RULES FOR THE RAMSBOTTOM CUP
(1) The RAMSBOTTOM CUP shall be competed for annually on a knockout basis. The format of the competition will be decided at the AGM until further notice.
(2) All clubs who are members of the Senior League shall participate in the competition together with Junior Clubs as to be decided each season. The draw for the Quarter Final round shall be made by the L.M.C. and played on such dates that the Executive Committee shall decide.
(3) Registered Professionals are eligible to play for their Clubs.
(4) All matches shall commence at 1.00 p.m.
(5) Each innings shall be limited to 40 overs.
(6) No bowler to bowl more than 8 overs in one match. There will be Power Plays of 2 x 5 over sessions with a maximum of TWO players outside the 25 yard circle. The first Power Play to be used at the start of the innings. The second Power Play at the discretion of the batting side. Subject to pro rata in a reduced overs match.
(7) Overs will be bowled at 16 overs per hour plus 15 minutes, giving 2 hours 45 to bowl the overs in a full match. For every FULL over not competed in the required time, six runs will be added to the opposition total.
(8) All No Balls will result in a Free Hit, no changes in the fielding positions allowed other than if the batsman change ends. Fielders within the fielding circle allowed to move back to the edge of that circle.
(9) In the event of a bowler sustaining injury and being unable to complete the over in progress, such over is to be completed by another player, who must not exceed the 8 over maximum in so doing.
(10) Restriction on placement of Fielders (Other than during the power plays) See League Rule 10 (15).
(11) Both the Home and Away teams in the Semi Finals, as in the Final, shall equally share the receipts from the Gate and from any raffle or competition. Match expenses are to be the responsibility of the Home Club, also any profits or losses from licensed bars or catering.
The Quarter Final round shall be concluded on the day designated for the tie to begin, or in the case of adverse weather on the reserve date. If play is not possible due to ground conditions or inclement weather following the designated reserve date, a result shall be obtained by a bowl out or toss of a coin.
Should the tie reach the end of the first innings, the teams have the option of returning on successive weekday evenings until the following Friday, at which time a result must be obtained. If the Captains disagree about continuing on successive weekday evenings a decision will be left to the Umpires whose decision will be final.
This should be discussed between the Captains and Umpires and a decision made prior to the toss.
In the Quarter Final, on the Reserve date if no play took place on the designated date or the first innings was not completed, a reduction in overs is allowed, with a minimum of 20 overs a side being played (Unless a result has already been achieved) .
In this case no bowler may bowl more than one-fifth of the agreed overs. The Reduction in overs to be as per League Rules. EXCEPT the first 30 minutes of lost time will be ignored in relation to the reduction of overs. In the Second innings, one over will be lost for every full 3.75 minutes of lost time. All calculations as to the revised total in reduced over matches as per League Rules.
Once the Quarter Final Stage is reached registered players can only play in one of the two Cup Competitions, other than when both the Senior and Second Team are playing on the same day or if Special Permission is granted by the League Executive.
(12) Should a bowl out be required it shall be organised as follows :-
(a) The umpires shall be in charge and their decision is final. One umpire will stand at at the bowler’s end to check for no balls and the other at the strikers end to check the bounce.
(b) Five members from each originally nominated team shall bowl alternatively one overarm bowl at the stumps. No full tosses are allowed, there will be no second attempts.
(c) The team scoring the most hits of the wickets shall be the winners. If the scores are level after five deliveries per side, then a “sudden death” situation will prevail with the rest of the nominated players bowling until a winner is determined.
(d) In any bowl out in the Ramsbottom, Lawrenson or 20/20 competitions, team members must be dressed in full match attire.
(13) If a semi-final commences on the Sunday designate but if not completed it shall be continued on the next available Sunday following, thereafter on successive weekday evenings. Should the first innings not have been completed on the first Sunday designated, the match shall be started afresh on the second Sunday and if not completed shall continue on successive weekday evenings.
If a Final does not commence on the Sunday designated or does not reach the conclusion of the first innings it shall be played on the next available Sunday following and thereafter as decided by the League Management Committee, or the League Executive Committee acting on behalf of the League Management Committee. If the Final is not completed on the first Sunday, but has reached at least the conclusion of the first innings it shall be completed on succeeding evenings.
(15) lf the scores are level, the side which has lost the fewer wickets shall be the winner. If the sides are still equal, the side which has scored its runs in fewer balls shall be the winner. Should the sides still be equal, the match shall be replayed as decided by the League Management Committee.
(16) No player may play for two Clubs in any League Cup Competition in any one season.
(17) Toss for innings/nomination of teams. (See Match Rules for League Fixtures).
(18) On the first day of any Cup match Umpires shall be paid expenses in accordance with Rule 15 Para. 9. On each subsequent day the Umpires shall have their travelling expenses reimbursed.
(19) Use of Covers – General
Use of covers shall be in accordance with regulations for League fixtures. (See Rule 18 Para. (16) ) except as follows:
For matches continuing on successive evenings:
Covers shall not be removed whilst rain is falling, even though play has been abandoned for the day. In cases of abandonment for other reasons, e.g. bad light, the following shall apply:
In the case of a match having to be continued on successive evenings, the pitch may be covered overnight at the request of either Captain. Once such agreement has been reached the covers shall continue in use after each evening’s play for the remainder of the match. It shall be left to the discretion of the Home Club to remove the covers during the day when they are no longer required.
(20) Notes on Care of Pitch
(a) (M.CC part rule 7). Before the toss for innings, the executive of the ground shall be responsible for the selection and preparation of the pitch; thereafter the Umpires shall control its use and maintenance except as provided for in Rule 9. The pitch shall not be changed during a match unless it becomes unfit for play, and then only with the consent of both Captains.
(b) (M.CC rule 10). Unless permitted by special regulations, the pitch shall not be rolled during a match except before the start of each innings and of each day’s play, when, if the Captain of the batting side so elect, it may be swept and rolled for not more than seven minutes. Under no circumstances shall the pitch be watered during a match.
(c) M.CC Notes to Rule 10. (2). The Umpires are responsible that any rolling permitted by this law and carried out at the request of the Captain of the batting side, is in accordance with the regulations laid down and that it is completed so as to allow play to start at the stipulated time. The normal rolling before the start of each day’s play shall take place not earlier than half an hour before the start of play, but the Captain of the batting side may delay such rolling until ten minutes before the start of play should he so desire.
(d) Special Regulations for Mowing Pitches during Matches. The pitch shall be mown under the supervision of the executive of the ground to ensure
that it shall be as near as might be possible in a similar condition at the commencement of play on any second or subsequent day as it had been at the close of play on the previous day.
Ramsbottom Cup Group Matches
The matches up to the Quarter Final Stage will be played in a Group Format.
All matches shall commence at 1.00 p.m.
The Group draw will be seeded based upon last season’s finishing positions.
The points system to be two points for a win and one point each for a no result.
There are no replay or reserve dates for Group Matches.
In the event of a tie, the team losing the least wickets will be declared the winners. If teams are still equal the team scoring the highest number of runs in 20 overs, then 10 overs, 9 overs etc., will be declared the winners.
If both captains agree the number of overs may be reduced, before the toss.
The minimum being 20 overs. In this case no bowler may bowl more than one-fifth of the agreed overs. Once a game has commenced there will be no further reduction in each bowler’s allocation.
Once a game has started overs may only be reduced in the case of interruptions by rain or injury as per league rules. EXCEPT the first 30 minutes of lost time will be ignored in relation to the reduction of overs and in the Second innings, one over will be lost for every 3.75 minutes of lost time, with a minimum of 20 overs a side being played(Unless a result has already been achieved) . All calculations as to the revised total in reduced over matches as per League Rules.
In the Group Stages registered players can play in both Cup competitions. Once the Quarter Final Stage is reached registered players can only play in one of the two Cup Competitions, other than when both the Senior and Second Team are playing on the same day or if Special Permission is granted by the League Executive.
The competition to revert back to a knockout competition from the Quarter Final stage.
The top team in each Group will qualify for the Quarter Final and will be given a home draw in the Quarter Finals.
The Runner Up in each Group will qualify for the Quarter Finals.
In the event of teams ending with the same number of points, the winners of the head to head match will be the determining factor in relation to Group positions. In the event of the head to head match being a no result or more than two teams having equal points, the Group Positions will be determined by the ratio of runs scored divided by wickets lost.