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Scheduling an amateur cricket league over a 9-year period

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of the Operational Research Society
Issue number11
Volume69
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)1854-1862
Publication statusPublished
Early online date9/01/18
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper describes a scheduling exercise carried out for the Minor Counties’ Cricket Association (MCCA), which runs an amateur league based across England. The MCCA League consists of two divisions of ten teams each, with each team playing three home matches and three away matches each year, with opponents rotating between years; effectively this was scheduled as a double round robin over a three-year period.

Originally the schedules had been repeated on a three-year cycle. However, problems of fairness and balance between years arose, and the MCCA therefore decided they needed to commission the creation of a nine-year schedule – a sextuple round-robin – which would address these equity issues and others. These issues were formulated as soft constraints, some of which related to a nine-year period, and a schedule was successfully produced using a form of Simulated Annealing, operating over a variety of neighbourhoods. The new nine-year schedule is currently in operation.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of the Operational Research Society on 9/1/18, available online: https://tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01605682.2017.1415642