By-Laws

Updated: September 2021

SMCA PROTESTS AND DISPUTES BY-LAWS

65. Prescribed penalties

a.  Any player offered a Prescribed Penalty may elect to accept the penalty for the offence which that player is reported. Should a player wish the matter to be heard by the P&D, notification should be made to the Association in the manner prescribed at the commencement of each season prior to 9.00pm on the day of play in which the player was reported. A lack of notification to the Association by the deadline will invoke the penalty for the offence, which that player was reported for.

This does not dilute the right of the association to reject this acceptance and have the matter heard by the P&D if it deems appropriate to have the matter heard.

If a player elects to take the prescribed penalty to a Tribunal the penalty will be increased when the prescribed penalty is upheld.


b.  Reportable offences and penalties:

(i)  Refusing to give name to an umpire - Two (2) playing dates ban, 

(ii)  No action taken by captain to control players after being requested by an umpire - Two (2) playing dates ban, 

(iii)  Dissent towards an umpire’s decision, Minor Dispute - Two (2) playing dates ban, 

(iv)  Throwing bat, gloves helmet or other equipment in an aggressive manner - Two (2) playing dates ban, 

(v)  Kicking or knocking stumps over deliberately - Two (2) playing dates ban, 

(vi)  Deliberate time wasting - Two (2) playing dates ban, 

(vii)  Fieldsmen making disparaging remarks about a batsman’s ability - Two (2) playing dates ban, 

(viii)  Batsman making disparaging remarks about a bowlers or fieldsmans ability - Two (2) playing dates ban, 

(ix)  Persistent sledging of opposition players - Two (2) playing dates ban,

(x)  Fieldsmen making ridiculous appeals - Two (2) playing dates ban,

(xi)  Misconduct -Two (2) playing dates ban,

(xii)  Changing the condition of the ball - Two (2) playing dates ban,

(xiii)  Minor Inappropriate physical contact between players - Two (2) playing dates ban,

(xiv)  Fieldsmen directing batmen off the ground by gestures or words - Two (2) playing dates ban,

(xv)  Disputing of an umpires decision by gestures or words - Four (4) playing dates ban, 

(xvi)  Abusing or swearing at an opposition player, teammate or spectator - Four (4) playing dates ban, 

(xvii)  Medium Inappropriate physical contact between players - Four (4) playing dates ban, 

(xviii)  Intimidating an umpire by gestures or words - Six (6) playing dates ban, 

(xix)  Abusing or swearing at an umpire - Six (6) playing dates ban.

All other breaches of the Code of Conduct are to be heard by the P&D at a properly convened hearing.

c.  In all cases penalties involving suspension should be taken to imply suspension from all matches conducted under the auspices of the SMCA and affiliated cricket bodies during the period of the suspension. The Administrator will advise Clubs as to the inclusive dates of the suspension, as determined by the P&D.

d.  If a player, who has been found guilty of an offence in the past, is found guilty of another offence then his past indiscretions will be taken into consideration in the penalty handed down at the P&D. If no offence has been committed in the previous five years the penalty will be a standalone penalty based on the P&D finding of a guilty verdict in the current case before the P&D and be based on current guidelines.