Fun Seven-a-side Tournament

In some parts of the country, Rotary Clubs are able to field full teams of cricketers, but for most clubs there simply are not enough players.

In 2006, in the District 1230 Sports Challenge, Bothwell & Uddingston challenged near neighbours Hamilton to a game of indoor cricket – a first for Rotary in that part of the world!  Much to their surprise, many sceptical Scots discovered that it was a lot of fun.  They wanted more!

Thus was born the idea of a District 1230, South-West Scotland, Rotary Sevens tournament, which first took place in August 2006.

It was based on a long-established, successful social tournament run by a local cricket club for pubs, offices, and other organisations in the area, and which normally attracts entries from 12 to 20 teams for a two-day event. Six teams entered, and the day proved to be very popular. Some participants had never previously played cricket, but found it to be challenging and fun, and are already looking forward to more opportunities next year. Glasgow won the inaugural tournament.

Now in 2011 GB&I IFCR are trialing a new Kwik Cricket programme in District 1200 to encourage Rotarians of any age or gender to consider, or in some cases, reconsider Cricket as a social past time. If you or your Club or District would like to reignite the cricketing embers please email Rupert Cox


1. Each team will consist of seven players, all members of the same Rotary Club. No team may include any current regular playing member of a cricket club or anyone regularly playing the game in any connection.

2. The game will consist of six 6-ball overs each side, the team scoring the highest number of runs, irrespective of wickets down, to win. In the event of the teams scoring an equal number of runs, the side losing the lower numbers of wickets will win. In the round-robin stage, in the event of runs and wickets being equal, each team will be awarded one point; in the knockout stages, such ties will be decided by a “six ball bowl-out” (one ball per bowler) ie. strikes on the stumps; failing which toss of a coin.

3. Each member of the side except the wicket keeper will bowl one over.

4. A team is out when six wickets have fallen i.e. there is no “last man stand”.

5. Scoring will be as per the usual rules of cricket, except that (a) grounded boundary hits will count as six runs instead of four, (b) where a ball is hit over the boundary without bouncing, ten runs will be awarded instead of six and the batsman will be given Out, (c) a batsman is automatically retired Out on reaching a score of 30, full value being given for his final shot and (d) no LBW dismissals. At the discretion of the match umpire intimated prior to each match, in the first four overs of each innings, Wides will count two runs but will not be bowled again, but in the final two overs, they will have to be bowled again.

6. All competitors must wear spiked footwear or rubber-soled shoes. Football boots are not permitted under any circumstances. Bats, pads, gloves, wicket keeping gloves, and balls will be provided.

7. In the round-robin stage, 2 points will be awarded for a win, and 1 for a tied match (see rule 4).

8. The semi-finalists will be the four teams who gain the most points from their first round matches; in the event of equality those teams with the best runs per wicket average over all games will qualify.