During The Game

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This section will give you simple advice and guidance about what you can do during the game to help make sure everything runs smoothly and more of your games are completed.

It is important that you know your league rules, work with the umpires and your players to keep the game flowing. You and your players should be prepared for the "what if's" such as early tea, rain interruption which requires the covers to be put on and taken off and standing water to be mopped up before resuming the game. Captains need to be flexible and adapt to getting games of cricket played where it's safe to do so.

Format

Keep the game flowing at 17 overs per hour (or better)

  • Keep to time for drinks breaks.
  • Be timely in between overs.
  • Only change your field when necessary.
  • Prepare your change bowlers early.
  • Pre-arrange the movement of sightscreen(s).

Support Captains to ensure a minimum of 17 overs per hour

This is an important response to the need to deliver a game day experience within 5–6 hours when we ask players to describe their 'perfect day'.

Spirit of Cricket

  • Play Hard Play Fair

    It is the responsibility of Captains, Players and Umpires to ensure that the Spirit of Cricket is upheld at all games.

    For more information on the Spirit of Cricket please click here.

  • Play Hard Play Fair

    It is the responsibility of Captains, Players and Umpires to ensure that the Spirit of Cricket is upheld at all games.

    For more information on the Spirit of Cricket please click here.

    97%

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  • Play Hard Play Fair

    It is the responsibility of Captains, Players and Umpires to ensure that the Spirit of Cricket is upheld at all games.

    For more information on the Spirit of Cricket please click here.

League Rules

Reduce amount of overs in games that are affected by the weather

Be flexible and use your league rules effectively to help Get the Game On

RESTART! Will be at 3:30. Reduced to 14 overs per side. Beds to resume on 42-6 from 8 overs #GetTheGameOn

Brilliant advert for #GetTheGameOn today as 3rds beat @ALCC1 2nds by 4 wkts with 1 ball to go. Rain had stopped play for over 2 hours.

@barrowcricket have won the toss and are batting 1st. 3.30 start, 33 overs each #GetTheGameOn

Ground, Weather and Light

  • As a matter of practicality, it is suggested that team captains jointly take primary responsibility for decisions and actions in relation to Ground, Weather and Light, with support from other players as necessary/desirable; everybody should work together in order to “Get the Game On”.

  • Insurance

    No matter what precautions are taken in relation to player safety, injuries can and will happen (in cricket as in any other sport). The ECB encourages all participants to consider their insurance position. ExtraCover is the official Club Insurance Scheme of the ECB. For further details visit here.

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You win the toss and decide to field. An hour into the innings it becomes very dark and overcast, although it's not raining. A number of players begin to complain about a lack if visibility due to poor light conditions. What should be done?

  • Make sure to you apply the same level of care when making a decision about light as you would with wet weather.
  • Both Captains should have a discussion about the light as soon as a fielder, umpire, or batsmen begins to have difficulty seeing the ball.
  • Both Captains should agree that the light conditions have sufficiently improved to restart play.

An hour into the game light rain begins to fall. After ten minutes a number of players suggest you should stop playing. What should be done?

  • The Laws of cricket do not prohibit a game being played in the rain as long as conditions are deemed safe.
  • Providing the playing area is deemed safe it is acceptable to allow play to continue, start or resume in light rain. However, you must be vigilant to ensure:

    – The fielders can retrieve the ball without slipping.
    – The bowler's run-ups and footholds are sufficiently dry.
    – The batsman can play and run between the wickets, including when turning for a second run, without falling over.

  • Both Captains should be satisfied and agree that it is now safe to play.

A couple of players on your team alert you to several flashes of lightning in the distance. What should be done?

  • Once lightning has been spotted players should move from the playing area to a safe location until the lightning has passed.
  • It is generally accepted that a game can restart 30 minutes after the final strike of lightning or thunder clap.

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