Adverse Weather

Adverse Weather Policy

Table of Contents

1. Notification that play is abandoned

2. Decisions at Grounds

3. Policy and Procedure for Adverse Weather Events:

3.1 Heat

3.2 Wet Weather

3.3 Lightning

3.4 Poor Light

3.5 Interrupted Match – New Overs Entitlement

3.6 Result of Match - Adverse Weather

 

 

 

This policy sets the EGWC expectations and rules for play in adverse weather conditions.

For all grades, unless otherwise notified, all teams must report to grounds as scheduled. Not turning up to grounds will result in a forfeit and points will be awarded accordingly.

1.  Notification that play is abandoned

The EGWC, at its discretion, may declare play abandoned for the day where forecasts predict severely adverse weather conditions. In such circumstances, prior notification will be given on the day that play is scheduled:

       For Girls cricket played on Wednesday evenings the contact person for each club, as provided to EGWC, will be notified by 3pm that afternoon via email and as per updates provided on the EGWC website and social posts.

 

•   In such circumstances, the EGWC is responsible for notifying ECA umpires of the decision to abandon play.

 

       For Women’s Cricket played on Saturday and Sunday afternoon it has been decided for Season 2323/24 that all teams will report to grounds and discuss and have consensus on whether the game is able to be played/continued.

 

2.  Decisions at Grounds

       Decisions to commence, resume or continue play will be the responsibility of an official ECA umpire (if appointed), or be made through agreement from both team managers.

       If an official ECA umpire has been appointed to a match, decisions about whether conditions are fit for play to commence, resume or continue are the responsibility of the official ECA umpire. The official ECA umpire (if appointed) may consult with the team managers in reaching his decisions.

       If an official ECA umpire has not been appointed to a match, the team managers are responsible for decisions about the fitness or future fitness of the pitch and/or ground. In such cases, play will not commence, resume or continue unless both team managers agree. If, one hour after the scheduled start time, both team managers cannot agree whether to play, wait or not to play there shall be no play.

3.  Policy and Procedure for Adverse Weather Events:

 

3.1 - Heat

3.2 - Wet Weather

3.3 - Lightning

3.4 - Poor Light

3.5 - Interrupted Match - New Overs Entitlement

3.6 - Result of Match – Adverse Weather

3.1   Heat

The Heat Policy is applied for player safety and the rules are nondiscretionary. These rules are not to be ignored or varied by agreement or unilateral decision by team managers or umpires. 

Where heat is an issue, temperatures are to be monitored by team managers. Umpires are to be advised immediately when the critical temperatures shown below are reached and play is to stop. 

Temperatures are to be obtained from the Bureau of Meteorology weather app BOM Weather http://www.bom.gov.au/. The temperature will be determined by the Melbourne area closest to the match venue or relevant regional centre or BOM app set for the location for the ground.

No scheduled match will commence if the temperature 36 degrees Celsius or higher.

Play during any match must cease at any time the temperature reaches 36 Degree Celsius

In the event of a change of conditions being imminent in an evening match, commencement or resumption of play may be delayed for a maximum of 60 minutes. If play does not commence or resume, play is to be abandoned.

3.2   Wet Weather

For all grades, unless otherwise notified, all teams must report to grounds as scheduled. Not turning up to grounds will result in a forfeit and points will be awarded accordingly.

The ground is considered unfit for play when it is so wet or slippery as to deprive bowlers of a reasonable foothold, the fielders of the power of free movement, or the batters of the ability to play their strokes or to run between the wickets. (Play should not be delayed or suspended merely because the grass and the ball is wet.) 

Before the commencement of play on any day, the official ECA umpire (if appointed) and both team managers shall see that any necessary steps are taken to improve the ground or pitch, with a view to expediting play, unless satisfied there is no possibility for play.

The commencement or resumption of play may be delayed for a maximum of 60 minutes. If play does not commence or resume, play is to be abandoned.

3.3   Lightning 

In the event of an active thunderstorm or electrical storm in the immediate vicinity of the ground, play is to cease immediately, and all players and umpires are to find safe shelter without delay. (Safe shelters include cars or large substantial buildings with electric or telephone wiring and/or plumbing that provides a safe current to the ground.) Players and others should not remain in open areas or take refuge beneath trees.

Play shall not resume less than 30 minutes after the last lightning strike.

3.4   Poor Light

Play shall continue until the scheduled finishing time, unless in the opinion of the official ECA umpire (if appointed) or by agreement from both team managers, that the conditions are unfit to continue and may put players and/or officials at risk of harm. 

3.5   Interrupted Match – New Overs Entitlement

Where play has been interrupted due to adverse weather conditions and play resumes, a new Overs Entitlement may be calculated to reduce the numbers of overs to be bowled by each side and provide a fair opportunity for match result. Refer to Rules and Regulations for details. 

3.6   Result of Match - Adverse Weather

If there is no play due to adverse weather conditions, the result shall entered as “Abandoned” and points will be split.

If adverse weather conditions cause the cessation of play, the result shall be a “Draw”.