LMS Rules

Cricket is known as "The Gentleman's Game". The cricket rules below, may differ slightly from those derived by the ICC (i.e. to ensure all players get maximum reward for their two hour game) yet we feel it's important to note that it should still be played in the right manner..."The Spirit of Cricket".

Below is a list of the Last Man Stand's cricket rules, a side from the below, the ICC laws of limited over cricket apply.

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SECTION I: LMS Rules of Play

SECTION II: Player Qualification Rules

SECTION III: Points (Table points, bonus points, clothing points, rained out games, forfeits)

SECTION IV: Scheduling Rules

SECTION V: Lodging Complaints & Discipline

SECTION VI: Payment

SECTION VII: Cricket Pitch Measurements

 

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Section I: LMS Rules of Play

A.) LAST MAN STANDS RULE All 8 wickets are needed to bowl a team out. When the seventh wicket falls, the Last Man Stands (on his own) The Last Man can only score 2, 4 or 6 off any ball. The ball is only dead when the batsman is behind the popping crease at the strikers end of pitch. When the Last Man Stands, he / she can only be run out at the keepers end. If a batsman is run out under this rule he will not get any runs for completing the first run (in other words its two if he completes the two and zero if he does not).

B.) DOUBLE PLAY RULE Two players can be dismissed off the same delivery. CAUGHT OUT and RUN OUT: When the striker is out caught .The non striker has to remain or return to the bowlers end of pitch. The ball is only dead when the non striker has grounded his bat at the bowlers end of the pitch. There is NO double play rule when a batsman is given out, L.B.W., stumped or bowled. (The bowler is awarded the caught wicket, and the team is awarded the run out wicket.)

C.) FIVE BALLS PER OVER MAXIMUM OF 6 BALLS IN AN OVER

D.) PENALTY BALLS A penalty ball is a wide or a no ball. The 1st penalty ball results in one extra run for the batsman, and one extra ball for the bowler. The second penalty ball results in three extra runs for the batsman, but no extra balls for the bowler. Except for the Last Over of an innings.

D1.) Wide a ball that the bastmen can not reach. Any delivery that goes past the leg stump is deemed a wide. Any delivery passed the marker on the offside is deemed a wide, the umpires discretion is permitted. Any delivery above the batsmens head is deemed a wide. (If you hit a delivery, that would have been deemed a wide, the ball is no longer a wide.)

D2.) No ball If the bowlers' front foot over steps the bowling crease it is a No Ball. Any delivery, which passes or would have passed on the full above waist height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease is to be deemed a no ball.These are to be called by the LMS Official and not the square leg umpire/next batsmen in. The 2nd Shoulder high delivery is deemed a No Ball. Any ball that bounces 3 times before reaching the batsmen's crease is a No Ball.  

D2.1) ONE 'SHOULDER HIGH BALL' PER OVER (assuming the ball has bounced and that it's not too high or wide to be reached by the batsman). After a ball has passed shoulder height, the umpire is too indicate 'one' for the over. All balls shoulder height there after will be deemed a NO BALL.

D2.2) FREE HIT ALL NO BALLS will result in a FREE HIT on the following delivery for the batsman i.e. he can not be bowled, LBW, Stumped or Caught off the next ball.

  • If a No Ball is bowled at the end of the over, the 1st ball of the very next over is a FREE HIT.
  • If a Penalty Ball is bowled during a FREE HIT, the batsmen receives the extra 3 runs (and any extra runs he gets off that ball eg. wide that goes for 4 = 7, or no ball that gets hit for six = 9) and the Free Hit is carried over to the next ball, even if the next ball is in the next over.
  • You can not be Bowled, LBW, Stumped or Caught off a FREE HIT.
  • If a run has been taken during a No Ball the field, may be changed for the FREE HIT, if no run has been taken the field setting must remain the same as the previous ball.

E.) LAST OVER In the Last Over of an innings all penalty balls will result in 1 extra ball and only 1 run, i.e. there is no limit to balls bowled and only one run is added to all Penalty Balls. 

Example 1: if a wide is bowled on the 5th ball the batsmen gets 1 run,  the bowler then bowls another ball, which is also a wide, the bowler bowls another ball and the batsmen gets 1 run.

F.) MAXIMUM OF 4 OVERS PER BOWLER & MINIMUM OF 5 BOWLERS PER INNINGS In a twenty over match, your team must make use of a minimum of  5 bowlers. In a twenty over match your team has the option to have five bowlers bowl 4 overs each, or you can have six, seven, or eight bowlers bowling less than 4 overs. In a reduced game where it rains and the team bowling second only has 8 overs to bowl, you are still required to make use of a minimum of 5 bowlers.

G.) BOWLERS RUN UP IS RESTRICTED TO 12 METRES from the STUMPS. The umpire may limit the run up to 10 metres or less if he feels the light is not good enough. No walking in is permitted i.e. walking and running must start from or before the mark. The umpire at square leg may gently point this out to the LMS official, once the ball is dead.

H.) FIELDING RESTRICTIONS A maximum of three fielders on each side of the pitch at all times (ie.3 fielders on offside and three on onside) The wicket keeper has to be within 15 metres of the stumps (i.e. keeper not long stop)

H.1) FIELDING POWER PLAY (NEW RULE) - The Fielding Power Play allows captains to set a 4-2 field for three consecutive power play overs. In other words, the fielding team is allowed a maximum of four players on one side of the wicket during the three power play overs. It is optional for the captain to have a 4-2 field or a 3-3 setting during the power play overs. The fielding power play can only be taken at the start of an over, and the umpire will indicate the powerplay by making a circling motion in front of his body. It is called the fielding powerplay, as the fielding team captain decides when they will take it. Use of the fielding powerplay is optional. Once the fielding power play has been taken all three power play overs must be taken in one block. In other words, if the fielding power play is taken at the start of the 10th over, then the 11th and 12th overs will automatically be marked down by the umpire as power play overs as well.

I.) TIME RESTRICTIONS A team has 60 minutes to bowl their 20 overs (3 minutes per over). With a 5 minute change over between innings. The umpires' will be strict on this. Due to this rule, no queries (except wicket appeals) will be taken during an over - the umpire/scorer will announce the score at the end of each over. Keep queries with umpire to a minimum and only at the end of an over.

I.1) PENALTIES FOR NOT BOWLING OVERS IN TIME When fielding first - Every over bowled after 60 min will be deducted from your batting innings eg. if 2 overs are bowled after 60 min, your team will only receive 18 overs when batting. When fielding second - for each  over you do not bowl the opposition will receive 20 runs. The umpire will consider valid time delays in the equation.

I.2) FALL OF WICKET The next batsmen in has only two minutes to get to the crease before being time out. (Next batsmen should be at square leg umpire)

J.) SQUARE LEG UMPIRE Only decides run outs & stumpings. The square leg umpire is the responsibility of the next batsmen into bat. Only one person may stand as Square Leg umpire at any one time. Should there be no square leg umpire, it becomes the Wicket Keepers responsibility to make a fair judgment. (And we all know what keepers are like).

K.) HOME RUN RULE If a player clears the ropes (i.e. hits a six) off the LAST available ball of the innings it is worth 12 runs! This rule applies to both the first and second innings. 
K.1) If a bowler bowls a no ball off the 5th ball of the last over, and is hit for 6 it is a Home Run, i.e. 12 runs + 1 run. If the batsmen then hits a six off the 6th ball of the last over it is also a Home Run, i.e 12 runs. However, if a bowler bowls a No Ball or wide before the 5th ball is bowled (balls 1-4) a Home Run can only be hit off the LAST ball of the over. EG if a bowler bowls 2 wides and 2 no balls, the batsmen can then only hit a Home Run on the 9th ball of the over as that is the Last ball of the innings. (Remember rule E. in the last over of the innings 5 official balls need to be bowled.)
K.2) If the side batting second need 4 to win, in the 18th over and the batsmen hits a six, again it is not a Home Run

L.) RETIRE @ 50 Once a batsman has 50 runs to his name, he has to retire. He may return to bat should all other wickets fall. When returning to the crease he must take up the crease position of leaving batsman. The Last Man Stands play rule only comes into play once 7 wickets have been taken. 

L.1) Retire before 50. Players are not allowed to retire before they reach 50 runs unless otherwise agreed by the opposition captain. If it is obvious a player has a serious injury then the opposing captain and umpire may consult and permit the player to retire. (We hope common sense from both teams will prevail.)

L.2) Hit wicket -  If a player hit his wicket or stands on his wicket, the fielding captain has the right to challenge the fall of the wicket, if he deems the incident was deliberate action by the batsmen to get out. In the event of a challenge the umpire is then forced to reverse the decision. The ball counts as a legal delivery and a dot ball and the player concerned must continue batting. (This rule is in place to ensure that players do not purposely hit the wicket to get a retired batsman back at the crease.) 

M.) RAIN AFFECTED GAMES Every 3 and a half minutes off the field will result in an over being lost in the game. Both teams have to bat a minimum of 8 over to constitute a game (with respect to rain reduced games). Duckworth and Lewis system will not be used. Revised totals will be calculated on a runs per over basis. Games, that do not constitute a match will either be rescheduled or the teams will share the points and the game is marked as 50 runs each (with no bonus points for clothes).

N.) CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT Each team is to wear an identical team uniform. (To receive the Clothing Bonus Point, teams must wear the Official LMS Shirt , and will receive another point for wearing identically coloured trousers) Coloured clothing is acceptable, provided the whole team are wearing it. Each team is to provide their own equipment. Three sets of batting pads, three sets of batting gloves, three thigh guards, three boxes, two bats, one pair of keeping gloves are the bare minimum required. Boxes are to be worn at all times by keepers and batsmen. Batsmen are advised to wear helmets and responsible for their own safty on the field. Balls, stumps, bails, boundaries are all provided by Last Man Stands. 

O.) RISK All games are played at your own risk. Last Man Stands, will not be held liable for any damage property or injury, caused during a game, to one self or a third party.

P.) WEATHER Please assume all games are ON until you hear from LMS

Q.) Tied Matches in Knock Out game = LMS Eliminator Over

Each team fields with all 8 players. 

The wicket keeper who starts keeping must finish as keeper and can not bowl one of the seven balls.

Seven players' bowl one ball and seven batsman face one ball each in the LMS Eliminator Over.

In other words both teams face a seven ball over. Each ball is played under the LastManStands rule so each batsman bats on his own and can only score 2,4 or 6. If the last batsman hits the 7th ball for a 6 its worth 12. The next batsman in must stand at square leg. After each delivery (when ball is dead) the umpire will shout game on or blow a whistle. The incoming batsman then has a max of 25 seconds to get to the crease from his position at square leg. The same applies to the batsman taking up the square leg position. The next bowler has 25 seconds to get to his run up. If the batsman is late to the crease he will be striked out. If the bowler is late to get to his mark the batsman gets a walkover. A walkover is worth 6 runs on balls 1 to 6 and 12 runs on ball 7. If a wide or no ball is bowled it must be rebowled by the same bowler to the same batsman. A wide is one run + extra ball. A no ball is extra run + runs scored off ball + extra ball. There is no free hit under the LMS eliminator. If the bowler balls a second penalty ball it needs to be rebowled as well. In other words there is no penalty of 3 runs for a second penalty ball. The bowler will need to bowl a legal delivery before passing the ball on to the next bowler. The team with the highest score wins. If scores are still tie after 7 balls then the team who scored the most boundaries wins. If the number of boundaries are equal as well then the team with the highest world ranking goes through to the next round.  

 SECTION II: Player Qualification Rules

All players' must be registered on LastManStands.com by the team organiser prior to playing a game of LastManStands. If this is not possible, a request can be made verbally to the LMS Official for consent to play, in this instance the player must be registered on LastManStands.com within 12 hours of play. The Last Man Stands website is the only and final indication of a players' number of games for a team.

A.) Player Qualification for Senior Leagues (age):

Players must be 16 years or older to play in LastManStands senior leagues. 

B.) Player Qualification Criteria in League finals:

  • Player must have played a minimum of one game in the current season to be eligible to play in the 1/4   finals, 1/2 finals, final of local Competition!
  • If a player does not meet the above criteria, he will still be eligible to play if he has played at least 2 career games for that team
  • If none of the above, he can play but must only bowl 2 overs and not bat higher that 8. The same applies for additional players, but the player bats at 7 etc etc.

The onus is on the team organiser to bring any concerns/ disputes regarding Player Qualification Criteria  to the umpire during the game. It is advisable to have a print out of all opposing teams in 1/4 finals, 1/2 finals and the final.

C.) Player Qualification Criteria National Champions Leagues:

D.) Players playing for more than one team (Premier Leagues & above):

Players taking part in the Premier Leagues & above may only play for one team in the league. If opposition teams are short of a player(s) they may enlist members of other teams in the league, however these players' can not bat in the top 4 and can only bowl 2 overs. 

E.) Player Qualification Criteria for World Championship:

SECTION III: Points

A.) League Table points:

There are four methods to score points on the league table:

 6 points for a win
 4 points for a tie or rained out game 
 2 bonus points 20% rule "win v loss" (In league standing see 20%BP)
 1 point  for LMS Shirt ( In league standing see SBP)
 1 Point for identically coloured matching Trousers (In league standing see TSBP)
-1 for team that forfeits and 8 for the team that does not forfeit (In league standing see BP)
 
If teams are tied on points NRR is used a differentiator.
 

B.) Bonus Points 20% Rule:

To receive a bonus point the winning team has to win by a margin of more than 20% and the losing team needs to lose by a margin of less than 20.1%. Therefore only one team can get the 2 bonus points on offer.

Example:

If Team A bats first and score 100. They then bowl Team B out for 79, Team A receives the bonus points.

If Team A bats first and score 100. Team B then scores 101, before 16 overs are COMPLETED in the innings , Team B receive the bonus points. So to clarify... the score needs to be chased down before the 80th official ball is bowled in innings. If the score is chased down in 79 balls then you get the bonus points. If the score is chased down on the last ball of the 16th over (ie 80th ball) you do not get the bonus points.

D.) Clothing Bonus Points:

Up to December 2011 (and for leagues ongoing in 2012 that started in 2011): To receive a clothing bonus point, a team must have official Last Man Stands coloured shirts and matching shorts (or trousers, pants, longs etc). All 8 players must be in uniform. The refs decision is final. 

For leagues beginning in 2012: There will be two clothing bonus points available, one for the entire team wearing matching official Last Man Stands shirts, and one for wearing the same coloured trousers or shorts (note that the colour of pants do not need to match shirts colour). All 8 players must be in uniform for bonus points to apply. The refs decision is final.

E.) Rained Out Matches:

Will be rescheduled where possible. However, if they can not be rescheduled, each team will be awarded 50 runs after 20 overs with no wickets lost. No clothing points will be awarded to either team.

F.) Forfeits:

Teams cancelling will have -1 point taken from them on the league table. The opposition will receive a full 8 points for the game, but no clothing bonus point. This will reflect as 50-0. Team arriving will be awarded 50 runs after 20 overs with out loss, batting 1st and Forfeit team will be awarded 0  after 1 over for 8 wickets. 

G.) Teams:

The maximum number of players in any team is 8. Players may not be substituted during a game. If a player is injured during the game, another player may field in his place but may not bowl or bat. Team Organisers must register all their players on the website before the game.

 

SECTION IV: Scheduling

*** Please make all amendment requests via email to keep a written record. (Late cancellations should be followed up with a call to the league manager). ***

All games are assumed ON, regardless of the weather until LastManStands call the game off.
Teams not arriving will forfeit the match for failure to arrive, and it will be viewed as a NO SHOW.
 
A.) TIME RESCHEDULING FEE:

If a team requests a game time to be rescheduled, to be fair to the opposition, a team needs to give 10 DAYS NOTICE prior to the scheduled game. 

Time reschedules within this period can not be guaranteed, as it's dependent on the opposition team accomodating you. If they are not able to accomodate your time change, please see details below of Postponement / Cancellation fees.

B.) CANCELLATION/ POSTPONEMENT FEE:

* Please note that the Fixture Reminder emails are for the use and benefit of the Team Organiser. Non availability via them does not inform the League Manager. Recheduling and Cancellations must be done via email directly with the League Manager, 10 days prior to your match. Late cancellations must be followed up verbally.

Unless, you have given 10 DAYS NOTICE prior to your match you will be charged your full match fees for the game cancelled. If a team pulls out of the fixture on the day of the game (or does not show up) they will be required to pay match fees for both teams.  (LMS still have field, umpire and league manager costs and when teams pull out with such short notice the reputation of the Last Man Stands league takes a hit and costs ratios of running the league are increased). We hope that teams understand that this rule is in place to protect you, teams and the league - There is nothing worse than turning up for a game and the opposition dont turn up !

If you have given 10 days notice and the game can not be recheduled, for whatever reason, there will be NO CHARGE, but your team will forfeit the match. The team that cancels the initial scheduled game, forfeits the points.

 

C.) NO SHOW

1st Offence -  Match fees x two paid, a 50-0 loss & -1 point

2nd Offence - Match fees x two paid, 50-0 loss & -1 point

3rd Offence - Match fees x two teams paid & team gets replaced in league and gets sent an invoice to settle the balance on the team statement for the scheduled league games.

SECTION V: Lodging Complaints & Discipline

All complaints are to be lodged in writing via email to your local league manger. If you are not satisfied with the outcome after raising the issue in writing via email with your local league manager, you are welcome to raise the issue with LMS Global via an email to hq@lastmanstands.com. 

No player is to swear or abuse an LMS Official in any way what so ever.

No player is to swear or abuse the opposition in any way what so ever.

Players and teams at fault will be asked to leave the league. Our decision is final, there will be no tribunals. For further information please see our players' code of conduct in the Terms and Conditions . Any players' that bring the game in to disrepute, in any manner whatsoever will be subjected to a minimum of a 3 match ban.

Cricket is a gentlemans game. The main aspect of Last Man Stands is to have FUN, so let's keep it that way ;  )

 

SECTION VI: Payment

A) Paying Match Fees: 

Game fees must be paid prior to any match being played. Any team that commits to playing a Last Man Stands' league is liable in full for all the matches scheduled for that league. If you are unsure of how many match fees you are liable for, the onus is on the team organiser to find out from Last Man Stands. In the event of rained out games a refund to the team organiser will apply based on the amount of overs not completed, except for games where the minimum of 8 overs of batting has been completed by both teams. Please refer to this Penalties link for fees related to no shows and cancellations. 

B) Team Organiser's Surety:

The Team Organiser hereby irrevocably indemnify and keep identified the Owner/Management against all loss (consequential or otherwise), damage, injury and or death, cost, interest and expense which the Owner/Management may hereafter be held liable for, pay, incur or sustain in connection with any action, proceedings or claim being instituted against it by any party whomsoever, including the legal guardian of the minor child, directly or indirectly arising from or related to the use of all Last Man Stands facilities. In respect of all players involved in the above mentioned team including all minors. It is expressly agreed that the Owner/Management in its sole discretion may resolve any action; proceedings or claims instituted against it and all including the legal guardian shall abide and perform accordingly.

 

For further information please see our Terms and Conditions  

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Rule Trivia:

Do you know what the definition of a SIX is? A SIX is achieved when a batsmen hits the ball over the boundary. Sounds wrong doesn't it?

But do you know what the definition of a boundary is? It's the exact point where the boundary rope touchecs the grass. Therefor if a ball lands on the rope it is a SIX!     

 

 

SECTION VII: Cricket Pitch Measurements

 

LMS T20 Cricket Pitch

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