Delayed Starts and Stoppages for Weather
In the event of a delayed start due to weather, overs shall be deducted from the original 100 overs and the remaining overs shall be divided equally between the two teams. A match cannot start if more than 50 overs have been lost.
Should weather interfere with play after a match has started then overs will be deducted at the rate of one over for every 3 minutes (or part) lost. However, for the first 15 minutes (cumulative) of stoppages in the match no overs shall be deducted.
Please note the 15 minutes exclusion from loss of overs does not apply at the outset of a game when there is a delayed start as highlighted in Example 1 below.
No overs shall be deducted during the tea interval.
If the stoppage is for sun, no overs will be deducted however long the stoppage. The umpires must remain on the field of play during a stoppage for sun.
- Match scheduled to start at 1.30pm is unable to commence because of rain. Captains agree to start at 2.30pm. 20 overs deducted for the hour delay and the match becomes an 80 over match with the side batting first allowed a maximum of 40 overs.
- Match starts at 1.30pm. At 2.00pm match is interrupted by rain and play does not recommence until 3.00pm. No overs are deducted for the first 15 minutes but will be deducted from 2.15pm to 3.00pm. This 45 minutes means a deduction of 15 overs. The side batting first will still be entitled to bat for a maximum of 50 overs. Should it do so the 15 overs will be deducted from the side batting second.
- Match starts at 1.30pm. At 2.00pm match is interrupted by rain and play does not recommence until 3.00pm. At 5.30pm (in the second innings) there is a further interruption of 5 minutes. As in Example 2 above but a further 2 overs deducted from the match for the 5 minute interruption as the 15 minute threshold for the deduction of overs had already been completed.
- Match starts at 1.30pm. At 2.00pm match is interrupted by rain for 10 minutes. At 3.00pm there is a further 10 minute interruption. No overs are deducted for the first interruption . The length of the second interruption is added to the first interruption making a total of 20 minutes. No overs are deducted for the first 15 minutes but 2 overs are deducted from the match for the extra 5 minutes.
- Match starts at 1.30pm. At 3.30pm match is interrupted by rain. At 3.40pm the umpires decide to take tea. Play recommences at 4.05pm. No overs are deducted from the match as the stoppage was only 10 minutes with the tea interval not counting in the stoppage.
- Match starts at 1.30pm. At 3.30pm match is interrupted by rain. At 3.40pm the umpires decide to take tea. Play recommences at 4.30pm. No overs are deducted for the 25 minutes tea interval but the remaining stoppage is 35 minutes. Of this, no overs would be deducted for the first 15 minutes but 7 overs would be deducted from the match for the other 20 minutes.