U17 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. Should inclement weather prevent a league match starting or completing, 8 points shall be awarded to each team.
  3.  Neither umpires nor match managers shall give advice or instruction to any player who is on the field of play.
  4. League points for U17 shall be awarded as follows:
    • 20 for a win 10 for a tie
    • 8 for abandoned/cancelled matches
    • 4 for a losing team

    U17 Losing teams will accrue bonus points as – BATTING – 1 point for reaching 60 runs, 1 for 80 runs, 1 for 100 runs, 1 for 120 runs; MAX 4. BOWLING – 1 point for each two wickets taken; MAX 4. Maximum 8 bonus points per match for losing teams.

  5. Should a club fail to honour a fixture for any reason at all:
    • League match: 20 points shall be awarded to their opponents and 0 points that concede 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 that did not concede the match.


The current Laws of Cricket shall apply except:

  1. A 22 yard pitch shall be used.
  2. In Under 11, 12 and 13 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. For Under 14s and 15s the distance shall be eight yards.????
  3. One 51⁄2 oz ball in reasonable condition shall be used for Under 17 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. 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.


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.

Under 17 Cup Final Only: Each innings shall consist of a maximum of 40 overs.

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

All Finals: Where the final is 25 overs per innings or more, MJCA will supply one new ball for each innings. Where the final is 20 overs per innings or less, MJCA will supply one new ball for the match.

All Finals of 25 or more overs: In the event of inclement weather delaying the start or interrupting play, overs may be reduced at one over per 7 minutes (or part of) of time lost, so that each team has the opportunity of batting for the same number of overs. If a stoppage occurs during the second innings, on re-starting, the new target will be the first innings total for the same number of overs that the team batting second will receive in total. Where bowlers will have exceeded their one fifth allowance due to a reduction in overs, they are deemed to have bowled the new maximum allowed for the reduced overs

CRICKET BALLS. The home club shall supply one ball in reasonable condition for each match until the County Final for which 2 new balls will be supplied by ECB.

The MJCA Chairmans Under 17 Cup Final will be played at Wembley CC on Sunday 8th August 2021 commencing at 1.30pm. Match format to be Under 17 is 40 overs per team.

The MJCA County League Championship Under 17 semi-finals and final will be played at NPL Cricket Club on Monday 30th August 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.