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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:07 pm
by Durhamfootman
good work as always, Prof

one of these days, Essex might actually let Harmer have a bowl

Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:06 pm
by Arthur Crabtree
Yes, excellent writing. Cheers Prof.

The year's half over. It's about time I made my move.

Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:30 pm
by The Professor
No sooner said than done Arthur - Steve Smith is to play for the Toronto Nationals next month with David Warner turning out for the Winnipeg Hawks.

Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:07 pm
by GG - Amir Sohail
Narine playing too - for the Montreal tigers.

Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:54 pm
by Arthur Crabtree
The Professor wrote:No sooner said than done Arthur - Steve Smith is to play for the Toronto Nationals next month with David Warner turning out for the Winnipeg Hawks.


Hope they behave themselves.

Shame Bailey isn't taking part.

Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:51 pm
by The Professor
Rashid Khan tearing Bangladesh apart. Going to push Simon Harmer's overall lead this week.

Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:34 pm
by Durhamfootman
with another match on Thursday he's almost certain to.

Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:13 pm
by The Professor
Harms has a game tomorrow....never know

Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:13 pm
by The Professor
And a 150 point lead.

Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:19 pm
by Durhamfootman
he has a 10 pt lead now, and his RL50 campaign has been a bit hit and miss.

I expect Rashid to jump to the top, but only until the CC resumes, when both Harms and Jeets will rise to the top :halo:

Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:01 pm
by Durhamfootman
only 31 for Rashid K, but that ought to be enough for him to go top, I reckon.

not for long though, with a bit of luck.

Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:53 pm
by The Professor
Won't get round to this until Sunday......not sure any games of note will be completed tomorrow though

Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:07 am
by The Professor
Actually Shaun is getting a run out at Lord's.

Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:45 pm
by Durhamfootman
decent enough start for my boys in the latest round of CC matches. A couple of wickets each, a few catches, loads of maidens and low economy. All's good

Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:04 pm
by The Professor
Tracking Rashid Khan's season has been difficult. To the casual observer Rashid is constantly on the up and up but, as I have documented here previously, he has long periods on the crap side of average. His BBL season, his early form in the World Cup Qualifiers and patches in the IPL both showed this - however he is here midway through the year reclaiming his place at the top of the overall table and claiming the best cricketer of the week for the third time overall and the second time in three weeks. Rashid brought the same form that saw Hyderabad surge into the IPL to the three T20 games against Bangladesh, where the more established team were put to the sword comprehensively. Over the three games Rashid was prolific getting 8 wickets including a fourfer in the middle game. He did keep some inconsistency up his sleeve for us though in this game. He conceded nine runs for no wickets in his first two overs but then followed this up in his next two overs by leaking three runs and claiming four wickets. I fully expected his scoring to have slowed this week against Bangladesh but Shakib's side rolled over for the new boys of world Cricket. The Afghanistan spinner now has an 105 run lead over Simon Harmer in the overall table.

This has been a bad week for Rashid Khan to be performing so well if you are a fan of Simon Harmer. The South African bowler has been having a great 2018 for the Warriors and Essex but is in a spell of poor form. His fortnightly total of 53 is his lowest for any 2 weeks of 2018 which has allowed Rashid to overtake him. The two have such a huge lead over Jeetan Patel, newly installed in third place, that Harmer will not worry unduly about losing second place but he cannot let his Afghanistani compatriot get too far away from him or he will run away with the competition. Essex's return to County Championship action may help the spinner get his form back and challenge for the top spot next week.

At the beginning of the year I described Jofra Archer as a rising talent. That rise has been somewhat stilted by injury and some underwhelming performances in his first IPL foray. His season could have been so different though. At the end of January he was vying with Rashid Khan just outside the top ten. One bowler went one way up the table and the other went the other way. The young English bowler showed his capabilities again this week with three matches against three very different opponents to get his highest total of points in 2018. He also came head to head with two players higher up the overall league than him and finished the victor. The most impressive performance came against the most impressive opposition. Archer bagged 3-62 against the touring Australians in a tour match. The quality of these batsmen were undoubtably as he removed Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis and (less impressively) Jhye Richardson. He also reminded us of his acumen with the bat in the Royal London One Day Cup game against Simon Harmer's Essex - scoring 33 off 14 balls and picking up 40 strike rate points. It is no little wonder that the ECB are trying to tweak the rules to let this young man play in next year's Ashes. He currently sits near the bottom of the table but is not in the real relegation zone made up by Jadeja, Warner, Smith and Bailey. A decent summer could see him move mid table.

When mentioning Aaron Finch being dismissed by Archer above, you may have thought that he had a bad week. On the contrary, Finch has had his best week as a married man and his highest total since Week 9 - his only table topping score of 2018 thus far. Whilst 78 against Sussex and 54 against Middlesex would not be scores to write home about in normal circumstances, Finch's form in recent months has been dire. He does appear to be hitting form at just the right time for his Australia duties. After his recall from being dropped by Punjab midway through the season he has been slowly but surely upping his scoring rate and, if the trend were to continue, we might expect to see the Victorian scoring centuries in the series against England. This has especially been the case when you look at the amount of boundaries he is scoring - 15 across the two tour games. Throughout the early months of the year, Finch was rooted in the top ten of our overall league. He is now drastically off the pace but a decent showing against England would do him no harm.

Week

Rashid Khan - 287
Jofra Archer - 233
Aaron Finch- 222
Shakib Al Hassan - 118
Jos Buttler - 100
Joe Root- 93
Jeetan Patel - 68
Shaun Marsh- 59
Simon Harmer - 42
Hashim Amla- dnp
Ravi Ashwin - dnp
George Bailey - dnp
Quintin de Kock- dnp
AB De Villiers- dnp
JP Duminy- dnp
Dean Elgar - dnp
Ravi Jadeja- dnp
Virat Kohli - dnp
Nathan Lyon - dnp
Mitchell Marsh- dnp
Sunil Narine- dnp
Steve Smith - dnp
David Warner - dnp
Kane Williamson - dnp

Overall

Rashid Khan - 3253
Simon Harmer - 3148
Jeetan Patel - 2661
Sunil Narine- 2617
Kane Williamson -2405
Jos Buttler - 2275
Virat Kohli- 2171
AB De Villiers- 2010
Joe Root - 1937
Nathan Lyon - 1789
JP Duminy - 1737
Hashim Amla - 1524
Dean Elgar- 1484
Aaron Finch - 1465
Shakib Al Hasan - 1439
Mitchell Marsh - 1425
Ravi Ashwin - 1370
Quinton de Kock - 1292
Jofra Archer - 1227
Shaun Marsh- 1070
Ravi Jadeja - 961
David Warner - 752
Steve Smith - 706
George Bailey - 631

Headlines

Highest weekly score for Dr Cricket sees him overhaul Ian in the only position change.

Rich reels in double injury Adi.

A disappointing week for DFM couple with a strong week from GG sees the second place contributor shave 270 off the gap.

Week

DC - 455
GG-AS - 380
Ian - 118
DFM - 110
Rich - 100
RD - 59
Adi - 0
Andy - 0
Arthur - 0
FTS - 0
The Professor- 0
RDJ - 0

Overall

DFM - 5809
GG-AS - 5190
Andy - 4415
The Professor - 4354
Adi - 3695
Rich - 3645
FTS - 3273
Red Devil Jr - 2717
Dr Cricket - 2682
Ian - 2500
Red Devil - 1822
Arthur - 1337