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1) - Title and Constitution

2) - Management

3) - Registration and Amateur Players

4) - Professionals

5) - Umpires

6) - Scorers

7) - Distribution of Results

8) - Rules general to all competitions

9) - The Northern Premier League Championship

10) - The League Cup

11) - The League Twenty/20 Competition

12) - Discipline

1 - Title and Constitution

1 The League shall be called the "The Northern Premier Cricket League".
2 The First Division will consist of the first teams and the Second Division will be the Second Teams of the member clubs.
3 Subscriptions shall be £100.00 plus £100.00 for the two adverts each Club has to supply for the Handbook, giving a total of £200.00 to be paid before 1st April each year, this is an inclusive fee for both first and second teams.

2 - Management


A Committee consisting of One representative of each Club shall manage the League. Eight representatives to form a quorum.
All clubs shall have the opportunity of attending all League meetings.
All matters shall be decided by a simple majority of the vote of the representatives of the clubs.
The Chairman of the League Committee or his delegate will have a casting vote in the event of a tie.


The Chairman of the League Committee shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting.
The League shall have a President, a Vice-Chairman, Hon. Treasurer, Hon Solicitor/League Legal Advisor, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Assistant Secretary Fixtures, and Hon. Assistant Secretary Registrations, Umpires Representative, Webmaster, League Welfare Officer who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting.

They together with the Chairman will act as the Executive of the League and will be responsible to the Management Committee for the running of the League.
Members of the Executive cannot act as representatives from Clubs and vote


The Exectutive can form Sub Committees to deal with specific areas of League business, e.g. discipline, playing conditions, etc,. Chairmen of such committees will either be members of the Exectutive or co-opted to the Exectutive.
Members of the Sub-Committees can be recruited from the members of the League with a special interest or expertise in the topic.


The League Committee shall have the right to elect suitable persons as "Honorary Life Members" including "Life Vice Presidents" in recognition of services rendered to the League.

2.5. - League Management Committee Meetings

There will be a minimum of a pre-season meeting in April, two meetings to be held in June and August, a pre AGM meeting and an Annual General Meeting
Provisional dates and venues for League Management meetings and the Annual General Meeting to be fixed after the previous year's Annual General Meeting.
Notice of each Committee meeting shall be sent in writing accompanied by an agenda and minutes of the previous meeting to reach each Clubs seven days before the date of the meeting.

2 .6 - Annual Meeting and Accounts

The finacial year will end on the 31st October and the Annual General Meeting held as soon as practicable after that date.
At the Annual General Meeting a Statement of Accounts duly audited for the previous financial year will be presented, Officers of the League elected and such other business transacted as may be appropriate to an Annual General Meeting such as changes to rules and any matter raised by the Executive.
Notices of motion from Clubs for consideration at the AGM must reach the Hon.Secretary 14 days prior to the date of the Annual General Meeting.
Proposals from Clubs must be seconded

Notice of the Annual General Meeting shall be sent to Clubs together with an agenda, the previous AGM minutes, a statement of accounts for the previous year, motions from the Executive and proposed and seconded motions received from the Clubs at least 7 days before the date of the AGM.


An Extraordinary General Meeting to consider rule changes or other matters can be called by the Exectutive either on their own behest or on the petition of at least half of the Clubs in the League.
Clubs must be given at least seven days notice of such a meeting and provided with a notice of the business of that meeting.


Any alteration to the League Rules and the rules governing the playing conditions may only be carried by a two thirds majority of the clubs participating in the Northern Premier Cricket League.


Any Club which is not represented at a League Management Committee Meeting or an Annual General Meeting shall be liable to a fine. Such a fine to be £10 for the first Management Committee Meeting missed in any calendar year and increasing by £10 for each subsequent Management Committee Meeting missed in that year.
For non-attendance at the Annual General Meeting, the fine shall be £25.00.

2.10 Disputes

The Executive Committee shall have the power to adjudicate in all disputed matters in the competions and their decision will be final whether provided for in these rules or not.
Protests to be made with a deposit of £10 within fourteen days and such a deposit to be forfeited if the protest is considered trivial

2.11 Applications and Withdrawals

No Club in membership of the League shall negotiate with any other league for participation therein without first obtaining written permission from the League Committee.
The Club shall make a written application and permission shall not be withheld unless the Club has not discharged all its obligations to the League and other Clubs.
Permission to negotiate shall not be regarded as either resignation or dismissal.

Any Club resigning from the League must submit a letter of resignation to be received by the Hon Secretary no later than 5-00 pm on the 30th June in respect of the following season.
A Club resigning from the League shall forfeit any claim to the Leagues assets.
The attention of any Club wishing to join another League is drawn to the Procedure on the Recruitment of Clubs by a League as approved by the Lancashire Cricket Board and as such this procedure applies to the League and its Clubs.
It should be noted that sanctions could be applied to Clubs and Leagues who breach this procedure.

2.12 Web sites

Web sites in the name of the Club are the responsibility of the Club Committee who will be responsible for the content of the site. (See rule 12)
Clubs must supply the League Secretary with the name of the Web master, the web site address and email address

2.13 Child Protection

Clubs are responsibile for complying with the Law on Child Protection and abiding by any regulations issued by the ECB or LCB

2.14 Trophies

The League Trophies will be vested in at least two trustees, who shall hold office during such Committee's pleasure and it shall be their duty to get any guarantees duly executed and to take whatever steps they deem necessary for the safe custody and return to them of the trophies.They shall be empowered to act on behalf of the League in all matters concerning the trophies
The Officers of the winning clubs shall, before taking possession of the trophies, give guarantee of their return in good condition. The League Committee shall decide on an allowance for the purchase of souvenirs for the winning clubs
Trophies must be returned to the League clean and engraved at the August League meeting

3 - Registration of Players


Clubs must operate an active open door membership policy whilst respecting player qualification regulations and welcome players/members irrespective of ethnic origins and gender.


All Players must be registered with the League using Play-cricket.com.
New players to a Club must be registered forty-eight hours before any match they intend to play in.

Prior to the start of the season the Club must confirm the Regisration of Players registered the previous seasons on a form supplied by the Registration Secretary


The League will not accept the registration of a player who is transferring from another club either within the League or from another League without confirmation in writing from the releasing Club or League that the player has no financial or disciplinary matters outstanding.
This confirmation is required for transfers occurring both in and out of season.


No player may play for a Northern League Club 1st or 2nd Team in a League or Cup game after the second Saturday in July who has not already played in the current season for that club in any team including Juniors in any League or Cup fixture.
This rule does not apply to any player who has been registered by the club prior to the commencement of the season who is in full time or higher education or to the 2nd XL competitions.


Registration will not be granted to any amateur player who has not been resident in the United Kingdom for twelve months prior to the commencement of the League season.
This rule does not apply to expatriates of the United Kingdom and United Kingdom or EU passport holders, and those registered by clubs as overseas players.
The Executive has the right to exercise some flexibility in the application of this rule. In this case eligibility will be restricted to 2nd XI games.


The League Executive acting on behalf of the League shall have the power to refuse to register any player. If this power is exercised the player shall be advised of the reason for the registration being refused. The player shall have the right to appeal against this decision and to attend the hearing and provide written submissions in support of the appeal.
The Club of which the player is a member or potential member has the right to attend the hearing and to speak in support of the player

The Appeals Committee shall be constituted in line with the Appeals Procedure outlined in Rule 12.


Current first class cricketers and those who have played first class cricket (although not currently) may play for any club in the Northern Cricket League


No player registered in the Northern League can play for a Club in a different League unless that League is all amateur

4 - Professionals


4.1 Clubs do not have to employ a professional but they can if they so wish. Where a club employs a professional they may register 1 overseas player at the time of registration of players prior to the commencement of the season.

Clubs who do not employ a professional may register a maximum of 2 overseas players at the time of registration of players prior to the commencement of the season.

Where clubs do not employ a professional and register 2 overseas players they may if they so wish nominate 1 of the overseas players as "marquee" overseas player at the time of registration of players prior to the commencement of the season


4.2 In the event of a proessional or "marquee" overseas player being unable to play in a match or unable to complete his contract through injury, illness, compassionate grounds or recall by his County, State or National Organisations then a sub pro or sub overseas player who has not played at a higher level can be appointed.

No appointment shall be made without the permission of the Chairman or Secretary of the League. Their permission must be obtained prior to the match being played or his release from contract for the reasons mentioned above.

In the event of a sub-pro or sub-overseas player being played without the permission and agreement of the Chairman or Secretary of the League a deduction of 15 points shall be made for a League game and in the event of a Cup match it shall be forfeited.

If a sub-pro or sub-overseas player of equal standing cannot be found then provided permission from the Chairman or Secretary is obtained the club may play without a professional or sub-overseas player.


The League will support a Club with legitimate grievances with a professional breaking his contract by banning him from future engagements in the League and reporting him to County or National Authorities.


Professionals and overseas players must agree to the Rules of the League before being registered and will be subject to the disciplinary procedures of the League.


A professional is defined as one who has received payment from his own or another Club, Country or County for playing cricket during the year commencing 1st April prior to the commencement of the season.


No registered professional or registered overseas player can play for more than one Club during the course of a season.


An ex-professional shall not be reinstated as an amateur in the same season in which he has been being playing as a professional.


No League Club Professional can be approached with a view to engagement for the following season before 1st August, without the consent of his present Club.


A copy of the professional's contract must be forwarded to the League at least two weeks prior to the start of the season

5 - Umpires


The Umpires will have their own organisation with elected officials


The umpires will elect one of their body to represent the intrests of the umpires on the League Exectutive.
That person or substitute is to attend League Executive and League Committee meetings.


The Umpires Federation will be responsible for:

a) The recruitment of umpires.

b) The training and maintance of the standards of umpires (It is hoped that umpires will aim to gain appropriate qualifications)

c) Taking action on reports on umpires from Captains,Clubs or the Executive.

d) Allocating umpires to games played under the League's jurisdiction.

e) Nominating umpires for representative games

f) Any other matters concerning umpires in full consultation with the League Committee under the juridiction of the Northern League must jointly complete a Match Report Card and send it to John Kettlestring within three days of the game.
The contents of the Match Report Card will be agreed by the League Committee in conjuction with the Umpires Federation but will include marking of the teams for the Fair Play Award.


In the event of a selected umpire failing to attend the match, the two Captains shall select a substitute.
If the Captains fail to agree, then the umpire present must select a substitute.
If the original Umpire officiates at both ends he will receive increased expenses which will be twice the match fee and his travel expenses..
If both Umpires fail to turn up then the Captains must agree two substitute umpires and the match must be played.


Umpires will receive "out of pocket" expenses as agreed by the League Committee and Umpires Federation.


Captains of both the home and away 1st and 2nd teams must complete the Umpires Assessment Form for each League and League Cup match (Not Twenty/20) and email it to John Kettlestring within two days of the game.

Failure to complete the form satisfactorily or send the form in within two days will result in a deduction of 2 points for the first offence, 4points for a second and 6 for subsequent offences

6 - Scorers

Clubs shall appoint their own scorers who should be of a level of competence for the game being played.
Clubs without a scorer for a League or Cup match shall be liable to a points deduction of 3 points and 5 points for any subsequent offences

7 - Distribution of Results

In order to maintain accurate League tables it is essential that the Home team, in 1st and 2nd XI team matches, enters the summary of Results and scorecard on Play-cricket.com by 12-00 mid-night on the day of the game even if the match is abandoned. Failure to comply will result in a deduction of 5 points

Playing Conditions

8 - Rules general to all competitions

All matches to be played under the latest edition of the MCC Laws of Cricket except as provided for under these rules

8.2 - Young Players

The League will operate the current version of any of the ECB's regulations that affect young players and it is the responsibility of the Clubs through their captains to ensure that they are carried out.

The Umpires must be given a full team list with the ages and restrictions on any young players before the start of the game

8.3 Cricket Balls

The League shall supply cricket balls which shall be deemed the only official match ball in both First and Second Division League and Cup matches.

The League Committee to select a suitable ball for each season.

Each side to bowl its own ball which in the First Division League and League Cup must be a new one

8.4 - Rolling of Pitches

As MCC Law 10.

8.5 - Late Starts

The Club responsible for a late start or delay after the interval between innings will be fined £5.00 for up to 10 minutes lost and thereafter at the rate of £1 per minute up to a maximum of fine of £20.00.
Clubs can appeal against the imposition of this fine using the Leagues appeals procedure.
Umpires should report late starts on the match card and by phone to the League Secretary.

8.6 - Default in Fulfilment of Fixtures

The Disciplinary Sub-Committee shall investigate the circumstances when a Club fails to turn up to their fixture and shall have the power to impose a fine and award the points to the other Club.
The offending Club will also be responsible for any expenses incurred by the home club in preparing teas etc.

The Disciplinary Sub-Committee shall investigate the circumstances when a Club fields a team of fewer than eleven players in a match and shall have the power to impose a penalty.

8.7 - Practice - Sightscreens - Overs

Practice by players prior to a match shall cease ten minutes before the start of the game.
No practice is allowed during the course of the game except at the tea interal.

At all matches Clubs should place a board in front of the sight screen when it is on the field of play.

An over will consist of six fair balls and no underarm bowling will be allowed

If during a game a bowler is unable to complete an over, the remaining balls shall be bowled by another bowler

8. 8 - Drinks

Drinks intervals shall be arranged before the toss. If the Captains and Umpires disagree then the decision will rest with the umpires

8.9 - Drying the Ball

MCC Law 42 (iii) is extended to allow a player the use of sawdust to dry the ball as well as a towel
After the Captain and Team have been warned, any further attempts to alter the condition of the ball by "ball skimming" ie. deliberatelly rolling or bouncing the ball on the ground should be penalised by the Umpires by a five run penalty


The Umpire at the bowler's shall call and signal 'No Ball' if a ball whcih he considers to have been delivered without having previously touched bat or person of the striker either
(i) bounces more than once
(ii) roll along the ground before it reached the popping crease.


All matters arising in the competitions not covered by these rules shall be referred to the Executive Committee for a decision.


Clubs will ensure for all matches that the Umpires Assessment forms are sent within 2 days of the completion of a match to the person responsible for collating the information contained within them. Failure to do so will result in a fine of £20.00.


These rules apply to Divisions 1 and 2

9.1 - Fixtures

The First Division and the reverse Second Division League games between two Clubs will be played on the same day.
All games will be played on the dates published in the fixture list and at starting times as agreed by the League Committee prior to the season. In extraordinary circumstances the Executive can sanction the move of a fixture to another date, venue or starting time.
Where the move involves the separation of the 1st and 2nd XI fixtures normally played on the same day, a player cannot play in both matches.

9.2 - Points

The points awarded will be as follows:-

Fifteen points for a win by a side batting first

Fifteen points for a win by a side batting second

Six points to the side batting first in a drawn game

One point to the side batting second in a drawn game provided they have scored 70% of the target, the target being defined as 1 more run batting first.

Five points to each side in the event of a tie in a game in which the side batting second is out

Five points to each side when a game is declared void.

Bonus points will be awarded in a drawn, tied or games lost as follows:-

Division 1

One point for taking five wickets

Two points for taking seven wickets

Three points for taking nine wickets

Batting Bonus Points for Side Batting First

One point for scoring 150 runs

Two points for scoring 175 runs

Three points for scoring 200 runs or more.

Batting Bonus Points for Side Batting Second

One point for scoring 80% of first innings total.

Two points for scoring 85% of first innings total.

Three points of scoring 90% of first innings total

Division 2

One point for taking Four wickets

Two points for taking six wickets

Three points for taking Eight wickets

Batting Bonus Points for Side Batting First

One point for scoring 120 runs

Two points for scoring 140 runs

Three points for scoring 160 runs or more.

Batting Bonus Points for Side Batting Second

One point for scoring 80% of first innings total.

Two points for scoring 85% of first innings total.

Three points of scoring 90% of first innings total

The Clubs having the highest number of points in each division at the end of the season shall be considered the champions of their respective division for that year and entitled to hold the Championship Trophy for that Division for twelve months.

In the event of two or more clubs gaining the same number of points, the side with the most wins will be champions.
If sides have equal wins then the side with the most 15 point wins will be Champions
The same principal will be used to determine the order in the League Tables.

9.3 Form of the game

1)Play will commence at 1-00 pm except for the final fixtures when play will commence at 12-30 pm as decided by the League Committee.
The interval between innings will be 30 minutes

2)In Division One the game will be a 100 over game with 50 overs for each team, in Division Two the game will be a 90 over game with 45 overs for each team, but any complete overs not used in the first innings due to a side being bowled out or a declaration are added on to the overs for the second innings.
If a side batting first has not received its maximum number of overs or if the side batting second has not received its designated number of overs by the time for the end of the innings, play continues until they are completed and the bowling side will be liable for a charge of 'slow over rate'.

3)A match in which a side batting second is not bowled out will be a draw.
A match in which the scores are equal and the side batting second is bowled out will be a tie

4))In Division 1 matches no bowler may bowl more than 17 overs whether if the game is effected by rain or not
In Division Two matches only no bowler may bowl more than 12 overs whether the game is affected by rain or not

5) For both Division 1 and 2 matches there will be 30 yd circle and at least 4 fielders must be within that circle at all times.

9.4 Minimum Over Rate

1)Overs will be bowled at an overall rate of 17 overs per hour.
In Division One the time allowance for 50 overs will be 3 hours with any changes made at the rate of 3.5 minutes an over. : In Division Two the time allowance for 45 overs will be 2 hours 42 minutes with any changes at 3.5 minutes per over.

2)After making allowances for drinks intervals and any extraordinary events umpires must report any team not bowling their overs in the designated time for slow over rate.
Any team bowling a side out before the designated time for the end of the innings will not be charged for slow over rate.

3)At the start of each innings the Umpires must inform the Captains and the scorers of the numer of overs to be bowled and the agreed time for the end of the innings or close of play.

4)Umpires are requested to advise Captains of the over rate at intervals during the innings but it is the captain who is responsible for the control of the over rate of his side.

5)Deductions will be 2 points for each of the first two offences, 3 points for the third, 4 points for the fourth and five points for the fifth and any subsequent offences.
The deduction will be automatic but Clubs can appeal against the deduction using the League's appeal procedure.
Umpires should report slow over rate offences on the match card, inform the Captain or an Official of the offending team and inform the League Secretary as soon as possible after the match.

6)The Scoreboard must have a display that shows the number of overs to be bowled in the innings and the over in progress.
(A scorebox that counts down can display the number of overs to completion, but a scorebox that counts up must show the number of overs for the innings separately

Normal Match Times

Division One

1st innings 1-00 pm to 4-00 pm.

Tea 4-00pm to 4-30 pm.

2nd innings 4-30pm to 7-30pm.

Division Two

1st innings 1-00 pm to 3.42 pm.

Tea 3.42pm to 4.12 pm.

2nd innings 4.12pm to 6.54pm.


The finishing times may be slightly later to allow for dinks intervals and any exraordinary events.
(If a team is bowled out or declares after 46 overs of the first innings, the the team batting second will have 54 overs and 14 (4 x 3.5) minutes will be added to the playing time of the second innings)

9 - 5 Delays in play

9.5.1. - The two captains shall at the outset of the game settle questions of fitness of the ground and light for play.
Should the captains disagree the umpires's decision is final.
Once the game has commenced the Umpires shall be in control of all questions of the fitness of the ground and light for play

9.5.2. - Rain Delays overs shall be deducted from either the 1st or 2nd innings for the first 30 minutes of time lost. Time lost in either innings shall be taken into account in calculating the first 30 minutes of time lost to in the event of rain during the first innings or delaying the start of the match one over is deducted for every complete seven minutes lost from both the first and second innings to in the event of rain during the second innings one over for every completed3.5 minutes lost will be deducted.

In this event i.e. rain during the second innings, the target score for the team batting second is reduced as follows:-calculate the target run rate by dividing the first innings score by the number of overs they received e.g. 169/40. Then calculate 50% of this rate, in this example 4.22 x 50% = 2.11.Then multiply this new rate by the number of overs lost in the second innings e.g. 7 overs. That would be 2.11 x 7 = 14.77.This final figure should then be deducted from the target score to create a new target score in this example 169 - 14.77 = 154.23.

If the side batting second score 154 -8 the match is a draw, if they score 155 they are the winners. If the new target score is an exact whole number then, one run should be added to the new target score e.g. 200/50 = 4.00, 4 x 50% = 2, 20 overs lost 2 x 20 = 40. 200 - 40 = 160 so the new target score would be 160+1 off 30 overs. If the new target score is an exact whole number, as in this example, and the team batting second also scores the same exact whole number, the result will be a tie if all out or a draw if not all out. If after commencement of the second innings further time/overs is/are lost then the new target score must be recalculated.

In dealing with this calculation run rates should be calculated to the second decimal place and the amended new target score will always be rounded up to the next whole number. In dealing with this calculation any part over received will constitute a full over.

In the event of the side batting first declaring within the total number of overs it was ENTITLED to receive rather than the number of overs actually received, e.g. If the team declare after 40 overs the run rate will be calculated on 50 OVERS. In the event of a side being dismissed within the total number of overs it was entitled to receive, the run rate will be calculated by dividing the runs scored by the number of overs ACTUALLY received (for this purpose any part of an over received will constitute a full over)

When a minimum of 20 overs have been completed (18 in Division 2) in the 2nd innings and the match is abandoned the result shall be determined by recalculating the target by the number of overs lost.

If the team batting 2nd does not receive 20 overs (18 in Division 2) the game will be void and each side awarded 4pts. UNLESS
1 The side batting first batted their full 50 overs or declared, their run rate would be the same e.g. 200 - 4 dec in 40 overs, 200/50 = 4 50% of 4 = 2 40 x 2 = 80

The Target score is 200 -80 = 120 + 1 - 121

2 the side batting first is dismissed for 200 in 40 overs. 200/40 = 5 50% of 5 = 2.5

2.50 x 40 =100

The target score is 200-100 = 100 + 1 - 101

Taking the declaration example the target score in 20 overs will be 121

Taking the dismissed example the target score in 20 overs will be 101

Using the above example the side batting second score 84 - 8 in 18 overs , rain stops play and there is no further play, the match will be void.

If there have been rain interruptions and a target has been set off 20 overs then the side batting 2nd will win on run rate even if they reach the target in less than 20 overs should make every effort to maximise playing time by if convenient taking tea during the rain break and allowing 10 minutes for the interval between innings. 20 minutes is saved and should be used in calculating the remaining overs. If the Captains disagree then the umpires are in sole charge of any decisions regarding fitness to play and playing time. the latest time a game can start for Division One is 4.45pm and a 50 over game is played, for Division Two it is 4.34pm and a 44 over game is played. In Division One the side batting first must receive 25 overs to be bowled by 6.15pm (in Division Two 22 overs to be bowled by 5.54pm) unless the batting Captain wishes to declare or the side is all out.( For both Divisions any complete overs not bowled are added to the total of overs for the second innings). In Division One the second innings will commence at 6.25pm (in Division Two 6.04pm) and in Division One the side batting second will have 25 overs to be bowled by 8.00pm( in Division Two 22 overs to be bowled by 7.24pm

A game will be declared void if either the side batting first does not receive a minimum of 25 overs in Division One (a minimum of 22 overs in Division Two) unless there is a declaration or the side is bowled out or the side batting second does not receive 20 overs in Division One (18 overs in Division Two). i.e. If the match is called off after 20 overs are bowled in the second innings in Division One (18 overs in Division Two) the result is a draw.

9.5.3.In the event of rain interfering during the hours of play the whole of the pitch will be covered if covers are available.

9.5.4.If there is a delay caused by some event other than rain (e.g. a major injury) and the length of delay could lead to an unacceptable finishing time then the Captains can agree to treat the stoppage as a rain delay.
In the case of disagreement then the Umpires decision is final.

6 - Extreme weather conditions

Normally both teams must report to the ground before making a decision about the fitness of the ground for play.
However in the event of severe weather conditions when there is no prospect of the match being played, the match can be called off two and a half hours before the scheduled start without the away team travelling subject to the following conditions:

a) Officials of both teams agree.

b) The weather forecast and the weather conditions are such that the state of the pitch and/outfield means that there would be no chance of the game starting by the latest time allowable by the rules, even if the usual drying methods are employed.

c) The ground is inspected and the decision confirmed by an independent Umpire.

The Umpires Federation will provide a geographically based list of Umpires for the Clubs to contact.
The Home Club must report the abandonment of the fixture to the League Fixture Secretary and inform the appointed Umpires and the Umpires Secretary.
The Inspecting Umpire must give a brief report to the League Secretary by phone.
The Umpire will be entitled to a fee for a void game.


Cup competitons are played under the rules of the Northern League unless they are replaced by rules specific to the Cup Competition (NB Secton 8 Rules General to all Competitions apply.

For Cup Rules see -

10 - League Cup Rules

11 - Twenty/20 Rules

12 - Discipline

1.1)The Northern Premier Cricket League (NPCL) is committed to maintaining the highest standards of behaviourand conduct
The NPCL operating within the jurisdiction of the ECB, take commitment very seriously.

1.2)The expression "player" in this document shall be deemed to mean and include all players, be it amateur or professional, any member or official of any member club or any other person involved in any incident of alleged misconduct within the curtilage of the club premises.

1.3)The League will operate a disciplinary procedure based on the current version of the ECB's Code of Conduct.
The Code of Conduct will be incorporated into the League Registration form which players must sign stating that they have read and will abide by the Code of Conduct and that they will accept any disciplinary action arising from a breach of the Code of Conduct as provided for in these rules.

1.4)The code places the emphasis on clubs and team captains who have the prime responsibility to deal with their own misconduct once it has been reported in a fair and speedy manner
The Executive Committee will monitor the actions taken via the Disciplinary Sub-Committee within the guidelines which are based on the ECB model.

1.5)It is considered a disciplinary offence for a club to act in a manner which could prejudice the standing or intrests of the NPCL or to fail to act promptly to control and/or disciplin a player.

1.6)Umpires will normally be the instigators of disciplinary reports but written reports are also acceptable to the Executive Committee from a club chairman/cricket chairman or other acceptable officer acting on behalf of a club committee, an officerof the League or club appointed Child Welfare Officer.
Allreports will be dealt with by the Disciplinary Sub-Committee and clubs will be expected to deal with them within the timescales laid down within the Guidelines.

2) Code of Conduct and Spirit of Cricket


The following preamble is taken from the introduction to the Laws of Cricket, it informs clubs of the way in which the NPCL approaches all aspects relating to disciplinary matters

2.2)Code of Conduct

2.2.1)The ECB and the NPCL are committed to maintaining the highest standards of behaviour and conduct both on and off the field.
All clubs and players by virtue of their registration with the NPCL, explicitly agree to abide by this Code of Conduct which incorporates the Spirit of Cricket, and are bound by the provisions in these Regulations.

2.2.2)The Captains are responsible at all times for ensuring the play is conducted within the Spirit of Cricket as well as within the Laws.

2.2.3)Players and club officials must at all times accept the umpire's decision
Players must not show dissent at the Umpires decision or react in a provocative or disapproving manner towards another player or spectator.

2.2.4)Players and club officials shall not intimidate assault or attempt to intimidate or assault an umpire, another player, a club official or a spectator.

2.2.5)Players and club officials shall not use crude and/or offensive language, (known as sledging), nor make offensive gestures or hand signals, nor deliberately distract an opponent.

2.2.6)Players and club officials shall not make racially abusive comments nor indulge in racially abusive actions against fellow players, officials, members and supporters.
Clubs must operate an active open door membership policy whilst respecting player qualification regulations and welcome players/members irrespective of ethnic origin.

2.2.7)Players and club officials shall not use or in any way be concerned in the use or distribution of illegal drugs.

2.2.8)Players and club officials shall not make any public or media comment which is detrimental to the NPCL, clubs, umpires or the game in general.
In this instance media shall include press, radio, television, external websites, club websites, social networking sites and club match programmes.

2.3) The Spirit of Cricket

Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws, but also within the Spirit of the Game.
Any action which is seen to abuse this spirit causes injury to the game itself.
The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rests with the captains.

2.3.1)There are two Laws which place the responsibility for the team's conduct firmly on the captain of the Captains.

The Captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of the Game as well as within the Laws. Players Conduct

In the event of a player failing to comply with the instructions of an umpire, criticising his decision by word or action, showing dissent, or generally behaving in a manner which might bring the game into disrepute, the umpire concerned shall in the first instance report the matter to the other umpire and then the player's captain, requesting the latter to take action.

2.3.2) Setting the Tone

Captains and umpires together set the tone for the conduct of a cricket match.
Every player is expected to make an important contribution to this.

2.3.3) Fair and Unfair Play

According to the Laws the Umpires are the sole judges of fair and unfair play.
The Umpires may intervene at any time and it is the responsibility of the captain to take action when required.

2.3.4) The Umpires are authorised to intervene in cases of

Time wasting

Damaging the pitch

Dangerous or unfair bowling

Tamperimg with the ball

Any other action they consider to be unfair

2.3.5)The Spirit of the Game involves RESPECT for:

Your Opponents

Your own captain and team

The role of the umpires

The game's traditional values

2.3.6)It is against the Spirit of the Game

To dispute an umpier's decision by word, action or gesture

To direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire

To indulge incheating or any sharp practice, for instance
Appealing knowing the batsman is not out
Advance towards the umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing
Seek to distract an opponent either verbally or by harassment with persisitent clapping or unneccessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of one's own side.


There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play


3.1)Disciplinary Committee Strucuture

3.1.1)The Disciplinary Committee is a Sub-Committee of the NPCL Executive Committee

3.1.2)The Disciplinary Committee will consist of the NPCL Chairman, a Disciplinary Representative nominated by the Executive Committee, and a Northern Cricket League Umpier's Federation (NCLUF) nominated Disciplinary Secretary

3.1.3)The Disciplinary Committee will manage the disciplinary processes as described in these Guidelines, keep records, post notices on th NPCL website an will report regularly to the NPCL Exectutive Committee

3.2) Level 1 Disciplinary Offence

3.2.1)Umpires advise captain(s) at the end of the match of their intention to submit a Report.
The captain(s) must inform their players of the award of a Level 1 Disciplinary Offence (L1DO).

3.2.2) A L1D0 is recorded on the green form headed "Level 1 Disciplinary Report Form" and forwarded to John Kettlestring by post or email and who will include the details on the NPCL website


3.3.1)For reports one umpire takes the responsibility to inform the NCLUF Disciplinary Secretary as soon as possible and within 48 hours of the close of play submit the report on the form headed "Recreational Umpire Disciplinary Report" This report should be sent by email if at all possible.

3.3.2)The NCLUF Disciplinary Secretary will advise the NPCL Disciplinary Representative of the incident by forwarding a copy of the disciplinary report together with any additional information, and also forward a copy of the report to the Cricket Chairman/Secretary of the club(s)concerned.
Should there not be a suitable club contact available for notification of the report, the NPCL Disciplinary Representative will be advises accordingly.

3.3.3)The Discipinary Representative will immediately establish contact with the club(s) concerned and clarify the action taken by the club.
Clubs are expexted to convene an internal enquiry and convey the action taken to the NPCL Disciplinary Representative within 4 days of the match in which the incident occurred, having taken into account any previous misconduct attaching to the player(s) concerned and using these Guidelines to guage the penalty appropriate to the offence.

Clubs may recommend that part of any non-mandatory suspension be deferred dependant on the player's future behaviour, but this will not be automatically accepted by the Discipline Committee Chairman

3.3.4)Action to be taken by the clubs will be: - by the Disciplinary Committee Chairman and notified to the NPCL Disciplinary Secretary for advices to both umpires invovled in the match, the club(s) concerned and the webmaster for the notice-board; or, when a disciplinary hearing shall be held

3.3.5)The intention is that any suspension/penalty will be placed in force prior to the next scheduled league fixture.
In the event of the club(s) taking no action, the Disciplinary Committee Chairman may impose a one week suspension subject to the hearing in circumstances where it is clear that such suspension will be a minimum imposition

3.3.6)Should a player commit a further offence whilst in receipt of a suspended sentence, the suspended sentence will apply immediately and the further offence should be considered by the club( and if appropriate by the Disciplinary Committee Chairman) as a separate matter


4.1)The NPCL Representative will notify, within a 7 day period, the player(s), and his/their club's(s) secretary (ies) of the time, date and venue of the disciplinary hearing and a Disciplinary panel will be appointed.
The NCLUF Disciplinary Secretary will be advised.
The notification shall specify the alleged disciplinary offence and give player(s) and club(s) 7 days notice of the hearing.

4.2)The accused player or club shall attend the hearing and be entitled
to submit written statements ahead of the hearing;
to state his case(in the case of a club, by its Secretary or other official); and
to be supported by a colleague and to call witnesses.

4.3)If the player or club is to have representation present at the hearing then the details of that representation must be given to the NPCL Discipinary Representative not less than 7 days before the date of the hearing.

4.4)The Disciplinary Panel will consist of the Disciplinary Committee Chairman pus 2 members drawn from a list approved by the NPCL's Executive Committee, and a minute taker appointed by the Executive Committee(who will have no involvement or vote on the proceedings, with all costs being the responsibility of the club concerned).
None of the Panel should be connected with the player, the club or their opponents at the time of the alleged offence, or a club which might directly benefit from any disciplinary action.
The hearing minutes will be made available to an Appeal Panel if such action should subsequently take place.

4.5)The Disciplinary Panel will call on umpires, players, independant witnesses and any other person(s) whom they may consider to be of assistance in their enquiries .
The NCLUF is to encourage its members to include details of independent witnesses within their within their report wherever possible.

4.6)Umpire(s) requested to attend a disciplinary hearing (or an Appeal) will receive expenses of a similar amount to the current travelling expenses payable under Playing Regulations 8.1.2.

4.7)A club or player involved in disciplinary proceedings will be solely responsible for meeting such costs or expenses as it or they may incur, including the cost of any legal or other representation.

4.8)In the event of more than one club being involved in the hearing, the cost will be equally shared.

4.9)The standard of proof shall be on the balance of probabilities rather than the criminal standard of beyond reasonable doubt.

4.10)The Disciplinary Panel shall decide what if any penalties are to be imposed at the time of the Hearing and shall advise the player club and the NPCL Disciplinary Representative.
The penalties shall be generally in line with the guidelines in Section 7 below.


5.1)There are no appeals allowed against an automatic ban instigated for a Level 1 Disciplinary Offence.

5.2)Where a disciplinary offence has been proved at a Disciplinary Hearing, a player or club shall have the right of appeal.
Where a player and his club are appealing in relation to the same incident, they must do so separately.

5.3)An appeal should be made in writing to the Disciplinary Committee's Chairman or Secretary within 5 days of the date of the original decision, accompanied by a cheque for £50.00 payable to the NPCL which amount will be refunded in the event of such appeal being successful.
The club is responsible for the cost of the appeal hearing. In the event of the appeal not being correctly received within the 5 day period, the decision of the Disciplinary Hearing Panel will stand.

5.4)If a notice of appeal is given, the penalty shall not take effect pending the hearing of the Appeal, which shall take place as soon as is practicable and in any event within 14 days of receipt of the notice of the appeal.

5.5)The Appeal shall be by way of a hearing or a re-hearing before a different panel - the Appeal Panel.
The composition of the Panel shall be at the discretion of the Chairman of the NPCL Disciplinary Committee and shall consist of not less than three persons, none of whom shall be connected with the player, the Club or their opponents at the time of the alleged offence or have been a member of the original Disciplinary Panel.

5.6)One member of the Appeal Panel will act as Chairman. The NPCL's Honorary Secretary will take the minutes of the hearing.

5.7)The club shall have the same rights of attendance and representation at any hearing or re-hearing and to call witnesses.

5.8)The Appeal Panel may call on umpires, players, independent witnesses and any other person(s) whom they may consider to be of assistance in their enquiries.
The NCLUF is to encourage its members to include details of independent witnesses within their report wherever possible.
Umpires will receive expenses as described above (Clause 5.6).

5.9)The travelling expenses of the three members of the Appeal Panel plus those of any others called to give evidence will be the responsibility of the player's club.
The NPCL will pay these expenses if the appeal finds in favour of the player.

5.10)In the event of more than one club being involved in the hearing, the cost will be equally shared.

5.11)The standard of proof shall be on the balance of probabilities rather than the criminal standard of beyond reasonable doubt.

5.12)Non-attendance at a hearing of the Appeal Panel by the club or person that submitted the appeal without good and valid reason for such non-attendance will automatically result in forfeiture of their right of appeal.

5.13)The Appeal Panel may confirm, vary or reverse the decision of the Disciplinary Panel and it shall have the power to increase the penalty and award costs of the Appeal hearing and forfeit the whole or part of the deposit.
Decisions of the Appeal Panel shall be by majority vote; where necessary, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.
The decision of the Appeals Panel shall be made at the time of the Hearing and the Chairman shall advise the player, club and the NPCL's Disciplinary Representative.

5.14)The decision of the Appeal Panel or, if no appeal, of the Disciplinary Panel, shall be final and binding.


Level 1 Disciplinary Offence

6.1.1)Any player receiving three L1DOs in two seasons will receive an immediate and automatic two weeks ban.

6.1.2) The remainder of this Section of the Guidelines relates to the penalties applicable to reportable offences.

6.2 Reportable offences

6.2.1) As a minimum, automatic suspension by the club for ONE WEEK.

6.2.2) If the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the League is satisfied with the action taken by the club, the case will be closed. Should the Disciplinary Committee Chairman decide the offence is sufficiently serious, he will refer the complaint for a full disciplinary hearing. When issuing the penalty, the Disciplinary Panel or Appeal Panel may take account of instances of poor team discipline in previous years, particularly where the on the field captain is the same, and the previous record of any individual charged.

6.3) Panels will take the following factors into account when determining the penalties to be imposed:

If the accused player/club has pleaded guilty

The player's previous disciplinary record

If the player is also the captain

The conduct of the player subsequent to him being warned and told that he will be reported

If an appeal is considered to be spurious

6.4 Suspensions

6.4.1)Suspensions will be imposed for offences which occur in any league or cup competition fixture and will apply to all matches under the auspices of the ECB.
In addition suspensions imposed for a period which continues beyond the end of a season will be carried forward into the following season.

6.4.2)A player charged with more than one offence will receive (if guilty) separate penalties which are cumulative and NOT concurrent.

6.4.3)Suspensions will be imposed in weeks (as multiples of seven days) commencing midnight Friday to midnight Friday.

6.4.4)Suspensions of four weeks duration will be reported by the NPCL to the Lancashire Cricket Board for national circularisation. Such suspensions will normally apply to all cricket played under the auspices of the ECB.

6.5)The severity of the offence will influence the appropriateness of the length of sentence to be imposed in all cases.

6.6)The Disciplinary Panel or Appeal Panel shall have the power to suspend the operation of any part, or all, of the penalty it imposes for such period and subject to such terms and conditions it deems appropriate.


Level 1 Disciplinary Offences

Where both umpires agree that the level of general behaviour and misconduct does not warrant a formal disciplinary report, then they should report the incident as a Level 1 Disciplinary Offence on the match report card. The reporting of such offences is mandatory.
The type of L1DOs are listed below

(a)Shouting of foul or abusive language whether in selffrustration or at or to an umpire or player, at such a level as to be heard at or beyond the boundary thus bringing the game and NPCL into disrepute.

(b)Excessive or orchestrated appealing including 'ridiculous' lbw appeals from a position where the fielder could not possibly make a considered appeal

c)Premature 'celebrations' prior to an umpire' decision.

(d)Advancing towards the umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing.

(e)Gesturing/pointing towards the pavilion upon dismissal of the batsman or any other form of aggressive 'send-off'.

(f)Persistent questioning of an umpire's decisions and comment thereon - where this falls short of (c) Abuse of an Umpire above.

(g)A captain's failure to take appropriate action to control a player's behaviour/ actions following a request.

Mandatory reporting under the laws The umpires after consultation are instructed to report transgressions under the following headings:

a. Law 18.5 - deliberate short runs

b. Law 24.2(c) - fair delivery - the arm

c. Law 42.3 - changing the condition of the match ball**

d. Law 42.4 - deliberate attempt to distract striker**

e. Law 42.5 - deliberate distraction or obstruction of batsman**

f. Law 42.6, 7 and 8 - dangerous and unfair bowling**

g. Law 42.9 - time wasting by the fielding side

h. Law 42.10 - batsman wasting time

i. Law 42.11, 12, 13 and 14 - bowler, fielder or batsman avoidably damaging the pitch**

j. Law 42.16 - batsmen stealing a run

k. Law 42.18 - players conduct

**These offences are likely to incur a minimum TWO WEEKS suspension

Other Disciplinary Reportable Offences

Tariff: One to four weeks

1. Abuse of cricket equipment, clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings.The knocking of stumps, or the throwing or kicking of a bat, ball, helmet, boundary flag, rope or any equipment on the field of play or within the curtilage of the club premises or ground.

2. Aggressive behaviour

2.1 Repeated charging or advancing towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing.
The Captain may also be disciplined.

2.2 Throwing the ball at or near a player, umpire or official in an inappropriate and dangerous manner.

2.3 The bowling of fast short pitched balls that result in the bowler being disallowed from bowling further in that innings.

2.4 Inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players in the course of play.

Tariff: Two to six weeks

3. Abuse of a player

Using language or gesture that is obscene or of a serious insulting nature to another player, umpire, team official or spectator.
The player's Captain is liable to be suspended similarly if reasonable steps were not taken to avoid the abuse

4. Abuse of an umpire (inclusive of intimidation by language or conduct)

Dissent by action and/or verbally, verbal or written abuse (including language that is obscene, offensive or insulting and/or the making of an obscene gesture.

Tariff: Six to eight weeks

5. Threatening and violent behaviour

5.1Threatening to assault another player, team official or spectator

Tariff: Six to ten weeks

6.Racial Abuse of any person

Using language or gesture that offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage or vilify another person on the basis of that person's race, religion, sexual orientation, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin

Tariff: Six to twelve weeks

7.1 Threatening an umpire

7.2 Physical assault of another player, umpire, official or spectator

7.3 Any act of violence on the field of play

Additional Penalties

The Disciplinary Panel shall have power to impose additional penalties for one or more of the following offences:
1) offences under 5.2-5.4, and 6 of the above listed tariffs.
2) offences under 2.2.4; 2.2.6; 2.2.7; and 2.2.8 of the Code of Conduct

Additional penalties are:

i) in the case of a player
a) expulsion from the League
b) a ban for a period of time including a lifetime ban from the League

ii) in the case of a club
a) expulsion from the League
b) expulsion from any Cup competition of the League
c) deduction of points in the League
d) fines


The attention of all Clubs is drawn to the existence of a "gentlemens" agreement between The Northern Cricket League and the Lancashire County Cricket Club whereby any negotiations between a League Club and any professional in the empolyment of the County Cricket Club from whatever source initiated are strictly forbidden until written consent of the County Committee has been obtained, and the League Committee has undertaken not to sanction any agreement obtained in violation of the above conditions.

Use of Advertising Logo's on Players Clothing.

The League Committee recently agreed that the use of Logo's on players clothing should be in line with ECB Regulations.
This means that only a Logo belonging to the Club and/or Sponsor or the manufacturer should be visible on any clothing or equipment worn or used by a player whiisciplinalst on the field of play.

Logo's may appear on the chest, sleeve or collar of shirts.
On sleeveless sweaters Logo's must only appear on the chest whilst on long sleeve sweaters they can be on the chest or leading arm.
The maximum aggregate area of each logo must not exceed 10 square inches.

On trousers the manufacturer's logo must appear on the hip or trouser pocket only.
Helmets must be a single base colour and the Club's or Sponsor's logo may appear on the front of the helmet and on the ear pieces.

On bats the manufacturer's logo must be restricted to the top 9 inches of the bat.
There are no restictions to the use of logos on the back or edge of bats.
Players are not permitted to wear training clothing on the field of play and are expected to wear cricket clothing at any Presentation Ceremony.
A copy of the full ECB Advertising Insignia Regulations has been issued to every Club for information.


Clubs are to charged £100 and each club to supply two advertisers for publication

"Admit to all grounds" handbooks may be used for all League and Cup matches excluding Inter - League Competition Matches

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