A game of 3TC cricket consists of 36 overs divided into two halves of 18 overs each. In the first half, each team faces 6 overs from one of their opponents. In the second half of the game each team resumes batting, facing another 6 overs, but this time from their other opponents.

The result is an unrelenting and ever-changing contest that keeps captains (and fans) on a knife-edge as they strategise against two opponents at the same time!

With fewer players in each team (and thus fewer fielders) every player is actively involved in the game from the first ball to the last.

Then there's the rule whereby the last remaining not-out batter continues batting without a batting partner. The catch? He can only trade in boundaries and twos since retaining the strike is non-negotiable.

__3TC 36 overs rules __

- A match is contested between 3 teams of 8 players each.
- The match is played over 36 overs in two halves of 18 overs with a break at halftime.
- Teams bat for one innings of 12 overs split between two 6-over periods, facing one opponent in the first half and the other opponent in the second half.
- In the first half, teams rotate from BATTING to BOWLING to the DUGOUT with the starting positions determined by a draw.
- In the second half, teams bat in order of the highest scores in the first half and if scores are tied, the first half order is reversed.
- After the fall of the 7th wicket, the not-out batter continues to bat alone. The batter can only score in even numbers of runs and can only bat in the second half. If the 7th wicket falls in the first half, the team forfeits the remaining balls in the first half and the not-out batter resumes the innings in the second half.
- Each bowling team has the use of one new ball for their full 12 overs which is used for both opponents.
- A maximum of three overs per bowler is allowed, which can be bowled in any permutation to either opponent. An uncompleted over due to the fall of the 7th wicket is deemed to be completed with dot balls.
- Match organizers may apply fielding restrictions and can allow up to 3 additional fielders, either selected by each team or provided by the dugout opponent.
- Standard limited overs rules apply for wides, bouncers and a free hit after a no-ball; otherwise the laws of cricket apply.
- A match can only be shortened by weather to 18, 24 or 30 overs in terms of a formula laid down by 3TC.
- Most runs wins Gold, second Silver and third Bronze. If 2 teams tie with most runs, super overs decide Gold; if all 3 teams tie, all get Gold; and, in a tie for second, Silver is shared.

__3TC 90 overs rules __

- A match is contested between 3 teams of 11 players each.
- The match is played over 90 overs in two halves of 45 overs with a break at halftime.
- Teams bat for one innings of 30 overs split between two 15-over periods, facing one opponent in the first half and the other opponent in the second half.
- In the first half, teams rotate from BATTING to BOWLING to the DUGOUT with the starting positions determined by a draw.
- In the second half, teams bat in the order of the highest scores in the first half and if scores are tied, the first half order is reversed.
- If the 7 th wicket falls in the first half, the team forfeits the remaining balls in that half and the not out batters resume the innings in the second half.
- Bowling teams get new balls for each of their two opponents.
- A maximum of 6 overs per bowler is allowed, which can be bowled in any permutation to either opponent. An uncompleted over in the first half due to the fall of the 7 th wicket is deemed to be completed with dot balls.
- Powerplays in the first 5 overs in the first half and any consecutive 5 overs elected by the batting team in the second half. A maximum of 2 fielders allowed outside an inner ring in a powerplay, otherwise a maximum of 4.
- Standard limited overs rules apply for wides, bouncers and a free hit after a no ball, otherwise the laws of cricket apply.
- A match can be shortened by weather in terms of a formula laid down by 3TC.
- Most runs wins Gold, second Silver and third Bronze. If all 3 teams tie all get Gold, if 2 tie with most runs super overs decide Gold and in ties for second Silver is shared.

Disclaimer :: These rules, which are subject to copyright, are the official rules for three team cricket as developed by 3TC and may be changed at 3TC’s discretion.

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