Quarter Cup - Beyond the Boundary

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Quarter Cup - Beyond the Boundary

Postby ltraynor » Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:39 am

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Edition 1

Introduction

It's nearly time for the launch of the cup which starts on the 22nd August and with 64 participants in the main comp and another 16 in the Affiliates comp it's going to be a competition with most clubs participating in one way or another.

At this point Rob is working behind the scenes on some changes to the way Friendly comps are being done and I don't want to give any spoilers because that is his domain but if all goes well this comp should feature some new things never before seen on stumped.

So for now things are being kept under wraps but Rob is VERY confident using his words that this feature will be ready EOS so hopefully everything will be ready in a week or so stay tuned for more information in the Competition section as I'll update everything there.

Why this Tournament?

So the reason I wanted to do this tournament is that it's the 25th season of Stumped and I've been around since I believe the 2nd or 3rd season and along the way seen some amazing teams come and go but all in all the game has been a really quality and well thought out cricket management simulator.

I get excited when the Devs become active and now more than ever I see Andy and Rob being around alot and that spells great things for the future of stumped.

Format Of the Competition

To mark the special quarter of a century milestone for seasons this cup will be the longest Friendly comp that I have been involved in at least. With 19 rounds in total (including 4 Knockout rounds) whether it means 2 games a week or not is pending on whether the new features are ready or not! This is the ideal format so it doesn't run into the next season.

The Format will look like this:

15 rounds same as your normal Friday ODI but everyone has been put in a group between A-H and a home and away game will be played against everyone else in the group. So plenty of opportunities for some great cricket to be played.

For seeds please visit this section
- https://www.stumpedgame.com/forum/viewt ... =19&t=4941

The Top 2 teams will then go forward to the 2nd stage of the contest which will be a 16 team knockout competition that will be fixtured seperately once we know who the teams are going to be in it. This comp will be lethal once you lose you're out. So the winner will be a true legend in Stumped having to not only do well in leagues but beat all comers in the knockout stage!

Finals will be played at Lauderdale CC as host of the tournament this creates a neutral venue and also a venue you can plan ahead for if you're savvy.

Since we don't have any games to review yet this edition will be missing some of the other sections that will appear in later editions but I'll leave you with some thoughts from a stumped veteran on the topic I've chosen for this week - Shot Selection and it's value in the game

Shot Selection thoughts by rtj45

I mean shot selection in itself isn't very useful. if you had a player with 20 ss and 0 everything else they wouldn't do very well. I often find that shot selection makes a player more consistent, they will generally get higher scores and do so on a more regular basis. However, I feel that players with it at an average level (say Stuart Merry who has below average SS) will be very erratic and can be extremely destructive as they just choose "attack" every ball rather than over-thinking it.

I think its the batting equivalent of accuracy, a high accuracy bowler doesn't always get the wickets but he usually bowls well, so a batsman with high shot selection bats well but not always with urgency or aggression. You need some and preferably one or two good bats with it to help your top order but its not the end of the world if they don't.

I think it best suits a high defensive, high stamina opener or a no.3 who will stop the loss of early wickets. In all I think there are other factors which play a larger role in how good a batsman is.



See you next edition for the start of the tournament ~ Luke (ltraynor)!
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Re: Quarter Cup - Beyond the Boundary

Postby Zorax » Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:21 am

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Re: Quarter Cup - Beyond the Boundary

Postby mike778 » Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:22 pm

Re SS

Agree with the comparison to Accuracy. Batsmen need all three skills. But if they mainly attack then you get away with lower defence and if they mainly push they can get away with lower attack. Bit like bowlers can get away with lower variation if they bowl at the start and lower movement if they bowl at the end but you want all bowlers to have accuracy.
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Re: Quarter Cup - Beyond the Boundary

Postby ltraynor » Wed Aug 12, 2020 2:50 pm

IMPORTANT UPDATE!

Due to the Friendly comp update not appearing till next week it's been decided that the competition needs to be delayed by a week to allow teams time to set orders. The Competition will now start on the 29th AUGUST. No other changes!
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Re: Quarter Cup - Beyond the Boundary

Postby ltraynor » Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:59 am

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Edition 2

From the Editor

Since last edition we've seen the roll out of the Friendly comp system in game and at the time of writing almost everyone has signed up to the comp in game! Thank you so much for your cooperation in this. If you are one of the remaining teams to enter please sign up ASAP or reach out for assistance.

Note that there are a few changes to the groups given the removal of 3 teams that were previously registered that got removed from the game for cheating. We welcome Stueys team. Canada Airstrikers and one of our fine Devs Greenfielders into the competition.


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Final Format Information

Games will be played on a Saturday and Thursday for Main Tournament and Sunday and Tuesday for the Affiliates. You will be playing against each team in your group twice. One at home and one away.

The top 2 teams will go forward for knockout in the Main tournament and the top 4 teams will go forward to the knockouts in the Affiliates tournament from each group. All games in the knockout competition which will be set up separately will be played at Lauderdale CC a neutral venue so that all teams play with the same conditions.

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Upcoming game days

- Fixtures are not set at writing of this edition but they will be ready soon!

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Round 1 Main Tournament (August 29)
Round 1 Affiliates/newbies Tournament (August 30)
Round 2 Affiliates/newbies Tournament (September 1)
Round 2 Main Tournament (September 3)

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Topic of the week

This weeks topic of discussion is Fielding Aggression - This weeks thoughts brought to you from Bumpuss who manages Fartland

I think every manager has their own approach when it comes to fielding aggression. Setting your fielding aggression will depend on your bowling attack, the conditions and of course your opponent. A further factor might be if you are looking to get a bonus point or a NRR boost or to avoid a big loss.
Generally, I take more defensive approach in T20s when compared to the longer format. Batsmen are more naturally aggressive in T20s and I want to limit the total they score 20 overs. However, if conditions really suit the bowlers, then it’s a good idea to be more aggressive to get wickets which will lower the run rate due the batsmen trying to “consolidate their innings”

I like to be more aggressive early on to get some early wickets and then very defensive in the last ten overs. I guess most managers will take this approach. However, if you have bowlers with characteristics like partnership breaker or reverse swinger then perhaps it might be more worthwhile to be more aggressive when they bowl to make use of their characteristic. Finally, pitch conditions, obviously more defensive in favourable batting conditions and more aggressive in bowling conditions – this is probably self explanatory.
I think I am curious to experiment with is a bowler with the “economical” characteristic and how they perform under different fielding aggressions. I don’t have a bowler with this characteristic to experiment with currently..


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Thanks for tuning in for another edition.

See you on the cricket pitch

Next Edition will have some extra sections for results and stats.

Regards,

Luke
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Re: Quarter Cup - Beyond the Boundary

Postby MOD-tonk6464 » Sat Aug 22, 2020 2:41 am

Nice article Luke. It should be a fun comp. :thumbup:
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Re: Quarter Cup - Beyond the Boundary

Postby bumpuss » Sun Aug 23, 2020 6:28 am

Looking forward to the competition!

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Re: Quarter Cup - Beyond the Boundary

Postby ltraynor » Wed Aug 26, 2020 7:34 am

Should be, just getting nervous about the lateness of the fixtures coming through
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Re: Quarter Cup - Beyond the Boundary

Postby ltraynor » Sat Aug 29, 2020 9:30 am

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Edition 3

From the Editor

The competition kicked off on 29th August with some really fiercely fought games and some very valuable innings and wickets. This editor wishes to thank both Devs Rob and Andy for getting everything done behind the scenes so we could launch on time and where games could be played at the home teams time of choice.

Given the amount of games that there are each round, it is impossible for us to follow and recap every single game, but we will select 1 match from each group to take a look at in a bit more detail each week. We will try and pick opponents that are closely matched for a higher chance of a more entertaining game.

Lastly words of encouragement for the newer players in the tournament, you may not win any or many games in this tournament but it's a great oppotunity to be thrown in the deepend and learn the mechanics of the game. Use it as an opportunity to experiment and attempt an upset! Each group has at least 2 relatively new players so you should have a good even match up at least twice during the tournament!

If you wish to follow, contribute or get more information on the games and results please check our weekly game day thread:

viewtopic.php?f=19&t=5097 -

Results for games not covered by Beyond the boundary can be found here under the ladder link for each group.

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Group A Spotlight Match

https://www.stumpedgame.com/Scorecard.php?Match=1359563

Sir XI vs The Reds

The Reds Innings

2 veteran managers go head to head in Group A this week at the SCG with Cream winning the toss and sending in the Reds to bat first.
Mcvee struck early to take on Ascott but the Reds were able to fight back with a great partnership between Nozulu (63) and captain Lloyd (86)
Maitryi and Gee the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets each. The lower order of The Reds struggled to keep the runs going and set 247 for victory.

Sir XI Innings

Chasing 247 for victory, possibly just a little under par for this pitch Sir XI lost Arshad early to a great ball from Donda. Mumtaz (42) and Du Preez (77) steadied the innings until the bullet arm of Alder
ran Mumtaz out. The Reds came back with some wickets to clean up the middle order with amazing effort by Ellery to get a catch and 2 stumpings. But it was Hurst and Mcvee who guided Sir XI
closer and closer to victory with some pretty solid death bowling the match looked like it could go either way at the end but it was Sir XI's day picking up the victory by 3 wickets

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Group B Spotlight Match

https://www.stumpedgame.com/Scorecard.php?Match=1359619

Ball Burners vs Greenfielders

Greenfielders Innings

Stone won the toss and elected to bat on a low wear pitch that suited the batsman opting to put runs on the board. All the top order scored runs but only Veera (86) and Strange (53) made half centuries. Setting 302 needed for victory. Which is about a run a ball. Tapi with (3) and Subramanian (2) were the pick of the bowlers.

Ball Burners innings

Ball Burners top order took on the responsibility well with Sridevan (97) just missing out on a century. the rest of the top order were just shy of half centuries but they got the start the Ball burners wanted and even with a Greenfielders counter attack to take wickets in the middle order Ball Burners held it together for a 3 wicket win with 7 balls to spare mostly due to a quick scoring cameo from Sunundo. Bahl (3) and Rackley (2) were the pick of the bowlers with Bahl especially almost turning it around to a victory for the green boys.

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Group C Spotlight Match

https://www.stumpedgame.com/Scorecard.php?Match=1359673

The Tonkers vs Cunning

The Tonkers Innings

Sandrasagra winning the toss in a game that sees the 2 top rated teams in this group face off in ROUND 1. Sending in the Tonkers to bat who were well lead by the openers who were scoring very freely but it was Jaitleys work in the field that took out both openers just at the point they were about to take off. A really solid captains innings by Solkar (90) kept the Tonkers going and looking for a big score. But the middle to lower order didn't get any strong partnerships going and the Tonkers finished the innings with 294 for 8. Given the conditions this was probably above par but not as high as they looked at one point in this game.

Cunning Innings

The chase was dominated by a masteful display of batting from Wijeyeratne (124*) with great support from Tanu (73) the bowlers at the Tonkers were not ready to give up the game though, fighting back to take on the middle and lower orders and creeping back into the game with a wonderful display of bowling from Gwynn late in the game. But ultimately Cunning took the match in a closely fought contest only winning by 1 wicket. Should be a great rematch for this later in the season. Where another close game is likely.

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Group D Spotlight Match

https://www.stumpedgame.com/Scorecard.php?Match=1359729


Fictionally Inclined vs Perrys Pirates CC

Fictionally Inclined Innings

Sent into bat by Monkhouse Fictionally Inclined were on the backfoot from the start losing their opener without scoring with the rest of the batsman making starts but only Pipe (105) converting to a bigger total. Hannadige spun a web that was both economical and wicket taking with (3) to keep Fictionally inclined to 266 which was probably a little under par but certainly a total that could be defended.

Perrys Pirates Innings

A dominating display of batting from Horton (131*) and Connick (102*) really just punished the Fictionally inclined bowlers who just didn't have a good day. Certainly this result doesn't give justice to the strength that the team has and how evenly matched the teams are on paper, it was just one of those days that the bails just wouldn't come off. The Pirate flag was waved high this day with a convincing 9 wicket victory to Perry Pirates.

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Group E spotlight Match

https://www.stumpedgame.com/Scorecard.php?Match=1359785

Pro Crastinators vs Karachi

Pro Crastinators innings

Jethani wins the toss in the match of the round for Group E and elects to bat on this pitch that has a bit in it for everyone. Some wind, moisture and medium wear means that any player can get something out of it if they're good enough. After a shaky start Pro Crastinators middle order steadied the innings with Half centuries from Truelove (75) Stokes (51) and Keeper Captain Jethani with (65) resulting in a very competive score of 294/7 giving Karachi 295 needed for victory. Packham (3) Evans (2) and Quick (2) shared the wickets between them.

Karachi Innings

Set a tough target again it was the middle order that dominated with Atherton (59) Bosman (95) and Oates (66*) all scoring half centuries. The result could have easily gone either way throughout the entire match and it really came down to the inability of the Karachi tail to get them over the line and superb death bowling to deny the win with Forsyth (4) and Bernstein (3) being the players that had a contribution to the result in falling in favour of Pro Crastinators who won by a narrow 8 runs

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Group F spotlight Match

SaraGarhi Martyrs vs surepuro11 (Match Played on Thursday)

SaraGarhi Martyrs Innings

Winning the toss and electing to bat Kaushik hoped his team would score enough runs to bat their opponents out of the game. Unfortunately the start did not go in their favour with wickets falling early. It was himself with (72) and Mhlongo (101) who got them back into the game setting a competive 265/8 to defend. The Pick of the bowlers being spin bowler Khodabhai (4)

Surepuro11 Innings

Setting a par score for this pitch it was anyones game going into the 2nd innings but it was looking to go the way of the Martyrs with 2 early wickets until the innings was steadied by great contributions from the rest of the top order and middle order Meredith (56) Motiwala (78) Warusahannadige de Soysa 56* and Cullen 65* all made themselves known in the chase by contributing well. Opening bowler Hammad was the only bowler that really showed great economy and ended with a top order wicket. Surepuro sailed home to victory by 6 wickets with 6 overs to spare.

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Group G Spotlight match

https://www.stumpedgame.com/Scorecard.php?Match=1359901

Fartland vs Waldron Wanderers

Fartland Innings

Bronkhorst winning the toss and electing to bat starting a bit of a top order collapse for the flatulently inclined boys (Fartland) with them looking in all sorts of trouble at 4/57 at one point. But a good middle order recovery partnership from Ilsley (58) Zaca (64) brought them back into the game. Shines bullet arm proved lethal in the field though combined with a (3) wicket haul from Panjwani it had Fartland all out with 8 overs to go which certainly is going to make defending a difficult job

Waldron Wanderers

The Waldron boys started in much the same way as Fartland with wickets falling early until captain Millard (74) combined with Panjwani (52) on a simliar recovery type mission. The game was definately in the balance before this partnership so it was definately a key one to narrowly scrape through to win by 2 wickets. The Fartland boys bowled well to keep the game tight after not the best day with the bat so a credit to the tenacity of both teams on this being such a closely fought contest.

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Group H Spotlight match

https://www.stumpedgame.com/Scorecard.php?Match=1359957

Durham Elite vs Pest CCC

Pest CCC Innings

Subbanna winning the toss on what this editor considers the game of the round in all groups. The opponents being only 100 rating apart. So closely matched that you just can't seperate these teams. The Pest CCC innings was dominated by the partnership of Sheldon (107) and Bedford (80) the other batsman either failed or didn't convert. The bowling was dominated by Puvimanasinghe who seemed to step up everytime his captain needed him with crucial wickets to end with (3) Pest CCC set a respectible 314 for victory but would need to bowl well to get the Win.

Durham Elite Innings

Set a fairly high total for victory the Durham Elite top order all made starts and contributed their part to taking the total down. The main contributor being captain Sansom (97) narrowly missing a century although a bit of a lower order collapse late in the game. The top order had done enough to seal the victory in a very closely fought match where no team really dominated at any point. Durham Elite winning by a narrow 2 wicket margin.
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Re: Quarter Cup - Beyond the Boundary

Postby MOD-tonk6464 » Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:01 am

Great write-up Luke :thumbup:
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