After attracting forty entries last summer, there was little chance of the Oval World Fantasy Cricket League (OWFCL) being given another sabbatical. But following a number of moans that it was proving hard for bowlers to obtain the points they probably deserved, I have decided to review the scoring system. Otherwise, things are the same as before. County cricket's crème de la crème have been given values, expressed in terms of fictitious weekly earnings, based on how they fared in the championship in 2004 and 2005. Your job is to pick a squad of 13 by deploying a maximum wage bill of £20,000 per week. Player points, which will now be based purely on the total number of runs, wickets and catches, will only be earned on the basis of Liverpool Victoria County Championship performances. Performances in any other form of competition, including Tests and One-Day internationals, will not count. Every player will be awarded points on the following bases:

1 point for every 30 runs scored in the Liverpool Victoria County Championship.

1 point every time a bowler captures a championship wicket.

0.2 points for every catch or stumping made in the County Championship.

Each entrant will need to select a 13-man squad by completing the application form enclosed. The squad must consist of:

5 batsmen
5 bowlers
2 overseas players, and
1 wicketkeeper.

Players can only be selected from the 227 batsmen, bowlers and keepers listed and valued (Click HERE to see the selection grid) plus any of this season's overseas players (some of whom, unfortunately, were not confirmed at the time of going to press). At the end of the competition, your team's total score will be calculated on the basis of your 4 best batsmen, the 4 highest points-scoring bowlers plus the two overseas players and your wicketkeeper.

You have got a weekly budget of £20,000 with which to pay a squad of 13 players. Naturally, overseas cricketers are the most expensive at £2,100 per week. So, as a safeguard, if an overseas player is replaced by another (for instance we already know that, at Nottinghamshire, Chris Cairns will be filling in for Stephen Fleming), his replacement will automatically fill the vacancy created in your squad. Every effort has been made to ensure that the list of players published below also takes account of recent player retirements.

A cricket book of your choice, as listed on amazon.co.uk, up to a face value of £20.00.

Each entrant is only allowed to submit one entry. Each selector must be a member of the Surrey CCC Supporters' Club. There is no registration fee, but if you would like to receive regular updates and averages through the post, please enclose 6 first class stamps with your entry. Selectors can choose a name for their team, provided it does not exceed 25 letters and will not be considered offensive. All entries must be received before the first ball of the Liverpool Victoria County Championship season is bowled on 18th April 2006. Selections can be amended, if necessary, before 18 April either in writing or by e-mail. All correspondence relating to the competition should be sent to Marcus Hook, Flat 1, 67 Birdhurst Rise, South Croydon, Surrey CR2 7EJ or to marcushook@aol.com

Click HERE for a .pdf version of the Selection Grid.
Click HERE for an application form.

Click HERE to see the outcome of last year's competition.