Furlong Cup Playing Conditions 2020

Playing Conditions & Match Hosting Responsibilities – Furlong Cup

  1. The Laws of Cricket:
    Except as specially provided hereafter, the 2017 Code of the Laws of Cricket, together with the Playing Conditions as laid down by NZC will apply.


  1. Teams:
    The Zone will consist of the 6 North Island District Associations of Central Districts in a round robin competition.


  1. Match Manager:
    The host Association will appoint a Match Manager and advise teams and umpires. The Match Manager will be in attendance at all times but may delegate their responsibilities to a replacement if they need to leave the ground. The teams and umpires must be notified of the replacement at the next interval. Refer item 21 – Match Report responsibility.


  1. Hours of Play and Intervals:10.30am – 1.00pm (2.30 – 40 overs) 1.40pm – 4.00pm (2.20 – 38 overs) 4.20pm – 6.30pm (2.10 – 34 overs).
    112 overs will be bowled in the day.
    3 overs are subtracted for each change of innings.
    Should the teams leave the ground for lunch, then at the discretion of the umpires, up to 20 minutes can be added to the lunch break with the remaining sessions adjusted accordingly. A minimum of 16 overs will be bowled in the last hour of the match.
    Players shall be ready to start on the field at the time set for the start of play and the resumption of play after a break.
    NZC playing conditions re drinks being run on and off the field will apply. Ie only at scheduled drinks breaks and a fall of wicket or at the umpires discretion on a hot day.
    30 minutes of extra time can be played after the scheduled close of play on day 1 but at this time play shall cease regardless of whether the full quota of overs has been bowled. For example a 6.30pm scheduled finish allows for play to continue until 7.00pm when the over being bowled is completed and time is called. Unbowled overs are lost.
    The umpires are to be more demanding in relation to hurrying the over-rates along as much as they can with both the fielding and batting teams.


  1. Weather Interference and/or Travel difficulties:
    Where owing to weather conditions or travel difficulties it has been decided no play is possible in the pre lunch period, the time set down for the luncheon interval may be brought forward. Also in the event of delay due to weather conditions or travel difficulties the afternoon tea interval may be varied. Time will be made up on that day and/or subsequent days where weather, travel difficulties or any other unavoidable circumstance intervenes.


6.1 The total hours (including all stoppages but excluding scheduled intervals) do not exceed 14 hours in any match except where necessary to allow a minimum of 16 overs in the last hour of the match.

6.2 Play can be between the hours of 9.30am (making up one hour from day one or teams requiring early departure) and 7.30pm (if further play is lost during day two, up to one hour) provided that no session shall be scheduled for more than 3 hours in duration. (Overtime thus could be played to allow a minimum of 16 overs to be bowled in the last hour of the match).

6.3 Calculation for any lost time – for every 3.75 minutes deduct one over. The major consideration with delays should be to recommence play as soon as possible. Co-operation is required between Captains/Coaches/Umpires.

Note: Discussions on play resumption involves umpire and captains only.

  1. Length of Innings:
    There is no restriction on the length of an innings. A new ball becomes available after 80 overs. In the event of a change of innings, during the days play, no overs will be deducted from the minimum overs set down for the days play.


  1. Points system –

Bonus points – Four batting and four Bowling bonus points are available in the first innings.


Batting bonus points are achieved at 150, 200, 250 and 300 runs. (In the first 90 overs only).

Bowling bonus points are achieved on taking 3, 5, 7 and 9 wickets. (In the first 90 overs only).


1st innings win – 5 points


Outright points –     3 points to the team that won on the first innings.

  • 6 points to the team that was behind on the first innings.


Tied scores in either innings:

  • If 1st innings scores are tied 2.5 points each.
  • If the match finishes in an outright tie 2 points each.

It must be remembered here that an outright tie is only when scores are level and the team batting last is all out. Scores level and the team batting last is 6 or 9 down is a draw.


First innings points are retained –  8 points for 1st innings plus outright.

-If a team loses on the first innings but wins outright they get 6 points, plus bonus points.

-If a team wins on the first innings and loses outright they get 5 points, plus bonus points.

-Tie on first innings but outright win = 5.5, plus bonus points

-Tie on first innings but outright loss = 2.5, plus bonus points.

If a team having lost on the first innings, gains an outright tie 2 points, plus bonus points.

If a team having won on the first innings, gains an outright tie 7 points, plus bonus points.


No result with less than a day played (? 112 overs) – bonus points scored plus 3 each.


No result with more than a day’s play (> 112 overs) then it is just bonus points plus 1 each.


Abandoned or Rained off game – 8 points each.


Win by default is equal to maximum points in round


  1. Zone Results and Winner:
    At the conclusion of each game the Host Association is responsible for advising Central Districts of the result and scores. Results are to be emailed to scott [at] cdcricket [dot] co [dot] nz no later than Monday morning or the result and scorecard must be entered as a true and accurate record on crichq.

Central Districts will keep a points table and advise associations of the points on Monday afternoon having received the points earlier in the day.
The Zone winner will win the right to the Zone 2 Challenge.

In the event of a tie on points, the winner will be the team with the most outright wins. If the teams are still tied, the team with the best net runs per wicket, over the entire series of matches, will be the winner. Net run rate is calculated by taking the runs per wicket for and deducting the runs per wicket against.
If for any reason the Zone winner is unable to fulfil the challenge obligations, then the second team will become the challenger.


  1. Umpires:
    Umpires appointments will be made by CDCUSA and forwarded to Central Districts for approval and notification to Districts.


  1. Balls:
    Associations are to provide their own 4 piece Kookaburra Regulation 156 gram balls for the matches. Ideally there should be replacement balls, in varying conditions of use, available if needed.


  1. Covers:
    Host Association will ensure adequate covers are available where possible to cover the block and bowlers run ups. Covers should be in place 3 days prior to the match.
    Both teams will assist with covers on match days.


  1. Sightscreens:
    The Host Association will provide sightscreens where possible.


  1. Scoreboard:
    The Host Association will provide a suitable scoreboard.


  1. Scorers:
    The Host Association will provide at least one scorer. Any visiting team scorer is to be notified to the host association 7 days prior to the match. A copy of the scoresheets may be given to the visitors at the conclusion of the game but certainly to the visiting district and the Central Districts Administration office at least within 48 hours by email unless crichq is entered accurately. (email: scott [at] cdcricket [dot] co [dot] nz or mail to : PO Box 309, NAPIER).


  1. Player Eligibility:
    As per New Zealand Cricket Playing Conditions.


  1. Nomination of Players –Law 1.2 For each match teams may be composed of twelve players.

(a) Prior to the toss for each match team captains must provide opposing captains and the umpires a list of their batting XI and their Fielding XI. The player left out of the Fielding XI will act as a 12th man for the fielding portions of the match. (i.e. the player may bat in the Batting XI but may not bowl).

(b) The 12th man may be rotated on and off the field acting as substitute fielder bearing in mind the rules of cricket in terms of eligibility to bowl and bat in relationship to a player’s time off the field still apply.

(c) No player (batsman) can only bat in the match and not take part in the field.

(d) The wicket keeper cannot be designated as the non -bowler, as effectively doing so would nominate him as 12th man, and the Laws of Cricket do not allow substitutes to act as the wicket keeper.

  1. Catering:
    The Host Association to provide a light morning and afternoon tea and lunch for players and umpires and relevant officials.
    Lunch shall be of a good nutritious standard suitable for fulfilling the needs of the athletes.

Reminder – the following catering guidelines should apply –

  • Hot dish / selection salads / rolls etc / fruit
  • Ice to be provided
  • Morning / afternoon tea optional
  • Dietary requirements – each association to be responsible for themselves

Player drinks will be available, at all times, during the game.


  1. Dressing Rooms:
    Host Association to provide clean and tidy dressing rooms for players and umpires. At the conclusion of the match, teams are required to leave the rooms in a tidy condition, as per as they found them.


  1. Code of Conduct.

This PC has now been superseded by Law 42. It states – 

Law 42 – Player Conduct 

Laws 42.1, 42.2 and 42.3, i.e. Level 1 and Level 2 offences, shall apply as per “The Laws of Cricket 2017”.

For Laws 42.4, 42.5, 42.6 and 42.7, i.e Level 3 and 4 offences, the New Zealand Cricket Code of Conduct shall apply.

  1. Match Reports.

Match reports are to be completed by the respective captains within 48 hours of the completion of the match. The umpire’s reports are found for the Central Districts Umpires and Scorers Association website at the “whostheumpire” website.

The team Coaches and Managers should assist the Match Manager in ensuring that all Captains furnish their reports asap after the completion of the last days play.

Failure to submit reports within an acceptable timeframe may result in a points deduction.


  1. Travel and Accommodation:
    Each association is responsible for organising its own travel and accommodation. Prior to making accommodation bookings, the visiting association should make contact with the host DA to ascertain whether there are any sponsorship relationships that can be taken into account.

Host associations will also make single room accommodation bookings for umpires where required.


  1. Umpire Costs: Standing Fee $150 per day per umpire.

Accommodation; Single room + breakfast – one night unless more than two hours drive.

 Meal allowance $20 per evening meal. 

Travel Reimbursement; Car at Central Districts travel rates, Air booked by Central Districts Umpires and Scorers Association if required. 

Where an umpire travels from the same location as an association chartering a plane, the umpire shall travel on the plane.


  1. Disputes:
    ???????Any query regarding Zone Elimination matches will be referred to Central Districts who will rule on or arrange to get a ruling on the point at issue.


Notes – These are new laws and amendments that all must be cognisant of.

Law 5 (The Bat) places limits on the thickness of the edges and the overall depth of the bat. The maximum dimensions will be 108mm in width (unchanged), 67mm in depth with 40mm edges.


HELMET POLICY Major Association (MA) representative teams competing in NZC national tournaments from under 17 and above. This policy applies to teams competing at national under 17, under 19, under 21 women and Provincial A tournaments; and anyone invited to train with the above teams/squads. From the 2017-18 season, onwards, the wearing of helmets is mandatory for all players in MA representative teams competing in NZC national competitions and/or tournaments. Helmets must comply with BS 7928: 2013. The policy applies when batting against fast or medium paced bowling, wicket-keeping (up to the stumps) or fielding in close (within 7 metres of the stumps, excluding behind the wicket on the offside). It is also strongly recommended that a helmet is worn when batting against spin bowling. Any individual with responsibility for players (such as a coach or manager), together with Match Officials, should take all reasonable steps to ensure that the above guidelines are followed. Women must use helmets which have been tested against both the men’s and junior sized ball or at least against the junior size ball.