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15. Competitions

Battrick has three competitions which everyone takes part in:

A 50 over One Day League
A 50 over cup
The BT20 20 over international league competition.

In selected nations (Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies) there is an FC League competition.

You also have the option to arrange friendly matches for days where you have no competitive matches.

There are also international and U19 50 over matches, and in the future, test matches.

THE FIRST CLASS LEAGUE

First class matches last for up to 3 days, and each day lasts 110 overs each. Both teams have a maximum of two innings each. The follow on is enforceable with a 150 runs or better first innings lead.

All leagues consist of six teams so you will play ten games in total, split home and away. You will be competing with five other teams for promotion, relegation or ultimately, your national title.

The League Structure

First class matches operate on a pyramidal league system. In each country there is one top level division, two 2nd level divisions, four 3rd divisions and so on in powers of 2.

Your division will be called something like VI.9. The roman numeral (VI = 6) is the level of your division while the 9 is the division number.

At the end of a season the team ranked first in the division is declared the division winner and is promoted automatically.

The teams ranked second, third and fourth will remain as they are in exactly the same division for the next season.

The teams ranked fifth and sixth will be relegated if there is a lower league to relegate to.

In the event of teams having an equal number of points the tiebreakers are (in order of importance) - most wins, fewest losses, most wickets, most runs.

The Points System

For a win 14 points are awarded to the winning side.
For a tie 7 points are awarded to each side.
For a draw 4 points are awarded to each side.
For a loss the losing side gets no points.

There are also bonus points awarded for the performances of each side in each first innings. These are awarded as follow:

200 - 239 runs = 1 batting point
240 - 279 runs = 2 batting points
280 - 319 runs = 3 batting points
320 - 359 runs = 4 batting points
360 runs or over = 5 batting points

3 - 5 wickets taken = 1 bowling point
6 - 8 wickets taken = 2 bowling points
9 - 10 wickets taken = 3 bowling points

Prize money

Teams finishing 1st down to 6th are awarded prize money at the end of the season as follows (£000s):
Level1st2nd3rd4th5th6th
I2,0001,6001,400 1,2001,000900
II1,1001,000900820720680
III760720680640560520
IV600560520480400380
V440400380360320300
VI340320300280220200
VII240220200180140120
VIII1601401201008070
IX908070604030
X50403020105
Gate receipts reflect the fact that visiting fans come to games as well. As such, the details on both teams will be used in calculating game attendance although the weighting will be towards the home team.

Additionally FC matches have Match tickets, a large number of your fans love the game so much; they are happy to pay for three days regardless of how long the game goes and won't care about a refund if the game finishes early. So you will receive the majority of your income from FC games on day one of the match.

THE ONE DAY LEAGUE

The One Day league is a national club championship. Matches consist of one innings of 50 overs per team.

One day matches are played every Friday thoughout the season. Your league will consist of a total of 8 teams, and you will play each side home and away, making a total of 14 matches.

The One Day championship is organised in pyramidal structure, with up to 6 levels to the pyramid. The more teams in a country, the more levels to the pyramid. Each layer contains one or more leagues, and each league contains 8 teams. The pyramid therefore looks like this:

One Day I (all nations, 1 league, 8 teams)
One Day II (all nations, 4 leagues, 32 teams)
One Day III (all nations, 16, leagues, 128 teams)
One Day IV (all nations, 64 leagues, 512 teams)
One Day V (Aus, Eng, Ind, NZ and SA only, 256 leagues, 2048 teams)
One Day VI (Aus and Eng only, 256 leagues, 2048 teams and 512 leagues and 4096 teams respectively)

Points are awarded as follows
Win - 4 points
Loss - 0 points
Tie - 2 points each.

Please note that number of wickets lost is not considered in this league format. League positions are decided by the number of points scored. if this is equal, net run rate is used as a decider.

All teams who finish top of their league table will have a chance of promoting, but some will be promoted automatically and some will face a playoff. To determine which, all the first place teams are ranked by points scored and net run rate. This information can be found in 'Promotion Info' on your league page.

The top half of this list will go up automatically, and the bottom half will play off against a team from the next level up.

The teams finishing 7th and 8th will relegate automatically, unless they are in the bottom level of their nation. The teams finish 5th and 6th will face a play off to stay up against a team from the lower level (unless in the bottom level). The winners of playoff matches swap places with the team they played.

Promotion and relegation works differently for level VI in England and Australia.

Level VI in England is twice the size of Level V. The team placed 1st promotes and 2nd gets a play-off against a team who finished 5th or 6th in level V.

Level VI in Austalia is the same size as level V. The teams placed 1st and 2nd both promote automatically to level V.

Play offs are played in Week 16 and the team from the higher league gets home advantage. There are no gate receipts for Play-off matches for either team.

Reaching a Result

In either the cup competition or in a play off match, where an outright result must be reached, in the event of a tie the first decider called upon is wickets remaining, the team with the greater number remaining being the winner. If this is unable to decide matters, then the scores after 15 overs are compared for runs, and then wickets as well.

Prize money

Teams finishing 1st down to 8th are awarded prize money at the end of the season as follows (£000s):
Level1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th
I1,000800700600550520400380
II500400380360340320250240
III300250240230220210190180
IV200190180170160 150120110
V14012011010090806050
VI706050403020105


THE OD CUP

All teams take part in a national 50 over cup competition, with fixtures played on Sundays. The fixtures for each round are drawn randomly and are not seeded, gate receipts are split 50:50 between teams. All managed teams are included in the Cup, with some bot teams added to make up the numbers. All teams knocked out of the Cup will be able to arrange Sunday friendlies for subsequent weeks.

In the event of scores being equal at the conclusions of the innings, the following factors are used to decide the result. In order of importance: wickets taken; runs scored after 15 overs; wickets taken after 15 overs.

Reaching a Result

In either the cup competition or in a play off match, where an outright result must be reached, in the event of a tie the first decider called upon is wickets remaining, the team with the greater number remaining being the winner. If this is unable to decide matters, then the scores after 15 overs are compared for runs, and then wickets as well.

Prize money for the winner and runner up in the cup is £1,000,000 and £400,000 respectively. This money is awarded at the end of the season, not at the end of the cup.

THE BT20 LEAGUE

The BT20 league is an international club championship. Matches consist of 20 overs per side each, and are fast-paced with high scoring rates. For more information on this style of game, see the beginners guide.

BT20 matches are played throughout the season, alternating with FC matches. Two weeks of FC matches are followed by a week of BT20 matches. The first week of BT20 is Week 4 of the season. During a BT20 week, matches are played once a day on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Games begin at 00:30 (BT time) for Australia, New Zealand, West Indies or one of 11:45, 12:30 or 13:15 (BT time) for all the other countries. The start time is based on the nationality of the home side. Gate receipts are split 50:50 between the teams.

There are 6 overs of fielding restrictions at the start of the match, and bowlers can bowl 4 overs each. You will not be able to select a bowling strategy at this point. All teams will use the same strategy which is set out as below:
Over1234567891011121314151617181920
Bowler No12123234545353541412

Points are awarded as follows
Win - 4 points
Loss - 0 points
Tie - 2 points each.
Please note that number of wickets lost is not considered in this league format.

The BT20 championship is organised in pyramidal structure, with 7 levels to the pyramid. Each layer contains one or more leagues, and each league contains 12 teams. The pyramid looks like this

BT20 Premier (1 league, 12 teams)
BT20 Division II (4 leagues, 48 teams)
BT20 Division III (16, leagues, 192 teams)
BT20 Division IV (64 leagues, 768 teams)
BT20 Division V (256 leagues, 3072 teams)
BT20 Division VI (1024 leagues, 12288 teams)
BT20 Division VII (1024 leagues, 12288 teams)

The team finishing top in each league is promoted automatically to the next division above and the bottom four teams in each league are relegated to the next division below, except for Division VI, where only the two bottom teams relegate and Division VII, where the top two teams are promoted. In all cases, net run rates is used to decide when points scored is equal.

Prize money

Teams finishing 1st down to 6th are awarded prize money at the end of the season as follows (£000s):
Level1st2nd3rd4th5th6th
I500400350300275260
II250200190180170160
III150125120115110105
IV1009590858075
V706560555045
VI403530252015
VII10

FRIENDLIES

The friendly system allows all teams to book a friendly match in any format (FC, OD, BT20) with any other team in the world on the days possible for both teams.

The system automatically takes into account what games are already scheduled for both teams and what time zone they are in before providing the option to book in friendly games on all opportunities between the two teams. When you choose to challenge a team to a friendly from their pavilion page, you will see a schedule of all possible game times between the two teams over the next eight weeks. In each of the three game types, you will have an option of Home or Away to book the game, as long as time permits. This will allow teams in the non-FC countries to experiment with FC during the non-BT20 weeks as well as allow all teams to participate in FC friendlies over weekends.

Please note that due to game times, some combinations will not be possible in certain formats. For example, a PNG team and an English team cannot book a FC game at the PNG team's home ground leading into a BT20 week. Additionally, games can only be booked for the next BT day onwards no matter what time it is in the current BT day.

Friendlies generate income, but the crowds and therefore gate takings are smaller than for competitive matches. Spectators can buy match tickets in advance for FC matches, which means that most of your FC income will be collected on Day 1. Players do not lose any fitness from friendly matches but their fitness level going into the match will affect their performance during the match. Friendly matches do not affect Club Morale or Members Confidence.

Please note that there will be restrictions on U19 and Nat players for these games over the weekends where there are fixtures.

* OD games are assumed to take 8 hours
* BT20 games are assumed to take 5 hours
* FC games are assumed to take 57 hours
* You cannot schedule a game to start within six hours of the end of a match
* You cannot schedule a game to that would end within six hours of the start of a match

Obviously a friendly match doesn't attract such a large crowd as a competitive match, nor provide the same level of experience to players due to the lower stakes, but it will help keep them in good touch.

TEAM RANKING

You will find your team ranking on your Pavilion page. Your national ranking is based on a combination of your position in the FC, OD and BT20 leagues, with appropriate weighting attached to each competition.

When we calculate the international rankings, we use another weighting that will take account of the size of the country that you are playing in to level the playing field for OD and FC rankings - your BT20 ranking is obviously global already!

The ranking will be recalculated each Saturday morning BT time.