We have made a few additions and changes to last year’s rules which are detailed in BOLD below. Please ensure you have read these thoroughly and consider how they might affect your club before entering the competition.
To enter the 2012 National Village Cup you will need to fill in and return an entry form which can be found here.
NB: Rule 7, Rule 9 and Rule 11(b) (viii) from the 2011 National Village Cup rules have been removed.
1 The competition shall be called ‘The National Village Cup’.
2 The competition shall be organised by The Cricketer.
3 The object of the competition shall be to promote village cricket and to give an opportunity to village cricketers to compete in a national event.
4 A village shall be deemed to be a rural community surrounded on all sides by open country and consisting of not more than 5,000 inhabitants. Note: county council figures cannot in all cases be said to represent the population, since often other villages and hamlets are put together for council purposes. When in doubt, the organisers should be consulted, including decisions about mergers. Market towns are not eligible, regardless of the population figure.
5 Clubs entering will be required to take an annual subscription to The Cricketer, thereby ensuring a continuous means of communication between the organisers and competitors. The subscription must be in the name of the club entering. You may transfer an existing subscription by calling 0844 815 0864. An entry form must be filled in by ALL clubs and proof of subscription provided. Failure to do so may result in your club not being entered.
6 All clubs in the competition are expected to uphold the Spirit of Cricket, as defined in the preamble to MCC’s Laws of Cricket. Any failure to comply with the spirit of the game, as reported by the umpires and clubs, may result in the club being disqualified at any stage of the competition. See www.lords.org for details.
7 Any club playing in the top division of any of the leagues shown in schedule 1 is not eligible to play in The National Village Cup.
8 Clubs who only have artificial pitches are welcome to enter The National Village Cup but will be required to play all their matches away from home or on a neutral ground that has a grass pitch.
9 (a) A player shall be eligible to play in The National Village Cup if he is a paid-up member of the club, and has played at least four non-National Village Cup matches for that club in the previous season (2011). Indoor matches, intra-club matches (for example Presidents XI v Club XI) and evening games do not qualify. Exceptions can be made for injured players and those aged 17 and under on September 1 in the current season (2012) if they are bona-fide members of the club. Please contact The Cricketer for any clarification.
(b) A player will not be eligible for this competition if he:
(i) Is registered to play for a club who plays in any of the leagues shown in schedule 1 in the current season (2012).
(ii) Has played in more than one match for any first-class team, including matches played for or against any UCCE, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, until he reaches the age of 60. Contact The Cricketer for clarification. The organiser’s decision is final.
(iii) Has played, within the previous or current season (2011 and 2012), in two or more matches in the Minor Counties Championship, or the first-class counties Second XI Championship, Second XI Trophy or Second XI Twenty20 – unless he is 17 or under on September 1 in the current season (2012).
(iv) Received a fee from any source for playing cricket in the current or immediately previous season (2011) whether in the UK or abroad.
(v) Received expenses in connection with playing cricket from any source in excess of his necessary out-of-pocket disbursements for reasonable costs of travel.
(vi) Received payment by the club (or a third party) for air fare or accommodation costs. This will be considered reward for playing cricket.
(vii) In all of the above instances the organiser’s decision is final. The organisers reserve the right to refuse entry to or to disqualify at any time any club which they have reason to believe has not complied strictly with the letter and spirit of this rule.
(viii) (a) Any player who is in the UK on a short term visa that is approved by the UK border agency, which allows the player to play cricket during his stay, is not eligible to play in The National Village Cup.
(b) A player who is not qualified to play for England but has been a permanent resident in the UK in accordance with the ECB requirements for at least two years, who is a bona-fide member of the club and has played at least four non-National Village Cup matches in the previous season (2011) is eligible to play in The National Village Cup. Indoor matches, intra-club matches (for example Presidents XI v Club XI) and evening games do not qualify. Please contact The Cricketer for any clarification.
(x) A player is not eligible if he is under contract to play for a first-class county, regardless of whether he is being paid to play or not.
(xi) A player is not eligible to play if he is serving a ban from playing cricket for any cricket club or league.
(c) A player may not play for more than one club in the competition in any one season.
(d) All references to the male gender in these rules shall apply equally to the female gender.
(e) Not withstanding anything in these rules, the organiser’s reserve the right to decide the eligibility of any team or player.
10 The Laws of Cricket as laid down by MCC shall apply, together with the following special conditions:
(a) Games will start at 1pm unless agreed otherwise by both captains and umpires.
(b) Each side shall bat for 40 overs unless their innings is completed earlier or the captains agree to a lesser number of overs before the match.
(c) No bowler may bowl more than 9 overs. Part of an over will count as a full over only in so far as each bowler’s limit is concerned. When it is agreed that a match shall consist of fewer than 40 overs, no bowler may bowl more than one quarter of the total overs to be bowled by his side.
(d) Wide ball – judging a wide: Umpires are instructed to apply a very strict and consistent interpretation in regard to this Law in order to prevent negative bowling.
(e) The side which scores more runs will be the winner.
(f) If the scores are level, the side which has lost fewer wickets shall be the winner.
(g) If still equal, the side which received fewer balls at the end of the match shall be the winner (wides and no-balls do not count).
(h) If still equal, the side which has scored more runs at the end of 20 overs shall be the winner.
(i) If still equal, the side which has lost fewer wickets at the end of 20 overs shall be the winner. If still level, that is to say both sides having scored the same number of runs and having lost the same number of wickets at the end of 20 overs, the result will be decided by a bowling competition. See rule 11.
(j) If the side batting second equals its opponent’s score off the last ball of the match, providing they have lost fewer wickets, then they have won the match and the ball is dead.
(k) If rain or bad light curtails play before the completion of a match, the result will be decided in favour of the side which has scored the faster runs per over THROUGHOUT THE INNINGS, provided that at least 20 overs have been bowled to the side batting second. If the scoring rates are identical, then the side with the higher score after 20 overs shall be the winners; if still equal, the side which has lost fewer wickets over the first 20 overs shall be the winners. If still equal, the result will be decided by a bowling competition. See Rule 11.
(l) If the start of the match is delayed by the weather or if there is a subsequent interruption, the captains may agree to a lesser number of overs, the minimum being 15.
(m) If a match that has started is abandoned before each side has completed 20 overs then Rule 11 applies.
(n) Exceptionally, if a match is abandoned by the umpires in the circumstances where the side batting first is all out after 20 overs, and the side batting second has scored one run fewer than the first side’s completed inning’s total after 21 overs with no wickets lost, the side batting first shall have its total score divided by the full allotment of 40 overs to establish their run rate.
(o) Five penalty extras shall not be awarded from the preliminary round to round four of the competition, with the exception of those awarded under Laws 41.2 (illegal fielding) and 41.3 (protective helmets belonging to the fielding side).
(p) ECB directives concerning young cricketers must be adhered to. This includes the directives on young fast bowlers, fielding positions, protective helmets and the restrictions on young players in open-age cricket.
(q) All teams are required to hand a teamsheet to the umpires and/or the opposing captain before the start of play. These are to include the age of the player and whether or not they are required to wear a protective helmet.
(r) From round 5 onwards, the following fielding restrictions shall apply:
(i) At the instant of delivery a minimum of four fieldsmen, plus the bowler and wicket-keeper, must be within 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).
(ii) In the event of infringement, the square leg umpire shall call no ball.
(iii) The fielding circle shall 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.
(iv) If one or more fieldsmen leave the field because of sustaining an obvious serious injury, and for no other reason, the minimum number of fielders required inside the circle shall be reduced correspondingly.
(f) Runners are still allowed in the National Village Cup despite being banned from International cricket.
11 If rain prevents a result, the match will be replayed on the following Sunday, or an agreed earlier date. All replays will be held on the ground of the original VISITING side unless otherwise agreed, regardless of whether the match was postponed before or after the start of play. Captains may on the other hand agree to decide the result by a bowling competition. In this event, regardless of weather, each member of both teams will bowl one ball at a wicket. (NB. A wicket consists of THREE STUMPS and two bails.) The side breaking the wicket the greater number of times will be the winner. Umpires will officiate to ensure fair play (including no-balls). All players MUST bowl over-arm.
12 Umpire and scorers: From the preliminary round to round 4 (Regional Finals) inclusive, each team will provide an umpire. In round 5 and thereafter the organisers will arrange all umpiring appointments. Each team MUST provide a scorer in all matches. Umpires and scorers must be CRB-checked in accordance with legal requirements.
13 In every round of the competition except the final, each club will provide one ball. Umpires must agree that the condition and quality of the balls are similar. Each side MUST bowl with the ball they provide and the home side is responsible for providing spare balls. The organisers will provide cricket balls for the final.
14 If a team has to travel more than 100 miles there and back, the organisers will contribute to the cost of a TEAM coach to a maximum of £100. This contribution is for the transport of a maximum of 15 persons (i.e. 11 players, 12th man, scorer and two others). All claims in respect of this rule must be sent to The Cricketer office immediately after the expense has been incurred, on club headed paper, enclosing a receipted bill on which the claim is based.
15 Difficulties or disputes should be referred to the organisers immediately but will only be considered if submitted in writing by a responsible club official with a copy sent to the secretary of the other side concerned. The decision of the organisers on all matters affecting the competition, whether included in these rules or not, is final and binding.
16 Matches must be played on the dates laid down in the draw, or earlier by agreement in writing between clubs (in which case the alternative date is binding and either side cancelling must give a walkover to the other).
17 Result cards from BOTH sides must be returned to the organisers immediately after the match has been played. In the event of a replay the organisers must be informed as to the agreed date and venue.
18 The highest standards and best spirit of the game as specified in the ‘Preamble to the Laws of Cricket’ must be observed both on and off the field. In the unlikely event of any team failing to uphold these standards, the organisers reserve the right to disqualify them.
The National Village Cup is organised by The Cricketer.
2nd Floor, 123 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9SL.
Tel: 020 7032 4911.
Schedule 1. Exclusion list of leagues.
Clubs that compete in the top division of the following leagues may NOT in the same season compete in The National Village Cup. If in doubt please contact the organisers.
• Airedale & Wharfedale League • Bradford Cricket League • Birmingham and District Premier Cricket League • Central Lancashire League • Central Yorkshire League • Cheshire County Cricket League • Cornwall Cricket League • Derbyshire Premier League • Devon Cricket League • East Anglican Premier Cricket League • Essex Cricket League • Home Counties Premier League • Huddersfield Cricket League • Kent Cricket League • Lancashire League • Leicestershire Premier Cricket League • Lincolnshire Cricket Board Premier League • Liverpool & District Cricket Competition • Middlesex County Cricket League • Northamptonshire Cricket League • North East Premier Cricket League • Northern Cricket League • North Staffs & South Cheshire League • North Wales Premier League • North Yorkshire & South Durham League • Nottinghamshire Cricket Board Premier League • Southern Premier Cricket League • South Wales Premier Cricket League • Surrey Championship • Sussex Cricket League • West of England Premier League • Yorkshire ECB County Premier League