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Scheduling an amateur cricket league over a 9-year period. / Wright, Michael Bruce.

In: Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol. 69, No. 11, 2018, p. 1854-1862.

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Wright, MB 2018, 'Scheduling an amateur cricket league over a 9-year period', Journal of the Operational Research Society, vol. 69, no. 11, pp. 1854-1862. https://doi.org/10.1080/01605682.2017.1415642

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Wright, Michael Bruce. / Scheduling an amateur cricket league over a 9-year period. In: Journal of the Operational Research Society. 2018 ; Vol. 69, No. 11. pp. 1854-1862.

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