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Format & Rules

  • One innings per team, each inning to be 8 overs long (4 balls in an over).

Batting and Scoring

  • Batting team bat in pairs who each face 2 x 4 ball overs.
  • Each team starts with 200 runs.
  • Each time a batter is out, 5 runs are deducted and the other batter faces the next ball.
  • A batter may be out bowled, caught, run out, stumped and hit wicket.
  • There is no LBW unless the batter deliberately prevents the ball from hitting the stumps using their leg or foot.
  • Runs will be scored in the normal way.
  • 2 runs awarded to the batting team for each no-ball and wide bowled but no extra ball apart from the last (8th) over when the extra ball has to be bowled again. Four legitimate deliveries must be bowled in the final over.
  • Batters can score as normal from no balls (e.g. 2/3 runs + whatever is scored).

Bowling and Fielding

  • Each player on the fielding side must bowl one over.
  • Bowling takes place from one end.
  • Bowling should be over-arm where possible. (can bounce twice before the stumps)
  • Under-arm deliveries must only bounce once.
  • Apart from the wicketkeeper, no fielder is allowed within 10 yards of the batter until the ball is hit.
  • The first bowl of each Over must be overarm, then it can either be overarm / underarm for the remaining balls.
  • ALL under-arm no balls (bouncing more than once before the batter) or wides are +3.
  • ALL over-arm no balls (bouncing more than twice before the stumps) or wides are +2.

The Result: The team with the higher score wins. In the event of a tie the team that takes more wickets wins.

Photo Consent

Photographs will be taken at this event by staff members from MSSP and may be used for promotional material. If you have any children that do not have permission to be photographed, please inform a member of staff before the start of the event.

First Aid

MSSP will have a basic first aid kit and qualified person at all events but staff may not be available to tend to less urgent first aid if they are preoccupied delivering the event. It is important that schools also provide their own first aid kit and qualified person to tend to their children at our events. As part of the school’s risk assessment a qualified first aider should also be with the travelling group to and from any events.


All MSSP staff at the event are enhanced DBS checked. It is the schools responsibility to ensure any staff and volunteers who attend the event comply with the host venue safeguarding and welfare policy and can provide documentation to support this on request.


MSSP values the contributions by all those involved in making our events a safe, enjoyable environment for children to take part in sport. To ensure our events continue to be successful we are launching our REF-SPECT campaign. We expect everyone attending our events to maintain respect for the rules, officials, opponents, teammates and themselves. For more information about REF-SPECT please click here.

Winner's Pathway

The winner of the Borough Finals will represent Merton at the Surrey Finals. Details tbc.

The runner up of the Borough Finals will represent Merton at the London Youth games. Details tbc.

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