Cricket 19: Practice Makes, Errr… ?

Our first match, an unofficial T20, ended in a six wicket defeat.

We posted 106 from 19.1 overs. Five batsmen reached double figures but Dylan Roberts’ 16 was the top score. Though our batsmen displayed competence, an ability to find the boundary was almost non-existent. Opener Aled Edwards (13) struck our solitary six. The opposition wicketkeeper claimed 8 (EIGHT) catches… in a T20!

Despite defending less than a run-ball, our bowlers and fielders stuck to task. Three bowlers each claimed a wicket. Left-arm seamer Rhys Evans had the honour of claiming our first (Though admittedly unofficial wicket) by clipping the top of off stump, courtesy of a beautiful inswinging delivery to the right-handed batsman. Roberts, who dropped a straight-forward catch, also executed a run out. The amateur opposition eased home however with more than five overs to spare.

We fared a little better in our second game. This time we totalled 125, only losing our final wicket to the last ball of the innings. Once again Roberts (20) looked assured at number three, after both our openers had fallen for single figure scores. For the second game in a row, a number of batsmen made starts but it was fast bowler Dwayne Alexander (21 from 14) at number nine, that propelled us to 125.

Four bowlers each claimed one wicket but our opponents were able to find the boundary regularly enough. We did at least take the game a little deeper in the innings but once again succumbed to a six wicket defeat.

We then moved onto our first official match against Glamorgan. Inserted to bat, our opening duo of Stephen Shah (16) and Aled Edwards (27) laid the foundations with a healthy opening stand of 48. Sadly, in-form Dylan Roberts fell for a golden duck on professional debut whilst wicketkeeper Rhodri Thomas didn’t fare much better, registering the silver version. From 48-0 we slipped to 73-6, in the main because of the opposition’s star spin bowler.

Captain Ioan Powell (23) and Cai Hughes (16) combined for 33 to keep us ticking over and once again Dylan Alexander (14*) helped take us to a respectable 130-9.

We effected a run out early in Glamorgan’s chase before Rhys Evans claimed our first official (Having claimed our premier unofficial) wicket. We put Glamorgan on the back foot at 29-3 and soon had them reeling at 60-6. From 75-7 they recovered to 104 before we claimed the eighth wicket. Despite a dropped catch late in the piece to blemish an excellent fielding performance and a little wobble (Overthrows and a wide) in the final over, we sealed a ground-breaking victory by 12 runs. Leg-spinner Eifion Williams (2-19) and the aforementioned Rhys Evans (2-27) both claimed two wickets but all our bowlers maintained excellent economy rates.

The result was the… result of an excellent team effort as well as astute leadership. It’s provided the team with a huge morale boost ahead of our first full international against England.

Look out for a full match report from the big day!

Disclaimer: I’m playing on Hardest difficulty level. All Wales players, kit and stadium are my own creation.

Cricket 19: Wales – A New Dawn!

Following the latest patch on Cricket 19, it is with regret that I have retired my French team. However, when one door closes another opens… and so, I invite you to join me as I lead a newly independent Welsh cricket team into the competitive world of full international cricket.

Our inaugural fixture will be a one-off T20 International against England at our newly constructed Wales Stadium. Well, actually, there’ll be a practice match or two, a T20 against Glamorgan then our first full international against our neighbourly rivals (Or rival neighbours). There will then follow three ODIs and a solitary Test as we face a baptism of fire against the might of England.

Look out for match reports soon, where new Welsh cricket fans will be introduced to players such as captain Ioan Powell, wicketkeeper Rhodri Thomas and exciting fast bowler Dwayne Alexander.

We’ll keep you updated regarding future fixtures/tours so that you can follow our young and exciting team across the globe.

In anticipation of your support… thank you.

Cricket 19: Howzat!

Hi guys

Some of you may be aware that Big Ant have released a new patch for Cricket 19. Said patch has fundamentally changed the game. The batsmen’s movement is restricted and shot power/timing has been diminished. This seems to stem from people playing online getting frustrated at batsmen standing outside off stump and smacking predominantly spin bowlers for 6 behind square leg… yeah, like I did (Offline) and I enjoyed it!

Now I don’t necessarily take issues with the changes making the game harder and maybe more real (I was trying to score more on the off side) though some leeway needs to be provided regarding the batsmen’s ability to move across his stumps. Currently, he (Or she) is far too restricted. What I take issue with is that I’m now not playing the same game so all the effort I’ve put into my France career is compromised. I’ve bought all Big Ant’s cricket games, persevered through some shocking bugs, spent £40+ on this one, played it for over a year, enjoyed it… and now it’s been changed. I don’t mind the challenge but having seen my players improve and produce career best performances in my last match, I’m now starting again, effectively playing on a higher skill level. That ruins the fantasy of my players stats and career development. I like consistency. I’m happy to play the ‘new’ game but I’ll have to start a new team (And that is a big piece of work… for Big Ant to then undo or at least compromise on the patch). Like I say, I don’t mind the new challenge but it’s just ruined the purity of my players’ stats that I follow keenly. Christophe Martinez scored 182* in my last match and Maxime Bernard 31 on debut after a duck in the first innings. They both just got out for 6 which could well have happened anyway… but they got out and I didn’t score runs because of the changes. I don’t mind as such but it flaws the consistency and so I’ll have to start from scratch! I enjoyed playing as France but only played about a dozen matches in each format. I wanted to see my team develop over a lot more.

I absolutely love bowling on this game. Getting a nick to the keeper off a pace bowler, an LBW or a spinner knocking over the stumps. It’s so real! Yet that too is ruined by the catching lottery. Will we get the chance to catch the ball? Will the computer do it? Will they catch it or won’t they? And as for some of the overthrows, boundary fielding, run outs and quick leg byes while the wicketkeeper lies on the floor!

I’ve praised this game but by game five we should expect a marked improvement, in fundamental gameplay let alone Career content for example.

I’m not sure what I’ll do. Creating and playing as France made sense to me and I really aren’t sure who to create to start afresh. It’s a big ask creating all the players, kits and stadium. I expect Big Ant to revisit this patch but the game will still have changed and that has compromised my efforts. I might sound like I take this too seriously but… I do! It’s a little bit of fantasy and there are worse hobbies (I think!). For the makers of the game to just change the skill level/run scoring opportunity of a game I’ve enjoyed playing for so long isn’t on. I was playing this game full throttle in the past week… now I’m not!

Cricket 19: Tour of Ireland Schedule/Squad Announcement

Schedule: One Test, Three ODIs & One T20I (All matches to be played in Malahide).

Test Squad: Maxime Bernard, Enzo Petit, Christophe Martinez, Youssef Rizvi, Louis Petit, Zvonimir Pitko, Marwan Leroy (Wicketkeeper), Xavier Le Tallec (Captain), Anthony Toure, Louis Martin, Mehdi Qadri, Zidane Thomas, Alexandre Rivière

ODI Squad: Maxime Bernard, Jean-Luc Chevalier, Christophe Martinez, Zvonimir Pitko, Louis Petit, Zidane Thomas, Hugo Olivier (Wicketkeeper), Xavier Le Tallec (Captain), Paco Georges, Phillipe La Roux, Bruno Hernandez, Gilles Smith, Maurice Noe, Incroyable Mpenza

T20I Squad: Hippolyte Gregory, Jean-Luc Chevalier, Zidane Thomas, Matteo Phillipe, Louis Petit, Christophe Martinez, Hugo Olivier (Wicketkeeper), Xavier Le Tallec (Captain), Gabin Sauvage, Phillipe La Roux, Incroyable Mpenza, Gaspard Harris-Gourcuff, Thibaut Keller

Disclaimer: Big Ant have released a new patch that has fundamentally altered the batting dynamics. It probably isn’t going to be very pretty!

Cricket 19: Ceylon Brew!

T20 warm-up match: Dambulla

Dambulla 91 (Sutton 38*, Patel 25, Goswami 10/Qadri 6-19, L.Petit 1-2, Georges 1-23)

France 92-4 (Thomas 33, L.Petit 20*, Gregory 12/Goswami 3-27, Soni 1-34)

Won by 6 wickets

1st T20I: Dambulla

France 112 (Bernard 28, L.Petit 20, Chevalier 15/Lakmal 2-21, Vandersay 2-31/Malinga 1-13)

Sri Lanka 114-1 (K Perera 64*, Thirimanne 25*, K Mendis 24/L. Petit 1-25, Le Tallec 0-7, La Roux 0-26)

Lost by 9 wickets

2nd T20I: Kandy

France 165 (L.Petit 52, Martinez 34, Georges 18*/de Silva 4-16, Pradeep 4-44, Lakmal 1-7)

Sri Lanka 167-1 (K. Perera 76*, Thirimanne 49*, K Mendis 37/Qadri 1-39, Chevalier 0-7, Le Tallec 0-16)

Lost by 9 wickets

3rd T20I: Kandy

Sri Lanka 179-7 (K. Mendis 86, K. Perera 41, de Silva 19/Martinez 3-15, Pitko 1-23, Dubois 1-24)

France 171-8 (Le Tallec 47, Gregory 31, Chevalier 30/de Silva 3-26, Pradeep 2-36, Malinga 1-31)

Lost by 8 runs

Lost the series 3-0

List A warm-up match: Colombo

France 196 (Thomas 47, Bernard 46, Besson 24/Puri 3-71, Hardy 3-65, Anne 2-34)

Colombo 199-8 (Puri 94*, Sampson 34, Anne 17/La Roux 3-32, Dubois 2-22, Thomas 1-25)

Lost by 2 wickets

1st ODI: Colombo

France 215 (Martinez 69, Bernard 29, Olivier 27/de Silva 2-1, Malinga 2-48, T. Perera 1-31)

Sri Lanka 216-8 (K.Perera 81, Karunaratne 34, Thirimanne 27, Martinez 3-35, La Roux 2-31, Le Tallec 1-32)

Lost by 2 wickets

2nd ODI: Galle

Sri Lanka 273-8 (Thirimanne 120*, Karunaratne 38, K. Perera 38/Hernandez 3-41, Thomas 1-44, Chevalier 1-50)

France 275-6 (Pitko 82*, L.Petit 39*, Olivier 34/Vandersay 2-30, Udana 2-59, Malinga 1-44)

Won by 4 wickets

3rd ODI: Galle

France 283 (Pitko 88, Martinez 40, Chevalier 31/Udana 4-60, de Silva 3-9, Malinga 2-46)

Sri Lanka 237-7 (Udana 63*, Pradeep 57*, Matthews 33/L.Petit 3-38, Gregory 1-19, Le Tallec 1-22)

Won by 46 runs

Won the series 2-1

First Class warm-up match: Colombo

France 421-9 declared (E.Petit 133, Chevalier 102, Toure 62/Puri 6-92, Anne 2-98, Jayaraman 1-101)

Colombo 263 (Thirimanne 86, de Silva 71, Chaudhari 34/Qadri 3-48, Toure 2-44, Keller 1-36)

France 158 (Keller 57, Rizvi 32, Sauvage 16/Chada 5-26, Anne 3-97, Farman 2-29)

Colombo 318-4 (Sarma 177*, Jayaraman 104, Thirimanne 17/Rizvi 1-11, Martin 1-33, Sauvage 1-53)

Lost by 6 wickets

1st Test: Colombo

Sri Lanka 259 (Siriwardene 122, Fernando 37, Lakmal 36/Qadri 3-32, L. Petit 3-49, Le Tallec 1-37)

France 257 (Pitko 52, E.Petit 37, L. Petit 29/Vandersay 5-62, Lakmal 3-53, Pradeep 1-67)

Sri Lanka 267 (Fernando 143, Matthews 43, K.Mendis 18/L.Petit 3-23, Qadri 3-65, Toure 2-66)

France 271-8 (E.Petit 115*, Rizvi 49, Martinez 24/de Silva 3-29, Lakmal 2-53, Vandersay 2-76)

Won by 2 wickets

2nd Test: Kandy

France 254 (L.Petit 57, Chevalier 38, Toure 29*/Lakmal 4-32, de Silva 2-28, J Mendis 1-44)

Sri Lanka 405 (K.Mendis 169, Siriwardene 72*, J Mendis 65/Le Tallec 2-27, Martinez 2-33, Qadri 2-63)

France 254 (Rizvi 75, Leroy 41*, Le Tallec 31/J.Mendis 3-28, Vandersay 3-61, Pradeep 3-61)

Sri Lanka 104-2 (Fernando 43*, K.Mendis 34, J.Mendis 20*/Qadri 1-19, Martin 1-23, Le Tallec 0-3)

Lost by 8 wickets

3rd Test: Dambulla

France 464 (E.Petit 179, L.Petit 106, Rizvi 35/Lakmal 3-84, Pradeep 3-123, Vandersay 3-145)

Sri Lanka 391 (de Silva 116, J.Mendis 92, Fernando 88/Martinez 2-32, Qadri 2-91, Martin 2-122)

France 538 (Martinez 182* Rizvi 94, Le Tallec 69/Vandersay 6-187, de Silva 2-66, Lakmal 1-71)

Sri Lanka 597 (Fernando 174, de Silva 143, Mathews 95/L.Petit 3-110, Qadri 3-129, Pitko 1-59)

Won by 14 runs

Won the series 2-1

Disclaimer: I’m currently playing some A Team games. This will provide experience to some of the extended squad members and allow them to push for full international honours. An announcement regarding future fixtures and squads will be announced shortly. I hope to find the time to get back to writing full reports on at least some matches as I’d like to think that’d be a bit more appealable to followers than just perusing short scorecards!

Cricket Captain 2020 – Failing to Get Over the Line in Season Nine!

After nine seasons of County Championship division one cricket under my leadership, it all came crashing to an end. There would be no last day of the season rescue job this time.

Needing to not just beat Glamorgan but thrash them in the final round of games to send them down instead of us, we just couldn’t do what we did against Derbyshire last year (Please refer to the scorecard above).

Our batting unit actually performed well. Opener Matthew Revis (1227) led the way with the likes of James Wharton and Josh Phillipe among others also contributing significantly. Our bowling unit wasn’t too bad either but the experienced duo of Ben Coad and Sam Cook, released at the end of last season, were missed. Spinner James Logan topped the charts with a healthy 67 wickets.

Sadly we finished bottom of our group in both One-Day and T20 cricket for the second consecutive season.

I’m delighted to confirm that I’ll remain in my role and look forward to helping the club regain its first division status. Joe Root has retired whilst George Hill and Jared Warner have not had their contracts renewed. Australian pacer Richard Hunt joins us for T20 cricket only.

Cricket Captain 2020 – Six Seasons In!

The 2025 (I think!) campaign was by far our most respectable to date. In the County Championship we finished fourth for the second consecutive season. Once again Jon Baldwin (1242) and Sam Cook (47) topped the run scoring and wicket taking charts respectively in the First Class format

In the One-Day competition we placed a respectable 6th in our group. Jon Francis (642) and Ed Barnes (15) led the way stats wise, the former chalking up three tons and a 99 in a scintillating run of form at the top of the order.

We even performed a bit better in Twenty20 cricket by finishing 7th. Fred Albright (483) did alright and overseas player Scott Collins (21) earned his generous salary.

Harry Brook experienced a renaissance, scoring over 1052 County Championship runs including three hundreds. Brook benefited from an injury to James Wharton and didn’t look back!

As we look to ahead to 2026, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Jack Shutt and Scott Collins have not had their contracts renewed. Kohler-Cadmore has barely featured at all in recent seasons due to The Hundred and England duty. We would’ve liked to retain Jack Shutt but due to finances and lack of playing time it’s probably in everybody’s best interests if he moves on at this stage. Collins won’t be available for the whole of next season and his salary is a strain on our finances. We have limited coaching and physio resources for the upcoming season having had an abundance this year.

Disclaimer: Had I not made a selection cock-up I’d like to think that Baldwin would’ve scored even more County Championship runs!

Cricket 19: Sri Lanka Tour Itinery/Squad Announcements

Please find below the details of what promises to be our most demanding tour to date. Fixtures have been confirmed with the Sri Lankan board and squads finalised following the completion of two practice matches.

T20I squad: Jean-Luc Chevalier (VC), Hippolyte Gregory, Zidane Thomas, Matteo Phillipe, Louis Petit, Christophe Martinez, Maxime Bernard (W), Xavier Le Tallec (C), Paco Georges, Phillipe La Roux, Mehdi Qadri, Zvonimir Pitko, Leo Baptiste, Hugo Olivier (W), Anthony Toure, Antoine Dubois

T20 warm-up match: Dambulla

1st T20I: Dambulla

2nd T20I: Kandy

3rd T20I: Kandy

ODI squad: Jean-Luc Chevalier (VC), Hippolyte Gregory, Christophe Martinez, Maxime Bernard (W), Louis Petit, Zidane Thomas, Hugo Olivier (W), Xavier Le Tallec (C), Paco Georges, Phillipe La Roux, Mehdi Qadri, Matteo Phillipe, Zvonimir Pitko, Raphael Besson, Anthony Toure, Antoine Dubois, Bruno Hernandez

One-Day warm-up match: Colombo

1st ODI: Colombo

2nd ODI: Galle

3rd ODI: Galle

Test squad: Jean-Luc Chevalier (VC), Enzo Petit, Christophe Martinez, Yussuf Rizvi, Louis Petit, Zidane Thomas, Marwan Leroy (W), Xavier Le Tallec (C), Anthony Toure, Louis Martin, Mehdi Qadri, Zvonimir Pitko, Gabin Sauvage, Maxime Bernard (W), Antoine Dubois, Bruno Hernandez, Thibaut Keller

First Class warm-up match: Colombo

1st Test: Colombo

2nd Test: Kandy

3rd Test: Dambulla

Cricket 19: Afghan Duty!

Test Squad: Enzo Petit, Jean-Luc Chevalier (Vice-captain), Christophe Martinez, Zvonimir Pitko, Louis Petit, Zidane Thomas, Marwan Leroy (Wicketkeeper), Xavier Le Tallec (Captain), Paco Georges, Anthony Toure, Mehdi Qadri, Timothee Clement, Maxime Bernard (Wicketkeeper), Aymerric Gautier, Louis Martin, Thibaut Keller

Only Test: Abu Dhabi

France 220 (Thomas 59, E Petit 35, Leroy 26/Ahmad 3-37, Khan 3-22, Ahmadzai 2-43)

Afghanistan 183 (Ahmad 45, Zazai 42/Qadri 5-23, Toure 3-36)

France 221 (Martinez 74, E.Petit 42, Georges 39/Khan 4-53, Nabi 3-32, Ahmad 2-51)

Afghanistan 259-4 (Shah 77, Afghan 42*, Ihsanullah 42/Chevalier 1-8, L.Petit 1-34, Qadri 1-77)

Lost by 6 wickets

ODI Squad: Hippolyte Gregory, Jean-Luc Chevalier (Vice-captain), Christophe Martinez, Matteo Phillipe, Maxime Bernard, Zidane Thomas, Marwan Leroy (Wicketkeeper), Xavier Le Tallec (Captain), Louis Petit, Paco Georges, Phillipe La Roux, Zvonimir Pitko, Aymerric Gautier, Anthony Toure, Mehdi Qadri

1st ODI: Abu Dhabi

France 113 (Bernard 33, Chevalier 14, L.Petit 11/Khan 5-12, Zadran 3-34)

Afghanistan 116-0 (Naib 64*/Shah 51*/L.Petit 0-13, Le Tallec 0-13)

Lost by 10 wickets*

*Please note that the players refunded our fans the cost of their tickets.

2nd ODI: Dubai

France 369-9 (Georges 76*, Bernard 47, L.Petit 45/Shirzad 2-62, Zadran 2-85)

Afghanistan 242-8 (Khan 82*, Shah 40, Shirzad 33*/ Georges 3-53, Qadri 2-41)

Won by 127 runs

3rd ODI: Dubai

France 149 (Bernard 26, Leroy 22, L.Petit 19/Nabi 3-25, Khan 2-34, Zadran 2-39)

Afghanistan 150-4 (Alikhil 62*, Shah 39, Nabi 21*/Le Tallec 1-23, La Roux 1-29)

Lost by 6 wickets

Lost the series 2-1

T20I Squad: Hippolyte Gregory, Jean Luc Chevalier (Vice-captain), Zidane Thomas, Matteo Phillipe, Maxime Bernard, Christophe Martinez, Marwan Leroy (Wicketkeeper), Xavier Le Tallec (Captain), Louis Petit, Paco Georges, Phillipe La Roux, Zvonimir Pitko, Maurice Noe, Anthony Toure, Mehdi Qadri

Only T20I: Dubai

France 245-9 (L.Petit 65, Phillipe 54, Gregory 38, Martinez 26/ul-Haq 3-30, Ur Rahman 3-53, Khan 3-61)

Afghanistan 178-6 (Zazai 55, Zadran 54*, Afghan 38/Thomas 1-22, La Roux 1-24, Martinez 1-26)

Won by 67 runs

Disclaimer: Please note that to reduce the risk of infection no warm-up matches were played.

Cricket 19: Which Way? Zimbabwe

Only T20I: Corsica

France: 195-9 (Phillipe 81/Williams 4-??)

Zimbabwe: ???-?

Won by ?? runs

Errr, sorry, made a mess of saving the scorecard but we won… honest!

1st ODI: Corsica

France 252 (Chevalier 37, Phillipe 27/Raza 3-24, Mpofu 3-32)

Zimbabwe 203 (Ervine 66/La Roux 2-37)

Won by 49 runs… courtesy of an extreme volume of extras!

2nd ODI: Corsica

Zimbabwe 208 (Masakadza 59, Raza 53*, Burl 46*/Chevalier 2-31)

France 214-2 (Gregory 103*, Chevalier 55/Chisoro 1-43, Ngarava 1-51)

Won by 8 wickets

Nearly made a mess of getting Gregory to his nation’s first ever ton in a full international but with the scores tied he got there with a six!

3rd ODI: Nantes

France 333 (Bernard 112, Chevalier 49/Chatara 4-99)

Zimbabwe 313-6 (Burl 65, Kamunhukamwe 58*, Musakanda 53/La Roux 1-47, L.Petit 1-50, Toure 1-59)

Won by 20 runs

A century on ODI debut for Maxime Bernard. Like Gregory he nearly didn’t get there but an epic last wicket stand of 71 with Anthony Toure (22*) elevated his and the team score. Had Zimbabwe played their reserves in the first two matches then maybe the series would’ve been more competitive.

Only Test: Nantes

France 247 (Le Tallec 75, Thomas 73, Georges 30/Mpofu 3-32, Ngarava 3-82, Raza 2-16)

Zimbabwe 241 (Masakadza 120, Taylor 51/Qadri 4-37, Toure 2-51)

France 117 (Chevalier 41, Thomas 22/Mpofu 5-47, Mavuta 4-29)

Zimbabwe 125-1 (Masakadza 83*, Taylor 25*/Qadri 1-22)

Lost by 9 wickets

We recovered from 41-5 in our first innings and they collapsed from 146-1 in theirs. As for our second innings… don’t ask! Having performed a clean sweep in the white-ball games, it was disappointing not to complete the set by winning the Test.

Next we head to Afghanistan for one Test, three ODIs and a single T20I with serious question marks hanging over our struggling batting line-up!

Disclaimer: Apologies but I just needed a break from full on match reports of every game!