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The Laws of Cricket (2017 Code)) shall apply with the following exceptions:-

1.      Matches shall consist of one innings per side of 20 overs duration although this may be amended with the mutual agreement of the two team managers before the commencement of the match. The minimum will be 10 overs per side.

2.      A team shall consist of 11 players.  At Under 15, up to three of these may reach the age of 16 no later than 31st August of the current year save that none of these three players shall have played for a County Board or Regional squad (eg Wales, Gloucester, Gwent etc) during the preceding and/or current season. 

3.      A minimum of 5 bowlers are to be used, each to bowl a maximum of 4 overs (or 1/5 of total overs if other than 20 is agreed).  At all three age groups a batter must retire on reaching or passing a personal total of 50 runs and will not be allowed to return.  Batters can continue their innings beyond this figure if their ‘retirement’ would end the innings before the agreed number of overs has been bowled.

4.      The length of the pitch shall be 20 yards for U11 matches and 21 yards for U13 matches.

5.      For all U11 and U13 matches:

a)     The ball shall weigh 4.75 ounces.

b)     The stumps shall be 27 inches above the ground and 8 inches wide.

6.    In all matches the following shall be deemed a ‘no ball’:

a)     Any ball that bounces over shoulder-height of the batter standing upright in the crease.

b)     Any ball that bounces more than twice before reaching the popping crease.

c)     Any ball that passes above waist-height of the batter standing upright in the crease without bouncing irrespective of its speed.

7.     At Under 15, the delivery following a no ball or wide shall be a free hit for whichever batter is facing it. The normal penalty run will be recorded and any additional runs legitimately made will also be scored.  If the delivery for the free hit is also an illegal delivery (any kind of no ball or a wide ball) then the next delivery will also become a free hit for whichever batter is facing it and so on.  Once a legitimate delivery has been bowled, there will be no more ‘free hits’ for the rest of the over.  For any free hit, the striker can be dismissed only under the circumstances that apply for a no ball, even if the delivery for the free hit is called wide ball. Field changes are not permitted for free hit deliveries unless there is a change of striker. The umpires will signal a free hit by (after the normal no ball/wide signal) extending one arm straight upwards and moving it in a circular motion. (This condition is ‘optional’ but teams are encouraged to enforce it by mutual agreement to broaden the players’ experience of the typical T20 adult playing conditions.)

8.     Throughout the innings only five fielders are allowed outside a field restriction marking area bounded by two semi-circles centred on each middle stump, each with a radius of 30 yards, and joined by a parallel line on each side of the pitch at the instant of delivery.  (This condition is ‘optional’ but teams are encouraged to enforce it by mutual agreement to broaden the players’ experience of the typical T20 adult playing conditions.)

9.      In all matches no fielder, except the wicketkeeper, shall be allowed to field nearer than 8 yards (11 yards if the fielder is U11 or U13) to the batsman measured from the middle stump, except behind the wicket on the offside.

10.   The winning team shall be the one scoring the most runs in its innings. In the event of the total score of both teams being equal then the team that has lost the least wickets shall be the winner. If still equal then all players from each side (except the wicketkeeper) shall bowl at the stumps alternately from opposite ends. The winners will be the team with the greatest number of hits; if still equal then sudden-death will be instituted. (The laws of cricket, as amended in 4, 5 and 6 above, shall apply.)

11.  Each team must provide an adult umpire who is, preferably, a qualified coach and not a relative of any of the players, as well as a scorer who fully understands these Playing Conditions and the principles of scoring.