Veterans Cricket Victoria (VCV) - Over 60's Playing Rules – Season 2017/18
The following Playing Rules shall apply to all Over 60 cricket matches conducted within Victoria (or other
locations as defined) in accordance with the official VCV Match Fixture program, as published annually.
These rules were adopted at the VOSCA AGM held on July 17th, 2006, and have been amended at
subsequent AGMs, as recorded in the minutes of meetings.
Where these Playing Rules do not cover a specific issue, the Laws of Cricket.
1. Player Eligibility:
To be eligible, a Player must turn Sixty (60) years of age on or before 31 December of the playing year. The
same applies for specific Over 70 games. A player must turn 70 during the year of competition.
2. Cricket attire:
Coloured or white team shirts and long trousers are permitted.
3. Start Time of Matches:
Matches shall commence at 11.00am and finish no later than 6.00pm. By agreement of the umpires or
captains of both teams, playing times can be varied to accommodate ground or weather conditions.
4. Duration of Innings:
Each team shall bat for a maximum of forty (40) Overs, unless dismissed earlier.
5. Tea Break:
Tea shall be taken at the interval between the innings for a maximum period of
thirty (30) minutes.
Bowlers may bowl a maximum of eight (8) overs in an innings. The fielding team must use a minimum of
seven (7) bowlers in an innings except in circumstances where the batting side is dismissed in less than 40
A fielding team may bowl up to a maximum of 6 overs from each end.
With the agreement of captains, up to 10 overs can be bowled from each end.
A batsman must retire immediately following the stroke of scoring forty (40) runs and cannot bat again in
that innings. Batsmen can retire before scoring 40 runs and can resume their innings once all listed batsmen
have batted. Returning batsmen are to return in the order of retirement.
If no official umpire(s) available, both captains shall provide non-official umpires.
9. Modification to Rules:
Providing both Captains agree prior to the commencement of play, modifications to these rules are
acceptable in consideration of any aspect of playing conditions e.g. If the team batting first is dismissed
inside 40 Overs, the other team can bat on after passing the score to ensure batsmen and bowlers of both
sides have an equal opportunity to play a full match.
10. Hot Weather:
Should the weather forecast in the local area of the match as shown on www.weatherzone.com.au at
6.00pm on the evening prior to the match, display a temperature of 36oC or greater, the match will be
abandoned. Simply highlight the Suburb/Town name or postcode to show the next day’s temperature.
With the concurrence of both teams, a match can be played where the forecast temperature at 6.00pm the
evening prior to the match is between 36oC and 38oC. Guidelines for the conduct of matches in hot
conditions are in the Appendix.
10 (a) Lightning
Play must cease once thunder is heard less than 30 seconds after its related lightning flash.
Play must not resume until the storm has passed and thunder is not heard within 30 seconds of lightning.
11. Twelve players per team:
A team can consist of twelve (12) players however only eleven fielders can be on the field at any one time.
12. No Balls:
A No Ball shall be called for any delivery that lands or bounces off the prepared turf or synthetic pitch in
front of the batsman.
Unfair Delivery – any delivery that clearly passes above the batsman’s shoulder as judged from where the
batsman takes his stance and as if he had been standing erect will be declared a No Ball. Any full toss
delivery that clearly arrives above waist height shall be called a No Ball. If a fast or medium paced bowler
bowls a bouncer above shoulder height a warning will be given. If repeated, the bowler will cease to bowl
for the remainder of the innings.
13. Maximum balls per Over:
A maximum of 9 balls will be allowed to be bowled in any given over. Naturally an over ceases after 6
legitimate balls have been bowled.
14. Wide Delivery:
Any off side or high or leg side delivery which in the opinion of the Umpire does not give the batsman a
reasonable opportunity to score shall be called a Wide.
The oval playing size is to be measured to a maximum 50 metre half circle from the stumps at each end to
form the ends, and then joined by straight boundaries on the off and on sides.
16. Field Restrictions:
At all times, there are to be at least 3 fieldsmen other than the wicketkeeper placed within an imaginary
line half way to the boundary. At all times, there are to be no more than 6 fieldsmen placed on either side
of the wicket. The umpires are to adjudicate on this and call no ball for breaches.
It is the responsibility of the home team to ensure a defibrillator is available at the ground.
It is a condition of affiliation with VCV that each club takes out insurance for its players under Cricket
Australia’s National Club Protection Program (offered by JLT Insurance).
Hot Weather Guidelines.
All matches are to cease when the air temperature exceeds 38oC. On hot days, captains should ensure the
temperature is checked at hourly intervals.
When the forecast temperature exceeds 36oC, captains are to consider the following altered conditions to
minimize the risk involved in playing: adjusting the starting time; reduced over games; additional drinks
breaks; split innings; earlier retirement for batsmen; limit bowling spells to 3 overs maximum; regular
rotation of fieldsmen.