1. The Laws of Cricket apply to Vintage Cricket, except where varied to suit Vintage Cricketers. The rules of Vintage Cricket may be varied from those suggested with the agreement of the captains of the teams involved in the match.
2. The rules are designed to maximise participation and enjoyment. The rules and variations may take account of the region in which the match is taking place and the pitches on which matches are played.
3. Matches to be 35 or 40 over per side as may be agreed by captains. In the very unlikely event of no agreement, 40 overs per side will be required.
4. Maximum of 8 overs per bowler.
5. Minimum of 6 bowlers to be used.
6. Maximum run up for bowlers 12 metres.
7. Suggested variations that can be applied at the option of the captains (designed to increase participation of all members of teams).
8. Compulsory batting retirements and recycling at score of 30 (batsmen who retire after scoring 30 can resume their innings at the fall of the last wicket).
Suggestions for Umpires:
1. Laws of cricket apply for LBW decisions and batsmen being dismissed for a duck.
2. In the interests of getting the games finished in reasonable time, the various laws with respect to wides are to be applied with leniency. Strict interpretation could lengthen some overs beyond cricketing recognition.
3. Batsmen are only permitted to have one runner at a time. In the unlikely event the runner for a decrepit batsman may be replaced.
4. The various regulations applying to injuries and when they occur and whether the injured player can be replaced to be ignored. It is likely most players will be bringing injuries into each game ranging from gout to hangovers to respiratory problems and to general lack of agility.
Suggestions for Players:
Though not banned from matches, sledging is discouraged on the grounds that:
1. Players are insufficiently witty to provide true amusement.
2. The likelihood is that many on the field will as a result of health decline not hear what is being said resulting in a waste of breath and creativity.
3. Insults about a player’s physical shape and fitness are likely to be close to true and could be particularly hurtful.
4. Excessive talking on the field leads to shortness of breath and may limit the sledger’s ability to take a full part in the game until his breath is fully recovered.
5. With gradual decline in memory at this stage of our cricketing career sledges need to be kept short lest we start a long sledge and lose track of the thought and forget how it ends…if you see what we mean.
6. Take care at afternoon tea as one team recently lost their opening bowler who strained his shoulder reaching for a scone.
Respect for the Game:
1. Teams are expected to respect our great game, their opponents, umpires and supporters by recognising that to many of us cricket still represents good sportsmanship, decent standards, friendship, fraternity and enjoyment of one of the greatest games.
2. Teams are expected to wear correct cricket clothing.
3. Coloured shirts are acceptable as part of a team outfit.