HCC 2017 Fantasy Cricket

Heyford CC- Fantasy Cricket 2017

Week 9

Player of the Week

Jacob Gilder- 133 points

Manager of the Week

Nick Inwood- Stan's Sloggers- 346 points

Gilder, Josh Bastin, Buckker, Balders

League Table

ManagerTeamWeekly PointsTotal PointsPositionLast Week
Jane InwoodInwood's Sixers321181012
Chris PeckTops and Tails261176421
Lynsey AndersonLynsey's Lovelies321175833
Simon LeggeEggs and Baskets224164544
David BakerLast Year Wasn't My Fault257164256

Ladies League Table

ManagerTeamWeekly PointsTotal PointsPositionLast Week
Jane InwoodInwood's Sixers321181011
Lynsey AndersonLynsey's Lovelies321175822
Kelly RogersRogers XI216157633
Naomi LeggeNaughties or Noughties?201154544
Suzanne LeggeYour Dinner's in the Dog!184145155

Players Scores

PlayerRatingWeek totalGrand TotalValue (total per rating point)AppearancesTotal per appearancePositionPrevious Week
Jacob Gilder9 30 549 61.09 61.01 5
Simon Legge8 5 510 63.88 63.82 4
James Edwards10 52 507 50.79 56.33 1
James Baldwin10 84 484 48.47 69.14 3
Rory Smallbone9 127 467 51.98 58.45 2

Week 8

Player of the Week

Jacob Gilder- 121 points

Manager of the Week

Jane Inwood- Inwood's Sixers- 241 points

Gilder, Matt Baker, Leggie, Jimmy

League Table

ManagerTeamWeekly PointsTotal PointsPositionLast Week
Chris PeckTops and Tails163146713
Jane InwoodInwood's Sixers241146526
Lynsey AndersonLynsey's Lovelies178140137
Simon LeggeEggs and Baskets74139741
Ed RogersJolly Rogers115137955

Ladies League Table

ManagerTeamWeekly PointsTotal PointsPositionLast Week
Jane InwoodInwood's Sixers241146512
Lynsey AndersonLynsey's Lovelies178140123
Kelly RogersRogers XI130133634
Naomi LeggeNaughties or Noughties?26132041
Suzanne LeggeYour Dinner's in the Dog!105124355

Players Scores

PlayerRatingWeek totalGrand TotalValue (total per rating point)AppearancesTotal per appearancePositionPrevious Week
James Edwards10 52 467 46.78 58.41 1
Rory Smallbone9 127 467 51.98 58.42 2
James Baldwin10 84 445 44.56 74.23 3
Simon Legge8 5 423 52.97 60.44 4
Jacob Gilder9 30 374 41.68 46.85 7

Week 7

Player of the Week

Simon Legge- 163 points

Manager of the Week

Graham Baker- Middle of the Road- 295 points

Leggie, Josh Bastin, Bakes

League Table

ManagerTeamWeekly PointsTotal PointsPositionLast Week
Simon LeggeEggs and Baskets-8132311
David BakerLast Year Wasn't My Fault111130626
Chris PeckTops and Tails48130432
Naomi LeggeNaughties or Noughties?96129445
Ed RogersJolly Rogers2191264526

Ladies League Table

ManagerTeamWeekly PointsTotal PointsPositionLast Week
Naomi LeggeNaughties or Noughties?96129411
Jane InwoodInwood's Sixers215122425
Lynsey AndersonLynsey's Lovelies28122332
Kelly RogersRogers XI196120644
Suzanne LeggeYour Dinner's in the Dog!102113853

Players Scores

PlayerRatingWeek totalGrand TotalValue (total per rating point)AppearancesTotal per appearancePositionPrevious Week
James Edwards10 52 451 45.17 64.41 1
Rory Smallbone9 127 431 47.97 61.62 4
James Baldwin10 84 419 41.95 83.83 2
Simon Legge8 5 398 49.86 66.34 6
Martyn Cory10 302 324 32.43 108.05 3

Week 6

Heyford 1st vs Kislingbury Temperance 1st

Heyford welcomed local rivals Kislingbury to the Playing Fields with the away team having stormed to victory in all of their games so far, aided in no small part by their two (count them, two!) overseas players. Jimmy did what he does best, lost the toss and Heyford were put into field. Jimmy took a couple of overs to settle but quickly took their opener for 2, caught by Linnell. Jimmy followed up with the no. 3 caught by Garry for 11. Heyford's progress was slowed by a 93 run partnership broken by Boyson back in the 1sts this week, taking the opener for 75. The next partnership put on an explosive 87 runs but was halted by the Jimmy-Garry bowler-fielder combo, Kislingbury now on 235-4. Will Cooper-Harris came back for a successful second spell, taking the next wicket via another Linnell catch. He also removed the next man in for 10 leaving Kisl on 295-6 and nearing a big target to chase. Will popped up with another wicket without the batsman troubling the scorers, leaving the no.4 batsman to finish on 127* and Kislingbury having amassed an imposing 303-7 from their 50 overs.

Matt Baker and Linnell opened the Heyford innings, with the latter departing 10 runs later. Bakes was next to fall for 19, leaving Heyford on 42-2. Ben Taylor, back for his first game of the season, couldn't leave a lasting impact on his former team adding only 10 runs to the total. Leggie was occupying the crease well, but could not put together a meaningful partnership with Garry who was out for 0. Rob Pardon followed soon after also for a duck, leaving Heyford 94-5 and a long way from an unlikely victory. The next partnership proved to be the last. A determined captain and an equally determined former chairman saw out the remaining overs despite a furore of ridiculous appeals. Leggie finished on a fine 69* with Jimmy on 27*, meaning Heyford are the first team to deny Kislingbury a division 3 win this season. A lesson perhaps for the visiting team, declare while you're ahead.

Old Wellingburians 2nd vs Heyford 2nd

It is the fixture you have all been waiting for. Dave Baker's hatred for this fixture has been clear to see since his brilliant rant on this page last season and the many subsequent on the Whatsapp group. And so it was that he headed to that dump on the other side of town (a.k.a the Redwell Leisure centre) determined to pick up a second win on the bounce. Heyford were put into field first and what followed was an astonishing display on opening bowling. DB and Jordan opened up with a maiden apiece before DB struck with a wicket maiden taking the opener for 0. Jordan followed up with a double wicket maiden, taking the other opener via a Tom Robson catch and his replacement the next ball for a golden duck. Not wanting to be outdone, Dave pitched in with another couple of wickets in the next over without the batsmen troubling the scorer. A smart piece of fielding brought the next wicket as Josh Bastin and Conor Robson combined to take another batsmen for 0. Dave chipped in with another wicket, taking OWs to 16-7 from only 10 overs. He then completed the 5fer removing the only real resistance that had been showed from this disastrous innings. Not content to stop there, he removed the number 10 as well, leaving Heyford on the brink at 43-9. Bizarrely, the only genuine batsmen in this team seemed to come in at no. 11 and took an immediate liking to DB, carting him for three sixes to slightly ruin his figures which were stood at 19-6 before this late flourish. All in all it was a devastating spell built on pure aggression, the like of which we are unlikely to see from mild-mannered Dave until the return fixture. It was left to Raphe Young to clear up the innings with OWs finishing on 100 all out, at least making Heyford work for their win.

Tom Robson and Josh Bastin were sent to lead the charge in Heyford's response. Tom unfortunately fell for just one run leaving his brother Conor to step in and steal the limelight. A promising partnership of 41 runs was halted when Josh was bowled for 21. Joe Clare could not back up the brilliant batting displayed at the other end, adding only another run to score with Heyford now 51-4. A rare appearance for Pete Rice was also an unusually short one, he could only pick up a couple of boundaries before getting stuck LBW. Sean came and went quickly for a golden duck, bringing older brother Rhys to the crease who had taken the DB mantel of fighting the onslaught of sledging and downright stupid appealing. One particular ball flew past both bat and keeper before the howls went up leading to Rhys having a stern word with the man behind the stumps. One Heyfordian rose above the animosity to deliver a fantastic performance, hitting a 6 from his last scoring shot to not only win the game and bring up his 50 but also to earn hit the ultimate tekkers award this week. Take a bow Conor Robson. Rhys held on to finish 2* and Heyford take the momentum of another handsome win into next week.

Player of the Week

David Baker- 176 points

A bowling performance fueled by pure manic aggression befitting of this fixture earnt Dave a bucket load of points this week.

Manager of the Week

Chris Peck- Who Needs a 10?- 358 points

Chris Peck does it again, this time with a team that were rooted to the bottom of the table last week. Solid scores from Conor Robson and Dave Baker followed up by Matt Baker dragged this team off the canvas to rise 12 places.

League Table

Not too much movement at the top as Leggie clings to top spot for another week followed by Pecky and Rob Pardon. Naomi climbs one place to 4th and DB rounds out the top 5.

ManagerTeamWeekly PointsTotal PointsPositionLast Week
Simon LeggeEggs and Baskets97133111
Chris PeckTops and Tails117125622
Rob PardonWobbly Bobbly97120233
Naomi LeggeNaughties or Noughties?107119845
David BakerLast Year Wasn't My Fault109119556

Ladies League Table

Naomi and Lynsey swap places at the top of ladies league, but the top 5, completed by Suzanne, Kelly and Jane, look set to remain in place with a 180 point gap to the chasing pack.

ManagerTeamWeekly PointsTotal PointsPositionLast Week
Naomi LeggeNaughties or Noughties?107119812
Lynsey AndersonLynsey's Lovelies97119521
Suzanne LeggeYour Dinner's in the Dog!11103633
Kelly RogersRogers XI28101044
Jane InwoodInwood's Sixers217100955

Players Scores

Jimmy and Balders swap places at the top ahead of Cory and Garry. DB joins the top 5 after his great performance this week.

PlayerRatingWeek totalGrand TotalValue (total per rating point)AppearancesTotal per appearancePositionPrevious Week
James Edwards10 52 459 45.96 76.51 2
James Baldwin10 84 419 41.95 83.82 1
Martyn Cory10 302 324 32.43 108.03 3
Rory Smallbone9 127 324 36.06 54.04 4
David Baker9 8 260 28.95 52.05 12


Week 5

Rothwell Town 1st vs Heyford 1st

The 1st XI turned up at Rothwell on the back of another exhilarating batting performance, but were put in to field first. Captain Jimmy got off to the best possible start, removing the opener for a duck. He then took the other opener, also for a duck, via a catch from Linnell, back in the team after a week away. The next pair put on 49 runs before Gilder broke the partnership. It was Gilder again the number 5 batsman, leaving Rothwell reeling on 69-4. Balders struck to make it 5 wickets via a Jimmy catch for the cameras with 100 barely on the scoreboard. Rothwell's no.3 batted to get them back in shape before Balders took his key wicket 4 runs short of his half century, the score now 105-6. Will Cooper-Harris stepped up to take the next wicket with the help of Matt Baker behind the stumps. The next partnership lasted 48 runs and was broken by a run out from Jimmy, not content to watch a big run chase build. Jimmy was at it again, taking a third wicket with Rory taking the catch. With that, Rothwell finished the innings on 200-9, surely slim pickings for a side littered with big hitters in impressive form.

The 2nd innings was a bit shaky to say the least. Balders and Linnell opened up but this time the partnership proved less fruitful, Balders out for 9 with Legge following close behind for a duck. Hero of last week Martyn Cory could not repeat those heroics falling for 2, with Linnell falling shortly after for 9 leaving Heyford 26-4 and looking a long way from home. Rory and Jimmy were next at the crease with the latter departing just 2 runs later. Rory was next to go for 11, leaving the team on 42-6 and most of its batting gone. Matt Baker could only manage 1 run and Will Cooper-Harris fell for the second duck of the innings. Heyford were 48-8 are staring a second defeat square in the face before the heavens opened and ended the match with only 13 overs bowled in their innings. Jimmy will be breathing a sigh of relief as both teams pick up 3 league points.

Heyford 2nd vs St Crispin & Ryelands 3rd

The seconds were back at the playing fields after a drubbing from Pecky and his new mates last time out. Substantially ballasted by bad boy all rounder Shaun Boyson and part-time cricketer full time animal Scott Browne, Heyford were put into field. It wasn't long before Boyson showed his class, taking the opener for 1 run caught by Luca Delfino-Rice. He then picked up a double wicket maiden and an unbelievable tekkers award, one catch each for Scott and DB. Boyson quickly took another wicket, leaving 17-4 Boyson wickets. Not to be outdone, opening partner Jordan took a wicket caught by Sayeedul Haque. DB on as 2nd change took the next wicket caught by Jordan leaving St Crispins on 29-6 and well short of a good target. The next partnership took them some way out of the mire lasting 36 runs before rising star Raphe Young took a wicket via another DB catch. DB followed up a wicket of his own taking the no.3 batsman for 32. That was the last real resistance as Rhys and DB took another wicket a piece including a catch from Hopkins senior to end the innings on 68 runs after just 25 overs. If Heyford needed a gimme after last week they had just been handed one.

Graham Linnell and Scott Browne were tasked with ensuring the chase got off on the right foot, and Scott certainly managed that steering the 1st wicket partnership to 31 runs before Graham was out for 3 runs from an admirable 46 balls. Sayeedul was next to the crease but could add two more as Scott continued to torment the bowlers. Luca came in for a closer view of the fireworks at the other end, finishing on 1*. Scott carried his bat, hitting 61 unbeaten runs including 2 sixes, one of which earned him the unbelievable tekkers for its sheer gravity defying size. A fantastic 30 point win for the 2nds certainly lifted the team's spirits looking ahead to the rest of the season.

Player of the Week

Scott Browne- 129 points

A big batting performance along with 2 catches, one of them a stunner, perched Scott on top spot in his only appearance so far this season.

Manager of the Week

Chris Peck- Tops and Tails- 320 points

Pecky had the first and second best teams for point this week, both containing Scott Browne and Jimmy. Balders and Gilder chipped in with wickets and catches as well ensuring he made the most of a relatively low scoring weekend.

League Table

Leggie stands astride the table having knocked DB from the top spot. Pecky storms in to 2nd place jumping 9 others in the week. Rob Pardon's Wobbly Bobbly look strong and stable in third, whilst Lynsey and Naomi swap places to round out the top 5.

ManagerTeamWeekly PointsTotal PointsPositionLast Week
Simon LeggeEggs and Baskets257123412
Chris PeckTops and Tails3201139211
Rob PardonWobbly Bobbly128110533
Lynsey AndersonLynsey's Lovelies191109845
Naomi LeggeNaughties or Noughties?180109154

In the ladies league a ferocious battle is emerging between the top 3, Lynsey currently with a leg up on Naomi and Suzanne. Kelly and Jane round out the top 5.

ManagerTeamWeekly PointsTotal PointsPositionLast Week
Lynsey AndersonLynsey's Lovelies191109812
Naomi LeggeNaughties or Noughties?180109121
Suzanne LeggeYour Dinner's in the Dog!198102533
Kelly RogersRogers XI16298244
Jane InwoodInwood's Sixers15479255


Week 4

Heyford 1st vs Oundle Town 2nd

Fresh from a strong batting performance the previous week Jimmy won the toss and elected to bat first. With Linnell away, Balders and Jimmy led the Heyford charge. It wasn't long before Jimmy was walking back to pavilion with his tail between his legs having only made 4. Balders followed soon after for 18 having blasted 3 boundaries in quick fashion. Leggie came in at 3 but was bowled for 3, leaving Heyford reeling on 27-3. The next partnership will go down in Heyford history as one of the most destructive ever seen at the playing fields. Martyn Cory and Garry, in at 4 and 5 respectively, began to marmalise the bowling. The stats speak for themselves, Cory raced to 50 and then to a maiden century from just 49 balls, a staggering feat. He continued, ably watched by Garry at the other end, until he was caught for 148 mesmerising runs from 66 balls including a whopping 16 sixes and 8 fours. The partnership was worth 171 runs and had knocked the stuffing from Oundle with Heyford now on 198-4. Gilder stepped up but managed only 6 runs before young gun Conor Robson made a further 12 with Heyford 265-7. Will Cooper-Harris and Rob Pardon added a useful 14 and 8 runs respectively, but their role was supporting another mature performance from Garry who hit his 2nd half century for the season. New boy Dylan Gill and Sayeedul Haque both came and went without troubling the scorers, leaving Garry stranded on 79* and Heyford 306 all out with 6 overs extra to bowl out the opposition and achieve their first win of the season.

Jimmy, fired up from his misfiring batting performance, returned to opening duties and promptly removed the opener for a duck, the batsman caught by Balders. The next partnership frustrated Heyford but was ended by a simple catch from Conor Robson of Jimmy's bowling. Balders then chipped in, taking the opener for 31 caught by Garry, and then the no. 4 caught by Sayeedul Haque, a leg-wobbler as described by those that saw it. With Oundle 88-4, Heyford had the upper hand. The next partnership of 91 halted the progress somewhat until Will Cooper-Harris took a vital wicket, following it up with another before Gilder struck again to take Oundle from 179-4 to 179-7 in a matter of overs. Balders struck again, taking the last recognised batsman with no chance of Oundle making the target. Jimmy followed up with another wicket, leaving Oundle looking home and hosed at 234-9 and Heyford with the extra overs to claim a final wicket. Cory and Rob Pardon stepped up to try and work their magic on the last remaining pair but it was to no avail. Oundle held out to give Heyford only a winning draw.

Sun Hardingstone 1st vs Heyford 2nd

Dave lost the toss, and if he would have his way we would leave the review of this match there. The 2nd team were a little short to say the least, nevertheless Linnell senior and Heyford stalwart Thomas 'Whitty' Whittaker stepped up to opening the batting. They could only manage 4 runs between them, with Joe in at no. 3 following without troubling the scorers. Laurence and Jordan provided the only real resistance in the middle of the innings, hitting 9 runs a piece before being bowled and caught by Ben Miller (not the comedian) and Ben Mellor respectively. Rhys could only add 1 before being run out. Benny Cawley and Aidan Webster unfortunately couldn't add to the runs tally before Dave Baker had the tail wagging. His 14 was the highest score as Graham Young fell for 1 concluding a innings to forget from an under strength side. That left Hardingstone with a target of 48 runs for victory.

DB was determined to give the new blood in the side the opportunity for some much needed bowling practice and rising stars Raphe Young and Benny Cawley bowled admirably given the difficult target to defend. Their bowling alongside Laurence, Jordan and DB and Rhys was eventually fruitless as Hardingstone made the runs without losing a wicket.

Player of the Week

Martyn Cory- 302 points

I have nothing more to add. If you had him in the team, you are now in contention for the manager's trophy.

Manager of the Week

Dave Baker- Last Year Wasn't My Fault

An apt name for this week's winner given the hammering the 2nd team were given this week. Lucky for DB he was top of the table for the fantasy cricket; Cory, Garry and Jimmy did the damage with Laurence also chipping in with some added extras.

League Table

Dave barnstorms his way to the top jumping 13 places in a week. Leggie senior (Simon), Rob Pardon and Leggie junior (Naomi) also climb from 7th, 8th and 16th respectively thanks to Cory's heroics, leaving last week's leader Lynsey teetering on the edge of the top 5.

ManagerTeamWeekly PointsTotal PointsPositionLast Week
David BakerLast Year Wasn't My Fault498984114
Simon LeggeEggs and Baskets43897727
Rob PardonWobbly Bobbly43897738
Naomi LeggeNaughties or Noughties?435911416
Lynsey AndersonLynsey's Lovelies18390751

Namoi hops to the top of the ladies league with Lynsey now in 2nd. Suzanne joins her daughter in the top 5 followed by Kelly and Jane who holds onto 5th place.

ManagerTeamWeekly PointsTotal PointsPositionLast Week
Naomi LeggeNaughties or Noughties?43591115
Lynsey AndersonLynsey's Lovelies18390721
Suzanne LeggeYour Dinner's in the Dog!38682737
Kelly RogersRogers XI449820412
Jane InwoodInwood's Sixers8763852


Week 3

Stony Stratford 2nd vs Heyford 1st

Wanting to put the first couple of games firmly in the back of their minds, Jimmy promptly lost the toss and Heyford were put into bat. Balders and Linnell, the now dependable opening partnership, set off in a hurry. The partnership was broken however when Linnell was caught and bowled by the second change bowler, following two expensive opening spells, for 25. Leggie was next in to sure up the ship and initially played an admiral supporting role to Balders who raced to 66 with three 6s before being caught. Martyn Cory came and went for 10, hitting a maximum in the process. He did also provide some comedy gold in his brief cameo, as a lofted shot from Leggie plugged just out of sight from him prompting Cory to scream at him to run whilst stood next to Leggie as he marked his crease for the next ball. In form Garry then approached the crease and combined with Leggie as the latter passed his half century. Leggie was eventually stumped on 71 and Rory was not in for much longer, caught for 34 having hit a 6 in process. Gilder will be disappointed with his 11 having seen the other Heyford batsmen plunder the bowling and put the team in a commanding position. Captain Jimmy Edwards soon followed him and along with Matt Baker put Stony to the sword. Matt was bowled for 23 with one 6, however Jimmy showed his worth hitting a captains innings of 65* with three 6s. He later said that one of the 6s should have been worth 12 it was that big, and I am sure every woman under 30 in Northampton town centre on Saturday night has now heard about its impressive size. Boyson could only add one run, whilst Rob Pardon remained at the crease unbeaten on 0. Heyford finished their 50 overs on 323-8, a fantastic score that they were determined to defend given the disappointment of their first match defeat from a similar position.

Jimmy opted for the unconventional approach of opening with a spinner, but it paid dividends as Gilder removed both openers caught and bowled for 7 and 41 respectively. The next batsman proved stubborn, forming good partnerships as SS looked to force the issue in their search of the enormous target. He was eventually bowled for 55 by the wily Rob Pardon, who proves that he has something in his box of tricks to take crucial wickets. Gilder stepped in to take another wicket bowled for 32 leaving the home team well short in their run chase and fighting for the losing drawer. Boyson was thrown the cherry and he duly delivered with the assistance of Rob Pardon with the catch. The Heyford 'overseas' Sayeedul Haque also pitched in with a wicket but that was to be the last of the bowling action as the SS finished their 50 overs on 263-6, 60 runs short. Heyford take the winning drawer and a lot of confidence from a great batting performance.

Player of the Week

James Baldwin- 118 points

A fantastic innings combined with 2 maidens in his bowling spell tipped Balders beyond Jimmy this week. He also remains top of the overall table well ahead of captain Jimmy.

Manager of the Week

Jane Inwood- Inwood's Sixers- 326 points

Jane's team achieved a massive score this week, with Gilder, Jimmy, Leggie and Matt Baker all contributing good points. Kyle and I were noticeably absent to add the icing on the cake.

League Table

Lynsey has opened up a clear lead on the chasing pack with an equally impressive 320 points this week. Fantasy cricket addict Chris Peck shoots into 2nd place pushing Ian into 3rd. Matt rises one place, whilst Jane propels herself 34 places up the table into 5th.

ManagerTeamWeekly PointsTotal PointsPositionLast Week
Lynsey AndersonLynsey's Lovelies32072411
Chris PeckTops and Tails32065326
Ian TownsendMini Men23359432
Matt BakerSelection Committee23356845
Jane InwoodInwood's Sixers326551539


Lynsey continues to dominate the ladies' league. Jane Inwood catapults into 2nd following her successful week with Jackie Akrigg following in her wake up 6 places to 3rd, pushing Ella and Naomi into 4th and 5th respectively.

ManagerTeamWeekly PointsTotal PointsPositionLast Week
Lynsey AndersonLynsey's Lovelies32072411
Jane InwoodInwood's Sixers326551210
Jackie AkriggJackie's Jocks27050339
Ella TownsendSilly Sloggers14948643
Naomi LeggeNaughties or Noughties?13647652


Week 2

Heyford 1st vs Wollaston 2nd

The 1st team were looking to bounce back from their demoralising defeat to Great Oakley the week before as they welcomed Wollaston to the playing fields. Jimmy duly lost the toss and Heyford were put into the field by a side confident of picking up a 30 point win. Will Cooper-Harris picked up from his impressive performance last week, bowling their opener for 1. However, that was to prove to be the only early breakthrough as Marcus Shelton and Mark Carter put on 91 for the second wicket partnership, Shelton falling to Balders via a catch by Linnell. Balders struck again, this time with Will taking the superb catch of the new batsman, reducing Wollaston to 116-3. Carter and new man Steve Musgrave then added 64 before the latter was caught by Leggie from a tough chance off Will's bowling. Carter continued to prove the thorn in Heyford's side with another partnership of 72 with Cameron Monteith before was bowled by Linnell, another stunning Heyford catch this time held by Boyson. Gilder picked up his first wicket of the season, caught by Linnell, but the damage was done as Wollaston declared on 263-6 after 45 overs. Heyford had it all to do but having hit 300+ last week they knew anything was possible.

Balders and Linnell picked up where they had started from last week with a lively partnership of 44, Adam falling for 17. Balders was out shortly after for 28, leaving Chairman and former Chairman alike to pick up the pieces. They both fell to the bowling of Steve Musgrave, who proved a handful through out the innings, Leggie for 11 and then Matt for 24. This left Heyford 90-4 and looking a long way short of the target despite big hitters Jimmy, Garry, Gilder and Boyson all still in the hutch. Jimmy could only muster 1 run from his innings before Conor Robson fell for a two ball duck. Garry was next having made 20 runs and something of a partnership with Gilder. Boyson was next to the crease, completing a mouth watering eighth wicket partnership. This was short lived however as he trudged back to the pavilion with a golden duck. Oakley added 4 runs before he became Musgrave's 6th victim, Will became his 7th one ball later leaving Gilder stranded on 21 and Heyford 122 runs short.

Player of the Week

James Baldwin - 72 points

Balders picked up both runs and wickets in a relatively low scoring week without any 2nd team fixture. He now sits top of the players standings ahead of last year's top scorer Garry and captain Jimmy.

Manager of the Week

Jackie Akrigg- Jackie's Jocks- 143 points

In a relatively low scoring week it paid to have Balders and Gilder in the team, both delivering runs and wickets. Matt Baker also contributed, ensuring that despite only 3 of 5 players playing, Jackie was able to pick up the win this week.

League Table

Lynsey moves to the top of the table this week following big scores from Balders, Jimmy and Gilder. She is closely followed by Ian, having ditched DB, Naomi and Ella who have stormed their way towards the top of table and chairman Matt Baker.

ManagerTeamWeekly PointsTotal PointsPositionLast Week
Lynsey AndersonLynsey's Lovelies12040414
Ian TownsendMini Men7536122
Naomi LeggeNaughties or Noughties?7634039
Ella TownsendSilly Sloggers110337417
Matt BakerSelection Committee75335510

Lynsey is storming the ladies league with Naomi and Ella her nearest rivals. Kelly and Suzanne Legge follow closely behind.

ManagerTeamWeekly PointsTotal PointsPositionLast Week
Lynsey AndersonLynsey's Lovelies12040411
Naomi LeggeNaughties or Noughties?7634024
Ella TownsendSilly Sloggers11033735
Kelly RogersRogers XI3431142
Suzanne LeggeYour Dinner's in the Dog!11027457

Week 1

Great Oakley vs Heyford 1st

The new season started with a bang for the Heyford first team as they were put into bat by a Great Oakley side still smarting from relegation last season. Balders and new dad Linnell proved a brilliant opening partnership, picking up 86 runs before Balders was trapped LBW having hit a half century including 11 boundaries. Leggie held up an end as Linnell did the damage, hitting two sixes before Leggie fell for 9. Linnell was next to go and Matt did not trouble the scorers, Heyford now 127-4 having been 127-1. Up stepped Garry and new captain Jimmy who set to work bludgeoning a partnership of 136 and both making half centuries before Jimmy fell for 55 having hit three sixes. Garry was next to go for 66 with Heyford on a handsome 275-6. Fantasy cricket new boy Nick Pont and 2nd team spin star Oakley Young then set about adding to this, finally finishing on 23 and 20 respectively. Will Cooper-Harris added a run and got a vital not out bonus with Linnell senior to leave Heyford on 320-8 from their 50 overs. Surely that would be enough...

The second innings started brightly with Oakley and Will combining to run out the GO opener for just 6. The other opener fell to Jimmy for just 9 runs, leaving GO 23-2 and a long way from victory. In came overseas Ruan Kotze and Dale Jones to steady the ship with an enormous 157 run partnership that saw Kotze bowled by Will just 3 runs short of his century. Jimmy gave the new batsmen short shrift, removing him for 0 and keeping hope for Heyford at 185-4. The next partnership between Scott Marshall and Jones swung the pendulum back to GO, amassing 93 runs before Marshall was trapped lbw by Balders. Balders also removed Jones for 101 to make the last few overs exciting, GO needing 17 runs to win. Up steps part time bowler, full time boozer Garry, bamboozling the next batsman to leave him stumped with 9 runs required. Garry was given the responsibility of bowling the final over in an attempt to salvage a winning drawer from what was a barnstorming match. However 5 dropped catches from Jimmy, Nick and Will proved costly as GO squeaked home with 2 balls to sport, leaving Heyford to rue a missed opportunity to get one over their rivals. To add insult to injury, Linnell was guilty of bowling a few extras, one such decision leading to him picking up the bad boy penalty for a McEnroe-esque meltdown to the umpire.

Heyford 2nd vs Wellinborough Town 3rd

David Baker stepped up to the role of captain of the 2nds once again, free from the clutches of relegation last season. He won the toss and showed confidence in his star studded team of young Heyford hopefuls eager to show their talent and progress. As true with many great leaders, DB is keen to lead from the front and found himself volunteering to show the youngsters how it was done. This seemed an odd decision for a number 10 across-the-line slasher (not even Captain Caveman Chris Peck would be that bold), and it duly proved so as he left for a duck having seen off the first over. Thankfully Josh Bastin showed him how it should be done alongside no.3 Conor Robson. The pair put on a partnership of 42 before Conor fell for 22. Josh was caught for 24, leaving Heyford on 50-3 and in need of some big scores. Up stepped Boom-Boom Bucka who proceeded to smash an enormous six off his first ball, earning the unbelievable tekkers award in the process. He put on a partnership of 33 with Sean Hopkins before being caught for 20. Sean made 9 before being bowled, Heyford now on 84-5 and struggling to low score. That was until future Young Player of the Year Luca Delfino-Rice and former Young Player of the Year Jordan Smith stepped up to the crease, adding 48 for their partnership before Jordan was caught for a respectable 27. Benny Cawley and Rhys Hopkins added 5 and 9 runs respectively, leaving fantasy cricket Luca (surely a transfer for dad Pete come July!) to round off a fantastic innings with an unbeaten half century, his first for the club. Podge added 1 run and picked up a not out bonus in the process, Heyford having made a decent 191-9 from their 40 overs.

They then flew out of the blocks in the second innings courtesy of captain fantastic DB, picking up two wickets with one catch into the gloves of Luca behind the stumps which reduced WT to 1-2. Jordan backed this up via a Sean Hopkins catch to leave WT 1-3 without both openers and their captain, a long way from home. Jordan picked up another quick wicket leaving WT 7-4 and reeling. Some middle order resistance was inevitable, but was broken by spin king Rhys Hopkins aided by a DB catch. Rhys then trapped the next batsman lbw, leaving WT 73-6 and looking beaten. Josh got in on the action, bowling his man out cheaply, before Ollie and Luca combined in the field to run out the only hope the visiting team had of salvaging the match. Despite 4 dropped catches throughout the innings from DB, Luca, Ollie and Josh, all that was left to wrap up the win was for Josh and Bucka to take one wicket apiece. WT were bowled out for 120 and Heyford had chalked up their first win of the season in impressive style.

Player of the Week

Jimmy Edwards- 115 points

Jimmy led from the front this week with runs and wickets, the only blight on his scorecard being the 2 tough catches he dropped and the disappointing loss.

Manager of the Week

Jordan Smith- Sausage Select- 288 points

Jordan's savvy choice to select himself paid off as he picked up wickets and runs in the 2nd team win. Jimmy proved the difference between him and the chasing pack, with the Hopkins boys and Conor Robson all contributing as well.

League Table

Jordan is joined in the top 5 by former fantasy cricket officianados Dave Baker and Ross Cambray, showing that they have learnt a thing or two from pouring over the stats week on week. Ian finds himself in joint second place and newbie Lynsey from Bliss school finds herself in the best performers of week 1.

ManagerTeamWeekly PointsTotal PointsPosition
Jordan SmithSausage Select2882881
Ian TownsendMini Men2862862
David BakerLast Year Wasn't My Fault2862863
Lynsey's LoveliesLynsey Anderson2842844
Ross CambrayBig Guns and Young Uns2812815

Lynsey picked wisest from the women this week with Balders, Jimmy, Laurence and Podge all scoring well. She is closely followed by fellow WAGs Jamie Pardon and Ella Townsend, with Naomi Legge breaking up the group.

ManagerTeamWeekly PointsTotal PointsPositionLast Week
Lynsey's LoveliesLynsey Anderson28428411
Kelly RogersRogers XI27727722
Jamie PardonQueenie26526533
Naomi LeggeNaughties or Noughties?26426444
Ella TownsendSilly Sloggers22722755

Where next?

RULES AND RATINGS Objective Pick a team of Heyford cricketers that will earn you the most points throughout the 201

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