About M.E. myself and I

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Eastbourne, East Sussex, United Kingdom
I have been an M.E. sufferer for a long time now, but sports replay gaming is an easy hobby for me to enjoy. Originally from Canvey Island, Essex, I was introduced to replay gaming a few years ago, leading to my first purchase: Cricket World. Most sports I share will be common, but there are some more obscure replays thrown in. Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy your stay. Feel free to say hello! - Chris

Monday, 30 November 2009

A Challenger Appears!

To mix things up a bit I have decided to replay the 2008/09 English Premiership season using The Beautiful Game, available at www.owzatgames.com.

Whereas Cricket World is a 4/5/6 game, TBG is a 5/6 game meaning that action will occur on a roll of a five or six. All teams have a home attack and defense, as well as away attack and defense ratings. The home attack is added to the away defense, and vice-versa, to give you the playing cards for the match. Red for home and black for away.

There are two rows of cards in stacks of nine: Half-Chances and Chances. You roll two D6 until the green die comes up five (half-chance) or six (chance) and the number on the white die is which stack to look at. You roll both dice again and consult the chart on the card. If a goal is scored you roll a D10 + D6 to see who the goalscorer is; a red card means you add two cards for the opposing team. Whatever the result on the green die you count down through the pack and discard it; looking at it if it is a five or six.

Lastly there is timing. Before the match starts the total number of cards is divided by 45, you round it up, and this is how many timing cards you use. When a major event (goal, red card) takes place you count through the cards ALREADY discarded.

Example: A green 6 and a white 2 are rolled, I count down six cards, look at it, it is red, so a chance for the home side. Another roll totals 9 anda goal is scored! The d10 + d6 are rolled for a 0 + 4 to tell me who scored. I count through the five cards already there in five minute increments (there were five timing cards), turn over the timing card (2) and note that the goal came in the 27th minute.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

CW 1896/97 (S5) Stats

Top five total runs:

SE Gregory (NSW) 372
JJ Lyons (SA) 364
J Worrall (VIC) 322
GHS Trott (VIC) 303
MA Noble (NSW) 291

Top five total runs of all time:

GHS Trott (VIC) 1655
FA Iredale (NSW) 1402
JC Reedman (SA) 1210
G Giffen (SA) 1177
A Jarvis (SA) 1125

Top five high scores:

SE Gregory (NSW) 163
ACK Mackenzie (NSW) 133
MA Noble (NSW) 128*
JJ Lyons (SA) 118
BT Bailey (SA) / C Hill (SA) 114

Top five high scores of all time:

FA Iredale (NSW) 182*
SE Gregory (NSW) 163
JC Reedman (SA) 152
GHS Trott (VIC) 145
CE McLeod (VIC) 144

Top five wicket takers:

A Coningham (NSW) 26
CTB Turner (NSW) 24
WP Howell (NSW) 16
E Jones (SA) 16
TR McKibben (NSW) / AE Evans (SA) 13

Top five wicket takers of all time:

E Jones (SA) 95
CTB Turner (NSW) 76
G Giffen (SA) 70
A Jarvis (SA) 58
GHS Trott (VIC) / RW McLeod (VIC) 55

Top five bowling innings:

CTB Turner (NSW) 6-61
A Coningham (NSW) 5-31
AE Evans (SA) 5-58
G Giffen (SA) 4-37
WP Howell (NSW) 4-42

Top five bowling innings of all time:

E Jones (SA) 7-42
AE Trott (VIC) 7-48
J Carlton (VIC) 6-32
RW McLeod (VIC) 6-49
CTB Turner (NSW) 6-61

CW 1896/97 (S5) End of Season Post

Standings

New South Wales 4 4 0 1.781
Victoria 4 1 3 0.796
South Australia 4 1 3 0.749

Real life Standings


Pl W L Quot
New South Wales 4 4 0 1.519
South Australia 4 1 3 0.991
Victoria 4 1 3 0.670

So, a little bit of a change in the QR that switches Victoria and South Australia, but it's all looking pretty good again.

CW 1896/97 (S5), Game 6: South Australia vs Victoria

South Australia 10/13 vs Victoria 9/12

Adelaide Oval -

26th - 2nd Feburary/March 1897

Lineups:
South Australia -J Darling, JJ Lyons, C Hill, JC Reedman, G Giffen, BT Bailey, EH Leak, AE Evans, AJ Carracher, E Jones, J McKenzie

Victoria - CE McLeod, JH Stuckey, J Worrall, GHS Trott, FJ Laver, JP O'Halloran, J Harry, JF Giller, SA McMichael, TJ Hastings, W Roche

First Innings

Victoria went into lunch 93-3, but would end the day 256-4 as they went on to pass the 400-mark in a simgle-innings for the second time this year.

VIC 404

GHS Trott 96; JF Giller 76
AE Evans 5-61

South Australia also took advantage of a wicket that favoured the batsmen with a consistent showing from most of the order.

VIC 404
SA 428

J Darling 76; EH Leak 68
JP O'Halloran 3-36; GHS Trott 2-29

Second Innings

Victoria could not match their earlier pace and stumbled past the 200-mark to give themselves a chance to win, but it's something they should have done better at.

VIC 404 + 209
SA 428

It was relatively easy for the home side to close out the win across two sessions.

VIC 404 + 209
SA 428 + 186-4

JJ Lyons 68; J Darling 43
W Roche 2-62

South Australia wins by six wickets

CW 1896/97 (S5), Game 5: New South Wales vs Victoria

New South Wales 11/14 vs Victoria 9/12

Sydney Cricket Ground -

23rd - 25th January 1897

Lineups:
New South Wales - H Donnan, ACK Mackenzie, FA Iredale, JJ Kelly, SE Gregory, MA Noble, A Coningham, TW Garrett, CTB Turner, TR McKibben, WP Howell

Victoria - W Bruce, CE McLeod, H Graham, J Worrall, GHS Trott, FJ Laver, JP O'Halloran, H Trumble, AE Johns, J Carlton, W Roche

First Innings

Victoria started out looking to beat the unbeatable and give themselves a very slim chance of winning the Shield. To do this they would have win this match as well as the final game against South Australia, and beat NSW on QR.

A devastating bowling attack put paid to that plan quickly as no Victoria batsman could do better than 21.

VIC 154

CE McLeod 21
A Coningham 5-50; CTB Turner 3-31

For New South Wales their first innings total was relatively poor with little improvement on their opponents tally. But for MA Noble we would have a real game on our hands.

VIC 154
NSW 327

MA Noble 100; CTB Turner 46
W Roche 4-70

Second Innings

A wildly inconsistent Victoria side found themselves in dire straights at 6-4 after McLeod (2) was quickly followed by Graham, Worrall, and Trott, all leaving for ducks. They did rally through the middle-order to forve NSW to bat again.

VIC 154 + 232
NSW 327

JP O'Halloran 67; W Bruce 59
WP Howell 4-42

It was all over just before the end of play on day three as, after Mackenzie went very early, there was little to trouble New South Wales sweeping the season.

VIC 154 + 232
NSW 327 + 60-1

FA Iredale 32*; H Donnan 26*
W Roche 1-32

New South wins by nine wickets and retains the Sheffield Shield!

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

CW 1896/97 (S5), Game 4: New South Wales vs South Australia

New South Wales 11/14 vs South Australia 10/13

Sydney Cricket Ground -

8th - 11th January 1897

Lineups:
New South Wales - H Donnan, ACK Mackenzie, FA Iredale, JJ Kelly, SE Gregory, MA Noble, A Coningham, TW Garrett, CTB Turner, TR McKibben, WP Howell

South Australia -J Darling, JJ Lyons, G Giffen, C Hill, JC Reedman, BT Baiiley, AE Evans, BV Scrymgour, E Jones, J McKenzie, AJ Carracher

First Innings

South Australia get no chance to recover from thier last loss as are thrown straight back to the wolves. They barely reached the second day after what looked to be a promising start, but a collapse from 83-1 to 86-6 made this one look like a walkover fro NSW. SA did rally somewhat thanks to an amazing performance from E Jones, but this New South Wales team would not be daunted by such a score.

SA 285

E Jones 78; AE Evans 56
A Coningham 5-50

New South Wales hit the ground running and never really looked like they would be stopped for a long time, and it took almost two whole days to get them out of the crease.

SA 285
NSW 437

SE Gregory 163; ACK Mackenzie 61
AE Evans 3-100

Second Innings

This one was nearly won by an innings, but again one of the lower-order batsmen (AE EVans) manages to barely save face.

SA 285 + 177
NSW 437

G Giffen 48
A Coningham 5-31; CTB Turner 2-28

It was all over as soon as it had started as the openers for NSW breezed to their total with consummate ease.

SA 285 + 177
NSW 437 + 26-0

ACK Mackenzie 16*; H Donnan 10*

New South Wales wins by ten wickets

CW 1896/97 (S5), Game 3: Victoria vs South Australia

Victoria 9/12 vs South Australia 10/13

Melbourne Cricket Ground -

1st - 6th January 1897

Lineups:
Victoria - W Bruce, CE McLeod, H Graham, J Worrall, GHS Trott, FJ Laver, J Harry, H Trumble, JP O'Halloran, W Roche, AE Johns

South Australia -J Darling, JJ Lyons, G Giffen, C Hill, BT Bailey, JC Reedman, AE Evans, E Jones, RO Homburg, JPF Travers, AH Jarvis

First Innings

After a sticky start (43-2), Victoria turned up the heat and took control of this match early on, reaching 162-3 and 363-5 before declaring in the last session of day two.

VIC 470-9 dec

J Worrall 111; GHS Trott 99
G Giffen 4-117; E Jones 4-119

In reply SA also had a good third wicket partnership to see them reach 213-3, but the final two wickets would be what gave them hope as they went from 282-8 to 379-10.

VIC 470
SA 379

C Hill 114; G Giffen 67
JP O'Halloran 4-68; GHS Trott 3-66

Second Innings

With a lead already Victoria would have been pleased with a solid, but unspectacular, performance to put a lot of pressure onto South Australia

Vic 470 + 344
SA 379

J Worrall 64; J Harry 58
AE Evans 5-58

South Australia stumbled out of the blocks and failed to really regain their composure as they struggle to make a big dent in their opponents lead.

Vic 470 + 344
SA 379 + 286

AE Evans 66
CE McLeod 3-32; GHS Trott 2-52

Victoria wins by 149 runs

CW 1896/97 (S5), Game 2: Victoria vs New South Wales

Victoria 9/12 vs New South Wales 11/14

Melbourne Cricket Ground -

26th - 30th December 1896

Lineups:
Victoria - CE McLeod, J Worrall, H Graham, GHS Trott, W Bruce, FJ Laver, JH Stuckey, J Harry, H Trumble, J Carlton, AE Johns

New South Wales -H Donnan, ACK Mackenzie, FA Iredale, MA Noble, SE Gregory, JJ Kelly, A Coningham, TW Garrett, CTB Turner, TR McKibben, WP Howell

First Innings

Victoria tallied a respectable score after winning the toss, but it is in no small part to J Worrall as CTB Turner put on a show to keep the rest of the lineup in check.

VIC 299

J Worrall 106; CE McLeod 47;
JH Stuckey 47
CTB Turner 6-61; A Coningham 3-56

New South didn't lose a beat over Christmas as they continued to show talent up and down the order with all batsmen putting up runs, including sticking on another 55 runs for the final wicket.

VIC 299
NSW 438

SE Gregory 119; TW Garrett 68; H Donnan 60
H Trumble 4-116

Second Innings

Victoria knew they had to give it their all when trailing by 139 runs, but only amassed 231 this time. Again Turner led the way in wickets as New South Wales held them at bay.

VIC 299 + 231
NSW 438

FJ Laver 54; J Harry 49
CTB Turner 4-58; WP Howell 3-64

Things could have gone bad for NSW as they went from 38 for no loss to 49-4, but there was really little doubt about the outcome.

VIC 299 + 231
NSW 438 + 93-4

ACK Mackenzie 27; SE Gregory 23*
H Trumble 3-31

New South Wales wins by six wickets.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

CW 1896/97 (S5), Game 1: South Australia vs New South Wales

South Australia 10/12 vs New South Wales 11/14

Adelaide Oval -

19th - 23rd December 1896

Lineups:
South Australia - J Darling, A Jarvis, JJ Lyons, C Hill, BT Bailey, G Giffen, JC Reedman, AE Evans, AH Jarvis, E Jones, JPF Travers

New South Wales - FA Iredale, ACK Mackenzie, H Donnan, A Coningham, SE Gregory, JJ Kelly, MA Noble, CTB Turner, TW Garrett, TR McKibben, WP Howell

First Innings

The defending champs won the toss and put themselves into bat on a very friendly batting pitch that would favour the batsmen throughout.

An electric start would see NSW 181 before Iredale was caught at square leg for 79, and another fifty-runs were on the board before Mackenzie was out for 133. The runs kept on coming and, while South Australia looked to finally have a breakthrough, taking Gregory (29), Donnan (71), and Kelly (0) at the 339 mark, NSW were not to be stopped until they decided to declare at 585-8!

NSW: 585-8

ACK Mackenzie 133; MA Noble 128*
JPF Travers 3-84

In reply South Australia managed a lightweight 215 all out and were quickly made to follow-on.

NSW 585-8
SA 215

JJ Lyons 70
TR McKibben 4-65; CTB Turner 2-35

Second Innings

A much better performance, led again by Lyons, saw NSW step out again to bat, but it looked a foregone conclusion.

NSW 585-8
SA 215
+ 421

JJ Lyons 118; BT Bailey 114; A Jarvis 83
CTB Turner 4-95; A Coningham 3-86

It took twenty overs for the visitors to rack up the 52 runs needed to score, losing a pair of wickets in the process against a desperate bowling attack.

NSW 585-8 + 52-2
SA 215
+ 421

H Donnan 17*; FA Iredale 14 (ret. inj.)
E Jones 1-25

New South Wales win by eight wickets.

A Look Ahead to the 1896/97 (S5) Season

New South Wales 11/14 (last year13/13)

NSW regress slightly here, but are certainly looking like they are favourites to come out on top once again.

South Australia 10/13 (9/12 last season)

A step in the right direction for SA, and the main challengers to New South Wales

Victoria 9/12 (10/14 last year)

Not a good sign for Victoria and will be hoping they don't come away with a season-long duck!

1895/96 (S4) End of Season Post

Final Standings. Now with added Quotient ratings! QR's are determined by dividing the runs per wicket for BY the runs per wicket against.

Standings

New South Wales 4 3 1 1.511
Victoria 4 2 2 0.934
South Australia 4 1 3 0.720


Real life Standings

New South Wales 4 3 1 1.341
Victoria 4 2 2 0.896
South Australia 4 1 3 0.819

New South Wales did it! Now all three sides have tasted glory, with South Australia a two-time championship-winning side. And the standings are once again in line, with the additional Quotient Ratings not too far off either, IMO.

Stats next

1895/96 (S4) Stats

Holy crap, September? Let the sporadicness continue!

Top five total runs:

FA Iredale (NSW) 633
GHS Trott (VIC) 628
JC Reedman (SA) 385
H Donnan (NSW) 317
J Darling (SA) 291

Top five total runs of all time:

GHS Trott (VIC) 1352
FA Iredale (NSW) 1211
A Jarvis (SA) 1038
JC Reedman (SA) 984
G Giffen (SA) 936

Top five high scores:

FA Iredale (NSW) 182*
JC Reedman (SA) 152
GHS Trott (VIC) 145
CE McLeod (VIC) 144
J Worrall (VIC) 126

Top five high scores of all time:

FA Iredale (NSW) 182*
JC Reedman (SA) 152
GHS Trott (VIC) 145
CE McLeod (VIC) 144
H Graham (VIC) 141

Top five wicket takers:

TR McKibben (NSW) 20
AE Trott (VIC) 18
E Jones (SA) 15
WA Richardson (NSW) 15
A Jarvis (SA) 14

Top five wicket takers of all time:

E Jones (SA) 79
G Giffen (SA) 58
A Jarvis (SA) 56
RW McLeod (VIC) 55
CTB Turner (NSW) 52

Top five bowling innings:

AE Trott (VIC) 7-48
J Harry (VIC) 6-78
RW McLeod (VIC) 5-64
TR McKibben (NSW) 5-76
A Jarvis (SA) 4-79


Top five bowling innings of all time:

E Jones (SA) 7-42
AE Trott (VIC) 7-48
J Carlton (VIC) 6-32
RW McLeod (VIC) 6-49
M Pierce (NSW) 6-72