Delivering the formats that best suit players.
to be home no
later than 7.30pm
Start games no
later than 1pm
The York and District Senior Cricket League introduced a regionalised structure in 2014 – this saved a total of 50,000 player miles of travelling.
play 40 or
45 overs per
to ensure a
This is important to deliver a game day within 5–6 hours, described by players as their ‘perfect day’.
Every Game Matters
It’s important to keep players involved and ensure every game matters – to keep players interested and reduce concessions.
Revise rules to ensure that every point that is earned counts towards final league positions, moving away from methods involving average points.
1 in 2
say they have seen games
cancelled or abandoned that
could have been played.
In the Bristol and District Cricket League teams receive two extra bonus points per game if they provide an umpire who has attended a three hour pre-season course run and funded by the league.
Revising rules relating to rain-affected games is important to make sure that there’s a reasonable opportunity for both teams to win the game.
This will encourage teams to
play in rain-affected games,
particularly towards the end of
Improve flexibility in registration and play – to allow players to play when and where they wish.
Alter rules to facilitate the flexibility of players to appear for different teams and to play at short notice.
of third party
non turf pitches
ECB Player Panel evidence demonstrates that as a minimum, over 50% of players support each element of this flexibility when the alternative is the game being cancelled. These options are especially popular with younger players (14-25).
Encourage clubs to work
together to ensure available
players get a game of cricket
The York and District Senior Cricket League introduced an open age player loan system to help get the game on. 61 players were loaned to clubs to ensure the game got played.
Two-way communication with players – to ensure players have a strong voice in decision.
Use online scorecard completion,
This ensures online recording of participation. This also includes the recording of scorecards onto systems that feed data into Play-Cricket.com.
Use social media
players and clubs
about game day
The ECB Player Panel survey demonstrates that 84% of players require no more than 24 hours’ notice of a change to start time.
Develop opportunities within clubs and leagues where the direct voting power is held by players.
Variety of Play
Varied playing opportunities – to ensure that cricket can fit around today’s busy lifestyles.
NCPS data shows that 66%
of players want to play more cricket.
Hampshire Cricket League held a 6-a-side competition in September involving teams from the Southern Electric Premier League and the Hampshire Cricket League, successfully providing an alternative shorter format of the game at the end of the season.
Offer U19 T20 to help retain young players. NCPS data shows that the availability of short format cricket is the factor most likely to bring back lapsed players.
T20 to help
Work with other
leagues to ensure
cricket is available in
April and September
There is a need to offer
high quality options to
women and girls, where
there is demand.
NCPS data shows that 75% of
women, compared to 65% of
men, want to play more cricket.