Summary of major rule changes agreed by the 2016 AGM
There will now be five Saturday divisions (increased from 4).
The top four divisions will have 12 teams, and the new bottom division will have 8.
All teams will play 22 league matches in the top four divisions, with 21 being played in the bottom division.
Promotion and relegation will operate on a two up two down basis throughout all divisions (subject to promotion criteria being met).
Will now apply in all Premier Division matches – maximum of five allowed outside circle at any stage of the innings. No powerplays.
This does not extend to any other division.
Batting Bonus points
Batting bonus points will now be awarded at 125, 150, 175, 200 and 225.
Ineligibility of high level players for last 3 games of the season in lower divisions
Number of higher level games to be ineligible reduced from 15 to 13 matches.
Eligibility for Sunday League cricket
Five players now allowed (increased from 3).
Senior Cup Cricket
Coloured clothing to be worn in all senior cup ties.
Will now be played on a 40-overs per side basis. The first two rounds will be on the two May bank holiday Mondays.
NYSD Division One Fifteens
The qualifying rounds now to be played on a Super Monday basis – mirroring the Premier Division competition. The group qualifying day is expected to be the second Bank Holiday Monday in May.
Will now consist of three geographical divisions – North, Central and South.
The three divisional winners plus the best runner-up will meet in end of season play-offs for the Pallister Cup.
The expected regional divisions are:
Reducing match overs
Umpires will have the option to reduce the number of overs being played from 20 to 15 in matches where it is considered unlikely that a full 40 overs will be possible because of weather and light considerations.
Abandoned and drawn league matches
Cannot be replayed/re-arranged. Away teams must agree any cancellation and will have the option to travel if they feel it appropriate to do so.