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Bassetlaw Player Registrations - 2004 Rule Changes

By Paul Barker
November 25 2003



There were several proposed rule changes on the agenda at the A.G.M. with the first one being a proposition concerning Rule 1.1 (ii) (b) from Farnsfield Cricket Club that states ‘Two teams from the same club shall not exchange divisions' be deleted. Farnsfield's reasoning behind this was that it was unfair that if a second team had won promotion whilst the first team of the club were relegated why should they be denied elevation to the higher division.

The argument against this of course is that the team reaching the highest division is the strongest combination that the club could put on the field and therefore these players should be playing in the first XI anyway. The proposition was defeated by 27 votes to 18.

The next proposition was from the League Management Committee and regarded the starting times of matches throughout the season as in Rule 3.3 (i). The amendment suggested that ‘Matches shall commence at 2.00 p.m. in April to July, at 1.30 p.m. in August and at 1.00 p.m. in September . (at 1.00 p.m. in August and 12.30 p.m. in September in Division 1). Clubs may if they desire, start earlier if they mutually agree: with the Umpires Appointments Secretary being informed of such an earlier start'. This proposition was carried unanimously.

Following this Mr. John Heaman on behalf of the Bassetlaw and District Umpires Association proposed that the League accepts and implements in full the E.C.B. recommendations and directives with respect to young players. This concerned (i) Wearing helmets; (ii) Fielding; (iii) Fast Bowling and this was accepted unanimously.

A proposed re-write of Rule 5 regarding the qualification of players was passed easily and the new law will now read.

5.1 Categories of Player

Category A – Recreational Player

•  a player not subject to any of the following sub-categories who neither himself receives, nor any member of whose family receives, material gain, either directly or through any third party, for membership of a club other than appropriate sponsored equipment.

•  a person employed by a club in any capacity other than a registered professional or overseas player, providing the club submits details of that person's duties and hours of employment for approval by the Management Committee.

•  a player born in the United Kingdom but ordinarily resident overseas, or an overseas student taking a course of full time education in the U.K. , subject to the provision of documentary evidence of the player's status.

•  a player whose exceptional circumstances in the opinion of the Management Committee, merits inclusion as a recreational player within the spirit of this rule.

Category B – Development Player

•  a member of a County Academy aged seventeen or over on the 1 st September of the following year.

•  a player engaged by a County Club on a ‘summer contract'.

•  a cricketer registered with the E.C.B. by a First Class County Cricket Club, who played for his club for two consecutive seasons immediately prior to his First-Class registration.

Category C – Professional or Overseas Player

•  Club Professional: a player receiving remuneration, financial inducement or benefit in any form from a club, its sponsors, its other players, or any third party acting on the club's behalf.

•  County Professionals : a player with a First Class County Cricket Club who is a Registered Cricketer with the E.C.B. and does not qualify in Category B

•  Ex-County Professional: a cricketer who though not currently registered with the E.C.B. by a First Class County Cricket Club has been so registered in either of the previous two years.

•  Overseas Player: any player aged seventeen or over on 1 st September of the previous year who was not born in the United Kingdom unless he has been resident in the UK for two consecutive years immediately prior to his registration, during which time absence from the U.K. shall not have exceeded 35 days consecutively or 70 days in total.

5.2 Registration of Players

(i) See proposition No. 6

(ii) Ditto

(iii) Players, other than sub-category A (i) must be registered 10 days before they play

•  No player who plays Saturday cricket for another club within, or outside the Bassetlaw League shall be eligible, except a Registered Cricketer with the E.C.B. playing for a First Class County

•  Each club may register only one Category C player at the same time

•  The registration of a Category C player may be cancelled, a replacement may then be registered and play 10 days after registration.

•  The names of players registered in Category C shall be circulated to all clubs

•  All players must be aged 11 or over on September 1 st the previous year.

5.3 Availability of players

(i) see proposition No. 7

(ii) No player who has played Saturday cricket for another club, either inside or outside the Bassetlaw League is permitted to play for a club in this League after the third Saturday in August unless a transfer is registered on or before the third Saturday in July.

5.4 Movement of Players

(i) No player may play for a club if he has already played Saturday cricket for another club, either inside or outside the Bassetlaw League during the current season, unless application is made to the League Secretary for a transfer and such application is accompanied by written evidence that his previous club agrees to this proposed transfer.

(ii) A transfer from a club within the Bassetlaw League must not be unreasonably withheld or the request will be dealt with by the Management Committee.

(iii) A club seeking to approach a member of another club to move should notify the players' present club of its intention prior to entering any negotiations with the player concerned.

5.5 Sanctions

Any club found guilty of a breach of this rule shall be fined a sum of money to be fixed by the Management Committee and/or have points deducted from their league total.

5.6 Spirit of the Rule

The reputation of a club is enhanced if it:

  • is open about any approach to a player of another club, or any approach by a player of another club
  • does not offer hidden incentives to players
  • acts within the spirit, as well as the letter of this rule.

The sixth proposition was from the Management Committee and meant that should No. 5 be approved as it was these two propositions be added as paragraphs 5.2 (i) or %.2 (ii)

•  A club shall register each of its players in one of the above sub-categories. Registrations shall be effective from 1 st April to 30 th September

•  All players must be registered on the prescribed form or by letter, fax, e-mail or telephone confirming in writing within three days to be received by the League before they play.

The seventh proposition again from the Management Committee meant that should proposition No5 be accepted (as it was) the meeting would then have the choice of the following to which should become rule 5.3 (i). These were. . .

•  A player registered in Category B or Category C shall be eligible to play in this League for a club's First Eleven . . . or

•  A player registered in Category B or Category C shall be eligible to play in this league for a club's First Eleven providing that the team plays in Division 5 or above . . . or

•  A player registered in Category B or Category C shall be eligible to play in this league for a club's First Eleven or the Second Eleven if the First Eleven plays in the Premier League, providing that the team plays in Division 5 or above.

Option b) was the accepted proposition which will now form Law 5.3 (i)

Worksop Cricket Club made the next proposition that the following paragraph be included in Rule 5

‘A professional player may only be engaged by a club if the following basic requirements are available at that club. i.e. adequate sightscreens, showers, toilets and either covers or PVC sheeting for the pitch'. This proposition was soundly defeated.

The ninth proposition came from the Bassetlaw & District Umpires Association and was ‘Each appointed umpire shall not later than the end of the tea interval be paid match expenses of £20.00, the cost to be shared by both clubs concerned'. Mr. Alan Bennett proposed this on behalf of the Umpires Association saying that the Umpires expenses were still the lowest of any league in this area. This was passed comfortably.

The tenth proposition came from the Management Committee who proposed that Rule 7 (iv) for the Knock-out competitions be amended to read as follows. ‘The tea interval shall be 10 minutes between innings plus 20 minutes for tea', and this was carried unanimously.

The eleventh and final amendment of the rules was proposed by the Management Committee and was to Rule 7 (xi) and stated ‘Umpires are instructed to apply a very strict and consistent interpretation in regard to the Laws in order to prevent negative bowling wide of the wicket or over the batsmans' head. This was passed unanimously.

Paul Barker, 2003

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