Senior League Cricket – 2023 Season

  • The First X1 will be playing in the 4th Division (West) of the Sussex Cricket League having been promoted from the 5th Division at the end of the 2022 season . Click here for the league table
  • The Second X1 will be playing in the 10th Division (West) of the Sussex Cricket League (same as last year) . Click here for the league table


  • The first fixture for the First X1 will be on Saturday 6 May. The final game of the season will be on Saturday 2 Sept Click here for all the First X1 fixtures.
  • The first fixture for the Second X1 will be at home on Saturday 28 April . The final game of the season will be on Saturday 2 Sept and there is no league fixture on Saturday 17 June Click here for the all Second X1 fixtures

Start time of matches

  • First X1 matches will commence at 12:30 pm
  • Second X1 matches will commence at 1 pm

Format of matches

  • First X1 : 45 overs win/lose format
  • Second X1 : 40 overs win/lose format


Teas may be provided by the home team at their discretion but this is not a requirement (no change from previous year and unlikely to change in future)


  • First X1 : 5 star league balls
  • Second X1 : 4 star league balls

Each team to bowl with the ball they provide (First X1 and Second X1) – (change from last year)

Bowling restrictions

  • First X1 : max 9 overs per bowler (change from last season)
  • Second X1 : max 9 overs per bowler

ECB Fast bowling directives (no change)

  • Up to Under 13 : Max 5 overs per spell
  • U14,U15 : Max 6 overs per spell
  • U16,U17,U18,U19 : Max 7 overs per spell

Note : These directives continue to under19

Mankad rules

The Mankad rules were amended by the MCC on 1 October 2022. Trying to run out the non-striker while the bowler is in the process of bowling was previously regarded as ‘unfair play’ (Law 41) but has now been moved to ‘Run Out’ (Law 38)

Extract from the MCC Law 38:

38.3 Non-striker leaving his/her ground early

38.3.1 At any time from the moment the ball comes into play until the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball, the non-striker is liable to be Run out if he/she is out of his/her ground. In these circumstances the non-striker will be out Run out if he/she is out of his/her ground when his/her wicket is broken by the bowler throwing the ball at the stumps or by the bowler’s hand holding the ball, whether or not the ball is subsequently delivered. The instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball is defined as the moment the bowler’s arm reaches the highest point of his/her normal bowling action in the delivery swing. Even if the non-striker had left his/her ground before the instant at which the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball, once the bowler has reached that point it is no longer possible for the bowler to run out the non-striker under this Law.

Fielding restrictions

Max 5 fielders on the leg side for all divisions in the league

Fielder placement restrictions

  • First X1 : over 1-10 – max 2 out , over 11-35 – max 4 out , over 36-45 – max 5 out (note these are different to Div 5 rules)
  • Second X1 : No fielding placement restrictions


  • First X1 : All legside wides behind the body of the batter . On offside use 17inch guide lines (unless batter by moving either causes the ball to pass wide of them or brings within reach to hit with a normal cricket stroke)
  • Second X1 : Captains to agree at toss (if no agreement 17 inch lines on both sides of wicket to be the guide)

Players playing up

When a club’s lower division side(s) play and a higher division side(s) has no scheduled match or have their match cancelled or abandoned, the composition of the lower division side(s) concerned shall be such that they do not include more than two players who participated in the previous three consecutive League and Cup matches of a more senior Saturday XI of the club. Where this occurs at the beginning of a season this regulation shall take account of matches played in the previous season

Time restrictions

  • First X1: 2h:50m to begin last over
  • Second X1 : Every effort to begin last over in 2h:30m

Bonus points

30 points to be awarded for a win irrespective of winning toss or bowling or batting first (change from last year )

Additional points shall be awarded as follows to the losing team:

  • In Division 2, 3 & 4 matches – two batting points at each of 120, 140, 160, 180 and 200 runs.
  • In Divisions 8 and below – two batting points at each of 75,100, 125, 150 and 175 runs.

The team batting second – one batting point at these scores.

Note: in matches where the over limit is reduced, there shall be a reduction in the
targets to achieve batting bonus points, as set out in the tables below. Bowling
bonus points, under the same circumstances, will remain as if the full allocation of
overs were available.

  • The team bowling first: two bowling points will be awarded at the fall of wickets 2,4, 6, 8, & 10.
  • The team bowling second: one bowling point will be awarded at the fall of wickets 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10.
  • Bowling points remain the same regardless of the length of any innings.

[Note: For the purpose of awarding bowling points, any team playing short or
having a player retire for any reason and unable to return shall, provided all
available batters have been dismissed, be deemed to have had the absent player,
or players, dismissed].

  • In the event of a tie each team receives 15 points.
  • For ‘No Result’ matches – each team receives 10 points, or the batting and bowling
    points, whichever is greater
  • Any team failing to fulfil a fixture shall have 10 points deducted from its total and
    its opponents shall be awarded the match and 30 points.

Duckworth Lewis

Duckworth Lewis method to be applied to games in all divisions. D/L tool on the PC-S app (no need to login)

Settings : G50 value : 245

  • First X1 : use 45 overs
  • Second X1 : use 40 overs

Provision of Umpires

  • First X1 : A non playing umpire must be provided by both teams (teams may apply for a Panel Umpire one week before the game) . A points deduction may apply if a club does not provide a club umpire.
  • Second X1 : Players may officiate as umpires as necessary

Provision of Scorers

  • First X1 : A non playing scorer must be provided . Points deduction if a scorer is not provided at the discretion of the League
  • Second X1 : Teams should try to ensure that 2 scorebooks are used throughout the match

Bat sizes

The League has not adopted the ECB rules on limiting the blade size of a bat – any bat size may therefore be used

Ground conditions

On match days, where there are no League appointed Umpires, both Captains
must agree if a pitch is fit for play. If Club Umpires are present, they must, in
conjunction with the Captains agree if the pitch is fit for play. The fact that the
grass/hybrid pitch and the ball are, or become, wet does not warrant the ground
conditions being regarded as unreasonable or dangerous. If the Captains/Captains
in conjunction with Club Umpires make a decision that a pitch is unfit for play,
other than through rain, the match shall be awarded to the visiting side (as if the
home team had failed to fulfil the fixture)

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Home team must record result by 10am on the day following the match . The away team must agree the contents and any discrepencies must be resolved by 8pm on the Monday following the game. Penalties to apply if this is not done

Relegations – 2022 season

At the start of the 2022 season the League indicated that the bottom 4 teams (10 teams in the division in total) in Div 10 would be relegated to Div 11. Wisborough Green Second X1 finished 7th in the League but following a realignment of the divisions, Wisborough Green Second X1 remained in Division10 for the 2023 season.

Motions denied at the League AGM held in November 2022

  • Introduce a fielding circle for all divisions
  • Abolish free hits on all No Balls – Div 8 and below
  • Move forward the starting time of all matches to 12:00pm (Div 2,3,4)
  • Move forward start time of all matches to 12 :30 (Div 5 and below)

Motions carried to take note of

Electronic scoring to be compulsory across all matches – Prem and Div 2

League documents

Playing conditions for the 2023 season

Quick reference card