OVAL WORLD FANTASY CRICKET LEAGUE 2018

Tuesday, 1st May - 48 teams this year, which is the most we've had since 2009. Maybe it's a case of beginner's luck, but the early leader and nearest challenger - Stuart Watson (121.3 points) and Roderick Easdale (119.3) - are both "newbies" to the Oval World fantasy. What's more, there's another fresh face in fourth: Daniel Lumby, who has named his side That's All Foakes; thus giving rise to an OWFCL first, with two teams sharing the same name (well, when you've got Ben Foakes in your squad and you need to come up with a label...). To those of you who have made a slow start, take heart - there's plenty more water to pass under the bridge before this year's title is decided.

Tuesday, 15th May - I'm stunned, genuinely. Top of the league with 193.3 points! I'll take that, but, don't worry, it can't last! Meanwhile, Roderick Easdale (191.0) holds on to second place, the never-to-be under-estimated Rob Lewis (winner in 2015) moves up from 8th to third and Stuart Watson remains in touch, despite leading after the first three rounds of championship matches.

Wednesday, 13th June - Sorrento Sunshine remain top, but, again, their lead is only a slender one; this time heading into the two rounds of championship matches prior to the T20 break. Chris Eades's Balanced Solutions have swapped fifth place for 2nd while Rob Lewis's Surrey-by-Sea hold on to 3rd. Notable progress, since the scores were last calculated, has been made by Paul Blake's team, who have advanced seven places to 10th. With just 44 points between 15th and 40th, the middle of the table is looking somewhat congested.

Wednesday, 29th June - Just as I promised six weeks ago, my side has relinquished top billing. Chris Eades now takes over in pole position, pursued by Stuart Watson and Rob Lewis. Meanwhile, William Summerlin has moved up from 7th to fifth and Tracey Field's team - Tea Stops Play, who were 19th but are now 12th - has started to motor at long last. With the T20 Blast occupying most of the coming both, that's the way things will remain, for a time.

Thursday, 26th July - For the second update running it's Chris Eades who is out in front - and out in front by a substantial 27.8 points, given that 17.5 points separates 2nd and 6th. William Summerlin's team For Whom The Bell Tolls continues to make headway (up from fifth to third). Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, events such as Jack Shantry's retirement, the back injury that has ended the season for Toby Roland-Jones, Haseeb Hameed's total loss of form and various IPL/England white-ball-related absences have severely compromised many a manager's hopes.

Thursday, 23rd August - The gap between top and third has increased from 30.8 points to 48.6, which suggests this has become a two-horse race between Chris Eades and yours truly. The significant climbers since the last update are Harjot Sidhu (up nine spots from 34th to 25th), Nick Blyth (who has jumped six places from 23rd to 17th) and Fred Rowe (who was 40th, but now sits in 35th). For 19 of the 48 managers it's either a case of "as you were" or up or down one peg.

Tuesday, 4th September - It's pretty much as you were, at the top of the table, apart from Stuart Watson, who was sixth, leapfrogging Roderick Easdale and Rob Lewis to move up to fourth; and Marc Percival swapping places with Andy Woodhouse. Will it be as predictable a run-in for Chris Eades as it looks like for Surrey?

Friday, 14th September - With daylight now between each of the top five - all of whom are what Tony Blackburn and Simon Bates used to describe as "non-movers" when they did the Top 40 countdown on Radio One - perhaps it's a done deal; a bit like Surrey's clinching of the County Championship with two matches to spare. Apart from Andy Woodhouse leapfrogging Rob Lewis and Marc Percival to go in to sixth, there really isn't much to report at the head of affairs.

Final Standings -

STANDINGS as at September 14

1 Chris Eades Balanced Solutions 551.7
2 Marcus Hook Sorrento Sunshine XI 523.4
3 William Summerlin For Whom Ian Bell Tolls 500.5
4 Stuart Watson Kolpakalypse Now 476.0
5 Roderick Easdale Third Man 459.3
6 Andy Woodhouse Sir Keith Park XI 458.4
7 Rob Lewis Surrey-by-Sea 452.3
8 Marc Percival Marc's Magicians 447.4
9 Daniel Lumby That's All Foakes 444.0
10 Paul Blake Blakey's Team 436.3
11 Alex Easdale With Hainous Zyl And Glee 431.5
12 Lewis Winter Winter Wonderland 423.9
13 Paul Jeater No Quick Singles 404.7
14 Adam Munro The New New Yorker 401.3
15 Luke Robison Alcuin CC 399.7
16 Anthony Vidler The Purley Pinch Hitters 399.1
17 Tracey Field Tea Stops Play 398.1
18 Brian Cowley Ruislip Ramblers 392.1
19 Anthony Earl ACE XI 383.5
20 Albert Ratcliff Bertie's Bash Hits 382.5
21 Nick Blyth Basil Brushers 378.8
22 Nick Robinson Comeontheree 375.0
23 Paul Trumble Cream Of The Crease III 374.8
24 Mark Smith Mountain Madness CC 373.0
25 Jean Galsworthy Rosebery Ramblers 371.5
26 Alan Jenkins Vauxhall & Ireland 371.3
27 Alistair Gordon Cricketmans Squad 366.4
28 Chris Stoneman Albezanaan 2018 365.5
29 Harjot Sidhu Singing In The Rey-n 358.0
30 Fred Rowe Cider With Rosie 354.4
31 Thomas Earl Thomas’ XV 344.6
32 David Jenkins That's All Foakes 344.2
33 Don Rosendale Glad All Over 343.1
34 Chris Keene Keene As Mustard 339.6
35 Hanna Frostman Don't Mention The Waugh 339.3
36 Harry Rowe Cider Not Cidre 337.4
37 Joseph Glen Red Ink 335.4
38 Richard Budden Surrey Stars 335.3
39 Leslie Young SurreyLeslie 327.1
40 Jamie Dowling Cherry Pie Cowboys 325.7
41 Michael Shaw Surreylion 325.2
42 Fred Sworder Swordershire Casuals 303.5
43 Ray Armfield Who's Surrey Now? 302.5
44 Simon Hemsley South London Visigoths 299.8
45 Ed Wrigley Fred And Bea Are So Sweet 279.4
46 Ian Minors Let's Get Physical 265.5
47 Colin Bayly Umpires Call 248.4
48 Keith Burley Royal Berks 248.1

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