bonus points



  • noun in various league competitions, points awarded to a team on the basis of its batting and bowling performances. In the English County Championship, a maximum of eight bonus points (on top of the 14 points awarded to the winning side) may be earned by either team for reaching specified targets within (currently) the first 130 overs of each side’s first innings: five batting points, one for each 50 runs scored over 150 (maximum points being reached when 400 runs have been scored); and three bowling points, one point being awarded for the third wicket taken, a second for the sixth wicket, and a third for the ninth. These points are retained regardless of the result of the match.