Refer to Playing Conditions and Codes of Conduct for The Gillette Cup. Note the following adaptations and exceptions. In summary:
• 40 over format.
• Playing hours between 10.00am - 4.00pm.
• One interval of not exceeding 30 minutes between innings (by negotiation).
• 2 hours 30 minutes for team fielding first to complete innings.
• Each team must have a minimum of 15 overs to complete a match. Note the following formula where match has been interrupted and make adjustments.
• 8 overs maximum per bowler (or 1/5th of total number overs).
• No more than 5 fielders on the on side.
• Wides and no balls do apply (note exceptions below).

The requirements, following a delay, will be calculated by Duckworth-Lewis (via CricHQ). Where CricHQ and Duckworth-Lewis are unavailable, the following rain-rule will be used to calculate the new total.
1. A BASE SCORE will be calculated by dividing the first innings total, by the total overs available in the first innings.

i.e. If ‘Team A’ are dismissed for 134, after 24 of their 40 available overs, the base score will be calculated by 134 divided by 40. If the first innings is limited to 33 overs, the total will be divided by 33.

2. The BASE SCORE will be added to the REDUCED OVERS CALCULATION. This is found by multiplying the BASE SCORE by 0.01, which is then multiplied by the overs lost (found by subtracting the overs available in the second innings, from the overs available in the first innings).

i.e. If ‘Team B’ has their innings reduced from 40 to 27 overs after rain delays the start of the second innings, the REDUCED OVERS CALCULATION will be found by:
BASE SCORE [times] 0.01 [times] 13 [equals] REDUCED OVERS CALCULATION

3. The BASE SCORE is added to the REDUCED OVERS CALCULATION, and rounded up to the next whole number to find the TARGET.

i.e. If ‘Team A’ scores 134, with 40 overs available, and ‘Team B’ has their innings reduced to 27 overs, the calculation will be:
90.45 + 11.7585 [90.45 x 0.01 x 13] = 102.2085, target [to win] is 103 in 27 overs
Note: this calculation remains the same if the delay is mid-way through the innings. This must be recalculated after every rain delay. For overs lost, FOUR minutes lost equates to ONE over lost.
If the match is not completed within the allocated time (by 4.00pm) then the rain rule will be used to determine the winner, as the match stands at the close of play.
Use the below formula to double-check your calculation:
STEP ONE: [A ÷ B] x C = D
STEP TWO: [D x 0.01] x E = F

The following are exceptions to the rules as provided for in the Gillette Cup Playing Conditions and Codes of Conduct:

New 2 piece balls must be used. Only Kookaburra balls may be used. The home team must advise the opposition at least two days in advance where the game will be played on a grassed pitch.

One short pitched delivery per over is permissible. Short pitched refers to a ball rising to a height between the batsman's shoulders and head in his normal standing position. The umpire must clearly signal when the short-pitched delivery has been bowled. A ball going over the head of the batsman remains a no ball. Instead of there being a penalty of two runs there will only be a penalty of one run (plus whatever else is scored and the additional ball). This applies to all no balls.

Wides: Leg side wides will be balls deemed to have passed down the leg side by more than 200mm from the leg stump. If a ball signalled a wide crosses the boundary it will be scored as a 5.

Pace bowlers may not bowl more than six overs in a single spell. At the completion of a spell, they must wait for the same number of overs to be bowled at the same end before they may bowl again.

Pace bowler refers to any bowler that is not a genuine spin bowler, and therefore includes medium and medium-slow bowlers.

Wicket Keepers: All wicket keepers must wear approved full-faced helmets when standing up to the wickets.

Batsmen: Helmets are now mandatory for all batters.

Fielders: There will be no more than five fielders allowed on the leg side at any time, no more than five outside the 25 metre circle at any time and no more than two behind square on the leg side.

Substitutes: The 12th man may be used as an interchange player at the discretion of the captain. He may be brought on to bowl (max. 8 overs) or bat (max. 11 batsmen).

Results, if not live-scored via CricHQ, must be submitted to HCA by 6pm Sunday following the game or risk losing your points. Results will be published on the HCA website (

Prizes will be awarded for most runs scored and most wickets taken during the Term 1 and term 4 competitions including semi-finals and finals.

Scorebooks are to be scrupulously maintained with full names written and crosschecked by both teams. Scorers should receive training in this to ensure accuracy.

Clothing: Neatness and uniformity are an essential requirement.

Drinks: Players will not leave the field during the one drinks break and the break will be no longer than three minutes.

Home Venue: The top qualifying teams for each division will have home advantage for the final if possible.

Rain Rule: Play will not commence in rain, and if players should leave the field after the start of play because of rain, play will not recommence until the rain has stopped or both captains agree to play on. There should not be any pressure placed on captains to continue playing in rain. Player welfare must come first.
Dead ball will be signalled if, in the opinion of the umpire, the ball has deviated off the edge of an artificial pitch.

Seven Player Rule: At commencement of play a minimum number of seven players are required to be present in order to constitute a team.

The points received by each team shall be as follows:

Win 4 points (includes being on receiving end of a default)
Tie 2 points each
Abandoned 2 points each
Loss 0 points
Default -2 points

Where teams have the same number of points the team with a better net run rate will be calculated to be ahead on the points table, irrespective of the result between those two teams. The point's table will be published on the website after Round 2 of the Competition.

Where scores are tied in the semi-finals and final the winner shall be determined in the following way:
• The team scoring more runs per wicket lost will advance.
• Where runs per wicket are equal the team scoring its runs at a faster rate per over batted will advance.
• Where run rates are equal there shall be a bowl-off. 11 players selected from each team, to bowl one ball each alternatively, bowl at a set of stumps, only balls pitching before the wickets and dislodging the bails will count. The winner will be the team that has hit the wickets the most times.
Promotion - Relegation

Winning team of the Division 2 competition has the option of promotion to Division 1 if they wish. This opportunity is to be given on a term by term basis.