Mace calls for change of bonus point set-up

SHOT: Charlestown captain Steve Mace out in the middle last weekend. Picture: Marina NeilCharlestown captain Steve Mace has called for a rethink of the bonus point system in one-day matches.
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The inaugural early-season, five-game, 40-over, pink-ball trial finished last weekend with Charlestown narrowly missing top spot in Pool B on quotient to Wests and consequently a Tom Locker Cup final berth.

Charlestown won four times to Wests’ three during the same period but the Rosellas collected six bonus pointsto the Magpies’ two.

Mace believes this anomaly on the Newcastle District Cricket Association first grade competition ladder needs to be addressed, especially considering the points allocated intwo-day matches which start on Saturday.

“The bonus points are too heavily weighted,” Mace said.

“If you play a two-day game over say 180 overs and have a close, hard-fought win after slogging your guts out for 12 hours you getsix points.

“In a one-day game most teams receive eight points for about 50 of 60 overs of work.

“It doesn’t seem right.”

Currently six points are allocated for a win and two for a loss in these limited overs fixtures.

Bonus points come into play, both added and deducted, depending on the severity of the result.

They are based on percentages of the first innings total–either chasing down in quick time or restricting an opposition in reply.

One if the job’s completed between60 and 80 percent and two if under 60 percent.

It meansteams can walk away with six, seven or eight points for a win and two, one or even nonefor a loss.

“It’s not necessarily the team that gets the bonus point has played really well, it’s more often than notthe team that lost it has played really poorly,” Mace said.

“I likethe bonus point because it creates a bit of interest and there’s no perfect system, but it shouldn’t be that way.Maybe one bonus point at about 65 percent. That waythere’s only one bonus point rather than two.”

Bonus point dramasaside, Charlestown sitin a three-way share of second position on the overall standings.

“You’d take that in any five-game period throughout the season let along the start,” Mace said.“It’s a good place to be and hopefully we can go on with it now the two-dayers are here.”

Charlestown host Belmont at Kahibah Oval.

Elsewhere in round six encounters winless Toronto are at home to Wests, ladder-leaders Merewether travel to meet last-placed Cardiff-Boolaroo, defending champions Hamilton-Wickham give up another home game to Wallsend, Waratah-Mayfield play Stockton-Raymond Terraceand University clash with Newcastle City.

Play starts at 11am.

Meanwhile, eight teams have entered the second season ofthe Newcastle-based Sixers Social Women’s Cricket competition which starts at Smith Park on Sunday (4:30pm-6pm).