NB. Any player under the age of 18 on 4 May 2020 will NOT be subject to rulingS PE.5A, PE.5B NOR PE.5C below for the 2020 competition
Please note that there is an exemption process that should be understood in tandem with the rules below.
- PE.1 - Players must be regular playing members of the club to which the participating team is affiliated, who will be expected to honour the ethos and responsibilities of being a member of their club and this competition.
- PE.2 - No player shall represent more than ONE team in this competition in any single year.
- PE.3 - It is not acceptable for any participating teams to play players who are remunerated in any way to play cricket, irrespective of whether it is the competing team or another club who provides the remunerations to the player. For the avoidance of doubt, this includes (but is not limited to) the payment of match fees and/or travel costs; the provision of board and/or lodgings; or the provision of employment, or the ability to be employed.
- PE.4a - Under no circumstances should a player who has played in ANY Sussex Cricket League Premier or Division Two league matches (or equivalent), in the same season (for any club), be selected to represent any participating team without the written approval of the Competition Manager, which will only be granted in exceptional circumstance. If granted that player will be subjected to the restrictions shown under rulings PE.5 where further rule exemptions for that player may be granted, but only upon request.
- PE.4b - For the first TWO matches in the competition, any player's record for the previous year should be taken into account when assessing eligibility under rule PE.4a.
- PE.5a - Any player who has played for their (or any) club in either Division Three (East or West) of the Sussex Cricket League (or equivalent) will not be permitted to bat higher than number 6 in the batting order, nor will they be permitted to bowl any earlier than the 13th over of an innings. In a shortened match the batting restriction remains but the bowling restriction should be altered by the same ratio that the match is reduced by.
- PE.5b - Any player who has played for their (or any) club's 1st XI in either Division Four (East or West) of the Sussex Cricket League (or equivalent) will not be permitted to bat higher than number 4 in the batting order, nor will they be permitted to bowl any earlier than the 9th over of an innings. In a shortened match the batting restriction remains but the bowling restriction should be altered by the same ratio that the match is reduced by.
- PE.5c - For the first TWO matches in the competition, any player's record for the previous year should be taken into account when assessing eligibility under rules PE.5a and PE.5.b
- PE.6 - Teams may submit in writing to the Competition Manager a request for players to be exempt from part of rule PE.5 whereby the player may be a bowler of a high standard, but their batting would not be considered as such (or vice versa). Any exemption is only confirmed once it is posted on the Player Exemptions section of this website.
- PE.7 - Any dispute regarding players who have played for a team in this competition is to be referred, in writing, to the Competition Manager only by the designated Competition Contact for that team.
The above is implemented in good faith as players might not be well known to the opponent given the possibility that the two sides may regularly compete in different leagues. It is in the best interests of the competition itself that clubs compete in a fair manner given this competition’s intention to promote participation & inclusion within the game of cricket.