The "Cowboy Boots are back in" award for the most curiously re-occouring trend:
Goes to Joao, Cevno, Himmanv, Michaelf777777, Blaze18 and kingkallis for all contriving to pick a middle-order batsman as an opener. With the full range of openers ever to have played the game at their disposal, clearly effort was needed for them all to come to the same co-incidental cover tactic.
The "No Kill Like Overkill" Award for the most ridiculously thorough covering of one dicsipline:
Though I was also nominated for invoking the grand double-leggie theory, this award goes to Himmanv for picking no less than four seam-bowling allrounders as his competitors fought over the few that remained.
The "Elephant In The Room" Award for most hard-to-ignore feature:
No matter how hard you try and pick fairly and with the most tactical or artistic nous possible, the finest middle-order in the game goes to kingkallis for having the B-word in there. Evil.
The "Setting Fire To The Charity Auction" award for pure bastardry:
Awarded to kingkallis. See above.
The "Shoaib and Asif" award for dressing-room violence potential:
A thoroughly entertaining award to consider, kingkallis only just misses out after encouraging us to consider the row between Bradman and his nemesis O' Reilly without the ettiquette of the 1930s around them, and with the hopefully loud opinions of Shane Watson for additional ire.
However, the award of course goes to Blaze18 given that the eponymous fast bowler will inevitably fall out with, fight with and/or sleep with someone else in the team.
The "Run Over By An Ambulance" Award for most entertaining irony:
One of our number, honestbharani, has Yuvraj as his waterboy. That is joyous.
The "Greggs and Tetley's" Award for Yorkshire influence:
No team in the draft featured a great deal of Yorkshire input but for the efforts of Joao, who has done the noblest of decisions and allowed a countryman of mine to captain the side.
The "Finally getting round to it" Award for Best XI:
kingkallis, I'm afraid, who adds to an awesome middle order with an outstanding all-round bowling attack, and including some of my personal favourite cricketers of all time. And Shane Watson. Bastard.
Maybe we wouldn't be so quick to fill buckets with filth if we knew they had a soul. Or maybe that's what they're into. Ain't no way to get inside a bucket's mind.