Out with the Old, In with the New Scoring System

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By Azza Jewell

The biggest change to SuperCoach BBL this season is the new and improved scoring system.

In an attempt to level the playing field between batsmen and bowlers, the folks over at SuperCoach HQ have given the scoring system a few tweaks.

In this article, we’ll take a look at what changes have been made, how those changes would have affected scores in 2019 and also take a look at what players could be underpriced and overpriced as a result of the tweaks.

So, what’s changed?

Points scored for fielding (catches, run outs or stumpings) have remained unchanged and bowlers have only seen a slight change to their scoring system with the only modification to scoring coming in regards to their economy rate bonus, which now comes into effect after 3 overs (last year it was after 2 overs).

Batsmen however have seen a number of changes to the scoring system, with some bonus points taken away and some bonus points added in.

So as you can see, the biggest change comes to the strike rate bonus. Where before you would only score 1 point for every run a player scored above the balls faced, you now score bonus points if your overall strike rate falls within a certain range.

So before, if a batsman scored 28 runs from 18 balls, that would net them a scoring bonus of 10 points (28 – 18 = 10). Now, if a batsman scored 28 runs from 18 balls, they would score 20 bonus points, as their strike rate is 155.55.

It is worth noting that the strike rate bonus is only applied if a batsman scores 20 or more runs, so tailenders that come in for a late whack scoring 14 off 4 balls, you’ll only score 14 points with no bonus points added.

The other change for batsmen is that bonus points for scoring boundaries (4 or 6) have been removed, but in their place is a bonus for scoring over 50 runs and over 100 runs in an innings. SC HQ has confirmed that points are not compounded if a batsmen scores over 100, so if a batsmen scores 121, they don’t receive both the 10 points for scoring 50 and then an additional 20 points for scoring 100, it’s just the one bonus of 20 points that would be applied.

Lastly, the only other change made to the overall scoring system is to the 12th man. In previous years, if the 12th man came onto the field and took part in a match, they would score points, affecting their average and pricing. That has changed and this year the 12th man will not score any points.

Still with me? Good. Because up next, we’re going to take a fascinating look at how the changes would have affected last year’s scores with some examples, and a look at how it would have affected player averages for the season.

Revisiting BBL09

Of the 1342 scores that were registered last year, 739 would not have changed, 90 scores would have increased and 513 would have dropped. A positional breakdown of the score changes is illustrated in the graph below.

This paints an interesting picture as it shows that batsmen have had a much higher proportion of their scores altered compared to their bowling counterparts. Bowlers on the whole part have largely had their scores unaltered.

Now, let’s take a look at a few interesting examples to see the new scoring system in action. (This is also a sneak peak into my secret SC BBL database, shh…)

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Example 1

Taking a look at the table above, Morris scored 11 runs from 5 balls with 2 boundaries and took 1/9 off 2 overs.

Under the previous scoring system, Morris would have scored:

•    11 points for 11 runs

•    6 points for every run above balls faced (11 runs – 5 balls = 6 points)

•    3 points for boundaries scored (1 point for the 4, 2 points for the 6)

•    25 points for 1 wicket

•    7 points for 7 dot balls

•    20 points for an economy rate bonus of between 4.01 and 5

Under the new scoring system, Morris would have scored:

•    11 points for 11 runs scored

•    0 bonus points for batting strike rate or milestones (less than 20 runs scored)

•    25 points for 1 wicket

•    7 points for 7 dot balls

•    0 bonus points for economy rate bonus (less than 3 overs bowled)

So in this example, Morris loses out quite a lot from the lack of bonus points because of his low score and lack of overs bowled. As a result his new score would have been 43, as opposed to 72.

Example 2

Taking a look at the table above, Chris Lynn had a night out against the Sixers, blasting an astonishing 94 runs off 35 balls, including four 4s and eleven 6s, with a remarkable strike rate of 268.57.

Using the old scoring system, Lynn would have scored:

•    94 points for the 94 runs

•    59 points for every run above balls faced (94 runs – 35 balls = 59 points)

•    4 points for the four 4s

•    22 points for the eleven 6s

Under the new system, Lynn would have scored:

•    94 points for the 94 runs

•    25 bonus points for a strike rate of higher than 160.

In this example, Lynn loses out on quite a lot of extra points, dropping from 189 to 139 points scored.

Example 3

The final example looking at the table is Mohammad Nabi’s performance against the Sixers. Here he scored 20 runs off 13 balls, and took 1/27 off 3 overs.

Using the old scoring system, Nabi would have scored:

•    20 points for the 20 runs

•    7 points for every run above balls faced (20 runs – 13 balls = 7 points)

•    2 points for boundaries scored

•    25 points for 1 wicket

•    5 points for 5 dot balls

•    -1 point for 1 wide delivery

Under the new scoring system, Nabi would have scored:

•    20 points for 20 runs

•    20 bonus points for strike rate between 150-159.9

•    25 points for 1 wicket

•    5 points for 5 dot balls

•    -1 point for 1 wide delivery

So here, the points scored from bowling doesn’t change, but Nabi is given a little boost because of the new bonus points for batting strike rate, which kicked in since Nabi scored 20 runs, the minimum score to obtain the strike rate bonus. This ends up resulting in Nabi moving from 68 points to 79 points.

Now the big question, if this new scoring system was in place in 2019, who would have been in the top players? Let’s take a look, shall we?

Top 10 BBL SuperCoach Players in BBL09

Minimum of 5 games

It’s clear that BWL and BAT/BWL players were the absolute standout from last year’s season, with only 13 BAT or WKP/BAT in the top 50.

Now, if we adjusts the scores from last year to the new scoring system, the top 10 would have looked like this:

Top 10 BBL SuperCoach Players in BBL09 (score adjusted)

Minimum of 5 games

So…the top 10 doesn’t change that much. Abbott gets a nice little boost, and Maxwell and Stoinis make way for two pure BWLs in Pattinson and Meredith.

So what else can these changes tell us? Well, because the 2020 prices are derived from last year’s averages, we can now take an interesting look into the averages to see what players are now overpriced and what players are underpriced.

Overpriced vs Underpriced Players

Before we jump in, it’s first good to understand how prices are calculated for the season ahead.

Each player’s price is directly attributed to their previous year’s average. The folks over at SC HQ use a special “magic number” and multiply that with their average to arrive at the price for the next year.

By taking a look at this year’s prices and last year’s averages, we can calculate with some certainty that the magic number for 2020 is……2862.

Now that we have this number, we can use the adjusted average of players and calculate a players “real price” for 2020, and we’ll start by doing this for players that I believe are overpriced.

Overpriced Players

There are quite a number of players that have suffered a bit of bad luck with the changes to the scoring system, none more so than the following four players.

Essentially, these players cost approximately $20,000 more than they should, which means you probably should think before picking them, as they will have an inflated breakeven in their first few games which will likely result in negative cash generation, which is something you want to avoid.

Underpriced Players

But with the bad, comes the good, and here are four players you should consider targeting as they have been given a bit of an average boost thanks to the scoring system tweaks.

Now these players have the rub of the green all season long, with nice little bumps to their averages, which means that they’ll have lower breakevens early in the season, which we can capitalise on, especially with someone like Chris Green who has been enjoying some form in the Carribean Premier League.


If you reached the end of this, well done! You should now be an expert on the scoring system, its nuances and what players to look out for and those to avoid. Congratulations!

The biggest thing to take away from this is that the changes to the scoring system haven’t impacted pure bowlers and it will have some impact to bowling all-rounders, probably favouring those that love a little smash because of the new strike rate bonus, like Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi or Matthew Short. 

Batsmen haven’t fared as well as hoped, with those making big scores like Stoinis and Lynn find themselves missing out on boundary bonuses and points for every run scored above balls and should probably be rethinked in your squad for 2020.

Tell us: Who is your value pick for 2020?

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Awesome work. I spent most of yesterday working through rescoring 4 BBL09 games from last years scoring to this years to determine the difference (before I found your article)…. I’d love your database!. Thank you for sharing your insights. However one small issue with your calculation which I hope you don’t mind me pointing out… points scored for a wicket have dropped this year from 25 to 20 and that doesn’t seem to be factored in to your calcs. So I think bowlers (and BAT/BWL) do a little worse than you suggest. If you were to run this through your data what would this change in your list of under/overpriced players? Thanks.

Bill Jones

Thanks for this. Some seriously good insights here and really comprehensive. The change in the bowler economy from 2 to 3 overs I consider fair change but personally don’t like the new batting scoring system. Passing 20 runs now becomes a really key milestone especially when strike rate is high and in my mind it will tend to lower the scores for batsmen unless they are consistently posting scores in the 20-30 range. A batsman who scores 90 off 30 (similar to the Lynn example) now gets the same strike rate bonus (excluding the 50+ bonus) as tailender with 20 off 12.

Similarly consider this, a batsman is on 19 off 10 and skies one.
Scenario A: Catch is taken – total points 19. 
Scenario B: Catch is dropped single taken and then out next ball – total points 45.
It more than doubles score following one additional run.