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 - From July onwards, there only really looked like being one winner - Chris Eades, who in some ways, gives hope for those of you who had an indifferent season in the fantasy; because in 2017 he finished two places from bottom. So congratulations to Chris, who won't have to worry about paying for his Surrey CCC membership in 2019. Finally, the optimal team would have scored 727.9 points and it would have been: Batsmen: JL Denly (Ken), RJ Burns (Sur), TB Abell (Som), WL Madsen (Der). Wicketkeeper: BC Brown (Sus). Batting all-rounder: EG Barnard (Wor). Bowling all-rounders: OE Robinson (Sus), JAR Harris (Mid). Bowlers: TE Bailey (Lan), SR Harmer (Ess), M Morkel (Sur), RF Higgins (Glo) + three makeweights, each costing £1,200.


1 Chris Eades Balanced Solutions 610.8
2 Marcus Hook Sorrento Sunshine XI 590.0
3 William Summerlin For Whom Ian Bell Tolls 560.2
4 Stuart Watson Kolpakalypse Now 541.5
5 Andy Woodhouse Sir Keith Park XI 533.4
6 Rob Lewis Surrey-by-Sea 525.5
7 Roderick Easdale Third Man 519.9
8 Marc Percival Marc's Magicians 511.5
9 Daniel Lumby That's All Foakes 505.3
10 Alex Easdale With Hainous Zyl And Glee 496.6
11 Paul Blake Blakey's Team 489.1
12 Lewis Winter Winter Wonderland 478.7
13 Paul Jeater No Quick Singles 472.1
14 Anthony Vidler The Purley Pinch Hitters 465.4
15 Tracey Field Tea Stops Play 461.6
16 Luke Robison Alcuin CC 457.8
17 Anthony Earl ACE XI 450.8
18 Nick Blyth Basil Brushers 444.4
19 Albert Ratcliff Bertie's Bash Hits 444.1
20 Paul Trumble Cream Of The Crease III 439.8
21 Jean Galsworthy Rosebery Ramblers 432.1
22 Brian Cowley Ruislip Ramblers 431.8
23 Chris Stoneman Albezanaan 2018 431.6
24 Alan Jenkins Vauxhall & Ireland 427.3
25 Adam Munro The New New Yorker 426.9
26 Nick Robinson Comeontheree 420.7
27 Chris Keene Keene As Mustard 414.3
28 Alistair Gordon Cricketmans Squad 412.6
29 Fred Rowe Cider With Rosie 409.9
30 Mark Smith Mountain Madness CC 407.6
31 Richard Budden Surrey Stars 399.4
32 Thomas Earl Thomas’ XV 399.0
33 Harry Rowe Cider Not Cidre 398.5
34 Harjot Sidhu Singing In The Rey-n 396.1
35 Don Rosendale Glad All Over 395.9
36 Hanna Frostman Don't Mention The Waugh 392.6
37 Joseph Glen Red Ink 382.7
38 David Jenkins That's All Foakes 381.0
39 Leslie Young SurreyLeslie 379.2
40 Jamie Dowling Cherry Pie Cowboys 366.8
41 Michael Shaw Surreylion 362.7
42 Ray Armfield Who's Surrey Now? 351.2
43 Fred Sworder Swordershire Casuals 335.8
44 Ed Wrigley Fred And Bea Are So Sweet 334.6
45 Simon Hemsley South London Visigoths 326.5
46 Keith Burley Royal Berks 290.1
47 Ian Minors Let's Get Physical 288.6
48 Colin Bayly Umpires Call 276.0

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