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Tuesday, 09 October 2012 11:42

Cricket: Rankings! Don't shoot the messenger...

It was never going to be easy to establish the country’s first School Cricket Rankings but after many hours and consultations with coaches and players we embraced the task of finding a believable equation that could give a fair reflection of current form.

 

raWhat is particularly challenging with the cricket rankings is that unlike other sports there are three different formats to consider, T20, 50 over and declaration matches, in addition matches are at times rained off and there are also the drawn matches to take into account.

Taking this all into account we devised an equation that would reward a team for a win and also used the winning margin to award bonus points. This allowed for close matches to properly reflect how closely matched the teams were and also it allowed for big victories to show the winning teams dominance.  Rained off matches, tied and drawn matches were awarded a drawn status and points shared.  Teams are also “weighted” or seeded on last year’s performances to allow teams who beat a higher weighted team to earn more bonus points.  These seedings will be adjusted after each season.

Naturally there are always going to be some who disagree and we welcome your observations and will take your suggestions on board.  If you don’t see your school reflected get in touch with us and send us your results for the season to date. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

So taking a look at the current rankings Westville with only two losses  and an unbeaten run at Cape School's Week recently are firmly entrenched at the top and few will disagree that they are a formidable force this year. Pretoria Boy’s and Affies represent the north well and although KES is enjoying a good second half to the year they struggled against lesser opposition in the first term but should start moving up the table with a strong ending to the year.

Let us know your thoughts!

 

 

 

 ED Comments: Since first publishing several matches have been played and other results added which has made a slight impact on the standings. The Top 6 however are very close and there is very little in it. Thank you all for your interest, emails and comments.

 

OCTOBER 6, 2012

RANK

TEAM

PLAYED

AVG PTS

1

WESTVILLE

17

6.7

2

RONDEBOSCH

28

6.6

3

PRETORIA BOYS

20

6.6

4

WYNBERG

18

6.2

5

AFFIES

18

6.2

6

DHS

14

6.1

7

GREY COLLEGE

12

6

8

ST.ALBAN'S

19

5.9

9

PAARL BOYS

10

5.8

10

PAUL ROOS

11

5.7

11

KING EDWARD VII

21

5.7

12

SELBORNE

18

5.7

13

ST.STITHIANS

9

5.7

14

ST.JOHN'S COLLEGE

18

5.6

15

ST.DAVIDS

11

5.5

16

HUDSON PARK

13

5.5

17

CLIFTON COLLEGE

14

5.1

18

KEARSNEY

8

4.6

19

GREY HIGH

9

4.6

20

GLENWOOD

10

4.3

21

ST.ANDREWS COLLEGE

19

4.3

22

SACS

11

4

23

MARITZBURG COLLEGE

22

2.9

24

UNION HIGH

16

2.9

25

MICHAELHOUSE

20

2.7

26

BISHOPS

8

2.1

27

HILTON

18

1.6

28

NORTHWOOD

8

1.4

29

ST.CHARLES COLLEGE

11

1.1

 

 

 

It was never going to be easy to establish the country’s first School Cricket Rankings but after many hours and consultations with coaches and players we embraced the task of finding a believable equation that could give a fair reflection of current form.

What is particularly challenging with the cricket rankings is that unlike other sports there are three different formats to consider, T20, 50 over and declaration matches, in addition matches are at times rained off and there are also the drawn matches to take into account.

Taking this all into account we devised an equation that would reward a team for a win and also used the winning margin to award bonus points. This allowed for close matches to properly reflect how closely matched the teams were and also it allowed for big victories to show the winning teams dominance.  Rained off matches, tied and drawn matches were awarded a drawn status and points shared.  Teams are also “weighted” or seeded on last year’s performances to allow teams who beat a higher weighted team to earn more bonus points.  These seedings will be adjusted after each season.

Naturally there are always going to be some who disagree and we welcome your observations and will take your suggestions on board.  If you don’t see your school reflected get in touch with us and send us your results for the season to date. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

So taking a look at the current rankings Wynberg Boy’s with only two losses are firmly entrenched at the top and few will disagree that they are a formidable force this year. Pretoria Boy’s and Affies represent the north well and although KES is enjoying a good second half to the year they struggled against lesser opposition in the first term but should start moving up the table with a strong ending to the year.

Let us know your thoughts!

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