By-Laws

Updated: September 2021

SMCA MATCH DAY BY-LAWS

15. Overs

a.  Each batting side unless dismissed for less, shall receive seventy-five (75) overs in the first innings. If seventy-five (75) over’s have been bowled prior to the scheduled close of play, play shall cease. If seventy-five (75) over’s have not been bowled prior to the scheduled close of play, play will continue until the stipulated over’s have been bowled. On completion of seventy-five (75) overs the innings shall be closed. On the first day, if the team batting first is all out, or declares before the completion of seventy five (75) overs, and there is time remaining for the opposition to go in to bat, then stumps will be drawn at the scheduled close of play, irrespective of whether seventy five (75) overs have been bowled or not. On the second day, the team batting second is entitled to further seventy-five (75) overs. If the side fielding first in a two day game dismisses the batting side within 30 minutes of the scheduled close of play, it will have the option of deciding if it will bat until the close of play.

b.  65 over Matches - Each batting side unless dismissed for less, shall receive sixty-five (65) overs in the first innings. If sixty-five (65) overs have been bowled prior to the scheduled close of play, play shall cease. If sixty-five (65) over’s have not been bowled prior to the scheduled close of play, play will continue until the stipulated over’s have been bowled. On completion of sixty-five (65) overs the innings shall be closed. On the first day, if the team batting first is all out, or declares before the completion of sixty five (65) overs, and there is time remaining for the opposition to go in to bat, then stumps will be drawn at the scheduled close of play, irrespective of whether sixty five (65) overs have been bowled or not. On the second day, the team batting second is entitled to further sixty-five (65) overs. If the side fielding first in a two day match dismisses the batting side within 30 minutes of the scheduled close of play, it will have the option of deciding if it will bat until the close of play.

c.  A minimum of seventeen (17) overs or part thereof must be bowled in the last hour on the second day provided that both teams have completed an innings.

d.  If the number of balls required to be bowled (i.e. 75 overs) have not been bowled within fifteen (15) minutes of the time due for the cessation of play on either day of a match, the bowling team to incur a penalty of .10 point for every over, or part thereof, remaining unbowled at the scheduled close of play. Furthermore, the Captain of the batting side may request play to continue until the required number of overs has been bowled. This rule shall only be enforced if an official Umpire is in attendance and he/she shall check the number of overs remaining at the time scheduled for the close of play and mark the penalty to be imposed in both scorebooks at the drawing of stumps. Club Registrars to record penalty on match reports and the official Umpire/s shall advise the Umpires Advisor by 8pm on the Monday after the game. The Umpires Advisor shall pass such information onto the Association Administrator.

e.  Any player arriving late for a fixtured match may bowl immediately on each day’s play.

f.  Fielder Leaving The iFeld of Play
If a fielder leaves the field of play during a session of play,

(i) the umpire shall be informed of the reason for the absence.

(ii) the fielder shall not thereafter resume on the field during a session of play, without the consent of the umpire. The umpire shall give such consent as soon as practicable.

(iii) the fielder shall not be permitted to bowl until they have resumed on the field for at least the same length of playing time for which they were absent.