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How does the Vitality County Championship scoring system work?

Find out how points are awarded in the Vitality County Championship.

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

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

250 to 299 runs - 1 point

300 to 349 runs - 2 points

350 to 399 runs - 3 points

400 to 449 runs - 4 points

450 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 first-innings 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 first-innings 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match is abandoned due to an unfit pitch, the home team receives zero points and any bonus points already achieved are rescinded.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 eight points in respect of a draw plus bonus points already achieved. For tie-breaker purposes, the home side are credited with the loss and the away team gain the draw.

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

Teams can be deducted points throughout the season for various reasons, including for slow over-rate, player conduct, and pitch conditions.

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