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The 2021 season is nearly upon us at Halesowen Cricket Club, and with that comes the return of Fantasy Cricket. With five senior teams taking to the field each weekend, there are sure to be many different combinations of players from across the teams in your line-up.
Here I will run down some of the most popular choices, where there may be some value and who the standout players could be going into the 2021 season.
Each week I will give a rundown of what has gone on in the previous week, where the gains and losses were up and down the fantasy league, and a reminder of what is to come in the coming week.
For those who haven't entered yet, the Fantasy Cricket League is a competition where 11 players are selected from all senior players at the club, earning their managers points for their performances in League Cricket throughout 2021.
Players are split into four categories: Batters, Bowlers, All-Rounders and Wicket-Keepers, with a budget of £55m per team and a range of players at different prices.
There are prizes to be won, with 50% of the prize pool (total of all of the £10 entry fees minus the provider's admin fee) going to the winner. There will be prizes for second and third overall too!
Looking across the league, we currently have 40 teams entered ahead of the new season, which is a fantastic uptake, and it promises to be a competitive season!
In terms of the most selected players- we have Rayaan Ahmed as the most selected batter, Ciaran Baker-Smith the most selected bowler, and Alexei Kervezee, the most selected all-rounder currently.
Looking back at the 2020 season, people will possibly want to use some statistics to make their picks. Last season's top run-scorer, Harry Baddams, is a popular pick and comes in at £6m. The leading wicket-taker, Jonty Preece, will set you back £8m. Wicket-keeper, Wes Griffiths, had the most fielding dismissals with 13 and costs £5.5m. Outside of wicket-keepers, Luke Tulacz had the most combined catches/run-outs last year and comes in at £6.5m.
This week marks the start of the league season for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd XI's, with those three games counting for the Fantasy League, with the 1st's away at Wolverhampton, the 2nd team host Kidderminster, whilst the 3rd XI host Kempsey at the Earls. So, get those teams selected and make sure you choose your captain wisely, as they will score you double points!
Remember, you have until Midday on 17th April to make as many changes to your teams as you like. From then on, you will have one transfer per week for no cost in points. You can change your captain at any time. However, if you transfer them out, you must select a new one; otherwise, no one earns double points.
Any questions you have regarding fantasy cricket, please direct them to me, and I will let you know the answers!
Go Well, Everyone!