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Views from the Windmill: Fantasy Cricket

PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 May 2016

The standings at the top of the Upminster Cricket Club Fantasy League

The standings at the top of the Upminster Cricket Club Fantasy League

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Upminster's Matt Tigg is writing a blog during the 2016 season

With 11 Saturday league games completed throughout the club, the time has come to provide an early update of the Upminster CC Fantasy Cricket tournament.

Lord Crouch has chosen to exit the role and the ever responsible Norman Lamont has been elected into the post of organiser, reprising his pre-government role as an Investment Banker to hold the winnings of this year’s tournament. (No I was not asked to keep the contributions in one of my vaults).

The Fantasy league is the perfect opportunity for players from all teams to take more of an interest in the other XI’s. Did Doggy take another 5’fer? Is Middle continuing to bully 5th team bowlers? Will Sponge get another LBW?

These are all questions running through the head of fantasy coach’s when the teams meet back at UCC on a Saturday evening.

Personally, I’ve been naïve over the past two years and chosen not to pick the overseas or our 1st team skipper Alan Roy Ison.

Inevitably this has led to a slump in the rankings and by the middle of the year, a complete loss of interest.

This year, however, I have been sensible with my money and picked a championship winning team, including both Ison brothers (currently making up 817 of my total 1266 points), experienced Middlemiss and Peck with talented younger players Alfie James and Josh Lamont.

Jordan, the younger and more talented, Tigg has also been picked not on nepotism alone, but with the aim of a consistent points gatherer (although not at Chelmer Park!).

Non-playing member Dead Bloke currently leads the standing with Middle, me and Peck close behind. Unfortunately I can’t give the names of teams lower than 4th place as the blog would not be suitable for potential younger readers.

Good luck all players this week and Bezza please take some wickets, I’m relying on your bowling!

MVPs of the week:

First XI – Alan Ison: 90 not out and four important wickets for the skipper.

Second XI – James Aggio-Brewe: 41 runs for JABBA in a tough game at frosty Chelmer Park #spinnerwars.

Third XI – Janhoi Bean-Wilson: An uncharacteristic Upminster chase helped by a quickfire 46 not out.

Fourth XI – Stewart Hammond: 87 not out for the All Stars Cricketer.

Fifth XI – PAUL MIDDLEMISS! First 100 of the season for the skipper.

Sixth XI – Hutton Fifth XI: Conceding the game giving an easy 25 points.

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