A transcript of the contents of the fixture and rule book for 1900.

Established 1893.
The objects of the League are generally to increase the interest in, and popularity of the game, and to encourage the bringing out of Amateur Talent.

President: S. H. Wood, Esq.
Vice-Presidents : Col. Sidebottom, M.P., O. Partington, Esq., John Wood, Esq., J.P., A. B. Smith, Esq., W. Oliver, Esq., Alderman B. Platt, Coun. A. Sidebottom, I. Smith, Esq., Hy. Weetman, P. Pilkington Esq., J. Appleyard, Esq..
Hon. Secretary: George Daniel, Pyegrove, Glossop.
Treasurer: Mr. S. Fletcher, St. Mary’s Road, Glossop.
Management Committee: Two Representatives from each Club competing in the League, to meet at eight o’clock on the Third Thursday in each Month. Place of Meeting to be notified by the Secretary.

Fixtures, 1900.
April 28 Hadfield v Mottram
May 5 Dinting v Tintwistle
5 Hill End v Hadfield
5 St James's v Hollingworth
12 Hollingworth v Mottram
12 Charlesworth v Tintwistle
12 Hadfield v Dinting
12 St James's v Hill End
19 Tintwistle v St James's
19 Dinting v Hollingworth
26 Mottram v Hill End
26 Hadfield v Charlesworth
26 Hollingworth v Tintwistle
26 St James’s v Dinting
June 2 Dinting v Charlesworth
2 Hadfield v St James's
2 Hollingworth v Hill End
9 Whit-Saturday
16 Mottram v Dinting
16 Hollingworth v Charlesworth
16 St James’s v Tintwistle
23 Mottram v Hollingworth
23 Charlesworth v Hadfield
23 Tintwistle v Dinting
23 Hill End v St James’s
30 Charlesworth v Mottram
30 Tintwistle v Hollingworth
30 Dinting v Hill End
30 St James’s v Hadfield
July 7 Mottram v Tintwistle
7 Hill End v Charlesworth
7 Dinting v St James's
7 Hadfield v Hollingworth
14 Tintwistle v Mottram
14 Hadfield v Hill End
14 Hollingworth v St James’s
21 Mottram v St James’s
21 Tintwistle v Charlesworth
21 Dinting v Hadfield
21 Hill End v Hollingworth
28 Hill End v Mottram
28 St James's v Charlesworth
28 Hollingworth v Dinting
Aug. 4 Tintwistle v Hill End
4 Hollingworth v Hadfield
11 St James’s v Mottram
11 Charlesworth v Hollingworth
11 Hadfield v Tintwistle
11 Hill End v Dinting
18 Mottram v Charlesworth
18 Tintwistle v Hadfield
25 Dinting v Mottram
25 Charlesworth v Hill End
Sept. 1 Mottram v Hadfield
1 Charlesworth v St James’s
1 Hill End v Tintwistle
8 Charlesworth v Dinting
On the Ground of the First-named Club. Second Eleven vice versa.
In the copy used for transcription there is a hand written note that the winning team is underlined.

1— This Amalgamation of Clubs be called “The Glossop and District Cricket League”
2— The annual general meeting shall be held on the first Thursday in November in each year. Each club shall be entitled to send two representatives. The representatives attending the annual meeting shall appoint a treasurer and secretary. Nine to form a quorum.
3— The annual subscription shall be 10/-, which must be paid on or before December 1st in each year. The management committee shall have power to order a match to be played each season in aid of the funds of the League, or may call upon the clubs to contribute equally such, sums as they may deem advisible. An entrance fee of 5s will be charged to each newly-elected club.
4— The League shall be governed by a committee formed of two representatives from each club engaged in the competition. Representatives from four clubs to form a quorum. This committee will meet at 8 p m. on the Third Thursday in each month.
5— The committee shall have power to adjudicate in all disputed matters in the competitions or, in the affairs of the League and their decision shall be final ; protest to be made to the secretary within seven days. All protests to be accompanied by the fee of 2s 6d, the said fee to be returned if the protest is sustained. In all cases of appeal to the committee, representatives of the club concerned shall retire.
6— All League Matches shall be arranged at a meeting of secretaries, convened specially for the purpose, the date of such meeting being fixed at the annual meeting. If possible, dates to be arranged by mutual consent, otherwise by the management committee. A list of League Fixtures shall be forwarded to the secretary within 14 days of the meeting, subject to a fine of Sixpence. All matches to be played under revised rules of the M.C.C.
7— The competing clubs shall appoint their own scorers, and the home club shall be held responsible for sending to the League Secretary the result of the matches within 2 days, subject to a fine of sixpence.
8— The secretary shall keep a list of umpires, whose names have been approved by the management committee, and no umpire shall act unless he has been so approved. The umpires may order play to cease from any reasonable cause. They shall receive 2s each for their services, to be paid by the home club. No umpire shall act in a match in which his own club shall be engaged.
9— Any bona-fide member of the club shall be allowed to play providing he has been registered with the Secretary of the League fully 14 days before playing, and also that he has not played in a Glossop and District League Match for another club in the same season. If he has so played, permission for his transfer must first be obtained from the club he has last played for, and also the management committee. No transfer will be granted unless he be straight on the books with the club he last played for. In the event of any club refusing a player’s transfer, the management committee empower themselves to deal with any such refusal.
10— League Fixtures to occupy four hours, if necessary, the umpires being the sole judges of fitness of weather and light. Up to August all matches to commence not later than 3-30, and after the first Saturday in August to commence at 3 o’clock.
11— No Professional shall be allowed to play in League matches, neither shall any member of a club connected with the League receive any remuneration other than travelling expenses for his services.
12— In the event of any club being disqualified from taking part in the competition by the committee, all matches such club has played, no matter what the result has been, shall be considered void, and all matches they have arranged shall be considered void as League matches.
13— At the end of the competition the club scoring the most points shall be declared the champion club of the League. Averages for the championship shall be taken from wins and draws, to be counted as follows. Two points for a win and one for a draw. In the event of two or more clubs at the head of the list, scoring the same number of points they must play off for the first place, time and ground to be arranged by the clubs concerned, the clubs to divide the net gate. Clubs concerned failing to agree the management committee to decide.
14— The two clubs having the lowest number of points shall retire at the end of each season, but shall be eligible for re-election.
15— No alterations In Fixtures be made except with the consent of the committee. Any club failing to keep its engagements shall forfeit 10s, and two points to the opposing club.
16— The Challenge Cup is given to the League on condition that it cannot he won outright. The club winning the championship becomes the holders from year to year. Further, that the holders of the cup shall give a guarantee in the sum of £10 for its safe custody. The Cup to be handed to the winners on the date of the winning club versus rest of League.
17— Any club competing in the League being found guilty of playing ineligible men, the two points to go to the opposing team, and the club playing the ineligible men shall pay a fine of 5s, the same to go to the funds of the League.

As amended at a Special General Meeting of the Marylebone Cricket Club, held May 1st, 1889.
1. —A match is played between two sides of eleven players each, unless otherwise agreed to. Each side has two innings, taken alternately, except in the case provided for in Law 54. The choice of Innings shall be decided by tossing.
2. —The score shall be reckoned by runs. A run is scored: 1st. So often as the batsmen, after a hit or at any time white the ball is in play, shall have crossed and made good their ground from end to end. 2nd. For penalties under Laws 16, 34, 41, and allowances under 44. Any run or runs so scored shall be duly recorded by scorers appointed for the purpose. The side which scores the greatest number of runs wins the match. No match is won unless played out or given up, except in the case provided in Law 45.
3. —Before the commencement of the match two umpires shall be appointed, one for each end.
4. —The ball shall weigh not less than five ounces and a half, nor more than five ounces and three- quarters ; it shall measure not less than nine inches, nor more than nine inches and one-quarter in circumference. At the beginning of each innings either side may demand a new ball.
5. —The bat shall not exceed four inches and one-quarter in the widest part. It shall not be more than thirty-eight inches in length.
6. —The wickets shall be pitched opposite and parallel to each other at a distance of twenty-two- yards. Each wicket shall be eight inches in width and consist of three stumps with two bails upon the top; the stumps shall be of equal and sufficient size to prevent the ball from passing through; twenty-seven inches out of the ground; the bails shall be each four inches in length, and when in position, on the top of the stumps, shall not project more than half-an-inch above them. The wickets shall not be changed during a match, unless the ground between them become unfit for play, and then only by consent of both sides.
7. —The bowling crease shall be in a line with the stumps, 6ft. 8in. in length, the stumps in the centre, with a return crease at each end, at right angles behind the wicket.
8. —The popping crease shall be marked 4ft. from the wicket, parallel to it, and be deemed unlimited in length.
9. —The ground shall not be rolled, watered, covered, mown, or beaten during a match, except before the commencement of each innings and of each day’s play. when, unless the in-side object, the ground shall be swept and rolled for not more than ten minutes. This shall not prevent the batsman from beating the ground with his bat, nor the batsman nor bowler from using sawdust in order to obtain a proper foothold.
10. —The ball must be bowled. If thrown or jerked the umpire shall call “No ball.”
11. —The bowler shall deliver the ball with one foot on the ground behind the bowling crease, and within the return crease, otherwise the umpire shall call “No ball.”
12. —If the bowler should bowl the ball so high over or so wide of the wicket that, in the opinion of the umpire, it is not within reach of the striker, the umpire shall call “Wide ball.”
13. —The ball shall be bowled in overs of balls from each wicket alternately. When six balls have been bowled and the ball is finally settled in the bowlers or wicket keeper’s hands the umpire shall call “Over.” Neither a “no ball” nor a “wide ball” shall be reckoned as one of the over.
14. —The bowler may change ends as often as he likes, but cannot bowl two overs in succession.
15. —The bowler may require the batsman at the wicket from which he is bowling to stand on that side of it which he may direct.
16. —The striker may hit a “No ball” and whatever runs result shall be added to his score, but he shall not be out from a “no ball” unless he be run out or break Laws 26, 27, 29, 30. All runs made from a “no ball” otherwise than from the bat shall be scored “no balls,” and if no runs be made one run shall be added to that score. From a “wide ball,” as many runs as are run shall be added to the score as “wide balls” and if no run be otherwise obtained one run shall be so added.
17. —If the ball, not having been called “wide” or “no ball,” pass the striker without touching the bat or person, and any runs be obtained, the umpire shall call “bye,” but if the ball touch any part of the striker's person (hand excepted), and any run be obtained, the umpire shall call “leg bye,” such runs to be scored “byes” and “leg byes” respectively.
18. —At the beginning of the match and of each innings the umpire at the bowler’s wicket shall call “play”; from that time no trial ball shall be allowed to any bowler on the ground between the wickets; and when one of the batsmen is out the use of the bat shall not be allowed to any person until the next batsman shall come in.
19. —A batsman shall be held to be “out of his ground” unless his bat (in hand) or some part of his person be grounded within the line of the popping crease.
20. —The wicket shall be held to be “down” when either of the bails is struck off, or if both bails be off, when a stump is struck out of the ground.
21. —If the wicket be bowled down, even if the ball first touch the striker’s bat or person—“bowled.”
22. —Or, if the ball, from a stroke of the bat or hand, but not the wrist, be held before it touch the ground, although it be hugged to the body of the catcher— “caught,”
23. —Or, if in playing at the ball, provided it be not touched by the bat or hand, the striker be out of his ground, and the wicket be put down by the wicket-keeper with the ball, or with hand or arm with ball in hand—“stumped.”
24. —Or, with any part of his person he stop the ball, which in the opinion of the umpire at the bowler’s wicket shall have been pitched in a straight line from it to the striker’s wicket, and would have hit it—“leg before wicket.”
25. —Or, if playing at the ball, he hit down his wicket with his bat or any part of his person or dress —“hit wicket.”
26. —Or, if under pretence of running, or otherwise, either of the batsmen wilfully prevent a ball from being caught—“obstructing the field.”
27. —Or, if the ball be struck or be stopped by any part of his person, and he wilfully strike it again, except it be done for the purpose of guarding his wicket, which he may do with his bat or any part of his person, except his hands—“hit the ball twice.”
28. —if in running, or at any other time, while the ball is in play he be out of his ground, and his wicket be struck down by the ball after touching any fieldsman, or by the hand or arm (with the ball in hand) of any fieldsman—“run out.”
29. —Or, if he touch with his hand or take up the ball while in play, unless at the request of the opposite side—‘‘handled the ball.”
30. —Or, if he wilfully obstruct any fieldsman—“obstructing the field.".
31. —If the batsmen have crossed each other he that runs for the wicket which is put down is out, if they have not crossed, he that has left the wicket which is put down is out.
32. —The striker being caught no runs shall be scored. A batsman being run out that run which was attempted shall not be scored.
33. —A batsman being out from any cause the ball shall be “dead.”
34. —If a ball in play cannot be found or recovered any fieldsman may call “lost ball,” when the ball shall be “ dead,” and six runs shall be added to the score; but if more than six runs have been run before “lost ball” has been called, as many runs as have been run shall be scored.
35. —After the ball shall have been finally settled in the wicket-keeper’s or bowler’s hand, it shall be “dead,” but when the bowler is about to deliver the ball if the batsman at his wicket be out of his ground before actual delivery, the said bowler may run him out, but if the bowler throw at that wicket and any run result, it shall be scored “no ball.”
36. —A batsman shall not retire from his wicket and return to it to complete his innings after another has been in, without the consent of the opposite side.
37. —A substitute shall be allowed to field or run between wickets for any player who may during the match be incapacitated from illness or injury, but for no other reason, except with consent of the opposite side.
38. —In all cases where a substitute shall be allowed, the consent of the opposite side shall be obtained as to the person to act as substitute, and the place in the field which he shall take.
39. —In case any substitute shall be allowed to run between wickets the striker may be run out if either he or his substitute be out of his ground. If the striker be out of his ground while the ball is in play, that wicket which he has left may be put down, and the striker given out. although the other batsman may have made good the ground at that end and the striker and his substitute at the other end.
40. —A batsman is liable to be out for any infringement of the laws by his substitute.
41. —The fieldsman may stop the ball with any part of his person, but if he wilfully stop it otherwise, the ball shall be “dead,” and five runs added to the score. Whatever runs may have been made five only shall be added.
42. —The wicket-keeper shall stand behind the wicket. If he shall take the ball for the purpose of stumping before it has passed the wicket, or if he shall incommode the striker by any noise or motion, or if any part of his person be over or before the wicket, the striker shall not be out, excepting under Laws 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30.
48.—The umpires are tho sole judges of fair and unfair play, of the fitness of the ground, the weather, and the light for play. All disputes shall be determined by them, and if they disagree the actual state of things shall continue.
44. —They shall pitch fair wickets, arrange boundaries where necessary, and the allowances to be made for them and change ends after each side has had one innings.
45. —They shall allow two minutes for each striker to come in, and ten minutes between each innings. When they shall call “play,” the side refusing to play shall lose the match.
46. —They shall not order a batsman out unless appealed to on the other side.
47. —The umpire at the bowler’s wicket shall be appealed to before the other umpire in all cases except in those of stumping, hit-wicket, run out at the striker’s wicket, or arising out of Law 42, but in any case in which an umpire is unable to give a decision, he shall appeal to the other umpire, whose decision shall be final.
48. —If the umpire at the bowler's (hand amended to either) end be not satisfied of the absolute fairness of the delivery of any ball he shall call “no ball.”
48A.—The umpire shall take especial care to call “no ball” instantly upon delivery. “Wide ball” as soon as it shall have passed the striker.
49. —If either batsman run a short run the umpire shall call “one short,” and the run shall not be scored.
50. —After the umpire has called “over,” the ball is “dead,” but an appeal may be made as to whether either batsman is out; such appeal, however, shall not be made after the delivery of the next ball, nor after any cessation of play.
51.—No umpire shall be allowed to bet.
52.—No umpire shall be changed during a match, unless with the consent of both sides, except in case of violation of Law 51, then either side may dismiss him.
53.—The side which goes in second shall follow their innings if they have scored eighty (hand amended to 150) runs less than the opposite side.
54.—On the last day of a match, and in a one-day match at any time, the in-side may declare their innings at an end.

1. —The side which goes in second shall follow their innings if they have scored sixty runs less than the opposite side.
2. —The match, unless played out, shall be decided by the first innings. Prior to the commencing of a match it may be agreed that the over consist of five or six balls.
N.B. A tie is included in the words “played out.”

The Laws are, where they apply, the same as the foregoing with the following alterations, &c.
1. —One wicket shall be pitched, as in Law 6. with a bowling stump opposite to it, at a distance of twenty-two yards. The bowling crease shall be in a line with the bowling stump, and drawn according to Law 7.
2. —When there shall no less than five players on a side, bounds shall be placed twenty-two yards each in a line from the off and leg stump.
3.—The ball must be hit before the bounds to entitle the striker to a run, which run cannot be obtained unless he touched the bowling stump or crease, in a line with his bat or some part of his person, or go beyond them, and return to the popping crease.
4. —When the striker shall hit the ball one of his feet must be on the ground behind the popping crease, otherwise the umpire shall call “no hit,” and no run shall be scored.
5. —When there shall be less than five players on a side, neither byes, leg byes, nor overthrows shall be allowed, nor shall the striker be caught out behind the wicket nor stumped.
6. —The fieldsman must return the ball so that it shall cross the ground between the wicket and the bowling stump, or between the bowling stump and the bounds; the striker may run till the ball be so returned.
7. —After the striker shall have made one run, if he start again he must touch the bowling stump or crease, and turn before the ball cross the ground to entitle him to another.
8. —The striker shall be entitled to three runs for lost ball, and the same number for balls wilfully stopped by a fieldsman otherwise than with any part of his person.
9. —When there shall be more than four players on a side there shall be no bounds. All hits, byes, leg byes, and overthrows shall then be allowed.
10. —There shall be no restriction as to the ball being bowled in overs, but no more than one minute shall be allowed between each ball.

1. —That no Cricketer, whether amateur or professional, shall play for more than one county during the same season.
2. —Every Cricketer born in one county and residing in another, shall be free to choose at the commencement of each season for which of those counties he will play, and shall during that season play for that county only.
3. —A Cricketer shall be qualified to play for any county in which he is residing, and has resided for the previous two years; or a Cricketer may elect to play for the county in which his family home is, so long as it remains open to him as an occasional residence.
4. —That, should any question arise as to the residential qualifications, the same should be left to the decision of the Committee of the Marylebone Club.

5. —That all three days’ matches shall begin at twelve o’clock the first day, and not later than 11-30 on the following days.

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