Secondary Rules | Secondary Girls

Please ensure that all team coaches, managers and players are familiar with these rules. It is the expectation of Hamilton Cricket that these games will be played to promote participation and Fair Play.

• Teams are to be 8-a-side
• Hours of play shall be Tuesdays 4pm – 6:30pm
• Games shall be played as 20 overs per innings

1. Hours and format
• Hours of play shall be Tuesday’s 4:00pm – 6:30pm, unless the draw states otherwise.
• There shall be one interval not exceeding 10 minutes between innings (this can be changed with the agreement of both coaches).
• In all games, each innings shall consist of 20 overs, weather permitting.
• 10 overs per innings constitutes a match.
• Teams can not declare their innings closed.
• No drinks break is permitted.
• Any team which arrives late will forfeit one over from their batting innings for three minutes after 4:00pm.

2. Pitch and Boundaries
• The length of any pitch shall not exceed 18.00 metres. This must be marked out with chalk or tape by the team coaches before the start of the game.
• Boundaries should be agreed upon by the team coaches and marked before the start of the game, and must not exceed 40 metres from the centre of the pitch.

3. Teams
• Teams to be composed of 8 players.
• Rules may be modified with the agreement of both coaches to ensure participation of all players if more than 8 are available.

4. Equipment
• Two-piece, 142-gram Kookaburra balls of a decent standard must be used, irrespective of the surface being played on.
• Neatness and uniformity of clothing are an essential requirement.
• Protective gear is required:
- It is mandatory that all batsmen wear helmets.
- All wicket-keepers must wear approved full-face helmets when standing up to the wickets.
5. Batting
• LBWs do not apply.
• Batsmen must retire upon scoring 50 runs, this occurs when their last scoring shot equals or passes 50 runs, i.e. at 49 a 4 is scored, batsman is retired on 53 not out. Returning batsmen must return in the order that they retired.

6. Bowling
• All bowling is to take place from one end.
• Six-ball overs with a maximum of eight balls per over (in the case of extras).
• No bowler may bowl more than four overs in an innings.
• In a weather interrupted match, no bowler may bowl more than 1/5 over the allocated overs.

7. Extras
• Short pitched deliveries: If any ball delivered by a bowler, excluding a spinner, passes or would have passed over the shoulder of the striker standing in their normal batting stance at the crease, the square-leg umpire shall call and signal no-ball, whether the batsman hits the ball or not.
• Full pitched deliveries: If a full pitched ball, irrespective of pace, passes or would have passed on the full above waist-height of a batsman standing in their normal batting stance these deliveries will be called and signalled no-ball by the square-leg umpire, whether the batsman hits the ball or not.
• Wides: A ball deemed to have passed more than half way between the leg stump and edge of the pitch will be called a wide. Off-side wides will be called if the batsman cannot reasonably reach the ball while playing a normal cricket shot. A wide cannot be called if the batsman makes any contact with the ball. Batsmen may run on a wide.
• Double bounce: If a ball bounces more than once between the batting creases this will be called no-ball.
• Wides and No-Balls: Shall be scored as 1 run, plus any runs scored off the ball. A wide ball which crosses the boundary is scored as 5.

8. Dead Ball
• Dead ball will be signalled if, in the opinion of the umpire, a delivery has deviated off the edge of an artificial pitch or any other obstruction (e.g. burnt hole in the matting, stone on the pitch). No runs or extras shall be credited, and the ball will be re-bowled. It will not count towards the maximum eight balls over an over.
• A dead ball cannot be a wide; i.e. you cannot score any runs from a dead ball.
• A ball returned from a fielder back to the wickets (either end) that hits the edge of the concrete and is deemed to be unfair because it deviates in an awkward or dangerous angle, the umpire shall call dead ball, and any runs scored after that call will not count. Any runs scored prior to the call, including the run being completed when the call is made, will count.

9. Fielding restrictions
• No fielder is allowed to stand within ten metres of the batsman except off-side slip fielders.

10. 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.

11. Scoring
• Results are to be submitted via CricHQ. The team named first on the online draw is responsible for this.
• Tablets are to be scrupulously maintained with full names written and cross-checked by both teams. Scorers should receive training in this to ensure accuracy.
• Hamilton Cricket provides free CricHQ training for scorers and administrators at our office. Please contact for more details.

12. Competition Points
• Top teams will be selected for each competition on the basis of most points scored (2 for a win or being on the receiving end of a default, 1 for abandoned game, 1 for a tie, -1 for defaulted games and 0 for a loss). To constitute a competition, three full rounds must have been completed. For a round to be deemed completed, at least half the games from that round must have achieved a result.

13. Other
• Venues may not be changed without the consent of the HCA.
• If a player changes sides during the season, a letter of release will be required from the team the player has started with.
• Complaints must be sent in writing to the HCA within 72 hours of the conclusion of the game.
• Any defaults must be notified to the HCA and opposing team as soon as possible.
• No alcohol is to be consumed on school or public grounds.
• HCA suggests, in the interests of fair play, that coaches should rotate players weekly to give all players an opportunity to bat up the order.