Irish Cricket Union
One Day Senior Interprovincials – 2004
1 Playing Conditions
Except as provided for below, the 2000 Code of the Laws of Cricket, together with subsequent
amendments, shall apply.
2 Duration of Matches
The matches shall consist of one innings per side, each innings being limited to 50 overs.
3 Hours of Play and Intervals
3.1 Scheduled Start and Cessation Times
First session …………………………………………….. 11 am to 2.20 pm
Interval ………………………………………………….. 2.20 to 3.05 pm
Second session ………………………………………….. 3.05 to 6.25 pm
Note For Saturday matches all times will be 1 hour later.
3.2 Sessions of Play and Interval between Innings
There will normally be two sessions of play of three hours and twenty minutes each, separated
by an interval of 45 minutes from 2 20 pm to 3 05 pm.
If the innings of the team batting first is completed 30 minutes or less prior to the scheduled
time for the interval, the interval shall take place immediately and the innings of the team
batting second shall begin correspondingly earlier. If the innings of the team batting first is
completed more than 30 minutes prior to the scheduled time for the interval, play shall
continue until the scheduled time.
Where the innings of the side batting first is delayed or interrupted, the umpires will reduce the
length of the interval. In the event of time being lost up to and including 60 minutes in
aggregate the length of the interval shall be reduced from 45 to 30 minutes In the event of
more than 60 minutes being lost in aggregate the duration of the interval shall be agreed
mutually by the umpires and captains subject to no interval being more than 35 minutes
duration or less than 10 minutes duration. In the event of disagreement the interval shall be 25
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3.3 Intervals for Drinks
One drinks interval per session shall be permitted. The provisions of Law 15.9 shall be strictly
observed, except that under conditions of extreme heat the umpires may permit extra intervals
An individual player may be given a drink either at the boundary edge or on the field at the fall
of a wicket, provided that no playing time is wasted. No other drinks will be taken onto the
field of play without the permission of the umpires.
4 Length of Innings
4.1 In Uninterrupted Matches (i.e. matches that are neither delayed nor interrupted)
(a) Each team shall bat for 50 overs unless all out earlier.
(b) If the team fielding first fails to bowl the required number of overs by the scheduled
time for the end of the first innings, play shall continue until the required number of
overs has been bowled.
Unless otherwise determined by the umpires the team batting second shall be limited to
the number of overs bowled by the scheduled time for the end of the first innings. The
over in progress at the scheduled time shall count as a completed over.
The umpires may increase the number of overs otherwise to be bowled by the team
bowling second if they agree that events beyond the control of the team bowling first
prevented them from bowling the required number of overs prior to the scheduled time
for the cessation of the innings of the team batting first.
Unless otherwise determined by the umpires as a result of wholly exceptional
circumstances, the interval shall be correspondingly reduced and the innings of the
team batting second shall begin at the scheduled time (normally 3.05 pm).
(c) If the team batting first is all out, and the last wicket falls at or after the scheduled time
for the start of the interval, the innings of the team batting second shall be limited to the
same number of overs bowled to the team batting first at the scheduled time for the
interval. The over in progress at the scheduled time shall count as a completed over.
(d) If the team batting first is dismissed in less than 50 overs, the team batting second shall
be entitled to bat for 50 overs, except as provided for in 4.1.(c) above.
(e) If the team fielding second fails to bowl 50 overs, by the scheduled time for the end of
the second innings, the hours of play shall, subject to conditions of ground, weather and
light, be extended until the required number of overs has been bowled or a result has
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4.2 In Delayed or Interrupted Matches
(a) The object shall always be to arrange the number of overs so that both teams have the
opportunity of batting for the same number of overs.
A minimum of 25 overs has to be bowled to the side batting second to constitute a
match, subject to it not being out earlier or unless the provisions of 4.1(b) apply.
The calculation of the number of overs to be bowled shall be based on an average of 15
overs per hour in the total time available for play. No rearrangement of overs will take
place until more than 60 minutes, in aggregate, of playing time are lost. (Hence the
cessation of play during a delayed or interrupted match can be extended up to 7 25
If due to ground, weather or light conditions, the umpires consider that a 25 over (or
greater) match can not be completed, then a 10 over shall be played. The latest start
time for a 10 over match shall be 5 55 pm. (Clauses 5.3 5.5, 5.6 in paragraph 5
Restrictions on the Placement of Fieldsmen shall not apply). No further reduction of
overs shall be made.
Note: In any calculation of overs for a match during the innings of the side batting first
(which includes the number of overs already bowled) an odd number is rounded down.
Example A recalculation which gives 49 overs remaining, plus the 20 overs which
have already been bowled, would give a total of 69 overs. The match would therefore
be reduced to a 34 over match.
(b) If the team fielding second fails to bowl the required number of overs by the scheduled
time, the hours of play shall, subject to conditions of ground, weather and light, be
extended until the overs have been bowled or a result has been achieved.
(c) The team batting second shall not bat for a greater number of overs than the first team
unless the latter has been all out in less than the agreed overs.
(d) Fractions are to be ignored in all calculations regarding the number of overs.
4.2.2 Delay or Interruption to the Innings of the Team Batting First.
(a) If the number of overs of the team batting first is reduced, a fixed time will be specified
for the completion of the first session, as calculated by applying the provisions of
(b) If the team fielding first fails to bowl the required number of overs by the rescheduled
time for the end of the first innings, play shall continue until the required number of
overs has been bowled and 4.1.(b) shall apply.
(c) If the team batting first is all out, the last wicket falls at or after the rescheduled time
for the end of the first innings, 4.1.(c) shall apply.
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4.2.3 Delay or Interruption to the Innings of the Team Batting Second
If it is not possible for a team batting second to have the opportunity of batting for the same
number of overs as the team batting first, the overs to be bowled shall be reduced at a rate of
15 overs per hour after the loss of 60 minutes, in aggregate, of playing time.
5 Restrictions on the Placement of Fielders (See Appendix 1)
5.1 Two semi-circles shall be drawn on the field of play. The semi-circles have as their
centre the middle stump at either end of the pitch. The radius of each of the semi-circles
is 30 yards. The ends of each semi-circle are joined to the other by a straight line on the
same side of the pitch. The field restriction should be marked by white ‘dots’ at 5 yard
intervals to be covered by a white plastic or rubber (but not metal) disc measuring 7
inches in diameter.
5.2 At the instant of delivery there shall not be more than five fieldsmen on the leg side.
5.3 For the first 15 overs only two fieldsmen are permitted to be outside the field restriction
marking at the instant of delivery.
5.4 For the remaining overs of each innings, a minimum of four fielders (plus the bowler
and wicket-keeper) must be within the fielding circle at the instant of delivery.
5.5 Two inner circles shall be drawn on the field of play. The circles have as their centres
the centre point of the popping creases at either end of the pitch. The radius of each of
the circles is 15 yards. The field restriction area shall be marked by ‘dots’. The segment
of the circles reserved for the slip positions shall not be demarcated. (The final mark of
the 15 yard radius shall be a line placed at an angle of 45 degrees, measured from the
centre of the popping crease). In the first 15 overs of each innings there shall be a
minimum of 2 stationary fieldsmen (excluding the wicket-keeper) within the 15 yard
restriction at the striker’s end at the instant of delivery. The two stationary fieldsmen
may be permitted to stand deeper than 15 yards (in the un-demarcated area) provided
only that they are standing in slip or leg slip positions.
5.6 In circumstances where the number of overs for the team batting first is reduced, the
number of overs in regard to the restrictions at 5.3 and 5.5 above apply shall be reduced
proportionally in a ratio of 15:50 in accordance with the table below.
Fractions are to be ignored in all calculations of the number of overs.
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Total overs in innings Overs for which fielding
Where the number of overs of the team batting second is reduced (including under the
provisions of 4.1.(b) and /or 4.2(c) above), the aim will be to maintain the restrictions
in 5.3 and 5.5 for the same proportion of the second innings as they were maintained in
the first innings.
5.7 In the event of an infringement of any of the above fielding restrictions, the striker’s
end umpire shall call and signal ‘No Ball’.
6 Number of Overs per Bowler
No bowler shall bowl more than ten overs in an innings.
In a delayed or interrupted match where the overs are reduced for both teams or for the team
batting second, no bowler may bowl more than one-fifth of the total overs allowed. This
restriction shall not apply to the team fielding second where the provisions of 4.1 (b) have
Where the total number of overs is not divisible by five, one additional over shall be allowed to
the maximum number per bowler necessary to make up the balance.
In the event of a bowler breaking-down and being unable to complete an over, the remaining
balls shall be bowled by another bowler, such part of an over shall count as a full over only in
so far as each bowler’s limit is concerned.
7 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 order to prevent negative bowling wide of the wicket.
Any offside or legside delivery which in the opinion of the umpires does not give the batsman
a reasonable opportunity to score shall be called a wide ball. As a guide, on the legside a ball
landing clearly outside the leg stump and going further away shall be called wide.
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8 Law 42.6(a) – the Bowling of Fast, Short-Pitched Balls
If a ball passes, or would have passed, above the shoulder height of the striker standing upright
at the crease, the umpire shall call and signal ‘No Ball’.
9 The Result
9.1 All Matches
(a) Where there is no interruption after play has commenced and when both sides
have had the opportunity, subject to the provisions of 4.1.(b) and/or (c) above,
of batting for the same agreed number of overs, the team scoring the higher
number of runs shall be the winner.
(b) In the event of scores being equal, the following shall apply: The team losing
the lesser number of wickets shall be the winner, if the result cannot be decided
in this way, the winner shall be the team with the higher score (irrespective of
wickets lost) after 15 overs, or if still equal after 14 overs , etc.
(c) If, due to suspension of play after the start of the match, the number of overs in
the innings of either team batting has to be reduced (minimum 25 overs), then a
revised target score (to win) should be set for the number of overs which the
team batting second will have the opportunity of facing. This revised target is to
be calculated using the current Duckworth/Lewis method. The target set will
always be a whole number and one less will constitute a Tie.
(d) All matches in which both teams have not had the opportunity of batting for a
minimum of 25 overs (subject to the provisions of Clauses 4.1(b), 4.2.1(a) and
4.2.2 (b) above) shall be declared ‘No result’.
9.2 10 Over matches
(a) Provided both sides have the opportunity of batting for the ten overs, the team
scoring the higher number of runs shall be the winner.
(b) In the event of a tie, the following shall apply: The team losing the fewer
number of wickets shall be the winner. If the result cannot be decided in this
way, the winner shall be the team with the higher score (irrespective of wicket
lost) after 9 overs, or if still equal after 8 overs , etc. If the scores are equal at
every over then the match is tied.
(c) If both sides do not have the opportunity of batting for the same agreed number
of overs then the match shall be deemed a ‘No Result’.
10 Scoring of Points
Win 4 points
Tie 3 points
No Result 2 Points
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