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How does the LV= Insurance County Championship scoring system work

Find out how points are awarded in the County Championship.

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How does the LV= Insurance County Championship scoring system work

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Scoring of Points – County Championship

A team is awarded 16 points for a victory, with both sides earning eight points for a tie and eight points apiece if a match is drawn. Any points scored in the first innings is added on. 

If the scores are equal in a drawn match where play has taken place, the side batting in the fourth innings scores eight points plus any points scored in the first innings, and the opposing side scores eight points plus any points scored in the first innings. 

First Innings Points are awarded only for performances in the first 110 overs of each first innings and retained whatever the result of the match. 

Batting Points

200 to 249 runs - 1 point

250 to 299 runs - 2 points

300 to 349 runs - 3 points

350 to 399 runs - 4 points

400 runs or over - 5 points

Bowling Points

3 to 5 wickets taken - 1 point

6 to 8 wickets taken - 2 points

9 to 10 wickets taken - 3 points

If a match is abandoned without a ball being bowled, each side scores eight points. 

If penalty runs are awarded to a team which at that time had faced less than 110 overs in their first innings, or completed their first innings before they had faced 110 overs, those penalty runs will be considered as counting towards the total as far as the award of bonus points is concerned.

If penalty runs are awarded to a team which had already faced 110 overs or more in their first innings, or had previously completed their first innings after they had faced 110 overs, those penalty runs will not be considered as counting towards the total as far as the award of bonus points is concerned.

If the match is abandoned due to an unfit pitch, the home team receives zero points and any bonus points already achieved are rescinded. The visiting team are awarded 16 points plus bonus points already achieved or 20 points - whichever is the greater at the time of abandonment

For tie-breaker purposes, the home side are credited with the loss and the away team gain the win.

The side with the highest aggregate of points gained at the end of the season are crowned Champion County of their respective Division.

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