Wynn & Cowling Cup Rules

1. The competitions shall be administered by The Executive Committee of The Craven and District Cricket League and shall be conducted under the same constitution and rules as The Craven and District League, except where specially provided for in these rules.

2. The competitions shall be called the Wynn Cup or Cowling Cup competitions. The Wynn Cup is for all teams playing in Divisions One and Two of The Craven and District Cricket League. Whilst The Cowling Cup is for all teams playing in Divisions Three and Four of The Craven and District Cricket League.

3. The competitions are for all competing clubs in membership with The Craven District Cricket League, and the entrance fee shall be £15.00 per team.

4. The entry to the cup competitions is optional. Any team that does not want to enter the competitions must advise the League Secretary before the January meeting of the Executive Committee. Otherwise they will automatically be entered.

5. Fines for non-fulfilment of fixture shall be first teams £12.50; second teams £7.50; third teams £7.50.

6. The dates for the cup competitions will be confirmed at the January Executive meeting by The Fixture Secretary. The complete draw for the competition will then take place.

7. In Wynn Cup and Cowling Cup games umpires appointed by The Umpires Association shall officiate in all matches. The Umpires for the finals will be appointed by the Executive Committee.

8. Umpire’s expenses will be £17.50 per umpire and £35 if an umpire stands on his own.

9. The competitions shall be conducted on a knockout principle and will be a T20 format.

10. All games are played on a Sunday.

11. There will be 21 days between each round, with the exception of 28 days between the Wynn Cup semi-final and final.

12. Teams have the first fourteen days of each round, in which to agree a time and ground to play the game. It can be played at any time on the first or second Sunday.

13. Should a game be rearranged after mutual agreement, the home team has to contact the Umpires Appointments Secretary at least seven days prior to the game. This time period is necessary to enable the appointment of umpires.

14. If clubs cannot reach a mutually acceptable time within the first fourteen day period, then the match will be played on the third Sunday, with a start time of 1.00 pm and a result has to be reached on that third Sunday.

15. It is the responsibility of the home team to contact the League Secretary to advise when, where and at what time the match will be played.

16. For teams who agree to play on the first Sunday. If the weather and ground conditions do not allow play to start on the first Sunday then the game can be played on the second or third Sunday. If the weather and ground conditions do not allow play to start on the second Sunday then the game can be played on the third Sunday. But the winners have to be decided by the third Sunday and the team will be ready to play in the next round of the cup on the scheduled date.

17. If a match cannot be played due to weather conditions on the first or second Sunday and it has to be rearranged and the ground is not available because of a Wynn Cup or Cowling Cup match, then the scheduled match takes precedence. Matches can be rearranged to the opponents ground. Should any problems arise with the rearrangement of fixtures; The Executive Committee will decide which grounds and date the games are played on.

18. Before the start of any game in the cup competitions the two captains have to agree on what action will be taken if the game becomes weather affected. The umpires will be informed of any agreements between the captains before the start of play. The options available are outlined in rules 19 to 22.

19. If rain stops play on the first Sunday and the match has to be abandoned before 15 overs have been played, then the game can be cancelled. Any scores from the started game will be erased from the record and the game will be rescheduled.

20. If the weather is unfit for play on the second Sunday or the game is abandoned on the second Sunday before 15 overs have been played (scores will be erased), then if necessary the game can be played on the third Sunday.

21. If rain stops play on the first Sunday or second Sunday and the match has to be abandoned after 15 overs have been completed, then a result has to be obtained that day. The options available for this are either the toss of a coin or bowling at unguarded wickets.

22. On the first Sunday and second Sunday, the options available are; a completed game, toss of a coin or bowling at unguarded wickets or playing again on the next Sunday. On the third Sunday, the options available are; a completed game, toss of a coin or bowling at unguarded wickets.

23. In the case of a tie on the first Sunday or second Sunday the game can be replayed the following Sunday on the opposing club’s ground.

24 In the case of a tie on the third Sunday, the game will be decided by the toss of a coin or bowling at unguarded wickets.

25. Each team will bowl 20 overs. No bowler will bowl more than 4 overs.  The winning team is the team scoring the most number of runs.

26. The gap between innings will be no more than 15 minutes. Cricket Teas will not be provided for anyone, although drinks will be available.

27. The captains must declare their teams by completing the team sheet provided by the League, indicating all players who are nineteen or under. This will be handed to the umpire 15 minutes before the scheduled start of play. Failure to do so will be referred to The Executive Committee for consideration and appropriate action.

28. In the event of a bowler breaking down and being unable to complete an over, the remaining balls shall be bowled by another bowler, provided that he shall not bowl two overs or part thereof consecutively in that innings. Such part of an over will count as a full over only in so far as each bowler’s limit is concerned. When considering junior fast bowlers, the part of the over will count as a full over in any spell.

29. Following a no-ball as a result of overstepping, the next ball shall be a Free Hit. For this ball, the batsman is not given out by any way in the Laws of Cricket apart from being run-out or obstructing the field.

30. Only 5 fielders can field on the leg side at any point of time.

31. The finals of both competitions shall be played on the same day on the same ground.

32. The Cowling Cup Final will start at 10.00 am and the Wynn Cup Final at 1.30 pm on a neutral ground.

33. Clubs are asked to nominate their grounds to host the finals of the competitions, in writing before the January Executive Meeting.

34. At the January meeting The Executive will decide which club will host the finals. To avoid any team having a home advantage in the finals, more than one ground will be chosen.

35. In the event of a tie in the final, the winner will be the team who has lost the least number of wickets. If both teams have lost the same number of wickets, the match will be replayed and the Executive will decide when and where.

36. Fielding restrictions for the final: for the duration of the innings the fielding side MUST, at the instant of delivery have four fieldsmen plus the wicketkeeper and bowler within a 30 yard fielding circle. In the event of an infringement the umpire will call “No Ball” The “fielding circle” is “an area bounded by two semi-circles centred on each middle stump (each with a radius of 30 yards) and joined by a parallel line on each side of the pitch”. The fielding circle should be marked by painted white ’dots’ at five yard intervals, each ‘dot’ to be covered by a white plastic or rubber (but not metal) disc measuring seven inches in diameter.

37. If the final has to be abandoned due to weather conditions, the match will be played again. The final result will not be decided by the toss of a coin or bowling at unguarded wickets. The Executive will decide when and where the match will be replayed.

38. If due to weather restraints it is not possible to get a completed match for the final at the third time of asking, the cup will be shared by the two finalists.

39. The home side will submit the results on the Play Cricket website as per the League rules.

40. In finals, which are played on a neutral ground the winning team shall submit the result on the Play Cricket website, per Administrative Rule 18.

Player Eligibility

41. Players are not allowed to play or be selected for more than one club (within The Craven and District Cricket League) in cup matches, in any one season.

42. For clubs who have a team in the Wynn Cup Competition and a team in the Cowling Cup Competition, their second team players:

42. a) Can play every round of the Cowling Cup competition and play in every round of the Wynn Cup competition providing he / she does not play a league game for his / her first team. Once a player plays one league game with his / her first team and a Wynn Cup game they are cup tied.

42. b) A player also becomes cup tied for the Cowling Cup when they play six league matches with their first team, be it with his / her present or former club.

42. c) Players who are under 19 (age group is based on age at midnight on 31 August the previous year) and are established second team players (by established we mean having played one more than half of their matches in their second team prior to each round of the cup), will not be cup tied for the Cowling Cup competition. However they will become cup tied if they are selected more times for their first eleven than their second eleven at any stage of the cup competition.

43. For clubs who have two teams in the Wynn Cup Competition, their second team players:

43. a) Can play in every round of the Wynn Cup competition for either team providing he / she does not play a league game for his / her first team. Once a player plays one league game with his / her first team and a Wynn Cup game for their first team, they are cup tied.

43. b) A player also becomes cup tied for the second team when they play six league matches with their first team, be it with his / her present or former club.

43. c) Players who are under 19 (age group is based on age at midnight on 31 August the previous year) and are established second team players (by established we mean having played one more than half of their matches in their second team prior to each round of the cup), will not be cup tied. However they will become cup tied if they are selected more times for their first eleven than their second eleven at any stage of the cup competition.

44. For clubs with their first and second teams in the Cowling Cup Competition, their second team players:

44. a) Can play in every round of the Cowling Cup competition for either team providing he / she does not play a league game for his / her first team. Once a player plays one league game with his / her first team and a Cowling Cup game for their first team, they are cup tied.

44. b) A player also becomes cup tied for the second team when they play six league matches with their first team, be it with his / her present or former club.

44. c) Players who are under 19 (age group is based on age at midnight on 31 August the previous year) and are established second team players (by established we mean having played one more than half of their matches in their second team prior to each round of the cup), will not be cup tied. However they will become cup tied if they are selected more times for their first eleven than their second eleven at any stage of the cup competition.

45. For clubs who have a team in the Wynn Cup Competition and two teams in the Cowling Cup Competition, their second team players:

45. a) Can play every round of the Cowling Cup competition for either team and play in every round of the Wynn Cup competition providing he / she does not play a league game for his / her first team. Once a player plays one league game with his / her first team and a Wynn Cup game they are cup tied.

45. b) A second team player also becomes cup tied for the Cowling Cup second team when they play six league matches with their first team, be it with his / her present or former club.

45. c) Players who are under 19 (age group is based on age at midnight on 31 August the previous year) and are established second team players (by established we mean having played one more than half of their matches in their second team prior to each round of the cup), will not be cup tied for the Cowling Cup competition (second team). However they will become cup tied if they are selected more times for their first eleven than their second eleven at any stage of the cup competition.

46. For clubs who have a team in the Wynn Cup Competition and two teams in the Cowling Cup Competition, their third team players:

46. a) Can play every round of the Cowling Cup competition for either team and play in every round of the Wynn Cup competition providing he / she does not play a league game for his / her first or second team. Once a player plays one league game with his / her first team or second and a Cowling Cup game for his / her second team or a Wynn Cup game they are cup tied.

46. b) A third team player also becomes cup tied for the Cowling Cup third team when they play six league matches in total for their senior teams, be it with his / her present or former club.

46. c) Players who are under 19 (age group is based on age at midnight on 31 August the previous year) and are established third team players (by established we mean having played one more than half of their matches in their third team prior to each round of the cup), will not be cup tied for the Cowling Cup competition (third team). However they will become cup tied if they are selected more times in total for their first and second eleven, than their third eleven at any stage of the cup competition.

47. For clubs who have one team in the Craven & District Cricket League and more senior teams in another league, their players in either competition:

47. a) Can play every round of the cup competition providing he / she does not play a league game for his / her second team. Once a player plays one league game with his / her second team and cup game they are cup tied.

47. b) A player also becomes cup tied when they play six league matches with their second team, be it with his / her present or former club.

47. c). Players who are under 19 (age group is based on age at midnight on 31 August the previous year) and are established third team players (by established we mean having played one more than half of their matches in their third team prior to each round of the cup), will not be cup tied for the cup competition. However they will become cup tied if they are selected more times for their second eleven than their third eleven at any stage of the cup competition.

48. All players must be recognised players of their club in Craven and District League matches and must have been selected (name on Play Cricket) or actually played in at least two league matches in the current season prior to the semi-finals.

49. Any club found guilty of breaking these rules to be fined £10.00 and if applicable the match to be awarded to the opposition. The appearance of a name on the Play Cricket website per Administrative Rule 19, shall be binding in this respect.

 BOWL OUT PROCEDURE

 Carried out under the supervision of the Umpire

  • In consultation with team captains and umpires, this may take place on the designated pitch or an adjacent one, edge of outfield, artificial pitch, indoor facility (if available) or some other agreeable surface.
  • The captains will nominate five players from each side who will bowl one delivery alternatively at 3 wickets pitched 22 yards from a single stump.
  • Underarm deliveries are not allowed.
  • The bowler can adjust from his normal run up to take into account the weather / ground conditions.
  • The ball must bounce one (in front of the bowling crease). Failure to achieve this counts as one delivery.
  • A no ball will count as a delivery.
  • Each team of five bowlers shall use their own match ball.
  • No person is allowed to stand in front of the wickets to act as a target for the bowlers.
  • The side that bowls down the wickets most times is the winner.
  • If scores are level after the first 10 deliveries the same players will continue to bowl alternatively, one ball each to achieve a result on a sudden death basis.