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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby The Professor » Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:45 pm

The year has been bookended by outstanding performances from Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan but, in the words of Vanessa Williams, he went and saved the best for last. At the end of the month of January, Shakib had won Cricketer of the Week twice and was second in the overall placings. Since then injury and sporadic activity saw him only finish atop the overall league once more in August, however his performances in the T20 series against West Indies have been nothing short of phenomenal. The allrounder has proved himself just that with 103 runs and 8 wickets - including a T20 five-fer. He also marked the Week by becoming the third highest wicket taker in T20Is with 86. It speaks of the gulf between players just outside the top ten that, despite his haul of 403 points this week, he doesn't move a single place in the overall table. He is now 41 points off Ravi Ashwin in 12th place. With next week being a round up of the year and a breakdown of the top ten, it seems apposite to look at our mid table. This little patch of our overall table sees Ravis Ashwin and Jadeja as well as Shakib very much adrift of the top eleven but also fields ahead of Quinton De Kock in 15th. These three players are all in this cricketing limbo for a number of reasons. As has been very clear in these posts, Ravi Jadeja's season has oscillated between god awful and phenomenal, so I guess it seems fitting he languishes bang in the middle of the table. Ashwin is in the autumn of his cricketing years and is seemingly being protected in the mould of Jimmy Anderson so he has not played as many games as he once did. And then, to round it off, Shakib who has been injury plagued. All three of these players are capable of turning in great performances but not with the regularity to push on into the top ten.

You work hard for your team all season. You, almost single-handedly get them to the final. You know the fate of the team rests on your shoulders. So what do you do? You crap out for five and hand victory to the opposing team. Such was the fate of Quinton De Kock who ended his most consistently profligate period of time in 2018 with his lowest score of the year. Anti-climactic disappointments aside, De Kock has used the Mzansi Super League to boost his points hugely. The South African wicket-keeper-batsman added exactly 800 points to his overall tally during the tournament and now sees himself the leading active South African international on our overall list. Our South African contingent have disappointed this year; clustered, as they are, in the lower mid-section of the table and far far adrift of the top half. The fact that a player that was widely ignored throughout the year's marquee domestic T20 competition has managed to overhaul his more wellthought of colleagues is testament to the damp squib of a year for the Saffers.

I have focused on the middle of the table and just outside the top ten. Before I move on to the only surviving battle within the top ten I suppose a cursory glance at the bottom of the table is needed. Languishing in last place is George Bailey. His sporadic scores of 50+ throughout the latter stages of the year have not managed to see him 'pull a Jadeja' and spurt up the table. He is still 62 points off Steve Smith in 23rd. In a death grip of futility Smith and Warner have stayed glued to one another since the fateful day in South Africa and sit in 22nd and 23rd. Whatever emerges about their future in 2019 should be fascinating, although they are very unlikely to be retained on our watch list. I mean, even the BPL considered Smith damaged property enough for Comilla to drop him. Then in 21st (notional bottom place) sits Hashim Amla. This week has been a better one for him as he coupled his now obligatory duck with 61 in his second innings for Cape Cobras against the Warriors. It has been an underwhelming year for the bearded one but we have walked this path before in previous posts.

From about March, Kane Williamson has made tenth place his base camp from which he has not wandered too far from before scurrying back from either direction. This week he scored 121 thanks to a decent batting performance against Pakistan but this was not enough to stop the onwards charge of Nathan Lyon to knock him down into eleventh place in the eleventh hour. Williamson has been by far the most consistent player of the two throughout the year. As was mentioned last week, Lyon has spent long periods of time inactive; this has meant that between January and September, Williamson had the most points per month in all but two. This has all changed since October though, when Lyon has gone into hyperdrive. With monthly scores of 894 in October, 599 in November and 1054 so far in December, Lyon's unstoppable surge has seen him on an upward trajectory from 15th place in the first week of October to tenth today. With a week left in the year both players have Test matches on their schedule. Will Lyon's 191 point cushion be enough to lock Williamson out?

Week

Shakib Al Hasan - 403
Nathan Lyon - 344
Jeetan Patel - 212
Simon Harmer - 197
Virat Kohli- 190
Dean Elgar - 122
Kane Williamson- 121
Rashid Khan - 110
Aaron Finch - 105
Hashim Amla - 81
George Bailey - 62
Jofra Archer - 50
Jos Buttler - 50
Shaun Marsh - 50
Joe Root- 18
Quinton De Kock- 5
Mitchell Marsh - 3
Ravi Ashwin- dnp
AB De Villiers- dnp
JP Duminy- dnp
Ravi Jadeja- dnp
Sunil Narine- dnp
Steve Smith - dnp
David Warner - dnp

Overall

Simon Harmer - 8426
Rashid Khan - 6135
Jeetan Patel - 5819
Virat Kohli- 4855
Jos Buttler - 4584
Jofra Archer - 4433
Sunil Narine- 4377
Joe Root - 4198
Aaron Finch - 4149
Nathan Lyon - 4380
Kane Williamson - 4181
Ravi Ashwin - 3845
Shakib Al Hasan - 3804
Ravi Jadeja - 3303
Quinton de Kock - 3081
Mitchell Marsh - 2909
Dean Elgar- 2736
Shaun Marsh- 2599
AB De Villiers- 2542
JP Duminy - 2496
Hashim Amla - 2283
David Warner - 1401
Steve Smith - 1350
George Bailey - 1298

Headlines

Ian continues his strong finish to the season.

Both Adi and FTS over take a backsliding Professor

Week

FTS - 466
DFM - 409
Ian - 403
Adi - 271
DC - 155
GG-AS - 128
Andy - 121
Arthur - 62
RD - 50
Rich - 50
RDJ - 8
The Professor- 0

Overall

DFM - 13245
GG-AS - 10333
Dr Cricket - 8582
Rich - 8419
Ian - 7317
Adi - 7139
FTS - 7116
The Professor - 6873
Andy - 6723
Red Devil Jr - 6080
Red Devil - 4000
Arthur - 2648
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Sun Dec 23, 2018 3:46 pm

thanks Prof

I think I might be able to relax now. ;)
I tried to think outside the box and it seems to have paid off

It seems that 2018 will not be a fantasy league desert for me after all. I've spent 2 years in the wilderness, with just a golfing FL in 2017 to my name, but I can now add this one for 2018 and I hope to make a strong start to 2019, by securing a couple of women's FL's where I am in serious contention
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby meninblue » Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:45 am

Was there a chance that a women cricketer would have scored more points than Amla :hmmm
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Mon Dec 24, 2018 6:56 pm

Ellyse Perry, perhaps
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby The Professor » Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:47 am

There is a peculiar circularity to the fact that we end the year in the exact same position as we began it - awarding Jos Buttler as Cricketer of the Week for his performances in the BBL. In Week One he gained 192 points with 102 runs. In Week Fifty-Two he bagged 262 with 152 coming from the bat. It is fitting reward for the (now) English Test Cricketer and is indicative of his skill. For many cricketing aficionados he is the most technically accurate batsman in the world - this is borne out by the fact he is second only to Virat Kohli (the most prolific batsman in the world) in terms of out and out batsmen in our overall league. The fact that he is competing in the same BBL team as his England captain Joe Root forces you to compare the two against each other. Before being granted the England captaincy, many drooled over the batting prowess of the Yorkshire man. Many also feared that, after succeeding Alistair Cook, Joe Root's batting would wain. Lamentably this has been borne out with Root looking more than average this year and is a full 612 points behind Buttler. With lots of English action on the cards in 2019, I expect Buttler to go from strength to strength next year.

I have coined the term 'doing a Jadeja' this year and, despite the fact he is not on our list of Cricketers for 2019, I think it might stick around. It happened again this week. After being injured/ignored/poorly managed (depending on what Indian media outlet you paid heed to) for the first two Tests against Australia, Jadeja came back roaring. Despite the fact that five wickets is something of a meagre haul - especially in comparison to his compatriot Jasprit Bumrah - it was maidens and his economy that helped him surge up the weekly table and claim second place. This sense of surging is a familiar experience for the Saurashtra man. At the start of April, Jadeja was rock bottom of the overall table and was only just lifted off that by George Bailey, Steve Smith and David Warner as the English Summer arrived. It is only in the latter third of the year that we have seen a beleaguered Ravi Jadeja lurch his way, unevenly, up the table until he has come to rest in his final position - a creditable mid-table. As I have suggested he is not being carried over to our list in 2019 but it will be fascinating to see whether his spell in the Indian team will continue or whether he will lose his appeal as flavour of the month. One thing we must bear in mind however is that after 40 Tests, Jadeja has the most wickets by a left arm bowler in the history of Test cricket. Not too shabby at all.

Oh George. You are such a tease. As I suggested above, George Bailey has been rock bottom of our overall table since the beginning of May - however the plucky Aussie has reared his head up occasionally with a cheeky glimpse of his potential. No more so than in his final week on our list. He has evolved into some latter day Chris Gayle this week with two explosive performances for Hobart that stand out in stark contrast to some of his more mundane outings throughout the rest of the year. His 27* against Melbourne Stars came off 18 balls. This was then followed by an even more impressive 23 off 10 balls against Sydney Thunder. This sees him pick up an unprecedented 70 points off strike rate alone and finish a creditable seventh in our weekly list. If the year was only a few weeks longer Bailey might have even escaped from the wooden spoon position. He is now just 31 points off of his fellow Aussie, Steve Smith, however time has run out on the veteran and he languishes in very last place for 2018. It really was not a wonderful life for Bailey this year.

Week

Jos Buttler - 262
Ravi Ashwin- 259
Rashid Khan - 156
Nathan Lyon - 127
Virat Kohli- 122
George Bailey - 121
Jofra Archer- 120
Dean Elgar - 102
Hashim Amla- 91
Quinton De Kock- 85
Shaun Marsh- 73
Kane Williamson - 70
Mitchell Marsh- 69
Jeetan Patel - 37
Joe Root - 36
Aaron Finch- 31
Ravi Ashwin- dnp
Shakib Al Hasan - dnp
AB De Villiers- dnp
JP Duminy - dnp
Simon Harmer - dnp
Sunil Narine- dnp
Steve Smith- dnp
David Warner - dnp

Overall

Simon Harmer - 8426
Rashid Khan - 6291
Jeetan Patel - 5856
Virat Kohli- 4977
Jos Buttler - 4846
Jofra Archer - 4553
Nathan Lyon - 4507
Sunil Narine- 4377
Kane Williamson - 4251
Joe Root - 4234
Aaron Finch - 4180
Ravi Ashwin - 3845
Shakib Al Hasan - 3804
Ravi Jadeja - 3562
Quinton de Kock - 3166
Mitchell Marsh - 2978
Dean Elgar- 2838
Shaun Marsh- 2599
AB De Villiers- 2542
JP Duminy - 2496
Hashim Amla - 2374
David Warner - 1401
Steve Smith - 1350
George Bailey - 1319

Headlines

Congratulations to DFM he claims the inaugural All Year Fantasy Trophy with a lead of 2757.

Commiserations to Arthur who was somewhat hampered by ill discipline.

Note the death clinch that Adi and FTS find themselves in until the bitter end.

Headlines

Rich - 262
Ian - 259
FTS - 229
Adi - 213
GG-AS - 192
RDJ - 154
Dr Cricket - 151
Arthur - 121
RD - 73
Andy - 70
DFM - 37
The Professor- 0

Overall

DFM - 13282
GG-AS - 10525
Dr Cricket - 8733
Rich - 8681
Ian - 7576
Adi - 7352
FTS - 7345
The Professor - 6873
Andy - 6793
Red Devil Jr - 6234
Red Devil - 4073
Arthur - 2769
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby The Professor » Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:49 am

For the last year we have been monitoring the top 24 Cricketers in the world; but who has finished top of the top?

10. Joe Root

Total points: 4234
Gap from next position: 54
Number of Cricketer of the Weeks awarded: 1
Highest Scoring Week: Week 29 - Right in the middle of the ODI series vs India and two centuries on the trot gave Root 424.
Summary: He will be disappointed in his overall performances for England this year despite the fact that the Test side is in a better condition than we have seen in many a moon.

9. Kane Williamson

Total points: 4251
Gap from next position: 17
Number of Cricketer of the Weeks awarded: 0
Highest Scoring Week: Week 31 - Two man of the match performances for Yorkshire in the T20 Blast yielded 298 points.
Summary: 2018's forgotten man - barely any international cricket and no stand out performances in high profile competitions - Williamson has been quietly grinding away to get his 9th place finish.

8. Sunil Narine

Total points: 4377
Gap from next position: 126
Number of Cricketer of the Weeks awarded: 3
Highest Scoring Week: Week 5 - Narine peaked early by claiming 487 points thanks to 10 wickets in three games over the course of one week in the Regional Super 50 competition.
Summary: You can criticise Narine all you like but to perform as well as he has all across the world needs a special amount of skill.

7. Nathan Lyon

Total points: 4507
Gap from next position: 130
Number of Cricketer of the Weeks awarded: 6
Highest Scoring Week: Week 50 - Just a few weeks ago, Lyon bagged 8 wickets against the best players of spin in the world and gained 377 points
Summary: The fact that Lyon has the second most Cricketer of the Week awards tells you all you need to know - when Lyon plays he plays phenomenally.

6. Jofra Archer

Total points: 4553
Gap from next position: 46
Number of Cricketer of the Weeks awarded: 2
Highest Scoring Week: Week 29 - As Root (his future captain?) was schooling India, Archer was racking up 381 points for Sussex thanks to 8 wickets vs Gloucestershire.
Summary: Every County Championship game was a corker for one of England's brightest young talents.

5. Jos Buttler

Total points: 4846
Gap from next position: 293
Number of Cricketer of the Weeks awarded: 2
Highest Scoring Week: Week 19 - Buttler attempted to save his Rajasthan team with three consecutive scores over 50 plus in a week which helped him to 378 points.
Summary: He will be very pleased with his 2018 - a year where his stock has risen in all forms of the game.

4. Virat Kohli

Total points: 4977
Gap from next position: 131
Number of Cricketer of the Weeks awarded: 4
Highest Scoring Week: Week 43 - Two hundreds in a week against West Indies saw the Indian captain register a huge 417 points.
Summary: He has had another impressive year...but one would have to wonder whether he would be pleased with finishing fourth.

3. Jeetan Patel

Total points: 5856
Gap from next position: 879
Number of Cricketer of the Weeks awarded: 5
Highest Scoring Week: Week 26 - 496 points from back to back games against Kent and Durham saw the New Zealander shoot up the table.
Summary: Jeets has had another great year at the top of his game on both sides of the world.

2. Rashid Khan

Total points: 6291
Gap from next position: 435
Number of Cricketer of the Weeks awarded: 5
Highest Scoring Week: Week 38 - Rashid thrived in the Asia Cup and seven wickets in three games plus some handy batting garnered him 405 points.
Summary: These are heady days for the Afghanistani spinner - having played all,over the world and continuing to impress internationally, the world is Rashid's oyster.

1. Simon Harmer

Total points: 8426
Gap from next position: 2135
Number of Cricketer of the Weeks awarded: 8
Highest Scoring Week: Week 26 - Back to back games against Nottinghamshire and Somerset saw 10 wickets and 581 points.
Summary: He is an unlikely winner but he has indefatigably earned every single point; whether he is playing for Essex, Warriors or Jozi he performs at the very best of his ability. A truly astonishing year.
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:04 pm

thanks Prof, it all went better than I could possibly have imagined

and congratulations on the impeccable manner in which this, a monster of an FL, has been run

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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:47 pm

Hooray for Prof and this immense, year long, immaculate undertaking. Very much appreciated.
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby ianp1970 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:56 pm

Well done DFM :clap

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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby meninblue » Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:56 pm

Well selected, Durham :clap Those were great selections. Extremely well conducted FL by Professor. :thumb

Amla's severe decline in form hurt the rankings a lot. Turned out to be a very bad selection.
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:59 pm

Arthur Crabtree wrote:Hooray for Prof and this immense, year long, immaculate undertaking. Very much appreciated.


And well done to Durham for the power of his 365 day foresight.
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:23 pm

it was just a guess that paid off
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