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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!