The Cherwell Cricket League

Cherwell League Playing Rules 2019

There are now four match types, each with different rules. You can download or read each of them by clicking on the links below:

Some standard conditions are also shown below


1.1 Playing Conditions

    All matches will be governed by the Laws of Cricket except as otherwise stated in the Cherwell League Playing Rules.

2.2 Affiliation

    Each club wishing to play cricket in the Cherwell Cricket League must first be affiliated to the County Board of the County in which it is situated and must then comply with that Board's requirements regarding the ECB "Safe Hands Policy".


2.1. Divisions 1 to 6

    All matches must be played on the same ground that has been designated by the home club as their home ground, on the dates designated by the Fixture Secretary. Any match that cannot be played on a club's designated ground will be forfeited by the home team, who will receive a £50 fine, and their opponents will receive 25 points; the match can still be played as a friendly.

2.2 Divisions 7 to 10

    Approved grounds to be used by teams playing in these Divisions, will not need to be inspected, - newly developed grounds will need to be inspected and approved

All grounds used should meet the following standards:

     Good separate changing facilities for BOTH teams.

     Indoor toilets with hand wash basin, preferably with working hot showers.

     Communal area for providing teas.

     Car parking space sufficient for both teams within the ground.

     Proper scoreboard, clearly visible from the pitch.

     Properly prepared pitch.

     Properly mowed outfield.

     Boundaries and fielding circles (in Divisions 1-6 all matches and 7-10 for Win-Lose matches ) clearly marked.

Should the League receive two or more adverse reports from visiting teams regarding the above requirements, the ground in question will be inspected (a charge of £50 will apply) and any recommended improvements must be carried out within an agreed timescale or permission to play on the ground may be withheld.

2.3 Match Forms

    Where Umpires are present, at least 20 minutes before the start of play the team captains must give the umpires an ECB form with player names and ages to allow the umpires to regulate the ECB Fast Bowling Directives. FOUR new balls, as specified by the League, and at least six good quality spare used balls must be given to the umpires by the home club. Panel umpires should be paid their match fee (£45) in an envelope, at least 20 minutes before the start of play.

2.4 The Toss

    The toss shall take place at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the match. If either captain or his representative is not present at this time then the other team will have the option of claiming or conceding the toss.

2.5 Delayed Start

    If, in the opinion of the umpires, either team is responsible for a delay in the start of the match, then that team will lose one over for each 3.5 minutes lost from its allocation of overs when it bats.

2.6 Innings Break

    Between the innings it is the responsibility of the home team to re-mark the creases at both ends to a standard acceptable to the umpires. In Divisions 5 to 10 away teams should report to the League if this is not done. In Divisions 1 to 4 if remarking has not been carried out, Panel umpires will mark on the form that is sent in by them any instances of failure to do so. After two reports the club will be informed that they have been reported twice, and should they transgress on a third occasion, then they will lose 5 points on that and each subsequent occasion.


3.1 Forfeits

    Teams forfeiting before 9pm on the Thursday preceding the fixture will be fined £50 and deducted five points. Both the opposing captain and the League Secretary must be informed by email and/or a telephone call before the deadline time. In the event of a team forfeiting a match after 9pm on the Thursday preceding the fixture the club will be fined £100 and the team deducted ten points. Fines will be paid to the oppostion. The Management Committee will become involved in the payments if the offending club has not paid within 4 weeks of the end of the season in question. The cancelled match must always be the match in the Division in which the club's lowest team plays.

3.2. Number of Players

    Each club's first team and all teams in Division 4 or higher must field 11 players. Lower ranked teams can play with less than 11 players provided no lower ranked team has more players than one of its higher ranked teams. Any team that transgresses the foregoing will be deducted 10 points and the lower club team who played with a full team will also be deducted 10 points.

3.3 Less than 11 Players

    The minimum number of players in a club's lowest placed team will be nine; any team fielding less than nine players will be deemed to have forfeited the match. The match will be awarded to their opponents with the subsequent penalties as shown in League Playing Rule 3 being imposed; with the agreement of their opponents the match can be played as a friendly. Should both teams have fewer than nine players neither team will receive any points and the match will be cancelled with the penalties as shown in League Playing Rule 3 being imposed upon both teams.

    A club may appeal against the loss of a match and the imposition of Playing Rule 3.2 or 3.3. Any such appeal must be made within five days of the date that the match should have taken place. The appeal will be dealt with by the League Management Committee.

3.4 Failure to Fulfil Fixtures

    Any club that has only two teams and whose second team fails to fulfil three or more fixtures, will have to be re-elected to stay in the League at the next A.G.M.
    If any club that has more than two teams has a team that fails to fulfil its fixtures on two or more occasions in a season, the League Management Committee will decide upon the future continuance of that team in the League.

3.5. Multiple Forfeits

    Any team which fails to fulfil at least two thirds of its scheduled fixtures shall have its record expunged from the league for that season and all points gained in fixtures against them will be removed and the tables recalculated without that team included.


4.1 Cancellations Due to Weather

    The Ground Executive of the home team shall determine the fitness or otherwise of a ground before a match and shall advise its opponents when a fixture is to be cancelled. The decision to cancel a match should not be taken before the day of the match unless mutually agreed by both clubs and both clubs have informed the League Secretary. In the absence of any such cancellation, this responsibility is assumed by the umpires in accordance with the Laws of Cricket (Law 3) whose decision is final. If an umpire / umpires has / have not been informed that a match has been cancelled and the umpire / umpires attend the ground, the HOME team will be responsible for paying the umpire / umpires fee / fees.

4.2. Artificial Pitches

    A fixture may only be played on a synthetic surface if:

    a. the non-turf pitch has been approved by the League, and
    b. both captains agree, and
    c. the captains, in consultation with the umpires, agree that a grass pitch of suitable condition is not available on the square.

4.3. Covers

    A pitch may be fully covered during a match in the event of inclement weather. All teams playing in Divisions 1 to 6 must have covers sufficient to cover the whole of the match pitch.


5.1 Timing

    (i) In Divisions 1 to 6 play will commence at 12.30pm except in the last two weeks of the season when play will commence at 12.00pm
    (ii) In Divisions 7 to 10 play will commence at 1.00pm except in the last two weeks of the season when play will commence at 12.30pm

5.2 Balls

    One approved official Cherwell Cricket League new ball will be used at the start of each innings, both balls to be supplied by the HOME club. Both balls must be presented to the umpires (if present) before the start of play.


Divisions 1-6 Win-lose-draw Matches click here

Divisions 1-6 50:50 Matches click here

Divisions 7-10 Win-lose-draw Matches click here

Divisions 7-10 45:45 Matches click here

Divisions 7-10 DLS Instructions click here

Umpire Contact List click here

Captain Contact List click here

Rain calculation tables click here

Match Points

The match points are new for 2019 - they are detailed in the pdfs for each match type and reproduced here:

Win: 25 points

Tie: 18 points

Abandoned Matches: 7 points (or bonus points gained if more) each

Winning Draw: 7 points

Losing Draw: 2 points

The team which has achieved the higher run rate will earn a winning draw and be awarded 7 points plus all bonus points earned. The team with the lower run rate will earn a losing draw and be awarded 2 points plus all bonus points earned. If run rates are identical, the team that batted first will be considered to have the higher run rate. For the purpose of calculating run rates, if a team is bowled out in the first innings, they will be considered to have batted all the overs that were available to them. In the event of a declaration, an over that has been started will be deemed to have been completed.

For a result to be possible, the second innings requires to be at least 20 overs unless a result is achieved before this. If a team opts to bat with less than 20 overs available in the second innings and a result (win) is not achieved, the match is abandoned

Bonus Points


Divisions 1-6

100-124 - 1 point

125-149 - 2 points

150-174 - 3 points

175-199 - 4 points

200-224 - 5 points

225-249 - 6 points

250+ - 7 points

Divisions 7-10

75-99 - 1 point

100-124 - 2 points

125-149 - 3 points

150-174 - 4 points

175-199 - 5 points

200-224 - 6 points

225+ - 7 points

Bowling (All divisions)

4th wicket - 1 point

5th wicket - 2 points

6th wicket - 3 points

7th wicket - 4 points

8th wicket - 5 points

9th wicket - 6 points

10th wicket (or team all out) - 7 points


8.1 Registration

All players must comply with the Cherwell Cricket League Registration Rules.

8.2 Payment of Players

    Contracts between clubs and players for the payment of any sum of money or other remuneration or reward, is not allowed in the Cherwell Cricket League, except with the express written authority of the League Management Committee.

Any player wishing to be involved in the "Chance to Shine" programme must obtain a letter from the County Board confirming that the player is approved by and being paid by the Board.

A club may not be assisted by a third party to make a payment to a player of any sum of money or other remuneration or reward, which if paid by the club to the player directly would be a breach of these rules.

If the Committee believes that a third party is paying any sum of money or other remuneration or reward which if paid by the club to the player directly would be a breach of these rules, the League Management Committee can take action against the club, as if payment had been made by the club itself.

8.3 Travel Expenses

    A Club may pay players reasonable costs of travel to and from matches**, these costs are to be clearly shown in the club's audited annual accounts. For avoidance of doubt this does not include the payment of airfares.

The Management Committee reserves the right to ask for and verify by sight any information that it requires concerning the application or a breach of these rules.

    **NOTE: Reasonable costs of travel are deemed to be:

    a) Second class return fare from player's UK residence to ground.

    b) Return bus fare from player's UK residence to ground.

    c) Return travel by car from UK residence to ground @ 35p per mile.

    The League reserves the right to request documented verification in writing of the foregoing requirements.

8.4 Misconduct

    Misconduct by any player, member, or associate of any club affiliated to the League in the course of or in conjunction with a Cherwell League match shall be viewed as a disciplinary offence and may result in action being taken by the League under its Code of Conduct.

8.5 Weeks 17 and 18

    In weeks 17 and 18 a player shall not play in any division lower than that in which he has played the majority of his games in weeks 1 to 12 inclusive, except that he will be eligible to play in such a lower division so long as he has, in weeks 1 to 12, played in that same division for 2 or more weeks provided that playing in the said lower division does not mean him dropping more than one club XI.

    Example: He may drop from 1st XI to 2nd XI or 2nd XI to 3rd XI but not from 1st XI to 3rd XI or 2nd XI to 4th XI and so on.

8.6 Weeks 17 and 18 Eligibility

    When determining under rule 17.1 where a player has played the majority of his games in weeks 1 to 12 it is found that he has played equally amongst two or more club XIs then the highest placed XI in which he has played shall determine the point from which a lower division is calculated.

    Example: A player has played 4 times in each of his clubs 1st, 2nd and 3rd XIs in weeks 1 to 12.

    In weeks 17 and 18 he may only play in either his clubs 1st XI or 2nd XI.

    Note: The object of rules 8.5 and 8.6 is to prevent clubs in weeks 17 and 18 from using players from higher divisions to unduly influence promotion and relegation issues of lower divisions in which they would not normally play and to continue to promote The Spirit of Cricket.

    Note: In exceptional circumstances, where a player who has played in more than 50% of the relevant team's matches, could be prevented from playing in weeks 17 and 18, the matter should be referred to the League Secretary by no later than 12.30 pm on the Wednesday preceding the fixture, for a ruling.

8.7 Clarification for Weeks 17 and 18

    Any club wishing to seek an exemption to rules 8.5 and 8.6 must contact the Registration Secretary (or his nominated deputy) in writing, by the Thursday preceding the match, stating clearly the reasons they require the exemption. The request should copied to the League Chairman and League Secretary. Exemptions will only be granted if The League is satisfied that there is no attempt to strengthen a lower team to the detriment of a higher placed team and that there is a genuine reason for the request. The players playing record for the current season and, in particular, recent matches will be taken into account. An example of where an exemption may be appropriate would be a player returning from injury.

    Note: Player appearances for Weeks 1-12 are shown on the club details pages on the league website for each club once you are logged in.


9.1. Umpires

    Umpires shall be appointed as available and where appropriate, on behalf of the Management Committee by the League Umpires' Secretary from a panel maintained by the League.

9.2 Panel Umpires

    ALL teams in Divisions 1 to 4 must nominate, for each week of the season, an umpire who has full CRB clearance, has preferably taken part in a recognised ECBCOA training course, be at least capable of umpiring at this level and have had experience of umpiring on a regular basis in Division seven or above of the Cherwell League.

9.3 Umpires Reports

    Any umpire so nominated who constantly receives poor marks or adverse reports will, after consultation with the club who nominated the umpire, be removed from the panel.

9.4 Failure to Nominate to the Panel

    Failure to nominate an umpire for any week of the season will result in a five point deduction on each occasion. If an umpire subsequently drops out of a date that he has been nominated for, it is the nominating clubs responsibility to name a replacement, regardless of whether he has an actual appointment or is on "Stand by".

9.5 Umpires Allocation

    Umpires will be allocated matches by:

    a) Being appointed to a specific match or

    b) By being put on "Stand by". Being on "Stand by" means that the club who originally nominated the umpire may offer him /her, another appointment in a lower Division, but should they later be required to umpire a match in Divisions 1 to 4 that requirement would take precedence.

9.6 Unavailability of Nominated Umpire

    If a nominated umpire becomes unavailable and there is no "Stand by" available as a replacement, then the club who originally nominated the umpire who is no longer available will be responsible for nominating a suitable replacement. Clubs will be informed no later than 8pm on the Friday before the match if their nominated "Stand by" is required. Any club, who fails to nominate a replacement, will be deducted five points.

9.7 Club Umpires

    If no panel umpire is appointed to a match in Divisions 5, 6 or 7 then both clubs must each provide a competent umpire who is not otherwise participating in the match. Any club failing to provide an umpire in these circumstances will be deducted five points in Divisions 5 and 6 and two points in Division 7.

9.8 Only One Umpire

    If only one panel umpire or club umpire is provided then that umpire shall stand at the bowler's end throughout the match and be paid both match fees. Club umpires will make their own arrangement with their own club but be entitled to a match fee from the other club. If a club provides an umpire to stand in a match, with a panel umpire or with another club umpire, the other club cannot object to this umpire on the day of the match. This rule applies in all divisions of the Cherwell League.

9.9 Decision on Play

    When only one official umpire (Panel or club) officiates in a match, all decisions relating to the condition of the pitch, weather or light and regarding starting, stopping or restarting any match will be taken by the official umpire only, without reference to a player acting as an umpire.

9.10 Umpires Payments for Abandoned Matches

    If a match is abandoned without a ball being bowled, panel umpires who have travelled to the ground shall receive their match fee in full. If the home club fails to inform the panel umpire(s) that a match has been cancelled and the appointed umpire(s) travel to the ground, the home club will be responsible for paying the fee(s) due.

9.11 Scorers in Divisions 1-4

    In Divisions 1 to 4 it is the responsibility of each club to provide a competent Scorer who is not otherwise participating in the match, and is available throughout. Umpires will be asked to inform the League on the official League Report Form that this rule has been complied with. Failure to comply will result in the offending Club(s) being deducted five points.

9.12 Scorers in Divisions 5-10

    In all other divisions it is the responsibility of the captains to ensure that two people are acting as scorers throughout the match. Each club must make sure that a proper scorebook is used (not sheets taken from the opponents' book) and that the record shows, under Batsmen, all players who played in the match, not just those who actually batted.


10.1 Results Submission

    In all Divisions the result and a match scorecard need to be recorded and submitted by the home captain using the Cherwell League website. Details of the procedure are set out on the website and in the Handbook. Clubs in breach of this procedure may be fined £15 on each occasion.

10.2 Timing

    The match result must be submitted to the website by 10pm on the Saturday of the match.

10.3 Registrations/Scorecards

    ALL home team captains, in all divisions, are to ensure that the appropriate Match Scorecard is properly completed on the Cherwell League website before the Thursday following the match. Failure to do so by due date may result in a £15 fine. Forms not completed within a further 7 days may result in a further penalty of 5 points being deducted. If after 14 days a form is not completed the matter will be reported to the Management Committee for possible further disciplinary action.

10.4 Umpires Report Form

    In Divisions 1 to 7 the Captain of BOTH teams will complete an "Umpires Report Form". This form should be submitted on the website, during the week following the match and before the Wednesday following the match. Failure to do so will incur a fine of £15. Forms not submitted within a further 7 days will result in a further penalty of 5 points being deducted. If after 14 days a form is not submitted the matter will be reported to the Management Committee for possible further disciplinary action.

110.5 Away Captains Report

    We require all away captains to complete a brief report on the opposition ground, for teams in division 1-7 this is included on the report on umpires. For divisions 8-10 this is a separate report accessed from the website.


11.1 Promotion to Home Counties Premier League

    If the League champions (Division 1 winners) do not meet the criteria for promotion, or decline an invitation to join the Home Counties Premier League Division Two (West), the team finishing in second place will become eligible for promotion.

11.2 Acceptance to HCPL

    Clubs invited to join the Home Counties Premier League Division Two (West) must confirm in writing to the League Secretary whether they have accepted or declined the invitation within 14 days of the invitation being made.

11.3 Promotion

    In all divisions except Division 1 a minimum of 2 teams will be guaranteed promotion at the end of the season, except where 11.4 or 11.5 applies.

11.4 Teams in the same Division

    No club can have two teams in the same division with the exception of the bottom division.

11.5 Relegation

    If a team is relegated into the same division as another team from the same club, then the team already in that division will also be relegated or denied promotion to that division.


Set out below is the criteria that any club who wishes to apply for membership of the Cherwell Cricket League must meet before their application can be considered by the League Management Committee. Any applications meeting the criteria will be put before the member clubs at an AGM for acceptance. At an AGM the club applying must receive support from more than 66% of clubs voting.

12.1 Ground

    The Club must have its own ground or have a secure long term lease on a ground which will allow fixtures in Divisions 1 to 6 to be played on any Saturday designated by the League during the months of April, May, June, July, August and September.

12.2 Performance

    The Club applying must normally have won the top division (during the previous season) of the League in which they are currently playing, or if the top team does not wish to apply, have finished second.

12.3 Second Team

    The Club must have a second team of suitable ability to play in the bottom division of the Cherwell League.

12.4 Facilties

    The Club's facilities and ground must comply with the standards that are applicable to all Cherwell League clubs, as shown in the League's handbook.

12.5 Accounts

    The Club must supply the League with approved accounts for the two seasons prior to it applying for membership.

12.6 Application

    The Club's application must be supported by two current Cherwell League clubs.

12.7 Umpires

    Any club that is elected to join the Cherwell Cricket League must be capable of supplying an umpire who meets the standards required by the League to officiate on the League Umpires' Panel if they are placed in a Division where this is a league rule.