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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:18 pm

who are the Jozi Stars and when do they play?
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby The Professor » Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:27 pm

Part of this new South African T20.

Starts next month
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:34 am

Ah!

they've finally sorted one out have they?

only a year late
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby The Professor » Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:05 pm

What has become startlingly clear this week is that a team's success does not necessarily mean guaranteed points for key members of that team. Australia have been absolutely drubbed in the UAE - a series that will be best remembered for the Aussies batting for a draw in an impressive fashion but one that was not overly congruent with the combative style of play Australia like to associate themselves with. Despite this Nathan Lyon has managed to stand above a somewhat unimpressive cast of misfits to deliver some of his best figures on the sub continent and claim Cricketer of the Week in the process. His eight wickets were added to Lyon's customary low economy and plethora of maidens to push his score over the 300 mark for the second time in three weeks. The under rated spin bowler now sits thirteenth on our overall list. Moving up that overall list but (quite dramatically) down the weekly list, Virat Kohli provides the antithesis of Nathan Lyon. His India team were even more dominant over the West Indies than Pakistan over Australia but the India captain got only 45 points to show from this. It is often the case with these dominating wins that it can disadvantage certain players and it seems that Kohli feels the brunt of these more often than most. Not that he will overly mind as he sits in sixth place with his more favoured ODI matches on the horizon.

Whilst we have focussed on some other low performing Cricketers in these posts as the weeks have gone by, Shaun Marsh has gone unnoticed but, as the likes of his brother Mitchell and Ravi Jadeja move up, we see Shaun Marsh just above the trio of David Warner, Steve Smith and George Bailey in 21st place. His poor performance in this tour of the UAE has put his place in the Australia squad under question but his form has been poor for a long time before that. Excluding bowlers, wicket keepers and allrounders, Marsh has the eighth lowest batting average of any Australian batsman over the last one hundred years and averages just 8.8 in his last ten innings. In terms of all his performances this year he has hardly set the world alight either. His highest point scoring Week came in Week 24 when his 215 points saw him claim top spot for his One Day performances against England - however his overall average for his twenty active weeks sits at just 82.8. The injury plagued star could blame his injury plagued-ness for this and he will hope to return to form in 2018 - but at 35 years old, Marsh the Second does not have time on his hands.

341 points this week proves the theory that Rashid Khan can always be relied on in the latter stages of tournaments. We have seen this time and time again and Kabul have a lot to thank their captain for as they have progressed to the inaugural APL final. This week has proved a further feather in the cap for those who think that Rashid could turn into a decent allrounder, starting with an awesome 27 off 8 balls against Kandahar and then a more sedate 35 off 19 coupled with bowling figures of 4/20 in the Semi-Final against Paktia. We will see this afternoon if Rashid can take the cherry on the cake and lift his country's first domestic trophy to top off a very impressive 2018 for the young Afghanistan player.

Week

Nathan Lyon - 353
Rashid Khan - 341
Jeetan Patel - 215
Ravi Ashwin - 210
Ravi Jadeja - 190
Simon Harmer - 162
Mitchell Marsh- 143
Joe Root- 141
Jos Buttler- 128
Aaron Finch- 70
Dean Elgar - 51
Virat Kohli- 45
Sunil Narine - 33
George Bailey - 12
Shaun Marsh - 7
Shakib Al Hasan - dnp
Hashim Amla- dnp
Jofra Archer- dnp
Quinton De Kock- dnp
AB De Villiers- dnp
JP Duminy- dnp
Steve Smith - dnp
David Warner - dnp
Kane Williamson - dnp

Overall

Simon Harmer - 6187
Rashid Khan - 5522
Jeetan Patel - 5311
Jos Buttler - 4102
Sunil Narine- 3887
Virat Kohli- 3716
Jofra Archer - 3578
Aaron Finch - 3648
Joe Root - 3646
Kane Williamson - 3287
Ravi Ashwin - 3028
Shakib Al Hasan - 2886
Nathan Lyon - 2727
JP Duminy - 2496
Ravi Jadeja - 2447
Quinton de Kock - 2121
Hashim Amla - 2091
Mitchell Marsh - 2085
Dean Elgar- 2047
AB De Villiers- 2010
Shaun Marsh- 1656
David Warner - 1401
Steve Smith - 1350
George Bailey - 981

Week

GG-AS - 482
FTS - 404
DFM - 377
Rich - 338
Ian - 190
RDJ - 143
DC - 70
Adi - 45
The Professor- 33
Arthur - 12
RD - 7
Andy - 0

Overall

DFM - 11498
GG-AS - 9168
Dr Cricket - 7861
Rich - 7130
The Professor - 6383
Adi - 5808
Ian - 5533
Andy - 5297
FTS - 4774
Red Devil Jr - 4276
Red Devil - 3057
Arthur - 2331
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:38 pm

Thanks Prof, immaculate as always.

nice to see that my boys are still plugging away below the international radar
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:43 pm

Yes thanks Prof.

It's a long slow defeat this competition. This wooden spoon was as distantly visible and inexorable as an Earth destroying meteor from space.
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby The Professor » Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:24 am

Mrs Professor and I are off for a weekend break; might do a Friday afternoon round up....Or get up early on Saturday to do
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:48 pm

enjoy
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:24 pm

only a modest return from Simon Harmer this week. Nothing from Jeets, who I assume is having a Ford trophy break
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:17 pm

Have a lie in tomorrow Prof. You've earned it.
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby The Professor » Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:29 am

I stumbled across a website this week that tells you all the words that entered the dictionary on the year of your birth (trust me it is more interesting than it sounds) - for those born in 2018 I would suggest the verb 'to Kohli' should be featured on that site. For me Kohli-ing is repeatedly performing a seemingly impossible feat twice in close succession. This is a talent that the estimable Virat has performed numerous times but none more startlingly than his two mammoth hundreds against West Indies this week. Last time out I referred to ODIs being Kohli's favoured format but the idea of him scoring 417 points in a week was not in my wildest dreams. This is the India captain's highest weekly total of 2018 but the second time that he has scored over 400 points - the first time was back in January where he won Cricketer of the Week for the first time for his performances in the ODIs against South Africa. This was not the only threshold he passed this week. He also passes 4000 points in our overall table and leapfrogs both Sunil Narine and Jos Buttler to claim fourth place. There is also the small matter of him surpassing the 10,000 run mark in ODIs. He is now going to have a couple of dormant weeks as he is going to be rested for the T20 series but I think he has more than picked up the slack with his performances this week.

Simon Harmer has been something of a fan favourite on these posts. The unlikely leader of our Top 24 still continues to impress after returning to his homeland. In the last fortnight he has signed on to one of the franchises in the new Mzansi Super League and has also claimed his 500th wicket this week in the Warriors shock win against the Dolphins. Whilst he has not impressed with either bat or ball, his economies and maidens have seen him take second spot this week. This is something I feel needs to be addressed. In no way to detract from Harmer or Jeetan Patel's achievements this year but the two players, who sit first and third in the overall table, benefit hugely from economy rates in long ball cricket. This has caused me to rethink how I will calculate points next year when we select a whole new batch of players to monitor for 2019. I intend to drop the five points allocated to each bowler for a maiden over. This was originally put in as a way of boosting bowlers points against batsmen but has, arguably, gone too far. This would not have huge effects on the success of most players most weeks. Harmer's 220 points this week would be recalculated to a (still fairly decent) 175 - however what it would stop is players who are overly reliant on stifling economies and boosting their overall weekly score. This is something that the likes of Sunil Narine and Nathan Lyon have profited from in the past. Lyon, last week's champion, got 353 points with 65 points from maidens and then doubled that with a further 60 points for two economy rates below 4.0. This new rule should cancel out the dominance we have seen from a certain type of bowler this year whilst still making the Harmers and Patels of this world a worthwhile selection.

Maybe Aaron Finch is trying to prove a point. Maybe he's broken. Maybe he's tried to recalibrate and has done so with a phenomenal success rate. Whatever the answer is one thing is for sure; he is desperate to bury his label as someone whose batting style is not fit for Test cricket. And so desperate has been to redress this point that, after a promising Test debut from a personal perspective, he has followed it up with some absolutely dire performances in the T20 series. This week Finch scored 4 runs in three innings against the UAE and Australia. His weekly score looks much improved with some impressive performances in the field but, my god, Finch does look good as a Test batsmen now. This strategy has turned heads and England's Jos Buttler, another player to be labelled a short form Cricketer alone, went out and scored a duck this week. This means, through a combination of precipitation and ineptitude, the wicket keeper batsman has managed to hide his big hitting light under a bushel and scored a combined total of 28 runs across the five ODI series against Sri Lanka. If being bad at 50 over cricket is the key to Test success, I expect my call up any day now.

Week

Virat Kohli - 417
Simon Harmer - 220
Ravi Ashwin - 177
Ravi Jadeja- 73
Mitchell Marsh- 51
Sunil Narine- 51
Aaron Finch - 44
Rashid Khan - 33
Joe Root - 20
Dean Elgar- 7
Jos Buttler - 0
Shakib Al Hasan - dnp
Hashim Amla- dnp
Jofra Archer - dnp
George Bailey - dnp
Quinton De Kock- dnp
AB De Villiers- dnp
JP Duminy- dnp
Nathan Lyon - dnp
Shaun Marsh - dnp
Jeetan Patel - dnp
Steve Smith- dnp
David Warner - dnp
Kane Williamson - dnp

Overall

Simon Harmer - 6407
Rashid Khan - 5555
Jeetan Patel - 5311
Virat Kohli- 4133
Jos Buttler - 4102
Sunil Narine- 3938
Aaron Finch - 3692
Joe Root - 3666
Jofra Archer - 3578
Kane Williamson - 3287
Ravi Ashwin - 3205
Shakib Al Hasan - 2886
Nathan Lyon - 2727
Ravi Jadeja - 2520
JP Duminy - 2496
Mitchell Marsh - 2136
Quinton de Kock - 2121
Hashim Amla - 2091
Dean Elgar- 2054
AB De Villiers- 2010
Shaun Marsh- 1656
David Warner - 1401
Steve Smith - 1350
George Bailey - 981

Headlines

Overall low scoring week for most.

Adi takes a Kohli inspired leap towards The Professor

Arthur returns to nil pois after a five week scoring spree.

Week

Adi - 417
DFM- 220
Rich - 177
Ian - 73
GG-AS - 53
The Professor- 51
RDJ - 51
DC - 44
FTS - 7
Andy - 0
Arthur - 0
RD - 0

Overall

DFM - 11718
GG-AS - 9221
Dr Cricket - 7905
Rich - 7307
The Professor - 6434
Adi - 6225
Ian - 5606
Andy - 5297
FTS - 4781
Red Devil Jr - 4327
Red Devil - 3057
Arthur - 2331
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:56 am

Good stuff Prof, as ever.

This is a procession for Durham surely. No one ever had a lead of 2000+ in a FL before.
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:31 pm

Arthur Crabtree wrote:Good stuff Prof, as ever.

This is a procession for Durham surely. No one ever had a lead of 2000+ in a FL before.

never been an FL as long as this one, of course.

Lead back up to around 2,500, which makes me very happy with only 9 weeks to go until the end of the year

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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby The Professor » Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:24 pm

What can you say about Shaun Marsh? After being discarded by Australia - a busted flush after a dire series against Pakistan - he dejectedly returns to Western Australia a broken man .....and scores 178 runs against Tasmania. Great joy and jubilation. The saviour of Australian cricket has returned. South Africa are in town. Call him back up. Let him lead Australia to their new elite future. However wait....no.....he has an abscess in his buttock and needs to withdraw from the squad for surgery. Such is the career trajectory of just one week in the life of Shaun Edward Marsh. Such twists and turns are more likely seen in a Hollywood blockbuster rather than the fields of Perth. With characteristic peculiarity he finds himself back atop the weekly poll as top Cricketer of the Week despite the last few dire showings in the league. The Rocky Balboa of cricket seems unable to hold down his destined place in the international side much to his and his supporters frustrations - this is despite the fact that when he returns to domestic stuff he tears the place apart. In this regard George Bailey is the ying to Marsh's yang. Having averaged 6.2 across his last five innings for Tasmania, the veteran Aussie returned to a (sort of) international team as he captained the Prime Minister's XI against South Africa and impressed many with his score of 51*. So quiet has Bailey's year been that many had forgotten the Tasmanian's unusual stance which led to something of a Twitter frenzy around the old-timer. His 99 points this week (10% of his overall score for the year) sees him break 1000 points in the competition and is now just a mere 5507 away from Simon Harmer. I still believe, George.

Cast your minds back to when you were young and you may remember a cricket team by the name of New Zealand....and their captain was this bloke called Kane Williamson who has had to rely on Sunrisers Hyderabad and Yorkshire to pick up his points this year. This week, however, New Zealand decided to dust off the old cricket equipment that they had found at the back of their shed and have a good old nostalgic T20 series against Pakistan in the UAE. Just for old times sake. These three T20 matches has seen Williamson look somewhat rusty after a break away from the game but his combined score of 219 across the three games sees him finish third on our weekly table and register his highest score in 13 weeks. His overall position on the table is still pretty consistent with where he was at the start of the IPL season - just clinging on to the top ten. This will change though as Messrs Ashwin, Al Hassan and Lyon are narrowing the gap between the top ten and the chasing pack. Maybe Williamson is returning to international action just in time.

A while ago I referred to Quinton De Kock as Mr Consistent. A player who, whilst not playing as regularly as he would like, will always deliver when asked. I proved this by highlighting the amount of times he registers three figure point scores for the week. Well, he has done it again this week with 107 across his two games in Australia to continue a slow gentle plod of a year. It has been a disappointing year for the majority of the South Africans on our list (with one notable exception) which sees them all bunched together on the overall table with JP Duminy at the top in 15th and AB De Villiers at the bottom in twentieth. With these players in such close proximity to one another it is tempting to compare them and this week has thrown Dean Elgar up as one of the top performers thanks to a score of 128 for the Titans against the Lions. Elgar finds himself 2 places above De Kock in the overall table but with only a 14 point lead. What will be disappointing for the batsman is the fact that he has played so much more than his compatriot. Elgar's 2222 points comes from 25 active weeks (Average 88.88) whilst De Kock's 2208 comes from 21 active weeks (Average 105.14). This shows that De Kock is more reliable than Elgar. This variance is also shown in a week by week basis. Whilst both of them have a similar amount of three figure scoring weeks (QDK 11 and Elgar 10), Elgar has scored less than fifty points in an active week seven times compared to De Kock's three. In this way it is clear that Elgar is the one that is having the most inconsistent year but De Kock who has been treated poorly, first by Bangalore and now by South Africa.

Week

Shaun Marsh-248
Virat Kohli- 236
Kane Williamson - 219
Ravi Jadeja - 197
Simon Harmer - 180
Joe Root- 175
Dean Elgar - 168
Ravi Ashwin - 165
Quinton De Kock- 107
George Bailey - 99
Jos Buttler - 92
Mitchell Marsh- 81
Aaron Finch- 26
Nathan Lyon - 24
Shakib Al Hasan - dnp
Hashim Amla - dnp
Jofra Archer - dnp
AB De Villiers- dnp
JP Duminy- dnp
Rashid Khan - dnp
Sunil Narine - dnp
Jeetan Patel - dnp
David Warner - dnp

Overall

Simon Harmer - 6587
Rashid Khan - 5555
Jeetan Patel - 5311
Virat Kohli- 4369
Jos Buttler - 4194
Sunil Narine- 3938
Joe Root - 3841
Aaron Finch - 3718
Jofra Archer - 3578
Kane Williamson - 3506
Ravi Ashwin - 3370
Shakib Al Hasan - 2886
Nathan Lyon - 2751
Ravi Jadeja - 2717
JP Duminy - 2496
Dean Elgar- 2222
Mitchell Marsh - 2217
Quinton de Kock - 2208
Hashim Amla - 2091
AB De Villiers- 2010
Shaun Marsh- 1904
David Warner - 1401
Steve Smith - 1350
George Bailey - 1080

Headlines

Adi takes 5th place over The Professor
Rich zones in on DC.

Week

Rich - 257
RD - 248
Adi - 236
Andy - 219
Ian - 197
FTS - 192
RDJ - 188
DFM - 180
GG-AS - 175
Arthur - 99
DC - 26
The Professor- 0

Overall

DFM - 11898
GG-AS - 9396
Dr Cricket - 7931
Rich - 7564
Adi - 6461
The Professor - 6434
Ian - 5803
Andy - 5516
FTS - 4973
Red Devil Jr - 4515
Red Devil - 3305
Arthur - 2430
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:20 pm

well done, Prof... I wasn't expecting an update this week. Fine commitment
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