In just one week’s time we can all have our hands on a copy of Big Ant’s latest console cricket game… Cricket 19! Could you get a more self-explanatory title?
I’ve scripted a few articles about the game before it’s even been released but now is nearly the time to get playing again. I stopped playing Ashes Cricket sometime ago and had stored my monitor and PS4 away. Big Ant cricket games are literally the sole reason for me having such items and have been a core of my blogging efforts. Quite where in my tiny house I’m going to set up game central remains uncertain!
I’ve been there from the beginning. From Don Bradman Cricket 14 to 17 to Ashes Cricket and now Cricket 19. I’ve played some great matches and really enjoyed the realness of the game. I’ve also been there submitting bug reports at ridiculous o’clock. Not this time eh Big Ant?!
I only wish that I could devote more time to the game but family, work and fresh air are required in small doses at least.
Will I finish the career that I commence?
Will I finish the Test league that I start, let alone ODI and T20I leagues?
Whatever I do though, come acing an epic successful run chase as England or being run out first ball in Career Mode, you can read all about it here.
Stay tuned folks because I’m padding up and putting my gloves on!
Don’t worry Dawid. If I get my hands on Cricket Captain 2019 for the Mac or dig out my PS4 and buy Cricket 19, I’ll provide you with another England cap!
It’s safe to say that England’s T20I series in the West Indies hasn’t quite been what DM was hoping for…
On another positive Dawid, with first team England appearances err, appearing unlikely, I might find a place for you in my Telegraph Fantasy Cricket Team. Clouds and silver linings and all that!
Something worth noting is that Big Ant’s fourth cricket game, due for release as soon as May, will be called Cricket 19.
This makes a lot of sense. Just like FIFA World Cup games are extremely limited, Ashes Cricket could easily be dismissed by potential buyers as a game without much depth. With Career Mode and all the customisation available, whether it be players, tournaments, kits or whatever, the game will certainly possess depth.
Fingers crossed that Big Ant have ironed out previous flaws and will deliver a groundbreaking game!
England Women succumbed to an unflattering defeat in a one-off Test encounter against northerly neighbours Scotland. England were dismissed for a paltry 91 barely halfway through the first day’s morning session. Nat Sciver’s 16 was as good as it got for any of the home side’s willow wielders!
The visitors would then go onto post 363-8 before taking pity on England and declaring. Pace bowler Katherine Brunt bowled particularly well early on. She claimed figures 2-41 from 19 overs with eight of her overs being maidens. Anya Shrubsole (2-66) also collected two victims.
England made a better fist of things second time around. Stumper Sarah Taylor led the way with a breathtaking counter-attacking 85 from just 31 deliveries. She attempted one reverse sweep too many however and was dismissed LBW to spin. Lauren Winfield (57) also batted well for a much deserved half-century. Katherine Brunt’s whirlwind 44 from just 16 balls as well as Nat Sciver’s run-a-ball 22 helped England total an improved 230. It wasn’t enough to make Sctoland bat again though as England lost by an innings and 42 runs.
Scotland ran out deserved winners and England’s batsmen will need to apply themselves better and their bowlers provide added penetration if they’re to become successful in future encounters.
England Women succumbed to a chastening 302-run defeat against New Zealand at Headingley in a one-off ODI earlier today.
New Zealand’s opening batsmen were utterly dominant on a gorgeous day in Leeds. Susie Bates (212) and Sophie Devine (144) put on 283 for the visitor’s first wicket. Amy Satterthwaite added 129 not out from just 49 deliveries as the home side claimed only two wickets in 50 overs. New Zealand’s total of 493-2 was a new world record in Women’s ODI cricket, passing the previous high of 455-2 also set by the White Ferns.
Two dropped catches by stumper Sarah Taylor (Who was also dismissed first ball!) didn’t help England’s cause, although in truth a lot of the damage had already been done. England also missed an easy run out opportunity when the ball was inexplicably thrown to the wrong end!
All-rounder Natalie Sciver, who despite bowling two maidens finished with record breakingly bad figures of 0-111 from her full allocation, finished the day four runs to the good after spanking a marvellous 115. Her 67-ball affair contained 13 sixes, most of which were reverse sweeps. In current cricket terminology, Sciver is probably England’s ‘Point of Difference’! Only Katherine Brunt (21) and captain Heather Knight (17) were able to provide any kind of support for Surrey’s scintillating Sciver.
Sciver’s batting exploits did at least save England from complete ignominy and the side will look to bounce back next time they take to the field of play.
Disclaimer: I should probably point out that I was playing as England. In my defence, I’m now tackling veteran level (ie: Level 4/5)!
With the recent addition to the blog of audio casts to compliment the written word and with lots of cricket being played at all levels around the world, there’s much to look forward to at Silly Point throughout the rest of 2018.
Topics for future posts may include but not be limited to: The inaugural edition of Global T20 Canada, T20I status provided to all Associate Cricket nations, Telegraph Fantasy Cricket updates, the release of Cricket Captain 18, further Ashes Cricket (PS4) reports, book reviews, the author’s own efforts on the village circuit, first hand accounts of men’s and women’s ODI cricket (Trips to The Grange, Edinburgh and Headingley are booked!) and thoughts on England’s Test side’s continued woeful run of form (For the pessimists!)/renaissance (For the optimists!).
Next year Silly Point will bring you match reports from the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England and there’s sure to be many posts to keep readers and listeners occupied in the meantime.
In the latest round of Global Test League matches, England succumbed to a ten-wicket defeat in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe have now defeated England home and away in the inaugural Global Test League. Unfortunately, due to a media blackout, a full match report can’t be provided. What can be reported is that England captain Joe Root (17.33) still averages in the teens in the competition and Liam Dawson averages 8.13 with the bat and 419.00 at a strike-rate of 701.00 with the ball! On the plus side, Mason Crane does now have some Test wickets to his name. You can see him snapping up his maiden victim in the above photo.
Next up for England is a trip to India. They’ll have to up their game immensely if they’re to achieve any kind of result. The opportunity to become the first ever Global Test League Champions is slipping from England’s grasp.