June 26, 2009

Ashes 2009 Pointscore Contest: Cricket's oldest rivalry continues with Australia's tour of England this (northern) summer. At stake - a small urn, and bragging rights between the Poms and the Convicts. The pointscore competition returns to SpoFi. The First Test begins on July 8 in Cardiff. Have a go ya mug - details inside.

posted by owlhouse to fantasy at 01:08 AM - 23 comments

This is how it works.

There are five Test matches, the schedule is in the link above. Each Test lasts a maximum of five days - with each side batting twice (unless...but you get the drift). Everyone bats and fields, but not everyone bowls.

Pick three players from each squad - that is, three Englishmen and three Aussies. Each player scores you one point per run as a batsman, twenty points per wicket as a bowler and ten points per catch as a fieldsman. The winner will be the highest total number of points after all five Tests have been played. I'll update the scoring after each Test is complete.

BUT - while you pick three players from each team, only your best two players from each side in each Test will count. This is to allow for injuries, non-selection and any of the myriad of weird occurences that happen over a prolonged Test series.

Tips: Pick at least one batsman and one bowler from each side, while the third player could be an all rounder. This site has more information. If you click on the 'Squads' box at the bottom, each players' career statistics are available.

As a tie breaker, also pick which side will win the Ashes series, and the margin. Remember that Tests can be drawn (or very rarely, tied). There are five Tests this current summer. In 2005, England won 2-1 from 6 Tests, while in Australia in 2006-07, Australia won 5-0 from five tests.

Good luck, and... play.

posted by owlhouse at 01:23 AM on June 26

I might as well go first:

Orstrayans:

Ponting Johnson Haddin

England:

Cook Pietersen Sidebottom

Tie break: Australia to win 2-1.

posted by owlhouse at 01:28 AM on June 26

Very good, very good. I'm off to do a spot of research before committing any picks.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:57 AM on June 26

Awstraylians: Ponting Watson Hussey

Ingerland: Broad Sidebottom ( I love that name! ) Flintoff

posted by cabuki at 11:37 AM on June 27

Where be the schedule for the cricket games? I ain't be seein' it nowhere. Word up to your mother.

posted by BoKnows at 12:17 AM on June 28

Bo - the second link has the itinerary and fixtures on the front page. Just click on the 'complete fixtures' tab for the full list of the Australian matches on tour. The Test matches are in bold.

posted by owlhouse at 02:29 AM on June 28

Right o mate.

Aussies:

North.....Katich.....Ponting

English:

Swann....Flintoff.....Anderson

Tie Break: Aussies 3-0

posted by BoKnows at 03:17 AM on June 28

Oz: Hussey ..... Johnson ..... Haddin

Blighty: Strauss..... Flintoff .... Prior

Go obnoxious convict ratbastards!

posted by rumple at 12:07 PM on June 29

oh -- tiebreaker Oz wins 2-1

posted by rumple at 09:24 PM on June 29

Australia: Ponting Hussey Katich

England: Prior Cook Sidebottom

Australia 2-1

posted by tommytrump at 11:18 PM on June 29

Australia: Stuart Clark, Michael Hussey, Shane Watson England: Ryan Sidebottom, Andrew Strauss, Stuart Broad

Australia 3-0

posted by Jeffwa at 06:07 AM on July 01

oh yeah, tie break: Australia 3-1

posted by cabuki at 09:36 AM on July 01

Just to be on the record before the First Test starts, I am now withdrawing Sidebottom from my three English players and replacing him with Flintoff. It seems the selectors had more or less the same idea. Jeffwa and tommytrump might want to think about it, too.

Just so you know.

posted by owlhouse at 10:44 PM on July 05

I'm going to respect the wise owl, and I'll replace Sidebottom, but with Strauss.

posted by tommytrump at 05:47 PM on July 06

Poms :
Pieterson, Flintoff, Bopara.

Convicts :
Johnson, Katich and I'll have a punt at Hughes.

The Aussies to win, 2-1.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:33 PM on July 06

England

Pieterson Flintoff Swann

Australia

Hussey Hughes Watson

posted by Fat Buddha at 06:31 PM on July 07

Convicts: Ponting Katich Hussey Convictors: Collingwood, KP, Onions

England 2-1.

posted by etagloh at 01:31 AM on July 08

Also - Sick Note Shane Watson is out.

That could have been a headline at anytime in the last five years, however Fat Buddha, Jeffwa and cabuki might want a sub.

posted by owlhouse at 02:00 AM on July 08

Whoops. Hope I'm not too late?

Australia: Ponting, Clark, Siddle

England: Strauss, Broad, Panesar

Aussies 2-1.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:01 AM on July 08

You're in. The first day didn't prove anything one way or the other. It's a marathon not a sprint. Mitchell Johnson is crap, oh wait no he isn't. The pitch is not turning, or maybe it is.

/Gah, just exploded my cliche-o-meter. I need a nice cup of tea and a lie down.

posted by owlhouse at 08:43 PM on July 08

Crap. Why didn't I check this thread before the matches started.

posted by cabuki at 07:54 AM on July 09

I still reckon you, Jeffwa and FB can swap Watson for someone. No-one on either side has really scored heavily yet.

posted by owlhouse at 08:15 AM on July 09

I suppose it's too late now??

posted by Fat Buddha at 06:07 PM on July 14

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