1. The league shall be known as the Boddingtons Village Cricket League.
2. The League will be open on application to teams within the Bilsborrow, Ribble Valley and surrounding Districts. The maximum number of teams in the league is 10.
3. All teams will nominate one member to serve on the General committee. The executive committee will consist of the Chairman, Vice chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Fixture/Results Secretary. The executive committee will be elected on an annual basis at the AGM which will be held on a Tuesday in November. There will also be in meetings on a Tuesday in April, July and August. Every club will be notified of the date by the Secretary.
4. Playing rules can only be changed at the AGM or an EGM.
5. Each team will pay annual payment to the league and the account for cricket balls by the start of the season. And for dinner tickets by the end of September.
6. If any club owes money to the league by the time of the AGM and fails to pay it on the night, and/or fails to attend the meeting, or may be suspended and given 14 days’ notice in writing, to explain the teams position. Or be expelled from the Boddingtons Village Cricket League.
7. Each team will play at the other teams are home and away basis. The games will be played on a Wednesday night.
8. All away teams will bat first in the league matches. Commencing at 6:30pm or earlier by agreement.
9. The minimum number of six ball overs will be 10 the maximum will be 20, except for the first and last two weeks of the season. When there will be a maximum of 15 overs per innings.
(a)Batsmen will retire at 20 runs. Last man stands and can be run out at either end.
(b) In 20 over innings a player will bowl a maximum of 3 overs. The wicket-keeper may bowl if needed.
(c) Wides and no-balls count as 1 run and an extra ball bowled.
10. Teams should play in white, but may nominate an alternative squad colour to play in at the beginning of the season. Shorts are not permitted on the field of play”.
11. Points awarded will be: 3 for a win 2 for a tie. If weather prevents any play each team will receive 1 point. If a game is stopped at any stage because of the rain or bad light each team will receive 1 point, and the game cannot be replayed.
12. If the game is not played (for any other reason than the weather). The team which cancels the game will forfeit the match and the points.
13. Each team will be required to provide a competent scorer and umpire for each match.
(a) Teams not providing a non-playing scorer or umpire will pay the opposition’s umpire or scorer £11 each.
(b) The scoreboard should display wickets and retired batsmen combined.
14. All matches will be played under the MCC laws that are currently in force, except that:
(a) Any ball passing wide of the leg stump behind the batsman and not making contact with any part of the batsman's and body or equipment shall be called a wide.
(b) Any ball pitching and subsequently reaching the batsman at nipple height. And any ball NOT pitching then passes or would pass the batsman at waist height would also be deemed a no ball. Meaning the height of the batsman when standing upright not in a batting stance.
15. The HOME TEAM is to FAX or PHONE the result to the results secretary by 9:30 AM following morning. A full report sheet is to be in the result secretaries hands within seven days. In default, a fine may be imposed by for each omission.
16. Any disputes or protests must be notified to the League Secretary in writing within 72 hours of the relevant incident, or by the inclusion of a note on the score sheet submitted to the Results Secretary. In the first instance the parties involved in any disagreement will meet informally with any two members of the executive, their decision will be reported to the next meeting of the full committee (see rule17 and 18).
The executive committee will deal formally with a disagreement and may involve one of the four following penalties:
(a) A reprimand.
(b) A fine of not more than £50.
(c) Suspension for one or more matches to commence as directed.
(d) Expulsion from the league, cup or six aside as appropriate.
17. Any appeal against a decision of the Executive Committee must be given in writing to the secretary of the league within seven days.
18. Appeals will be heard by the General Committee who may confirm, reduce, or increase any penalty, imposed by the Executive Committee. The decision of the General committee will be final and binding.
19. A player may only play for one team in any particular season.
20. No team may field a player who has played in three or more of the top two divisions of any weekend league in the current season. If a player has played in three or more of the top two divisions of any weekend league in the previous season, he may not play in the first three games of the current BVLC season. The penalty for playing such a player will be automatic reduction of three points, and the match will be awarded to the opposing team.
(a) Players should be registered with the league before playing or during the week following their 1st match. (Apply common sense here)
21. Any player under the age of 15 on 1st September in the previous year shall be exempt from rule 20.
22. If any teams finish at the top of the league on the same number of points they will be declared the joint winners of the league.
23. Match balls must be approved by the league, and stamped VCL. The batting side will provide the ball for their innings and passed to the umpires before the innings commences.
24. The umpire’s decision will be FINAL.
25 The Cup competition will be played under the same rules as the league in a knock out format. The captain winning the toss of a coin decides whether to bat or to bowl first.