Mercantile Cricket Association Competition Rules
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Rule & Part number if existing (ie2.1(a)(ii))
Suggested rule amendment or new rule:
"Where the actions of the home side lead to the abandonment of a match, that side shall be
required to pay both umpires their entitled fees"
Rationale behind rule amendment:
It is incongruous that an away team can do no wrong yet be required to pay umpires' fees in a
match where no play has been possible due solely to the actions of the home team.
Example: In Malvern's match against Monash Tigers this past season, Monash, as the home side,
elected to remove the covers sometime between 9:30am and 11:30am on match day. The rain
that fell in that time rendered the pitch unplayable, and it wasn't until umpires and players from
both sides had arrived at the ground that this was discovered. As per current rules, Malvern was
required to pay partial umpire fees in a situation where the club and its players were not at fault.
Aside from incorrect usage of covers, this amendment could also include neglecting to turn off
timers on sprinklers, and any other act of impropriety as judged by the MCA Executive.
Club Submitting: South Yarra Cricket Club
Remove provisions for restricted players
Despite the run and over limits imposed on restricted players, SYCC believes a higher graded
player playing in D grade still has the ability to significantly influence the outcome of a game
which could adversely affect different club’s chances for finals
Club Submitting: REDS C C
If the official weather report forecast is for a maximum temperature of more than 40 degrees C, then that days play is abandoned.
Days that reach extreme heat are often interrupted by constant temperature checking and intermittent suspension of play with often incomplete games, especially in one day games.
There is also inconsistent application across games in various grades.
The rule change is aimed at bringing some consistency to results on these days as well as consideration of players well-being.
2.2(b) states that there is no restriction in interchange when 12 players are named in C Grade or lower, and that bowlers may resume bowling immediately after returning to the field.
SYCC is suggesting the alteration of this clause or an introduction of a new clause to impose a “Penalty Time’” condition on bowlers returning to the field of play as per the new MCC Law 24 being introduced from October 2017 (ht
Tuesday July 18, 2017 10:00PM
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