FOR OVER 60’s & 70’s
1 AIMS AND GUIDELINES
Spirit of Cricket is expected to be observed at all times
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)
of the Championship
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.
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.
Format and Structure
will be played on Days 1, 2, 4 and 5. Day 3 will be a Rest Day.
possible Divisions will consist of 8 teams in both Over 60 &
Over 70 ages.
will be seeded on the basis of previous year’s results as follows:
Pool A – teams finishing 1st
Pool B – teams finishing 2nd,
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.
Days 1, 2 and 4, teams will play each of the other teams in its
pool (weather permitting).
possible, Finals will be held on Day 5 when teams in the equivalent
position in each pool in each Division will play each other.
will be awarded to the winners of all Divisions.
- teams will be awarded 2 points for a win, 1 point for a Tie or a
Draw and zero points for a loss.
match is completed when a result is achieved. No further play is
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.
quotient is to be calculated as follows:
- Runs scored divided by wickets lost,
- Runs scored by opposition teams divided by wickets taken, and
- Divide A) by B) to determine team quotient.
Grounds and Equipment
or white team shirts and trousers are permitted.
red four-piece balls supplied by the Championship organisers will
host state must provide equipment such as stumps, marker cones.
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.
covers are to be used when available and as required. Refer to 8 b)
ii) below and 10 c)
play both teams are responsible for speedy delivery of the covers
when rain is imminent, and both teams must assist with the
teams must assist with removal of the covers and required
Disputes and Disciplinary Committee will consist of the Championship
Referee and the National President or his nominee.
Organising Committee shall appoint a Championship Referee who will
be responsible for the resolution of all disputes. This will
all reports, both written (Refer Rule 7 b) and verbal.
the National President or his nominee.
and chairing a prompt meeting at a suitable venue with all parties
the National President or his nominee on:
issues relating to the dispute
practice and interpretation of VCA rules and guidelines
Board expectations regarding standards and behaviour
relevant penalties for any indiscretions.
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.
is the ultimate responsibility of the Championship Referee to
decide the innocence or guilt of parties involved and any penalty
that might be imposed.
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
is the responsibility of the Organising Committee to:
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.
are to be advised urgently of any change in ground allocation for
Organising Committee is responsible for the smooth running of the
Championships and is empowered to delegate responsibilities as
that results are communicated directly to the Championship
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.)
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
is a condition of Championship registration that each state ensures
that all its players are insured.
State Organising Committee is responsible for implementing a Heat
Policy relevant to prevailing conditions in that State/Territory.
(Refer to Appendix 1 for guidelines.)
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.
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.
play ceases at one oval, play must cease on all adjoining ovals.
should not be placed if umpires are obliged to halt play due to
lightning even if rain is expected.
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.
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.
Organising Committee shall ensure that a defibrillator (AED) is
available at every match.
teams are unable to provide their own, the Organising Committee
teams to share, depending on availability, OR
for AEDs to be made available from local sources, OR
arrangements for immediate access to an AED.
2 MATCH RULES The
Laws of Cricket apply except for variations mentioned herein.
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.
may rotate at any time, after notifying the nearest umpire.
the toss, captains will provide the opposing captain with a team
list of all players.
Finals: Player Eligibility.
order to be eligible for a final, a player must have played in a
minimum of one previous match at that Championship.
player who has played in a lower Division team is eligible to play
in a higher Division final.
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.
request to vary Player Eligibility for finals must be approved by
the Referee, prior to the commencement of play on that day.
is expected that all umpires will be familiar with Rules 5, 7 &
8, as well as all Match Rules.
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.
no official umpire(s) is available both captains shall agree on
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.
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.
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.
Hours and Innings
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.
60’s Divisions 1 & 2: 45 Overs
other Over 60 Divisions & Over 70’s: 40 Overs
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.
restarted game will be reduced to twenty (20) overs for each
more than twenty (20) overs have been bowled, the match shall not
be restarted and will be called a draw.
the game cannot be restarted, and if the captains agree, with the
approval of the umpire(s) teams may play a reduced over
time: and Target Scores. Incorporating Rule 15.DLS Calculations
for time lost.
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
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 =
(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 =
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
- batsmen must retire on the stroke of scoring
runs in Divisions 1 and 2 in Over 60’s
runs in Over 70s and all other Divisions.
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.
Runners. Injured batsmen will be entitled to have a runner if
injured during the match in progress.
maximum of 8 overs each in Divisions 1 and 2 in Over 60’s
of 7 overs each in Over 70s and all other Divisions.
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.
Deliveries - an Unfair Delivery is:
Balls (in addition to the normal front & back foot No Ball
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.
ball that lands or bounces off a synthetic pitch in front of the
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.
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.
At all times there are to be no more than 6 fielders on the leg
At all times there are to be no more than 6 boundary fielders.
At all times there are to be at least 3 fielders other than the
wicketkeeper placed within
imaginary line half way to the boundary.
umpires are to adjudicate on this and to call No Ball if necessary.
Match Result Sheet must be completed after each game and the result
signed by both captains and at least one umpire.
to Rule 7 re the process for submission of the correctly completed
Match Result Sheet to the Championship Recorder.
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.
1: VCA HEAT POLICY
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
abandoned under this clause are to be declared draws.
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.
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,
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
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