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NSW Primary Schools Sports Association – Handbook

5.5b – Cricket State Championship Rules – Girls

Amended 2017

5.5b.1 Refer to General State Championship Rules.

5.5b.2 All players shall wear cricket attire.

Playing shirts must display numbers 1 to 12 on the back of the shirts so that they correspond with the championship program.

5.5b.3 The matches shall be played under the current Laws of Cricket (2017)and unless otherwise stated hereunder, experimental rules shall not apply.

(a) No fielder is allowed to field within ten (10) metres of the batter on strike except those fielding within an area from point to the wicketkeeper on the off side of the wicket.

(b) Any delivery after pitching that passes above the shoulder of a batter in her normal batting stance shall be called a no ball.

(c) Any full pitched delivery which passes above waist heights of a batter when in her normal stance shall be called a NO BALL, regardless of whether she attempts a shot.

(d) A team shall consist of eleven (11) players, however, a batting twelfth (12th) woman can be named prior to the commencement of the game to enable twelve (12) players to participate in the match. This player may bowl and keep wicket but not bat. The umpire will be informed. Unless a player is injured the interchange of players to enable the nominated twelfth (12th) player to field will take place at the end of the fifth (5th), tenth (10th), fifteenth (15th) and twentieth (20th) over and at the end of the thirteenth (13th) over when drinks are taken. Interchanged players are able to bowl immediately upon their return to the field in conjunction with Rule 5.5b3 (f).

(e) Each bowler may bowl five (5) overs only. All overs are to be six (6) ball overs and a maximum of two (2) extra balls only may be allowed before the over must be finished with the exception of the last over of the innings where six (6) legal deliveries must be bowled.

(f) In all games of twenty five (25) overs or less a maximum of three (3) consecutive overs per spell shall be allowed and the break between spells will be the equivalent number of overs bowled from the same end as the bowlers immediately concluded spell regardless of the type of bowling (slow, medium or fast). In the event of the number of overs in an innings being reduced the maximum overs per bowler shall be determined by dividing the number of overs to be received by five (5). (Fractions to be ignored).

(g) A batter shall retire at 50, or the scoring shot that takes her past 50. The retired batter shall be able to return after all other batters have been dismissed or compulsorily retired. A retirement shall not count as a dismissal for calculation of quotients.

(h) Sanctions in Law 41.6.3 & 41.6.4 – Bowling off dangerous & unfair short pitched deliveries and Sanctions in Law 41.7.1 & 41.7.2 - Bowling of dangerous & unfair non-pitched deliveries - do not apply, except for the call of No Ball where necessary (ie so that no bowler is suspended). 
(i) Law 21.7 is amended as follows:
Law 21.7 Ball bouncing more than twice, rolling along the ground or pitching off the pitch.

The umpire shall call and signal a No Ball if a ball which he/she considers to have been delivered, without having previously touched bat or person of the striker.
- bounces more than twice or rolls along the ground before it reaches the popping crease OR
-pitches wholly or partially off the pitch as defined in Law 6.1 (Area of pitch) before it reaches the line of the striker's wicket. When a non-turf pitch is being used, this will apply to any ball that wholly or partially pitches off the artificial surface


(a) Cricket balls are to be supplied by the State Association and are to be a two-piece leather ball of recognised sponsorship brand weighing 142 gms.

(b) Grounds are to be arranged by the convening Sport Coordination Officer. All matches are to be played on either synthetic covered concrete or turf wickets. Boundaries are to be 45 metres from the pitch. Where covers are available, they should be used.

(c) The host Association, where possible, is to supply some form of portable score board, showing runs scored, plus the number of overs completed.

(d) The convening centre shall make every endeavour to arrange for the attendance of a qualified ambulance officer at all venues.

(e) No team official, umpire or spectator shall coach a tem whether by voice, signal or any other method while a match is in progress.

(f) Team managers may accompany drinks on to the field and speak to their players.

(g) When the team batting second passes the opposition score, that team's will be recorded for the purpose of deciding quotients. The game shall continue for the allotted overs unless both managers agree to end the game

5.5b.5 Hours of play

(a) Two (2) matches shall be played each day when required.

(b) Each session will consist of fifty (50) overs maximum with a ten (10) minute break between innings.

(c) A lunch break of no less than thirty (30) minutes and no more than forty five (45) minutes shall be taken between the morning and afternoon sessions.

5.5b.6 Divided overs

Matches shall be no more than fifty (50) overs and shall not exceed three and a half hours in duration. The team batting first shall bat for twenty five (25) overs unless dismissed beforehand. The team scoring the greater number of runs will be declared the winner.
If a bowler is unable, for any reason, to complete an over, another bowler shall immediately bowl the remaining balls of that over provided that they do not bowl two overs consecutively nor bowl parts of each of two consecutive overs in that innings. Such part of an over shall count as a full over for the purpose of Law 17.

5.5b.7 Late starts

(a) In the event of a match not being able to start on time owing to weather or the state of the ground and it not being possible for each side to receive its full quota of twenty-five (25) overs, the number of overs to be bowled in the first innings of each team will be reduced at the discretion of the Championship Convener. If a match cannot commence within sixty (60) minutes of the set starting time the number of overs shall be reduced by the formula of a reduction of one (1) over per team for every six (6) minutes of time lost. A match shall not commence unless it is possible for each side to receive at least ten (10) overs in its first (1st) innings. Sessions of play for matches starting late will be determined by the host Association. Upon commencement of the match the number of overs shall remain unalterable.

(b) In the event of conditions preventing the team batting second (2nd) from receiving its quota of overs, the match shall be determined by the Duckworth- Lewis Method. 
For the purpose of the run rate calculations only, each legitimate ball shall count as on sixth (1/6) of an over.
Where a team has been dismissed before receiving its full quota of overs its RUN RATE shall be calculated by dividing the total runs scored by the quota of overs it should have received. All this is provided a minimum of ten (10) overs has been completed by each side. The team with the best run rate shall be the winner.

5.5b.8 Days 1, 2, 3 and 4

The teams are seeded on the previous year’s results and divided into two (2) pools. Pool A and Pool B.

Matches between the teams from different pools, except for positional play-offs, do not count for points.

Pool A Pool B
1 2
4 3
5 6
8 7
10 9
11 12
13 14

Positional playoffs:

1st pool A vs 1st pool B
2nd pool A vs 2nd pool B
3rd pool A vs 3rd pool B
4th pool A vs 4th pool B
5th pool A vs 5th pool B
6th pool A vs 6th pool B
7th pool A vs 7th pool B

Presentation and announcement of the State Team.

5.5b.9 Protests

Must be lodged, in writing, by the Team Manager (who must be a teacher) to the Championship Manager within fifteen (15) minutes of the conclusion of the match.

5.5b.10 A judicial committee

A Judicial Committee of three (3) shall be formed at the Manager's Pre-Championship Meeting to deal with any protests or with any player reported by an umpire.

5.5b.11 Points score

First innings win – 6 points
First innings loss – 1point
First Innings tie – 3 points
Draw match – 3 points

5.5b.12 Protective apparel

Batswomen must wear a properly fitting batting helmet. The wicketkeeper must wear such a helmet at all times.

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