2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby meninblue » Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:39 pm

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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:15 pm

Durhamfootman wrote:chance of 3 good scores for next week, with Harmer having 250ish in the bank and still 2 wickets to be taken in this game

both of which he takes to give him a 4fer in the last innings and 320+ to carry over
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:00 pm

Steve Smith out of action again.... sorry Arthur

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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:40 pm

He's done me proud so I hope he enjoys a long recuperation.
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby The Professor » Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:40 pm

And he's back. After a nine week barren spell wherein the best cricketer in our overall league has been without the weekly accolade to go with it, Simon Harmer finds himself at the top of both trees. Finally liberated from the inconvenience of the T20 Blast, Harmer has found himself back in the long form of the game and loving life again despite his team's 50% success rate across the two games he completed this week. Reunited with Peter Siddle, the South African spinner looks very comfortable with the ball and extends his lead over Jeetan Patel to 509. Despite his high weekly score, Harmer's tally of eight wickets across two matches seems slightly underwhelming. Harmer's 464 was comprised of 255 points accrued for maidens and economies - a trait that has been seen all over the country on these late Summer pitches. Harmer's 54% of points to maidens and economies is similar to the 56% of Ravi Ashwin's total of 196 and Jofra Archer's 30% of 309. The overcast conditions and moisture has enabled the bowlers to exploit the conditions and strangle their opposition. Despite the temperatures being considerably higher, overhead conditions have also helped Sunil Narine return to his stifling economies not seen since the IPL. In a very real way all of the top three can thank clouds for their performances, perhaps I should name weather as Cricketer of the Week.

And I think we can finally put to bed the Root v Kohli debate. Kohli has won. The two captains are now separated by 308 points and five places on the overall table. Despite this I was hit this week with a revelation - perhaps we have been looking at the wrong battle. Maybe instead of comparing captain to captain, we should have been comparing captain Kohli to vice-captain Buttler. Throughout the series these two players are the ones that have had more parity between them. This week Kohli doubled Root's weekly score but just 14 points separated Kohli from Buttler. This pattern has continued throughout the Test series. After the third test Kohli scored 260, Buttler 235 and Root? 59. Just like the end of The Usual Suspects, we have been looking at the wrong person the whole time. Kohli is still the king of the crop but Buttler would have pushed him harder than Root ever could have done.

Nine points doesn't seem anything to write home about but Mitchell Marsh's 9 for Australia A against India A were his first points for 21 weeks - by far the longest period away from the game of any of the players in our list. The nine points are slightly disingenuous. Still returning from injury, the Australia A captain was not permitted to bowl and it would be no surprise that he was out of form after such a long period away from the game - especially on difficult Indian pitches. Needless to say the Western Australian will just be happy to be back on a pitch. Just as we have shifted the focus from Root to Buttler, we may have to do a similar thing with Steve Smith. Due to Smith's withdrawal from the CPL, the competition between him and Warner will have to be resumed another time. The gap between Warner and Marsh is now far more interesting. With Warner still involved in the CPL and Marsh with games left in the A-series the 33 point gap could go either way.

Week

Simon Harmer - 464
Jofra Archer- 309
Ravi Ashwin - 196
Virat Kohli - 144
Jos Buttler - 130
Dean Elgar- 115
Kane Williamson- 109
Sunil Narine - 108
Hashim Amla - 78
Joe Root - 72
Jeetan Patel-68
David Warner - 52
Mitchell Marsh- 9
Shakib Al Hasan - dnp
Quinton De Kock- dnp
AB de Villiers - dnp
JP Duminy- dnp
Ravi Jadeja - dnp
Rashid Khan - dnp
Aaron Finch- dnp
Nathan Lyon - dnp
Shaun Marsh - dnp

Overall

Simon Harmer - 5163
Jeetan Patel - 4659
Rashid Khan - 4330
Jofra Archer - 3822
Jos Buttler - 3843
Virat Kohli- 3453
Aaron Finch - 3343
Sunil Narine- 3252
Kane Williamson - 3203
Joe Root - 3145
Shakib Al Hasan - 2582
Ravi Ashwin - 2581
JP Duminy - 2336
Hashim Amla - 2091
Quinton de Kock - 2020
AB De Villiers- 2010
Nathan Lyon - 1833
Dean Elgar- 1809
Shaun Marsh- 1498
Mitchell Marsh - 1434
David Warner - 1401
Steve Smith - 1350
Ravi Jadeja - 1226
George Bailey - 631

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Not much to report.

DFM breaks 5k

Week

DFM - 532
Rich - 332
DC - 309
Adi - 222
FTS - 115
Andy - 109
The Professor- 108
GG-AS - 72
RD - 52
RDJ - 9
Ian - 0

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DFM - 9822
GG-AS - 7475
Dr Cricket - 7165
Rich - 6424
The Professor - 5588
Adi - 5544
Andy - 5213
Ian - 4008
FTS - 3642
Red Devil Jr - 3524
Red Devil - 2899
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:15 pm

Durham is just too good.
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:10 pm

for once

not often in life that I work stuff out before anyone else

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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:11 pm

anyway.... still 3 months to go, so anything can happen yet
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby The Professor » Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:38 pm

Durhamfootman wrote:for once

not often in life that I work stuff out before anyone else

cheers Prof... although puzzled by the DFM breaks 5k bit


Sorry

I meant Harmer breaking it pulls you away.
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:18 pm

I confess to being a tad disappointed with this week's results.

yeah, yeah, I know

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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:39 pm

thought it was going to be another poor week for my boys, but fortunately both came to the party today... Harms with 6fer and Jeets with 4fer.

blimey.... late part of the season after a baking hot summer, you'd have thought the spinners would be taking 10 in the match every week, but been a struggle at times
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby The Professor » Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:44 pm

He has had a torrid year but this week was different. Ravi Jadeja seems to always save his best performances for India and he certainly had a long time to save up the skill needed displayed in the final Test. So far 2018 has seen Jadeja represent Saurashtra and Chennai - both teams reached the finals of the Ranji Trophy and the IPL respectively, however as the competitions developed the spinner fell increasingly more out of favour with the management. This then led on to his call up for the England tour, a tour in which he was overlooked up until last weekend's dead rubber. Indian fans were left wondering what could have been as Jadeja combined wicket taking with a tenacious batting performance the likes of which the middle order had been lacking throughout the series. It must be frustrating for Jadeja and the teams that he represents that he seemingly performs very well in failing teams but if there is a whiff of success his ability drops quicker than a Muralitharan catch. The scale of Jadeja's performance is shown in how he has rocketed up the overall league. Languishing in second bottom at the start of the week, his 374 points have moved him up three places - and puts Steve Smith and David Warner back in the relegation places alongside a potentially returning George Bailey.

No one can deny who won the three way melee between Buttler, Kohli and Root this week. After a series that might generously be referred to as underwhelming for the England captain, Joe Root 'did a Jadeja' and saved his best until last with 200 points added to his total in the Final Test. Throughout the Summer the tussle between the two captains seeemd so tight but last week I claimed that Kohli was the undisputed winner....but how clear cut is that? Let's evaluate the series. The first way of gauging success is the raw points each competitor picked up in the ten weeks the Indians have been here. Perhaps surprisingly it is Root who comes out atop that particular league with 1078 compared to Kohli's 1004. Buttler rather lags behind with 753. 1-0 Root. What about highest individual weekly performance? The same pattern emerges. Root's 424 during the ODIs is nearly double the weekly best of Kohli (270) and Buttler (235). The last measurement we will look at is their movement up the table. Buttler began the series out of the Test team but the highest scoring of the trio in fourth place, Kohli was in seventh and Root in ninth. As it stands this week Buttler has made a negative impact on his position, largely due to the surge of Jofra Archer than anything else. Kohli and Root have both moved up a place so the gap remains the same. So it seems pretty decisive that, despite the praise for Kohli and the derision for Root, it is the England captain AND the England team who have had a good Summer.

A 'ripper' is what I believe he would call it. Jadeja is not the only low scorer of 2018 to have an incongruously high scoring week. Mitchell Marsh returned from injury last week with the score of nine. Using this as something of a jumping board, the Australia A captain decided to push on a bit this week and ended with 220 more, claiming his best score of 2018. A century with the bat plus a little bit of tentative bowling saw the Aussie comfortably head and shoulders over the unproved India A team despite his team's eventual defeat. He has also got his head and shoulders over some of the competition at the foot of the table, leapfrogging his injured brother and becoming the leader of that little pack at the foot of the table. It is starting to get a little late in the year for anyone to make a huge push up the table from this sort of position but if he keeps fit he may see some cricket in the Australian Sumer to help him up to a mid table finish.

Week

Ravi Jadeja - 374
Simon Harmer - 303
Mitchell Marsh - 229
Jofra Archer - 220
Joe Root - 200
Jeetan Patel - 159
Jos Buttler - 131
Sunil Narine - 128
Shakib Al Hasan - 60
Virat Kohli - 49
Dean Elgar - 31
Hashim Amla - dnp
Ravi Ashwin - dnp
George Bailey - dnp
Quinton De Kock- dnp
AB De Villiers- dnp
JP Duminy - dnp
Aaron Finch- dnp
Rashid Khan - dnp
Nathan Lyon - dnp
Shaun Marsh - dnp
Steve Smith - dnp
David Warner - dnp
Kane Williamson - dnp


Overall

Simon Harmer - 5466
Jeetan Patel - 4818
Rashid Khan - 4330
Jofra Archer - 4042
Jos Buttler - 3974
Virat Kohli- 3502
Sunil Narine- 3380
Joe Root - 3345
Aaron Finch - 3343
Kane Williamson - 3203
Shakib Al Hasan - 2642
Ravi Ashwin - 2581
JP Duminy - 2336
Hashim Amla - 2091
Quinton de Kock - 2020
AB De Villiers- 2010
Dean Elgar- 1840
Nathan Lyon - 1833
Mitchell Marsh - 1663
Ravi Jadeja - 1600
Shaun Marsh- 1498
David Warner - 1401
Steve Smith - 1350
George Bailey - 631

Headlines

A Mitchell Marsh inspired dash sees RDJ overtake a snoozing FTS.

Week

DFM - 462
Ian - 434
RDJ - 229
DC - 220
GG-AS - 200
Rich - 131
The Professor- 128
Adi - 49
FTS - 31
Andy - 0
Arthur - 0
RD - 0

Overall

DFM - 10284
GG-AS - 7675
Dr Cricket - 7385
Rich - 6555
The Professor - 5716
Adi - 5593
Andy - 5213
Ian - 4442
Red Devil Jr - 3753
FTS - 3673
Red Devil - 2899
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:36 pm

thanks Prof

building a healthy lead before my boys go to sleep for a few weeks
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby The Professor » Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:13 pm

I feel that some players are built for certain situations. Your Jos Buttlers and your AB De Villiers love a protracted T20 tournament. Your Simon Harmers and your Jeetan Patels love a sprawling long form tournament. Rashid Khan enjoys a short intense burst of cricket against high class international opposition. It is here where he excels. And excel he has this week as he has picked up 405 points across his three games in the Asia Cup - a tournament where his team has impressed by matching the big boys stroke for stroke. A rare treat for Afghanistan fans was when Rashid gave everyone a reminder that his first discipline was with the bat as he motored to 57* against Bangladesh. This, coupled with 7 wickets across three games, has put him head and shoulders above the rest this week both overall and in terms of his Asia Cup compatriots. Shakib Al Hasan finishes third this week but with nearly half the amount of Rashid's points whilst Ravi Jadeja, who began the week playing for Saurashtra, picked up 5th place with one amazing performance against Bangladesh when called up at short notice. Interestingly only one of these three have moved position on the overall table; Rashid remains in third but moves closer to Patel in second, Shakib infinitesimally narrows the canyon between tenth and eleventh whilst Jadeja overtakes Mitchell Marsh to claim nineteenth.

The mystery of Sunil Narine continues. Throughout the year I have mentioned the disproportion between the West Indian spinners performances in the IPL and his performances elsewhere. Clearly a spinner is likely to thrive in Indian conditions but for a player that has also become a powerful T20 opener off the back of that tournament, his dip in form with the bat has been equally inexplicable. In his 16 games for Kolkata this season, Narine got 17 wickets and 357 runs - averaging just over a wicket every match (obviously) and 22.3 with the bat. Fast forward to the CPL where Narine is performing in home conditions and at some of the exact same grounds where he started the year with some exceptionally fine fifty over performances for Trinidad and Tobago. Here he is averaging 5.5 across his 12 games and has got a mere 8 wickets. This has gained him just 436 points across the course of the tournament. I have no answer as to why this drop in form is so stark. It cannot be conditions otherwise he would be a flop in the Regional Super50 competition. It can't be big crowds pumping him up in the IPL because the CPL hasn't been doing too badly in those respects this year. It will have to remain a mystery.

And there there is George Bailey. People remember George Bailey with the sort of misty nostalgia that one considers ones youth. A transient thought that will occasionally drift into view as you fall asleep. More of a concept than an actual Cricketer. This all changed this week when George Bailey, a figure many considered mythological, rose again and actually played cricket. With a bat and ball and everything. Bailey last featured in our league in Week 13 and has had a laconic 24 weeks off. For such a long period away from the game, the Tasmanian didn't look too shabby in his two games on his way to 81 points in the week, the highlight being an 18 ball 25 batting at 5 versus Victoria. This has seen him break the 700 point threshold. For frame of reference JP Duminy was the first to break 700 in Week 5 and our leader, Simon Harmer, followed suit in Week 8. Bailey is now 638 points away from Steve Smith in 23rd place - a player who broke into the 700s in Week 13. Bailey better hope for a phenomenal Australian Summer.

Week

Rashid Khan - 405
Simon Harmer - 307
Shakib Al Hasan - 214
Jofra Archer- 171
Ravi Jadeja - 154
Dean Elgar- 140
George Bailey - 81
Jeetan Patel - 71
Sunil Narine- 30
Hashim Amla - dnp
Ravi Ashwin - dnp
Jos Buttler - dnp
AB De Villiers- dnp
Quinton De Kock- dnp
JP Duminy- dnp
Aaron Finch- dnp
Virat Kohli- dnp
Nathan Lyon - dnp
Mitchell Marsh- dnp
Shaun Marsh - dnp
Joe Root - dnp
Steve Smith - dnp
David Warner - dnp
Kane Williamson - dnp

Overall

Simon Harmer - 5773
Jeetan Patel - 4889
Rashid Khan - 4735
Jofra Archer - 4213
Jos Buttler - 3974
Virat Kohli- 3502
Sunil Narine- 3410
Joe Root - 3345
Aaron Finch - 3343
Kane Williamson - 3203
Shakib Al Hasan - 2856
Ravi Ashwin - 2581
JP Duminy - 2336
Hashim Amla - 2091
Quinton de Kock - 2020
AB De Villiers- 2010
Dean Elgar- 1980
Nathan Lyon - 1833
Ravi Jadeja - 1754
Mitchell Marsh - 1663
Shaun Marsh- 1498
David Warner - 1401
Steve Smith - 1350
George Bailey - 712

Headlines

Rashid Khan's one score sees GG-AS beat DFM's Harmer and Patel.

FTS catches RDJ and moves into ninth

Week

GG-AS - 405
DFM - 378
Ian - 368
DC - 171
FTS - 140
Arthur - 81
The Professor- 30
Adi - 0
Andy - 0
Rich - 0
RDJ - 0

Overall

DFM - 10662
GG-AS - 8080
Dr Cricket - 7556
Rich - 6555
The Professor - 5746
Adi - 5593
Andy - 5213
Ian - 4810
FTS - 3813
Red Devil Jr - 3753
Red Devil - 2899
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:03 pm

Thanks for coming George.

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