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1. A Reader windball will be used.

2. Pads, helmets and batting gloves are not required. Non marking footwear must be worn.

3. Abdominal protectors are advisable.

4. Batsmen will use cut down training bats the blade width of which may not exceed 60mm on any part of the face. These are provided - players should NOT bring their own bats.

5. Coloured clothing may be worn.

6. All equipment (including scoresheets) will be provided.

7. Players (boys) must be 13 or under (for the U14 competition) or 11 or under (for the U12 competition) on 31st August 2016 (separate rules apply to girls). Click here for U14 details and here for U12 details.

8. Each team will provide an umpire who should be familiar with the rules.

9. A maximum of one (boy) county player only per side. There is no limit to the number of county girls.

10. Teams shall be of six players each.

11. The pitch shall be 20yds.

12. Each team will start with one hundred runs.

13. Each innings shall consist of 12 six ball overs.

14. Each member of the fielding side will bowl two overs. These may not be consecutive.

15. The wicket keeper will bowl and may be changed at the end of any over - they may use gloves.

16. Batsmen will bat in pairs for four overs. They will retire after this.

17. Runs will be scored as below but each time a wicket is lost five runs will be deducted. A batter who is out may not face the next ball.

18. Bowling will be from one end only. Batters will change ends after each over (subject to rule 17).

19. Batters may be out as for normal cricket including deliberate LBW.

20. Batters may be caught off the walls (subject to rule 27) as long as the ball has not touched the floor. Batters may not be caught off the rear boundary wall if the ball has hit this directly. A four is signalled and the ball is then dead (see rule 22).

21. Six runs will be scored if the ball directly hits the rear boundary wall after first striking the ground.

22. Four runs will be scored if the ball directly hits the rear boundary wall or netting, including clearing the netting, without first striking the ground.

23. If the ball hits the rear wall after striking any other surface first (apart from the floor), the ball shall still be in play.

24. Wides and no balls will count as 2 runs and will not be bowled again except in the last two overs.

25. One run will be scored when the ball hits the side wall in addition to any other runs scored.

26. If the ball hits the rear wall directly behind the striker (except in the case of a wide or no ball when two runs are awarded) whether it hits the bat or not, one run is scored and the ball is dead. The ball is still live if it hits either side wall before hitting the rear wall.

27. Batters will be out if the ball strikes the wall above a certain line, including the ceiling; this line to be agreed upon by both umpires before play commences. This rule does not apply to a direct hit above the line on the rear wall behind the bowler when four runs will be scored.

28. One single run between the wickets will count as two runs to the batting side.

29. Batters may not steal a run - they can be run out after one warning by the bowler, at the non striker's end. This warning will apply to both batters at the crease.

30. Each batting side will nominate a Powerplay of two overs which need not be consecutive. This to be notified to the bowling side, umpires and scorers prior to the innings. In these overs all runs scored and wickets taken will be doubled (i.e. 10 deducted for a wicket, 8 scored for a boundary, 4 for a wide etc. including two scored for a dead ball).

31. The winning team will be the one with the most (net) runs. Points will be awarded as follows; win-20pts, each wicket taken-1 pt, each net 10 runs scored (over 100)-1 pt.


● Teams should arrive fifteen minutes before their scheduled start time.
● On no account should players enter the school halls until invited to do so. Our sessions do not start until 6.30 although we will often have access earlier than this. If you arrive early, please wait in the galleries and do not congregate outside the hall entrances.
● Only players and umpires/coaches are permitted in the sports halls. Spectators may watch from the galleries.
● It is expected that whites are worn for this competition but teams may wear coloured clothing as long as a cohesive appearance is adopted (i.e. not everyone wearing different colours – no soccer items).
● Players should not bring cricket bags as all equipment is supplied. Changing rooms are available. Other bags should be left either in the changing rooms or the galleries. There should be no personal belongings, including drinks, in the hall.
● Hot food or drinks are not permitted in the sports halls or galleries. Players may bring their own cold drinks (no glass bottles).
● Players may choose to wear an abdominal protector (cricket box) although this is not compulsory.
● Please click the links here for detailed directions and parking guidance at our venues.
  
U12 Norwich School Daynes Sports Centre
  
U14 Hethersett Old Hall School Sports Hall
● Participating teams will be regularly photographed and these images will appear on the website, facebook and in the local press. The League presumes permission for this unless specifically informed otherwise by team managers.
● Score sheets are provided by The League (download
here) but teams will not be required to score their own games unless they wish to. Each team should provide an umpire who is familiar with the rules.
● There may be occasions when sessions need to be cancelled at short notice because of hazardous weather. Managers should ensure they check their messages if this is considered a possibility.
● All visitors and players should treat the school grounds and halls with respect and consideration for others.
● Team managers should ensure that their club insurance covers players for the duration of this competition. The League cannot accept responsibility for loss or injury, howsoever caused, while players, parents or team managers are on the premises.


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