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Previously Empire very kindly donated 10 copies of International Cricket Captain 2 to CricketGames.com for a competition.  This competition has now been closed.  The format for the competition was for entrees to nominate the best county and one day side in ICC 2.   Teams were submitted in batting order and were compared against the teams submitted by Chris Child (creator of ICC) and Andrew Drinkwater (webmaster of Indigo).   Overseas players were not allowed.  As it was Chris and Andrew submitted just one team each so both county and one day teams were compared with them.  Players listed here are thus good players to get hold of.

Chris's Team

Player County
E. Smith Kent
A. Stewart+ Surrey
J. Crawley Lancashire
G. Hick Worcestershire
G. Thorpe Surrey
M. Ramprakash Middlesex
A. Hollioake Surrey
M. Bulbeck Somerset
A. Giles Warwickshire
A. Caddick Somerset
P. Hutchinson Yorkshire

Chris's comments - Obviously some of these players will be picked for England, so it's not the best players to go for in ICC2, but pretty nasty if you could get them all at once. Not sure about Stewart as a keeper and opener, he's not the best keeper or the best opener but it does give you a very long batting line up.

Andrew's Team

Player County Reason
Smith Kent Best opener in the game
Holloway Somerset Consistent one day and championship man
M. Wood Yorkshire Very good batsman
Solanki Worcestershire Capable of scoring well and bowling a bit
Habib Leicestershire Superb batsman, I've yet to find anyone better in ICC2
Swann Northamptonshire Good with the bat, brilliant with the ball
Turner Somerset Consistent keeper
Bulbeck Somerset IMO the best player in the game. Always makes a 50 down the order, and takes five-wicket hauls game after game
Dean Derbyshire Another left-armer - the game is biased towards them (Witness the averages chart after 10 years of play)
Giles Warwickshire Again, a left armer - you know all about him :-)
Jarvis Somerset Another Somerset player - team went downhill after his retirement in my main game

May be this team just slightly shows Andrew's bias towards the team he supports - Somerset :-)

Competition Entries

Below are the 18 entries (a tad disappointing) for the competition.  They are listed in order of rank.  Entries were first rated on number of matched players and then to split ties points were rewarded as follow - 3 points for matching a player, bonus 2 points if matched batting position and bonus 1 point if within 2 of batting position.  Entered teams are shown in batting order with bold players indicating a match with Chris's or Andrew's team.  Entry names in bold are the competition winners.  Your names have been passed on to Empire who are sending out the prizes.

Name Matches [Score] - Chris's Team Matches [Score] - Andrew's Team
County One Day County One Day
Chirag J. Bhatt 6 [29] 4 [18] 1 [3] 1 [3]
County Side : Hayden, T.Robinson, Crawley, Hick, Thorpe, Ramprakash, Giles, Lewry, Gough, Caddick, McCague
One Day Side : M.Hayden, Stewart, R.Smith, Hick, Fairbrother, Maynard, Giles, Cork, Gough, Martin, Caddick
Dave Austin 2 [10] 6 [24] 1 [5] 1 [5]
County Side : Knight, Butcher, R.Smith, Hussain, Thorpe, Hamilton, Turner, Tudor, Gough, Caddick, Tufnell
One Day Side : Knight, Butcher, Hick, Thorpe, Hussain, Stewart, A.Hollioake, B.Hollioake, Tudor, Giles, Caddick
Timothy Glover 5 [22] 4 [17] 0 [0] 0 [0]
County Side : Atherton, Hussain, Hick, Stewart, Crawley, Ramprakash, A.Hollioake, B.Hollioake, Gough, Cork, Mullally
One Day Side : Butcher, McGrath, Crawley, Fairbrother, Hick, Stewart, A.Hollioake, Croft, Gough, Hamilton, Mullally
Tyson Joyce 4 [18] 4 [16] 0 [0] 0 [0]
County Side : Roberts, Stewart, Hussain, Thorpe, Ramprakash, Maynard, A.Hollioake, D.Brown, McCague, Gough, Tufnell
One Day Side : Stewart, May, Hick, Ramprakash, Fairbrother, A.Hollioake, Ealham, Croft, Cork, D.Brown, Gough
Matthew Harbour 3 [12] 4 [18] 0 [0] 0 [0]
County Side : May, Atherton, Hick, Thorpe, Hussain, Russell, Cork, A.Hollioake, Illot, Gough, Sheriyar
One Day Side : Stewart, Knight, Hick, A.Brown, Thorpe, Ramprakash, Butcher, Flintoff, Croft, Gough, J.Lewis
Matt Lane 4 [18] 2 [9] 0 [0] 0 [0]
County Side : Atherton, Stewart, Hussain, Thorpe, Ramprakash, Adams, Tudor, Cork, Gough, Caddick, Tufnell
One Day Side : Knight, Stewart, Hick, Fairbrother, R.Smith, Adams, Wells, Ealham, Croft, Gough, Mullally
David Jenilian 4 [17] 4 [16] 0 [0] 0 [0]
County Side : Butcher, Stewart, Hussain, Thorpe, Hick, A.Hollioake, B.Hollioake, Gough, Tudor, Mullally, Tufnell
One Day Side : Stewart, Hussain, Hick, Thorpe, Adams, A.Hollioake, Ealham, Wells, Gough, Croft, Mullally
Julian French 1 [4] 4 [17] 1 [5] 2 [10]
County Side : McGrath, May, Sales, Crawley, Habib, Wells, Willis, Croft, Silverwood, Fraser, Mullally
One Day Side : E.Smith, May, Hick, Crawley, Habib, A.Hollioake, Willis, Croft, Cork, Silverwood, Sheriyar
Amit Patel 4 [15] 3 [12] 0 [0] 0 [0]
County Side : Atherton, Butcher, Ramprakash, Thorpe, Hick, Nixon, B.Hollioake, Hamilton, Caddick, Gough, Tufnell
One Day Side : Stewart, Knight, Hick, Thorpe, Adams, Hussain, Flintoff, B.Hollioake, Gough, Mullally, Croft
John Clifford 3 [14] 3 [12] 0 [0] 0 [0]
County Side : Butcher, Atherton, Crawley, Hick, Sales, A.Hollioake, Hegg, Ealham, Gough, Martin, Tufnell
One Day Side : Stewart, Butcher, Hick, Fairbrother, May, A.Hollioake, B.Hollioake, Croft, Ealham, Hewitt, Betts
Pratik Patel 3 [13] 3 [12] 0 [0] 0 [0]
County Side : Butcher, Atherton, Stewart, Thorpe, Hussain, Ramprakash, Tudor, Gough, Croft, Martin, Fraser
One Day Side : Stewart, Hussain, Hick, Thorpe, Fairbrother, Flintoff, Tudor, Gough, Croft, D.Brown, Mullally
Levi Solomon 2 [8] 3 [13] 0 [0] 1 [3]
County Side : Atherton, Butcher, Hussain, Thorpe, Adams, Nixon, Gough, Caddick, Mullally, Giddins, Such
One Day Side : Knight, Stewart, Hick, Thorpe, A.Brown, Maddy, Flintoff, Ealham, Hamilton, Swann, Gough
Erica Solomon 2 [8] 3 [13] 0 [0] 0 [0]
County Side : Atherton, Butcher, Hussain, Thorpe, Ramprakash, Nixon, Tudor, Gough, Mullally, Tufnell, Sheriyar
One Day Side : Knight, Stewart, Hick, Thorpe, Wells, Flintoff, Hamilton, Ealham, Croft, Gough, Mullally
Tjeerd van der Zee 3 [12] 2 [10] 1 [4] 1 [4]
County Side : Atherton, Knight, Stewart, Hussain, Hick, Habib, Hamilton, Gough, Caddick, Such, Mullally
One Day Side : Knight, Hussain, Loye, Hick, Fairbrother, Nixon, Irani, Ealham, Giles, Gough, Mullally
Rob MacGregor 2 [8] 2 [9] 1 [5] 2 [8]
County Side : Atherton, Knight, Thorpe, Crawley, Habib, Willis, Hamilton, Tudor, Illot, Chapple, Tufnell
One Day Side : M.Wood, Gallian, Hick, N.Wood, Wagh, Irani, Alleyne, Blakey, Giles, Silverwood, Ormond
Ken Daniels 0 [0] 2 [9] 0 [0] 0 [0]
County Side : Butcher, D.Robinson, Cottey, Adams, A.Brown, Wells, Speight, Martin-Jenkins, Foster, J.Lewis, Lewry
One Day Side : Montgomerie, Trainor, Hick, Spiring, Speak, Wells, A.Hollioake, Krikken, Gough, Illot, J.Lewis
Nathan Mallett 2 [8] 1 [4] 1 [5] 1 [3]
County Side : Atherton, Butcher, Hussain, Thorpe, Sales, C.Lewis, Turner, Caddick, Gough, Sheriyar, Salisbury
One Day Side : Weston, Laney, Hick, Hussain, Alleyne, Adams, Holloway, Flintoff, Martin, Silverwood, Rashid
Vijay Patel 2 [7] 2 [7] 1 [4] 1 [4]
County Side : Atherton, Weston, Hick, Hussain, Solanki, Stewart, Austin, Headley, Gough, Tufnell, Sheriyar
One Day Side : Pollard, A.Brown, Hick, White, Solanki, Stewart, Austin, Martin, Gough, Salisbury, Sheriyar

Player Votes

These are the distribution of players selected from all 18 entries.  With One Day and County the maximum total possible was 36.  Hick was the only player to get selected 100% for a side (One Day).  Four of the players selected by Chris and Andrew were not selected at all including Bulbeck who was selected by both of them.   Player selected by Chris or Andrew are shown in bold.

Name Total County One Day
Gough 28 15 13
Hick 26 8 18
Stewart 20 7 13
Thorpe 19 12 7
Hussain 18 12 6
Butcher 13 9 4
Mullally 13 6 7
Atherton 12 12 0
A.Hollioake 12 5 7
Croft 12 2 10
Knight 10 3 7
Ramprakash 9 7 2
Caddick 9 7 2
Tufnell 9 9 0
Tudor 8 6 2
Ealham 8 1 7
Crawley 7 5 2
Fairbrother 7 0 7
Adams 7 3 4
Hamilton 7 4 3
Wells 6 2 4
B.Hollioake 6 3 3
Flintoff 6 0 6
Cork 6 3 3
Sheriyar 6 4 2
May 5 2 3
Giles 5 1 4
Martin 5 2 3
A.Brown 4 1 3
Habib 4 3 1
Nixon 4 3 1
Silverwood 4 1 3
R.Smith 3 1 2
Sales 3 3 0
Willis 3 2 1
D.Brown 3 1 2
Illot 3 2 1
J.Lewis 3 1 2
Weston 2 1 1
McGrath 2 1 1
Solanki 2 1 1
Maynard 2 1 1
Alleyne 2 0 2
Irani 2 0 2
Turner 2 2 0
Austin 2 1 1
Lewry 2 2 0
McCague 2 2 0
Fraser 2 2 0
Such 2 2 0
Salisbury 2 1 1
E.Smith 1 0 1
M.Wood 1 0 1
Roberts 1 1 0
Hayden 1 1 0
M.Hayden 1 0 1
Montgomerie 1 0 1
Pollard 1 0 1
T.Robinson 1 1 0
Laney 1 0 1
Gallian 1 0 1
D.Robinson 1 1 0
Trainor 1 0 1
Cottey 1 1 0
Loye 1 0 1
N.Wood 1 0 1
Spiring 1 0 1
White 1 0 1
Wagh 1 0 1
Speak 1 0 1
Maddy 1 0 1
C.Lewis 1 1 0
Russell 1 1 0
Holloway 1 0 1
Hegg 1 1 0
Speight 1 1 0
Blakey 1 0 1
Martin-Jenkins 1 1 0
Krikken 1 0 1
Headley 1 1 0
Foster 1 1 0
Swann 1 0 1
Giddins 1 1 0
Hewitt 1 0 1
Chapple 1 1 0
Betts 1 0 1
Rashid 1 0 1
Ormond 1 0 1
Bulbeck 0 0 0
Hutchison 0 0 0
Dean 0 0 0
Jarvis 0 0 0
 

Revised: Saturday, 16 March 2013.
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