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Lombardy League 2011


Thoughts on the Lombardy league 2011

The competition was a total success last year – a brilliant work of genius from Mike de Morgan: well done to him for having engineered it.    

Well done, too, to  Milan for winning the 2010 competition! How will we fare as defending champions in 2011? Is the motivation still there? I would argue that in spite of the fact that even greater glories are up for grabs this year
( Milan are to play in the Italian federation’s Serie C ), the Lombardy league is just as important as it was last year – the competition has been expanded, and now comprises 2 pools of teams which will do battle before the best proceed to a play-off. So the road to victory is longer, and presumably certain teams Milan will have to outwit will be out for revenge: Milan will have to fire on all cylinders, also because we are without the influential Craig this season. On the plus side there is an ever-increasing pool of players on which to draw, so the omens are good.  

I speak from experience when I say that winning a game is one thing, but winning a game when a cup is at stake is another – those of you who have braved the snows of Zuoz will know what I am talking about (and that’s another score we will have to settle in the future! ) 

Jonathan

Terms   

This document defines  how the league will run and such rules and regulations that are required to provide a structure but with the maximum flexibility and with minimal costs. 

Clubs involved  

These are in alphabetical order

Brescia C.C., Euratom C.C., Idle C.C., Kingsgrove C.C., Milan C.C., San Leonardo C.C., Settimo C.C., Sri Lanka Milano C.C.

Fixtures  
See Fixtures List 2011 for details

Grounds used  
Brescia, Radish, Settimo

Match rules  

Normally 35 overs starting at  13.00. But if both sides agree in minor modifications to that for whatever reason, then they can proceed on that basis.

e.g. different start time, 30 or 40 overs instead of 35 etc. 

No more than 7 overs per bowler.

Fielding restrictions first 10 overs. 

Standard rules for no balls, vertical and legside wides etc. (to be defined)

Drinks interval at the halfway stage of each innings. 

Two points for a win . Zero points for a loss. 1 point each for a match which is rained off  entirely or in which less than 10 overs are bowled by either  side.

Rules to be developed for matches where rain causes play to be abandoned when the second side is batting.  

If scores are tied, the  winner will be decided by a 5 ball bowl out---

Most wickets hit with 5 different bowlers. If those scores are level then others bowl including e.g. wicketkeeper until sudden death decides the result. 

Players in a team should in general all be members of that particular club.

New players can be introduced during the season but anyone who has played for

 a team in one of this league’s fixtures is not normally allowed to play for any other team in a league match.

         Also as there can be many different situations in this area, team captains are expected to select in the spirit of the game and not import what are commonly called “ringers”  

League Rules 

The league winner is the side with the most points. If there are two sides  with  the same number of points, the winner shall be the team that won when they first played against each other.

If three or more sides have the same number of points – to be resolved ! 

A cup (returnable each year) will be awarded to the winning club and perhaps medals to those who have played in at least 3 matches (max. number of medals say 15)

Also awards for best batsman, bowler etc. 

These will be presented at a suitable occasion to be defined.

Could be at the 20/20 final or at some special match between the first two teams in the league – assuming a suitable date is available. 

Match administration

The nominated “home team” is responsible for checking on and /or arranging for all the logistics of the match.

Good condition of pitch and outfield.   Stumps and bails and chalk. Scoreboard and boundary and fielding restriction markers. (They can do a lot of this by speaking with the ground owner, but it is the “home team” manager who is ultimately responsible) 

Each side to provide their own bats, pads, gloves etc and play in whites.

Each side to provide their own ball for their fielding innings.

Each batting side to provide 2 umpires (non players or players not batting at that moment.) and a scorer with scorebook.   

Refreshments including water, some food between innings for both teams, umpires and optionally supporters. 

Produce a brief match report in English and team photos and  report the result to the “league secretary” tba. 

Optionally provide drinks between innings and after the match. 

Reporting 

The match reports from the match managing teams will be published on the league website (part of the Milan website?)  Also maybe photos.

They can also be copied to other club websites 

Results and the league table would also be updated on the league site. 

Finance 

Each “ground owner”  receives a standard fee of 100 euros from each team who uses their ground for a match. This is to cover grass cutting and any other costs directly related to staging that match.

The grass cutting will be just before  weekend matches and will suffice to cover for the following weekend.

The total payable out by a non ground owning club over the duration of the league matches is therefore 400 euros.

Each club will have to charge it’s players a match fee which goes towards covering the “ground owner”  league fee mentioned above and their own club costs. It’s  up to them whether they subsidise their players in meeting these costs, but the league fee should be paid (preferably in cash) at the time of the match to the ground owner representative if present for the match. If not present, they need to contact the club concerned and make some suitable arrangement for payment.

As a separate item, the  match manager  can charge a reasonable fee per head to opposition and its own players for water, drinks, food etc. This can come out of or be collected separately from the match fees. Limit per person normally 5 euros.  

To fund the purchase of a cup and medals etc. each club will have to pay a one time standard contribution, sufficient to cover the cost (tba)  

Every club should ensure that it’s players are covered for third party insurance while playing cricket. The league does not take any responsibility for that insurance. 

First aid

No medical insurance or match present medical staff will be arranged. 

Any medical assistance required will have to come from a call on local doctor and/or ambulance services.