Note: This restriction does not apply to spin bowlers or to one day matches.
Summary & Explanation
- U18 – 6 overs per spell, 16 overs per day
- U19 – 6 overs per spell, 20 overs per day.
- 19 + – no restrictions Also
- A pace bowler (defined as bowlers where the wicket-keeper would normally stand back), are subject to a limitation of overs allowed to be bowled per day. This rule is made in the interests of player safety and follows extensive research findings.
- Coaches are asked to apply the rule strictly and not try to avoid it by bringing up the wicket-keeper artificially. Player safety must be placed as a higher priority than match results.
- In the event of any disputes at a tournament, the matter should be referred to a member of the NZC Age-group selection panel whose rulings shall be final. (If in our Tweedy cup competition refer it to the local Board)
- The operative date of players shall be as at the 1st September prior to the start of a respective season.
- At the completion of a bowler’s spell, the bowler may not bowl again until the equivalent number of overs as the length of that spell are bowled from the same end.
- In the event that weather conditions cause a continuous suspension of play, upon resumption of play a bowler may commence a new spell provided the break from his previous spell is of at least one-hour duration.
- A bowler’s spell shall be deemed to be completed at the end of a day’s play and a new spell may be commenced immediately the next day.
- In the instance where a team is asked to Follow-on their innings, the bowler’s normal break between innings shall apply.
- If any bowler inadvertently exceeds the number of overs permitted, any extra balls bowled will be deemed legal deliveries and whatever eventuates, if anything, as a result of these deliveries will stand. Upon notification of this irregularity, the offending bowler will be immediately replaced and the over completed by another bowler.
- Any part over completed will count as a full over for each bowler’s limit.