Lythless!

Adam Lyth will always hold a place in my heart, if not for the highest but for the best ever innings that I’ve played on a computer game…

https://sillypointcricket.com/2017/03/09/a-lyth-less-ordinary/

His 120 in a ODI against the mighty Nepal on Don Bradman Cricket 17 may have been in a losing cause but was a mighty fine knock.

Unfortunately, having spent a Telegraph Fantasy Cricket captaincy transfer on him, I would’ve welcomed better than a duck (-20).

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/scorecard/ECKO44959

He better take some catches and wickets is all that I can say!

Telegraph Fantasy Cricket: CC/ODC – Early Season Update

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After two rounds of the County Championship and before we hit the One-Day Cup trail, I thought that I’d provide an update of how I’m getting along.

The main graphic at the top of this post details my current positions in the table and I’m optimistic that I can build on a respectable if not sensational start. Having said that, my top ranked team is placed in an encouraging 524th position.

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Based on where one of my team’s were sitting at one stage, there are at least 7,500 entrants in the game. For the record, the 100th placed team has 2,410 points. 1st place has 3,096 though I’m only around 500 points off being placed in the top ten! As you can see, there’s only about 400 points separating my top two teams but nearly 3,000 positions between them.

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Remember that some teams didn’t play in the first round of matches so have only played once not twice. This was critical to my team selection thus far. I’ve managed to ensure that I’ve had at least ten if not all eleven players playing and have only made one (Out of 30) of my transfers in any of my teams. That could change though as I potentially tinker a little for the One-Day Cup. The fact that the cup is played in a block means that I accept making a couple of transfers to commit to the One-Day competition.

Will players like Harry Brook, Jack Burnham and Matt Milnes play the white-ball games?

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Milnes has been one of my good left-field picks. I selected him off the back of claiming some wickets in a university warm-up match. He’s only ever played First Class cricket but I fancy that we’ll see a white-ball debut soon.

Wicketkeeper Ricardo Vasconcelos (Selected by 5.5%) who produced a knock of 184 against Glamorgan, Durham’s Gareth Harte (2%) and a sneakily snuck in Marnus Labuschagne (1.5%) who scored a ton and claimed three wickets on debut, are other slightly under the radar players that have contributed well for me. Harte and Labuschagne are both listed as batsmen but have contributed with the ball. That was no fluke but a significant part of why I selected them. It’s my team that has a batting line-up of specialist batsman that has particularly struggled but I’ll maintain the faith for the start of the One-Day Cup at least.

Getting your captain (They score double points) correct is vital.

I’ll stick with Liam Dawson and David Wiese who’ve made vital contributions for me as well as Steven Mullaney who should be effective in fifty-over cricket.

I’ll almost certainly change Toby Roland-Jones though as I think I need captains who are more certain of getting a bat in the One-Day Cup. Based on his performances in the County Championship thus far, Roland-Jones is clearly still re-discovering his groove. He may well stay in one of my team’s but not as captain.

Roland-Jones’ Middlesex skipper Dawid Malan has made vital contributions with both bat and ball for me, as he bids for an England recall and another shot at Ashes glory.

Keaton Jennings is captain of my wife’s team that she selected though I’m providing transfer consultancy during the course of the campaign. Typically at this stage she’s ahead of three of my teams! I anticipate that KJ will bowl a bit in the one-dayers so could rack up some points. I really do think that your captain must be some form of all-rounder. If you’re skipper is purely a batsman and they score 0 (-20=-40) and 4 ala Ben Duckett this week then you’re relying on catches to get said player back in the black. As for Gareth Ice Berg who made a pair against Yorkshire… I’m glad that I didn’t provide him with the captain’s armband!

Should I bring players like Alex Hales, Luke Wright or Ross Taylor, signed by Middlesex exclusively for the One-Day Cup, into my team?

The New Zealander is a specialist batsman so won’t take any bonus wickets. He’s normally a good catcher though, so I’ll see how many people pick him. I don’t want to select him if everybody else does. I want to get points that other participants in the game aren’t getting. Hales, Wright and Taylor are currently selected by next to nobody but that could change over the course of the next couple of days as participants tinker for the One-Day Cup. Of course transferring these players in will cost two out of thirty season transfers because they’ll need transferring out again.

What about this guy?

Come tuesday night, I’ll be scouring the club website’s (All of them!) for squad news.

I’ll provide a further update of my progress after the group stages of the One-Day Cup are complete.

Telegraph Fantasy Cricket: CC/ODC 2019

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Hi followers

Above is my Telegraph Fantasy Cricket team for the 2019 campaign. This covers both the County Championship and One-Day Cup. My wife has also selected a team and I’ve selected a team for each of my daughters and a family composite. I’m optimistic that all my teams will be competitive but the above is my first XI.

In my batting unit, I expect Mullaney, Westley and Mitchell to all contribute with the ball as well as with the bat.  Jonny Tattersall is surely a shoe-in as wicketkeeper for Yorkshire so there’s additional points to be had there too. I refer to these players as dual-function cricketers and see these sort of selections are essential for my team. They’re dual-function cricketers who are likely to play in both formats of the game… points, points, points!

Ben Foakes, unfortunately unlikely to be involved with England assumes the gloves and the captaincy. Remember that your captain cores double points!

Ryan Higgins and Ed Barnard have been stand out performers on the domestic circuit in recent seasons and select themselves as my all-rounders. Higgins had previously been listed as a batsman but the correct call has been made to label him as an all-rounder. It’s odd that Tattersall isn’t listed as a wicketkeeper though when there’s really no other option at Yorkshire.

Mohammad Abbas has been phenomenal in the past at Leicestershire and I expect him to prosper again. Steven Finn is one who won’t be fancied by many but at domestic level he should be reliable in both formats. Rated only 1, Stuart Whittingham is a player that I see getting plenty of game time at Gloucestershire following the departure of a couple of senior bowlers. I wouldn’t normally advocate selecting England players but with a lot of one-day matches early in the campaign, Liam Plunkett will be bursting a gut to get on the field at new side Surrey and make sure that he doesn’t slip out of England’s World Cup reckoning. I can then make transfers if necessary.

Telegraph Fantasy Cricket isn’t exactly cheap to play and the cash prizes on offer aren’t  life changing. I’ve paid £20.00 for ten credits. I can use these in the T20 competition and the World Cup edition however the World Cup edition is £4 not £2 per credit!

I’ll let you know how it goes and good luck if you’re participating.

Telegraph Fantasy Cricket 2019

Telegraph Fantasy Cricket is nearly here folks…

https://fantasycricket.telegraph.co.uk/county/

Checkout the player list below…

https://fantasycricket.telegraph.co.uk/cricket/county/pdf/TFC2019-county-player-list.pdf

Some debatable categorising of players as usual. Such things could be crucial.

I’ll be drafting my teams as soon as I get home! Looking forward to the as promised World Cup edition too.

Take care folks

How to Select a Telegraph Fantasy Cricket Team

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Hi all

Please have a listen to my latest audiocast on how to select your Telegraph Fantasy Cricket Team…

Good luck in 2019 folks!

Disclaimer: I forget to mention, I’m not a fan of gambling in sport but believe that a bit of fantasy cricket, football or whatever can be healthy when played in moderation!

Telegraph Fantasy Cricket: CC/ODC 2018 – Season Review

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It says it all that my Fifth XI finished the 2018 County Championship campaign as my top team!

Tom Bailey (1912), Ryan Higgins (1819) and Morne Morkel (1636), when he eventually got going, led the way for me. However an overall position of 7454th is nothing to write home about!

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As the above graphic displays, Kent’s Kiwi quick Matt Henry, his domestic teammate and potential England Test debutant Joe Denly and Sussex’s former Yorkshire tearaway Ollie Robinson led the way in the overall points scoring. Ollie Robinson, oh look, another player that Yorkshire have either failed to develop or/and allowed to blossom elsewhere (Carver, Rhodes, Lees?)! There’s a theme developing here isn’t there?

Ed Barnard, Tom Bailey, Ryan Higgins and James Hildreth all made my England Ignored XI…

https://sillypointcricket.com/2018/09/27/england-ignored-xi/

… having been consistent performers throughout the campaign. Please remember that this competition was specific to the County Championship (First Class) and One-Day Cup (List A). The T20 Blast had a completely separate fantasy competition.

My five teams did at least resign my wife and daughter’s XIs to the bottom of the family table. Anyway, there’s always next year!