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					                              MCC UNIVERSITIES CHAMPIONSHIP 2011

1.   TITLE

     The title of the competition shall be the MCC Universities Championship.

2.   MANAGEMENT

     2.1. The control of the competition shall be undertaken by MCC and the University Centres, with input from
     the ECB, and all decisions relating to these rules or to matches played in the competition shall be final and
     binding on all concerned.

3.   ENTRY

     3.1. The competition shall be open to the following six University Centres :-
     Leeds/Bradford, Cambridge, Cardiff/Glamorgan, Durham, Loughborough and Oxford.

4.   COMPETITION STRUCTURE

     4.1 Each University Centre will play each other once. In the event of fixture disagreement, the home team
          shall offer at least two two-day dates for each of their home matches.
     Fixtures may only be changed after this time by mutual consent by the teams concerned. Details must be
     notified to MCC and the ECB Cricket Department.
     4.2. The top two teams will contest a One-day Challenge. ( No reserve day ). See Playing Condition 4.3
     attached.

5.   QUALIFICATION OF PLAYERS

     Definition
     Refers to matches played in the course of :-
     5.1      MCC Universities Championship matches and MCC Universities Challenge.
     5.2      These qualification criteria shall also apply to MCCU matches versus First Class Counties.
     5.3      For the fixtures listed in 5.1 and 5.2 above, the Regulations Governing the Qualification and
              Registration for Competitive County Cricket and their Qualification for England shall apply, except as
              in 5.3.1 below. In summary, MCCUs are eligible to field :-
     5.3.1 A maximum of one unqualified player with no age restriction may play in the games referred to in 5.1
              above. For the games referred to in 5.2 above, a maximum of two unqualified players with no age
              restriction may play.
     5.3.2 The ability to field any number of cricketers who meet the criteria to play ECB Competitive County
              Cricket.

6.   CRICKET BALLS

     6.1.The home team will supply Tiflex ”The Tiflex” cricket balls. The home team will be responsible for
     supplying enough spare balls of equal standard. A new ball must be used at the start of each innings.
     6.2. The Captain of the fielding side shall have the choice of taking a new ball after 85 overs have been
     bowled with the old one.

7.   HELMETS

     Any player under the age of 18 playing in this Competition must wear a helmet when batting and when
     standing up to the stumps when keeping wicket unless prior written consent has been given by a parent or
     guardian. The Umpires must be provided with a team sheet before the start of the match identifying any
     player who is not yet 18 on the date of the match and who has parental consent not to wear a helmet.

8.   UMPIRES

     8.1. MCC and the ECB Cricket Department will appoint one full or reserve list umpire to 2 day group matches
     and one other umpire, for which the home team shall incur the cost. Both Team Captains shall complete and
     sign an umpires report form and return to the ECB Cricket Department for each match played in the
     competition.
     8.2. The ECB Cricket Department will appoint two full list umpires for the One-Day Challenge.

9.   SCORER & SCORES
Each team must supply a scorer for each match they play in the competition.
The home team will be responsible for furnishing the MCC with match result information within 24 hours of the
completion of the match by email to glen.read@mcc.org.uk
                                  MCC UNIVERSITIES CHAMPIONSHIP 2011
                                                PLAYING CONDITIONS

The Laws of Cricket shall apply with the following exceptions:-

1.      HOURS OF PLAY

        1.1. All matches shall be of two days duration and play shall normally commence at 11.00a.m.
        on each day unless otherwise agreed by the two teams who can delay the start up to
        12.30p.m. In this case all subsequent timings will be amended as appropriate. (i.e. For an
        uninterrupted game starting at 11.30a.m., lunch will normally be at 1.30p.m., tea at 4.10p.m.
        and Close of Play at 6.30p.m.)

        1.2. Lunch will be taken from 1.00p.m. to 1.40p.m. This may be varied if, owing to the
        weather or state of the ground, an alteration has been agreed upon by the Captains or ordered by the
        Umpires.

        1.2. 1.3. A Tea interval of 20 minutes shall be taken from 3.40p.m. to 4.00p.m. In a match where                      Formatted: Bullets and Numbering
        play is delayed or suspended, the tea interval may be altered or waived altogether with the agreement of both
        Captains.

        1.4. The Scheduled Close of Play on each day shall be 6.00p.m. The playing time on each
        day shall be extended by the amount of time lost on that day up to a maximum of 1 hour.

        1.5. Law 17.6 and 17.7 will apply except that a minimum of 17 six ball overs shall be bowled in
        the last hour of the Match, on the second day only, and all calculations with regard to
        suspensions of play or the start of a new innings shall be based on one over for each full 3 ½
        minutes.

        1.6. On the final day, if both captains agree (the batsman at the wicket may act for their captain) accept that
        there is no prospect of either side achieving a victory or obtaining further bonus points, they may agree to finish
        the match after (a) the time for the commencement of the last hour has been reached OR (b) there are a
        minimum of 17 overs to be bowled, whichever is the later.


2.      DURATION OF INNINGS

        2.1.1 In an uninterrupted match:- There will be a minimum of 102 overs in a day. The
        required over rate shall be 17 an hour (one over per 3 minutes 30 seconds approximately).
        Play will continue, subject to conditions of light, ground and weather, beyond the scheduled
        Close of Play until the allocated number of overs have been bowled for that day. There will be
        no reduction in overs for a change of innings.
        The side batting first will not be allowed to bat for more than 112 overs in an uninterrupted match in
        its first innings.

        2.1.2.   For innings of more than 3 hours duration, over rate penalties will apply (subject to 2.6.);

        The minimum over-rate to be achieved by teams will be 17 overs per hour. When calculating the over-rate,
        two minutes will be allowed for each wicket taken though no allowance will be made for drinks intervals. Any
        suspension of play for an injury to a player or for any other reason beyond the control of the players shall be
        a deductible allowance. The Umpire at the bowler's end will inform the fielding Captain, the batsman and his
        fellow Umpire of any time allowances as and when they arise and the scorers at the earliest opportunity.
        (This matter will not be subject to retrospective negotiation).
        Overs will be calculated at the end of the match and penalties applied on a match-by-match basis. The
        relevant calculation to establish the match target is:
        (Total minutes in the field -2 minutes per wicket - Umpires' allowances)/3.53 (fractions to be ignored)
        For example, a side that has been in the field for 421 minutes throughout the course of the match and that
        has taken 18 wickets and been allowed 10 minutes by the Umpires, has a match target of 421-36-10/3.53 =
        106.23 overs. Ignoring fractions, the match target is 106 overs.
        For each over (fractions to be ignored) that a side has bowled short of the target number, 0.50 points will be
        deducted from their Championship total as follows:
        1 over short of the match target ..................0.50 points deduction
        2 overs short of the match target ................1.00 points deduction
        3 overs short of the match target ................1.50 points deduction etc.
Only matches in which a team has bowled for 3 hours or more (net of time allowed for wickets taken and
Umpires' allowances) in the match will be subject to over-rate penalties.
The scoreboard, if and where possible, shall show the number of overs above or below the target overs for
the bowling side. This number is calculated by subtracting the number of overs that should have been
bowled (calculated as above and ignoring fractions) from the number of overs that have actually been
bowled (ignoring fractions in the total number of overs bowled in the match). It is hoped that this will be
updated at the very minimum at the start of every session.

This calculation will be carried out by the home scorer and confirmed by the away scorer. The umpires will
liaise closely with the scorers to ensure they are fully aware of allowances awarded to the fielding team.

2.1.3.  In matches where the start is delayed or play is suspended or interrupted :- If less than a total of an
        hour’s play is lost on either day the minimum requirement of 102 overs in a day shall remain. Once
        a total of an hour’s play has been lost, for each further full 3 minutes 30 seconds lost, one over will
        be deducted from the day’s minimum allocation of overs (see 1.4).
The side batting first will not be allowed to bat for more than 55% of the total overs available in the
match in its first innings, even if the interruption is mid-way through its innings (except for when it
has already exceeded 55%).

2.1.4. The follow-on figure for this 2-day cricket will be 100 runs.


2.2. The Result

2.2.1.   A match can be won ‘on first innings’ or ‘outright’ on second innings. The points system below places
         the main emphasis on winning on first innings but provides additional reward for an outright win.


2.3. Points Scoring System
                                      st
Outright Win (after being ahead on 1 innings)      17 points (plus bonus points)
                                  st
Outright Win (after tieing on 1 innings)           14 points (plus bonus points)
                                        st
Outright Win (after being behind on 1 innings)     12 points (plus bonus points)
                                     st
Outright Tie (after being ahead on 1 innings)      12 points (plus bonus points)
                               st
Outright Tie (after tieing on 1 innings)           7.5 points (plus bonus points)
                                      st
Outright Tie (after being behind on 1 innings)     3 points (plus bonus points)
                                         st
Outright Loss (after being ahead on 1 innings)     5 points (plus bonus points)
                                  st
Outright Loss (after tieing on 1 innings)          3 points (plus bonus points)
                                          st
Outright Loss (after being behind on 1 innings)    0 points (plus bonus points)

When the scores are level at the end of a two innings match, the side batting in the fourth innings score
‘outright tie’ points.
         st
Win on 1 innings                                            10 points (plus bonus points)
        st
Tie on 1 innings                                            5 points (plus bonus points)
                   st
Draw/No Result on 1 innings                                 5 points (plus bonus points)
           st
Loss on 1 innings                                           0 points (plus bonus points)

When the scores are level at the end of a one innings match, the side batting second score 5 points plus
bonus points and the side batting first score 3 points plus bonus points.

Abandoned (where there is no play)                          5 points
                         st
2.4. Bonus Points for 1 Innings

1 batting bonus point (up to a maximum of 4) is awarded for scoring 150, 200, 250 and 300 runs during the
first 102 overs (or 50% of the available overs in a restricted match).

1 bowling bonus point (up to a maximum of 4) is awarded for taking 3, 5, 7 and 9 (or all available if less than 9)
wickets. These bonus points are available throughout the innings.
                              nd
     2.5. Bonus Points for 2       Innings in a Two Innings Match

     Bonus points are available as follows :-

     2.5.1   2 batting bonus points are awarded for scoring 150 runs.

     2.5.2   2 bowling bonus points are awarded for taking 5 wickets. (or all available if less than 5)


     2.6. Negative Points

     A team cannot return a negative value in points in a match. In any such cases, the return will be 0 points.

     2.7. Number of Overs per Bowler

     2.7.1   For all players under the age of 19, the ECB Fast Bowling Directives will apply to all matches in this
             competition. Any fast bowler, defined as a bowler to whom a wicket keeper in normal circumstances
             would stand back to take the ball, cannot bowl more than 7 overs in any one spell and must not bowl
             more than 21 overs during a day’s play. Having completed a spell the bowler cannot bowl again, from
             either end, until an equivalent number of overs to the length of his spell have been bowled from the
             same end. Interruptions in play, whether scheduled or unscheduled, shall reduce this requirement by
             one over at each end for every 7 minutes of interruption.

     Team Managers and/or Captains are responsible for providing the Umpires with a Team Sheet
     showing the ages of all players (U19 etc.) before the toss for innings takes place. Umpires are requested to
     ensure that this Playing Condition is strictly adhered to in all circumstances.

     2.7.2. Maximum Number of Overs to be Bowled in a Day – ‘Fast’ Bowlers.
     Further to 2.7.1 above, for players of ages above the ECB Fast Bowling Directives
     (19 +), Captain’s and Coaches need to bear in mind risk of injury for bowlers bowling long
     spells without proportionate rest intervals.

3.
     3.1    NO-BALL – Penalty
     Law 24.12 will apply, except the penalty shall be two runs, in addition to any other runs scored, any
     boundary allowance and any other penalties awarded.

     3.2     WIDE BALL – Penalty
     Law 25.5 will apply i.e. one run shall be awarded in addition to any other runs scored, any boundary
     allowance and any other penalties awarded.

4.   GROUP PLACINGS

     Points shall be awarded in accordance with 2.1.2. / 2.3. / 2.4. / 2.5. / 2.6. above and 5.4 / 5.5 / 6.2 / 6.3 below.
     The following shall determine the MCC Universities Champion:-

     The side gaining the most number of points shall be declared the winner.

     4.1.    If two or more teams have the same number of points, their positions in the Group table shall be
             based on the result of the matches between them, the one gaining most points in these matches
             being placed higher.
             If the points are equal then the team with the highest net run-rate shall be placed higher.

     A team’s net run-rate is its own overall run-rate in all Group matches which it has played, (i.e. total runs scored
     divided by overs received) minus the combined cumulative run-rate of its opponents in those same matches
     (calculated on the same basis).

     4.2     In the event of the sides still being equal, then a toss of a coin shall determine the positions.
     4.3     The top two teams as decided by 4, 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 above will contest the One-Day Challenge (No
             reserve day and under normal 50 over Regulations – i.e. Second XI Trophy).
5.   DELAYED OR INTERUPTED MATCHES

     When 20 overs or fewer have been bowled on the First Day of a Group match, the following conditions
     will apply in respect of the second day

     5.1. Hours of Play
     Start 11.00a.m.                     Lunch 1.20p.m.
     Resume 2.00p.m.                     Tea 4.30p.m.
     Resume 4.50p.m.                     Close of Play 7.10p.m.

     5.2. Overs
     120 overs minimum requirement for the day. Play will finish at 7.10p.m. or when the overs for the day have
     been bowled, whichever is the latter. The required over-rate is 17 overs an hour with one over deducted for
     each full 3 minutes 30 seconds playing time lost. No overs shall be deducted for the 10 minutes between
     innings as this is built into the Hours of Play (above).
     The side batting first will not be allowed to bat for more than 55% of the total overs available in the match in
     its first innings.

     5.3. Bowlers
     The ECB Fast Bowling Directives will apply as in 2.7 above.

     5.4. Result
     The result and points shall be the same as outlined in 2.3 above.

     5.5. Bonus Points
     1 for reaching 100, 150, 200, 250 runs (available for 50% of the available overs).
     1 for taking 3, 5, 7, 9 wickets (available throughout the innings)

     5.6. Wide-ball and No-ball
     As outlined in 3.1 and 3.2 above.

     5.7 The toss
     There can only ever be one toss for a match. The decision made by the captain winning the toss must
     stand, even if the game does not start until the following day.

6    MATCHES THAT COMMENCE WHEN FEWER THAN 80 OVERS ARE AVAILABLE

     6.1. Type of match
     When the match does not commence until there are 80 overs or less remaining, the match will become a
     limited over contest with the aim for the two sides to bat for the same number of overs. There can be no
     second innings in these matches. No additional fielding restrictions will apply but the bowlers are limited to
     one-fifth of the overs, rounded-up as necessary. The side batting second must face at least 20 overs to
     constitute a match. If the two innings are of unequal length, the side with the highest average run-rate per
     over (calculated across the whole of each innings) will be deemed to win the match. The regulation outlined
     in 5.7 above continues to apply.

     6.2 Bonus points
     Bonus points will still be available as outlined in 5.5 above.

     6.3. Result
     8 points will be awarded to the winning team. In the event of a tie or a ‘no result’, both teams will score 3
     points plus bonus points.

     6.4. Law 25.1 - Wide Ball - Judging a Wide
     Umpires are instructed to apply a very strict and consistent interpretation in regard to this Law in matches that
     become limited over matches as a result of a delayed start in order to prevent negative bowling wide of the
     wicket.

     The following criteria shall be adopted as a guide to Umpires:

     If the ball passes either side of the wicket sufficiently wide to make it virtually impossible for the striker to play a
     'normal cricket stroke' both from where he is standing and from where he would normally be standing at the
     crease, the Umpire shall call and signal 'Wide.'

     NOTE: the above provision does not apply if the striker makes contact with the ball.
     6.5. Law 24 – No Ball
     In addition to the normal provisions of Law 24 the following will apply in matches that become limited over
     matches as a result of a delayed start:

     If the ball passes or would have passed above the shoulder height of the batsman standing upright at the
     crease the Umpire at the bowler’s end shall call and signal ‘No Ball’.

7.   NO-BALL – Penalty
     Law 24.12 will apply, except the penalty shall be two runs, in addition to any other runs scored, any
     boundary allowance and any other penalties awarded.

8.   WIDE BALL – Penalty
     Law 25.5 will apply i.e. one run shall be awarded in addition to any other runs scored, any boundary
     allowance and any other penalties awarded.


9.   GENERAL PROVISIONS

     9.1. Fielding Restrictions
     In this Competition:
     9.1.1. Players aged Under 18 must wear a helmet and abdominal protector (box) when fielding within 6
     yards (5.5 metres) of the bat, except behind the wicket on the off side. Players shall wear appropriate
     protective equipment whenever they are fielding in a position where they feel at risk.

     9.2. Law 24.1- Mode of Delivery
     9.2.1   Law 24.1- Mode of Delivery, will apply in this Competition, except that no bowler may deliver the ball
     underarm.

     9.2.2       A bowler shall be limited to one fast, short-pitched ball per over per batsman (the Umpire at the
     Bowler’s end shall make it clear to both the bowler and the batsman when the ‘one for the over’ has been
     bowled). A fast, short-pitched ball is defined as a ball which passes or would have passed above the shoulder
     of the batsman standing upright at the crease. If this limit is exceeded, the Umpire at the bowler’s end shall
     call and signal ‘No Ball’ on each occasion.

     9.2.3   This provision will not apply in matches that become limited over matches under Playing Condition 6.1
             above, when 6.5 will apply.

     9.3. Law 42 Note C – Danger Area
     9.3.1. Law 42 Note C shall apply except that the reference to 4ft shall be replaced by 5ft.


     9.4. Law 2.8 Fieldsman Leaving the Field
     In place of Law 2.8 the following will apply:

     9.4.1   No fieldsman shall leave the field or return during a session of play without the consent of the
             Umpire at the bowler’s end. The Umpire’s consent is also necessary if a Substitute is required for a
             fieldsman at the start of play or when his side returns to the field after an interval. If a member of
             the fielding side does not take the field at the start of play, leaves the field or fails to return after an
             interval and is absent from the field for longer than 15 minutes:

     9.4.2   The player shall not be permitted to bowl in that innings after his return until he has been on the
             field for at least that length of playing time for which he was absent.

     9.4.3   The player shall not be permitted to bat unless or until, in the aggregate, he has returned to the field
             and/or his side’s innings has been in progress for at least that length of playing time for which he
             has been absent or, if earlier, when his side has lost five wickets.
         9.4.4 The restriction in 9.4.1 and 9.4.2 above shall not apply if the player has suffered an external blow
         (as opposed to an internal injury such as a pulled muscle) whilst participating earlier in the match and
         consequently been forced to leave the field. ‘External blow’ shall be interpreted broadly to include, but not
         be restricted to, such things as collisions with boundary boards, clashes of heads, heavy falls, etc. Nor shall
         it apply if the player has been absent for very exceptional and wholly acceptable reasons (other than illness
         or injury) and consent for a Substitute has been granted by the opposing Captain.

         Note: In the event of a fieldsman already being off the field at the commencement of an interruption in play
         through ground, weather or light conditions, he shall be allowed to count any such stoppage time as playing
         time, provided that he personally informs the Umpires that he is sufficiently fit to have been able to take the
         field had play been in progress.

   9.5 Use of the same Pitch ( incorporating ‘linked’ BUCS matches )
      Where MCC Universities Championship matches are arranged with a BUCS Premier A match in a 3 day
      block, it has been agreed that the home team are entitled to use the same pitch.
      In these instances, the BUCS match must and will always take place first on day one, with the 2-day match
      being played on days 2 and 3.


   9.6      Covering of the Pitch
         It is recommended that, whenever possible, the following provisions are applied:
         9.6.1 The whole pitch, plus ten yards behind the stumps at each end, shall be covered as follows:
         9.6.2 The night before the match and, if necessary, until the first ball is bowled, and whenever necessary at
                 any time prior to that during the preparation of the pitch.
         9.6.3 At any time when play is suspended due to rain or conditions of light during the hours of play, and on
                 the night of the first day.
         9.6.4 The covers to be 12 feet wide.

   9.7 Law 6 (The Bat) & Appendix E

         All Grades of bats may be used. Ungraded bats may also be used provided that the bat appears to
         conform to Law 6.



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