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cnerd123

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Do it. New season about to start in-game, ideal time to join as a new team. Will make the CWC an even 8 teams again, with 4 of you pretty new and around the same level. Should be a lot of fun.

Use my referral code to get an extra 2 weeks of membership too!
 

cnerd123

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So Jan will be sitting this season of the CWC out due to the birth of his new child. Completely understandable, wish him the best and hope he joins us for the next edition.

HB and MG have signed up. Magz actually has an affiliate team now, Dynamo Schmaltzberg, which means we have hit the magical number of 8 teams for CWC Season 2! Hype.

Final call for signups before I generate fixtures - @Marcuss want to be our 9th?
 

cnerd123

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ZCC vs Winton CC in a friendly match later today. Pitch has 99 moisture, 83 speed and there is 95 cloud covering. Yikes. New ball will be key, should easy up and be pretty good to bat on midway through each innings.

Going in full strength, which still requires me to field an 18 year old in my starting XI.
 

cnerd123

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Bit of a thumping this game. Winton CC got an early wicket - medium pacer Jayraj Chandrasekaran trapping 21 year old Shahbaz Furqan LBW in the 7th over - but that brought ZCC's two best batters together in the middle. 22-year old Sajith D Estandau (135 off 134) and 21-year old Bangladeshi international Raun Shkorer (131 off 115) weathered the new ball before stepping on the gas, adding 242 runs for the 2nd wicket in just 211 balls. Winton managed to pick up regular wickets once this partnership was broken, but ZCC still ended on a massive 322/6. New-ball specialist Bikswing Nouding then took 4/25 in 7 overs, tearing through the Winton CC top order. They are currently 131/8 in 35 overs.

Expert preview has ZCC rated 59K vs Winton's 50K, so they'll be a bit disappointed with this. Having said that, ZCC have picked up Friendly 50 over wins against sides rated 61K and 64K this past week. Always helps when your gun batsmen score runs.
 

JOJOXI

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Bit of a thumping this game. Winton CC got an early wicket - medium pacer Jayraj Chandrasekaran trapping 21 year old Shahbaz Furqan LBW in the 7th over - but that brought ZCC's two best batters together in the middle. 22-year old Sajith D Estandau (135 off 134) and 21-year old Bangladeshi international Raun Shkorer (131 off 115) weathered the new ball before stepping on the gas, adding 242 runs for the 2nd wicket in just 211 balls. Winton managed to pick up regular wickets once this partnership was broken, but ZCC still ended on a massive 322/6. New-ball specialist Bikswing Nouding then took 4/25 in 7 overs, tearing through the Winton CC top order. They are currently 131/8 in 35 overs.

Expert preview has ZCC rated 59K vs Winton's 50K, so they'll be a bit disappointed with this. Having said that, ZCC have picked up Friendly 50 over wins against sides rated 61K and 64K this past week. Always helps when your gun batsmen score runs.
Lessons learnt from that friendly at least, tried to go in with 3 main seamers and stack the batting, hoping Poltgeiter (who is solid with the ball) and Glenn who is less so as a frontline bowler but done okay at other times when he's bowled just a couple overs would do okay for me in conditions friendly to seamers.
 

cnerd123

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FHK have pulled off an upset win in a T20 friendly over at Treacle Mine Road today!

FHK actual rated slightly higher overall - 50k vs 49k - as Dynamo went it with a slightly young and experimental XI. Their bowling restricted FHK to 129/6, with Nathan Law (50* off 29) and Michael Spavor (40 off 34) scoring the bulk of the runs. Their batting was the real let down, bowled out for 120 in 19.4 overs. Spavor followed up his innings with a wicket first ball, dismissing the dangerous former-ZCC stalwart Gwong Long for a duck. Simbarashe Mthabela, Maurits Grobbelaar and Martijn van Heerdens all got starts, but none kicked on. Ghaffar Khan gave up the wicket-keeping gloves this game to bowl a few overs, and nabbed 4/7 in 2.4 overs to accelerate Dynamo's collapse. Every other FHK bowler chipped in with a wicket too, with skipper Tin Yau scoring a direct hit runout too.

Good win, no doubt the Dynamo's will be looking to avenge this come the CWC!
 

cnerd123

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The fixtures for the CWC have been generated!

But for some reason the first game isn't until April 24th!! Boooo.

FHK and ZCC will go on a little CWC tour and arrange friendly games with everyone in the leadup. Should be fun.

The brand new season kicks off today too! Monday = Dev matches. ZCC have got a tough game against KryptoKnights in EurAfrica Dev 1.1. I've set the strongest team I can, I want to win as many games as possible early on so that when my 21 year olds age out I can afford to lose a few and not get relegated. FHK will be bot bashing, not much to worry about there.

@morgieb I've challenged you to a friendly, check it out.
 
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cnerd123

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So we're three weeks into Season 27. How's it going for everyone so far?

ZCC are off to a rough start in Div 2, primarily due to not setting orders properly for two weeks. RL takes precedence sometimes. I'm lucky I didn't injure Raun Shkorer - he was playing all 3 formats + the cup, and his condition dropped as low as 36%! Thankfully he's still fit, and got the added bonus of a skill pop from all the IGT.

But the losses early in the season will sting. I managed to pulled back a bit this week, but my Dev side is in for a world of pain in Div 1. Best XI has 3*21 year olds, 4*18 year olds, 1*17 year olds, and the rest filled with high-pot low-skill 16 year olds. I really do not manage transitions well! Expecting relegation, but the talent in the squad is good. Hopefully next season they can hang in there in Div 2 and not drop any further.

The SOD and T20 sides are in serious danger of dropping to Div 3 now tho. Lost everything in the opening two weeks, and only just picked up my first win in each league this past week. Ratings are consistently under 60k, experience level across the squad are low (only 9 players with 10 exp or more), and I've been struggling with managing fitness levels of my key batters. Now that Zack has turned 22 he'll be able to focus on Senior stuff more, so that will help, but Raun is still needed to carry my ailing Dev side.

Gotta get a bit smarter and sharper with my orders - being able to actually set them and tinker with them on match day will help. Fielding levels are low but that can only be addressed when my next gen comes of age. Won my first cup game, which was great. Goal now is to get my best XI on the park for Round 2, which could mean trouble when it comes to this week's league matches.

All in all it's been challenging stuff. Hope ZCC manage to avoid relegation. We'll be in much better place next season to challenge for a Div 1 spot again next season.
 

Magrat Garlick

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My DEV team has gone 3-0 in division 2, despite treading water in terms of ratings - I guess it helps that I'm paying a bit more attention to position requirements and don't bowl out my high variation bowlers early on for example. The one-day team is heading for 3rd in D3, gonna have to wait another year for the big promotion push as Sun Warriors really have a much stronger dev team coming through, and the Twenty20 team got the benefit of a really weak division (strongest opponent are 37k), so might promote straight back there.

The affiliate has mainly been playing bots, I've gone with a strategy of drafting 16yos with pretty low starting skills so it will take years before they're any cop (peak - the allrounder with 8 current/43 pot bat and 7/38 bowl) while shifting off some players that were bot bashers in earlier seasons for my main team to keep them half afloat in the important games.
 

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