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@ The Ark Sports Centre
Port Macquarie, Australia

The Ark Sports Centre plays under the Indoor Cricket Australian (AICF) rules with amendments for centre rules.

Summary of AICF Indoor Cricket Rules:
  1. Each team consists of a maximum of 8 players (minimum of 6)
  2. Each team bats for 1 innings and bowls for 1 innings of 16 overs (total 32 over game)
  3. A captain is nominated for each team
  4. An over consists of 6 balls or deliveries (variations may occur as per Section 4 of AICF rules)
  5. A bowler cannot bowl consecutive overs
  6. Each batting pair bats for 4 overs, dismissals are a 5 run deduction from the score
  7. Skins scoring system will apply for each batting pair, this gains more points to the teams for their for and against stats.
  8. Rubber soled non marking sports shoes must be worn.
  9. Umpire or a Centre Staff member performs the toss with the two captains, the winning captain will chose to bat or bowl first. If one team is not available for the toss 2 minutes before the scheduled start time they will forfeit the toss.
  10. To bat a player must wear 2 suitable batting gloves.
  11. To field players may wear protective equipment such as elbow and knee pads, sporting helmets, face guards, gloves, groin protectors and safety glasses.
  12. The umpire is the appointed adjudicator of the games rules. Their decision is final. The captain of the fielding side or the batter at wicket may query an umpires decision however once the umpire has replied, no further discussion will be entered into. An offending party may be penalised
  13. Late arrivals may enter the game as long as there has not been a substitute player included in the game for the late player. The late player may only enter the game (if fielding) at the end of the over in progress.
  14. If a team is 1 short: in the field, the batting team will select 2 bowlers to bowl the last 2 overs of the innings; when batting, the fielding team will select 1 batter to bat in the last pair (last 4 overs of the innings). If the team is 2 short: in the field, the batting team will select 2 bowlers to bowl the last 4 overs; when batting, the fielding team will select 2 batters to bat the last 4 overs.

To score a run both batters cross between the batting crease and the non-strikers crease and make good their ground.

1 run is scored and is called a physical run. Bonus runs will be scored if the batters successfully make a physical run and when a batter hits the ball with bat or hand/s holding the bat into the perimeter netting.

The bonus runs are as follows: see diagram

Zone A (front net) = 0 runs
Zone B (side net) = 1 run
Zone C (side net) = 2 runs
Zone D (back net) = 4 runs on bounce
Zone D (back net) = 6 runs on full
Zone B or C onto Zone D = 3 runs
The top net is neural. = striker = bowler
Indoor Cricket Pitch Scoring Zones
Third Ball Rule is if the score remains unchanged after two consecutive deliveries, the umpire calls third ball. 

On the next delivery the score must change or a dismissal is recorded against the striker.

AICF rules can be found at

Ark Sports Centre Rules for Indoor Cricket

Penalty of 5 runs to be deducted for every player out of uniform from the offending teams batting innings with a maximum of 20 run penalty (as per AICF rules).

Teams must play in the team shirts. Spare matching Team shirts can be hired from reception for a small fee for any player without a team shirt. (E.g. last minutes fill in player)

Playing Equipment

Bails will be used for ALL competition games.

Match Balls will be provided to the Captain who wins the Toss and elects to Bowl First. (the game ball must be handed to Umpire or Staff at the completion of the game).

Wicket Keeping Gloves will also be provided to teams if they don’t have their own.

It is recommended for players to have their own Batting Equipment, i.e. Bat, Gloves and Protection wear. (The Centre will have some loan bats or gloves if needed).

Skin scoring consists of 4 points for a win, 1 point for each skin therefore a total of 8 points available per game.

If a team forfeits they are awarded 0 points while the team available to play will be awarded 5 points (4 win points and 1 skin point)
No skins will be played during the Final series (semi-finals, finals or grand finals).

In the event of a tie in the Finals Series, an Ultimate Skin will be played.

  1. A new coin toss takes place.
  2. The batting team selects their batting pair.
  3. The bowling team selects 4 separate bowlers to bowl (each bowls 1 over).
  4. The team with the most runs after the Ultimate Skin will be the winner. 
  5. If it is still drawn, the teams will continue to play Ultimate Skins until a winner is determined. Different batters and bowlers must be used for the second ultimate skin. Any subsequent ultimate skins have no restrictions on who bats and bowls for each team.


Personal Accident Insurance Program has been specifically tailored by Willis Australia Limited to meet the needs of Indoor Sports Centres.

The link below provides more information and the policies full conditions are available from Ultimate Indoor Sports Pty Ltd or Indoor Sports NSW. 

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