grade 1 only, it is the responsibility of the home side to lay out a fielding circle, and fielding restrictions will apply as detailed in the playing condition annex."
ADD TO 18 SENIOR CUP TIES -
"In the Aberdeenshire Cup only, it is the responsibility of the home side to lay out a fielding circle, and fielding restrictions will apply as detailed in the playing condition annex."
"PLAYING CONDITION ANNEX
(a) Prior to play, the home side will put in place outer fielding circles which shall have as their centre the middle stump at either end of the pitch. The radius of each of the semi-circles shall be 27.45
metres (30 yards). The semi-circles shall be linked by 2 parallel straight lines. The outer fielding circle shall be marked by white dots approximately 4.5 metres (5 yards) apart, covered by circular white
plastic or rubber (but not metal) discs approximately 180 millimetres (7 inches) in diameter.
(b) Throughout an innings, at the instant of delivery, a maximum of 5 fielders can be placed outside the fielding circle area.
(c) In the event of an infringement of (b) above, the striker's end umpire shall call and signal 'no ball'. Where a sole neutral umpire has been appointed, they shall also be able to call and signal 'no ball' for
this infringement.
(d) In the event of the striker's end umpire failing to call and signal 'no ball' when this fielding restriction has been breached, immediately the ball becomes dead, the striker may draw the matter to that umpire's attention. If the striker's end umpire (or a sole neutral umpire if appointed) is able to verify the breach then they shall call and signal 'no ball'. If the umpire is unable to verify the breach then they shall confirm that the events of the delivery are unchanged."
RATIONALE - We are now effectively playing limited overs cricket, but in theory all the fielders could be placed on the boundary. This is inconsistent with all forms of limited over cricket. The markers
required to provide a fielding circle can be purchased by clubs for approximately £25. ..............................................................................................................................................
I confirm also that, as of the deadline of 1 November 2017, no applications for election or re-election to the Grades, or notice of withdrawal, have been received.  The number of teams for 2018 thus provisionally stands at 29 [excluding Lahore Karahi, 2nd Cults, 2nd Ellon, 2nd Gordonians, 2nd Kemnay-Kintore, all of whom either withdrew or scratched more than one-third of league fixtures in 2017]. This includes only 3 teams who would under current Rules constitute Grade 4.  As previously intimated, the Management Committee is therefore proposing a formal change to Rule which would allow changes to the structure of grades and playing conditions to be made more flexibly and rapidly.  We are however anxious that Clubs, through a short-life working party, are able to take the lead on this, rather than imposing a particular solution.

D M Jones

Honorary Secretary

wytbu8  Nov 7 2017 - 12:06am   
 
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