2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:32 pm

Arthur Crabtree wrote:Thanks for all your excellent input Prof.

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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby The Professor » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:25 pm

Cheers boys.

Means a lot.

Just got back in from a 2 day Ofsted inspection at school where I've had 10 hours sleep since Tuesday morning and am genuinely a lil bit chuffed with that praise.

Will be doing a late night Saturday blog on Saturday as I have to pick someone up from airport at about 2 in morning on Sunday so will utilise time wisely
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:58 pm

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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:31 pm

Narine and Rashid have been scoring freely this week, but I'm hoping that good hauls for Jeets and Harmer will keep me in right in it.... maybe even close the gap a bit
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:34 pm

I'm not sure what those IPl scores are worth, but my boys have picked up 559, by my reckoning, which feels like a good total
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby The Professor » Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:46 pm

Sceptics of AB De Villiers' batting prowess seem to abound on Twitter. Having a quick peruse of Twitter throws up people who are sceptical about the Earth being round or climate change. All three of these theories annoy me equally. These sceptics take their knives out whenever they have the opportunity. At the back end of last week, De Villiers got out for 1 against Mumbai and the keyboard warriors laid in to him. Where are they now after two complete performances from the veteran South African? With 158 runs from two games at a strike rate of 230.76 and 226.66 I think it may be a long while before we see any criticism raise it's head again. He currently sits second place in the overall IPL run scorers with 280 across his 6 games - only 3 runs behind Ambati Rayudu. De Villiers' ability has come to the fore at just the time Bangalore need him. Over the same two games, Virat Kohli has gone off the boil somewhat. After his table- topping 300 points last week, he got a mere 68 this week. The two Bangalore men's varying fortunes coupled with Kane Williamson's 213 brings the threeway tussle of IPL batsmen very much back in focus. Kohli still has the edge but has cut his 230 point lead down to a mere 10. Kane Williamson sits just the other side of the dormant Joe Root, 51 points behind De Villiers.

With six weeks at the top of the table and an overall lead of 166 under his belt, Rashid Khan must be feeling mighty confident. This confidence was needed this week after his poor performance in Week 16 - and the Afghanistan spinner came out fighting. 7 wickets from three games saw him back in true form and able to place himself 4th in this week's top point scorers. His stand out performance of the week were figures of 4-1-11-2 against Mumbai - picking up a rare 5 points for an IPL maiden. His 228 points is the most he has gained in 5 weeks and he will be looking to consolidate this over the next few weeks of the IPL. I am genuinely beginning to wonder if Rashid Khan topping our overall table is something that might continue for the rest of 2018.

The success of Punjab in this year's IPL has come as a surprise to many - and the captaincy of Ravi Ashwin has played a huge part in this. Despite this, his yield of points has been exceptionally low. Scoring a mere 70 points from 3 games is not going to see the Indian spinner rocket up the table any time soon. This is further highlighted by the fact that only 20 of these points have come from wickets taken. For a long period of time Ashwin was rooted firmly in the top ten of the overall league but is off the pace now and finds himself 14th. In contrast to this, the returning Jofra Archer will be very pleased with his week, despite similar points to Ashwin. At the end of January the much fancied Archer was just outside the top ten, however a long spell out of the game with injury saw him drop to second bottom of the overall table. His return from injury and debut for Rajasthan this week saw him dominate the game against Mumbai with three wickets in his final over. He has got a long way to go but a successful IPL could see him end up mid table by the end of the tournament.

With 1053 points, it looks like Aaron Finch is having a good year but in the first couple of months he was in the top five. His form since the end of February has been absolutely atrocious and has seen him drop down the table with some alacrity. Since his 151* for Victoria against Perth on 24th February, Finch has batted in 9 innings in both the Sheffield Shield and in the IPL. From these 9 innings he has scored just 53 runs at an average of 5.89. His high score in this time is a mere 14* for Punjab against Hyderabad. This week he also suffered the ignominy of being one of a handful of players who represented his team in a match but picked up zero points. He and Ravi Jadeja are by far the two players whose 2018 form have disappointed. The fact that he has put his name in the frame for a potential Australian captaincy is ridiculous to the point of laughable.

Week

AB De Villiers - 288
Jeetan Patel - 255
Simon Harmer - 249
Rashid Khan - 228
Kane Williamson - 213
Shakib Al Hasan - 164
Shaun Marsh - 151
Quinton de Kock - 121
Jofra Archer- 98
Hashim Amla - 96
Sunil Narine- 87
Ravi Ashwin - 70
Virat Kohli - 68
Dean Elgar - 64
Ravi Jadeja - 53
Aaron Finch - 30
Jos Buttler - 26
George Bailey - dnp
JP Duminy- dnp
Nathan Lyon - dnp
Mitchell Marsh - dnp
Joe Root- dnp
Steve Smith - dnp
David Warner - dnp

Overall

Rashid Khan - 2426
Simon Harmer - 2260
Sunil Narine- 1934
Nathan Lyon - 1789
Jeetan Patel - 1709
JP Duminy - 1671
Virat Kohli- 1640
AB De Villiers- 1630
Joe Root - 1615
Kane Williamson -1579
Mitchell Marsh - 1425
Jos Buttler - 1316
Quinton de Kock - 1196
Ravi Ashwin - 1135
Shakib Al Hasan - 1099
Aaron Finch - 1053
Dean Elgar- 996
Hashim Amla - 901
David Warner - 752
Shaun Marsh- 716
Steve Smith - 706
Jofra Archer - 648
George Bailey - 631
Ravi Jadeja - 549

Headlines

Andy dominates

GG-AS breaks the 4K barrier

DFM Emphatically claims second

DC Scores his highest score for 8 weeks thanks to the return of Archer.

Week

Andy - 501
DFM - 494
GG-AS - 228
Ian - 217
Adi - 164
Red Devil - 151
DC - 128
RDJ - 121
The Professor- 87
Rich - 96
FTS - 64
Arthur - 0

Overall

GG-AS - 4041
DFM - 3969
The Professor - 3605
Andy - 3209
FTS - 2785
Red Devil Jr - 2621
Adi - 2551
Rich - 2451
Dr Cricket - 1701
Ian - 1648
Red Devil - 1468
Arthur - 1337
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:24 am

I see that JPD is back on the field again, although he didn't get the chance to bat
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby The Professor » Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:13 am

About time

Was dropping down overall.
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Thu May 03, 2018 5:11 pm

Jeets closing in on a first innings 5fer against Derby
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby The Professor » Sun May 06, 2018 10:02 am

Many say that County Championship is losing it's lustre but this week Surrey signed the best cricketer of the week and the fourth best overall. Virat Kohli will join up with Surrey to make his glittering debut in the cricketing wonderland that is Beckenham - but until then he is effectively proving his worth in a low profile competition called the IPL. This week has seen him jump to the very top of the chasing pack behind the top three and also quietens his competition from the three IPL batsmen that he has been challenging throughout the season. Kane Williamson would have thought that his displays with the bat would have been enough to give him the edge and in both of his games his figures have matched Kohli. Whilst the Indian got 68 against Kolkata, the New Zealander got 63 against Rajasthan. Then the Delhi born Indian captain got 32 against Mumbai only for the Taurangan to match that against Delhi. It might have been Williamson's week if it wasn't for the extra game that Kohli has played. The last of the batting triumvirate had something of an underwhelming week. After his table topping performance last week, AB De Villiers has been limited to one appearance and one point due to illness. The three are now spread fairly even through the top ten with Kohli 4th, Williamson 6th and De Villiers 9th.

There were many high scoring performances in this week's round up but there was also a startling amount of low scoring performances. JP Duminy's 4 week sabbatical from the game did not end with a huge yield of points from his three games for Mumbai. He began by getting 0 points from the game against Chennai before getting a paltry 33 points from his other three games. His bowling has been particularly disappointing and he looks a very likely candidate to drop out of the top ten very soon. Duminy was not the only low scoring contributor with Shakib Al Hasan getting just 6 runs across his two games and showing nothing with the ball at all. Ravi Ashwin will also be disappointed. His only contribution was an economy below 6 against Mumbai - this despite bowling his full allocation in his two games. The plight of Ashwin's team mate Aaron Finch has reached it's natural conclusion. After his poor form - chronicled last week - he has now been dropped from the Punjab side. Finch very possibly could be experiencing the worst IPL season of anyone in this year's competition.

Another player who would have had a real claim for the title of worst IPL campaign before this week would have been Ravi Jadeja. He could even have been a candidate for worst year to date - sitting, as he did, at the foot of the table. The spinner has had the opportunity to gain some momentum this week with Chennai playing 4 games - therefore playing more than any other in our list. The progress the spinner has made is undoubtable. The week began in the manner we have become accustomed, with Jadeja getting 0* and not being trusted to bowl. From there he was given a chance and bagged a wicket apiece against Delhi and Kolkata before ending the week with a threefer including the wicket of his national captain and weekly top scorer, Kohli, in the game against Bangalore. Jadeja has added to these 5 wickets with some decent fielding points - grabbing 4 dismissals and dropping at least 2 more. The shocking sight of Jadeja as the second best of the week has also dragged him off the bottom of the overall table. The root of the table now belongs to George Bailey and Steve Smith - something that may be the case forever more - but the spinner now also has a 21 point lead over Shaun Marsh. The battle at the bottom is looking just as interesting as the one at the top.

Week

Virat Kohli - 198
Ravi Jadeja - 192
Sunil Narine - 169
Jos Buttler - 157
Kane Williamson - 155
Jofra Archer - 111
Simon Harmer - 106
Quinton de Kock - 96
Hashim Amla - 82
Rashid Khan - 81
Dean Elgar- 58
JP Duminy - 33
Ravi Ashwin - 10
Shakib Al Hasan - 6
Shaun Marsh - 4
AB De Villiers- 1
George Bailey - dnp
Aaron Finch - dnp
Nathan Lyon - dnp
Mitchell Marsh - dnp
Jeetan Patel - dnp
Joe Root- dnp
Steve Smith - dnp
David Warner - dnp

Overall

Rashid Khan - 2507
Simon Harmer - 2421
Sunil Narine- 2103
Virat Kohli- 1838
Nathan Lyon - 1789
Kane Williamson -1734
Jeetan Patel - 1709
JP Duminy - 1704
AB De Villiers- 1631
Joe Root - 1615
Jos Buttler - 1473
Mitchell Marsh - 1425
Quinton de Kock - 1292
Ravi Ashwin - 1145
Shakib Al Hasan - 1105
Dean Elgar- 1054
Aaron Finch - 1053
Hashim Amla - 983
Jofra Archer - 759
David Warner - 752
Ravi Jadeja - 741
Shaun Marsh- 720
Steve Smith - 706
George Bailey - 631

Headlines

Despite an underwhelming week - due to a miscalculation with Simon Harmer's score last week - DFM takes the overall lead

Week

Adi - 280
The Professor- 202
Ian - 198
Rich - 167
Andy - 156
DC - 111
DFM - 106
RDJ - 96
GG-AS - 81
FTS - 58
RD - 4
Arthur - 0

Overall

DFM - 4130
GG-AS - 4122
The Professor - 3807
Andy - 3365
FTS - 2843
Adi - 2831
Red Devil Jr - 2717
Rich - 2618
Ian - 1846
Dr Cricket - 1812
Red Devil - 1472
Arthur - 1337
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Mon May 07, 2018 4:37 pm

ooh!

top of the tree.... and a Jeets match 10fer already in the bag to look forward to next week

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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby GG - Amir Sohail » Mon May 07, 2018 6:28 pm

Durhamfootman wrote:ooh!

top of the tree.... and a Jeets match 10fer already in the bag to look forward to next week

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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Mon May 07, 2018 6:38 pm

Mostly spin up at the top.

Remember when people said limited overs cricket was squeezing spinners out the game?
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Mon May 07, 2018 7:25 pm

that was in back in the days when fast bowlers were actually fast; before the Chief Exec's sucked all the life out of every pitch in the world. Now fast bowlers just get edged/nicked/thumped to the boundary
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Mon May 07, 2018 7:27 pm

and before boundaries came right in and bats were designed to have all the 'meat' in the bottom couple of inches so that batsmen can dig out yorkers for six.
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