Below is a summary of various forms of the game which are being used by schools in the 11 – 18 age-group. However, the ECB in December 2018 issued a document with recommendations for different age-groups from 9 to 17, includng things like length of pitch, weight of ball etc etc. To see this document, please click here.
All formats used are subject to ECB bowling directives for faster bowlers. Please see “Cricket Safety”
Traditionally, the following formats have been used by schools for some time, (a) being far and away the most common form of the game in schools for decades; (b) has been the predominant form since about 2004; (c) is a compromise pioneered by various schools / areas even before 2004.
All Day Matches
(a) 11.00 / 11.30 to 6.30 / 7.00 Traditional “Declaration game” with no restrictions at all (except ECB – see above)
(b) Win/Lose only “Overs game”: 50 / 55 overs per side with bowling restrictions (10 / 11). Usually with fielding circle.
(c) Restriction on first innings (with draw possible) “100 / 110 overs game” with limitation of 55 / 60 overs maximum for side batting first. Otherwise as per (a) – no bowling or fielding restrictions (except ECB).
Half Day Matches
(a) 2.00 / 2.30 to 6.30 / 7.00: Traditional declaration game with no restrictions at all (except ECB).
(b) Win/Lose only “Overs game”: 35 / 40 overs per side with bowling restrictions (7 / 8). Usually with fielding circle.
(c) Restriction on first innings (with draw possible): “35 / 40 overs game” with limitation of 40 / 45 overs maximum for side batting first. Otherwise as per (a) – no bowling or fielding restrictions (except ECB).
More recent developments (since about 2004)
(a) 20-over matches, nowadays called Twenty20 which was originally (c. 2003) a marketing slogan. 20-over matches have been played for decades as evening games by all sorts of groups. Traditionally played with no restrictions, as per declaration cricket (except ECB).
(b) 20-over matches but with bowling restrictions (4), fielding circles and maybe time limitation on innings.
Other initiatives in schools