With the spells of rain over the past three days it may impact majority of the games today. So match officials, captains and players are aware of the league constitution, the following will be applied:
13. Time of Matches. All league matches must start at 1.00pm.
13a. A game will be called off 45 minutes after the official start time if the opposing or home team has not arrived to the agreed venue.
13b. The two captains and at least six of his registered players must be present for the toss of the coin to take place at least 15 minutes before the start time. In the event of a captain and at least six players are not present the team will be deemed to have lost the toss. In the case where both teams are late they will be required to toss before they take to the field.
14a. No club may cancel a match on account of weather conditions or the state of the ground and no game shall be abandoned before the authorised time for commencement of the match unless it involves a lot of traveling and that the two teams agree to cancel the game or the groundsman has deemed the ground to be unfit to play.
14b. Any games not started due to weather and/or ground condition, the match will be reduced by one over for every 3 minutes (after the first 15 minutes). If the match has not started by 3.15pm or the team batting first has not played at least 25 overs in their allocated time of 3 hours from the official start time then the match will be deemed to be abandoned by the umpire and appropriate points will be awarded.
14c. Any games interrupted in the first half of the match by weather, the match will be reduced as per rule 14b. The team batting second will be given the same number of overs as the first team regardless of any further interruption due to rain. The game will continue if the light is judged to be satisfactory by the umpire.
Scenario 1 – Match delayed due to unfit conditions or rain
If the match doesn’t start before 1.15pm the umpires will start to reduce the over at the rate of 1 over for every 3 minutes. If play is not possible by 3.15pm then the match will be deemed as a rain affected game and 6 points will be award to both teams.
Scenario 2 – Match delayed due to unfit conditions or rain
If the match doesn’t start before 1.15pm the umpires will start to reduce the overs at the rate of 1 over for every 3 minutes. If play is possible before 3.15pm then the match will be played with reduced overs with at least 25 overs for the team batting first. If the first batting teams’ innings is interrupted by rain again umpires will apply further reduction of overs straightaway. The match can restart as long the the team batting first plays a minimum of 25 overs. If umpires reduce over for the first batting team and the number of total over fall below 25 the games, the game will be deemed rain off and 6 points will be award to both teams plus any batting or bowling bonus points.
Scenario 3 – First innings completed with at least 25 overs.
If the team batting first complete their innings, the team chasing the score will be allocated the same number overs as applied to the team batting first, if the game is interrupted by rain the team batting second will NOT have any overs reduced. The umpire will allow the game to restart when conditions are appropriate and the light is deemed to be fit to play.
In the Premier Section Bhalot Strikers continue their unbeaten 10th consecutive maximum point win and dominate the league but the 2nd place position is becoming competitive between Whiterose, AK Eagles and Kashmir, who have 15 points gap between them. Heaton Park beat Great Horton Sports and now widens the relegation zone to the bottom four teams of the Premier Section.
The Crescent Section continues be tough at the top of the table, Kings XI Lahore beat Nafees to reduce the gap at the top of the table to just 18 points between the top five teams. Subhan had a comfortable win over Diamonds as they won by 7 wickets, whilst Rajput beat Yorkshire Lions by 67 runs. Nathia beat Tabs by 59 runs and Scouthill won by 33 runs against Leeds Stallions.
The fixtures in the Jinnah Section involved all four top teams playing each other and has made the table position interesting and the points difference is reduced to just 16 points with the top 3 teams, Bradford Riders, Mirpur Royals and Wakefield Stars.
Indus Bradford extend their lead at the top of the Star Section as the beat AMYA North East by just 2 wickets. Northcliffe lost to CAX’s XI by 5 wickets but maintain their 2nd place in the table. Ghourghushti also lost in their group match but also maintained their 3rd place in the table.