

The County Championship
Timeline 1890present The Secretaries of the major cricketplaying counties met at Lord's on December 16, 1889 to agree the fixtures for the following season. A meeting attended by Gloucestershire, Kent, Lancashire, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Sussex and Yorkshire took place on the same day. This latter meeting agreed upon a method of deciding the order of merit between these firstclass counties for the 1890 season. This was the birth of the first official County Championship. Prior to 1890, there were 'unofficial' county champions given the title by 'popular' or newspaper acclaim. Conditions of play, points scored and Counties contesting the title 1890  Gloucestershire, Kent, Lancashire, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Sussex, Yorkshire compete in the Championship. Position decided by total points given by number of losses minus number of wins, draws are ignored. Each county played a maximum of 16 matches. 1891  Somerset are included in the Championship. 1895  Derbyshire, Essex, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire are included in the Championship. Each county play a minimum of 16 matches. 1896  Position decided by total points (as previously) as a percentage of completed matches (i.e. excluding drawn games). 1899  Worcestershire are included in the Championship. 1905  Northamptonshire are included in the Championship. 1910  Position decided by wins as a percentage of all matches played. 1911  Position decided by total points scored as a percentage of possible points with 5 points for a win, 3 points for first innings lead in a drawn match, 1 point for first innings deficit in a drawn match. 1912  Matches in which both sides did not complete the first innings counted as no result (as are matches not started). No result matches are not counted towards the possible points total. 1919  Worcestershire did not compete. Position decided by wins as a percentage of all matches played. The Championship was played as twoday matches in this season, with extended hours of play on each day. 1920  Worcestershire again compete in the Championship. Position decided by total points scored as a percentage of possible points with 5 points for a win, 2 points for firstinnings lead in a drawn match. 1921  Glamorgan are included in the Championship. 1922  Each team to play at least 11 home and 11 away matches. In addition to the other scoring, 2.5 points are now awarded for a tie. 1924  Each team to play at least 12 home and 12 away matches. Position decided by total points scored as a percentage of possible points (matches in which not even a first innings result is obtained are ignored) with 5 points for a win, 3 points for firstinnings lead in a drawn match, 2 points each for a tie on first innings in a drawn match and 1 point for first innings deficit in a drawn match. 1927  Position decided by total points as a percentage of possible points (matches in which not even a firstinnings result is obtained and under six hours' play are ignored) with 8 points for a win, 5 points for firstinnings lead in a drawn match, 3 points for firstinnings deficit in a drawn match, 4 points for a tie and for a match in which not even a firstinnings result is obtained but in which more than six hours' play is possible. 1929  Each team to play exactly 28 matches. Position decided by most points. 1931  Position decided by most points with 15 points for a win, 7.5 points to each side in a match where the scores finish level, 5 points for firstinnings lead in a drawn match, 3 points for firstinnings deficit in a drawn match, 4 points to each side where the firstinnings scores are level in a drawn match or where there is no result on first innings or where there is no play. 1932  If no play is possible on the first two days, the match to be played under the oneday Laws with 10 points to the winner and 3 points to the loser. 1933  Each team to play a minimum of 24 and a maximum of 32 matches. Position decided on percentage of points gained to points possible. 1938  Position decided by dividing total points by number of matches played, with 12 points for a win, 6 points to each side if scores finish level, 4 points for firstinnings lead in a drawn or lost match, 2 points to each side in a drawn match if firstinnings scores level, if no play on the first two days, the match to be played under the oneday Laws with 8 points for a win. 1946  Each team to play exactly 26 matches. Position decided by most points. 1950  Each team to play exactly 28 matches. 1953  Six points are awared only to the side batting when the scores finish level in a drawn game. 1957  Two points for firstinnings lead in a drawn or lost match, 2 bonus points for the team leading on first innings if it also scores faster by runs per over, where there is no play on the first two thirds of a match which is not played beyond the first innings, 8 points for the side leading on first innings. 1958  Position decided by total points, if equal then by number of wins, if still equal then by bonus points. 2 bonus points for the team leading on first innings if it also scores faster by runs per over at the time of passing the opponent's score. 1960  Teams may play either 28 or 32 matches. Position decided by average points per match, if equal then by greater percentage of wins, if still equal then by greater average of bonus points per match. 1961  Teams are free to forfeit their second innings. Followon not allowed. 6 points for the team batting last in a drawn match unless an innings had been forfeited in which case 2 points. 1963  Each team plays 28 matches. Position decided with 10 points for a win, 5 points to each team for a tie, 5 points to the side batting when scores finish level in a drawn match, 2 points for firstinnings lead, 1 point to each team when first innings tie, if there is no play in the first twothirds of the match and the match is decided on first innings, 6 points to the team scoring most runs, 3 points to the side batting second in such a match if the scores finish level. 1966  The first innings of some matches (102 out of the 238 played, the first 12 matches played by each county on a home and away basis) are restricted to 65 overs, normal play in the return matches and in any matches where teams meet each other only once in the season. Two points for first innings lead, 1 point each for scores level on first innings, these first innings points awarded whatever the result of the match. 1967  65 over restrictions abolished. Position is decided by most points, if equal by most wins with 8 points for a win, 4 points each for a tie, 4 points for the side batting if the scores finish level in a drawn match, 4 points for first innings lead, 2 points each if scores level in first innings, 2 points go only to the side batting if the scores on first innings finish level in a drawn match and the two first innings are not completed, 2 points each for a draw. 1968  Points changed to 10 points for win, 5 points each for a tie, 5 points for the side batting second in a drawn match if scores finish level. Bonus points for first 85 overs of each first innings: batting: 1 point for each 25 runs above 150 scored, bowling: 1 point for each 2 wickets taken. 1969  Each team plays 24 matches. 1972  Each team plays 20 matches. 1973  Bonus points: batting: 75 runs in first 25 overs, 1 point, 150 runs in first 50 overs, 2 points, for each 25 runs over 150 in first 85 overs 1 point, bowling: unchanged. 1974  The first two innings restricted to 200 overs with the team batting first being restricted to 100 overs and any overs unused by the team batting first being added to the allocation for the team batting second. Bonus points: batting: 150 runs, 1 point, 200 runs, 2 points, 250 runs, 3 points, 300 runs, 4 points, bowling: 3 wickets, 1 point, 5 wickets, 2 points, 7 wickets, 3 points, 9 wickets, 4 points. 1975  Bonus point: batting: unchanged, bowling: 34 wickets, 1 point, 56 wickets, 2 points, 78 wickets, 3 points, 910 wickets, 4 points. 1977  Each team plays 22 matches. 12 points awarded for a win. Sponsored by Schweppes. 1979  Six points each awarded for a tie, 8 points to the side batting in a drawn match where the scores finish level. 1981  The 200 overs limit on the first innings is abolished. 16 points awarded for a win, 8 points each for a tie, 8 points to the side batting in a drawn match where the scores finish level. 1983  Each side plays 24 matches. 1984  Sponsored by Britannic Assurance. 1988  Each side plays 22 matches, including 6 fourday matches. 1989  Provision to impose a 25point penalty for a substandard pitch. 1992  Durham are included in the Championship. 1993  Bonus points awarded for achievements only in the first 120 overs of the first innings. Batting: 200 runs, 1 point, 250 runs, 2 points, 300 runs, 3 points, 350 runs, 4 points. Each side plays 17 matches, all fourday. 1995  In addition to the 25point penalty for a pitch unsuitable for firstclass cricket, a penalty of 10 or 15 points may be deducted for a poor pitch. In a oneinnings match, a tie gives 6 points each and the side batting second in a drawn match scores 6 points.
1997  A match abandoned without a ball being bowled now scores 3 points to each side.
1999  12 points for a win, four points for a draw. Now sponsored by ppp Healthcare.
2000 Div 1 2000 Div 2 Bonus points awarded for the first 130 overs: Batting 200 runs, 1 point, 250 runs, 2 points, 300 runs, 3 points, 350 runs, 4 points, 400 runs, 5 points. Bowling 3 wickets, 1 point, six wickets, 2 points, nine wickets, 3 points. Penalty for poor pitches reduced to 8 points, with the provision that this penalty be increased to 12 points if the county has prepared a poor or unfit pitch in the previous 12 months. The Championship splits into two divisions of nine teams each team playing 16 matches. the first promotions  relegations take place at the end of the season.
2001 Div 1 2001 Div 2  CricInfo sponsors the competition, henceforth known as the CricInfo Championship. Bonus points awarded for the first 130 overs: Batting 200 runs, 1 point, 250 runs, 2 points, 300 runs, 3 points, 350 runs, 4 points, 400 runs, 5 points. Bowling 3 wickets, 1 point, six wickets, 2 points, nine wickets, 3 points. If penalty runs are awarded to a team which at that time had faced less than 130 overs in their first innings, or completed their first innings before they had faced 130 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 130 overs or more in their first innings, or had previously completed their first innings after they had faced 130 overs, those penalty runs will be not be considered as counting towards the total as far as the award of bonus points is concerned. 2002  Frizzell County Championship.



 
 
