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(ABSTRACTED FROM THE ASSOCIATION CONSTITUTION)
Changes for 2016 highlighted in bold type
Changes for 2017 highlighted in red
Spring Meeting 2017 changes in green
The Association shall be called the "Aberdeenshire Cricket Association".
The object of the Association shall be the general improvement and control of cricket in the district.
All properly constituted Clubs within the former Grampian Region shall be eligible for admission subject to the approval of the Executive. Applications for admission must be made in writing to the Secretary of the Association before 1st November.
Clubs wishing to enter a team (whether singly or jointly) into junior age-group competitions shall do so through a sub-committee of the Association known as the Aberdeen City/Shire Cricket Development Group.
The business of the Association shall be managed by the Executive consisting of a President, Vice President, representatives from each Club (one from each team entered), a Secretary and Treasurer and two members appointed by the Umpires' Association.
There shall be two annual meetings of the Executive.
(a) The Annual General Meeting of the Association shall be held before 31st December. The business at this meeting shall include the following:-
(i) A report of the proceedings of the Association, together with a copy of all the financial statements for that year shall be submitted for approval at this meeting, copies of the report and financial statements having been forwarded to each Club at least fourteen days before the meeting.
(ii) A report of the Aberdeen City/Shire Cricket Development Group, together with a copy of all it financial statements for the last completed financial year shall also be available at this meeting, copies of the report and accounts having been forwarded to each Club at least fourteen days before the meeting.
(iii) The annual report of the Umpires' Association shall be submitted.
(iv) The competitions which are to take place during the following season and the terms and conditions of entry thereto shall be determined, and provision shall be made for promotion and relegation between grades. The draws for the Knock-Out Cup Competitions shall be made.
(v) All matters relating to the past season shall be disposed of.
(vi) A Secretary and Treasurer for the following year shall be appointed.
(b) The Spring General Meeting shall be held before 28th February. The business at this meeting shall include the following:-
(i) A President, Vice President, Honorary President and Vice Presidents shall be elected.
(ii) An Auditor shall be appointed.
(iii) Six persons shall be chosen by open election, to serve for three years, two retiring each year, who together with the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and a representative nominated by the Aberdeen City/Shire Cricket Development Group, shall constitute the Management Committee of the Association (See Rule 6).
(iv) A Selection Committee shall be elected. (see Rule 6(d)).
(v) Fees payable for membership of the Association and for entry to the various competitions shall be determined. (See Rule 9).
(vi) Umpire's travelling and tea expenses shall be determined. (See Rule 8).
(c) An Extraordinary General Meeting may be called by the President or the Secretary or at the instance of the Management Committee or within seven days of receiving a requisition from not fewer than five Clubs in the Association. Such a requisition must be signed by the Secretary and two Committee Members of each Club. At such an extraordinary meeting, twenty members of the Executive shall form a quorum. The business at an Extraordinary General Meeting shall be restricted to that specified in the Notice convening that Meeting.
(d) Any Club unrepresented at a General Meeting of which due notice has been given shall be liable to a deduction of 15 league points from each of its teams in the immediately following playing season in respect of each Meeting at which the Club was unrepresented, subject to the power of the Management Committee to waive the penalty on good cause shown.
The functions of this Committee shall be as follows:-
(a) To manage all the Association's Competitions. (See Rules 11 to 24)
(b) To consider and decide all protests and disputes between Clubs. In all such cases the Management Committee's decision shall be final. (See Rule 14).
(c) To investigate and act upon any matter which may be detrimental to the Association.
(d) To arrange representative matches under the auspices of the Association; The selection of teams for such matches to be the responsibility of the Selection Committee.
(e) To arrange a social gathering to be held in the Autumn at which the Cups, Prizes and other Trophies shall be presented.
The sanctions available to the Management Committee, in disposing of matters under this Rule which do not fall within the remit of the Disciplinary Committee, shall be the same as those available to that Committee under Rule 23 – Indiscipline.
The Management Committee shall have the power to co-opt up to 3 additional members.
The quorum at Management Committee meetings shall be 50% of its total membership.
Any member of the Management Committee absent without reasonable cause from more than two successive meetings, of which the Committee itself shall be the sole judge, shall be deemed to have resigned and may be places by another member in the relevant category co-opted until the next Spring Meeting of the Executive.
The Chairman of the meetings shall have a casting vote only. When business of a contentious nature comes before any meeting of the Executive or Committee relating to the Club of which the President or the Chairman of the said Committee is a member, he shall vacate the Chair until the said business is disposed of, and the Vice President shall preside or another Chairman shall be appointed by the meeting.
There shall be an Umpires' Association which shall elect its own Office Bearers but the President and Secretary of the Aberdeenshire Cricket Association shall be ex-officio members of the Committee. The appointment of Umpires shall rest with the Umpires' Association with the approval of the East of Scotland Cricket Officials Association who shall as far as possible appoint Umpires for all matches under the jurisdiction of the Aberdeenshire Cricket Association. Travelling and tea expenses incurred by the Umpires shall be borne equally by the competing Clubs. Currently £30 for one umpire and £40 [£20 each] for two umpires
The Bank Accounts of the Association shall be operated by the President or Vice President and the Treasurer jointly, all cheques being signed by the President or the Vice President and the Treasurer. The Treasurer shall be allowed to retain in his hands in any one year, a sum not exceeding £40 to meet current expenses. All Association entrance fees shall be payable by 1st June. Clubs in arrears after that date may be excluded from all the Association's Competitions.
There shall be a Rules Committee of the Association, comprising five persons elected by the Executive of the Association with the Secretary of the Association in attendance. The Rules Committee shall be elected at the Spring Meeting of the Association and shall serve for three years, with any or all of its members being eligible for re-election. The Rules Committee shall appoint its own Convener, and any casual vacancy shall be filled by co-option, subject to ratification by the next Spring Meeting. The remit of the Committee shall be to keep under review the Rules of Competition of the Association (as defined in Rule 6a of the Association) and Structure of the Grades, and to make recommendations for amendment thereto to the Executive via the Management Committee at the AGM. [Final sentence deleted]
All players must be registered with the Association for the current season prior to playing in any fixture under the auspices of the Association. The mechanisms by which players are registered shall be subject to approval by the Executive at the Spring Meeting prior to the start of each season and shall include the legal family/surname, preferred forename and address of each registered player. No professional, that is any person who has received payment in cash or kind as an inducement to, or to facilitate, her/his playing cricket, and/or who has appeared in First Class Cricket or a List A One Day International, in each case in either the current or the two preceding calendar years, as evidenced by the Association of Cricket Statisticians Yearbook, or Overseas Amateur registered with the Cricket Scotland League or any of its recognised Feeder Leagues shall take part in any of the competitions. Any team playing an unqualified player, shall, on protest, be adjudged to have lost the match.
The names under which players are identified in any official scoring record must be those under which they have been registered with the Association for the purpose of this Rule.
In any game, no team may field any player who has not been ordinarily resident in the European Economic Area for the 183 days (six months) prior to the match concerned. This restriction does not apply to:
(a) students registered on a full-time course of education in
(b) individuals in full-time employment in
(c) players eligible to represent Scotland, but abroad temporarily
(d) the spouse, civil partner or dependent relative of any of (a) to (c) above.
Consideration may be given by the Committee to waive this rule, but only in “exceptional circumstances”.
A player may be registered at any time for one club only; but – if they have not played in the Grades in the season then current – may cancel and transfer their registration at any time, provided that they have no financial commitments outstanding to their previous club. However, a player may only play for one club in Association competitions in any one season with the exceptions that :-
(a) In League competitions only, a lower Grade player may play two trial matches for a higher Grade Club provided s/he has the permission from her/his Club and that the Association Secretary has been previously notified. No Club will be allowed to field more than two triallists in any one game. Before s/he may play a third time, s/he must be registered as per Rule 10 and cease to belong to the lower Club. Clubs may not field trial players in any cup games. No triallists may play in league games once the permitted transfer period for players between clubs under Rule 13 (c) has expired. Any team contravening this Rule shall, on protest, be adjudged to have lost the match.
(b) If, during the season, a Club withdraws from all Association fixtures, a player who had been registered with that Club may re-register for any Grade Club, but for whom s/he may not play in Cup-tie Competitions if s/he has already done so with her/his previous Club. If during a season, a Club withdraws its second or third eleven from all Association fixtures then, with the consent of that Club, players may be released to play for another Club in a lower Grade than their registered club’s senior grade eleven, provided that both lending and borrowing clubs have scheduled Association fixtures on the date concerned, and that both clubs notify the Association Secretary before any such arrangement is activated.
(c) If for any reason during a season a player wishes to change Clubs s/he may be allowed to do so provided s/he has permission from the Management Committee after having forwarded written statements to them from both Clubs explaining the reasons why; provided no more than six weeks have elapsed from the scheduled start of the season; and provided also that the previous club has confirmed in writing that s/he has settled all debits to her/his previous Club and returned all property of that Club. The player in question has also to pay to the Association a £25 fee, and this has to be paid and receipted before s/he can play for the new Club.
(d) Where a Club’s first team within the Grades is that club’s recognised Third or Fourth Eleven, no player over the age of 21 on 1st September of the previous season who in the current season has played in more than two games for the Club’s recognised First Eleven (in league competition only) shall thereafter be allowed to play in any fixture under the aegis of the Association for the remainder of that season.
(e) In junior age-group competitions, a player may play for a team run by a Club or Clubs other than that for which s/he plays at senior level, provided that s/he plays for only one such team in any competition in any season. The requirements of Rules 11 and 13 shall not apply to players who are under the age of 16 on April 20th preceding the current season provided they have not previously played in the Scottish National Cricket League, Perthshire & Strathmore Cricket Union or North of Scotland Cricket League, or gained representative honours at National or District level. Clubs willing to permit junior players falling within this Rule who have previously played for them to appear for other Clubs in senior competition in the same season will be afforded the opportunity to provide a named contact for facilitating this in the Association WEB site. The actual basis, including provisions for child protection and any playing restrictions, under which such arrangements are made are for the relevant Clubs to agree; and the Association can accept no legal responsibility for them.
(f) In Grades 3 and 4, if both captains agree, a club may loan up to three players to its opponents, in order that a fixture may be fulfilled which otherwise may have been scratched. Where this is not possible and a team in Grade 3 or 4 finds it cannot field a full side for an upcoming game then, with consent of the opposition, to prevent the game having to be scratched, they may contact other Grade sides to borrow up to three players registered for but not selected by their registered Clubs to play for them, provided that any lending Club is also involved in a full programme of fixtures on that day, and that the Association Secretary is notified before any such arrangement is activated.”
(g) In the event that any Club has two teams in the same Grade in the same season, that Club will be required to notify the Secretary of the Association and the other teams in the Grade that they are about to participate in, of the names of a number of members regularly participating in the Grades the previous year and expected to be doing so in the forthcoming season to be determined by the Executive at its Annual General Meeting from time to time [currently 6] who will be allowed to play only for the Club’s recognised 1st XI during that season. With that exception, Clubs with 1st and 2nd XI may play their members in either XI as often as they wish.
(h) Any of sub-sections (a) to (g) notwithstanding, no player may play for more than one team in any given cup competition in the same season.
(i) No player who in the current season has played in a higher Grade/level of cricket, or in a senior Saturday league outside of the Grades, can play in a cup competition at semi-final or final level unless s/he has played at least three times (or in the case of Grades 3 and 4 at semi-final level twice) during the season for that team prior to the cup match concerned. This restriction shall not apply to any player aged under 18 on 20th April preceding the season concerned.
No player may take part in any competition unless s/he is clear financially with any Club of which s/he was a member previously. Any Club knowingly fielding such a player, shall on protest, be adjudged if found guilty to have lost the match and receive no points.
Protests must be intimated in writing to the Secretary of the Association, to reach him not later than five days, including Sunday, following the date on which the match was played, and must be accompanied by a fee of £25. In addition, a protest, except in regard to the eligibility of any players, must be intimated to both Umpires and to the Captain of the opposing team either before or during the progress of the game, but a protesting team must play out the match although under protest. Should the protest be judged frivolous, the £25 shall be forfeit. Should the protest be upheld, the opposing team should pay a fine of £25.
Fixtures and venues for the ensuing season shall be arranged by the Management Committee and promulgated to Clubs as soon as practicable after the Annual General Meeting. They shall thereafter be published in the Association WEB site and no alterations shall be made without the sanction of the Management Committee. The Management Committee themselves shall have powers to make alterations should circumstances arise to make such a course necessary. In the event of any Club refusing or failing to fulfil its engagement on the date and ground fixed or to continue to play out the fixture without reasonable cause for so doing the match may be awarded to the opposing Club. In this context a League fixture re-arranged by the Committee, provided that two weeks notice is given to both Clubs, is as binding as a fixture published in the Association WEB site.
*(2) In the event of a game being called off for whatever reason, the message of the cancellation must be passed onto an official of the opposition by word of mouth – not by fax or answering systems.
*(3) Any Club scratching a fixture must do so and both teams must inform the Association Secretary by 7.00p.m. the night before at the very latest. Any Club failing to comply shall incur a 10 point penalty. Sport Aberdeen will, and other pitch providers [including Clubs with their own grounds] may, charge for the marking of pitches which are not cancelled at least 48 hours beforehand. Where such costs are levied it is the policy of the Association that such costs should be met by the Club scratching a fixture up to the figure (£30 or £60, dependent on facilities) set annually to be paid by clubs for pitches hired by the Association within the City of Aberdeen.
(4) Fixtures in Grade 4, which involve second or third elevens, may be re-arranged from Saturday to Sunday, if both clubs agree.
(5) In determining whether a team has failed to fulfil or play out any fixture the Management Committee shall have regard to clubs’ adherence to the Association’s “Wet Weather Rules and Procedures”, as approved and issued by it from time to time.
*Failure to abide by these rules may be taken by the Management Committee as evidence of failing to fulfil a fixture “without reasonable cause” in the event of a protest. Provision has been made for publication of additional contacts in the Association WEB site for this purpose.
All competition matches shall take place on Saturdays and Sundays and all matches shall be decided by a single innings. Except in cases where the Management Committee shall fix a different hour, all matches shall start at 1.00p.m., subject to the right to the away team to request a postponement to 1.30p.m. where the fixtures is more than 25 miles distant, or of either team to request such a postponement should players from their club be involved in junior or schools cricket on that day. Teams may however elect to start earlier by agreement. Any unreasonable delay in the commencement of a match being reported to the Association, the Management Committee shall have powers to impose a points deduction on the offending Club and/or to award the match to their opponents.
(2) In the event of any match [or, where appropriate, match in the group stage of a league cup competition] not having been played or completed on account of weather or state of ground or for any other reason, such match shall automatically be null and void, unless it is the second such match scheduled and the first match has previously been null and void; in which circumstances the match must be played or replayed on the first date that is available to both teams. However, where a league fixture cannot take place on the originally scheduled date for genuine reasons other than weather/state of ground [e.g. a tour, ground non-availability, priority of a cup fixture, or other reasonable circumstances acceptable to the Management Committee], or a team elects not to enforce a walkover, a match may be re-scheduled; but only on a joint application of both clubs to the Management Committee submitted within seven days of the originally scheduled date, and provided that the game is arranged for the first date available to both teams, including being brought forward if circumstances permit. Fixtures may not be rescheduled for league points unless application for approval is submitted within this period. Once approval has been given by the Management Committee to a fixture being re-scheduled, such fixture then has the same status as the originally scheduled fixture, which it has replaced.
For the purposes of this Rule:-
(a) “first available date that is available to both teams” shall mean the first Saturday or Sunday, other than the day immediately following, on which:
i) The club of neither team has a Grades-level fixture in a national competition or a 40-over knockout cup;
ii) The ground of either team is available. In the event of insufficient Council pitches being available on that day, pitches will be allocated to teams from the highest Grade downwards.
(b) If the application of (a) above means that a Club would have multiple re-arranged league games on any Sunday then the game involving the senior team shall take precedence & must be fulfilled on that date, the first available date for re-scheduled fixtures involving other teams of that Club being re-calculated accordingly.
(3) It is the expectation of the Association that in all competitions a rate of 15 overs per hour should be maintained – i.e. that the final over of a 45 over innings should commence with 3 hours of the start of play [ignoring any interruptions for rain or player injury], and pro rata for innings where the maximum permitted duration is less [e.g. 2 hours 40 minutes for 40 overs, 1 hour 20 for 20 overs, etc.). The case of any team failing to adhere to this guideline should be reported to, and a written explanation may be requested by, the Competitions Sub-Committee of the Association. To avoid unnecessary disputes, where there is no independent umpire, captains should agree on the timepiece to be used prior to the toss for innings.
17. Senior League Competitions
(a) In all grades matches will be played on a 45 over a side, win/lose format. The winning side will be awarded 30 points. For losing sides, or in the event of a tie, bonus points for batting and bowling will apply as noted in Section (b) of this Rule, plus 5 further points to each side in the event of a tie. The result decision shall be made by the normal Laws of Cricket.
(b) One bonus point shall be awarded to the bowling side for each wicket taken, while one bonus point shall be awarded to the batting side on scoring 40 runs and one additional point for each additional 15 runs, up to a maximum of ten bonus points. Where under Rule 17 (h) usage of the Association’s Rain Calculator applies, bonus points for non-winning sides shall be based on a prediction of runs they would have scored, or wickets they would have taken, had the maximum duration of the second innings [including any reduction approved under that Rule prior to commencement of the match] been completed; or a winning total achieved, if sooner.
(c) A Captain may declare her/his innings closed at any time by doing so to the opposing Captain and the Umpires but declarations are not allowed to be retrospective.
(d) The Captains must provide the Umpires (or, in the event of there being no official Umpires, the opposing Captain) with a team list prior to the toss for innings.
(e) In the event of a nominated player failing to appear to bat, her/his team’s innings shall be considered to be completed when the last batsman available is dismissed or retires.
(f) In games in Grade 1 or in Grade 2 no bowler may bowl more than 10 overs, and in other grades more than 12 overs. More restrictive advisory guidelines apply to the number of overs, which may be bowled by junior players.
(g) The Umpires, or failing appointed officials, the two Captains, must satisfy themselves on the correctness of the scores and the Captains must sign each scorebook or sheet.
(h) In the event of a match being unfinished due to weather conditions, provided 20 overs have been completed in the second innings, a projected score shall be computed for the side batting second using the Association’s approved Rain Calculator with points awarded according to Rules 17 a and b; but if fewer overs have been completed then it shall be null and void and no points shall be awarded unless a re-match is required under the provisions of the final paragraph of Rule 16. Where however the start of a match is delayed, or it envisaged prior to commencement that, due to prevailing weather conditions, a full duration game is unlikely to be possible the umpire(s) if such have been officially appointed, failing which both captains by agreement, may determine prior to the toss for innings, that the maximum duration of each innings should be reduced by not more than 3 multiples of 5 overs, to 40, 35 or 30 overs. In this event, then for each 5 over reduction in innings duration the maximum overs permitted per bowler under Rule 17 (f) shall each be reduced by 1 over.
(i) The Clubs that, during the season, shall have obtained the greatest number of points expressed as a percentage of the points (including bonus points) available for a win shall be the Champions of their respective Grades. In the event of a tie, placing will be decided by a figure calculated by dividing the average runs per wicket for by the average runs per wicket against, the higher such figure shall win.
(j) A team scratching a fixture shall have ten wickets added to their total of wickets lost for the purpose of assessing average. In a declared innings only those wickets actually fallen shall be counted.
(k) If during the season a club should withdraw from all remaining league fixtures the matches it has already played shall be deemed null and void. If during a season a Club fails to fulfil at least two-thirds of its fixtures all matches played by that Club shall be null and void and the Club or Team in question shall be required to apply for re-admission for the following season (see Rule 3).
(l) The Laws of Cricket (2000 Code – 4th edition 2010) will apply generally to all games played under the auspices of the Association unless specifically modified by the above or other Special Local Regulations.
All Cup-tie Competitions shall be conducted on the knock-out principle with each side being limited to 40 overs each and each bowler being limited to a maximum of 10 overs. All byes shall be drawn in the first round of each competition. The Club first drawn shall be the home Club. If less than seven wickets have fallen, the game shall be null and void and replayed if possible on the same ground. If for any other reason a replay is necessary, the other Club shall become the home Club. In the event of the scores finishing level in a cup tie, that team shall be deemed the winners which has lost fewer wickets, or if both sides have lost the same number of wickets, that side which scored its runs in the lesser number of overs, including part overs. Only if the game is still a tie thereafter shall it be replayed, with the other side becoming the home team.
The Management Committee shall specify the initial and one reserve date for each round of each cup competition. On either date, if due to actual or anticipated weather conditions a game cannot start on time, or it is anticipated a full duration game may not be possible, it may by agreement be reduced prior to commencement by up to four multiples of 5 overs per side to not less than 20 overs per side, with a pro rata reduction (to 9, 8, 7 or 5) in the overs permitted to each bowler, or – if rain intervenes in the second innings after 20 overs have been bowled but before completion the result shall be determined by use of the Association’s approved Rain Calculator. Should no result be achieved on the reserve date after application of these provisions teams should either on that date or within five days thereafter – using remote access technology where appropriate – undertake the following form of contest to achieve a result: five players from each team, will bowl overarm, alternately, two consecutive deliveries each, at three stumps at a distance of 22 yards. The team scoring the greater number of “hits” shall be the winner. If the scores are equal the same cricketers in the same order will bowl one ball each alternately to achieve a result on a “sudden death” basis. If circumstances make the above impossible, or a bowl out is not completed within five days, the Association shall determine the result of the match by the toss of a coin. [Sentence deleted.] Cup-tie Finals shall be played on grounds to be fixed by the Management Committee.
The tea interval in any competition match shall not exceed 20 minutes.
Results, including notice of abandonment, postponement, scratching and walkover, must be phoned or texted by the Home or in the case of a cup final the Winning, Team to the Results Hotline (Tel.: 07910 279627) by 8.15 p.m. on the evening of the day set for the game concerned. If, due to adverse weather, a match is likely to be continuing beyond 8.15 pm, the Secretary should be contacted by the side currently batting before that hour by mobile phone. Any team failing to comply with this deadline shall have 5 points deducted from their total of league points for the season for each infringement.
The following details should be given:
i. Name, Club, and Phone Number for contact in event of any queries.
ii. Fixture (home team first), Grade and Date.
iii. If a reduced duration game, maximum innings duration.
iv. Score of team batting first - top two batsmen (indicating if not out), best two bowlers (in order of wickets taken, and specifying any hat-tricks). [Sentence deleted]
v. Score of team batting second - top two batsmen (indicating if not out), best two bowlers (in order of wickets taken, and specifying any hat-tricks).
vi. Where the Rain Calculator was used, overs faced by, and predicted score of, the side batting second.
vii. Result and allocation of points.
If desired, a note may also be left of any highlights - major partnerships, collapses, recoveries etc.
If a match is postponed, the HOME club is responsible for notifying this: if a fixture is scratched BOTH clubs must phone to confirm.
Clubs are reminded that under a change to Rules approved at the 2008 AGM, players must be identified in reporting results using the name under which they are registered with the Association: both surname and initial should be given, as these are needed for press reports. Occasionally, where a club has multiple players with the same surname and initial, the full first name may be required.
A sample report is given below and a template is available on the Association Web Site for reference, which you may wish to print off
Country versus City - Grade 1. May 15th 2010.
Reduced duration game -35 overs per side.
City 150 for 7 (A Black 75 not out, J Green 22; John Smith 4 for 33, James Smith 3 for 47) [overs deleted]
Country 86 for 6 (23 overs) (James Smith 24, A. McNab 17; Z Khan 4 for 27 inc hat-trick, P. Gray 2 for 15).
Rain Calculator projected score 130.
Win for City. City 30 points: Country 14 points.
[Country lost their first five wickets for 35.]"
Notification of the registration of new players may also be left on the answering machine, provided it is followed up by submission of written details on the form downloadable from the Association Web Site by the middle of the following week, and that - in accordance with Rule 11 - no player may take an active part in any game until her/his registration has been notified, if necessary by mobile phone.
The Association may present a Cup or other Trophy or prize to the winners of the various competitions. The Cups or trophies so presented will be held for one year only and must be returned to the Secretary of the Association by 1st August in each year. A document in the following terms shall be granted on behalf of each winning Club:-
“We, the Secretary and two Members of the <……………….…> Club, winners for Season 20xx of the Cup called the <…….…> And which we have now received, do hereby, on behalf of our said Club and individually and collectively, undertake to return the said Cup in good order and condition, to the Secretary of the Aberdeenshire Cricket Association for the time being on or before the First day of August, 20xx”.
A Club failing to hand over the Cup by the 1st of August shall be fined £2, which must be paid before 31st December in that year.
To be eligible for any cup, trophy or prize given under the auspices of the Association, players will be required to have batted in at least 2/3 of the completed matches played under league conditions by their team or to have taken an aggregate number of wickets in their respective grades which is not less than 1.5 times the number of completed matches played under league conditions by their team.
Victories obtained by walkover shall not be regarded as completed matches for the purpose of this calculation: defeats as a result of scratching however shall be so regarded. Runs scored after the winning hit has been made shall not be included in the Association Batting and Bowling Averages.
A player, re-registered as per Rule 13 may not use her/his combined performances when calculating her/his Grade averages. The allocation of prizes shall be in the hands of the Management Committee but they shall be under no obligation to find prizes. All Clubs shall return to the Secretary of the Association, their best averages for batting, bowling and wicket-keeping, immediately after the last match of the season, in order that they may be verified by the weekly returns or by the scorebooks of the respective Clubs as may be decided by the Management Committee.
(a) Any player behaving in an un-gentlemanly manner or insulting any Umpire in either a visible or verbal manner during the course of or in connection with a match, or otherwise breaching the Laws of Cricket [including the Preamble thereto, entitled “The Spirit of Cricket”] or bringing the game into disrepute, or the captain of such a player, shall be liable to disciplinary action at the instance of the Disciplinary Committee of the Association.
(i) the expression ‘player’ shall be deemed to include any player, member, or official of any Club;
(ii) the expression ‘Disciplinary Committee’ shall mean a Committee comprising a maximum of seven persons elected by the Executive of the Association at the Spring Meeting of the Association and serving for three years, with any or all of its members being eligible for re-election. A quorum of the Disciplinary Committee shall be three members and any vacancies may be filled by co-option, subject to ratification at the following Spring Meeting. The Committee shall appoint its own Convener and Secretary.
(c) The Disciplinary Committee will not consider any complaint against a player unless written notice of any such complaint is received by the Secretary of the Association from any Club or member of the Umpires Association within five days after the date of the alleged offence. A meeting of the Disciplinary Committee shall be convened within ten days of receipt of any such written complaint.
(d) Any player found by the Disciplinary Committee to have committed an offence under paragraph (a) above will have a right of appeal to the Management Committee provided that a written notice setting out the grounds of appeal is received by the Secretary of the Association within seven days of the notification of the decision of the Disciplinary Committee and is accompanied by a deposit of £50.
An appeal hearing will be convened within ten days of receipt of any such written appeal, with the player having the same rights of attendance or representation as were available to him at the original hearing. The Management Committee may confirm, vary or reverse the decision of the Disciplinary Committee but will have no power to increase any penalty imposed. The Management Committee will also be empowered to order the £50 deposit to be forfeited should it consider an appeal to be frivolous, as to which it shall be the sole judge. The decision of the Management Committee on the appeal will be final. Any penalty imposed by the Disciplinary Committee will be suspended pending the outcome of any appeal.
(e) A member of the Disciplinary Committee or of the Management Committee will not be permitted to participate in the hearing of any case involving a player from the Club of which s/he is a member or which arises from a game in which her/his Club was involved.
(f) The sanctions available under this Rule shall be one of more of the following: oral or written reprimand; suspension of a player, players, or of a team from Association competitions for a specified period; a fine on a club (but not on individuals) not exceeding £50; deduction of not more than 30 league points; or award of a match to the opposition.
(g) The standard of proof in proceedings under this Rule shall be the civil standard – “more likely than not”.
No bowler shall be allowed to bowl in dark clothes in any of the competitions without the consent of the Captain of the opposing team.
The ball to be used in all senior games played under the auspices of the Association shall be specified from time to time by the Management Committee subject to endorsement by the Annual General Meeting. The Standard Ball specified for 2017 is the “Dukes Special Crown Match A” 5½oz (DT054), available from Thistle Sports at the concessionary price of £93.00 per box, plus a £1 levy per ball to the Association funds. Existing stocks of the Grade 1 ball approved in previous seasons may however also be used at that level while these remain available. Where under Law 5(5) if a ball is lost or becomes unfit for play during an innings it may be replaced by any ball which is agreed by both captains and umpires to have had wear comparable with that which the previous ball had received before the need for replacement.
No alteration shall be made in the foregoing Constitution and Rules without a majority of the Executive present voting in favour of the proposed alterations at the Annual General Meeting. Notice of any such alterations must be in the Secretary’s hands by 1st November, in order that Clubs may get twenty-eight days notice of same.
Amendments to the alterations must be in the Secretary’s hands in time for Clubs to get fourteen days notice of same.
Any proposed alteration to rules (other than one proposed by the Management Committee [words deleted] or amendment thereto (whether to a proposal made by the Management Committee [words deleted] or otherwise) must be proposed by a minimum of three Clubs.
Exceptionally, with the consent of two-thirds of those present and voting, Rule Changes may be considered at the Spring or a Special Meeting, where necessary to respond to factors unknown at the time of the Annual General Meeting [e.g. reconstruction of national or other leagues]. Furthermore, if circumstances arise during a season which in the opinion of the Management Committee (a) could not reasonably have been foreseen but (b) where it is considered that immediate temporary additional provision or suspension of the Rules may be appropriate to further the stated Objects of the Association, then that Committee by a two-thirds majority of its total membership shall have power to make such temporary provision, provided that any action taken under this provision and the reasons for it are publicised on the Association Web site within 7 days of the approval of such provision; and any such provision shall last only until the next meeting of the Executive, including an Extraordinary Meeting if such is requisitioned.
GUIDELINES APPROVED AT THE SPRING MEETING 2015
1. The expression ‘Competitions Sub-Committee’ shall mean a Committee comprising a maximum of seven persons elected by the Executive of the Association at the Spring Meeting of the Association, each from different clubs and serving for three years, with any or all of its members being eligible for re-election. At least two of the members must come from clubs whose senior Grade team, at the time of their election, is not in Grade 1. In the event of any member being unable to act in any case due to previous involvement or club affiliation s/he may be replaced by an alternate co-opted by the remaining members of the Sub-Committee for consideration of that matter only. A quorum of the Committee shall be three members. Any vacancies arising through resignation may be filled by co-option, subject to ratification at the following Spring Meeting. The Committee shall appoint its own Convener and Secretary.
2. The remit of the Competitions Sub-Committee shall be to investigate if necessary, consider, and reach an initial determination on any alleged breach of the Rules of Association Competition (including Rules for player registration) which may either be referred to it by the elected President, Vice-President or Secretary of the Association, or of which notice has been submitted by any member club within the provisions of Association Rule 15 (Protests). The Committee shall not however deal with matters of indiscipline, falling within the scope of Rule 23. Clubs or individuals wishing to draw any matter to the attention to the Sub-Committee must submit this in the first instance to the Secretary of the Association in writing, making clear to which Rules the alleged breach or Protest relates, and should use the form provided on the Web site for this purpose. The Sub-Committee shall transmit this in written form to the club or individual under investigation.
3. Unless with the written agreement of the Club or individual under investigation, or both parties in event of a protest, a meeting of the Sub-Committee must be convened, where possible within ten days of reference or receipt of any allegation. However, if it is considered that an alleged breach of Rule or Protest may also constitute grounds for disciplinary action, then that action shall be disposed of first, and the timescales contained in subsequent provisions of these guidelines shall run from the date of the conclusion of disciplinary hearings, including any appeal. The Convener of the Sub-Committee shall also have summary power to dismiss any allegation or protest s/he considers frivolous, or with agreement of all parties to impose a sanction of Reprimand or a deduction of not more than ten league points, subject always to the right of any Club or individual under investigation, or which has submitted a Protest, to request a personal hearing. For the avoidance of doubt, the sub-Committee shall be entitled, if it considers it appropriate to do so, to determine any procedural matters by electronic or telephone discussion/communication between/among its members.
4. Any club or individual against whom an allegation has been made will be entitled to be present or to have a representative present to speak on her/his behalf at the meeting of the sub-Committee to answer the allegation and put forward any mitigation before a decision is reached and any sanction imposed. If the allegation relates to a particular match, the sub-Committee may require the captains on the day of that match to attend any meeting held to consider that allegation.
5. Any club or player found by the Competitions Sub-Committee to have committed an breach of Rules under paragraph (2) above will have a right of appeal [but on grounds of competence, bias, procedural irregularity, perversity, or a point of law only] to the Management Committee provided that a written notice setting out the grounds of appeal is received by the Secretary of the Association within seven days of the notification of the decision of the Sub-Committee and is accompanied by a deposit of £50. An appeal hearing will be convened within ten days of receipt of any such written appeal, with the player or club having the same rights of attendance or representation as were available at the original hearing. The Management Committee may confirm, vary or reverse the decision of the Competitions Sub-Committee but will have no power to increase any penalty imposed. The Management Committee will also be empowered to order the £50 deposit to be forfeited should it consider an appeal to be frivolous, as to which it shall be the sole judge. The decision of the Management Committee on the appeal will be final. Any penalty imposed by the Competitions Sub-Committee will be suspended pending the outcome of any appeal. If a decision of the Competitions Sub-Committee is set aside on legal grounds the Management Committee shall be empowered, if in its absolute discretion it considers this to be in the interests of a timely resolution, then to re-hear the original allegation or protest itself; but in that case may impose no penalty greater than that imposed previously by the Competitions Sub-Committee.
6. A member of the Competitions Sub-Committee or of the Management Committee will not be permitted to participate in the hearing of any case involving a player from the Club of which s/he is a member or which arises from a game in which her/his Club was involved.
7. The sanctions available under this Rule shall be one of more of the following: oral or written reprimand; suspension of a player, players, or of a team from Association competitions for a specified period; a fine on a club (but not on individuals) not exceeding £50; deduction of not more than 30 league points; or award of a match to the opposition.
8. The standard of proof in proceedings under this Rule shall be the civil standard – “more likely than not”.
9. In interpreting and applying these Guidelines, regard shall be had to the status of the Association as a voluntary organisation controlled by its member clubs. Actions or decisions taken under these Guidelines shall therefore not be invalidated by defects in procedure which are of a minor technical nature, where in the opinion of the Committee concerned these do not result in any disadvantage to the legitimate interests or rights of the Association, its members clubs, or any individual.
ANNEX TO RULE 11
PLAYER REGISTRATION PROCESS 2016 AND ASSOCIATED DATA PROTECTION NOTICE
Approved by the Association Spring Meeting on 28 February 2016
Purpose – The Aberdeenshire Cricket Association administers a database of registered players. The purpose of this is to ensure in accordance with the Rules of the Association (a) that all players are registered; (b) no person can be registered at any time for more than one club.
Content – The content of the register is the legal family/surname, preferred forename, and contact address of each player, and the club for which they are registered. For those who have entered the EEA in the past 180 days, or who are under 21 on 20th April preceding the relevant season the date of entry/date of birth are also recorded.
Source – The source of data is member clubs, each of whom shall be required prior to each season to nominate to the Association a Registration Officer and alternate for each team entered, and to enter into an undertaking to the Association that the attention of all players is drawn to the existence and substance of this processing notice, and to confirm that their own registration records comply with the Data Protection Principles. Players may be registered by text or e-mail provided this is done before they play, but to be added to the master database their details must be officially confirmed by a designated Registration Officer using the form available on the Association website.
Disclosures – Data from the database may be disclosed only to
a) Members of the Management Committee in their capacity as such
b) Members of the Competitions Sub-Committee in respect of cases referred to it
c) On written request to the Association’s designated Registrations Co-ordinator the Registration Officer(s) of each club in respect of the players registered for that club only.
Additionally, on written request to the Association’s designated Co-ordinator of Registrations the Association may confirm to the Secretary of a member club whether a named individual is registered for a club which has played against her/his club within the previous 72 hours and may publish on its web site retrospectively a list of the names [but not contact details] of the players previously registered to each club; but will disclose no data to any other club or individual beyond these provisions.
Committee members and others to whom data is disclosed are expected to treat this with appropriate confidence and not to disclose it to third parties. Any breach may be treated as a disciplinary offence under Association Rule 23.
Accuracy & Retention – The Association will take all reasonable steps to ensure that data is kept up to date, is held only until 31st October following the relevant season, and to fund technical adequate back-up arrangements.
This policy/statement of purpose shall be published in the Association Handbook and be placed on the Association Web Site.”
ANNEX TO RULE 17 (L)
Disputes often arise when there are no neutral umpires available, and some of those sent out to umpire are not too sure of the rules, so to aid these umpires, below are some guidelines for the LBW and WIDE rules that may help, as published by Lord’s MCC Laws of Cricket
LBW LAW 36
1. Out LBW
The striker is out LBW in the circumstances set out below.
(i) is between wicket and wicket, or
(ii) if the striker has made no genuine attempt to play the ball with his bat, is either between wicket and wicket or outside the line of the off stump.
and (e) but for the interception, the ball would have hit the wicket.
(a) In assessing points (c), (d) and (e) in 1 above, only the first interception is to be considered.
The off side of the striker’s wicket shall be determined by the striker’s stance at the moment the ball comes into play for that delivery.
WIDE LAW 25
1. Judging a Wide
(a) If the bowler bowls a ball, not being a No ball, the umpire shall adjudge it a Wide if, according to the definition in (b) below, in his opinion the ball passes wide of the striker where he is and which also would have passed wide of him standing in a normal guard position.
(b) The ball will be considered as passing wide of the striker unless it is sufficiently within his reach for him to be able to hit it with his bat by means of a normal cricket stroke.
2. Delivery not a Wide
The umpire shall not adjudge a delivery as being a Wide,
(a) if the striker, by moving,
either (i) causes the ball to pass wide of him, as defined in 1(b) above
or (ii) brings the ball sufficiently within his reach to be able to hit it by means of a normal cricket stroke.
(b) if the ball touches the striker’s bat or person.
3. Call and signal of Wide ball
(a) If the umpire adjudges a delivery to be a Wide he shall call and signal Wide ball as soon as the ball passes the striker’s wicket. It shall, however, be considered to have been a Wide from the instant of delivery, even though it cannot be called Wide until it passes the striker’s wicket.
(b) The umpire shall revoke the call of Wide ball if there is then any contact between the ball and the striker’s bat or person.
(c) The umpire shall revoke the call of Wide ball if a delivery is called a No ball. See Law 24.11 (No ball to over-ride Wide).
4. Ball not dead
The ball does not become dead on the call of Wide ball.
5. Penalty for a Wide
A penalty of one run shall be awarded instantly on the call of Wide ball. Unless the call is revoked (see 3(b) and (c) above), this penalty shall stand even if a batsman is dismissed, and shall be in addition to any other runs scored, any boundary allowance and any other runs awarded for penalties.
6. Runs resulting from a Wide - how scored
All runs completed by the batsmen or a boundary allowance, together with the penalty for the Wide, shall be scored as Wide balls. Apart from any award of 5 penalty runs, all runs resulting from a Wide shall be debited against the bowler.
7. Wide not to count
A Wide shall not count as one of the over. See Law 22.3 (Validity of balls).
8. Out from a Wide
When Wide ball has been called, neither batsman shall be out under any of the Laws except 35 (Hit wicket), 37 (Obstructing the field), 38 (Run out) or 39 (Stumped).
NB The Laws of Cricket shall be adhered to within the spirit of the game.
Disputes as to the fitness of the ground or weather for play are inevitable from time to time and on the rare occasions when a protest is made as a result of such a dispute the Management Committee has the almost impossible task of determining the rights and wrongs of the case without having been present at the time of the dispute and with only the verbal accounts of the protagonists upon which to base their decision.
At the request of the Committee of Inquiry held in 1988, the Management Committee drew up, and has revised, the following set of guidelines, which attempt to set out the procedures to be followed and the criteria to be used in cases of doubt over the fitness of the ground or weather for play. It is hoped that by following these guidelines, Captains can come to an amicable agreement and protests will not be necessary at all.
However, where there are no officially appointed Umpires and the Captains cannot agree, then a protest can be made where one Captain considers that the other is refusing to start, resume or to continue play without good reason. Captains should bear in mind that a protest should only be made as a last resort and only after exhausting the procedures set out in the guidelines. If a protest is made for this reason then both Captains must follow the procedure as set out under "Making a Protest.”
While the following guidelines are just that - guidelines, the Committee earnestly hopes that Captains will bear them in mind in their discussions with their opposite number. The Committee gives notice that where protests do come before the Committee, failure by either or both Captains to adhere to these guidelines may be taken into account in making a decision.
Where an independent grounds-person refuses to allow play to start or insists that play is suspended then her/his decision must be accepted as final.
Where Umpires have been appointed then Law 3.8 and 3.9 of the 2010 Code of Laws - “Fitness for Play” and “Suspension of play in dangerous or unreasonable conditions” - shall apply, and in particular :-
(a) Fitness for Play
(i) It is solely for the umpires together to decide whether either conditions of ground, weather or light or exceptional circumstances mean that it would be dangerous or unreasonable for play to take place.
Conditions shall not be regarded as either dangerous or unreasonable merely because they are not ideal.
(ii) Conditions shall be regarded as dangerous if there is actual and foreseeable risk to the safety of any player or umpire.
(iii) Conditions shall be regarded as unreasonable if, although posing no risk to safety, it would not be sensible for play to proceed.
(b) Suspension of play in dangerous or unreasonable conditions
(i) All references to ground include the pitch. See Law 7.1 (Area of pitch).
(ii) If at any time the umpires together agree that the conditions of ground, weather or light, or any other circumstances are dangerous or unreasonable, they shall immediately suspend play, or not allow play to start or to recommence.
(iii) When there is a suspension of play it is the responsibility of the umpires to monitor conditions. They shall make inspections as often as appropriate, unaccompanied by any players or officials. Immediately the umpires together agree that the conditions are no longer dangerous or unreasonable they shall call upon the players to resume play.
Note: where only one Umpire has been appointed, then her/his decision shall apply as above.
(a) No match should be postponed prior to the morning of the match.
(b) If, during the morning of the match, the Captain of the "Home" side is of the opinion that the ground is unfit for play he should advise the Secretary or Captain of the "Away" side at the latest before 11.30 a.m. (11:00 a.m. if more than 25 miles distance)
The "Away" club should then have the option of agreeing to the postponement of the fixture, or, of insisting on a pitch inspection 30 minutes before the scheduled starting time. In this case, both teams and umpires, if appointed, should attend at the ground in time to start the match at the scheduled time if play is possible.
(c) On no account may the "Home" club postpone the fixture without the agreement of the "Away" club. In the event of an agreed postponement the "Home" club should
i) advise the Umpires (if appointed)
ii) advise the association Secretary
It is IMPORTANT that the following guidelines as set out under part 4 are only to be considered where there are NO officially appointed UMPIRES. Where UMPIRES have been officially appointed then part 4 must be disregarded and parts. 1, 2 & 3 only shall apply.
4.1 GENERAL PRINCIPLES
i) Any decision concerning the fitness of the ground or weather for play shall rest with the two Captains and with the aid of the attached criteria; they shall decide on the fitness of the ground or weather for play.
ii) For this purpose, the batsmen at the wicket may deputise for their Captain but only as long as there is no dispute. Should there be disagreement between the batsmen at the wicket and the Fielding Captain then the Batting Captain should be called upon to confer with the Fielding Captain.
iii) Players and Captains should be aware that this is a matter for Captains to decide and that players should refrain from trying to influence the decision. For this reason it is IMPORTANT that the Captains confer ALONE and that they make every effort to reach an agreement.
4.2 WHEN PLAY IS IN PROGRESS
i) If, at any time during play, conditions deteriorate to such an extent that continuing would be "unreasonable" (see attached criteria), then the batsmen at the wicket or the Fielding Captain may ask for a suspension of play. The Batting Captain cannot ask for a suspension of play unless s/he is one of the batsman at the wicket.
ii) If it agreed that play should be suspended then the Captains must agree the time at which they will review the situation. If it is close to tea-time the Captains may agree to take an early tea interval.
iii) Should there be disagreement between the batsmen at the wicket and the Fielding Captain the Batting Captain shall be called upon to confer with the Fielding Captain.
iv) The Captains, with reference to the attached criteria, must make every effort to come to an agreement. They have the following options:-
a. agreeing to continue play
b. agreeing to suspend play subject to review at an agreed time.
c. agreeing to continue play subject to a review after an agreed number of overs have elapsed.*
d. take an early tea-interval if appropriate.
*an over in progress shall count as a completed over
v) If the Captains cannot agree on one of these options, they must record the reason for the disagreement and the time, overs and score in both scorebooks. Play will then be suspended subject to a review after 15 minutes. At this stage it is hoped that the weather will either improve or deteriorate to such an extent that there is no further dispute or in any event that the 15 minute suspension of play will act as a "cooling off" period and that reason will prevail. Players should at all times refrain from aggravating the situation and the Captains especially should set a good example in this regard.
4.3 WHEN PLAY IS NOT IN PROGRESS
(That is before the start of the match, during an interval, during the change of innings or where play has been suspended for any reason.)
i) If, while play is not in progress, weather or ground conditions are such that to start or resume play would be "unreasonable" (see criteria) then either Captain may ask that the start or resumption of play be delayed. Note that should conditions delay the scheduled start then the toss may be delayed to 15 minutes before the agreed starting time as under Law 12.4 the Toss.
ii) The Captains, with reference to the attached criteria, must make every effort to come to an agreement. They have the following options:-
a. Agreeing to start or resume play.
b. Agreeing to stay off subject to review at an agreed time.
c. Agreeing to start or resume play subject to a review after an agreed number of overs have elapsed.
d. Take an early tea-interval if appropriate.
e. Agree to abandon the match.
iii) If the Captains agree to delay the start or resumption of play then they must agree a time at which they will review the situation. This delay should not be more than 30 minutes.
iv) If the Captains cannot agree on one of these options, they must record the reason for the disagreement and the time, overs and score in both scorebooks. Play will then remain suspended subject to a review after 15 minutes. At this stage it is hoped that the weather will either improve or deteriorate to such an extent that there is no further dispute or in any event that the 15 minute further suspension of play will act as a "cooling off" period and that reason will prevail. Players should at all times refrain from aggravating the situation and the Captains especially should set a good example in this regard.
4.4 WHAT HAPPENS IF THE CAPTAINS STILL CANNOT AGREE?
i) In nearly all cases the above procedures should, if common sense prevails, produce an 'agreement of some sort. To get to the stage of recording one "official" disagreement in the scorebook should be a rare occurrence and two recorded disagreements should be rarer still.
ii) The Management Committee hopes that the process of recording the disagreement will concentrate the Captains minds and that protests will therefore be unnecessary but should the situation arise that there have been THREE recorded disagreements, and that after the latest period of 15 minutes, agreement is still not possible then the match shall be abandoned.
iii) The options open to the Captains at this point are as follows:-
a. Both Captains may agree to let the result stand, (i.e. match abandoned as void, subject to Rule 16 if a replay is required).
b. Either Captain may lodge a protest with the Management Committee if s/he considers that the opposition Captain has consistently refused to start, continue or resume play without good reason.
If either Captain wishes to claim the match by lodging a formal protest to the Management Committee s/he must:-
a. Inform the opposition Captain there and then - .i.e. before leaving the ground.
b. Make sure that both scorebooks are signed by both Captains as they should be in any case.
c. Intimate the protest in "writing to the Secretary of the Association, to reach him no later than five days, including Sunday, following the date on which the match was played." The protest "must be accompanied by a fee of £25."
On receipt of a protest from a Club claiming the match as in 5 the Management Committee shall:
a. Arrange a meeting of the Management Committee and
b. Invite both the Captains (or persons acting as Captain on the day in question) to attend and to bring with them a written account of the events as they saw them, their scorebook and any other evidence they see fit.
The Management Committee may view the protest as "frivolous" (under Rule 15 of the Constitution) if the procedures in part 4 of these guidelines have not been observed by the Captain of the protesting Club, or if the Captain of the protesting Club fails to attend the meeting or to bring with him the scorebook or a written account, or if the fee has not been paid.
Similarly, if the Captain of the club defending the protest has failed to observe part 4 of these guidelines, or fails to attend the meeting or bring with him the scorebook and a written account this may be taken into account by the Committee in reaching its decision.
The Management Committee, under the Constitution, is only allowed to make one of two decisions, namely:-
i) they can uphold the protest and award the match to the protesting Club.
ii) they can turn down the protest. In this event the match shall be void unless Rule 16 applies and a replay is required.
The following ground or weather conditions are to be considered "unreasonable" for starting, continuing, or resuming play:-
1. Heavy rain, which wets players through.
2. Lighter rain driven by a strong wind.
3. Water pooling on the pitch or on the outfield within 25 yards of the pitch.
4. Wet ground on the pitch or bowlers run-ups such that the batsmen or bowlers cannot run or turn with safety. A slight restriction in foothold is not however "unreasonable".
5. Water rising round ones feet when the pitch is subject to foot pressure.
6. Water splashing up when the ball pitches.
7. Foggy or misty conditions where the pitch is not visible from the boundary.
8. Where, the bowler or either batsman normally plays in spectacles and their vision is being seriously affected by rain obscuring the lenses. Wearing a cap 'can often help in this situation.
The following ground or weather conditions should not be considered as "unreasonable" and are therefore not sufficient reasons for suspending, not starting or not resuming play:
1. Light rain which may be unpleasant but does not wet through or seriously affect the wicket but which may make the ball slippery or difficult to control.
2. Wet slippery grass or small pools of water outwith 25 yards of the pitch.
3. Light mist or fog where visibility is such as to allow the pitch to seen from the boundary. The scorers may have to take up their position at the boundary if necessary.
4. Soft wet pitches which may make batting difficult but are not so bad that they are "unreasonable" under points 3 to 6 above.
5. Players who cannot obtain sufficient footholds in wet conditions because they are wearing unsuitable footwear. (But see Note below).
NOTE: (Where the match is being played on an artificial wicket however and bowlers and batsmen are compelled to wear non-spiked footwear then the condition of the bowler's run up may well make play impossible if the bowler's run up is dangerous in non-spiked footwear).
This policy sets out the Aberdeenshire Cricket Association (ACA)’s position on all member clubs’, individual club members’, players’, officials’ and umpires’ use of social networking sites and blogs, whether conducted on ACA media, Club media and in your own private media in your own time.
Social networking sites, the internet and blogs offer a useful means of keeping in touch with friends and colleagues, and they can be used to exchange views and thoughts on shared interests, both personal and work related. ACA does not object to you setting up personal accounts on social networking sites or blogs on the internet.
You must not link your personal social networking accounts or blogs to the ACA or Clubs website. Any such links require the ACA and Clubs prior consent.
You must not disclose ACA and Club secrets, breach copyright, defame the ACA or a Club or its members, officials, players, umpires or employees, or disclose personal data or information about any individual that could breach the Data Protection Act 1998 on your blog or on your social networking site.
Social networking site posts or blogs should not be insulting or abusive to the ACA or Club or its members, officials, players, umpires or employees.
You should include a notice such as the following:-
‘The views expressed on this website/blog/post/tweet etc, are mine alone and do not reflect the views of my Club or the ACA’.
You should always be conscious of your duty as a member to act in good faith and in the best interests of the ACA and Club under UKlaw. The ACA will not tolerate abuse posted in messages in the public domain or on blogs about the ACA or any other person connected to the ACA, officials, umpires an individual Club or its members.
You must not bring the ACA or your Club into disrepute through the content of your website entries or blogs.
Any misuse of social networking sites or blogs as mentioned above may be regarded as a disciplinary offence and may result in disciplinary action.
You should be aware that any information contained in social networking sites may be used in evidence, if relevant, to any disciplinary or legal proceedings.
You should be aware that the account holder for any social networking site, blogs, posts and tweets will be held solely responsible for the content.
Bullying and Harassment can be experienced by a group of people as well as by individuals. This policy recognises this and where the singular is used, it is accepted that the circumstances may also be applicable to a group of people. Bullying and Harassment can also be carried out by a group of people against an individual.
Bullying and Harassment in any form is unacceptable behaviour and will not be permitted or condoned. Sexual, sectarian and racial harassment and harassment on the grounds of disability or sexual orientation constitute discrimination and are unlawful under the sex discrimination, fair employment, race relations, disability, sexual orientation and age legislation.
If communication(s) sent via social media target a specific individual or individuals they will fall to be considered under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and the Malicious Communications Act 1988.
There is no excuse for Bullying and Harassment within the ACA It is inappropriate behaviour and it will be treated by the ACA as a disciplinary offence. All Clubs and members must comply with this policy.
Breach of Policy
Breaches of this policy will be dealt with under the ACA disciplinary procedure; however, it may also be considered a criminal offence and passed on to the relevant authority for action.
You should be aware that the ACA regards breach of any part of this policy as gross misconduct that may result in disciplinary action. This may include suspension of a player, players or club from Association competitions for a stated period or indefinitely -, including, where warranted, suspension without notice, pending formal disciplinary proceedings.
If you become aware of information relating to the ACA posted on the internet, you should bring this to the attention of the Committee.
Visit the official Grades Website at:-
For all the up-to-date information
Grade 1 – shall consist of ten teams who shall compete for the Aberdeenshire and Bain Cups. In League Competition, each team shall play two matches with every other team. At the end of the season, the two bottom teams shall be relegated to Grade 2.
Grade 2 – shall consist of eight teams who shall compete for the Bon Accord and Junior League Cups. In League Competition, each team shall play two matches with every other team. At the end of the season, the two top teams shall be promoted to Grade 1, and the two bottom teams shall be relegated to Grade 3.
Grade 3 – shall consist of eight teams who shall compete for the
Grade 4 – shall consist of the remaining teams who shall compete for the Cannon Cup and the Johnston Rose Bowl. If there are eight or fewer teams in Grade 4, in League Competition each team shall be scheduled to play two matches with every other team; otherwise each team shall be scheduled to play each other team once. The games in the Johnston Cup prior to the semi-final stage shall be either on a knockout or league cup basis in two groups, as determined at the previous year’s AGM in the light of the number of teams in the Grade for that season. At the end of the season, the top two teams shall be promoted to Grade 3.
All alterations to the Composition of Grades shall take effect from the end of the season following the A.G.M. at which alterations were made, subject to the right of the Management Committee, with the approval of the Executive, if one or more teams withdraw, to restructure the leagues up to the date of the Spring Meeting before the season concerned.
Rule 1. The Trophy to be named “Turriff C.C. Trophy”.
Rule 2. The Trophy to be competed for annually on a knock-out basis with all Grade Clubs being eligible to enter the competition. All players taking part must be registered as per Rule 11 of the Association. Clubs whose First Eleven is not in Grade 1 may enter joint teams comprising players registered for any of the clubs concerned. A player may however appear for only one side in the competition in any season.
Rule 3. Ties prior to the semi-final round shall normally take place on a weekday evening, limited to 20 overs per team with each individual bowler being limited to a maximum of 4 overs; but may be scheduled for a Sunday provided both clubs agree and the use of such dates are not disruptive to the Association’s other League, Cup & Representative fixtures.
Rule 4. In the event of two teams, scoring the same number of runs after the 20 overs each, the team losing the fewer wickets to go forward to the next round.
Rule 5. If for any reason a tie is postponed or abandoned with less than seven wickets down, the tie shall be null and void and replayed if possible on the same ground. If for any reason, a replay is necessary the other Club shall become the home Club. Replays of cup-ties will take place seven days after the date of the original fixtures; any exceptions to this will be permissible only with the agreement of the Management Committee (and both Clubs concerned).
Rule 6. Draws for various rounds, entry fees and fixture dates to be arranged by the Aberdeenshire Cricket Association.
Rule 7. In the event of any match not having been completed on the scheduled date, it must be re-arranged to take place within the ensuing 21 days [remainder of sentence deleted]. The date for the re-arranged fixture must be notified to the Association Secretary not later than noon on Friday following the date originally set, failing which the date shall be determined by the Management Committee. If a match is called off on a second occasion the result shall be determined by a bowl out or coin toss, as specified under Rule 18 of the Association. Where conditions of weather or light require, either original or re-scheduled fixtures may, by agreement of both captains, be reduced to not less than 10 overs per side, with bowling allocations being reduced pro rata.
Rule 8. There must be a maximum of 4 players outside a circle, 25 metres from the stumps at each end, for the first 5 overs of each innings, then a minimum of 4 inside that circle for the remainder of the same innings; excluding the wicket keeper and the bowler in each case.
33. COMPETITION RULES FOR THE P&J &
Rule 1. Open to all clubs in membership of the Association.
Rule 2. Clubs may enter as many Sevens as they so desire. Clubs may enter joint Sevens. No player can play for more than one Seven during the course of the competition.
Rule 3. Entry fee for the competition shall be arranged by the Association.
Rule 4. Each Seven shall be allowed SIX by EIGHT ball overs in all rounds.
Rule 5. Six members of the team shall bowl in succession, the Wicket-Keeper being excepted, and only six wickets shall fall. In the event of a nominated player failing to appear in time to bowl her/his over, or being unable through injury to bowl her/his over the opposing Captain shall nominate any of the other bowlers to bowl her/his over. The Wicket-Keeper shall not bowl under any circumstances.
Rule 6. The first matches each evening shall commence at 6.30p.m., and the second matches at 7.45p.m.
Rule 7. In the event of the Tie ending in equal number of runs, one over shall be bowled by each team. Any member of the seven to bat or bowl.
Rule 8. The Management Committee of the Aberdeenshire Cricket Association shall exercise full control over the Tournament and may amend the Rules of the Competition as may be deemed necessary.
All rules for junior age-group competitions shall be as set by the Aberdeen City/Shire Cricket Development Group at its Annual General Meeting.
MrPurple Feb 15 2006 - 10:20pm
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