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FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire @ Taunton
Discussion started by Grockles.com , 26 April, 2020 16:11
FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire @ Taunton
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FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire
Grockle 23 April, 2020 15:17
Next on our Parallel Universe 2020 CC1 campaign is Warwickshire at Taunton starting this Sunday

We have a number of issues

Azhar Ali injured not available for 3 weeks
Michael Carberry Hamstring injury - not available for about a month
Tom Banton injured presently - no date for a return

Dom Bess - not pushing the envelope in relation to wickets
George Bartlett not creating runs at number 5

Craig Overton is ready to return after a slight niggle during the Notts game and missing Surrey

So the side would be
Abell
Byrom
?? (Ali)
Hildreth
?? (Bartlett)
Davies
Gregory
?? (Bess)
Jamie Overton
Jack Brooks
Jack Leach

So.… suggestions people?



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Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire
nelliec 23 April, 2020 16:30
One option is to move Bartlett into the top 3.Give Bess more responsibility as batsman all rounder at 6 and bring Cove back in at 8



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Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire
Grockle 23 April, 2020 19:42
I'm not sure Bess has suggested that as an option and we do have Alexei Kervezee sitting there waiting for the one day stuff. Certainly think that George could move forward. Banton not being available is a problem. There's also Lammonby if we need a possible 5.

Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire
Bobstan 23 April, 2020 20:41
I'm not sure that I would wish to call Craig 'Cove' at the moment. A bit too near the bone.

Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire
Grockle 23 April, 2020 20:42
But Cove is his ID



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Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire
Shepton Paul 2 24 April, 2020 12:35
I'd go for

Abell
Byrom
Kervezee
Hildreth
Bartlett
Davies
Gregory
Coverton
Bess
Joverton
Leach

George keeps his place as we're short of batters, Kervezee deserves a go; Craig returns for Brooks; Dom is doing ok, we shouldn't expect bucket loads of wickets for him early season as the second spinner, but he's good to have in the team, fields well and a second spinner who bats is a better bet than yet another seamer who doesn't...IMHO.

Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire
Farmer White 24 April, 2020 13:22
I would go with SP's team, keep the bowling balance, except I might swap Bartlett and Kervezee in the order. Apart from his bowling, batting and fielding, Bess is important for the constant vocal encouragement of the others. Second only to Abell now that Trescothick has gone.

Farmer

Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire
Somerset LaLaLa 24 April, 2020 14:34
The batting averages of the bowlers (LG excepted) seem to be much of a muchness . However, I'm concerned we're seeing some big scores against us (Kent in the follow-on, Notts almost won and Surrey in their first innings. So we need something different from our bowling attack. LG, Jove and Leachy have been the standout bowlers for me

Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire
Grockle 24 April, 2020 15:07
Can't agree with the assessment of Bess v Brooks I'm afraid but happy to go with the majority so I feel a poll coming on!!



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Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire
Tom Seymour 25 April, 2020 18:28
A lot of posters on here appear to be of the belief that this is actually happening!

Well bless my soul to disillusion them if it should keep them happy and with something to do, but I am in agreement with "Farmer White" when he says - "Not that I am taking this remotely seriously."

Each to their own I suppose, and I presume that somebody (?Grockle) is doing a lot of work behind the scenes in order to get it up and running.

Many years ago as a teenager, I got a lot of pleasure from playing the cricket dice - throwing game 'Owzthat'. I tracked it down again a few days ago and so had another try. It was my Somerset XI v. an MCC side. Somerset batted first and were in serious trouble at 71 for 6. Then in strode Jamie Overton (a late replacement) to join his brother and they took the score to respectability bringing up the 200. There were a lot of AAH's and OOH's from the sparse crowd when there was a very confident appeal for a run out against J Overton who had unbelievably scored 126. Well played I muttered when I rolled the dice for a decision. There was some old burgher from North Devon umpiring and he said NOT OUT.

That was the end of play for me for a long time to come.

Sadly, as is happening on the other side of the Pond, in what I classify as the 'Biggest Lunatic Asylum in the World', people believe what they are told. No comparison to this of course, but I am distressed to learn that people are dying over there by ingesting cleaning chemicals and disinfectants, because President Trump said that this was a cure for Corona Virus (Covid 19).

Not a good analogy I know, and I wish them all well.



A glass half - empty or a glass half - full?
Regardless, both glasses need filling up.

Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire
Tom Seymour 25 April, 2020 18:30
Sorry, I forgot to add ...



A glass half - empty or a glass half - full?
Regardless, both glasses need filling up.

Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire
Grockle 25 April, 2020 18:38
"FAKE 2020"

is as obvious as I can make it Tom.

Each to his/her own



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Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire
Grockle 26 April, 2020 10:25
So a 4th fake fixture starts today with Alexei Kervezee debuting for Somerset.

The sides is;
Abell
Byrom
Bartlett
Hildreth
Kervezee
Davies
Gregory
Overton C
Brooks
Overton J
Leach

I'm assuming the same as last week concerning tosses. If there is one and we win we will bat.



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Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire
Grockle 26 April, 2020 10:45
Warwickshire have chosen to bowl first at Taunton.



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Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire
cricketjerry-mouse 26 April, 2020 12:23
I have a feeling Tom Seymour wouldn`t approve of a fantasy cricket version currently being played by the Authors Cricket Club. It is based on lines from Marcel Proust`s highly appropriate `A la Recherche du Temps Perdu`, with `o` representing a four, `u` a six, and `c` meaning caught out.

So far Sebastian Faulks` team of characters from Jane Austen has done pretty well, with Mr Knightly batting at no.3 and meek-and-mild Miss Price, the heroine from Mansfield Park, showing surprising all-round skills.

Antiquarian Peter Frankopan has chosen a team of `Khans` , ranging from Genghis to American singer-songwriter Chaka, while fellow historian Tom Holland has gone for 11 Anglo-Saxons, with the Venerable Bede keeping wicket and Alfred the Great catching Winona Ryder, from Ben Falk`s team of Hollywood celebrities, in the deep.

Today`s leaders are Faulks` Austen eleven. Never bet against the English upper-classes.



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Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire
Grockle 26 April, 2020 12:31
Has Tom Holland included the present 'Spiderman' in his team. I would assume his skills and abilities would be a useful addition to the overall resources at the captain's disposal?

Tom is Tom He takes it or he leaves it.

It has always been the option available to him, he just likes to write about how above it all he is. He's not alone. But it is a diversion. That is all it is.

The last 2 matches diverted 2000 readers at different times (or the same person 2000 times) and if it gives people something to do or ponder on then the semi ridicule of the likes of TS can be simply passed by.

If it doesn't divert him I can personally live with it. He wasn't in my thought process at the time and funnily enough he still isn't.



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Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire
Farmer White 26 April, 2020 13:15
During the depths of my eastern exile, around the time when Jimmy Cook was wielding the willow at Taunton, I used to take a brisk twenty minute walk every evening after a long day in London and a longish commute at either end. It cleared my head for whatever the rest of the evening had in store. Usually burying myself in a cricket book or a historical biography or text. It was then I first read David Foot's Tormented Genius of Cricket. One of the best cricket books of them all.

The route of my walk was not the most interesting but it did cross two railway bridges. To bring some point to the enterprise, other than to offer a defence of sorts against my doctor when he took my blood pressure, I involved the railway line in cricket matches. Somerset against whoever. The rules were simple. If I could see no train as I crossed a bridge the batting side scored a run. If I did, they lost a wicket. Commuter lines can still be quite busy even quite late in the evening which had the benefit of keeping matches quite short. Months that is, instead of years. An inane activity in the extreme, but bizarrely, as I approached each bridge I could feel the tension rising and my ears perked up for the sound of an approaching or departing train. Of course, I can give an absolute assurance that if Somerset were batting I never looked the other way.

Oddly, for such an inane activity, the 'cricket' aspects of the walks are now all that I recall of them. It probably says much about what goes on between my ears, but at least proves something does.

Farmer

Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire
cricketjerry-mouse 26 April, 2020 16:43
Newsflash from the Authors Cricket Club fantasy match (see above). It was a mistake to ask Alfred the Great, from historian Tom Holland`s All Anglo-Saxon XI, to bring the cakes for teatime.

Re: FAKE 2020 v Warwickshire @ TAUNTON Sunday 26 April 2020
Grockle 26 April, 2020 18:54
George is earning his wage today. After a semi decent base from the opening 2, George puts on over 50 with James until just before lunch when Hildreth loses concentration for a moment.

Then he carries on with Kervezee in the second spell. AK helps by adding 119 before going C&B for a very promising 63. George and Steve then move on to 236 for 4 with Bartlett going in for Tea at 97 undefeated.



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Re: FAKE 2020 v Warwickshire @ TAUNTON Sunday 26 April 2020
Grockle 26 April, 2020 22:03
George gets his 100 before he goes for 108. A bit of a collapse before the Overtons hit 74 as a partnership and Craig Overton goes to 50 and Somerset end on 276 for 9. Jack has 16 and I reckon the 400 is on tomorrow morning. Worth the gamble?



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Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire @ Taunton
Tom Seymour 26 April, 2020 22:57
Another 124 runs between C Overton and Leach for the last wicket tomorrow morning?

I will roll the dice on my Owzthat game again. It could happen!



A glass half - empty or a glass half - full?
Regardless, both glasses need filling up.

Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire @ Taunton
Farmer White 26 April, 2020 23:04
A mid-innings Somerset collapse against the bottom club, a fighting Overtonesque revival and Jack Leach involved in a last wicket stand. If we are out for 399 in the morning I shall suspect there is something going on at the County Ground that someone has omitted to tell me about.

Edit: I have just noticed the discrepancy between the score in the article at the top of the page and the one in the post above. The scoreboards not agreeing at Taunton? Now, that couldn't happen if this match were real could it?

Farmer



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Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire @ Taunton
Somerset LaLaLa 27 April, 2020 07:51
We were out for 399 at Headingley in 2018, not so sure about Taunton. Batting bonus points and Somerset have an interesting relationship

Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire @ Taunton
Grockle 27 April, 2020 08:48
There have been characteristics of a season in the games already played in this parallel universe.

Not sure how the engine operates but whoever set it up has it pretty close. I know the programme has been going for about 20 years so it has developed alongside the game.

The Overton partnership 'mirrored reality' if you can say that and my executive decision to bat on into Monday is out of curiosity more than anything else. COVE was certainly worth the money yesterday.



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Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire @ Taunton
Grockle 27 April, 2020 10:31
We shall see in a little while.

Leach and Overton need 24 for the extra point so I think it's worth the half hour ish?

Somerset don't set enough of an importance on these extra points here and there and we've come to suffer because of it in the past.

Jack has not been the 'stick in the mud' number eleven we've come to know in this fantasy season so he may go first ball. But what do we have to lose other than Jamie and Jack B will have to open the bowling perhaps if we get close or over the 400 line.



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Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire @ Taunton
Farmer White 27 April, 2020 13:41
Indeed SLLL, 399 at Headingley. I remember it well. I was, of course, late for the start. As I approached the ground on the bus the incoming text said: 399! It needed to say no more. In 2019, at Taunton, 398 against Surrey and 199 against Yorkshire.

Curious, I checked every CC match of the 2019 season for the number of times teams had fallen 10 runs or less short of a bonus point, and, for balance, the number of times teams had gone 10 runs or less past a bonus point. Here are the two leagues:

Failed to get a bonus point by 10 runs or less:

6 Somerset
4 Kent
3 Essex, Hampshire, Yorkshire, Surrey
2 Warks
1 Notts

Exceeded the runs needed for a bonus point by 10 runs or less:

4 Somerset
3 Hants, Yorks
2 Kent
1 Essex, Warks, Notts
0 Surrey

Percentages need to be taken with a fairly hefty pinch of salt with such low numbers. However, Somerset's failure to pick up an extra point accounted for 24% of the total number of occasions on which it happened. Their success in picking up an extra bonus point accounts for 27% of occasions. In both instances that is approximately twice what would be expected if all teams performed in the same way. But then, whatever Somerset are or have been we have never been average or boring.

Farmer



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Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire @ Taunton
Grockle 27 April, 2020 15:34
Sorry. Working virtually with classes in Bermuda some four hours behind mucks up my time clock somewhat and makes things happen in a weird order.

We batted on and.... true to form failed to reach 400. Also true to form and the predictive nature of the selection posters, we failed at 399 when Jack was out one run short of the total having faced almost nothing.

So a decent score but no extra bonus point and it is now time to put Warwickshire to the sword in a fantasy sort of way!!



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Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire @ Taunton
Grockle 27 April, 2020 19:11
Mayhem up until lunch as Warwickshire go in at the interval 58 for 5 with all the bowlers getting in on the action. A recovery of sorts from Hain and Woakes after Lunch but only until just before Tea when Brooks finds his line and the Brummies go in for a bit of a break at 185 for 8 with Hain still there on 83 not out.

QUESTION if they don't make the 65 they need to avoid the follow on do we enforce it?



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Re: FAKE 2020 CC1 v Warwickshire @ Taunton
Farmer White 27 April, 2020 20:15
There are two full days left in the match. Bat again. Unless the forecast for the final day still suggests enough rain to significantly shorten the day. In which case put them back in.

Farmer

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