RULES FOR OVER 60’s & 70’s




01 August 2017.






The Spirit of Cricket is expected to be observed at all times

“….Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact it should be played not only within its Laws but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action which is seen to abuse the spirit causes injury to the game itself. The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rests with captains…” MCC Laws of Cricket (2003 code 5th edition – 2013)


Culture of the Championship

Whilst the structure of the championship provides for a competitive approach, the organisers believe this should not result in over-competiveness or over-shadow what they believe is the championship’s main purpose – to provide an opportunity for cricketers of all standards despite their advancing years, to continue to participate in a sport we all love.


  1. Age

To play in the Championships a player must have reached 60 years of age during the year of the competition. Note that the equivalent condition applies to the Over 70s.

  1. Competition Format and Structure

    1. Games will be played on Days 1, 2, 4 and 5. Day 3 will be a Rest Day.

  1. Wherever possible Divisions will consist of 8 teams in both Over 60 & Over 70 ages.

  2. Teams will be seeded on the basis of previous year’s results as follows: Pool A – teams finishing 1st , 4th, 5th, 8th. Pool B – teams finishing 2nd, 3rd, 6th& 7th.The President or his nominee must be consulted on requests to vary this formula. Where a State has two teams nominated in that Division, the teams will be placed in different Pools.

    1. On Days 1, 2 and 4, teams will play each of the other teams in its pool (weather permitting).

    2. Whenever possible, Finals will be held on Day 5 when teams in the equivalent position in each pool in each Division will play each other.

    3. Trophies will be awarded to the winners of all Divisions.


  1. Competition Points/Placings

    1. Points - teams will be awarded 2 points for a win, 1 point for a Tie or a Draw and zero points for a loss.

    2. The match is completed when a result is achieved. No further play is required.

    3. In all Divisions the placing of teams level on points will be decided by identifying the one with the higher wickets/runs quotient. NOTE: a retired batsman will not be deemed dismissed for the purpose of calculating wickets lost in an innings.

      1. The quotient is to be calculated as follows:

A - Runs scored divided by wickets lost,

B - Runs scored by opposition teams divided by wickets taken, and

C - Divide A) by B) to determine team quotient.


  1. Clothing, Grounds and Equipment

    1. Coloured or white team shirts and trousers are permitted.

    2. Only red four-piece balls supplied by the Championship organisers will be used.

    3. The host state must provide equipment such as stumps, marker cones.

    4. Wherever possible the Oval playing size is to measure 55 metres (Over 60s Divisions 1 and 2) and 50 metres (Over 70s and all other Divisions) a half circle from the stumps at each end to form the ends, and then joined by straight boundaries on the off and on sides.

    5. Pitch covers are to be used when available and as required. Refer to 8 b) ii) below and 10 c)

      1. During play both teams are responsible for speedy delivery of the covers when rain is imminent, and both teams must assist with the covering.

      2. Both teams must assist with removal of the covers and required overnight covering.

  1. Disputes

The Disputes and Disciplinary Committee will consist of the Championship Referee and the National President or his nominee.

    1. The Organising Committee shall appoint a Championship Referee who will be responsible for the resolution of all disputes. This will include:

      1. receiving all reports, both written (Refer Rule 7 b) and verbal.

      2. advising the National President or his nominee.

      3. convening and chairing a prompt meeting at a suitable venue with all parties involved.

      4. consulting the National President or his nominee on:

        1. any issues relating to the dispute

        2. previous practice and interpretation of VCA rules and guidelines

        3. VCA Board expectations regarding standards and behaviour

      1. determining relevant penalties for any indiscretions.

NOTE: a) any dispute must be submitted in writing or email by the team management to the Championship Referee by 7:00 pm on the day of the match. Such report must contain all relevant information.

    1. It is the ultimate responsibility of the Championship Referee to decide the innocence or guilt of parties involved and any penalty that might be imposed.

    2. It is recommended that the Cricket Australia Code of Behaviour for Players and Player Support Personnel, specifically Articles 2 (Code of Behaviour Offences) and 7 (Sanctions on Players) be used to help maintain consistency.


  1. Wet weather

It is the responsibility of the Organising Committee to:

    1. Where possible, organise synthetic pitches as an alternative for all matches rostered to be played on turf pitches in the event of wet weather or of grounds being considered unsafe. If there are insufficient back-up synthetic grounds available to cater for all games, priority shall be given to Division 1 then other Divisions in descending order.

    2. Managers are to be advised urgently of any change in ground allocation for any match.

  1. Match administration

The Organising Committee is responsible for the smooth running of the Championships and is empowered to delegate responsibilities as follows:

    1. ensuring that results are communicated directly to the Championship Recorder.

    2. ensuring that any reports arising from the match are communicated directly to the Championship Referee as soon as possible. (Refer Rule 5 a) i) and Rule 15.)

    3. liaising with the local club and groundsman, organising drinks and lunches, check scoring, assisting the umpires and captains where necessary, ensuring the grounds, equipment and change rooms are left in a proper state.


  1. Health and Safety

    1. It is a condition of Championship registration that each state ensures that all its players are insured.

    2. Playing conditions:

      1. Heat Policy: Each State Organising Committee is responsible for implementing a Heat Policy relevant to prevailing conditions in that State/Territory. (Refer to Appendix 1 for guidelines.)

        1. In the event of matches proceeding but, in the opinion of either captain conditions become too extreme, attention is drawn to iii) 2 of this rule below.

      2. Lightning Rule: When lightning is sighted, count the seconds until thunder is heard. If that time is less than 30 seconds, the storm is within a 10km radius and is potentially dangerous. Play is to be suspended immediately and appropriate shelter taken. Play must not resume until the storm has passed and thunder is not heard within 30 seconds or 30 minutes has elapsed after the storm has passed.

        1. Once play ceases at one oval, play must cease on all adjoining ovals.

        2. Covers should not be placed if umpires are obliged to halt play due to lightning even if rain is expected.

      3. During-play player safety

        1. It is the responsibility of players themselves and through them, of team management and team captains to ensure, as far as possible, that players remain safe while playing matches. This includes the positioning of players in the field and the wearing of helmets by batsmen and fielders (including wicket-keepers) bearing in mind the relative strengths and weaknesses of both their own players and of their opponents.

        2. If a captain believes it unsafe to continue play for any reason he should immediately advise the Umpire/s of his concerns. After consultation with both captains, the Umpire/s shall have the final say as to whether or not play should continue and, if so, whether match conditions are to be varied.

    3. Defibrillators

      1. The Organising Committee shall ensure that a defibrillator (AED) is available at every match.

      2. If teams are unable to provide their own, the Organising Committee shall:

        1. organise teams to share, depending on availability, OR

        2. arrange for AEDs to be made available from local sources, OR

        3. publicise arrangements for immediate access to an AED.


PART 2 MATCH RULES The Laws of Cricket apply except for variations mentioned herein.


  1. Teams

    1. Each team may consist of twelve (12) players. Only eleven fielders can be on the field at any one time and only eleven players can bat.

      1. Fielders may rotate at any time, after notifying the nearest umpire.

      2. Before the toss, captains will provide the opposing captain with a team list of all players.

    2. Championship Finals: Player Eligibility.

      1. In order to be eligible for a final, a player must have played in a minimum of one previous match at that Championship.

      2. A player who has played in a lower Division team is eligible to play in a higher Division final.

      3. A player cannot be relegated from a higher Division to play in a lower Division final unless that player has played an earlier match for the team at that Championship.

      4. Any request to vary Player Eligibility for finals must be approved by the Referee, prior to the commencement of play on that day.


  1. Umpires

It is expected that all umpires will be familiar with Rules 5, 7 & 8, as well as all Match Rules.

    1. Two official umpires are to be allocated to each match wherever possible. If only one official umpire is available that umpire is to stand at each bowling end.

      1. If no official umpire(s) is available both captains shall agree on non-official umpire(s).

    2. After consulting both captains, umpires have the final say on whether play will start, continue, resume or cease due to rain, unsafe ground conditions or extreme heat.

    3. When umpires decide that play is to cease due to approaching rain, they should use their discretion to determine if and when covers (if available) are installed on turf pitches.

    4. Umpires are to supply the Championship Referee with an incident report in the event of a dispute or protest as set out by the Organising Committee under Rule 7.


  1. Playing Hours and Innings

    1. Hours of Play: Matches are to commence at 10.00 am and be completed by 6.00 pm unless there has been a prior arrangement with the Championship Administrator. Eg., Early start at 9.30 am, match concludes at 5.30pm.

    2. Length of Matches

      1. Over 60’s Divisions 1 & 2: 45 Overs

      2. All other Over 60 Divisions & Over 70’s: 40 Overs

      3. Whenever play on a turf pitch is unlikely to commence before 11.30am or if rain or unsafe ground conditions prevent any match which commenced on turf from being fully played out, it may be completely restarted on the alternate synthetic pitch, provided less than twenty (20) overs of the first team’s innings have been bowled.

        1. The restarted game will be reduced to twenty (20) overs for each team’s innings.

        2. If more than twenty (20) overs have been bowled, the match shall not be restarted and will be called a draw.

        3. If the game cannot be restarted, and if the captains agree, with the approval of the umpire(s) teams may play a reduced over non-Championship game.

      4. Lost time: and Target Scores. Incorporating Rule 15.DLS Calculations for time lost.

The Duckworth Lewis Stern method of target score calculation is to be used in all Divisions. It is the responsibility of Captains to ensure that they or someone in their team has access to and knowledge of a DLS app.

All time deductions will occur as follows:

(1)    Hours of Play 10.00 – 6.00pm Total minutes – 8 x 60 = 480 minutes.

(2)    Lunch Break – 40 min.

(3)    Actual playing time available: 480 – 40 = 440 minutes.

(4)    Time taken for 2 teams to bowl 45 overs

45 x 7.5 = 337.5 minutes (rounded up to 340 minutes.)

(5)    Difference between 3 and 4:  440 – 340 = 100 minutes.  

Scheduled start is 10.00 am. 100 minutes time difference enables a start at 11.40 am without loss of overs.

Further time losses after 11.40 am:

(6) Team batting First:  Reduce the overs for both teams by one (1) for each 7.5 minutes lost in all Divisions.

     Example – 90 minutes of lost time divided by 7.5 = 12 overs lost from both team’s innings.

(7)   Team Batting Second - Using 6.00pm as the time by which the match must end, umpires reduce the overs by one (1) for each 4 minutes lost in all Divisions.

Example – 90 minutes lost (90 divided by 4 = 22.5 which means 23 over reduction.

NOTE 1: There will come a point in time when it will be mathematically impossible for the team batting second to receive 20 overs. The umpires may announce that the game will be declared abandoned should play not resume by such time.

NOTE 2: There may be an occasion where a change of innings occurs outside the scheduled lunch break. In this event the lunch break will be restricted to 30 minutes. This will allow a normal 10 minute break for change of innings without loss of additional overs.

    1. Drinks breaks are to be taken at agreed intervals, with reference to the current weather. Extra drinks for batsman can be supplied between overs if so requested. (Refer Appendix 1)

    2. The lunch interval should normally start once the first 45/40 overs have been bowled or on the completion of first innings after an interruption. The duration can vary from 30 to 45 minutes by agreement.


  1. Batting

    1. Retirements - batsmen must retire on the stroke of scoring

    1. 50 runs in Divisions 1 and 2 in Over 60’s

    2. 40 runs in Over 70s and all other Divisions.

NOTE a) Batsmen who have retired may not return, unless they have Retired Hurt in accordance with the Rules of Cricket. b) Retired batsmen will be deemed ‘Retired Not Out’ for the purpose of calculating wickets lost in an innings.

    1. Substitute Runners. Injured batsmen will be entitled to have a runner if injured during the match in progress.


  1. Bowling

    1. Restrictions

  1. a maximum of 8 overs each in Divisions 1 and 2 in Over 60’s

  2. maximum of 7 overs each in Over 70s and all other Divisions.

  3. If the number of overs to be bowled in an innings is reduced, the maximum number of overs to be bowled by any bowler will be proportionately reduced in all Divisions.

    1. Unfair Deliveries - an Unfair Delivery is:

      1. No Balls (in addition to the normal front & back foot No Ball rules)

        1. Any full-toss that clearly arrives or would have arrived above waist height from any bowler as judged from where the batsman takes his stance as if he had been standing erect. Either the umpire at the bowler’s end or the square leg umpire is to instantly call and signal No Ball for any such unfair delivery.

        2. A ball that lands or bounces off a synthetic pitch in front of the batsman.

    2. Wides

      1. In all Divisions, any off side or high or leg side delivery which in the opinion of the Umpire does not give the batsman a reasonable opportunity to score shall be called a Wide.

      2. Bowlers are permitted two leg side deliveries in any over if they are not called wide. Any further leg side deliveries after the first two irrespective of width will be called a Wide.

  1. Fielding Restrictions.

i). At all times there are to be no more than 6 fielders on the leg side.

ii). At all times there are to be no more than 6 boundary fielders.

iii) At all times there are to be at least 3 fielders other than the wicketkeeper placed within

an imaginary line half way to the boundary.

The umpires are to adjudicate on this and to call No Ball if necessary.


  1. Match Results

    1. A Match Result Sheet must be completed after each game and the result signed by both captains and at least one umpire.

    2. Refer to Rule 7 re the process for submission of the correctly completed Match Result Sheet to the Championship Recorder.

NOTE a) Once a captain has signed the Match Result Sheet, the result shall not be disputed. If a captain is uncertain about the accuracy of the Match Result sheet he should not sign it but must instead write a report detailing the reasons for his uncertainty.

In such cases, Refer to Rule 7 re the process regarding notification of the disputed result.


In principle, no games are to be played if either the forecast air temperature exceeds 40 or the Apparent Temperature exceeds 42 using the Bureau of Meteorology Thermal Stress chart below (

Games abandoned under this clause are to be declared draws.

        1. However, due to the variation in conditions under which the Championships are played from year to year, the Organising Committee may apply to the Board for the above figures to be varied either up or down. In doing so, applications must bear in mind the right of those who are older and/or less fit than others to participate in the Championships without putting themselves at risk. Such applications must be made to the full Board at least 6 months prior to the Championship dates.

        2. The Organising Committee is to set temperatures and Apparent Temperatures less than those agreed to, beyond which games will proceed but under altered conditions so as to minimise the risk involved in playing. These conditions might include, but are not restricted to the following: split innings, blocks of overs to be bowled alternately from each end, more frequent drinks breaks, lower retirement figures for batsmen and maximum bowling spells, shorter matches.

        3. The agreed-upon temperatures and Apparent Temperatures, must be set out in the Championship programme, together with altered match conditions and arrangements regarding notification should they be expected.



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