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B&D Fair Play


The B&D Fair Play Scheme was implemented for the 2013 season, the aim being to make the games for which the League do not appoint umpires, fairer and more enjoyable.

Only the Senior Division & Division 1 will regularly have League appointed umpires. In these games, discipline & fair play is the responsibility of the umpires.

For ALL other Divisions, the Fair Play Scheme applies.

The sentiment behind the scheme is to educate all players, so that everyone can enjoy playing cricket in a respectful, friendly spirit, with little or no unfairness, inconsistency or controversy.  So there are positive incentives for this (see below). The scheme was deemed to be a success for Divisions 3 & 4 during the 2013 season, so it was extended to Divisions 3 - 8 for 2014 and 2 -12 for 2015. It will now be extended across Divisions 2 - 17, so that every side should contain players with more thorough umpiring expertise, contributing to everyone’s enjoyment of the game.

How are players educated?

Prior to each season, short (1 evening) umpiring courses are run by (very) experienced League umpires(BACUS Training officers). Each team should have at least 2 players who have attended one of these courses - NB: team and not Club. If you have 3 teams from your Club in the B&D Fair Play Scheme, you need at least 2 players from each team.

Players who have attended this course are termed 'Qualified Umpires'. The list of all those who have attended the courses is maintained, from the registers, by Players can become qualified via other, usually more extensive courses (eg League Umpires). If you have any such people in your club/team, please inform Bob, so that they can be added to the list.

The role of the qualified umpires

The Captain is responsible for the behaviour of their team. The qualified umpires should work with the Captains, to ensure the rules and spirit of the game are followed.

They should also cascade, to their teammates, the knowledge learned on the courses.


Each team will be awarded 2 Fair Play bonus points, if they do both 1 & 2 below.

1: They have a qualified umpire at the game

2: They send their completed Fair Play data to their Result Checker by 12:00 on the Monday following the game.

No bonus points awarded if only one, or none of the above are done.

Should the qualified umpires actually stand in the game?

Yes, but it's not always possible. Example - the batting side only has one qualified umpire at the game. He opens the batting and makes 246no. Therefore he can't actually umpire. Not a problem.

However, players who have been on the courses should stand whenever possible (because they should have better knowledge of the rules).

Submitting the Fair Play data

There are 3 methods by which Fair Play can be reported:

1: Fair Play phone app - preferred

2: Fair Play form - stand by

3: Email - not encouraged. Emergencies only

Please note that the phone app & form have changed for the 2016 season.

The phone app & Fair Play form will be available via this Website before the end of March 2016.

Each team should submit the Fair Play data for each game.

To qualify for the 2 Fair Play bonus points, they must send their data to their Result Checker by 12:00 on the Monday following the game AND name a qualified umpire who was at the game (max 2 umpires to be named).

They should mark the opposition 0 - 10 (low - high) on their attitude and fairness - guidelines to be produced by end March 2016.

For marks in the range 0 - 4, you MUST give a reason. Either do this via the phone app, or Fair Play form. Or send an email containing the details to your Result Checker. If appropriate, the Result Checker will forward the details to Chris Strong (Disciplinary). If you feel that an incident is serious enough to require disciplinary action, feel free to contact Chris directly, but please inform your Result Checker that you have done so.

There are 2 new fields on the phone app and Fair Play form:

1: 30yd circle

2: Wide lines

Answer Y or N in these fields. The home side will be deducted 1 point for each of these which is not present.

When will the League tables be updated?

The Fair Play points will be updated by the Result Checkers each (mid)week. The data for the tables in The Evening Post will be collected each Sunday, therefore these tables will be a week out of date.

The League tables on this website should be accurate by Thursday morning each week.

Tony Pepworth Trophy

In memory of Tony, a trophy in his name is awarded at the Annual Dinner to the team with the best average Fair Play mark.

And finally

It is recommended that the qualified umpires join the Captains at the toss to discuss any local rules/issues, agree timing of tea and to make sure that both sides are treating the wide lines in the same way. NB: The B&D rule is that a ball outside these lines (at the batting crease) is called a wide. Inside the lines is not a wide. This applies to both off & leg sides. If you feel that a bowler is deliberately bowling just inside the legside wide line, warn him & if he continues, call it.

The Captains & umpires should make sure that all those who officiate in the game, know what has been agreed.

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