May 2014 – Rules Updated
July 2013 – Walkover Rules Updated
April 2013 – Rules Updated
May 2012 – Rules Updated
April 2011: DL Method, Free Hit & Power Play Implementation
|Grounds||30-30 Start time||40-40 Local Teams||40-40 Travel Teams|
|CHICAGOLAND Grounds (Community Park,
Heritage Park, Washington Park, James Park,
Orchard Hill, Commissioner Park, Riverside Park
(Indiana), Addison, Lake in the Hills, Plainfield
|8.30 AM and 1.30 PM||10AM||11AM|
|PURDUE, GRAND RAPIDS (NOTE Time Zone)(EST)||NA||NA||11AM EST|
|PEORIA, URBANA, SPRINGFIELD||NA||10AM||11AM|
|All night games at Hanover||NA||5PM||NA|
|Day Games at Hanover (when night games are
14.2. GRACE TIME: There shall be a Grace period of 36 minutes for the local Chicago-land area games. For the traveling teams, a grace period of 1 hour and 6 minutes shall be allowed. Umpire’s watch shall be considered FINAL for all official Times.
14.2.1. Teams arriving late, during the Grace time shall have an opportunity to play the game without forfeiting the same
14.2.2. Teams arriving at the ground during the Grace Time shall be docked ONE over for every 6 minutes loss of play time. The time wasted shall be rounded off to the next lowest multiple of 6 (For instance a team arriving at 10:10 am for a Chicagoland match shall be docked 1 over, whereas teams arriving at 10:12 am shall be docked 2 overs and so on). DOCKING OF OVERS IS A PENALTY MEANT FOR THE TEAM COMING LATE… IT DOES NOT MEAN REDUCTION OF OVERS FOR THE MATCH TO SAVE TIME. DOCKING OF OVERS DOES NOT HAVE ANY EFFECT ON THE POWERPLAY NUMBER OF OVERS.
14.2.3. The docking of overs for outstation games shall commence 30 minutes after the scheduled start times. IN EFFECT TRAVELLING TEAMS SHALL HAVE 1Hr: 06 MIN TO COMMENCE THE GAME and hence not forfeit the game.
14.2.4. The docking of overs for outstation games shall commence 30 minutes after the scheduled start times. IN EFFECT TRAVELLING TEAMS SHALL HAVE 1Hr: 06 MIN TO COMMENCE THE GAME and hence not forfeit the game.
14.2.5. For teams arriving after Grace time – see Clause 14.4 on Forfeiture.
14.2.6. Grace time WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF OVERS. It only avoids forfeiture.
14.3. TOSS: The following rules shall apply for toss;
14.3.1. Irrespective of whether the game involves a travelling team or not, the umpire shall go for the toss 10 minutes before the scheduled Start of game
14.3.2. The visitors or the guest team shall call the toss.
14.3.3. The decision to BAT or FIELD must be conveyed to the umpire IMMEDIATELY AFTER TOSS.
14.3.4. A minimum of 7 (Seven) registered players should be present for the toss to happen, failing which, the team that has the required number of players shall be awarded the toss. If both teams do not have the minimum players it shall be awarded to the team that fulfils the condition first.
14.3.5. Host team must get the Ground ready in all aspects before the toss, failing which they shall be considered NOT ON TIME and the Toss awarded to the opponents IF they are present in the ground.
14.3.6. Hosts not getting the ground ready on time shall be subject to the Grace period rule, Docking of overs and the Forfeiture rule.
14.4. WALKOVER : The following actions may result in GIVING WALKOVER of matches;
14.4.1. Failure to have at least 7 (Seven) registered players on the ground by the end of Grace time or Failure to show up on the ground shall result in Walkover. The team that is present on the ground shall be awarded the full 4 (Four) points and the absentee team WILL BE DOCKED POINTS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH WALKOVER RULES FOR THEIR
DIVISION. In this case the umpire shall be paid for the match.
14.4.2. Teams refusing to start the match, teams leaving the field of play without umpired permission, players refusing to play, shall all be considered as grounds for WALKOVER.
14.4.3. Teams that have not paid the league fees in full will not be allowed to play the game and shall be considered to have GIVEN WALKOVER, unless they have written permission from a league officer.
14.4.4. The finance committee/Treasurer shall inform the umpiring committee, scheduling committee and other appropriate bodies of such defaulting teams at least 4-5 days before the game day. They shall also communicate to the teams about the possibility of WALKOVER.
14.5. PLAYING TIME: The teams shall keep up the following times in order to complete the matches in time. Any deliberate attempts to delay games shall have strict penalties.
14.5.1. OVERS: The number of overs stipulated by the league under normal playing conditions, is as follows;
18.104.22.168. 40 OVERS Division: 40 overs a side including playoffs, with a minimum of 20 overs to be completed in each innings, to be an OFFICIAL MATCH
22.214.171.124. 30 OVERS Division: 30 overs a side including playoffs, with a minimum of 15 overs to be completed in each innings, to be an OFFICIAL MATCH
126.96.36.199. In case of bad weather or other situations where the regular number of overs cannot be bowled, the umpire can reduce the number of overs – as a guide the number of overs to be reduced shall be calculated at the rate of 1 over for every 4 (Four) minutes lost, subject to the minimum number of overs as specified in 188.8.131.52 to 184.108.40.206 Any break or interruption will not be considered as part of this time.
220.127.116.11. Any reduction in the number of overs has to be decided before the play commences.
14.5.2. TIME: Every team shall strive to complete the match within the allotted time.
18.104.22.168. Division 40/40 games – 3:15 hours per innings. One hour grace time shall be allowed to accommodate delays. No game shall be continued after the end time specified in 17.1.
22.214.171.124. Division Thirty 30 games – 2:15 hours per innings. One hour grace time shall be allowed to accommodate delays. No game shall be continued after the end time specified in 17.1.
126.96.36.199. No games shall be delayed beyond 60 minutes from the designated end of play
14.5.3. REDUCTION OF OVERS: When a full day’s play is not possible, the umpires shall be at liberty to DILIGENTLY reduce the number of overs to accommodate a shortened but complete game. The broad guidelines are as follows;
188.8.131.52. For Chicago teams playing LOCALLY (Includes Milwaukee games in Chicago and Milwaukee) – No reduction of overs for the first 45 minutes of play, after which overs shall be REDUCED at the rate of One over for every 4 minutes lost The lunch break and Closing time to be adjusted accordingly
184.108.40.206. For OUTSTATION TEAMS PLAYING LOCALLY (Milwaukee, St. Louis, Peoria /Springfield / Champagne) – Same rule as 220.127.116.11
18.104.22.168. For Travelling teams with delayed start time (EXCEPT ST. LOUIS) – No reduction of overs for the first 30 minutes of play, after which overs shall be REDUCED at the rate of One over for every 4 minutes lost The lunch break and Closing time to be adjusted accordingly
22.214.171.124. For Travelling teams involving ST. LOUIS with delayed start time – Reduction of overs to start immediately after the scheduled start.
126.96.36.199. If a game involves reduction of overs AND Teams showing up during GRACE time, the Umpires shall first decide on the numbers of overs for the game and then dock the team for showing up late
14.5.4. DELAYS: Umpires shall keep a close watch on the match proceedings especially the time factor. Umpires also need to keep the teams informed about the time left for the innings to be completed. Deliberate attempts to delay the game shall be dealt with penalty overs/penalty runs. Normal delays shall however be allowed by the umpires.
14.5.5. BREAKS: Teams are requested to strictly follow the timelines for the drinks and lunch breaks.
188.8.131.52. On a normal day – 1 break lasting a maximum of 10 minutes for all division
184.108.40.206. Games will be played without any breaks in case of 25 over games.
220.127.116.11. On days with extreme weather conditions, umpires shall allow 2 (two) drink breaks
18.104.22.168. Lunch break shall be for 40 minutes and will not count towards playing time.
This can be reduced to 20 min to minimize the reduction of overs
22.214.171.124. Host teams shall provide lunch to guest teams in case of outstation games
15. DRAW / TIE / WALKOVER
15.1. Umpire shall exercise proper judgment and wait as long as possible to give both teams a fair chance to complete the game. However, no games shall be delayed beyond 60 minutes from the designated end of play.
15.2. If games are called off due to Bad weather/ Bad light /Bad Ground Conditions before the match becomes official, the game shall be declared a DRAW
15.2.1. For Division 40/40 matches – If less than 20 overs were bowled in the 2nd innings at the time of calling off the match. In this case each team shall be awarded 2 points.
15.2.2. For Division Thirty 30 matches – If less than 15 overs were bowled in the 2nd innings at the time of calling off the match. In this case each team shall be awarded 2 points
15.3. In case the match could not be started due to bad weather/bad light /bad ground conditions, the match shall be called off and both teams awarded 2 points each only if both teams fulfill the rule on minimum quorum required to start a game.
15.4. Matches washed out/abandoned due to rain or ground conditions after the completion of the minimum number of overs (required for the match to be official) shall be decided by D/L method. Explanation with example has been posted on the web separately
15.5. WALKOVERS: Teams are expected to play all the games in the right spirit of the game. As a deterrent to teams giving walkovers, the following rules shall apply;
15.5.1. Teams awarding walk-over for any reason whatsoever will get (-) 4 points and could have monetary penalties too. Teams receiving walk-overs will get full 4 points if they have the minimum quorum of players. No exceptions or assumptions shall be made.
(See Rule 18 for Points Table)
15.5.2. Walkover with advance notice – For teams informing the league the previous day of the match, there shall be no monetary penalty. The game shall however be treated as ‘Walkover given’ and will result in (-) 4 points.
15.5.3. Walkover without advance notice – Teams not giving 24 hours advance notice to the league shall not only get -4 points but shall be penalized $100 per ‘Walkover Given’ to pay for the umpiring cost and other administrative costs.
15.6. A game shall be declared a tie/draw if both the teams scored the same number of runs irrespective of the number of wickets lost or number of overs used to score the runs. Both teams shall be awarded 2 points.
16. MATCH TIME
16.1. HOSTING: The hosting team shall make attempts to provide lunch as a gesture to the travelling teams failing which they would do their best to arrange for delivery of such items. This would help save a lot of time and help in finishing the matches early
16.2. CAPTAINS: must follow the guidelines listed below:
16.2.1. Will be conversant and proficient with the laws of Cricket and make sure to go over rules and regulations with their players.
16.2.2. Will follow the constitution, rules and regulation of Midwest Cricket Conference.
16.2.3. Will control the behavior of all his team players.
16.2.4. Will respect the umpires opinions and decisions
16.2.5. Will ensure completing, tallying and signing official score sheets
16.2.6. Will ensure garbage is removed, Mats rolled and covered
16.2.7. Will be responsible to file the required match reports including reports on Umpires.
16.3. OVERS PER BOWLER: The over restrictions shall be applied as follows;
|40 Overs match||Max of 8 overs per bowler|
|30 Overs match||Max of 6 overs per bowler|
|20 Overs match||Max of 4 overs per bowler|
|Other matches played with
reduced number of overs
(For instance if the overs are reduced to 35, each bowler can
16.4. PLAYING AREA: No one from outside the boundary (including the registered players of the batting side) shall be allowed to enter the playing area once the match commences. None of the players of the fielding team shall approach the umpire FOR ANY REASON WHATSOEVER. In case of a dispute or doubt only the Captain, upon being granted permission by the umpire, shall be allowed to approach the umpire to discuss the situation (See the matrix on
discipline below for details).
16.5. LEG-UMPIRE: (if provided by the batting side): The captains from both teams understand and agree to abide by the following conditions;
16.5.1. The leg umpire vows to be FAIR to the game of cricket
16.5.2. He will wear a different colour shirt to differentiate himself from the fielder.
16.5.3. Cannot call a NO BALL – he can only suggest to the main umpire
16.5.4. Cannot talk to batsmen or offer suggestions when an over is in progress.
16.5.5. Shall remain standing at all times
16.5.6. Cannot under any circumstances argue with the fielding team or the main umpire
16.5.7. Can be replaced with another player if found to be an issue.
16.6. SCORE-SHEET: Both teams shall try to provide a scorer in order to maintain proper record of the runs and bowling figures which is required to complete the official score sheet at the end of the game. However, in the absence of scorers from each side, it shall be the batting team’s responsibility to provide the right batting and bowling numbers.
16.6.1. It shall be the captain’s responsibility to get the scored compiled, tallied, signed by umpire and load it in the website
16.6.2. Failure to enter scores in the website by end of day Wednesday following the game, shall result in a penalty of $25 for the first offence, $50 for the second. The third offence would result in a $100 and a ‘1 point’ docking from the points table
17.1. GROUND: Both teams shall take time to complete the following formalities;
17.1.1. The host team and guest teams shall take care of the following;
17.1.2. Host teams shall Roll the mat tightly and properly and cover the mat fully with the plastic tarp provided
126.96.36.199. Both teams shall make sure to collect the team garbage in proper garbage bags, tie them neatly and keep it at designated locations for pick up
188.8.131.52. Both team captains and/or scorer shall sit to complete the official score-sheet, tally the numbers and sign off the document and hand it over to the umpire
184.108.40.206. Failure to complete, tally or sign the official score-sheet would be deemed as an incomplete match on the part of the defaulting team. This shall be referred by the umpire to the league for appropriate action (See matrix for discipline for more details).
220.127.116.11. The league is under a lot of pressure from park districts, especially the Hanover Park Park District about case of ALCHOHOL CONSUMPTION and disposal of empty containers. All grounds leased to Midwest Cricket Conference for Cricket, strictly forbid consumption of Alcohol within the ground and park
premises. Players, officiating crew or and other league members whether in a supervising capacity on the ground or not, shall not consume alcohol before or during the game. Further, Players, Officiating crew, other league members are not allowed in the Park district premises under the influence of Alcohol, Drugs or any illegal substance. Infractions and offenders could be reported to the league and / or to respective local authorities if necessary.
18. Points will be awarded as follows:
|WIN||4 (Four) Points|
|WALKOVER-RECEIVED||4 (Four) Points (to the team receiving the walkover) subject to
|TIE / DRAW / NO RESULT /
|2 (Two) Points to each team|
|LOSS||0 (Zero) Points|
|WALKOVER- GIVEN||– 4 (Negative Four) Points (to the team failing to show up) for
any reason whatsoever
19.1. Individual Players or team as a whole wishing to lodge a complaint against either of the following – other individual league member/s, another team, umpire/s, or committee member/s shall need to do so in writing within 7 (Seven) days of the incident. The complaint is to be addressed and submitted to the judicial committee in writing.
19.2. Complaint can be made only by current league members and teams in good standing. Members and/or teams who are serving a suspension or have dues to the league cannot file a complaint.
19.3. The judicial committee shall make all attempts to address the complaint and table its findings within 2 weeks of filing the complaint.
20.1. The league shall organize an annual banquet sometime between October and February to celebrate the successful completion of the season and to recognize top performances in all aspects of the game.
21.1.1. Division Thirty 30
Top 8 teams from each of the Groups (A, B) will qualify for the playoffs. The match up of teams will cross the groups. The Format for 30-30 Playoffs (Lower Seed – AND HOST – Listed SECOND) will be as follows:
Pre Quarter Finals:
Finals: Winner of SF1 vs Winner of SF2
21.1.2. Division 40/40
The 12 teams making playoff are A1, A2, A3, A4, B1, B2, B3, B4, C1, C2, C3 and C4 (1 thru 4 rank in each group).
21.1.3. If the Playoff game cannot be completed due to bad light or weather, league will schedule the game on the next available date and will not start over but will continue from where it was stopped.
21.1.4. In case of a tie, the decision will be made using ‘SUPER OVER’ (only in the playoffs).
21.1.5. The team with lower standing in the regular season will host the game; however, if the team with lower standing is an away team, the local team will host the game.
21.1.6. The host team will be responsible for setting up the pitch and marking the boundaries. They will also be responsible for providing food and drinks for the visiting team.
21.1.7. In case both the teams are away teams, the league will HOST THE Game in terms of getting the ground match ready. On the host team’s request the league can arrange for lunch for both teams but the cost would have to borne by the HOST team.
21.1.8. The league will HOST the finals in all the divisions and also take care of the food cost and arrangements.
21.2. PLAY OFF ELIGIBILITY:
21.2.1. Irrespective of the Division, PLAYERS playing only for ONE TEAM should have played in MINIMUM OF 4 games in the regular season to qualify for playoffs.
21.2.2. Irrespective of the Division and Irrespective of being of PRIMARY or a SECONDARY player, PLAYERS playing for MORE THAN ONE TEAM should have played in MINIMUM OF 7 games for ANY or EACH of the teams in the regular season to qualify for playoffs for that team (Note: Please read this rule in conjunction with Rule 8 to understand what constitutes Primary /Secondary teams)
21.3.1. In the event of teams finishing on equal points on the points table, the right to play in the playoff matches, as well as higher seeding will be determined as follows;
18.104.22.168. Head to head
22.214.171.124. % of wins within division
126.96.36.199. % of wins common opponents
188.8.131.52. % of wins against playoff bound teams
21.4. REASSIGNING OF 40/40 TEAMS FOR NEXT SEASON
21.4.1. There shall be no reassigning of teams this year
22. RECOGNITION OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
22.1. Executive Committee (EC) will be the final authority of all cricketing matters within the M.C.C. All team members having read these rules agree to be bound by them and recognize the EC as the final arbitrator in all matters that pertains to the league including the M.C.C.