To all SECA clubs and
RULES & BY-LAWS REMINDERS #6
This is the sixth of our
communiqués to assist in the proper playing of all senior matches in line with
SECA By-Laws and regulations, plus the Laws of Cricket. Clubs are asked to
forward this and future advices on to your captains and other appropriate
officials such as office bearers, scorers, team managers and in particular,
your selection committee.
With finals not far away,
teams must diligently follow SECA regulations. With all details readily
available on MyCricket to SECA and opposition clubs, any breach is likely to be
discovered! Loss of points may lead to
missing out on finals!
****TEAM SELECTION (By-law 4.6.4)****
For the last two home and away games, a player cannot be demoted more than ONE team level from the team he was
last nominated in this season, irrespective of how many matches may have been missed
in between. This also applies to clubs with teams in other Saturday
competitions, e.g. VTCA. The One-Day Grade is considered a separate competition
and the demotion rule does not apply.
****FINALS ELIGIBILITY (By-law 3.6)****
Clubs with teams in finals contention should become familiar
with the finals qualification clauses. THE MESSAGE IS – be thorough in
your selection process – read the rules carefully – and if you have any query contact
the SECA to clear up the matter in advance! Don’t rely on hearsay or take a
chance that an unqualified player will get through undetected!
SUMMARY OF THE BY-LAWS
- The relevant regulations are in By-Law 3.6 for seniors (By-Law 5.12 deals
specifically with junior teams).
- The minimum requirement for senior finals eligibility is nomination in 4 home and away
games. (By-law 3.6.1). This will
entitle the player to be selected in the highest grade in which he played,
and above. (Nomination includes being listed in MyCricket in the official
team having had a bye, abandoned game or a walk-over.)
For example: Player X was
nominated in 2 games in 4th
XI, 1 game in 3rd XI and 1 game in 2nd XI - he is eligible for the 1st and 2nd
- For a player to be eligible for a specific
grade and he has played in a higher grade during this season (including with
another SECA club or in non-SECA games for his club, eg VTCA), he must
have played at least 5 games in
that specific grade or lower grade/s. (By-law 3.6.2)
For example: Player Y played 2 games
in 5th XI, 3 games in 4th XI and 1 game in 3rd
XI – he is eligible for the 4th XI and above.
- HOWEVER BY-LAWS 3.6.4 and 3.6.5 deal with CONSECUTIVE TEAMS. These need to
be studied carefully. Basically, if a player is eligible for one team, he
is eligible for the next lower graded team provided both teams are in the
For example: As per Player Y
above, if the 4ths and 5ths are both in the semi-finals, he is also eligible
for the 5th XI, by virtue of the “Consecutive Team” rule.
Further example: If a club has
1sts, 2nds, 3rds and 4ths all in the semi- finals, players eligible under
By-law 3.6.1 can be selected in any grade.
Additional rules apply when proceeding to preliminary and grand finals – By-laws 22.214.171.124 and 3.6.5 must be
- Substitute fielders must be qualified the same as nominated
team members. (By-law 3.6.6) A substitute role in a home and away game does
not qualify for finals eligibility.
- If a junior
player has played less than the required 4 senior games, junior games
can be counted for senior qualification. A junior who has not played a
senior game can only play seniors finals with SECA approval. Item 3 above
also applies to juniors. (By-law 4.7.6)
- The One-Day
Grade is considered to be a separate competition. Games played in this
competition do not count for finals eligibility for the regular Two-Day
Grades, and vice versa. Similarly, the “consecutive teams” provision as in
Item 4 above does not apply to the One-Day Grade. (By-law 3.6.9)
- When a player is cleared from one SECA club to another during the season, games
played with the original club have to be taken into account when applying
Item 3 above.
Any queries should be emailed to SECA Secretary John Adamson. Official
replies will be returned as soon as possible after investigating the player
Clubs are encouraged to refer any query or
dubious interpretations on rules and by-laws to SECA so that consistency may be
achieved throughout the competition.
Convenor – SECA Rules & By-Laws Sub-Committee January 2015