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Our Duty of Care

MSSP have a duty to take all measures that are reasonable in the circumstances to ensure the health, safety, wellbeing and welfare of all participants and any other attendees involved in the relevant event. MSSP have tried to ensure that all reasonable steps have been taken in its duty of care being discharged, and to the requisite standard of care, MSSP have ensured the following guidance and actions have been adhered to and carried out:

  • That the advice of the UK Government and public health authorities has been followed
  • That the bespoke guidance and protocols issued by the relevant NGB, federation and/or umbrella organisation (if applicable) have been followed
  • That a full and proper COVID-19 specific risk assessment has been carried out.

Please ensure you read our COVID-19 specific risk assessment before entering this event. This can be found here.

MSSP are putting additional measures in place regarding COVID-19 however it is impossible to fully remove all risk. By entering this event you have carefully considered your options and made sure you are completely comfortable with the risks associated with COVID-19 and undertaken your own organisations risk assessment for participating in this event. It is in the interests of all event competitors to fully understand the measures that have been put in place to make everyone who takes part as safe as possible and it is entirely your decision to take part. Please ensure you are fully conversant with the rules of the event and pay particular attention to the following;

  • All participants and attendees (including players, officials, organisers and volunteers) are aware of COVID-19 symptoms and the need to self-assess before attending every sporting activity.
  • Any participant or other attendee reporting symptoms does not attend and is directed to follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation.
  • Participants or any other attendee are aware of any increased risk associated with taking part in sporting activity, based on the national governing body’s guidance and risk assessment, and have appropriate consent to take part in the activity.
  • Participants or any other attendee are strongly advised to comply with public health restrictions and avoid high-risk behaviour outside the sports setting to reduce the risk to their fellow participants when they do attend.
  • Participants and any other attendee continue to adhere to legal gathering limits before and after sporting activities, act responsibly and limit transmission risk wherever possible.
  • Participants are aware that they are choosing to take part in the modified version of the game, including any relevant COVID-19 measures, and should comply with these measures as a condition of participation.
  • Spectators will not be permitted entry to facilities and should be informed of this when letters are sent to parents.


Team Requirements & Eligibility

  • Age: Year 5 & 6.
  • Mixed gender event although girls are not a requirement.
  • Squad Size: 8-a–side with a maximum squad of 10.

Competition Format

  • Points awarded are: 3 for a win and 0 for a loss.
  • Group placing determined by: points accrued, overall runs scored, least runs conceded, most wickets taken, head to head result (if 2 teams), toss of a coin.
  • For supporting cricket in your school please visit http://www.surreycricketfoundation.org/page/schools-83/

Draw Format

  • Round robin groups. All teams will progress to a second stage of knockout competition according to their placement in the first round.


  • No seedings.


  • Cluster Certificates: GOLD: winners. SILVER: runners-up. BRONZE: 3rd place.
  • Participation certificates will be presented to all participants.

Kit & Equipment

  • Please provide own warm up bats and balls.
  • Plastic Kwik Cricket bats will be the only bats permitted. No wooden bats permitted.
  • Match balls are provided.
  • Wicket keeping gloves are permitted. Pads are not permitted.
  • Players of the same team should wear the same colour tops/bibs. No jewellery, baseball caps etc. It is advised that if eyewear is essential, it should be made from plastic rather than glass.


•One innings per team, each inning to be 8 overs long (4 balls in an over).

Batting and Scoring

•Batting team bat in pairs who each face 2 x 4 ball overs.

•Each team starts with 200 runs.

•Each time a batter is out, 5 runs are deducted and the other batter faces the next ball.

•A batter may be out bowled, caught, run out, stumped and hit wicket.

•There is no LBW unless the batter deliberately prevents the ball from hitting the stumps using their leg or foot.

•Runs will be scored in the normal way.

•2 runs awarded to the batting team for each no-ball and wide bowled but no extra ball apart from the last (8th) over when the extra ball has to be bowled again. Four legitimate deliveries must be bowled in the final over.

•Batters can score as normal from no balls (e.g. 2/3 runs + whatever is scored).

Bowling and Fielding

•Each player on the fielding side must bowl one over.

•Bowling takes place from one end.

•Bowling should be over-arm where possible. (can bounce twice before the stumps)

•Under-arm deliveries must only bounce once.

•Apart from the wicketkeeper, no fielder is allowed within 10 yards of the batter until the ball is hit.

•The first bowl of each over must be overarm, then it can either be overarm / underarm for the remaining balls.

•ALL under-arm no balls (bouncing more than once before the batter) or wides are +3.

•ALL over-arm no balls (bouncing more than twice before the stumps) or wides are +2.

The team with the higher score wins. In the event of a tie the team that takes more wickets wins. If still tied each player bowls 1 ball at the wickets (no batter) and the team scoring the higher

number of strikes the winner.


  • Results and event report will be available on the news webpage within 24 hours of the event ending.

Winner's Pathway

  • The top four schools will qualify for the Borough Finals on Friday 10th June 2022 at Old Ruts Cricket Club.

Safeguarding and DBS

MSSP acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and the requirements of the Partnership’s host organisation, the Harris Federation.

We recognise that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. We aim to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children and young leaders:

•         have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport or physical activity at MSSP events in a safe and child centred environment

•         are protected from abuse whilst participating or officiating at MSSP events

All MSSP staff at the event are fully vetted and enhanced DBS checked. It is the schools’ responsibility to ensure any staff and volunteers who attend the event comply with the host venue safeguarding and welfare policy and can provide documentation to support this on request.

Spectators will not be permitted entry to school facilities and should be informed of this when letters are sent to parents. In order to safeguard children at our events, we will only allow entry to parents if they have been DBS checked and vetted through safer recruitment procedures and authorised to attend by your school. The school will maintain responsible for them at all times. At public sites such as parks we will section off an area for the public where parents that are not with the school party may spectate from.

For more information regarding MSSP’s safeguarding, please click here

If you have any concerns about a child at our event please make sure you say something. The MSSP safeguarding team contact details will be on display at all events or for more information on who to speak to please click here

Please see attached risk assessment for event specific planning and considerations.


MSSP values the contributions by all those involved in making our events a FUN, safe and enjoyable environment for children to take part in sport. To ensure our events continue to be successful we promote our REFSPECT campaign. We expect everyone attending our events to maintain respect for the rules, officials, opponents, teammates and themselves. Only designated staff and volunteers will be allowed on the side-lines. All spectators are to remain behind the barriers, providing positive support and encouraging a fun and fair event.

For more information about REFSPECT and codes of conduct for attendance at our events, please click here.

Photo Consent

Photographs will be taken at this event by staff members from MSSP and may be used for promotional material. If you have any children that do not have permission to be photographed, please inform a member of staff before the start of the event.

Social Media

For information and updates from our events, please follow and use the platforms below.

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MertonSSP

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mertonssp

First Aid

MSSP will have a basic first aid kit and qualified person at all events but will not be available to tend to less urgent first aid, as they will be delivering the event. As part of the school’s risk assessment a qualified first aider should be with the school team at all times (including travel) to tend to their children during the event.

Comments, Compliments and Complaints

MSSP aims to deliver a first class service to all of its stakeholders. We see all feedback, whether good or bad, as a valuable way for us to learn and improve. Therefore, we welcome all comments, compliments and complaints. For further details, please click here