Let me clear out two things first: Cricket is not an Olympic sport and Hellenic International Academy is not hosting the Olympics, junior or otherwise. So why give this article such a title you ask? If cricket was to be played at the Olympics then this format would probably save lots of time as in accordance with the International Olympic Committee’s requirements.
The Day/Night U14 cricket festival is back at Hellenic this weekend. The tournament will feature eight schools – Churchill, Eaglesvale, St John’s College, St George’s College, Peterhouse, Watershed, Prince Edward and the hosts. Opening with round robin-formatted pool matches at 11.30 a.m, the tournament runs until 20:00 hours in the evening.
The festival will have a two-minute break between innings with matches played in interlocking blocks i.e First match in pool A will be Hellenic vs Churchill, after the first innings of that match, the Eaglesvale and St John’s players will have two minutes to run on to park to play the first innings of the second match, while Hellenic and Churchill prepare for their second innings which get underway two minutes after the second game’s first innings. In essence it’s “running cricket” a format that would be suitable for the Olympics.
Matches will start and finish with the central HORN ringing. The independent timekeeper will keep time. The last ball must be bowled before the HORN BEGINS to ring, indicating the end of the game.
1. White balls will be used the entire tournament. Each COACH will be issued with a new white ball, which must be returned at the end of the tournament.
2. Each team will consist of 12 players, a coach and a manager. Every player in each team must play at least one game. Your player/s who are being replaced must be stated 15 minutes or more before the start of every game.
3. The team listed first are batting, in order supplied by the coaches, which has to be rotating (must be adhered to at all times). Batsmen must retire after scoring 35 runs, they may return when the team is all out. In the CROSS POOL matches, coaches may use their own batting line up.
4. Fielding sides are required to deliver 10 overs using 10 different bowlers. There are no fielding restrictions in this regard, as long as the players are within the boundaries.
5. Each inning will be 28 minutes long and a bonus point will be awarded to the fielding team for bowling their 10 overs before the horn rings.
6. If 10 overs are not bowled before the horn rings, the batting team will receive 3 runs for every ball not bowled.
7. There are just 2 minutes between each session to enable the next set of fielders and batsmen to get on the field before the horn indicating the start of the next play.
8. Matches are to be played in interlocking blocks so that each side will bat and then field (or vice-versa) at 28 min intervals.
9. Teams will be awarded 4 points for a win, 2 for a tie and zero for a loss
10. At the end of the round robin stages, if teams are on equal points, the team with the better run rate will win.
11. In the 6 Over CROSS POOL matches, the team with the most runs WINS regardless of the number of wickets lost.
12. Front foot NO BALL will be a FREE HIT.
13. A wide ball will count as 2 runs and will not be bowled again.
14. Not Out batsmen WILL NOT open the batting for the next game.