Senior Rules

Senior Rules EGWC

Senior Rules

  1. Introduction 
  2. Protecting our Children and Young People
  3. Rules and Regulations Season 2023/24 - A Grade and Social Women’s Senior T20 Matches


 1. Introduction

The Spirit of Cricket


“Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that is should be played not only within its Laws, but also within the spirit of the game” 

(Women’s Community Cricket Competition Official Handbook 2022-23).


The Inner East Girl’s and A Grade and Social Women’s Cricket Competition will merge in season 202324 to become the Eastern Girls and Women’s Competition (EGWC). The competition will see teams from both the Eastern Cricket and Box Hill Reporter and District Associations participate in the competition as has occurred over time.

Our aim is to foster the ‘spirit of the game’ through positive leadership and mentorship from the grassroots level of cricket for our girls and by providing equal opportunity and fair play for all our women in the EGWC competition. Our girl’s will gain support from their cricketing peers, the community that surrounds them and their family and friendship networks. They will then have the opportunity to follow pathways through community, representative, premiership and even State and National level cricket and learn from and aspire to be like our strong cricketing women; who most importantly set the stage to show our girls who they can be at any level of the competition.

Eastern Girls and Women’s Cricket (EGWC)


EGWC Committee Season 2023/24 EGWC Co-Ordinator: 

Danielle Hedley (Mont Albert CC) EGWC Committee:

Stuart Hamilton (Fixtures) (STC South Camberwell CC)

Lisa Dobson (Boroondara CC)

Megan Philip (Richmond Union CC)


EGWC Policy:

Eastern Girls and Women’s Cricket have aligned their game rules and regulations to be in line with current recommendations from Australia’s peak cricket organisations including Cricket Australia, Cricket Victoria and peer organisations.



2. Protecting our Children and Young People:


The EGWC stand with Australian Cricket in its focus on safeguarding our children and young people in sport. As stated by Cricket Australia; ‘delivering a child safe framework across our sport is achieved through supporting Children and Young People, their parents and guardians and by Australian Cricket and each of our Affiliated Associations, Clubs and Indoor Centres striving to be a child safe organisation’. This is achieved by working with Cricket Australia to adhere to the following policies:


       Australian Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children and Young People 2022

       Australian Cricket’s Looking After Our Kids code of behaviour for affiliated associations and clubs 2022

       Commitment Statement for to safeguarding Children and Young People 2022


We endorse the Australian Cricket Safeguarding Children and Young People Framework and are supported by the Eastern Cricket Association and their Child Safety Officer. 


Links to all policies and the Cricket Victoria Member Protection Policy 2022 can be found at:


Working With Children Checks:

Any adult directly responsible for junior cricket players throughout the season and on game day (Umpiring/coaching/team manager etc), must have a valid and current working with children check. This must be checked before the start of play by the home team’s Team Manager.



3. Rules and Regulations Season 2023/24 - A Grade and Social Women’s Senior T20 Matches



Sundays 1pm.



Fortnightly matches using a T20 format as per below. Due to fixturing, some matches may be played on a Saturday afternoon (Old Carey).




Players are to be registered players of a Club affiliated with a VMCU Association and registered on PlayHQ.


Women’s Cricket invites all Junior Girls above the age of 12 to participate in the women’s cricket competition. Entry into the women’s competition at local clubs will only be permitted after thorough discussion with the child’s parent/guardian to ensure that the junior player has attained an appropriate standard of cricket to be able to participate safely in the women’s cricket competition.


Finals Qualifications:

A Grade: At least half the season must have been played in A Grade women’s cricket. Social Women’s: One match must have been played to qualify for finals




       A Grade - 142g Kookaburra leather Ball (color to be decided)

       Social Grade - Kookaburra 130g soft ball to be used



Team 1 bats for 75 minutes, Team 2 bats for 75 minutes to a maximum innings of 20 overs each or whichever comes first.



45m (maximum)- measured from the middle of the wicket.


Pitch length:

A Grade: 20.1168m (22 Yards) Length. 


Social Grade: 18 m length.


Pitch type: 




Protective Equipment: 

Helmet to be worn by all batters and wicket keeper. Both batting pads, both gloves and abdominal protector required in A Grade/recommended in social cricket.



       6-11 players per team, 9 ideal.


       A team may play with up to 11 players, however batting restrictions apply. Each team must have at least 6 players for a game to commence. A team with less than 6 players will forfeit.


On Field Equipment:

       2 sets of stumps (portable stumps for Social grade)

       Measuring tape or string to measure pitch length and boundary.

       Boundary markers or cones.

       Chalk, tape or paint (water based) to mark crease.



       All batters unless dismissed retire after 20 legal balls faced (i.e.: No balls and Wides are not included in the batter’s count).

       Retired batters can return only once when all other batters have batted and only in the order in which they retired and face a further 20 legitimate balls.

       In Social grade, notwithstanding the above, a player will retire at 50 runs irrespective of the balls faced and will not bat again in an innings.

       Retired batters cannot bat again in an innings after they have faced their allocated balls a second time. The batter’s innings is now finished and recorded as “retired not out”.

       LBW is applicable, but only after a batter has received one warning from the umpire. A warning will only be given when a better is determined to have been out LBW. Warnings must be communicated to the batter, the other umpire, the scorers and to both captains. This should be noted in the score book.



6 balls per over, with a maximum of 8 balls (that is, a maximum of 2 No Balls and Wides are to be rebowled).

       Maximum of 4 overs per bowler

       Bowlers are to bowl from one end for the entire innings

       Bowlers are to make a reasonable attempt to bowl with a straight arm. Bowlers unable to make a reasonable attempt at straight arm deliveries are limited to one over in each innings.



       Maximum of 9 fielders at a time. If more than 9 players are present, they should rotate on/off field

       No fielder within 10m of batter or each other (except wicketkeeper), to encourage singles and safety.

       Rotation of fielders is not compulsory but is strongly encouraged (clockwise or anti clockwise it doesn’t matter) to ensure all players experience different fielding positions.

       If teams have unequal numbers, teams are encouraged to provide a sub-fielder to ensure fairness and that the game is played within the spirit of the game.


No Balls: 

       A delivery pitched outside the width of the surface shall be called a “no ball”

       A delivery pitching on the half of the pitch closer to the bowler shall be called a “no ball”

       Any delivery delivered by the bowler reaching the batter in their normal stance on the full

and above the waist shall be called a “no ball”



Fair delivery – the feet:

For a delivery to be fair in respect of the feet, in the delivery stride:


1.     The bowler’s back foot must land within and not land touching the return crease on the side of their stated mode of delivery, and

2.     The bowler’s front foot must land with some part of the foot, whether grounded or raised in the same side of the imaginary line joining the two middle stumps as the return crease and behind the popping crease.


Fair delivery – the arm:

For a delivery to be fair in respect of the arm, the ball must not be thrown:


A ball is fairly delivered in respect of the arm, if once the bowler’s arm has reached the level of the shoulder in the delivery swing, the elbow joint is not straightened partially or completely from that instant until the ball has left the hand. This definition shall not stop a bowler from flexing or rotating the wrist in the delivery swing.


Ball bouncing more than once, rolling along the ground or pitching off the pitch:

       It is a no ball if a ball, without having previously touched bat or person of the striker –


       Bounces more than once or rolls along the ground before it reaches the popping crease or pitches wholly or partially off the pitch before it reaches the line of the striker’s wicket.

Ball causing the striker to leave the pitch, or ball coming to rest in front of the striker’s wicket:

       If a ball delivered by the bowler comes to rest in front of the line of the striker’s wicket, or is so far from the pitch that the striker would need to leave the pitch to attempt to play the ball, without having previously touched the bat or person of the striker, it is a NO BALL and also a DEAD BALL. Wides:

       A delivery pitched on the playing surface of a pitch, which passes out of reach of the striker

in normal batting position, shall be called a “wide”


Judging a wide:


       If the bowler bowls a ball, not being a no ball, it is a wide if the ball passes wide of where the striker is standing or has stood at any point after the bowler started their runup and which also would have passed wide of the striker standing in a normal batting position.

       The ball will be considered as passing wide of the striker unless it is sufficiently within reach for them to be able to hit it with the bat by means of a normal cricket stroke.


Delivery not a Wide:

       A delivery is not a wide if the striker, by moving, either causes the ball to pass wide of them or brings the ball sufficiently within reach to be able to hit it by means of a normal cricket stroke.


       A delivery is not a wide if the ball touches the striker’s bat or person as the ball passes the striker.



Dead Ball:

Whether the ball is finally settled or not is a matter for the umpire alone to decide


The ball becomes dead when:


It is finally settled in the hands of the wicketkeeper or of the bowler

A boundary is scored

A batter is dismissed

It becomes trapped between the bat and person of a batter or between times of their clothing or equipment

It lodges in the clothing or equipment of a batter or umpire

A helmet on the ground is hit by a ball

The match is concluded

The ball shall be considered to be dead when it is clear to the bowler’s end umpire that the fielding side and both batters at the wicket have ceased to regard it as in play



       All modes of dismissal count, except timed out, count


Note: If the ball hits the stumps or hits the base of the spring-loaded stumps and the bails do not dislodge, this is not out.




1 The ball must be legal (i.e.: not a no ball)

2.  The ball pitches in line, wicket to wicket, or outside the striker’s off stump and

3.  The striker intercepts the ball with part of their person without hitting it with the bat first and 4. The point of impact is between wicket and wicket or, if the batter made no attempt to hit the ball, between wicket and wicket or outside of off stump and  5. But for the interception the ball would have gone onto the stumps


Innings Closed – Wickets Lost:


If you have 9 players or more, the maximum number of wickets lost is 8 (as the maximum number of batter’s is 9). The innings is deemed closed after 8 wickets have fallen.


Last Batter’s Tucker:

       If you have 8 players and 8 wickets have fallen        If you have 7 players and 7 wickets have fallen

       If you have 6 players and 6 wickets have fallen


This ruling is only applicable for batters who have not previously retired and are in their first allocated number of balls. 

When there are no new batters to commence their first allocated number of balls; the team must provide a runner at the non-striker’s end (in full batting kit with bat) to join the last batter. The runner does not face any balls and is only there to run. If she is run out the innings is deemed closed.

The last batter shall receive remaining balls until she has: 

       Faced allocated number of balls

       Innings is closed (120 Balls)


End of Match:


Play shall cease when Team B receives its first innings overs entitlement or is dismissed. If both team managers agree, play may cease before the scheduled finishing time and before Team B has received its overs entitlement.


Play shall continue past the scheduled finishing time, where weather and light permits, in order to ensure that the overs entitlement of Team B may be completed.


If Team B does not receive the overs entitlement (or new overs entitlement) owing to adverse weather or light and has not passed Team A’s score or been dismissed for less than Team A’s score, then the match is drawn. 


If both team managers agree, play may cease before the scheduled finishing time and before Team B has received its overs entitlement.


Early Result : Second Innings Continuation


If a result is reached early, that is, both innings are completed by either batting 20 overs or being dismissed, the coaches are encouraged to negotiate further match play between the teams. No points or player statistics will be recognised for this additional play but it will provide players with the maximum playing time and the opportunity to improve their skills.


The remainder of the overs should be bowled to any dismissed batters but runs scored do not add to the score for the purposes of determining the winner of the match. No batter is forced to participate in this part of the match, it is optional.


Match Result:


When both sides have had the opportunity to bat for the same agreed number of overs, the team scoring the higher number of runs, irrespective of wickets lost shall be the winner.


The result shall be a tie, irrespective of wickets lost, if both teams have scored the same number of runs.


Match Points


Only first innings results will be awarded match points. 


Second Innings continuation provides teams with the ability to share both the balls available to bat and overs to bowl for players. The EGWC committee will continue to monitor the spirit in which these rules are utilised to ensure that all players are afforded equal access to them over a given number of games


       First Innings win will be awarded 6 points

       Abandon, tie or drawn match will be awarded 3 points

       Bye, Walkover or forfeit will be awarded 6 points

       A loss will not be awarded any points


Submission of Results Deadline: 9am Monday


Submission of Player Scores Deadline: 9pm Monday