From the beginning it was just a case of choosing teams on the day, but following some complaints of uneven sides and little chance of a bat or bowl, something had to be done. The board decided to even out the two teams as best as possible in the hope that it will give the greatest opportunity for every player to play a part in the match whilst still maintaining fairness and keeping a competitive edge.
In 2006 a coefficient points scoring system was introduced with all the players previous match statistics given these points to grade them on their overall ability (see scoring system below). Players were then seeded for the teams draw by their total coefficient.
From 2012 their average coefficient score was used as this was deemed to be a fairer reflection of a players true ability. This was calculated by dividing a players total coefficient by matches played. Players who have only played one match have their total coefficient halved to make their average score. In addition, each player receives a loyalty bonus of 25 points for every 5 matches played. This is to reward players who turn up regularly to play.
After the 2018 match, the following scoring amendments were introduced; 1 point for all players who didn't bat, 3 points for a batting innings (previously 1 point) and 5 points for bowling an over (previously 3 points). See player seedings below.
The Seeding Evolution
Stats & Seedings