Cricket Web Premier League - Season Two Preview
May 11, 2012
The new teams and limited retentions from season one adds a certain lottery factor to the outcome of the league. It remains to be seen if the bat will dominate the ball again, and whether the emergence of the likes of Pattinson, Philander, Roach, Hilfenhaus and Bracewell will have a significant impact on the result.
Significant doubts exist over Pouncing Kittens ability to take 20 wickets for the match. Much will rest on the likes of Jayawardene and Kohli to produce a match winning lead.
The Mick Lewis Invitational XI retains a similar structure to season one in which they reached the final. Will Sachin Tendulkar remain as effective after limited returns in the past twelve months? Can Peter Siddle and Luke Butterwoth reach the same level of performance from season one?
The Shakespearean Animals CC Trial XI have some glaring weaknesses. The experiment with Johan Botha as opening batsman is uncertain to last past the opening rounds. Can the retired Shane Bond perform at the level required?
Andre Russell to potentially bat at 11 makes the side managed by weeman27bob a potential fan favourite for big scores. This team shows a resemblance to the strong South African sides of the 90's, with deep batting line-ups and numerous all-rounders.
McGrath, Muralitharan and Andre Adams looks more suited to a XXXX Beach Cricket side, however this represents the core bowling lineup for Himannv.
The Brudenell Social Club Pub Quiz Team is tipped to play on a wicket favouring spin. Herath may prove one of the bowlers of the league given his recent run of form.
GIMH has managed to build an England only side,and yet pose a significant threat with some strong additions like Trott, Pietersen, Tremlett and surprise packet of season one Andrew Flintoff.
Cabinet96 has a mixed bag for a side. Saeed Ajmal and AB de Villiers represent the only true "stars", however this team may perform well if some of the secondary players find form.
Funky Town Monkey Pimps is the team to beat. Managed to rest Kallis, VVS, Shakib, Harris and Philander from the trial game, and still look a side that will win more games than it loses.
Sparks With Laser Beams In Their Eyes is a team at the peak. An ageing lineup is asked for one last hurrah.
The team with the long name is tipped for the wooden-spoon. The dual managers have selected favourite cricketers, however unlike the squad created by GIMH, have created the Bangladesh of the CWPL.
With so many different combinations, this should be a tight contest.
Winner CWPL1: Furball's Fenoms
People's choice for CWPL2: Funky Town Monkey Pimps
Watch out for...
Vernon Philander was solid in season one. Since then has only gone from strength to strength with 7 Test matches deriving 51 wickets at the average of 14.15.
Mitch Johnson will need to prove himself after being traded for first round selection James Pattinson.
Stats and trivia
- Turbulence managed only one victory in CWPL1. Team owner, Teja did not return for season two
"You'd think that Asif would have a slightly better season than last..."
Spark states the obvious
"Heart over head the only sensible way to do these things. I applaud you Johnners."
GIMH in an attempt to justify his entire squad
"****ing Vimes. I don't seem to match up well against him at all for some reason."
GingerFurball vents his fury despite winning Season 1
"I've just realised I've drafted three keepers by accident."
weeman27bob proving to be the shrewd drafter
"Seriously considered Narine for ages. In the end I felt it might be too much of a risk."
morgieb considers a bowler who averages 11.88 in first class cricket a risk
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