The East League Rules


All references within these Rules to the male gender are purely for brevity. Women and girls are as welcome as men and boys as players, umpires, scorers and administrators in the East League.


Administration of League

1.1 The League shall be administered by the General Committee of the East of Scotland Cricket Association, in accordance with the League Rules and within the terms of the Constitution.


Composition of League

2.1 The League shall be divided into Divisions. The General Committee shall determine annually the number of Divisions and the number of teams within each Division.


2.2 No club may be represented by more than one team in any one Division.


Promotion and Relegation

3.1 At the end of each season, subject to the provisions of Rule 2.2,
promotion and relegation will take place as follows.


(a) should two clubs be relegated from the Scottish National Cricket League to the East League and no club be promoted from the East League to the SNCL, then the top club in Divisions other than Division 1 of the East League shall be promoted to the Division above and in all Divisions, other than the bottom division, the lowest three clubs shall be relegated to the Division below ;


(b) should two clubs be relegated from the Scottish National Cricket League to the East League and one club be promoted from the East League to the SNCL, then the top club in Divisions other than Division 1 of the East League shall be promoted to the Division above and in all Divisions, other than the bottom division, the lowest two clubs shall be relegated to the Division below ;


(c) should one club be relegated from the Scottish National Cricket League to the East League and no club be promoted from the East League to the SNCL, then the top club in Divisions other than Division 1 of the East League shall be promoted to the Division above and in all Divisions, other than the bottom division, the lowest two clubs shall be relegated to the Division below ;


(d) should one club be relegated from the Scottish National Cricket League to the East League and one club be promoted from the East League to the SNCL, then the top two clubs in Divisions other than Division 1 of the East League shall be promoted to the Division above and in all Divisions, other than the bottom division, the lowest two clubs shall be relegated to the Division below ;


(e) should no club be relegated from the Scottish National Cricket League to the East League and no club be promoted from the East League to the SNCL, then the top two clubs in Divisions other than Division 1 of the East League shall be promoted to the Division above and in all Divisions, other than the bottom division, the lowest two clubs shall be relegated to the Division below ;


(f) should no club be relegated from the Scottish National Cricket League to the East League and one club be promoted from the East League to the SNCL, then the top two clubs in Divisions other than Division 1 of the East League shall be promoted to the Division above and in all Divisions, other than the bottom division, the lowest club shall be relegated to the Division below.


3.2
(a) Any team failing to fulfil three of its fixtures during the course of a season will be deemed to have failed to meet its obligations to the League and shall be automatically relegated to the next lowest division.


(b) Any team failing to fulfil more than three of its fixtures during the course of a season shall be automatically relegated to the division below the next lowest division.


(c) Any team failing to fulfil six or more of its fixtures during the course of a season will be deemed to have withdrawn from the League competition, shall have all results expunged from completed and defaulted games, and shall require to re-apply for admission to the league in accordance with 3.3 below.


(d) A fixture will only be deemed to have been fulfilled where a side consists of seven or more players.


3.3 The team which shall be bottom of the lowest Division of the East League and any other team in the lowest Division of the East League failing to fulfil three or more fixtures during the course of the season shall require to apply for readmission to the East League at the next Annual General Meeting of the Association along with any other team seeking admission to the East League. Where appropriate, those teams seeking admission or readmission to the East League shall participate in a ballot for the vacant place or places and such vacant place or places shall be allocated to the team or teams securing the highest number of votes in the ballot. Prior to the ballot, the General Committee shall indicate how many places in the League competition are available.


3.4 For each team that has failed to fulfil three or more fixtures in the season, a club must pay a £100 deposit to allow that team to compete in the League in the following season. The deposit must be paid prior to the first scheduled fixture of the following season, or that team will be removed from the League. The deposit will be returned at the end of the following season, provided that the team has fulfilled its fixtures and did not default on more than two occasions.


Fixtures

4.1 The Competitions Sub-Committee shall arrange fixtures for each Division and shall notify clubs of such fixtures as soon as practicable each year. No alteration to these fixtures shall be made other than with the prior agreement of both clubs concerned and notification in writing to, and consent given by, the Competitions Sub-Committee. Fixtures in each Division, other than the lowest, will be arranged on the basis of each team playing one another twice during the season, one at home and the other away. In the lowest Division the fixtures shall be arranged so that each team shall have at least one fixture arranged with each other team. A fixture which is not played, or which is deemed to be uncompleted in terms of Rule 12.2 may be rearranged if both clubs concerned are in agreement and must be completed on the day of commencement of the rearranged fixture. No such rearrangements will be permitted if the date suggested by the clubs is after the first weekend in September. No fixture in Division 1 shall be rearranged for a date later than the last weekend in August if the result of such a fixture shall have the potential to alter the winners of the League, or the entrant for the SNCL qualification playoffs.


4.2 As the League fixtures are published in the fixtures booklet, no alteration to the fixtures so arranged shall occur other than with the prior consent of the Competitions Sub-Committee. The Competitions sub-committee shall refuse such consent if they are notified of the alteration on or after the originally scheduled date of the fixture. Any club which wishes to change the date of a notified fixture should aim to seek the necessary consent in time for the change to be reflected in the fixtures
booklet.


Trophies and Prizes

5.1 The General Committee may award trophies or other prizes for team or individual performance in any Division of the East League. No trophy or prize for individual performance may be awarded to a paid or overseas player.


Playing Conditions

6.1 All matches shall be played in accordance with the current MCC Laws of Cricket.


6.2 Clubs participating in the East League shall take steps to maintain or improve the standard of their grounds in keeping with the League’s status as a feeder league to the Scottish National Cricket League.


6.3 Clubs playing in the First Division of the East League must recognise their responsibilities for producing a satisfactory playing surface as well as ensuring that their grounds and facilities are up to an appropriate standard as shall be determined by the Competitions Sub-Committee in its sole discretion.


6.4 The home club in any fixture shall be responsible for the provision of a pitch (and notification of the venue to opponents not less than 48 hours before the fixture), regulation stumps and bails and for the proper marking of the pitch and boundary. Each team shall otherwise provide its own equipment, including a ball of a type approved by the General Committee. Each team shall bowl with its own ball. [See also Rule 18.9]


6.5 The General Committee shall prescribe from time to time the type or types of ball which may be used for East League matches and may prescribe different balls for use in different Divisions.


Youth Policy

7.1 It is a further requirement of membership of the East League that all clubs should be committed to providing opportunities for young players to play the game of cricket.


7.2 Those clubs playing in Division 1 of the East League will, in particular, recognise their responsibilities for introducing and implementing a junior coaching programme and should aim to operate at least two teams in recognised youth competitions.


Players

8.1 All players must be Bona Fide members of the clubs for which they play.


8.2 No player may play East League cricket for more than one club in the League in any one cricket season without first obtaining the permission to do so from the Competitions Sub-Committee. Such permission will only be given where the player’s previous club has provided a written statement confirming that it has no objection to the change of club.


8.3 No club may play more than one Overseas Player in any East League match. An Overseas Player is any player not qualifying as a domestic player as per 8.4 below.
No player registered with the Scottish National Cricket League as a paid player or equivalent may play in any East League match. In the event that the rules of the SNCL change with regard to paid players, the Competitions sub-committee shall issue clarification and an official interpretation of this rule prior to the season.


8.4 A player shall be defined as a domestic player provided he meets at least one of the following criteria.

He has been in the European Union for at least a total of at least 169 out of the 183 days immediately prior to the first Saturday of the League season.

He has been in the European Union for a total of at least 323 days in each of the three calendar years prior to the current season (i.e. for the 2006 season, the player must have been in the EU for all but 6 weeks of 2003, 2004, and 2005)


He has received special permission from the Competitions sub-committee. Such permission shall only be granted where the player has a demonstrable, long-term connection to Scotland, but for cricketing or other reasons meets neither of the criteria above.

For the avoidance of doubt, it is the responsibility of clubs to ensure that their players comply with the above requirements. Requests for special permission should be made in sufficient time to allow the committee to make enquiries regarding the circumstances. No player may play while a request for special permission is pending.


8.5 No special permission shall be granted by the sub-Committee under 8.4 above in regard of any player who in the last 3 years has been registered as either an overseas amateur, paid player, or overseas player in the East League or SNCL.


8.6 No Overseas Player who has played 1st Class or List “A” cricket as defined by the Association of Cricket Statisticians, may play in any match below Division 2 of the East League.


8.7 If an Overseas player is to be paid for playing cricket, or employed by the cricket club in any capacity, the club must ensure that work permits and other immigration documentation are in order. The Competitions sub-committee shall have the right to refuse any registration until sight of such documents, or written confirmation that they are not required has been received.


8.8 No club which has more than one team in the East League or any other League shall be entitled to play any player in different teams engaged in a League fixture in the same weekend, unless specific permission has been granted in advance by the Competitions sub-committee.


8.9 No player who has been selected for a representative squad or team at district level or above, at any age group, shall play in any match in any ESCA competition on the day of the scheduled representative match without the written permission of the manager of the relevant representative side.


8.10 If a club chooses not to register an overseas player, it may employ one Domestic player as a paid player or coach. Apart from this, no player, other than an overseas player as defined above may be paid or receive any monetary or other inducement to play cricket, or to facilitate playing cricket in matches under the jurisdiction of ESCA. Expenses as permitted under Rule 10 shall not be deemed to breach this stipulation.


Player Registration

9.1 In order that the Competitions Sub-Committee may administer the rules relating to player eligibility, all players must be registered before playing in any East League match. The Competitions Sub-Committee will provide clubs with facility to register domestic players, overseas players, and paid players. Registration of all players should ordinarily be made at least 7 days prior to the first match of the East League season. Exceptionally, clubs may register players during the course of the season by completing a supplementary registration form which must be submitted to the Division Representative by 6pm on the Wednesday following the first match in which such players have played. No supplementary registrations will be accepted for players who have played in the first scheduled League match of the season.
Players aged under 16 at the start of the season do not require to be registered, and the competitions sub-committee shall have discretion to waive other restrictions on these players as the committee sees fit.


Expenses

10.1 A club shall be entitled to pay expenses to any player to defray the cost to that player of travelling to any League match or to a rendezvous point prior to travelling to any League match without that player being deemed to be a paid player, provided the expenses so paid do not exceed a rate per mile of necessary travel at such rate as may be fixed by the General Committee and intimated to clubs from time to time, or the equivalent rail or bus fare. Any club which pays expenses to any player as aforesaid shall maintain a record of all expenses so paid and shall allow access to any person appointed by the General Committee to such record and to any other books of account maintained by the club.


Start and Finish Times

11.1 All East League matches shall commence at 1.30 p.m., except for matches in Divisions 1-4 which shall commence at 1.00 p.m., and shall be completed on the day of commencement. If play is not in progress, due to inclement weather, at 8.30 p.m. there shall be no further play in the match. If play is suspended due to inclement weather after 8.30 p.m. there shall be no further play.


11.2 Exceptionally, matches may start at some other time provided the start time is agreed by both sides prior to the date of the fixture.


11.3
(a) The Home team shall ensure that a representative is present, on the ground where the match is to take place, at least 30 minutes before the defined start time.


(b) If a team does not have 7 players ready to start by 15 minutes after the defined start time, then that team shall automatically lose
the toss.


(c) If a team does not have 7 players ready to start by 30 minutes after the defined start time, there shall be a deduction of 5 points from that team’s total points for the season.


(d) If a team does not have 7 players ready to start by one hour after the defined start time, a win shall be awarded to the other team.


(e) The provisions of (c) and (d) above may be waived by the Competitions sub-committee if it is satisfied that the offending team made every effort to arrive on time, but was prevented from doing so by circumstances beyond its control.


Duration of Matches

12.1 Except as detailed in 12.3 below each team competing in a match shall be entitled to bat for 50 overs (Divisions 1-4), 45 overs (Divisions 5-7) or 40 overs (other Divisions).


12.2 No points shall be awarded in matches which are not completed, and in which the provisions of Rule 14.1(c) do not apply.


12.3 Where the start of the match is delayed due to weather or other exceptional circumstances, the captains may agree to reduce the number of overs to be played, subject to a minimum length of 30 overs per innings. If such reduction is agreed, the lower limits for bowlers in Appendix B shall apply as appropriate.


Captains should only agree to a reduction where the length of delay, and prevailing weather conditions mean that it is unlikely that a game of the originally scheduled length can be completed.


Bowling Restrictions

13.1 No bowler may bowl more overs than indicated in Appendix B for the length of innings. The penalty for infringing this rule is the deduction of 5 points from the team’s total for the season for each infringement. Wherever possible, umpires and/or scorers should alert captains when it appears likely that this rule may be infringed.


13.2 Captains should be aware of their responsibilities to all their players, and particularly to the directives for young fast bowlers in Appendix A.


13.3 Any delivery, of any pace, which passes or would have passed on the full above waist height of the striker standing upright at the crease shall be called and signalled no-ball.


13.4 For the avoidance of doubt, any and all deliveries which, after pitching, pass or would have passed above head height of the striker standing upright at the crease, shall be called and signalled no-ball, as mandated in Law 42.6(a)(ii)


Points

14.1 Points known as ‘result points’ and ‘bonus points’ shall be awarded as follows:


(a) Result Points
Each team in a tie 5 points
Win 20 points


Except in the circumstances governed by 14.1 (c), the team scoring the greater number of runs in a match shall be the winners. If the number of runs scored by the teams is equal, or the run-rate under the provisions of 14.1(c) is equal, the result shall be a tie. No account shall be taken of wickets lost.


(b) Bonus Points


No bonus points shall be awarded to the team which wins the match.


Batting bonus points shall be awarded as follows:


Innings scheduled for 46 overs or more: One batting point shall be awarded at each of the following totals – 75, 100, 125, 150, 175, 200.


Innings scheduled for 41-45 overs: One batting point shall be awarded at each of the following totals – 70, 90, 110, 130, 150, 170.


Innings scheduled for 40 overs or fewer: One batting point shall be awarded at each of the following totals – 50, 70, 90, 110, 130, 150.


One bowling point will be awarded to the fielding team at the fall of the first, third, fifth, seventh, ninth and tenth wickets. If a side is ‘all out’, 6 bowling points shall be awarded to the fielding team, regardless of how many wickets fell.


(c) In the situation where a match is abandoned after three-fifths of the scheduled second innings has been completed the match will be decided on run rate, with the team with the greater run rate winning the match and receiving 20 points. The losing team shall receive bonus points under the provisions of 14.1(b).


The run rate shall be calculated on the basis of total runs scored divided by the total number of overs faced with a partially completed over, for the purposes of this Rule, being considered as a completed over. If a side is dismissed before the end of their innings, the run rate shall be calculated on the basis of the number of overs the side was entitled to receive.


For the purposes of calculating three-fifths of the scheduled second innings, the scheduled duration of the innings is the full length of 50, 45, or 40 overs as appropriate to the division, not the reduced length which may be agreed under Rule 12.3


Forfeiture of Points

15.1 A 50 over innings should be bowled within 3 hours and 15 minutes, a 45 over innings within 2 hours and 50 minutes, and a 40 over innings within 2 hours and 30 minutes. These times include allowances for the fall of wickets, and drinks intervals, but not for delays due to injury or other exceptional circumstances. In matches controlled by umpires appointed by the East of Scotland Umpires Association, the umpires shall deduct 1 point from the bowling team’s total for the season for each complete over that is unbowled after the expiry of the time listed above.


15.2 The Competitions Sub-Committee shall have the power to deduct points as deemed appropriate for non-compliance with the Rules of the League.


15.3 Where a club is without a fixture, or has a fixture cancelled, for a higher team the use of players from that higher team in a lower team is against the spirit of the game of cricket and may be considered conduct detrimental to the game of cricket and be subject to forfeiture of points according to the provision of Section 13(g) of the Constitution of the Association.


15.4 Where a team fails to fulfil a fixture on the original date specified by the Competitions Sub-Committee or on a substitute date agreed with the Competitions Sub-Committee and their opponents, the team responsible shall be deemed to have forfeited the match and their opponents shall be awarded points as if they had won the match. Where a club cannot fulfil all its fixtures for a given day, the first fixture to be cancelled must be that of its lowest team.


15.5 Where member clubs wish to appeal against the penalties arising from sections 15.1, 15.3 or 15.4 above, they must do so within two weeks of the date of the match.


Where member clubs wish to appeal against a decision made by the Competitions Sub-Committee, then any such appeal must be received within two weeks of notification of the Committee’s decision. Notification of appeal must include the grounds of appeal, and a £50 deposit, which will be returned to the appellant club if the appeal is successful.


Match Return Forms

16.1 The home team in any East League match is responsible for ensuring that the match return form is completed in full, accurately and legibly, and returned to the Divisional representative by 6pm on the following Wednesday at the latest so that League tables can be complied timeously. When a match is cancelled or abandoned, notice must also be given to the Divisional representative by 6pm on the following Wednesday. In the event of a failure to comply, the Competitions Sub-Committee will deduct 5 points for each and every offence from the total points earned during a season.


League Placings

17.1 League placings will be determined by expressing the points awarded as a percentage of the results points for a win in all completed matches. In the event that two or more teams shall have an equal percentage at the end of the season, the team having the greatest ratio of matches won to matches played shall be placed above the other teams.


In the event that this does not separate the teams, the points gained in the matches between the sides will determine the final placings; failing which the clubs shall draw lots.


Umpiring and Scoring

18.1 Wherever possible, umpires to East League games shall be appointed by the East of Scotland Umpires’ association.


18.2 Where no umpires are appointed under Rule 18.1, each club taking part in a game shall have the right to appoint one umpire. Such umpire shall not be one of the 11 players participating in the game. A team captain should inform his counterpart that his club has appointed an umpire at the earliest opportunity.


18.3 Where only one club chooses to appoint an umpire under Rule 18.2, that umpire shall normally stand at one end of the pitch throughout the match (i.e. at square leg and bowler’s end for alternate overs). With the agreement of both captains, a single appointed umpire may stand at the bowler’s end for every over in a game.


18.4 Where fewer than 2 umpires are appointed under Rules 18.1 and 18.2, the match shall be umpired by players or other convenient people operating in shifts.


18.5 No club shall have a right of objection to any umpire, no matter how they are appointed. All umpires, no matter how they are appointed, are expected to uphold the Laws and Spirit of the game, and make all decisions that are required with strict impartiality.


18.6 Wherever possible, each club shall appoint a scorer for each game, who shall not be one of the 11 players participating in the game. If a scorer is not appointed, the club must provide a standard “box-style” scorebook or score sheet.


18.7 If fewer than 2 scorers are appointed under Rule 18.6, the score shall be kept by members of the batting side not currently involved in the game. There must be 2 scorers recording the action at all times.


18.8 Where umpires are appointed under Rules 18.1 or 18.2, they shall agree the scores at the conclusion of each innings as mandated in Law 3.15 and 4.2. Where no umpires are appointed, the captains shall agree the scores at the conclusion of each innings. Each captain shall have the right to examine each scorebook, and the captains shall jointly resolve any discrepancies within or between the two scorebooks.


18.9 A scoreboard, legible from the pitch, must be provided by the home team. The scoreboard shall show, as a minimum, runs scored, wickets fallen, and the number of overs bowled. The scoreboard shall be updated at least at the end of every over.


18.10 All clubs are encourage to support their members in attending training courses and sessions, in order to promote the highest possible standards of umpiring and scoring throughout the Association.


League Rules

19.1 Each East League club shall have a copy of these Rules available at
its ground at each League match.


19.2 These rules shall be capable of amendment, but only as provided for
in the Constitution of the Association.


Appendix 1 - Young fast bowlers

ECB Fast Bowling Match Directives


        Age                         Max. overs per spell                Max. overs per day
        Up to 13                     4 overs per spell                      8 overs per day
        U14, U15                    5 overs per spell                    10 overs per day
        U16, U17                    6 overs per spell                    18 overs per day
        U19                            7 overs per spell                    21 overs per day


For the purpose of these Directives a fast bowler should be defined as a bowler to whom a wicket keeper in the same age group would in normal circumstances stand back to take the ball. Age groups are taken from 1st September the previous year.


Having completed a spell the bowler cannot bowl again, from either end, until the equivalent of overs to the length of his spell have been bowled from the same end. A bowler can change ends without ending his current spell provided that he bowls the next over that he legally can from the other end. If this does not happen, his spell is deemed to be concluded.


If play is interrupted for any reason, for less than 40 minutes any spell in progress at the time of the interruption can be continued after the interruption up to the maximum number of overs per spell for the appropriate age group. If the spell is not continued after the interruption the bowler cannot bowl again, from either end, until the equivalent number of overs to the length of his spell before the interruption have been bowled from the same end. If the interruption is of 40 minutes or more, whether scheduled or not, the bowler can commence a new spell immediately. Once a bowler covered by these Directives has bowled in a match he cannot exceed the maximum number of overs per day for his age group even if he subsequently bowls spin. He can exceed the maximum overs per spell if bowling spin, but cannot then revert to bowling fast until an equivalent number of overs to the length of his spell have been bowled from the same end. If he bowls spin without exceeding the maximum number of overs in a spell the maximum will apply as soon as he reverts to bowling fast.


Captains, Team Managers and Umpires are asked to ensure that these Directives are followed at all times.


Appendix B

Length of Innings (Overs)                Maximum overs per bowler
        50-46                                                    10
        45-41                                                     9
        40-36                                                     8
        35-31                                                     7

        30                                                         6