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Lockdown Tournament Warmup Match

 

The Short Leg XI contested against Neptune Gaming in a warm up match and unfortunately we recorded our first and hopefully final loss of the tournament. 

After winning the toss and batting first, we lost D’Arcy Short (5) early in the piece but it was his opening and diminutive batting partner Temba Bavuma who marshalled the troops up to a competitive total. His contrasting style with the aggressive, flamboyant batting displays of the rest of the order worked well as he ran between the wickets very well and hit boundaries right at the times we needed them. 

Despite the losses of Joe Root (24 from 18) and Glenn Maxwell (10 from 10) in quick succession, Bavuma was undeterred and powered his way to a 41 ball fifty. Captain Shimron Hetymer produced flashes of his potential with a quick fire 19 before being outdone by a Jimmy Neesham slower ball.

Keeper Alex Carey started fluently at the crease and was unfortunate to lose the rock of the innings Bavuma for a well crafted yet on the slow side 60 from 49 just on the verge of the final three overs. We made up for our lack of runs in the overs preceding the power play through Carey’s innovation (34* from 20) and Perera’s quick flourish (9* from 6) to lift us up to a par score of 166-5 from our allocated overs. 

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Despite our par score, we needed power play wickets which we got one of of through a terrible mixup between Janneman Malan and Chris Lynn which saw the end of Lynnsanity courtesy of a Bhuvneshwar Kumar direct hit. Tim Seifert and Malan however motored on and attacked our bowling in and out of the power play as we lost control with some misdirected bowling and fielding. Jhye Richardson (0-31 from 3) and spinner Qais Ahmad (0-32 from 3) were on the recieving end of some brutal batting in particular for Malan as he passed his half century. 

With the chase down to 67 from 10 overs, a change in attack proved vital. Sri Lankan Thisara Perera mixed up his pace through his superbly executed cutters which bowled Seifert for 32 and then deceived Travis Head who holed out to Kumar for a second ball duck. All of a sudden the game had turned on its head when at 140-3, Kumar ran out Ian Bell to end his 11 ball cameo of 22. Part time chinamen D’Arcy Short was bravely put on to bowl and captain Hetymer was rewarded with the scalp of Neesham (3) a few runs later. 4 overs remained in the match and 36 runs were needed with Malan still at the crease. Were we still in this?

Despite some spirited bowling, Malan plundered and thundered his way through the target to finish up on 84* from 59 enabling Chris Morris 10* from 4 to hit the match winning six with an over to spare. 

Our warm up loss will be a good check in our reality and will allow us to prepare better for our first pool Group A match against Trump’s Fringe who have Jason Roy, Jasprit Bumrah and Neil Wagner among their ranks. Changes will be pondered but faith will still remain in the current XI to bring home Lockdown glory!

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Lockdown Tournament Cricket 19

Welcome to a preview and also an update of my adventures during the lockdown period as the Short Leg will be in action on the cricket field but not in person.

I have entered the Social Distancing T20 Shield competition on the Planet Cricket forums and will be up against 17 other Planet Cricket members to see who comes out on top in the short form tournament. This is an AI vs AI competition on Cricket 19 so while I won’t be putting my in game skills to use, I will be the manager, owner, coach and water boy for my newly created team: the “Short Leg XI”.

As part of the tournament, all the managers contested in a series of auction rounds to buy and select the players we wanted for our team. We all had W$T 1400 to spend on 16 players with one player at least coming from each category: Batters, Batting All Rounders, All Rounders, Bowling All Rounders, Keepers, Pace Bowlers and Spinners.

Auction Round 1:

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In the first round, I had a very mixed round securing 8 players but missing out on some of the key signings that I had shortlisted as my important and star players. Kane Williamson, David Miller, Martin Guptill and Jonny Bairstow were all poached by other teams. I lost Williamson by only $2 as he went to Fire in Babylon for $112 which was incredibly disappointing. In terms of losing more players, my bids for Marcus Stoinis ($86) = $90, Mitchell Santner ($74) = $85, and Kagiso Rabada ($88) = $136 were unfortunately not enough to acquire their services. There was also another frustrating and heartbreaking loss as Trent Boult was poached for $90 following my unsuccessful bid of $88.

It was not all doom and gloom though as I secured some very good players and bargains. Most notably, Glenn Maxwell aka the Big Show has joined the ranks for a cheapish $100 as well as snapping up Aussie keeper Alex Carey $85 and West Indian extravagant batter Shimron Hetmyer for just $90. Sam Curran $87 was the most expensive all rounder in the first round however I think he will be a success whilst D’Arcy Short is set for a good tournament with bat and ball.

Aussie international and future Test keeper with a T20 average of 31. Can bat in the middle or up the top.

A left handed aggressive batsman with an average just below 40 who can also bowl some handy left arm chinemanns. Will be very useful in an opening partnership.

Best buy of my team by far. A true all rounder with incredible skills with the bat, ball and in the field. Will be the crucial cog if we will have success! One of the best all rounders in the world.

A young Afghan spinner most recently in the CPL and Big Bash. His googlies and leg spinners make him an exciting proposition.

Usually seen on the Test scene, Curran joins my team with his T20 skills on the rise from the IPL and his ability to score quick runs and take big wickets makes him a must buy.

A Sri Lanka big hitter who will be key with his pace off and slower deliveries as well. A well rounded player who could make a big impact.

A highly economical bowler who has a variety of skills and deliveries. Will be a leader in the bowling ranks.

The Short Leg XI Captain. An elegant yet explosive batsman with a lot of flare and promise. His middle order runs and playing of spin will be very valuable.

Auction Round 2:

Round 2 was underway and I had a big ambition to sign top order batsmen and sign them I did. Diminutive stroke maker Temba Bavuma joins the ranks for a lowly $82 for his ability to bat well and long at a more than adequate strike rate. I needed another good signing so I splashed the cash for a number 3/4 and Joe Root at $117 was the man that popped up and accepted the invitation. On the bowling side, Australian quick Jhye Richardson was a bargain at $86 whilst spinning all rounder Krunal Pandya $81 will be a good backup to Qais or a genuine all rounder in his own right.

With every win there is a loss and both Tim Southee and Mark Wood were snatched away very narrowly. Southee went to Ducks XI for $99 and only $3 more W$T than my bid whilst Wood was snaffled up by LLL on a tiebreaker after both parties bid $94. Nevertheless, Round 2 was a good improvement on Round 1 only leaving me two players to pick with seamers in short supply so far.

Likely to start as a backup but he is more than capable of featuring. The young Kiwi opening keeper batsman is a highly innovative and brute player who will be ready to fill in across the order.

The younger lesser known Pandya will be looking to make a name for himself in this tournament. Can provide runs down the order and bowl some helpful overs in the powerplay. The spinning all rounder will be in and about the team.

A promising and sharp Perth seamer who has made a good impression on the international stage. His raw pace will be providing nightmares for opposition opening batsmen.

The small batsmen looking to make substantial scores. The South African Bavuma is a very technical and smart cricketer who will bring some calm and sense to our onslaughts. Will be looking for him to rotate the strike, run well and bat the majority of the innings whilst operating at above a strike rate of 110. Could open with Short.

A cheap alternative at the top of the order who will start on the bench. Despite that, his flamboyant nature and ball striking will be hard to ignore and makes him a very useful squad player.

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Root may be a Test captain but his T20 record is nothing to be scoffed at. Root averages north west of 30 at a tidy strike rate as well which will be crucial in the overs after the powerplay. Hopefully, he can compliment Maxi in a formidable duo at 3 and 4.

Auction Round 3:

I was in desperate need of seam bowlers that could fill the void left by Boult, Rabada, Southee and Wood. Whilst Morkel, Hazlewood, Broad and Anderson were all available to pick, I decided to spend my remaining $190 on two impressive and experienced heads. Doug Bracewell is a quick hostile bowler with the ability to score some crucial lower order runs too. Steve Finn is becoming a T20 bumper bowler and I am confident his abilities and skills can match those of the international stars.

Both will start as backups but will certainly feature in the tournament for their experience and fantastic records with the ball.

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With our team complete, we will be playing in Group A against five other very good sides. Games will be streamed on Youtube and I will be linking my games to the site so you can watch them if you please. Alternatively, to catch up on any action from the Lodckown Tournament you can read the forum: https://www.planetcricket.org/forums/posts/3399740/

I would just like to say a huge thank you to the tournament organizer and creator Waste Your Youth who has put in hours of hard work and commitment to this tournament and deserves full credit for the start of this tournament. Just hoping his team will not take glory haha! Here is a link to some of his academy creations where he has made all of the International teams whilst keeping them all regularly updated for the Cricket 19 game. https://www.planetcricket.org/forums/posts/3398380/

 I am looking forward to seeing how we will fare in the tournament and I will be giving regular updates as the tournament progresses. Thank you for the support on this blog it is nice to see some new followers as well as my older followers and from me I hope you are all coping with lockdown and are staying safe. Thanks 

Short Leg

 

 

 

Selected Players joining other teams:

Alastair Cook $130 to Lucky Lockdown Lunatics, Virat Kohli $98 to Montreal Midgets, AB De Villers $100 and David Warner $98 to Gilly’s Grubs, Shikhar Dhawan $113 to Gilly’s Grubs

Hashim Amla $92 to Lockdown Losers, Rohit Sharma $121 and Aaron Finch $110 to Twelve Fine Legs, Steve Smith $113 to Ducks XI, Chris Lynn $100 to Neptune Gaming, Faf du Plessis $117 to Spartans, Keaton Jennings $78 to Lockdown Losers

Jos Buttler $110 to Twelve Fine Legs, Quinton de Kock $90 to Isolated XI, Jonny Bairstow $134 to Thunder,

Chris Gayle and Marnus Labuschagne $95 to Fire in Babylon, Marcus Stoinis $90 to Twelve Fine Legs, Suresh Raina $90 to Isolated XI

Nathan Lyon $85 to Ducks XI, Jack Leach $120 to Lucky Lockdown Lunatics, Harbhajan Singh $88 to Lockdown Losers, Rashid Khan $89 to Ducks XI, Yuhvensdra Chahal $150 to Trump’s Fringe, Imran Tahir $103 to P9 Panthers, Mujeeb $105 to Isolated XI

Hardik Pandya $82 to Gilly’s Grubs, Jason Holder $95 to Fire in Babylon, Tom Curran $85 to Lockdown Losers, Moeen Ali $110 to Lucky Lockdown Lunatics, Andre Russell $100 to Lockdown Losers, Ravi Jadeja $110 to Isolated XI, Shahid Afridi $87 to Montreal Midgets

Ben Stokes $137 to Blocktown Brotherhood, Dwayne Bravo $113 to San Francisco Suckers

Lockie Ferguson $83 to Lockdown Losers, Sheldon Cottrell $79 to Fire in Babylon, Trent Boult $90 to Montreal Midgets, Pat Cummins $110 to Ducks XI, Mitchell Starc $100 to Fire in Babylon, James Anderson $95 to Ducks XI

Neil Wagner $90 and Jasprit Bumrah $119 to Trump’s Fringe, Kagiso Rabada $136 to Thunder, Jofra Archer $140 to Blocktown Brotherhood, Tim Southee $99 to Ducks XI, Josh Hazlewood $97 to Lockdown Losers, Morne Morkel $115 to Gilly’s Grubs

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cricket XI CC Review after Round 2

Cricket XI CC after Round 2

After deciding not to participate in the Telegraph Fantasy Cricket, Short Leg turned his head towards Cricket XI and a bid to win the CC 2019 Morris Invitational launched by my good pal and other cricket blogger Silly Point. https://sillypointcricket.com/ link is here so please if you haven’t already check out the blog and give it a follow!!

Following the early start to the English domestic summer with the upcoming World Cup and Ashes in the centre of the summer, the County Championship began on the 5th April and two rounds have been completed in both divisions. In this post, I will wrap up how I fared and the details of my players and my trades that I have made for when red ball cricket returns in 28 days. 

(Disclaimer: Inexplicably, I failed to take out Dimuth Karunaratne out of my team after he withdrew from his Hampshire stint at least a week before the season began. I also then haven’t checked between rounds for players that were playing despite being quite keenly eyed on both divisions over the last two weeks, hence Dom Bess, Tom Helm and Mason Crane registering 0 points.)

Overall, I scored 1249 points which puts me last so far in the 2019 CC Morris Invitational League however you can only get better from here. Having 3 players in the XI, not playing over the 2 rounds hampered my point scoring total as well as the poor early form from the likes of Jake Ball and captain Matt Renshaw.

Zak Crawley, of Kent, top scored with 326 points aided with the century against Warwickshire. Liam Dawson proved a good pick as well with 319 points for his all round contribution. Dawson scored 64 in their opening round win against Essex whilst also bowling 31 wicketless but highly economical overs. In their innings loss against Yorkshire, Dawson toiled hard bowling 60 overs for 3-184 and then backing that up with 57 and then 92 in his two bats which has showed his red ball credentials or the season admirably… hint hint England!

Steven Mullaney performed respectably in the opening encounters alongside Tom Haines who scored points for his part time bowling over his opening batting. Coming into the next rounds, switching players out from trade and the bench will be beneficial in my quest to win with Critchley and Pope doing quite well!

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In disappointment with the early round showing, Short Leg has opted to make all the 4 allowed trades for the team shaping up in 4 weeks. 

In: Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Tongue, Will Davis and Amar Virdi. 

Out: Dimuth Karunaratne, Dom Bess, Tom Helm and Mason Crane

Australian overseas Labuschagne piled on 121 with the bat in the mammoth run scoring match for Glamorgan against Northans which saw Glamorgan score 570 and Northans responding with 750. With 10 bowlers on show for Glamorgan, Labuschagne’s part time leg spin recorded figures of 44 overs 6 maidens 122 runs 3 wickets. He will be keen to pour on the runs in order to be selected for the Ashes. http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8204/report/1166973/day/4/undefined  Josh Tongue took 6 wickets for Worcestershire with his pace and bounce disturbing the Leicestershire batsmen. Will Davis was on the receiving end of Tongue’s pace but took a wicket and has joined the Short Leg team for a cheap money buy not on form. Amar Virdi hasn’t featured for Surrey yet this season but has proved his selection at the back end of the last season with lots of wickets as spin becomes more important as the summer goes on!

The upcoming Royal London One Day Cup side has been shown on the site but will be changed up until the deadline as I will be checking all (yes each team) teams websites for the squads, which I will then align to my team in the bid for victory. 

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Cricket XI Fantasy IPL 2019 and Royal London One Day Cup Sides

Following Short Leg’s recent selection of my Cricket XI Fantasy side to take on the County Championship season, Short Leg himself has created sides for the imminent Indian Premier League T20 (as of writing I am just about to watch it) and the English Royal London One Day Cup 50 over Competiton. Short Leg has joined Silly Point’s competition in the fierce battle between Short Leg Cricket and Silly Point Cricket – who will win? Comment below…

IPL 2019 Side

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Royal London One Day Cup Team 

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As Team Manager I am looking forward to giving regular updates on the three sides I have and hope to have some good success with them. With the IPL early in the year ahead of the World Cup and Ashes, what a year it is to be a Cricket fan. Thanks for reading and revisit to keep up with more cricket content.

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Cricket XI County Championship Fantasy Team

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Short Leg is back with a bang and in case Telegraph Fantasy Cricket isn’t for you or is too expensive like me, CricketXI is the alternative free to play classic Fantasy game. 

https://cricketxi.com/

It appears to be a traditional fantasy cricket game alongside the head to head leagues and will also feature the IPL (Indian Premier League 2019) and the ongoing JLT Sheffield Shield (Australia 4 day Domestic 2019) so if you didn’t want to just chance your arm at the county comp in England, these options are available for you. 

With a busy year of Cricket for International players with the Ashes and the World Cup occurring, it will be a chance for some of the less experienced and younger players at the county clubs to step up and make a name for themselves. Likewise with the County season opening at the beginning of April, it is a fantastic opportunity for players to push their case for the Ashes squad (especially the top order!) later on in the Summer. 

Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka) is making his first County Championship performance in his career FC: 10510 runs @ 46.16 35 hundreds and 43 fifties Tests: 4074 @ 36.05 8 hundreds and 22 fifties 

Zak Crawley (Kent) FC 2018: 755 runs @ 31.45 1 hundred and 4 fifties 

Will Rhodes (Warwickshire) FC 2018: 972 runs @ 44.25 4 hundreds and 4 fifties 

Tom Haines (Sussex) FC 2018: 319 runs @ 31.90 1 hundred and 1 fifty 1-82(33.0) 

Matt Renshaw (Somerset 2018 + Australia / Kent 2019) FC 2018: 513 runs @ 51.30 3 hundreds and 1 fifty

 Ollie Pope (Surrey + England) FC 2018: 986 runs @ 70.42 4 hundreds and 1 fifty 

Tom Moores (Notts) FC 2018: 616 runs @ 29.33 1 hundred an 2 fifties 

Liam Dawson (Hampshire) FC 2018: 385 runs @ 25.66 1 fifty – 20 wickets @ 31.35

Steven Mullaney (Notts) 601 runs @ 30.05 1 hundred and 4 fifties – 11 wickets @ 36.54

 Matt Critchley (Derbyshire) 705 runs @ 28.20 1 hundred and 4 fifties –  32 wickets @ 36.08

Tom Helm (Middlesex) 12 wickets @ 33.71 

Ben Sanderson (Northans) 60 wickets @ 16.70

Dom Bess (Somerset) 11 wickets @ 54.72

Jake Ball (Notts) 28 wickets @ 22.25 

Mason Crane (Hampshire) didn’t feature due to injury but did feature in one Test in the 2017-18 Ashes series for England

I will post updates throughout the season to see how team Short Leg Cricket fares in the English County World. Stay tuned for some upcoming articles on the site all involving the Cricketing world. Thanks for reading and visit soon!