Frequently Asked Questions


  • Q: Garda Vetting 1: Who Needs to be Vetted

    A: â??Any person who is carrying out work or activity, a necessary and regular part of which consists mainly of the person having access to, or contact with, children or vulnerable adultsâ??.
    What this means is that anyone in your club who has regular and ongoing contact with children and therefore the opportunity to build up a relationship of trust with a child must be vetted. Top of this group are the coaches and assistant coaches, but also your club childrenâ??s officer, designated person, youth team managers and the captains of adult teams on which underage children regularly play. â??Ongoing and regularâ?? is not defined in the Act but the Cricket Ireland Child Safeguarding Manual has defined it as once a week or more, four times a month or more and overnight.

  • Q: Garda Vetting 2: Who Does Not Need to be Vetted

    A: â??The Act shall not apply to persons who assist on an occasional basis and for no commercial consideration. This would include persons who assist on an occasional basis at a school, sports or community event or activity other than where such assistance includes the coaching, mentoring, counselling, teaching or training of children or vulnerable personsâ??.
    Parents/guardians who help to transport children to matches on a random basis or who help with teas and drinks when asked by a coach or committee member do not need to be vetted. If a particular parent is going to be involved every week at the request of the club as a general youth volunteer, then he/she should be vetted. In general, however, it is better practice that the parents arrange lifts between themselves which puts it outside the responsibility of the club.

  • Q: Garda Vetting 3: What about U18s and Overseas Players

    A: Under 18s who are assisting in a coaching capacity in a club, again bearing in mind it should be in a regular and ongoing capacity, must also be vetted. Under 18s must include a completed parental consent form with their application.
    Overseas players who come to Ireland to play and coach during the season must arrive with their own countryâ??s police clearance AND must then apply for Irish GV clearance shortly after their arrival.

  • Q: Garda Vetting 4: When do I need to renew my Garda Clearance

    A: Your Garda vetting clearance lasts for 3 years. At the moment there is no reminder system in place so anyone who has been vetted in the past and is unsure of their current status should email to get that information.

  • Q: Garda Vetting 5: I have been vetted by another organisation, do I still need to be vetted by Cricket Ireland

    A: Yes is the answer to this question. Each NGB or organisation sets its own standard and vetting is sought for many different reasons and many different types of work.

  • Q: OPEN: At what division does the number of non-starred players that can play “down” change?

    A: For all Open Competitions (at all levels) only one of the unstarred players on a team may play on the team below.

  • Q: OPEN: In league matches, how are the points allocated?

    A: For all Divisions, 20 points are given to the winners. In addition, there are five bonus points available depending on the margin of victory.

    Margin of Victory Bonus Points
    Runs Wickets Winner Loser
    100+ 9/10 5 0
    80/99 7/8 4 1
    60/79 5/6 3 2
    40/59 3/4 2 3
    20/39 2 1 4
    <20 1 0 5

  • Q: OPEN: My team needs to use Duckworth Lewis. Which version do I need, and where can I get the software?

    A: The LCU operates with the Professional Edition of Duckworth Lewis Stern, version 1 2014. This software can be received free of charge by contacting

  • Q: OPEN: What are the dates when the playing times change?

    A: After 12 May, the starting times of some competitions move later. As the days become shorter, the start times become earlier from 5th August, before finally becoming earlier again after 19th August. Check the specific competitions regulations for details.

  • Q: OPEN: What are the deadlines for the submission of match information, and what are the penalties for not doing this?

    A: For weekend matches the result of the match should
    be recorded on the LCU website by the home team by midnight of the first Tuesday after the finish of the match. For midweek games (excluding bank holidays) the result of the match should be recorded on the LCU website by the home team by midnight of the third clear day after the finish of the match i.e. Thursday for Monday etc.. The match scorecard should also be submitted by the home team in respect of all competition games with the same deadlines. All match information must be submitted in a manner approved by the Open Competitions Committee. Note that where a match commences but ends without a result being reached, a result card should still be submitted for starring purposes.

  • Q: OPEN: What are the restrictions on overseas players playing in the LCU?

    A: In simple terms, anyone who is permitted to live and work in Ireland for a period of not less than 12 months is eligible to play cricket in the LCU, as long as they have not played first class cricket in the last 12 months (Irish qualified players excluded).

  • Q: OPEN: Which divisions are umpires provided, and in which divisions do clubs have to provide an umpire?

    A: The LCU&SA; provides umpires for all league and cup competitions from Division 1 to Division 6, and the associated cup competitions. For all other league and cup competitions, players may umpire the match themselves. All umpiring appointments will be displayed on the fixtures page of this website - normally on the Thursday before the match.

  • Q: Where can I view a copy of the Laws of cricket?

    A: The Laws of Cricket remain the copyright of the MCC, who remain the custodians of the Laws and we are not allowed to publish them. The most recent version of the Laws can be found at

  • Q: WOMEN: How does womens cricket deal with rain during a match?

    A: If rain interrupts and prevents further play before the completion of the first innings, the match shall be refixed by agreement between the two clubs, and in default of agreement by the Women's Committee. Matches which are interrupted after completion of the first innings shall be continued on the same ground on the next available date. The date for any refixed matches must be agreed within three days of the original fixture being abandoned and notified to the Hon. Match Secretary.

  • Q: WOMEN: How many overs can I bowl in each league?

    A: In league cricket, no bowler shall bowl more than 5 overs in divisions 1 and 2 and 7 overs in lower divisions.

  • Q: WOMEN: How many players on a Division 1 side have to be starred?

    A: Seven members of each team should be starred. Of the remaining four unstarred players, two may play for a team below

  • Q: WOMEN: What time do league matches start?

    A: League matches should start no later than 6.30pm

  • Q: YOUTH: What is the cut off date to determine the age group of a player?

    A: Players must be under a particular age on September 1st 2014 to play at that age group in 2015

  • Q: YOUTH: Do all cricket clubs have a youth section?

    A: Most clubs now have youth sections. A full list can be found in our About Us section

  • Q: YOUTH: Do all youth sections have boys and girls teams?

    A: Most clubs with youth sections cater for both boys and girls. Details of the teams each club has can be found in the About Us area or in some of the individual club profiles.

  • Q: YOUTH: How long are the matches for the different age groups?

    A: Below Under 11, cricket is less structured, and is organised in a way to maximise enjoyment for all. At Under 11, matches are 16 overs per side for girls, and 20 overs per side for boys. At Under 13, matches are 20 overs per side (approx two to three hours) for boys and girls. At Under 15, matches are either 20 over, 30 over, 35 over per side (depending on the competition). At Under 17 (boys/mixed only), matches are 35 overs per side, and at Under 19 (boys/mixed only) matches are reduced to 20 overs per side again.

  • Q: YOUTH: How long is the season?

    A: Although there is no hard and fast rule, the season begins at the start of May, continuing until the end of the school holidays in August

  • Q: YOUTH: How many matches are there during a season?

    A: Each team plays anywhere between six and fifteen matches, depending on the competitions the team is entered in, and it's success in cup competitions

  • Q: YOUTH: Is it dangerous playing with a hard ball?

    A: Full protective equipment is provided, and must be worn for all players under 18. This includes pads, gloves, abdominal protectors and helmets for batsmen and wicket keepers.

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