RULE CHANGES PROPOSED FOR 2018-19
(All moved by the Executive Committee unless specified)
Rule 8.7 (Extreme Heat) Revise to read:
(a) If the Weather Bureau’s Thursday morning Melbourne forecast for a match day is for a maximum of 39 degrees or more, captains may agree to bring the start of play forward to 10am or 12 noon, ground bookings permitting. The agreement must be notified to the Match Secretary by Thursday 3pm.
(b) If the official Weather Bureau forecast at 7:00 AM on the first day of a match is for a maximum of 40 degrees or more, the Match Secretary shall reschedule the match via the MCA website by 8:00AM as follows:
(i) A two-day match shall be split into two one-day matches for half points
(ii) Each match that day shall be reduced to 70 overs, 60 overs or T20, as required to finish before the “apparent temperature” is forecast to reach 40.
Matches starting less than three hours before this forecast time shall be abandoned. Captains may agree prior to the toss to shorten the match further, but not shorter than T20.
(c) On days of extreme heat, umpires shall schedule a check of the temperature every five overs and at intervals in play, as recorded on the website http://m.bom.gov.au/ for the nearest bureau location. They shall suspend play if the “apparent” (also called “feels-like”) temperature reaches 40 at a scheduled check, until it drops below 40.
(d) Where an hour’s play has been lost for extreme heat, the match shall be abandoned. Captains may agree at any point to abandon sooner.
(Reasons: Standardise early start times so that umpires can be switched to cover shortages. Reduce length of games as required to ensure a result can be achieved. Abandon games where this is not feasible. Prevent excessive waiting for temperature to drop.).
FORESHADOWED MOTION (moved by Reds CC)
Amend Rule 8.7 (Extreme Heat) to read:
If the official Weather Bureau forecast at 7:00 AM on the first day of a match is for a maximum of 40 degrees or more, then the Match Secretary shall:
a. Announce this on the information line and the MCA website:
b. Abandon the day's play in C and D grades.
c. In other grades, one-day matches that day shall be reduced to 70 overs. Any two-day match commencing that day shall be split into two one-day matches for half points, with the one-day match that day to be 70 overs, and the second match to be 90 overs.
d. On days of extreme heat, umpires shall schedule a check of the temperature every five overs and at intervals in play, as recorded on the website http://m.bom.gov.au/ for the nearest bureau location. They shall suspend play if the “apparent” (also called “feels-like”) temperature reaches 40 at a scheduled check until it drops below 40.
(Reasons: Our club members are firmly of the view that when extreme heat is forecast, play should be abandoned. This is in line with policy and practice in other associations of a similar standard. The amendment we propose would abandon play in C and D grades only. Existing extreme heat provisions would continue in higher grades. We believe this is necessary due to the higher proportion or junior, post-junior, social and veteran (40+) players in those lower grades, as well as players of questionable fitness who are more susceptible to health problems in extreme heat. Our experience suggests clubs find it difficult to fill these lower grade teams when extreme heat is forecast. Another advantage of this amendment is that it would free up grounds, allowing A and B grade matches to be rescheduled to earlier times.)
Rule 11.3 (Disputed result) Add a sentence:
The Executive shall determine a disputed result. Its decision shall be final.
(Reason: Clarify that a disputed result is determined by the Executive, and is not subject to an appeal process with the potential to delay finals.)
Rule 14.7 (One Day Matches – Bowling restrictions) Add a clause:
(e) A bowler will be removed from the bowling attack after two high full-toss no-balls that are deemed dangerous by the umpire at the bowler’s end, or one that is deemed intentional.
(Reason: This measure has been adopted successfully in some other comps and in women’s cricket, and prevents removal of bowlers for innocuous no-balls, eg young leg-spinners bowling full tosses that are easily handled by batsmen.)
Rule 15 (Two Day Matches) Revise to provide equal overs and a result even with major time lost on day one:
Add 15.4 (b): Where no play is possible on day one, the match shall become a one-day match on day two.
Add 15.6 (c) If more than 15 overs are lost on day one, the innings of the team batting first shall be closed when half the overs possible in the game as at stumps day 1 have been bowled. The innings of the side batting second shall be closed when all these overs have been bowled. An extra over shall be added to the 90 on day two if needed to ensure an even number of overs in the match. Example: 25 overs bowled day one before washout, then day two shall play 91 overs to ensure 116 overs in the match, with closure after 58 overs for the side batting first and after the 116th over for the side batting second.
Revise the first paragraph of 15.8 to read:
If loss of play on the second day prevents the full overs from being bowled for that day, and the side batting second is behind or level and its first innings has not been completed, the match is drawn.
(Reason: At present, teams that get a start on a wet day are disadvantaged in achieving a result, relative to those that abandon day one with a view to guaranteeing a result on day two. Current rule was written before introduction of the extra hour for day 2 that protects the team batting first from being ambushed with loss of its last hour of accelerated scoring.)
Rule 18.1 (One-Day Grade Finals – Format & Duration)
Replace the last sentence (“In any Saturday one-day grade, semi-finals shall be 3v4 and 1v2.”), with:
In any one-day grade, the Page System shall be used (semi-finals 1v2 and 3v4 with a preliminary final) PROVIDED that a grand final reserve day can be scheduled in March prior to Easter. If not, semi-finals 1v4 and 2v3 shall be used with no preliminary final, as in two-day grades.
(Reason: The prelim final system works well in the Saturday grades and is possible for several of the next five seasons in the Sunday grades, including the next two.)
Rule 14 (One Day Games) -- Add a new clause 14.9:
14.9 OVER RATE PENALTIES
In a 90-over match commencing on time, each bowling team has 165 minutes to bowl 45 overs. Umpires will have discretion to allow extra time for unforeseen interruptions to play, including injuries, extra drinks breaks, retrieving the ball, and time-wasting by batsmen. Unforeseen interruptions will not include the scheduled drinks break, taking time to move fielders, or loss of wickets (except in the last over).
In a match with a delayed start under Rule 14.6 or match overs reduced once play has started under Rule 14.7, overs must be completed in the times set out below in table 3.
If a bowling side does not complete its overs, dismiss its opponent or reach a result within the allotted minutes, then 5 penalty runs shall be incurred per over not completed.
Table # 3 – Required over rates
for reduced over matches
(Reason: Late finishes caused by 25% of sides with poor over rates, and need for strong incentive at the ground to fix this.)
TECHNICAL RULE CHANGES
(These are likely to be uncontroversial and will be moved as a bloc unless a club asks to have any voted separately.)
1. Replace all references to “he” in the rules with “they”, with consequent grammatical changes to also be made.
(Reason: to prevent rules from being used to exclude female cricketers.)
2. Reword Rule 2.2 as follows:
2.2 Provisional Players on Team Sheet
(a) The team sheet must be provided to the umpires before the toss. In grades below A Grade, two players may be named provisionally, and may be changed before the end of the tea interval on day one, provided they have not batted or bowled or kept wicket in the match.
(b) Eleven players may be named on the team sheet, except that 12 may be named in C Grade or lower. In higher grades, 12 may be named by agreement between the two clubs. Only 11 of the 12 may be on the field, with unrestricted interchange provided no time is lost. Where 12 are named, bowlers may resume bowling immediately after returning to the field in place of another in the 12.
(Reasons: a.Subs are now allowed to keep wicket. b. Clarify that the 12 are interchangeable, but a bowler cannot come straight back on if replaced by a sub. )
3. Add 2.3(d) under “Two Grades in Same Round”
(d): The following are deemed equivalent grades and may be played in the same round: (i) A Grade & A Sunday; (ii) A Reserve/B Grade & B Sunday; (iii) C Grade & C Sunday; (iv) D Grade & D Sunday.
(Reason: Formalise current Executive bylaw in rules.)
4. Add 2.10(e) under “Qualifying for finals””
(e) Permits cannot be issued to allow unqualified players to play finals.
(Reason: Formalise current Executive practice.)
5. Add rule 10.5 under “Umpires”
10.5. PENALTY RUNS: Penalty runs can only be imposed by an official umpire, except for a ball striking a helmet left behind the wicket-keeper, discarded fielder clothing, etc. Where no official umpire is in attendance, these are the only penalty runs that can be imposed.
6. Replace all references to “information line” by “MCA Website News”.
(Reason: Information line now defunct.)