The CricketWeb Championships

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The CricketWeb Championships

Postby Zorax » Mon Mar 22, 2021 5:34 am

A competition by and for the members (or ex-members) of the CW forums.

First game on 24th April. 4 brand-new teams taking part, 8 teams in total. Should be a lot of fun. Will use this thread of previews, reviews and other little writeups.
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Re: The CricketWeb Championships

Postby Zorax » Sat Apr 24, 2021 3:10 pm

Forgot to post this here earlier:

Round 1 Previews!

ZCC vs Picasso Moon
Despite recent poor form and struggles with a transition period, defending CWC champs ZCC should cruise this easily. Picasso Moon are a relatively new side, ranked 260th in world and 4th in EurAfrica Div 3.9 (a league ZCC could find themselves in soon if they don't start winning some games...). Furthermore their manager hasn't been seen or heard from in over a month. ZCC plan to field a weakened side for this game, but will need to be wary of slipping on the proverbial banana peel - their 2nd XI has already dropped a game to newcomers atraXIa, and their full strength side just got beaten by FHK!

Dynamo Morpork vs Dynamo Schmaltzberg
This Dynamo derby as already raised whispers about potential shenanigans, but push comes to shove one expects a good clean fun game of cricket. While it's to be seen if Morpork field a slightly weaker side to match the level of Schmaltzberg, it's for sure that they will not want to drop a game to their affiliate side. Especially with the form that ZCC have been in - they could be eyeing a spot in the finals if they do everything right.

FHK vs Inner Western Wombats
'Once in a lifetime' is probably the right phrase to describe the crop of young talent coming through FHK at the moment. The Wombats are arguably struggling more than Picasso Moon - the manager only logging in for a grand total of 3 days since creating the team, and the side facing relegation from Div 4 (is that even possible?). After their big over ZCC in the CCCT20, FHK will be sensing a chance at making the CWC finals, and to do that they'll need a big win tomorrow. Do they go in with a youth-heavy side, or go in all guns blazing looking to make a statement? Either way, it's hard to see them losing this one.

Winton CC vs Honest Hunks
Winton CC were the revelation of CWC season 1, having come in from outside the competition to make it all the way to the finals. Now stronger and wiser, they will be hoping to go one step further, and it all starts tomorrow against the Honest Hunks. Their enigmatic manager has done enough to keep the side functioning, and even pulled off the upset of the season last year against Dynamo Morpork. But other commitments have kept him from realising his side's true potential. Will he be able to turn it around this season, or will his side be the league whipping boys once more?
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Re: The CricketWeb Championships

Postby Zorax » Sun Apr 25, 2021 1:47 pm

CWC Round 1 wrap up!

Three predictable results, one upset, and an unexpected side topping the table after week 1!

ZCC crushed Picasso Moon, as expected. One a wicket with good pace and moisture, and a little bit of wear, ZCC fielded a young XI (avg age 18.7) and elected to bat first after winning the toss. Tim Chester hit 47 off 48 opening the batting, Raun Shkorer 45 off 30 from number 3, and Shahbaz Furqan 31 off just 12 coming in at 4. The PMs used 10 bowlers for 2 overs each, with medium-pacer Adam Mardsen proving most effective, taking 3/17 in his 2 overs. In reply the ZCC pace attack bowled PM out for just 89 - skipper Arif Jalal (3/12) and Taufeeq Bashir (3/29) returning the best figures.

Dynamo Morpork emerged victorious over their affiliate in a more competitive affair. Schmaltzberg restricted the hosts to just 134/8, the bulk of those runs being scored by Shingirai Msomi (45 off 42), Daniel Rowan (30 off 27) and Simbarashe Mthabela (29 off 17). 17-year old tearaway Muchafara Ndlovu took 4/23 for Schmaltzberg, and was supported well by former Morpok seamer Christian Owen (3/22). However only 3 batters crossed double digits for Schmaltzberg, as they were bowled out for just 76 in reply. The wear and pace on the wicket made batting difficult, and the entire Morpok attack made good use of it. Left-arm wristpinner Nat Judge was particularly effective, taking 3/18 in his 4.

FHK's young-guns picked up a 6-wicket win over @morgieb's Inner Western Wombats on home turf. Despite being a well renowned dustbowl, it was the FHK's seamers who found the pace in the wicket to their liking - Michael Spavor (2/18), Ivan Lam (3/18) and Joshua Wong (3/10) combining to bowl the Wombats out for just 77. Four batters then scored between 13 and 18 in the chase. Derek Nicol took 3/24, but FHK got the runs in just 9 overs.

And finally, the best for last - the Honest Hunks upsetting Winton CC by 4 wickets! An incredible result given the pre-game ratings - WCC went in with a slightly weakened side, but still outrated the Hunks 46k to 28k! Batting first on the green hard deck that is WCCCG they were bowled out or 142 in 18.3 overs. It was less a case of good bowling, and more a case of bad batting - apart from skipper Yosuke Glenn (41 off 31) no one really got stuck in, and while the Hunks used 10 bowlers it was Mukund Milind (2/13), Nalin Mittur (2/5) and Karamdeep Rao (3/13) who did most of the damage. Much like in their win over Morpork last season, it was Nalin Mittur who starred with the bat in this chase, this time around hitting 42 off 26 balls after coming in at 64/4 in 10.3 overs! Manmohan Ghoshdashtidar and Champak Profulla both weighed in with 27s, and the fabulously named Chunky Kuttikkad hammered 23 off just 9 balls as the Hunks pulled off a win for the ages in the final over!

FHK top the group after Round 1, with ZCC a close 2nd. Morpork in 3rd after having successfully picked up a bonus point (#Shenanigans), while the Hunks surprisingly sitting above Winton in 4th!

Round two is this Saturday on 1st May - can't wait!
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Re: The CricketWeb Championships

Postby Zorax » Sun May 02, 2021 2:53 am

CWC Round 2 review!

Two thrashings, a comfortable win and one nail-biter. CWC week two is in the books, here's a quick recap!

Dynamo Schmaltzberg roared to life with their first win of the CWC, crushing Picasso Moon by 103 runs. Opting to field first at the Schmaltzberg Mining Inc Stadium, the PMs utilised 10 bowling options, but to no avail. Shanuka Kurusumuttu hit 53 off 32 and every batter in the top 6 crossed double digits as the hosts piled on 199/4 in their 20 overs. Karl Small hit 42 but was a lone hand as PMs were bowled out for just 96 - Christian Owen taking 3/21 and Lickley and Ndlovu taking 2 wickets apiece.

The Inner Western Wombats played hosts to defending-champs ZCC, and were at the receiving end of an incredible 165 run defeat. Electing the bowl first they too used 10 different bowlers. A wicket in the 1st over would have raised hopes, but SL international squad member Sajith D Estandau (85 off 54) and BD international player Raun Shkorer (78 off 50) piled on 169 runs in just 16.3 overs, laying the platform for ZCC's final score of 228/3. Arif Jalal and Sampath Ramalingam then took 3 wickets each as the Wombats were bowled out for just 63 in 17 overs, with only two batters crossing double digits.

The Honest Hunks were sent in to bowl first on home turf at FHK, and followed the pattern of the other two games by utilizing 10 bowling options as well! However they were slightly more successful, restricting FHK to just 131/8. The two Michaels - Spavor and Kovring - scored 30s as the batting lineup struggled on a slow and worn pitch. However 131 would prove to be plenty. Spavor took 3/5 with the new-ball and legspinner Lai O Yin took 3 wickets as well, as the Hunks were bowled out for just 80.

And finally, the best for last - an all time classic between Winton CC and Dynamo Morpork. The Winton home turf drew lots of criticism for being basically 22 yards of solid mud - 93 moisture, 99 wear and 91 pace! It was no surprise that Dynamo's skipper Ryan Moon elected to bowl first upon winning the toss. WCC keeper/opener Dwayne Dickens batted exceptionally well for his 46 off 32, and Alex Davy held together the middle order with 34 off 23, as WCC were bowled out for 132 in 18.2 overs. Only 3 batters crossed double digits, a sign of how difficult it was to get in on this pitch. All the Morpork bowlers tasted success, with offspinner Martijn Van Heerdens returning the best figures of the lot (4-0-24-3).
133 on that wicket was never going to be easy, and Morpork had to work hard in the chase. Anthony McGrath anchored one end with 35 off 39 as wickets tumbled from the other, and was 4th man dismissed with 64 on the board in 11.3 overs. Gwong Long then biffed a useful 32 off 23, but was bowled with another 31 runs needed in 20 balls. With the entire top 6 dismissed, it would take something special for Morpork to pull of the chase. It was then that Van Heerdens and Charlie Bungay managed to take 15 runs off the 18th over, swinging the balance back in Dynamo's favour, before Ian Clemence conceded just 3 and nabbed the wicket of Van Heerdens in the 19th! With 11 needed in 6 balls and club legend Daniël Potgieter to bowl, we were looking at potentially the first ever tie in the CWC.
Tailender Barnard Mason was on strike for the first ball, and a wild slog at a delivery sliding down leg fetched the Dynamos 4 crucial runs! 7 needed off 5. Potgieter found his radar with a well directed slower ball, conceding just a single, but slid down leg again for the 3rd ball to Charlie Bungay. However this time around luck was on his side, as Bungay miscued an attempted slog, nicking it behind to keeper! Morpork's last recognised batter dismissed with 6 still needed in 3 balls. New-boy Saleem Saleem had a mighty heave first ball, skewing safely over the infield and away for four to rapturous cheers from the dessing room, 2 now needed off 2! But Potgieter was not yet done, and a clever change up next ball got Saleem chopping back onto his stumps! 2 needed in 1 ball and it was all up to skipper and number 11 Ryan Moon.
After 39.5 overs of exhilarating cricket, it was ultimately to be Morpork's day. Potgieter once again firing the ball down legside, allowing Moon to comfortably flick it to fine leg. A hard run two was followed by a victory lap around the field as Dynamo Morpork picked up their 2nd consecutive win of the CWC! Great effort.

At the end of round two it is ZCC back on top, courtesy of the massive NRR boost from their win. FHK and Dynamo Morpok both unbeaten, but FHK with a bonus point in the bank. Last season's finalist Winton CC are yet to win a game, tho they will be glad to have salvaged a bonus point from both of their losses so far.
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Re: The CricketWeb Championships

Postby Zorax » Fri May 07, 2021 4:07 am

CWC Round 3 Preview

Plenty of hype for tomorrow's games! Should be a real exciting round of fixtures.

Winton CC will look to return to winning ways as they play host to Picasso Moon. Will they go in full strength in order to get that bonus point and NRR boost, or will they look to experiment? We shall wait and see. My bet is that they go in full strength, as they can't risk another upset loss like they suffered to the Honest Hunks in Round 1.

Top-Of-The-Table and defending champions ZCC will look to extend their unbeaten CWC run (now 13 games and counting) against Dynamo Schmaltzberg. The Dom Dom Memorial Ground pitch is looking uncharacteristically dry ahead of this match up - rumours have it the management failed to remind the ground staff to water the pitch! Expect ZCC to go full strength, but perhaps with young offspinner Tim Chester selected to support the former SA international Luke Giddings. Schmaltzberg will be looking to load up on spin options as well, and will take solace in the fact that ZCC have lost their last 5 games at home!

Meanwhile FHK will face off against Dynamo Morpork in what could be the most exciting match of the round. The two sides have a long history, with the score reading 13-10 in favour of Morpork. However in the T20 format that scoreline reads 5-3 to FHK, and at the 5DNOL Stadium it is 3-1 to the hosts. But that one win for Dynamo was the most recent result between these two sides, a 4-wicket win on 15th April! Both these teams are unbeaten in the current CWC, and someone's 0 has got to go! Expect both sides to hold nothing back. FHK will start as slight favourites given they're playing at home and their superior record in the format.

And last, but certainly not least, the Inner Western Wombats will face the Honest Hunks! The rookie Wombats manager will look at this as an opportunity to pick up their first ever CWC win, while the Hunks will be determined to prove their defeat of Winton CC is more than a one-off fluke. The Hunks also have the advantage of having played at this level for far longer, and their experience may just be the defining factor. Definitely a game to keep your eye on.
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