Yet again, the Oval World Fantasy Cricket League (OWFCL) is back by popular demand. Hopefully it does not need much of an introduction, suffice to say county cricket's crème de la crème have been given values. These are expressed in terms of fictitious weekly earnings, based mainly on how each player fared in the County Championship in 2007 and 2008. Your job is to pick a squad of 13 by deploying a maximum weekly wage bill of £20,000. Player points, which will be based on all of the runs, wickets and catches each player registers in the Liverpool Victoria County Championship performances. In other words, 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 for each 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 with one of the slots being filled by one county's overseas player(s). An application form is enclosed for your completion. The squad must consist of:

  • At least 5 batsmen
  • At least 5 bowlers
  • One wicketkeeper and
  • One county, whose overseas player(s) will score you points.

(You must therefore pick one spare player in addition to the twelve above).

Players can only be selected from the 247 batsmen, bowlers and keepers listed and valued the SELECTION GRID; plus we have indicated who, at the time of going to press, has been confirmed as each county's overseas player(s) for 2009. 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, the points scored by the overseas player(s) who played for your chosen county, the wicketkeeper and your next best player (in terms of points accrued).

You have got a weekly budget of £20,000 with which to pay a squad of thirteen. 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 MIddlesex, Phillip Hughes will start the summer as their overseas player until Murali Kartik becomes available), his replacement will automatically fill the vacancy created in your squad. Every effort has been made to ensure that the selection grid also takes account of recent Kolpak signings and 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 full sets of 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 15 April 2009. Click HERE to obtain an entry form. If necessary, selections can be amended before April 15 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

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