Club Cricket

The Hamilton Cricket Association hosts four grades of senior club cricket in Hamilton, with eleven different clubs competing across the divisions and competitions.

In Premier, the top division of senior club cricket, six clubs vie for the Howden Cup – Hamilton’s premier club cricket trophy – as well as the Eddy Marr Bowl, Hec Holland Plate, and Richard Dodunski Trophy.

These clubs – Fraser Technical CC, Hamilton Boys’ High School, Hamilton Old Boys CC, Marist-Suburbs CC, Melville CC and Star-University CC – between them give the chance for players to strive for Hamilton representative honours.

Hamilton Old Boys have been the most successful club since the turn of the century, with seven post-2000 Howden Cup titles to their name.

For more information on club cricket, whether club contacts, rules, records, fixtures or venues, see the links below and to the left.

Senior C


Except as modified hereunder the First Class Playing Conditions for cricket in New

Zealand shall apply in all matches.


(a) The competition will comprise a series of matches as notified by the HCA at the time of the draw.

(b) On completion of the series of rounds, the top two teams will play the grand Final.

(c) Grand Final

The team which wins the grand final shall be the winner of the competition. In the event of a tie in the Grand Final, the result will be decided in favor of the team losing the least number of wickets. If both teams have lost the same number of wickets, the result will be decided in favor of the team with the most runs after the first 15 overs. In the event of the grand final not being completed, the match will be rescheduled.


A match will consist of one innings per team, and each innings will be limited to 35 overs. Matches are to be of one day’s duration. A minimum of 14 overs per team will constitute a match.


3.1 All matches

1.00pm – 3.20pm, Innings 1

3.20pm – 3.40pm, Interval (If play is not finished by 3.20 the interval time will be reduced so that the 2nd innings starts at 3.40pm)

3.40pm – 6.00pm, Innings 2

3.2 If there is a delayed start or one or more interruptions in play, extra time can be added to extend the time for the cessation of play up to 6.30pm.

3.4 Intervals for drinks

One drinks break per innings shall be permitted, after 17 overs.

Under conditions of extreme heat, the Captains may agree to extra intervals for drinks.


4.1 A result can be achieved only if both teams have had the opportunity of batting for at least 14 overs unless one team has been all out in less than 14 overs or unless the team batting second scores enough runs to win in less than 14 overs.

4.2 In a match in which one or both teams have not had an opportunity of batting for a minimum of 14 overs, it shall be declared “no result”.

4.3 Apart from the Grand Final, if the scores are equal, the result shall be a tie and no account shall be taken of the number of wickets which have fallen.

4.4 Adjusted time will be calculated at 4 minutes per over.

4.5 If, due to suspension of play after the start of the match, the number of overs in the innings of either team has to be revised to a lesser number than originally allotted (minimum 14 overs unless the provisions of 4.1 applies, then a revised target score (to win) will be set for the number of overs which the team batting second will have the opportunity of facing – this revised target is calculated by the Duckworth-Lewis/Stern method (DLS).


Win 4 points

Tie or no result 2 points

Bonus point 1 point

Loss 0 points

5.1 Bonus Points

The team that achieves a run rate of 1.25 times that of the opposition shall be awarded one bonus point. A team’s run rate will be calculated by reference to the runs scored in an innings divided by the number of overs faced. Where a team is all out, the number of overs to be used is the maximum number of overs that team was otherwise eligible to face.

A team’s run rate will be calculated by reference to the runs scored in an innings divided by the number of overs faced. Where a team is all out, the number of overs to be used is the maximum number of overs that team was otherwise eligible to face.

Where a team is all out, the number of overs to be used is the maximum number of overs that team was otherwise eligible to face.

5.2 Competition placing

In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the Grand Final match will be determined as follows:

5.2.1 the team with the most number of wins

5.2.2 the team with the highest number of bonus points

5.2.3 the team with the highest net run rate

In a match declared as no result, run rate is not applicable


No bowler shall bowl more than 7 overs in an innings. In a delayed or interrupted match where the overs are reduced for both teams or for the team bowling second, no bowler may bowl more than one-fifth of the total overs allowed.

Where the total overs are not divisible by 5, one additional over shall be allowed to the maximum number per bowler necessary to make up the balance.


7.1 At the instant of delivery, there may not be more than 5 fieldsmen on the leg


7.2 In addition to the restriction above, no more than 4 fielders are allowed outside the fielding circle. If a fielding circle is not marked, this is approximately 30 meters from the pitch.


8.1 All deliveries directed and bowled down the leg side (behind the body of the striker, standing in his normal batting stance) should be called Wide.

A ball that passes down the leg side, but in between the striker and the leg stump, shall not be deemed a Wide.

8.2 Offside

Any delivery that passes outside the Wide guideline, with the batsman in a “normal” batting stance, should be called Wide.

8.3 Wide interpretation for the reverse sweep or switch hit

When the batsman plays or aborts playing a reverse sweep or a switch hit, these shots negate the leg stump wide interpretation.

8.4 Overhead Wide

Any ball that passes above head height of the batsman standing upright, that prevents it being hit with the bat by means of a normal cricket stroke shall be called Wide.

  1. NO BALL

Free hit

The delivery following a No Ball (all modes of No Ball) shall be a free hit for which ever batsman is facing it. Field changes are not permitted for the free hit delivery unless there is a change of striker.

A batsman cannot be dismissed off a free hit other than under the circumstances of a No ball delivery.

If the delivery for a free hit is not a legitimate delivery (any kind of No ball or Wide ball) then the next delivery will become a free hit for whichever batsman is facing it.

The bowler’s end Umpire will signal a free hit by extending one arm straight upwards and moving it in a circular motion.


10.1 A bowler shall be allowed to bowl two short pitched deliveries per over.

10.2 A short pitched delivery is defined as a ball which passes or would have passed

above shoulder height, but not above head height, of the striker standing upright at the popping crease.

10.3 In the event of the bowler bowling more than two fast short pitched deliveries in an over,

the Umpire shall call and signal No ball and caution the bowler.


Red Kookaburra Club Match or Senator cricket balls, as approved by HCA

will be used in all matches. Each fielding team shall have one new ball for its innings.


In all matches, the teams must wear clothing which has been approved by HCA.


As per HCA requirements.


The Captain of the batting team may not declare his innings closed at any time during

the course of the match.


If either team in either innings fails to bowl the required number of overs by the scheduled time for the cessation of the session, play shall continue until the required number of overs have been bowled.

Penalties may be applied by the judicial committee.