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Selection – Saturday 26 May

Today’s OBWCC squads are as follows:

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Best of luck to all representing the club today – here’s hoping the rain stays away and we can bring home 4 wins!

The Club would also like to wish our President, Phil Thorn (pictured behind today’s selections), the very best with his op on Tuesday. We’ll all be thinking of you Thorny, and wish you a speedy recovery.

#GoPirates

 

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Fantasy cricket profile – Nathan Williams

In the third of a series of posts profiling various players across the club, for those unsure who to select in their fantasy team, we look at 4th XI stalwart, Nathan Williams.

Name: Nathan Williams

Nickname(s): The Lycra Monster

Role: Opening batsman

2017 stats: 392 runs @ 28.0 (inc. 3x50s), 1 catch

Fantasy value: £7m

Is he worth it? Nathan was the 2017 4th XI player of the year and his runs meant he was in 6th place in terms of the leading run scorers throughout the club last year. Whilst his choice of attire isn’t always to everyone’s tastes, and his batting not always the most fluent, Nathan always seems to find a way to score runs.

Additionally he’s been working hard on his bowling in winter nets in an attempt to convince his captain to utilise him for more than 2 overs this season. Will it work? Who knows…

Doesn’t offer much in the fielding department based on his 2017 stats, but if you’re looking for a solid run scorer for your fantasy team who is available most weeks, then Nathan might just be your guy.

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Fantasy cricket profile – Ben Harris

In the second of a series of posts profiling various players across the club, for those unsure who to select in their fantasy team, we focus on young wicket keeper Ben Harris.

Name: Ben Harris

Nickname(s): Benny, Mini-Harris

Role: Wicket keeper / Batsman

2017 stats: 144 runs @ 10.3, 12 catches, 4 stumpings, 1 run out

Fantasy value: £5m

Is he worth it? If you believe our club chairman who still hasn’t forgiven him for dropping at catch 3 years ago…no. But when you look at the way he performed behind the stumps in 2017 and how he continues to work on his batting, you certainly wouldn’t bet against him having a very good 2018.

GCSEs might get in the way on the odd occasion early in the season, but at £5m the middle of the Harris-trio certainly looks to be good value for money.

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Fantasy cricket profile: Stuart MacArthur

In the first of a series of posts profiling various players across the club, for those unsure who to select in their fantasy team, we look at 1st XI captain Stu MacArthur.

Name: Stuart MacArthur

Nickname(s): StuMac, Silverback, Gorilla

Role: Opening bowler and hard-hitting #7 or #8 batsman

2017 stats: 32 wickets @ 18.2 (inc. 1x 5WH), 149 runs @ 13.6 (inc. 1x 50), 10 catches

Fantasy value: £8m

Is he worth it? Stu starts the 2018 season as the reigning 1st XI and overall club player of the year. His 32 wickets last season would have been more if he had chosen to get married outside of the cricket season like any other normal cricketer, and as club captain he can go a long way to influencing the stats of both himself and those around him.

To be fair to the other bowlers in the first team however, it is probably right to mention that, due to him often bowling numerous wides per innings, he does get more chances than anyone else to take wickets!

So far he’s been selected by 40% of our fantasy team owners as one of their all-rounders but as he is prone to the occasional DIYE, do you want him in your team?

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OBWCC Fantasy Cricket

Fancy Andy Bevan to score 500 runs this season? Or Will Penny to take 30 wickets? No, me neither. But now you have the chance to back 11 of OBWCC’s finest in our brand new fantasy cricket game.

The rules are pretty simple. You have £55m to spend on naming your XI which can contain up to 5 batters, 5 bowlers, 3 all-rounders and 1 keeper – meaning you even have a choice as to how to balance your side.

Points are earned as follows:

Batting

1 points per run
10 points for a not out
20 points for scoring 50+ runs
40 points for scoring 100+ runs
-20 points for scoring a duck

Bowling

15 points per wicket
30 points for taking 5+ wickets
3 points per maiden
-20 points for conceding 50+ runs (without taking a wicket)

Fielding

10 points per catch
15 points per stumping
20 points per run out

Each team can select a captain each week and that person will earn double points. Captains can be changed each week. Gameweeks advance at midday on a Saturday.

You will also get one free transfer each week, with the ability to make additional transfers at the cost of 20 points.

Sign up now at https://obwcc.fantasyclubcricket.co.uk and don’t forget to pay your £10 entry fee!