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I run the stats for a cricket comp, and at the end of the season the point table looks like this:

TEAM    P   W   D   L   FIP BP  PTS
Ninjas  6   3   1   2   10  6   30
Charger 6   3   0   3   8   6   26
Hawks   6   3   2   1   4   6   26
Wolves  6   1   1   4   2   2   10

And because I store everything in a database running a query gives it to me automatically.

For the finals, top of the ladder (Ninjas) goes through to the final, and will play the winner of 2 v 3. The Chargers and Hawks are level on points. Head to head between Chargers and Hawks is 1 all. Should the Chargers be in second or the Hawks to get the home semi?

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closed as primarily opinion-based by Spinner, hims056, wax eagle, ᴍᴀsᴛᴇʀᴍɪɴᴅ_ᴇᴅ Sep 19 '13 at 15:26

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What is FIP and BP? – hims056 Sep 19 '13 at 4:35
@hims056 first innings points and bonus points. – user1672694 Sep 19 '13 at 7:37
As @hims056 has indicated, there is no universal rule to decide which team qualifies. Each tournament has its own rules. Therefore this question cannot be answered without knowing what the rules are of this tournament. If this is a tournament that you have organised, then you can decide what rules to apply (e.g. most FIP points; most FP points; toss of a coin; etc.). Ideally, though, this should have been done before the tournament starts, to avoid complaints. – Spinner Sep 19 '13 at 11:30
@user1672694 First, welcome to Sports SE! Happy to have you. Second, let's keep it cordial. Our users are here to help you. If there is something they don't understand, they are requesting clarification. Thus, this detail they are requesting will potentially help them answer your question. – ᴍᴀsᴛᴇʀᴍɪɴᴅ_ᴇᴅ Sep 19 '13 at 14:17
There are no universal rules on this. The Universe doesn't ordain how tournaments should be run, the organisers of each one need to decide on the rules for their tournament. As the organisor of this one, you'll have to make that decision. There's no objective moral philosophy out there that can give you this answer. If you haven't made the rules in advance and now find yourself in a sticky situation where your ruling will decide who goes through then simply acknowledge that and make a decision. There is no Oracle that will allow you to out-source that decision at this point. – Bogdanovist Sep 20 '13 at 1:56

The rules regarding berth in the semi-finals/finals in case of equal points are defined for particular tournament. E.g. in the West Indies Tri-Nation Series, 2013 (Between West Indies, India and Sri Lanka) the rules regarding berth in the finals in case of equal points were as follow:

In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

  • The team with the most number of wins
  • If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins
  • If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points
  • If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

So the above rules were for that particular tournament. Take a look at another example: In the ICC Champions Trophy, 2013 the rules for berth in semi-finals were as follow:

In the event of teams finishing on equal points in its Group, the right to play in the semi-finals will be decided in the following order of priority:

  • The team with the more wins in the Group stage will be placed in the higher position.
  • If there are teams with equal points and equal wins in the Group stage then in such case the team with the higher net run rate in the Group stage will be placed in the higher position (refer below for the calculation of net run rate).
  • If still equal, the team which was the winner of the head to head match played between them will be placed in the higher position.
  • In the highly unlikely event that teams cannot be separated by the above this will be done by drawing lots.
  • If all of the matches within a Group are a no result, the top two seeded teams will progress to the semi-finals.

Since there are different rules for different tournaments we can't say which team will progress to the final in the above case. Also you can see such rules for the current tournament from Just go to the series page -> open Point Table. Such rules are available in the Point Table page.

E.g. Champions League Twenty20, 2013/14 -> the Point Table page.

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@user1672694 - I didn't say I don't know. I said the rules for different tournaments are different. So you need to specify the tournament you are talking about. Then we can answer exact who will progress.. – hims056 Sep 19 '13 at 8:36
@user1672694 hims056 is requesting more detail about the specifics of the tournament, the series of rules, etc. you present. This will help him answer the question. Being defensive to these requests will not help you in obtaining an adequate answer. – ᴍᴀsᴛᴇʀᴍɪɴᴅ_ᴇᴅ Sep 19 '13 at 14:21
@user1672694 From what I gather, you ask who should be ranked higher (Chargers or Hawks) given equal points. The answer has been, "there is no universal rule." hims056 has provided examples of how other tournaments handle it because there is no universal rule. So, what the rules should be is based on what tournament and/of set of rules you are following, which seems to be generic and unspecified. Hence, the questions. – ᴍᴀsᴛᴇʀᴍɪɴᴅ_ᴇᴅ Sep 19 '13 at 14:31
@user1672694 Hence, your question has been closed for being "primarily opinion-based." Our users have provided facts and references to help you out, but you are requesting opinions on how to handle your specific situation. Please review the link above and our help center for more information. – ᴍᴀsᴛᴇʀᴍɪɴᴅ_ᴇᴅ Sep 19 '13 at 15:29
No, examples is not specific, it's not answerable (in any coherent way). You're asking a question with no right answer. You want a question that might have several dozen correct answers, with no qualifications on how to test said potentially correct answers. If you want help devising a tiebreaker scheme, then give some requirements for what kind of outcome you desire. Asking what every league ever does is silly. – wax eagle Sep 19 '13 at 15:56

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