Managers of younger age groups are encouraged to talk before the game to agree an approach that ensures all participants take a full part in the game and enjoy their cricket. Pads and helmets are NOT compulsory when using an Incrediball.
The General Rules and Laws of Cricket shall apply with the following exceptions:
- Team numbers: Each team shall comprise of 8 players. Teams with less than 8 players will have the appropriate reduced overs and the opposition will play as normal (e.g. 7 player have 12 overs, the other team have the normal 16 overs). Alternatively, with the agreement of the opposition, if a team has less than 8 players the opposition shall nominate a player, or players, to bat twice.
- Match duration: Each game shall consist of one innings per side. Each innings shall be of 16 overs durations. Wides and no balls will score two penalty runs but no extra ball will be bowled. This includes the last over of each innings.
- Batting: The batting side shall be divided into pairs. Each pair shall bat for 4 overs. Pairs shall change at the end of the 4th, 8th and 12th overs.
- Scoring: Each team shall commence its innings with a score of TWO HUNDRED RUNS. Batsmen shall have unlimited “lives” but each “life/wicket” shall result in 5 runs being deducted from the total. Batsman shall change end at the fall of each wicket except on the last ball of an over.
- Bowling: Each player on the fielding side MUST bowl, with the exception of wicket keeper. No player shall bowl more than 3 overs, (4 overs in a 20 over game). Wicket keepers may bowl under the normal overs rule.
- Winning the match: The winning team shall be the side scoring the higher number of runs after deductions for the fall of wickets. If the net scores are level the match will be declared a tie.
- Minimum distance for fielders: In ALL matches no fielder, except the wicket keeper, shall be allowed to field nearer than 11 yards, measured from the strikers middle stump.
- Substitutes: In accordance with the Laws of the Game a substitute shall be allowed to take the place of an injured player.
- League points shall be awarded thus:
- 30 points for a win
- 20 points for a tie when the net scores are level
- 10 points will be awarded to each team
- 30 points to the opposing team
- Batting:1 point for every 10 runs scored over 180 runs (i.e. first batting point starts at 190 runs) - Max 10
- Bowling:1 point for every 1 wickets taken – Max 10 points