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NSW Primary Schools Sports Association – Handbook

Section 6.4 – Cricket Knockout Competition

Amended 2017

Brian Taber Shield (Boys) – Lord Taverners Shield (Girls)

6.4.1 Refer to General Knockout Rules

6.4.2 Rules and conditions

(a) Competition is to be on an open primary age basis, i.e. pupils must be thirteen (13) years or under in the year of the competition.

(i) Matches shall be played under the current Laws of Cricket 2017.
(ii) A team will consist of 11 players, however, a batting twelfth (12th) man can be named prior to the commencement of the game to enable 12 players to participate in the match. This player may bowl and keep wicket but not bat. The umpire will be informed.

(b) Duration of play

(i) Matches shall be no more than fifty (50) overs. The team batting first shall bat for twenty-five (25) overs unless dismissed beforehand. The team batting second shall be entitled to no more than twenty-five (25) overs. The team scoring the greater number of runs shall be declared the winner.

(ii) Boys: All overs to consist of six (6) legitimate deliveries.

Girls: All overs to be a maximum of eight (8) ball if six (6) legitimate deliveries have not been bowled. The exception will be the last over of the innings where six (6) legal deliveries must be bowled.

(iii) If play is terminated for the day because of weather, before the side batting second has received fifteen (15) overs, the match will be replayed at the earliest possible date.

(iv) If play is terminated for the day, because of weather, and the side batting second has received fifteen (15) completed overs or more a result will be obtained. It will be obtained by a comparison of runs scored, by both teams, at the completion of the same number of overs. This means that the scorebooks must show the progressive total, for both teams, at the completion of the 15th over and each over afterwards.

(c) Tied games

In the event of a tie (except for the final) the team which has lost the least numbers of wickets shall be declared the winner (batsmen who had to retire will not be regarded as out). Where both sides have lost the same number of wickets, the school which received the least number of deliveries in scoring their runs shall be declared the winner. Where both sides have faced the same number of deliveries, the team which has bowled the least number of wides and no-balls shall be declared the winner.

(d) A maximum of three (3)consecutive overs per spell shall be allowed regardless of the type of bowling (slow, medium or fast). Bowlers may bowl no more than five (5)overs each.

The break between spells will be the equivalent number of overs bowled from the same end as the bowler's immediately concluded spell.

(e) Batsmen shall retire after the first scoring shot which brings their total to forty (40) runs or more and shall not return to bat during the game.

(f) Matches are to be played on a turf, matting, glazed concrete, malthoid, synthetic or a mutually acceptable wicket where these surfaces are unavailable.

(g) Balls used are to be 142g two (2) piece leather of a recognised brand.

(h) A synthetic cricket ball may be used on a concrete wicket if mutually agreed to by both schools.

(i) Any delivery after pitching that passes or would have passed above the shoulder of a batter in his/her normal batting stance shall be called a "no ball".

(j) Any non pitching delivery, which passes above the waste of the batter when in his/her normal batting stance at the crease, shall be called a No Ball, regardless of whether or not he/she attempts a shot.

(k) No fieldsman allowed to field within ten (10) metres of the batsman on strike except within an area from point to wicket keeper on the off side of the wicket.

(l) Batsmen / women must wear a properly fitting batting helmet. The wicket keeper must wear such a helmet whilst wicket keeping.

(m) Sanctions in Law 41.6.3 & 41.6.4 - Bowling of dangerous and unfair short pitched deliveries and Sanctions in Law 41.7.1 & 41.7.2- Bowling of dangerous and unfair non-pitching deliveries - do not apply except for the call of No Ball where necessary (ie so that no bowler is suspended)

(n) Lord Taverners Shield (girls) only
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 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 that 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 the 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 is wholly or partially pitches off the artificial surface.

6.4.3 Duties of home school

(a) Provide the best wicket available as per Rule 2 (f). Where the home school cannot provide any of these surfaces, the home school will become the visiting school. If neither school can provide these surfaces, then the match can be played on a mutually acceptable surface.

(b) Provide certificated umpires where possible. Should only one (1) certificated umpire be available the Manager of the batting side will umpire from square leg.

Where no certificated umpires are available the Team Managers will share the umpiring duties.

(c) Certificated umpires will be provided for semi-final and final matches.

6.4.4 Medals

Fourteen (14) medals will be presented to the winning team and fourteen (14) medals to the runners-up on the day of the final, plus one (1) medal for each Team Coach and one (1) medal for each school.

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