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Rough Guide to the SCA World Cup 2007
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Venues


Melbourne

Telstra Dome: Telstra Dome is located in Docklands, in Melbourne, Australia.

Telstra Dome seats well over 50,000 people, all with fantastic views of the action. Generally, the pitch suits batsmen, as it is nice and bouncy. The ground is fairly large, but don't be fooled, boundaries will be scored easily. A good score at Telstra Dome, would be between 250 - 320, but this of course can differ depending on who is playing.


Perth

WACA: The WACA ground is in the heart of Perth, the capital of Western Australia.

This picturesque ground can hold over 20,000 spectators. Most of this is seating, but the WACA boasts two grassed areas square to the pitch, some of the last of it's kind. Lighting is not an issue at the WACA, with stadium lighting at the ready. Rain does not generally affect Perth during the summer, although occassionally there are showers.

The WACA is well known for its top quality pitches, which suit fast bowlers because of the bounce. But of late, the pitch has provided something to the spinners. Any score over 260 would be acceptable.


Singapore

Kallang Cricket Ground: The Kallang Cricket Ground isn't the most picturesque ground in simulation cricket, but it certainly gets the job done.

There are lights at the ground, but they are not suitable for anything other than practice. The pitch is of reasonably quality, but can vary greatly between innings, making it very unpredictable for batsmen and bowlers alike.


The Padang: The Padang, Singapore's premier sporting club, has been in existance for hundreds of years, and cricket has been played there since the colonial days.

The pitch is in top-notch condition, and could see some very high scores being posted on it, providing the outfield is also in good condition.




The Teams


Banglacricket.com

Since joining the Simulation Cricket Authority in January this year, Banglacricket.com has had a rocky road. After playing just three One Day International's in January, it took 11 months for them take any further part. After a Test match loss to Saintsational.com, the team regrouped and took part in a tri-series against Saintsational.com and Webhostingtalk.com. Banglacricket.com comfortably won all three games they played, and look set for World Cup success next year.

Key Player

AsifTheManRahman is vital to the teams success in the World Cup. He is the teams most capped player, with six ODI's, and is ranked second in the world, in ODI batting. He has 303 runs at 50.50, and has come close to centuries on two occassions. Highest score: 97.

The Emerging Talent

In his second ODI, Shahriyar scored 137 not out. After just three appearances, he has accumulated 166 runs at 83.00. As an opener, great things are expected from him up the order next year.

The Captain

The teams key player is also the captain. While the captaincy has been passed around over the last year, from Ehsan to James90 and then to AsifTheManRahman, it would appear that with a 100% winning record, AsifTheManRahman will retain the role for the World Cup.

Verdict (projected placing based on odds and statistics)

5th



CricketMX.com

The first full member of the Simulation Cricket Authority, the team has a lot of experience under their belt, including 24 ODI's, 5 Test's and in addition to that, a domestic season followed by an A team series. As a result of this, many of their players are nearing, or have reached, 1000 runs in one day cricket. The team has a good success rate, and are expected to do well at the World Cup.

Key Player

BONGOMAN could be the world's best bowler at the conclusion of the World Cup. If he can lower his economy by between half a run and a run, and can bring his average of 25 down to around 23, he will see himself at the top of the ranks. Currently, he is fifth.

The Emerging Talent

Leon has yet to represent CricketMX.com in a One Day International, but he has scored heavily in their domestic season and A team series against Fishlipps.no-ip.org. It is likely he will be included in the squad of 15, and if he does get a game, he is likely to make a big score.

The Captain

battye is expected to relinquish the title for this World Cup, with moongirl to be given the role. Having captained both CricketMX Blue and CricketMX.com A for a total of seven matches, moongirl hasn't had an extended run in the ODI team, due to a string of low scores. However, her last ODI appearance saw her make an unbeaten 64.

Verdict (projected placing based on odds and statistics)

3rd



Fishlipps.no-ip.org

Having been the top ranked team in ODI's for some time, they are now ranked third, due to Zcultfm.com and Banglacricket.com winning their recent matches. Despite this, their team has a mix of old and new, and should progress to the semi-finals with ease.

Key Player

Fishlipps.no-ip.org have a very strong and stable lower middle order, consisting of cochise1 and djay6. However, it's cochise1 who has the better record, with a high score of 146, and two half centuries to complement this. Averaging 51.38, he should pass 500 ODI's with no trouble at all during the World Cup. Reaching 700 ODI runs is more likely than not though.

The Emerging Talent

crazyolelady scored 107 not out in her first one day outing, against CricketMX.com A. She is almost a certainty to open the batting for the team in the World Cup.

The Captain

pokesthelippyfish has a good record as captain, but will be looking to raise her batting average in the World Cup, from 25 to the mid thirties. She has chipped in with some useful twenties and thirties in her ten match career to date, and it is her role to make some quick runs at number three.

Verdict (projected placing based on odds and statistics)

2nd



MensaP2P.com

MensaP2P.com have yet to play any simulation cricket matches. As a result, they will go into the World Cup with no preparation under their belt, while other teams have been busy playing domestic cricket and A team series. Currently, it is believed the only player in the team with any simulation cricket experience, will be thewizeard.

Key Player

thewizeard has represented BalladP2P.com at Test level on several occasions, but has only played one limited overs match; a Twenty20 encounter against a CricketMX.com domestic team. While his lack of experience in the shorter version of the game may be exposed, he did blitz 67 runs from 49 deliveries in his only Twenty20.

The Captain

thewizeard captained BalladP2P.com in all five of the matches they played, four of which were First Class, and the other of which was a Twenty20. While he has no experience captaining in a 50 over match, he has a good record of two wins, two losses and a draw.

Verdict (projected placing based on odds and statistics)

7th



Saintsational.com

Saintsational.com have a very experienced lineup. Second infact, only to CricketMX.com. But despite this, they have won only four ODI's, from a possible fifteen. At the time of publications, plans for a domestic season prior to the World Cup are well under way, and the Saintsational.com management will be hoping that of the nine players to make their debut, a couple of stars will be born, and ready to represent the site at the World Cup.

Key Player

HSVKing was at one stage considered to be the best bowler in simulation cricket, but a string of below par performances from the team have hampered his progress, and as a result, his bowling average has been on the rise. In the early stages of his career, he was a useful number eleven with several scores in the twenties, but he hasn't passed 10 in his previous five ODI innings. The World Cup could be a turning point, it could see him rise through the bowling ranks once more, or it could see him sink further down. If HSVKing has a good World Cup, one can imagine Saintsational.com having a good World Cup.

The Emerging Talent

Launcestonsaint had been left out of the first eleven for a long time, and had no real chance of making it back in the team. That was until a little persuasion saw saint_mite slot him in at number four. He silenced his critics with a defiant 89 in his comeback match, and chipped in with an unbeaten 45 in his next ODI outing. By the end of the World Cup it is not out of the question that Launcestonsaint could pass 500 ODI runs. He currently has 221.

The Captain

Succeeding HSVKing, saint_mite hasn't had the greatest run as Saintsational.com captain, although her commitment to the team could never be doubted. With an average of 25.80 after fifteen outings, and not one score above 49, saint_mite is more suited to Test match cricket, where she averages 45.25 with a century to her name.

Verdict (projected placing based on odds and statistics)

8th



Sitepoint.com

Sitepoint.com have undergone major changes since entering the simulation cricket arena early in 2006. The changes so major infact, that only three players from Sitepoint.com's original squad lived to fight another day. The team has had mixed success in One Day International's, but has the potential to go all the way in 2007.

Key Player

Heman maximus has scored 157 runs from his five ODI appearances, and has a high score of 96. He has an impressive strike rate, and a good ODI average of 39.25. He will be hoping to be the third Sitepoint.com batsman to pass 200 runs, but the race is on against iTechno, who currently has 180 from 10 innings.

The Emerging Talent

Cronweb has yet to play any limited overs cricket, but has impressed captain Mike Empuria in both of his Test appearances. He's scored 123 runs at 41.00, with a half-century to his name already. Playing as a lower middle order batsman, these statistics are reasonably impressive after just four innings. He is all but certain to play in Sitepoint.com's opening warm-up game against Saintsational.com.

The Captain

Mike Empuria is a busy man. In amongst posting on Sitepoint.com, developing websites, updating blogs, and being father to son Matthew, Mike Empuria somehow finds the time to captain the Sitepoint.com simulation cricket team. He's had three consecutive scores under twenty in his past three innings, but it was later realised he was carrying an injury. As a result of this injury, he made himself unavailable for the Test series against Zcultfm.com. Having now had a few months off, he is expected to make a fiery return to international cricket against Saintsational.com on January 11.

Verdict (projected placing based on odds and statistics)

6th



Webhostingtalk.com

For a team full of superstars, it is a wonder they aren't a super team. Ranked last in the ODI rankings, but with several players topping the ranks, it truly is strange. The team has all the makings of a potential World Cup winning team. Quality batsmen, quality bowlers and a fine captain.

Key Player

Equentity - Jamie has had a superb career, and consistently scores over 30. In his second ODI, he smashed 116. In addition to a century, he has three fifties to his name. He averages 53.63 at a strike rate of almost a run a ball. Having 429 runs in ODI's, it is highly likely, that he will pass 700 runs by the end of the World Cup.

The Emerging Talent

Webhostingtalk.com don't have many newcomers coming through the ranks, but fremont is a promising top order batsman. He's only had three opportunities at ODI level, and hasn't really impressed, with 27 runs at 8.67, but the World Cup could be a turning point for him.

The Captain

Equentity - Jamie has a good cricketing brain, and his success rate of 44% doesn't do justice. He has good batsmen and reliable bowlers. With a bit of luck on his side, a semi finals berth is a real possibility.

Verdict (projected placing based on odds and statistics)

4th



Zcultfm.com

Zcultfm.com have had a lot of success in the ODI arena, losing just one of their five matches. Despite this, none of their batsman have really set the world alight, but KingScott has scored an ODI hundred. If anything, it is their bowlers which give them their high success rate with Ace and Cleetus taking 25 wickets between them, and having a combined bowling average less than 35.

Key Player

Ace has taken 14 wickets and conceded just 203 runs. His bowling average is a measly 14.50 while his batting average of 24.00 is more than useful for a tail-ender. If Ace continues to bowl so consistently well, it is hard to see Zcultfm.com fail.

The Emerging Talent

Zcultfm.com have changed their starting eleven only once in a total of nine matches they have played. Yonni was the twelfth, and currently the newest, player to represent Zcultfm.com. He bowled 51 overs for 112 runs in his only Test to date, for no wicket. The only real contribution he made, was 4 runs with the bat. He has never played a limited overs match, and it would seem unlikely that he ever will, after captain, Serj, stated "... yonni will never play again, he's bad luck lol". One thing is for sure though, if he does manage to get a game in the world cup, he'd be sure to do better than he did in Test cricket.

The Captain

Serj has a respectable average of 33 in ODI cricket, but a high score of 46 says the best is yet to come. However, is captaincy record is very good, which makes him a well rounded player.

Verdict (projected placing based on odds and statistics)

1st



The Stats


Batting

Leading run scorer: battye (CricketMX.com), with 912 runs at 48.00
Best batting average: Shahriyar (Banglacricket.com), 166 runs at 83.00
Best strike rate: Omio (Banglacricket.com), 7 runs at 7.00 with a strike rate of 233.33
Highest score: cochise1 (Fishlipps.no-ip.org), 146
Most half-centuries: battye (CricketMX.com), with 6 from 23 innings
Most centuries: battye, grinch2171 (CricketMX.com) with 2 from 23 and 24 innings respectively


Bowling

Most wickets: BONGOMAN (CricketMX.com), with 54 wickets
Best bowling average: conradical (Sitepoint.com), with 2 wickets at 3.50
Most overs bowled: BONGOMAN (CricketMX.com), bowled 242.3 overs


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