Sinclair Trophy Rules




  1. MCC Laws of Cricket shall apply except where otherwise stipulated.
  2. Prior to the commencement of the season each team must submit to the PCA a list of their squad players, not exceeding twenty (20) players total.
  3. Each team is required, before the start of a match, to submit to the organizers, a list of their eleven (11) nominated players for the match. No player nominated in one team may play for any other team in the league, without prior permission from the PCA Management Committee.
  4. One player from each team will act as Captain for the duration of the competition, even though he may not necessarily play in each match. On match days the Captain’s (or their nominated deputy) responsibilities will be:
    • Nominating eleven (11) players for every game of the team.
    • Ensuring that players full names are recorded in the scorebook
    • Time keeping.
    • Conduct of his team.
    • Acting on their behalf in the case of disputes
  5. Unless there is a PCA Management Committee member present the umpire will be in charge of the games each day. His/her decision on any point of dissention shall be absolutely final.Where only one official umpire is assigned by PCA the batsman who is next in the batting order shall be padded up and ready to bat and be standing as the square leg umpire.
  6. At the fall of a wicket, the next batsman shall be ready to face the next delivery within thirty (30) seconds.
  7. The game is played for 10over’s. No bowler may bowl more than 2overs.
  8. One new ball shall be supplied per match. The same ball shall be used for both innings. In the event of a lost or damaged ball, the umpire/s at his/her/their sole discretion shall select the appropriate replacement ball.
  9. Players shall wear colored uniforms.White playing shirts, vests, pants, shorts, etc. shall not be permitted.
  10. 4 fielders shall remain within the 30 inner 30 yards of the playing area for the entirety of the 10 overs.
  11. The structure of Finals matches for Division 1,Division 2 and Division 3 shall include every participating team, with listed structure set out in Appendix A - Finals Structure.
  12. 1If a player is unable to complete an over due to injury it must be completed by another member of the team, and regardless of the number of balls will be considered to be a completed overfor the purposes of the 2 over limit.
  13. 1Time limit. The bowling sidesmust complete their 10 overs in 40 minutes. If the bowling side does not complete the twenty overs within the stipulated time, the opposing team shall be awarded 5 penalty runs for each over that has not been completed within the set time limit.
  14. If only 9 overs are completed the Captain will receive a formal warning and should there be a repetition during the course of the season he will be suspended for one PCL game.
    B. If only 8 or less than overs are completed the Captain will be suspended for the teams next game.

The Umpires will be the final decision makers and will take account of any lost time due to injuries or lost balls, which if adjudged shall be notified to the fielding captain and the batsman at the crease prior to the restarting of the next delivery.

15. There will be a 5minute break between innings. There will be no drinks breaks.

16.Under-arm bowling is strictly prohibited.

17.Runs and extras are scored in accordance with the laws of cricket with the following exceptions:
Any leg side ball will be called as wide.
Off side wides shall be called at the discretion of the umpire.

Any bouncer above the bastman’s head provided he/she did not hit it, shall be deemed both a wide delivery and ‘one for the over’.

A NO BALL shall count as 1 extra to the batting side and an extra ball shall be bowled. Runs scored from a NO BALL (off the bat, byes or leg byes) will             be credited, in addition to the 1 extras for the NO BALL.

The normal rules will apply to the call of “NO BALL”. If after delivery, the ball is then considered WIDE, the call of “NO BALL” takes precedence and               therefore the ball remains live.
Any ball which, after bouncing, passes the batsman above shoulder height in his normal stance, or would have passed him above shoulder height if it               strikes the batsman’s bat or body, shall be called a NO BALL by either umpire.

One bouncer in an over above the shoulder but not over is allowed and counted as one for the over. Repetition of the same in that over will be declared a        NO ball. Above the shoulder NO ball can be suggested by the square leg umpire (if the square leg umpire is from the batting team) but the decision can          be over ruled by the main umpire.

Any ball which, having not bounced after leaving the bowler’s hand, passes the batsman above waist height in their normal stance, or would have passed        him above waist height if it had not struck the batman’s bat or body, shall be called a NO BALL by the bowling end umpire.

The ball remains live after the call of NO BALL.

Where the fielding side has fewer than 4 fielders within the inner 30 yard circle and the ball has been bowled a NO BALL shall be called.

  1. MANKAD: A mankad style dismissal of a batsman trying to steal a run is permissible, no warning shall be deemed necessary should a bowler successfully complete a run out via the mankad dismissal.
  2. 17. A batsman must retire not out on reaching a personal score of 30runs, but may return to continue his/herinnings if one of the last pair of batsmen is out before the completion of 10 overs. Should multiple batsmen retire not out with a score of 30, they shall resume their innings in the order of which they retired.
  3. 18. A batsman canretire hurt, only in the event of an external injury.Should no external injury occur, the batsman will be deemed retired out.
    No runners shall be permitted for injured batsmen.
    A substitute may be allowed to bowl only if the opposing Captain agrees and if the player he is replacing has not already bowled and to bat if the said player has not batted.

In the case of a wicketkeeper being injured, he maybe substituted, but this substitute cannot be allowed to bowl.

If all the fielders are not on the field, when a game commences, then the player(s) arriving late can only enter the field of play after the over in progress has been completed.

19. The game is won by the side having the highest score after the completion of the game. If the total scores are the tied:
In league matches both teams will be awarded 2pointsregardless of the number of wickets lost.
If a tie occurs during the knockout stages:
The side losing the fewest wickets is judged the winner.
In the event of both teams losing the same number of wickets, a 5 ball bowl off shall occur, with 5 bowlers nominated per team and the team hitting the         stumps the most times in those deliveries being deemed the winners. Should a bowl off remain tied after 5 deliveries, teams shall, in order of the 5                   bowlers who bowled a ball, continue in the same order one ball at a time in sudden death until the tie is broken.

20. At the end of each match points will be awarded in the following manner:
Three(3) points will be awarded to the winning side.
Two(2) point will be awarded to both sides in the event of a tie in a . league game.
Two (2) point will be awarded to each team if games are abandoned or . cancelled due to bad weather.
One (1) points will be awarded to the losing side, except where;
Zero (0) points will be awarded to any team forfeiting a game, as listed in Appendix B - Points Deduction & Forfeiture Procedures.

21. In the event of the total number of points being equal, in any table, on completion of all fixtures, the superior position will be decided by using the             following criteria in order:
The team with the superior run rate as shown on the Cric HQ Scoring App.
• Dividing the number of runs scored in all games played by the number of wickets taken.

In the event of a tie in a play-off round (i.e. semi or final), the team losing the fewest wickets will be declared the winner.

In the event of both teams losing the same number of wickets, the side which has scored the most runs from the bat (i.e. total runs less all extras) wins.

22. All equipment shall comply with M.C.C. Laws of Cricket. Cricket balls will be supplied by the organizing committee.

23. Where possible neutral umpires will adjudicate each game.

24. Decisions by the umpires on the field of play, and the management committee member in other matters are final. All players and officials will be               expected to comply with the PCA Code of Conduct.

25. Night Matches
Any game commencing after 6pm will be classified as a night match.
In respect of night games only, there will be a restriction on a bowlers run up. A bowler must start his run up with at least one foot on the mat. Failure to      do so will result in the call of NO Ball.
A white ball will be used for all night games.

26. Rain affected Matches
A game will be declared abandoned and two points given to each side if a minimum of five (5) overs per side can not be completed. The Duckworth-Lewis- Stern method shall be used to determine the batting target of the team batting second where overs are reduced.
Rain effected league games will not be re-played. Only playoff games will be re-played.
Abandonment of games will be at the discretion of the Umpires.

27. Scorers
The PCA will provide a scorer.

28. Finals Eligibility

All players playing in finals matches must have been named in the playing squad in for their team during the season.

NOTE: The PCA reserves the right to amend the Rules at any time if it considers such action to be in the best interests of the competition.


Appendix A - Finals Structure

Division 1 Finals
The top 4 teams after the Round Matches shall qualify for the Division 1 Finals as Follows;

Top ranked team from each Pool Group

Top ranked second place finisher from the Pool Groups

Semi Finals - four teams as listed above

Grand Final - winners of the Semi Finals

Division 2 Finals
The next 4 teams after the Round Matches shall qualify for the Division 2 Finals as Follows;

Remaining two second place finishers from the Pool Groups

Top two ranked third place finishers from the Pool Groups

Semi Finals - four teams as listed above

Grand Final - winners of the Semi Finals

Division 3 Finals

The final 4 teams after the Round Matches shall qualify for the Division 3 Finals as Follows;

Remaining one third place finisher from the Pool Groups

Three fourth place teams from the Pool Groups

Semi Finals - four teams as listed above

Grand Final - winners of the Semi Finals

Semi Final Fixtures

Semi Finals fixtures shall be determined by the following;

  1. Teams within the same Divisional Finals shall not play a Semi Final fixture against a team from the same Pool Group, and,
  2. Teams will be drawn randomly to determine Semi Finals fixtures.

Appendix B - Points Deduction & Forfeiture Procedures

Teams shall be deducted points or penalties for the following;

* Coin toss to be done thirty (30) minutes before scheduled match start time, with playing XI named before the toss. Should a team not be able to do a coin toss with less than fifteen (15) minutes before the match, the team ready to do a coin toss shall elect to bat or bowl. Should the match start late due to one team not being able to take the field that team shall have overs deducted from their batting innings equivalent to one (1) over for each four (4) minute time bracket up to fifteen minutes past the scheduled start time.

* Playing with a player using an assumed name - one (1) point.

* Playing a player currently suspended by PCA or any other cricket National Governing Body recognized by the ICC - three (3) points.

* Forfeit  - any match forfeited shall result in a one (1) point deduction to the forfeiting team, any team unable to field seven (7) players before half an hour after scheduled start time has passed shall be adjudged a forfeit without notice.
Notified Forfeit Procedure;

* Should a team forfeit whether notified or not, the team scheduled to play against this side shall receive full rights to use the ground for the duration of their scheduled time. Umpires and scorers will not be provided by PCA in event of a forfeit, however new ball shall be provided to the team should they use the allotted time at the ground.

Use of the facilities including the playing ground, pitch, and practice nets, is at players own risk. The Philippine Cricket Association, Emilio Aguinaldo College, and any other organization involved in the provision cricket in the Philippines will not be responsible for any injury incurred while playing cricket. All participating players do so at their own risk. The PCA encourages all participants to take appropriate measures to protect themselves when playing or watching cricket, including wearing the correct safety equipment including, but not limited to, a batting helmet, gloves and pads.