In addition to the General Competition Rules, the following shall apply:
1. As at 1st September the previous year, all boys under the age of 15, all girls under the age of 16 and all children with learning difficulties* under the age of 17 shall be eligible to play. In addition boys under the age of 16 as at 1st September the year before shall be eligible to represent Under 15B teams under the following conditions:
- There must be no more than 4 boys of U16 age included in any U15B team
- The names of such boys are to be provided to the opposition team manager when confirming the fixture
- The underlying intention of this extended eligibility is to allow clubs to provide cricket to youngsters who would otherwise have limited opportunities to play. Any concerns that a club is abusing this rule for competitive purposes should be reported to the competition organiser who will have the authority to apply appropriate sanctions where necessary.
2. The away side shall provide a new or good quality ball. If the 2 managers agree prior to the toss, 2 new balls can be used if available. Managers will need to agree who would use which ball.
3. Each game shall consist of one innings per side, each innings of maximum 20 overs duration which may be reduced up to a minimum of 12 overs, subject to the mutual agreement of the team managers of the respective teams.
4. No bowler shall bowl more than four overs.
5. When a batsman reaches or passes the personal total of 35 runs, he must retire, but may return to the crease on the departure of the tenth batsman. Retired batsmen must return in the order of retirement and take the place of the retiring or dismissed batsman. The batsman shall retire when he scored an additional 25 runs on his return to the crease.
6. In ALL matches, no fielder, except the wicket keeper shall be allowed to field nearer than 8 yards, measured from the middle stump, except behind the wicket on the off side.
7. The team scoring the most runs in it’s innings shall be the winner. In the event of the scores being equal, the number of wickets lost shall be taken into account. If these should also be the same, the result shall be declared a tie.
8. Three points shall be awarded for a win. Two points for a tie. One point shall be awarded for a defeat or where an aborted match cannot be re-arranged for any reason (subject to General Competition rule 3.2).
9. At the end of the season, the teams scoring the most points will be deemed winners of the respective leagues. In the event of 2 teams finishing on equal points, the net run rate will determine the winning team.