Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Telegraph Fantasy Cricket just about to start for 2017 join our FISO League now

Telegraph Fantasy Cricket just about to start for 2017 join our FISO League now
Now I have more time to watch and listen to Cricket I really enjoy expanding that experience so, as well as this blog I also enjoy Fantasy Cricket that runs alongside the real thing. 

Different formats of Cricket has brought about different formats of Fantasy Cricket over the years. There is however one game in particular that has stood the test of time and is about to re-start for the 2017 season and that is the Telegraph Fantasy Cricket, or better known simply as TFC. 

On the Fiso Cricket Forum are experts who have won the competition, and plenty that been playing a long time. There are also local experts from around the country who follow different counties and often have little snippets of information that don't always make the headlines. Generally its full of Cricket lovers who enjoy playing TFC.

I try and pitch in my help with my fixture spreadsheet the fixture sequence can of course be very important. I will often check out the weather as well and have my beloved rain radar going full speed every morning during the Cricket season. As I play a weekly competition the weather is more important as I can hopefully dodge the worst of any rain. Not so important for a season long competition, as you cannot afford to keep making transfers on that basis, but definitely part of the weekly.

All in all its quite a mass of information and therefore its no surprise that the winners are often members, and the FISO league usually wins the league of league prize. Its not a huge at £200 which is shared among the top 5, but the prestige is about as high as you can get, English County Cricket Fantasy wise anyway.

So TFC has stood the test of time, it is not easy getting a Fantasy Game that needs a certain amount of work to keep it interesting and one you can fiddle around with, but also not too much that you have to check it every single day. Not everyone has that amount of time. But some players do, and so they have alongside the season long tournament a weekly tournament that I love playing. There are also other cup style competitions that run during the season as well. 

If you have read this far, then I am pretty certain you will already know a certain amount about Fantasy Sports games already, this is just a reminder that it is starting on 7th April and if you want to be part of the FISO league then join up and get the code, I won't give it direct as you must be a member of FISO to join the league, it is however 100% free. (You can then purchase your TFC Credits on the Daily Telegraph website)  If you are a sports fan, it is a mass of information and well worth joining.

So the links are 

Monday, 20 March 2017

English Domestic Cricket Season Preview player in and out 2017

Here are the Ins and Outs of the English County Cricket teams for the 2017 season, I will try and update in red any new movements from this point on. Significant I think is less overseas players particularly for the T20, perhaps there are more to come, it was thought that holding it all in one month that would see a rise in overseas players. It does appear that the counties are being a bit more sensible on spending, large sums for a player that struggled to adapt did seem rather expensive.

You can see the full spreadsheet of fixtures on my homemade chart and it is clear that the new season's fixtures do seem to be much better, and more logical. No late finishes and early starts 100 miles away. Also a plan to fit in the one day competitions. Fixtures are better planned over bank holidays and weekends. Easter seeing all teams playing for instance. It is an early start, but in 2015 the early start saw some really great weather early doors, so you never know your luck.


Out Callum Parkinson goes to Leics, Chesney Hughes has been released and Andy Carter has retired

In Hardus Viljoen, Gary Wilson from Surrey and Luis Reece from Lancs

Overseas Jeevan Menis from April to June, and Imran Tahir from June to September.

Derbyshire have a new coaching set up and have employed Kim Barnett, Tony Pallindino, and John Wright to name just three.


With Ian Botham now as Chairman of Durham Cricket and experienced players such as Collingwood, Onions and Rushworth on the coaching staff Beefy is confident they can still do well with a a 48 points deduction. They also have a four point penalty in the One Day Cup and 2 points in the T20 Blast. So a lot to overcome. Ben Stokes will obviously be tied to IPL and then England and also Keaton Jennings is very much on the England radar. All in all this could be a very difficult season for Durham as they have lost Borthwick and Stoneman on top of all that.

One day Captain will be Keaton Jennings and Paul Collingwood will captain the Championship side and the T20 Blast.

In Cameron Steel

Out Borthwick Stoneman both to Surrey. Hart to Hants, Muchall retired, and also Mustard, Macleod,Harrison, and Randhawa all released.

Overseas  April to July Stephen Cook and July to Sept Tom Latham


Lots of experience lost in the form of Jessie Ryder, Graham Napier and David Masters, it was always going to happen at some stage, the time has come. Mohammed Amir will be a problem for batsmen once he arrives. Essex will have the availability of Alastair Cook for the first three months, which could prove to be a big bonus.

In Adam Wheater from Hants, Simon Harper (Kol) Neil Wagner Lancs

Out Napier Masters, Retired, and Moore Cross and Micklebough released.

Overseas Neil Wagner and Mohammed Amir from 19th June

Ravi Bopara has given up the one day captaincy and Ryan Ten Doeschate will be captain in all three formats


In  No one

Out Kettleborough and Jones released, Wallace retired.
Overseas in Jacques Rudolph

Glamorgan keeping it easy on the scorers with not much out of season activity. Glamorgan sign South African bowler Marchant de Lange on a 3 year deal


In Phil Mustard from Durham, the Colonel had a good spell with Glos in the 2nd half of last season no surprise to see him start here.

Out Marshall and Hampton both released.

Overseas Cameron Bancroft from Australia. Micheal Klinger returns but will mainly concentrate on one day cricket and the very talented Andrew Tye will play in the T20.


Lots of comings and goings at Hants as they get the benefit of the Durham controvisial punishment which meant Hamphire got a reprieve from relegation to Div 2.

In Asher Hart Frasher Hay George Bailey Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rosssouw

Out Wheater to Essex and Mclaren to Lancs. Tomlinson and Carter retired, and Best Andrew and Arafat released. Weatherley season loan to Kent


Movement in the coaching department big time as Matt Walker takes over from Jimmy Adams, Allan Donald is waiting for his UK Visa but is expected to take over the bowling coach, there are significant moves in the 2nd XI coaching department as well. James Harris from Middlesex on Loan

In Will Gidman and Joe Weatherley 
Out Giffiths, Weller, Viljoen, Latham,
Oveseas, No contracts announced as yet.


In Ryan Mclaren Brooke Guest Shivnapal Chanderpaul Dane Vilas
Out Griffiths, Reece, Peterson, Buck, Edwards, and Tom Smith Retired.
Overseas along with Mclaren is Junaid Kane for T20

Ashley Giles coach has gone back to Warwickshire Australia have not agreed to Faulkner playing in the T20.

Jimmy Anderson is available against Essex 7-10 April Somerset 21-24 April and One Day Cup v Leicestershire 28th April and v Yorkshire 1st May


In Richard Jones, Gavin Griffiths, Callum Parkinson, Colin Ackermann, James Burke, and Luke Ronci,

Out Taylor, Sheikh, Freckingham, Naik, Burgess,

Overseas Clint McKay and Luke Ronchi for T20

Clint Mckay will be limited overs captain.


In None
Out Bailey Holden
Overseas Adam Voges and Brendon McCullum for T20
James Harris goes on loan to Kent


In Nathan Buck and Max Holden

Out Olly Stone and Monty Panesar has been released.
Overseas Rory Kleinveldt and Seekkuge Prasanna
Azharullah injured for six weeks


In Ben Kitt

Out Wood Gidman Tahir
Overseas Dan Christian Ish Sodi both for T20 and James Patterson until end of June

Stuart Broad available v Leicester 7th- 10th April v Sussex 21st - 24th April and One Day Cup on 27th April 29th April and 2nd May

Jake Ball Available v Durham 14th - 17th April v Sussex 21st - 24th April and One Day Cup on 27th April 29th April and 2nd May


In Steven Davis George Bartlett
Out Barrow Rogers
Overseas Dean Elgar

Tom Abell has been promoted to 1st team Championship Captain. At the moment Somerset do not
seem keen on signing Chris Gayle and are looking for someone who can play all 10 games.


Significant moves of Stoneman and Borthwick and Sanga along with Finch.

In Stoneman and Borthwick both from Durham.
Out Davies, Wilson, Mahmood retired and Burke
Overseas Sangakkara and Arron Finch for T20 but he will also play cover for when Sangakkara is away with Sri Lanka.


In Delray Rawkins, Stiaan Van Zyl, Laurie Evans, David Weise.
Out Hatchett Retired, Cachopa, Hudson Prentice are released.
Overseas Vernon Philander until mid June, Ross Taylor for T20 Philander out injured not going to take any significant part now it would seem


In Olly Stone

Out Jones Gordon Evans Ronchi
Overseas Jeetan Patal and Colin De Grandhomme for T20

Ashley Giles returns as coach


In None

Out Russell and Henry
Overseas John Hastings reported as fit Mitchell Santner T20
Joe Leach is now captain

Moheen Ali available for v Northants 21-24th April and One Day Cup 27th 30th and 3rd May 


In None

Out Andrew Gayle retired.
Overseas Peter Handscomb and Travis Head for T20
Gary Ballance is now captain in all 3 formats.

Bairstow and Root available for v Hants 21-24th April and One Day Cup 29th April 1st and 3rd May
Rashid available for all above plus V Warwickshire 14th-17th April