U12 Outdoor Competition Rules

General Rules

  1. Teams shall comprise 11 players, each of whom shall only be a bona fide member of the club he represents.
  2. There is no Cup competition for Under 12s
  3. Should inclement weather prevent a league match starting or completing, 4 points shall be awarded to each team.
  4.  Neither umpires nor match managers shall give advice or instruction to any player who is on the field of play.
  5. League points for U12 shall be awarded as follows:
      • 10 for a win
      • 5 for a tie
      • 4 for abandoned/cancelled matches
      • 2 for a losing team
  6. Should a club fail to honour a fixture for any reason at all:
    • League match: 10 points shall be awarded to their opponents with 0 points for a team who concedes the match. Any team failing to honour one half of its scheduled league fixtures shall have its record erased from the league.
    • Knock-out match: The tie shall be awarded to the team who did not concede.


The current Laws of Cricket shall apply except:

  1. A 18 yard pitch shall be used for Under 12 matches.
  2. In Under 12 matches no fielder except the wicket keeper and those behind the wicket on the off side shall field nearer than 11 yards measured from the middle stump of the striker’s wicket.
  3. One 43⁄4 oz ball in reasonable condition shall be used for Under 12 matches. A pink ball can be used however both team officials must be in agreement otherwise a red ball should be used.
  4. Matches shall be 20 overs per innings (subject to Common Rule 5) unless both teams agree to an afternoon match. The number of overs per innings for a match of more than 20 overs shall be agreed when the match is arranged.
  5. No player may bowl more than one fifth of the overs in any innings. Players may only retire if ill, or injured, during the match.
  6. A ball bouncing more than twice or rolling along the ground before it reaches the popping crease should be called a no ball, i.e. the ball can bounce more than once before reaching the popping crease (amendment to Law 21.7).
  7. Bowlers bowling dangerous short pitched deliveries or non-deliberate dangerous beamers should be warned twice and only removed from the attack after the third such delivery, i.e. they receive an additional warning (amendment to Laws 41.6 and 41.7).If a bowler bowls a deliberate beamer, they should be removed from the attack immediately without a warning.Please note that warnings for bowling beamers only apply in hardball cricket.In all cases, beamers should be called no ball.  A beamer is defined as a ball that passes the batter (or would have passed the batter), without bouncing, at waist height or above standing upright at the popping crease.

    The Laws related to bat sizes (Law 5), deliberately distracting, deceiving or obstructing batsmen (Law 41.5) and the yellow and red card provisions related to player conduct (Law 42) shall not apply in this competition.



The current Laws of Cricket will apply with the following exceptions:
For the County League Semi-finals and Finals, one new ball per match will be supplied by MJCA. Each match shall be 20 overs per innings..

In all matches: No bowler may bowl more than one fifth of the overs.
All current ECB directives must be applied.

In the event of a match being postponed or abandoned due to weather conditions, the clubs should re-arrange a new date as soon as possible, switching the venue if necessary. The competition organiser MUST be advised of the new arrangements as soon as possible

The MJCA County League Championship Under 12 semi-finals and
final will be played at Sunbury CC on Sunday 5th September 2021 commencing
at 10.00am. Match format to be – both semi-finals and final – 20 overs per team.


It is intended to appoint independent umpires for County League and Cup Semi-finals and finals where possible, subject to umpire availability. If clubs have acceptable umpires who are willing to stand in these matches please let the competition organiser know in good time so that arrangements can be finalised as early as possible; especially vital for semi-finals as there is usually very little time.