Women’s County Championship Finale: What They Need To Do

The Women’s County Championship reaches a finale this weekend, with lots still to play for in both the top 2 divisions.

Bonus points could be critical – here is a reminder of how they work:

Batting First

75 Runs = 1 Bonus Point; 100 = 2; 150 = 3; 200 = 4

Batting Second

1.5 Runs-Per-Over = 1 Bonus Point, 2 = 2; 3= 3; 4 = 4

Bowling

3 Wickets = 1 Bonus Point, 5 = 2; 7 = 3; 9 = 4

So… what do they need to do?

NB – IF YOU ARE A PLAYER, DO YOUR OWN MATHS – WE THINK THIS IS RIGHT, BUT DON’T DEPEND ON IT!!

Div 1

TABLE

Hampshire, Yorkshire or Kent could win the title. Somerset are already relegated, and one of Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Middlesex or Warwickshire will join them.

Hampshire v Middlesex – Win with 7 or 8 bonus points to be certain of being champions; or else drop no more than 1 bonus point compared with Yorkshire.

Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire – Make up 2 bonus points on Hampshire to be champions.

Kent v Somerset – Win big and hope Hampshire and Yorkshire both lose to be champions.

Lancashire v Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire & Middlesex v Hampshire – Win to make 100% sure they stay up. (There is a chance any of the three could be relegated if they lose badly and other results go against them.)

Warwickshire v Lancashire – Win big and hope other results go their way to avoid relegation.

Somerset v Kent – Already relegated.

Div 2

TABLE

Two of Sussex, Surrey and Wales will be promoted. Derbyshire and Northamptonshire are already relegated; but everyone except Sussex and Surrey could theoretically be relegated, with the 6th placed side going into a play-off vs one of the top Div 3 sides.

Sussex v Berkshire & Surrey v Essex – Win to guarantee promotion; or hope Wales don’t win big.

Wales v Devon – Win big, and hope one of Sussex or Surrey lose big.

Devon v Wales, Berkshire v Sussex & Essex v Surrey – Win and hope other results go their way to avoid the play-off.

Derbyshire v Northamptonshire & Northamptonshire v Derbyshire – Both already relegated.

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4 thoughts on “Women’s County Championship Finale: What They Need To Do

  1. I’m guessing the bonus point scale is for the team as a whole, not individual players (ie, doesn’t have to be an individual that does it as long the team, collectively, makes the target)?

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  2. Is it just me who thinks the batting bonus points are generous? 1 point for scoring 75 runs or 1.5 per over seems too low, particularly with scoring rates generally higher now than, say, 10 years ago. I would start at 150 / 3 rpo personally.

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    • Possibly need re-assessing. It’s an interesting question. The top 2 Divisions have had quite different characteristics, despite similar overall run rates.

      Division 1 run rate – 3.68 rpo
      Division 2 run rate – 3.55 rpo

      Average non-rain-reduced 1st innings total:
      Div 1 – 162.14
      Div 2 – 184.19

      150-199 1st inns totals:
      Div 1 – 10
      Div 2 – 4

      200-249 1st inns totals:
      Div 1 – 4
      Div 2 – 4

      250+ 1st inns totals:
      Div 1 – 1 (highest 259)
      Div 2 – 4 (highest 404)

      Average 2nd innings run rate:
      Div 1 – 3.78 rpo.
      Div 2 – 3.01 rpo

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