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StrayaRoos
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AODICC 2-StrayaRoos & Avorago

Postby StrayaRoos » Wed Sep 21, 2022 12:28 am

AODICC II
STRAYAROOS AND AVORAGO



Pots

Pot One (Hosts):
StrayaRoos (7)
Avorago (4)

Pot Two:
Krytenia (1)
The Plough Islands (2)

Pot Three:
Ko-oren (3)
Featherstonehaugh Cholmondley (UR)

Pot Four:
Uppen Nasa (UR)
Inteachan (UR)

Groups

Group One (ICly in Avorago, scorinated by StrayaRoos):
.Inteachan.
.Krytenia.
.Ko-oren.
.Avorago.

Group Two (ICly in StrayaRoos, scorinated by Avorago):
.StrayaRoos.
.Featherstonehaugh..Cholmondeley.
.The Plough Islands.
.Upper Nasa.


Schedule

MD1: 24th of September (1v4, 2v3)
MD2: 26th of September (4v3, 1v2)
MD3: 30th of September (2v4, 3v1)
MD4: 2nd of October (4v1, 3v2)
MD5: 4th of October (3v4, 2v1)
MD6: 6th of October (4v2, 1v3)
Semifinals: 8th of October (A1 vs B2, B1 vs A2)
Final/3PPO: 10th of October

Cutoff Times:
The RP cutoff for StrayaRoos will be at 6-8am BST and for Avorago, it will be 7-9am BST. this goes for all cutoffs bar matchday one, which will occur from 1-3am BST for both hosts.
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Postby StrayaRoos » Wed Sep 21, 2022 12:28 am

WELCOME TO STRAYAROOS!



Fauna
Just don't touch any of them unless you want something bad to happen,especially with emus,who will likely kill you if you're within 2 meters
Weather
StrayaRoos has a largely sub-tropical climate,and unpredictable rain during summer is quite common,so be prepared
Venues
Pale Cricket Ground (50,000) [+3]
Home of Cricket and Aussie Rules in StrayaRoos,Hosts the SAFL Grand Final and has hosted the 5th Aussie Rules World Cup Grand Final
Games
MD1: StrayaRoos vs Uppen Nasa
MD2: Uppen Nasa vs The Plough Islands
MD3: Featherstonehaugh Cholmondeley vs Uppen Nasa
MD4: Uppen Nasa vs StrayaRoos
MD5: The Plough Islands vs Uppen Nasa
MD6: Uppen Nasa vs Featherstonehaugh Cholmondeley
Coal Coast Stadium (54,000) [+5]
Newly renovated,has a bit of a rough pitch due to it's many other sporting events,excpect batting to be more important here
Games
MD1: Featherstonehaugh Cholmondeley vs The Plough Islands
MD2: StrayaRoos vs Featherstonehaugh Cholmondeley
MD3: The Plough Islands vs StrayaRoos
MD4: The Plough Islands vs Featherstonehaugh Cholmondeley
MD5: Featherstonehaugh Cholmondeley vs StrayaRoos
MD6: StrayaRoos vs The Plough Islands
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Aussie Rules:6th
Volleyball:19th
Test Cricket:28th
Football:98th
Baseball:39th
Handball:38th
Basketball:52nd
4th Place at ARWC5

94:26/29 23pts
95:26/27 26pts
96:26/34 56pts
98:27/31 24pts
99:28/38 71pts
100:45/51 42pts
101:22/35 95pts

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Avorago
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Postby Avorago » Wed Sep 21, 2022 12:33 am

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Avorago is a tiny island “nation” located in the Sea of Ayes, with the closest civilisation over 500 kilometres away in Huayramarca’s San Carlos Islands to the northeast. In the northwest and a little further away is freezing Ko-oren, while to the south are the tropical Ochre Islands. In Avorago’s subtropical climate, its 1100 or so inhabitants must be prepared for both the scorching summers, where temperatures occasionally climb to 40C and the freezing winters, where every now and then, the nights can freeze the island’s two creeks over. The AODICC, though, will take place in the summer, so it is vital that all participants have their loose, cool clothing on them, but with clothing that will prepare them for the inevitable afternoon showers and thunderstorms that occur seemingly every other day.

Avorago itself is roughly two kilometres wide from west to east, with Nke Doro Anya (The Clearance) located almost directly in the centre, right next to the island’s longest and largest waterway, the Igber Creek. Surrounding this clearance, which is roughly 100 metres in diameter from west to east and 150 metres at its widest point from north to south, are the “homes” for pretty much each and every one of the island nation’s inhabitants. Many families have opted to go up high and live in the trees, where they receive an excellent view of the island and the surrounding ocean, while others prefer to live in little huts formed from fallen tree branches on the ground. However, despite the entire population living here, bar outcasts, it still is not officially deemed the “capital” of the country. Instead, that goes to Sausia, the name for the summit of the island’s only hill, rising to a whopping 34 metres above sea level. It is here that the Avoragan leaders meet to discuss circumstances, such as, you know, the possibility of cohosting the second AODICC with StrayaRoos.

With only eight teams and two groups, Avorago will be hosting the likes of Inteachan, Ko-oren and Krytenia in the group stage, with StrayaRoos, Uppen Nasa, The Plough Islands and Featherstonehaugh Cholmondeley all playing in StrayaRoos. In order to reach Avorago, teams must arrive by rowboat in Nke Ntinye (The Bay) or Osimiri (The Beach), with vessels having to anchor a good two kilometres away to avoid the reefs. With almost no technology whatsoever, players and staff may struggle to cope, but Avorago has had some modern comforts, such as beds, shipped to them so many can choose to live life a little bit closer to what they have at home. With two freshwater creeks, including one directly next to Nke Doro Anya, fresh water is in surplus, although food is a little harder to find, unless you like coconuts. It is not recommended any player wanders off without the guidance of a local, for despite its beauty, Avorago’s flora and fauna can still be incredibly deadly. Some berries require the leaching of toxins before they can be eaten, while it is very rare to go too long without seeing snakes or spiders of any sort. If you leave them alone, they will leave you alone, so ensure you are prepared and equipped with an instilled sense of calmness before arriving on the island.

Now, for the ground itself. All six group stage games will be played on the drop-in pitch in the centre of Nke Doro Anya but due to the lack of technology and knowledge about how to care for a turf cricket pitch, low-scoring games are going to be expected despite the tiny boundaries, at only fifty metres square of the wicket. Hence, all games at Nke Doro Anya will be scorinated with a -5 ground modifier, with spin expected to play a critical part, although there is also something in the wicket for the quicks. In order to ensure the finals are played at more typical stadia, only the six group stage games will occur in Avorago.
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Postby Krytenia » Fri Sep 23, 2022 2:24 pm

The sun was slowly rising in the east as the troop ship KNV Dolphin came to a stop just short of the reefs to the north of Avorago. The sight of a Royal Krytenian Navy vessel, even a support ship such as this, would have been a surprising one to anyone not aware of their reason for visiting the island. This was not a mission of beligerence, nor of diplomacy, but logistics.

The bow doors opened, and a flotilla of small boats made to the waves, carefully progressing single-file towards Nke Ntinye. As the first boat reached the shore, they were met by a group of locals, providing their services, as agreed, to guide the Krytenians through the local terrain to their destination. The first boat made landfall, and disgorged its passengers; members of the national one-day cricket team, on their way to compete in the second Anaian One-Day International Cricket Championship. One of the locals immediately recognised captain Lynton Saxon, and introduced himself. As the sportsmen disappeared into the trees, the second boat arrived, carrying sailors and fibreglass panels consisting the first part of the true project; creating a media centre not just for the likes of KBS and the Emberton Post, but for the small cadre of international journalists and broadcasters who had made trips of their own.

As the morning progressed, the dozens of able seamen traversing the island became a few hundred, gingerly carrying their cargo in between trees and over fallen branches, occasionally stopping to gently shoo away the odd curious child wondering why these strange foreigners seemed to think they were a colony of ants. Overhead, the usual peaceful hum of activity was broken every now and then by the two huge Condor helicopters bringing in the more sensitive electronics and massive generators directly to the fringes of Nke Doro Anya. Lunch consisted of somewhat of a cultural exchange, as the sailors shared with their guides a (somewhat mild) prawn jalfrezi whilst the guides served portions of locally caught, fire-cooked fish and fresh coconut. Fully fed and raring to go one more, the crew continued to carry their panels through the undergrowth.

At the clearing, meanwhile, work began on turning these panels into something tangible. Brackets were installed, metal braces added to corners, and the whole thing anchored to the ground with military precision - this last part mainly because it was the military doing the job. Slowly, these panels came together, carefully painted on the outer walls to camouflage them, to create a number of prefab buildings. The last of these, with panels brought in by the post-lunch sailors, was the most impressive edifice. As the walls making their way in gave way to structures of what appeared to be scaffolding, the building was raised to a second storey, and the reasoning for the "scaffold" became clear, as the sections were installed at the top of the building to form a radio mast. From here, audio, video, and data could be sent to the comms centre back on the Dolphin, anchored off the island for the duration of the group stage, and giving the media a vital link to the region as a whole as the naval vessel beamed all these ones and zeroes up into space to be picked up by receiving stations on the west coast of the motherland.

As the final pieces of equipment were plugged in, and the generators began to hum, it fell to Angus Haggerston to cut a ceremonial ribbon held by a couple of midshipmen at the entrance to the complex, and declare it "open". Nova Calania and the Ayelands - the various archipelagos of the western seas - now had a way to watch the real drama unfold on the field.
"I revel in the nonsense; it's why I'm in Anaia."
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Postby The Plough Islands » Fri Sep 23, 2022 3:45 pm

My apologies if this comes across as a bit clunky - I've been learning a lot about myself and my ability to handle things this last couple of weeks as my wife is away in Canada, and one of the things I have learned is that I'm very out of practice with writing! I was eventually able to come up with something useful though - hopefully it's enjoyable to read as well.
The best of luck to Featherstonehaugh-Cholmondeley, and indeed to everyone else taking part - hopefully this can turn out to be as much fun as version one of this tournament was. I don't think we'll be able to defend our title, but Kevin and the Foxes will give it a damned good go...



on the 20th September 2022, the Plough Islands Gazette wrote:
ANAIAN O.D.C.C.: PLOUGH ISLANDS STRANGE FAVOURITES IN UNFAMILIAR WATERS
by Denis Wormwood, Sporting Correspondent, on the Coal Coast

The Plough Islands' three-wicket victory over Ko-oren in the final of the third World Trophy feels all at once like it was yesterday and a lifetime ago, as the attention of the sporting community of the islands is now drawn to the second Anaian One-Day Cricket Championship, a competition in which the Foxes are also reigning champions. This flush of success has taken Islanders, by and large, entirely by surprise; this author included, as for the first time in over two hundred years of cricket, our small country of a hundred and forty thousand people finds itself no longer in the position of plucky underdog.
Now, though, Kevin Laing's team have set out once more for a new sporting frontier; the metaphor of the Plough Islands as pioneers amplified this time by their relative isolation on the shores of StrayaRoos, with familiar names from Ko-oren, Krytenia, and Avorago across the ocean in Group One and the Foxes stranded amongst unfamiliar names in Group Two. "Ag, we have to pick the best eleven we can," this author was told by head coach Lourens Hendricks, "because you have no idea what these teams can do, ja. None at all. For all I know, they could be invincible machines..."
The Plough Islander delegation has, at least, had the time and the space to get settled at their home base, at a hotel practically within sight of the imposing Coal Coast Stadium in the Roosian industrial heartlands, but little more than that with which to work. "We know our hosts well enough, at least?" Laing muses, in between training sessions in hot, dusty nets. "We played the Roosians in Barilla in April, which was a very good match - they ran us very close and we know they will be even more dangerous on home territory. The others though we are going in blind, to an extent - we have not even seen any warm up matches from Uppen Nasa, or Fatherstone...Featherstone Cholmondeley".
The Foxes' opponents on Saturday - four out of six of their group matches will be played here, with the other two in the capital city, Pale - may make up in syllables what their players lack in international experience, but the colours of Featherstonehaugh-Cholmondeley are not without sporting pedigree; racing driver Harry Zoomtwat has competed in circuit racing and rallying with modest success. They are unlikely to be satisfied with making up the numbers in the competition, and Laing is anxious to learn what he can of them. "Our eyes are going to be open during the warm ups, just to get an idea of what we are up against. I think Paul [Donaghy, batting coach] will be going to Pale with some of the other squad members just to get some idea of what to expect on Monday from Uppen Nasa, as well...".
Between unknown opposition, the new surroundings, and the timing of the tournament itself, the next chapter of Plough Islander international cricket has plenty of new material to work with before a ball has even been played. Laing, though, is optimistic about the prospects of success. "It certainly will not be the last time we face some unlikely confluence of factors like this, but our gift as Plough Islanders is to be resilient no matter what we face - once we settle, this group of players will be fine". It is a sentiment that seems to be universal in the nets - with Bradford wicketkeeper-batter Leanne Martin, expected to return to the XI on Saturday, summing up the general view among her comrades. "We can get hung up very easily on the unknowns, on the pitch conditions or the weather or whatever, but you feel better and perform better if you have fun. It is a game, after all - sometimes, you get more benefit if you stop worrying so much and just get on with it...".

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XI FOR ANAIA O.D.C.C. VS. F'H-C'LY

PLAYER BAT BOW
#11 BK Scarbeck RHB
#7 AC Leggett RHB RLB
#14 SLC Weaver RHB RLB
#1 KCT Laing (c) RHB RMD
#8 LA Martin LHB
#6 P Hodgeson LHB SLU
#5 TM Bleasdale (w) RHB
#2 DV Andreyev RHB RFM
#3 S Ashe RHB ROB
#4 A Baxter RHB RFS
#10 NA Salisbury LHB SLA
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T20 rank: 5th
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Postby Featherstonehaugh Cholmondeley » Fri Sep 23, 2022 4:27 pm

In the skies above the Coral Coast, a bi-plane was being piloted by a man with an inconceivable moustache. Harry Zoomtwat, DSO and Bar, was operating the controls with one hand, while in the other he swilled a large glass of distinctly passable ’99 Chateaux de Croissant Moites. Behind him in the navigator’s seat sat Sid, dignified as ever, was consulting the map, his features impassive and showing no hint of frustration despite the map’s distinct lack of utility.

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Harry wanted to go emu hunting. Sid felt this was a terrible idea likely to lead to injury, death, humiliation, international outcry, and unpressed trousers. They had had a frank exchange of views on the subject, and had reached a gentleman’s compromise: They were going emu hunting. It was unfortunate that the noisy drone of Harry’s bi-plane seemed to have scared off any roving emu populations (for Sid was an excellent navigator, and would certainly not have directed his master away from fertile hunting grounds and towards the cities…).

“I say!” announced Harry.

Sid looked up and saw a bedraggled messenger pigeon winging its way tiredly towards the bi-plane. Harry cut speed to the prop and coasted down, allowing the pigeon to flap its way in on a thermal and collapse into Sid’s lap. The elegant Sikh quickly saw to getting the exhausted creature a reviving draft of brandy. He then unfolded the message from his leg and handed it forwards to Harry.

Jamming the steering controls between his powerful thighs and securing his wine glass on the dashboard, Harry unrolled the note and read it.

“By Jehosaphet’s silver nipple!”

“A letter from your creditors, sir?” enquired Sid in a dry tone. Not that Sid possessed an abundance of tones wetter than the desert over which they were currently flying.

“No, no. It’s a message from Quentin.”

“Quentin Rimmington-Badgeley-Hummingworth?”

“No…”

“Quentin Accrington-Stanley-Smythe-Whirlpool?”

“No…”

“Quentin Cheltenham-Gloucester-Bradford-Bingley-Caithness-Sunderland-East-Ross?”

“No.”

Sid considered himself a master of Berk’s* but professed himself stumped.

“Ha! Stumped! Good one, wot wot.”

Sid was truly lost, but he accepted the note as Harry passed it back.

The note was addressed from one Q, presumably Quentin, Crepusculant-Wilkinson. Sid immediately recalled the Crepusculant-Wilkinson were a rather minor family of trifling means who inhabited a dilapidated manor in the South Riding of Flatcapshire. Lady Heather Crepusculant-Wilkinson was said to have made a splash on the debutante scene last season, but Harry had been racing in Aboveland at the time and Sid doubted even Harry’s todger was long enough to reach Londontown from Aboveland and have got the poor girl in trouble. Sid read on.

The note invited Harry to join a travelling cricket team that Quentin had put together. The “fellahs, and one fellah-ess, but don’t worry, she’s wearing long trousers” had assembled in StrayaRoos to play a game against The Plough Islands, and after Harry’s brief spell flying for the Pridnestrovian racing team UrGa, his soubriquet as “Harry the Red” had put Quentin in mind that he might of help as a “cultural attache, translator-in-chief, and solid right arm medium pacer”.

What worried Sid wasn’t that Harry serving as an informal diplomat to a bunch of communist sheep farmers was an even worse idea than going on a rogue emu-poaching expedition.

What worried Sid was that Harry had thrown the plane into a descent.

“Tally ho, middle and leg please umpire!”

* The guide to the peerage in Featherstonehaugh-Cholmondley.

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Postby StrayaRoos » Fri Sep 23, 2022 5:39 pm

Now it's time for the fun to kick off!,Cutoff for MD1,Group 1


edit:wrong order in Xkor,wait a few mins for actual result


.Inteachan. 166 (All Out)
.Avorago. 318/? (50 overs)
Avorago win by 152 runs
.Inteachan. 166 (35.2 overs)
.Avorago. 318/9 (50 overs)
Avorago win by 152 runs

.Ko-oren. 247/? (50 overs)
.Krytenia. 248/? (46.4 overs)
Krytenia win by X wickets with 20 balls remaining
.Ko-oren. 247/4 (50 overs)
.Krytenia. 248/8 (46.4 overs)
Krytenia win by 2 wickets with 20 balls remaining

Group 1     Pld   W  D  L     NRR  Pts 
1 .Avorago. 1 1 0 0 +3.040 2
2 .Krytenia. 1 1 0 0 +0.374 2
3 .Ko-oren. 1 0 0 1 -0.374 0
4 .Inteachan. 1 0 0 1 -3.040 0
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Postby Avorago » Fri Sep 23, 2022 5:49 pm

Cutoff for group two, matchday one


Group Two

@ Pale Cricket Ground, StrayaRoos
.StrayaRoos. 298/? (50 overs)
.Uppen Nasa. 302/? (49.3 overs)
.Uppen Nasa. win by X wickets with three balls remaining

.StrayaRoos. 298/5 (50 overs)
.Uppen Nasa. 302/8 (49.3 overs)
.Uppen Nasa. win by two wickets with three balls remaining

@ Coal Coast Stadium, StrayaRoos
.Featherstonehaugh..Cholmondeley. 253/? (47.3 overs)
.The Plough Islands. 251 (all out)
.Featherstonehaugh..Cholmondeley. win by X wickets with 15 balls remaining

.Featherstonehaugh..Cholmondeley. 253/9 (47.3 overs)
.The Plough Islands. 251 (43.2 overs)
.Featherstonehaugh..Cholmondeley. win by one wicket with 15 balls remaining


 Group Two Table                      Pld   W  D  L     NRR  Pts 
1 .Featherstonehaugh..Cholmondeley. 1 1 0 0 +0.306 2
2 .Uppen Nasa. 1 1 0 0 +0.141 2
3 .StrayaRoos. 1 0 0 1 -0.141 0
4 .The Plough Islands. 1 0 0 1 -0.306 0
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Postby Featherstonehaugh Cholmondeley » Sat Sep 24, 2022 11:51 am

(Provisional) match details as published in the Londontown Times.
The Plough Islands 251 all out (43.2 overs)
R B 4/6

BK Scarbeck c Zoomtwat b Mumford 6 (19) -/-
AC Leggett c O'Shaughnessy+ b Garbert-Smythe 51 (50) 7/2
SLC Weaver c O'Shaughnessy+ b Mumford 4 (10) 1/-
KCT Laing* run out (Hamilton) 22 (25) 2/1
LA Martin c O'Shaughnessy+ b Shahid Khan 8 (15) -/-
P Hodgeson lbw b Garbert-Smythe 11 (14) 1/-
TM Bleasdale+ c Zoomtwat b Hamilton 81 (76) 9/1
DV Andreyev b Jones 38 (31) 4/-
S Ashe b Hamilton 15 (18) 1/1
A Baxter c O'Shaughnessy+ b Jones 1 (2) -/-
NA Salisbury NOT OUT 0 (0) -/-
EXTRAS (2lb, 11wb, 1nb) 14

FoW: 1: 27 (Scarbeck, 4.5 overs); 2: 43 (Weaver, 8.3 overs); 3: 88 (Laing, 16.2 overs); 4: 93 (Leggett, 17.6 overs); 5: 106 (Martin, 20.4 overs); 6: 118 (Hodgeson, 23.6 overs); 7: 211 (Andreyev, 36.4 overs); 8: 240 (Ashe, 41.5 overs); 9: 251 (Baxter, 42.6 overs); 10: 251 (Bleasdale, 43.2 overs)

O M R W
Jones 10 0 79 2
Hamilton 8.2 0 31 2
Mumford 8 1 39 2
Zoomtwat 4 0 29 0
Garbert-Smythe 7 0 38 2
Shahid Khan 6 0 33 1

Featherstonehaugh Cholmondeley 253-9 (47.3 overs)
R B 4/6

VF Hazelnut lbw b Ashe 50 (49) 7/-
QIP Crepusculant-Wilkinson* lbw b Baxter 19 (22) 3/-
J Hamilton lbw b Salisbury 14 (14) 3/-
J Shahid Khan lbw b Baxter 5 (14) -/-
AQS Zoomtwat NOT OUT 88 (81) 9/1
RC Garbert-Smythe run out (Baxter/Bleasdale+) 11 (26) 1/-
ECG Shagcarpet-Henderson st Bleasdale+ b Ashe 23 (30) 2/-
T Mumford c Bleasdale+ b Baxter 21 (35) 2/-
P O'Shaughnessy+ c Bleasdale+ b Andreyev 8 (7) -/-
CLC Fitzgerald run out (Laing/Bleasdale+) 5 (7) -/-
UBLYIVVI Jones NOT OUT 0 (0) -/-
EXTRAS (1b, 2lb, 6wb) 9

FoW: 1: 43 (Crepusculant-Wilkinson, 6.4 overs); 2: 76 (Hamilton, 11.5 overs); 3: 91 (Hazelnut, 16.1 overs); 4: 94 (Shahid Khan, 17.2 overs); 5: 115 (Garbert-Smythe, 23.2 overs); 6: 154 (Shagcarpet-Henderson, 31.4 overs); 7: 204 (Mumford, 41.4 overs); 8: 232 (O'Shaughnessy, 45.1 overs); 9: 245 (Fitzgerald, 47.1 overs)

O M R W
Baxter 7 0 41 3
Andreyev 9.3 0 56 1
Salisbury 8 0 38 1
Laing 6 0 33 0
Ashe 7 0 29 2
Weaver 3 0 7 0
Hodgeson 4 0 26 0
Leggett 3 0 24 0

The Plough Islands innings
Rain stopped play: The Plough Islands 43-2, 8.3 overs (Leggett 32)
Powerplay: 46-2 (Leggett 34, Laing 1)
Rain stopped play: The Plough Islands 87-2, 15.4 overs (Leggett 49, Laing 21)
AC Leggett: 50 in 47 balls, 7x4 2x6 (The Plough Islands 89-3)
7th wicket: 50 in 44 balls (Bleasdale 31, Andreyev 18)
TM Bleasdale: 50 in 52 balls, 4x4 1x6 (The Plough Islands 199-6)

Featherstonehaugh Cholmondeley innings
Powerplay: 68-1 (Hazelnut 36, Hamilton 8)
Lady VF Hazelnut: 50 in 48 balls, 7x4 (Featherstonehaugh Cholmondeley 92-2)
AQS Zoomtwat: 50 in 57 balls, 3x4 1x6 (Featherstonehaugh Cholmondeley 197-6)
7th wicket: 50 in 60 balls (Zoomtwat 29, Mumford 21)

Match result: Featherstonehaugh Cholmondeley win by 1 wicket


On the Coal Coast, a man with a vituperant moustache was lying on a sun lounger, a copy of the Times across his face to provide sunshade. Sid was paddling around in the bay water in a coracle (as it was fashioned from Harry’s protective box, so there was also room for several fish Sid had caught and intended to prepare for dinner, as well as his fishing gear, some spare engine parts he was fiddling with in his free time, and several small children).

Further down the beach, several members of the team were practising with an impromptu game of beach cricket. Slow left armer Rupert Garbert-Smythe bounded and bowled a Sherpa*, which bewitched Lord Shagcarpet-Henderson-Drax, but Earl O'Shaughnessy-O'Shaughnessy-Drax-O'Shaughnessy missed the stumping because he was busy staring at Lady Hazelnut as she disrobed for a swim in the Anaian waters.

“By Timothy!”

“I say, old sport, keep your bally eye on the bally game,” fumed Rupert. He had bowled rather well against the Bolsheviks, taking the key wicket of the aggressive and grotesquely unladylike Leggett, but had had a couple of catches dropped off his bowling and was feeling thoroughly disrespected. He threw the ball to Mumford and stalked off, setting down beside Quentin, the team’s captain, who was pretending to read an edition of Xenophon (inside which, Rupert knew full well, he had a Nosher comic open).

“Who are we playing next, skipper?”

“Hmm?” Quentin looked up from the page advertising magical X-ray specs, and cast a furtive glance towards the figure of Ubekwenisha Jones, who was fearfully investigating the shoreline one toe at a time in a rather fetching bathing suit.

“Oh, I say, didn’t see you there old bean, wot wot.”

“Wot wot.”

“Wot wot.”

“Wot wot. So, who are the blighters?”

“It’s only the bleeding hosts.”

“Aussies, eh? Hmm, make sure to keep the family jewels locked away, wot wot.”

“Wot wot,” murmured Quentin, who was currently interested in a different set of family jewels, as young Ubekwenisha floundered in the shallows and had to be hauled to safety by Mumford and Shagcarpet-Henderson. “I say, do you think you the poor fellow needs mouth to mouth?”

“By Timothy!"

* Featherstonehaugh Cholmondeley exists in the world of 1922; by 2022, this term would be considered anachronistic and offensive.

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Postby Krytenia » Sun Sep 25, 2022 2:15 pm

Diego Aquino's Guide To Avidian Spanish Idioms

"Es como pisar tomates."
If a task is particularly simple, it's described as being this. Literally meaning "like stomping tomatoes", the red fruits being quite soft and eminently squishable. A task that looks simple, but isn't, may be called a "tomate de piedra" - literally "stone tomato".

"La brigada de café lento."
We've all worked with these people; those who are more interested in having a chat round the water cooler or having extended lunch/coffee/smoke breaks than actually doing their work. Literally translates as "The Slow Coffee Brigade".

"Galleta de naranja."
A journalist of little repute; a hack. Translates to "orange biscuit" - can't think why.

"Porfirófobo."
The equivalent of the little-used English word "porphyrophobe", meaning one with a pathological fear or hatred of the colour purple. Used to describe someone displaying anti-Starblaydi sentiment; usage as a compliment or insult depends on whether or not the governments in Emberton and Jhanna are on good terms.

"Comiendo los cerebros."
Avidia's take on the Krytenian cricketing phrase "scheming over (one's) chicken", this is a somewhat more visceral version, translating to "eating the brains". This is probably why the Avidian Oval wasn't built in Barrio Aragonnes.

"Manos de guijarros."
Someone who can't catch is described as having these - "pebble hands".

"Práctica de bateo."
The Ko-oren ODI bowling attack.
"I revel in the nonsense; it's why I'm in Anaia."
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Languages: English (de jure), Spanish, French, Welsh (regional only)

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Postby Avorago » Sun Sep 25, 2022 3:29 pm

NKE DORO ANYA, AVORAGO - What a sweet thing home advantage is. There’s really nothing like having that feeling of knowing that an entire nation is behind you when you walk out onto the sporting field. Particularly when every single one of the 1100 inhabitants in that nation is there, ready to cheer you on, on a field you know as well as your own home.

That’s what it felt like for those eleven plucky Avoragans that took the field against Inteachan earlier today to kick off the second AODICC. And boy, did they thrive in the situation. After spending the inaugural AODICC in Grande Cucina without a single fan in the stands and playing on alien pitches, their immense home advantage must have been a relief. Because now, they were arguably a genuine tournament favourite.

And Chinwuebo Chinama attempted to prove that from the outset, pouncing on a juicy Claude McConnell half-volley and slamming it to the cover boundary. Ultimately, the crowd was a tiny one compared to those you get elsewhere at more “proper” cricketing stadia but boy, did the Avoragans make some noise when saw the ball racing over the uneven ground and into the bushes.

It set the tone for what would end up being Avorago’s largest-ever triumph in terms of runs, with only the eight-wicket shellacking of Kotzellach in Grande Cucina providing any sort of competition. On a pitch that the Avoragans seemed to know as well as any other place on the island, they played with freedom, without worrying too much that just one little deviation could see them back in the bushes. However, it was skipper Eberegbulam Onwuamaeze who really took the opportunity in front of his home crowd, showing what he is capable of with the bat in hand with his maiden ODI ton, just the fourth by an Avoragan. His work brought the hosts back from a problematic position at 3-46 inside the powerplay to 6-266 in the 44th over by the time he was sent on his way, run out by a lightning throw from Phillip Harper. From there, Mbanefo Muaolemu went about his business at the back end of the innings, with six fours and three sixes en route to an unbeaten 67 from 52 balls, the 32-year-old also recording his high score in international cricket with the knock as Avorago finished with a mighty 9-318 from their 300 deliveries. If Inteachan wished to chase that down, they would need to go hard from the outset and never, ever give up.

But while Avorago’s batters played with freedom and reaped their rewards, you couldn’t really say the same for Inteachan. Although they were able to build a notable middle-order partnership between Amanda McKendry and Adeline Barnes, worth an impressive 77 runs from just 79 balls, when Rapuluolisa Chialuka snaffled a tame caught-and-bowled opportunity off Barnes with the score on 111 in the 22nd over, Inteachan simply collapsed. From 2-111, the Inteachanians completely lost the plot against superior bowling and a dicey pitch and by the time 35 overs were complete, Inteachan were only 166… with nine wickets down and Chiwetalu Okwuoma staring down no. 11 bat Pierrette Rouleau. It only took the long fast bowler two balls to complete the job with a blistering yorker scattering the stumps one last time as the crowd rose to their final massive cheer of the day.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, it was Eberegbulam Onwuamaeze who was awarded player of the match for his run-a-ball 107, although notable contributions by Mbanefo Muolemu and Chiwetalu Okwuoma certainly pushed the Avoragan skipper. Okwuoma himself finished with figures of 4-33 from his 8.2 overs, with all of the other four bowlers chipping in with a wicket or two, Inteachan’s batters unable to find much of an answer.

Who knows, if they can perform similarly against Krytenia and Ko-oren, perhaps there was an opportunity for the hosts to leave the group and head to StrayaRoos for the finals.

Avorago Batting
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
C Chinama lbw b Barnes 31 24 5 1 129.17
O Choike c O'Neill b McConnell 10 15 2 0 66.67
A Daniel c Filan (+) b McConnell 1 12 0 0 8.33
E Onwuamaeze (c) run out (Harper, Filan (+)) 107 108 12 3 99.07
U Nebeolisa b Rouleau 45 50 5 0 90
C Muljohn (+) st Filan (+) b Kim 10 17 1 0 58.82
M Muolemu not out 67 52 6 3 128.85
N Anayolisa b Yeun-Heui 13 6 0 2 216.67
R Chialuka c Woodley-Hahn b Yeun-Heui 0 1 0 0
C Okwuoma run out (McConnell) 5 11 0 0 45.45
C Udegbunam not out 8 7 1 0 114.29
EXTRAS (6 b, 2 lb, 10 wd, 3 nb) 21
TOTAL for 9 wickets 318 (50 ov; 6.36 RPO)


FOW: 1-21 (O Choike, 4.1 overs); 2-27 (A Daniel, 6.5 overs); 3-46 (C Chinama, 9.5 overs);
4-127 (U Nebeolisa, 24.2 overs); 5-158 (C Muljohn (+), 30.4 overs); 6-266 (E Onwuamaeze (c), 43.1 overs);
7-289 (N Anayolisa, 45.2 overs); 8-289 (R Chialuka, 45.3 overs); 9-302 (C Okwuoma, 48.2 overs)

Inteachan Bowling
Bowler Ov M R W Econ Ext
C McConnell 10 1 49 2 4.9 (5 wd)
B Kim 8 1 46 1 5.75
A Barnes 10 0 64 1 6.4 (3 wd, 2 nb)
P Rouleau 6 0 50 1 8.33 (1 wd)
W Yeun-Heui 7 0 53 2 7.57
G O'Neill 6 1 31 0 5.17 (1 wd)
J Woodley-Hahn 3 0 17 0 5.67 (1 nb)

Inteachan Batting (Target: 319)
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
P Harper c Daniel b Okwuoma 0 5 0 0
G O'Neill b Onwuamaeze 14 22 1 1 63.64
A McKendry run out (Udegbunam, Chialuka) 71 75 6 4 94.67
A Barnes c&b Chialuka 32 41 5 0 78.05
H Grimshaw c Onwuamaeze b Chialuka 4 10 1 0 40
J Woodley-Hahn lbw b Anayolisa 3 19 0 0 15.79
B Kim not out 18 17 4 0 105.88
W Yeun-Heui b Okwuoma 0 2 0 0
C McConnell c Choike b Udegbunam 11 14 2 0 78.57
B Filan (c) (+) lbw b Okwuoma 1 4 0 0 25
P Rouleau b Okwuoma 0 3 0 0
EXTRAS (7 b, 1 lb, 4 wd) 12
TOTAL all out 166 (35.2 ov; 4.7 RPO)


FOW: 1-1 (P Harper, 0.5 overs); 2-34 (G O'Neill, 7.6 overs); 3-111 (A Barnes, 21.1 overs);
5-121 (H Grimshaw, 23.4 overs); 5-133 (A McKendry, 27.5 overs); 6-136 (J Woodley-Hahn, 28.6 overs);
7-137 (W Yeun-Heui, 29.3 overs); 8-156 (C McConnell, 32.5 overs); 9-158 (B Filan (c) (+), 33.5 overs);
10-166 (P Rouleau, 35.2 overs)

Avorago Bowling
Bowler Ov M R W Econ Ext
C Okwuoma 8.2 1 33 4 3.96 (3 wd)
E Onwuamaeze (c) 8 1 38 1 4.75
N Anayolisa 7 2 31 1 4.43
C Udegbunam 6 1 18 1 3
R Chialuka 6 0 38 2 6.33 (1 wd)

Venue: Nke Doro Anya, Avorago
Match number: Match 1
Toss: Avorago won the toss and elected to bat
Season/Tournament: AODICC II
Matchdays: Matchday One
Player of the Match: Eberegbulam Onwuamaeze (AVR)
Series result:
Debut: Literally Everyone (ITC)
Umpires: unknown
TV Umpire: unknown
Reserve Umpire: unknown
Match Referee: unknown
Match Result: Avorago win by 152 runs



Playing XI vs Ko-oren @ Nke Doro Anya, Avorago
1. Chinwuebo Chinama
2. Otutodilinna Choike
3. Anenechukwu Daniel
4. Eberegbulam Onwuamaeze (c)
5. Uzodimma Nebeolisa
6. Coobine Muljohn (+)
7. Mbanefo Muolemu
8. Nnenne Anayolisa
9. Rapuluolisa Chialuka
10. Chiwetalu Okwuoma
11. Chiazagomekpere Udegbunam

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The Plough Islands
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Postby The Plough Islands » Sun Sep 25, 2022 5:25 pm

Well done to Graint/Featherstonehaugh-Cholmondeley! And my appreciation for his hard work on the scorecard as well - apologies, too, for the amount of shortening I had to do...as for the actual content, I'm still figuring this "writing" thing out, my brain has just been fogged up all weekend. I'm not sure if this RP is much more coherent than the last one - hopefully it brings some better luck though!



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on the 25th September 2022, the Plough Islands Gazette wrote:
ANAIAN O.D.C.C.: UPSET FOXES STILL FEELING OUT ATMOSPHERE IN STRAYAROOS
by Andrew Kulayev, Cricket Correspondent for Plough Radio, on the Coal Coast

Reality bit hard for the Plough Islands last night, as the reigning Anaian champions lost their first match in their title defence on the Coal Coast of StrayaRoos by just one wicket. Featherstone-Cholmondeley - a country and team that some of this writer's more Anglophone colleagues have repeatedly noted resembles something that the Plough Islands could have become, had a series of increasingly, implausibly wrong choices been made at the start of the last century - belied their status as a team making their international debut by chasing down a target of 252 with two and a half overs to spare. All-rounder and polymath Harry Zoomtwat-de Pfeffel anchored his team's chase with an unbeaten 88, and as the winning runs were scored last night a wave of uneasiness will have swept over the Foxes, and their friends and comrades, a fear that the cricketing world may have moved on since the World Trophy in July.
This, though, will be a long campaign, of which this game was just the start. In truth, a myriad of factors precluded any easy judgment of Kevin Laing's team, and the main feeling the team will have on the long, lonely bus ride down to Pale - the local authorities having warned pointedly of the dangers of straying from the marked highway - will be of confusion, rather than despair. The Foxes' innings of 251 felt below par even on a drying pitch after repeated sunshowers interrupted the start, and Tim Bleasdale's hard-fought 81 went a long way to ensuring the Plough Islands had something to bowl at. However, it was almost impossible to tell whether the batters' repeated misjudgments of the movement of the ball were a psychological problem or a meteorological one, and the ultimate margin of defeat raises questions about how the entire match is framed - as head coach Lourens Hendricks notes, "a direct hit or a couple of metres more turn on the ball, y'know, and we'd have a win, and nobody beats themselves up about their one mistake losing the match...".
Such is cricket, though, and the Plough Islanders find themselves journeying onward with few answers. Dispatches from Pale may not have helped the situation, as the Foxes will face an Uppen Nasa side on Monday that will be buoyant and brimming with confidence after upsetting the host nation in the national stadium, although the men and women in orange laboured somewhat chasing a total of under three hundred on what conventional wisdom held to be a batting pitch. They will be playing only their second international match against the islanders though, and the hope will be that the Foxes can bring their superior experience to bear over their relatively younger opponents, with only four of the Uppen Nasa team being over the age of twenty.
To that end, despite the defeat, there should be little change for this fixture at least. Plough Islander selections have often been fluid under Laing and Hendricks, but this writer understands that the team for Pale is likely to be virtually unchanged; the only concern may be Dimitry Andreyev, who was relatively expensive against Featherstonehaugh-Cholmondeley and missed training this morning with a minor side strain. Aubrey Wood, the Redcliff left-arm pacer, would be a virtual like for like replacement if this were the case, and Hendricks is understandably cautious about changing too much, too soon. "It's a long journey, y'know? When everything else is so uncertain, you've kind of gotta resist the temptation to chop and change things too much, ja. Otherwise you don't know what's under your control and what's not".
Hendricks knows better than most about the trajectories that long tournaments tend to take, and the hope will be that between his work and the unity of spirit that always accompanies Plough Islands teams on these tours, one defeat does not signal a change in fortune for the Foxes. But in this strange land, where the rain comes in boiling torrents and the wildlife is preceded by health warnings, nobody can be quite certain of what comes next. Tomorrow's match at the Pale Cricket Ground will be the real test of whether or not this result has been just a bump in the road.

ImagePLOUGH ISLANDS CRICKET ASSOCIATIONImage
XI FOR ANAIA O.D.C.C. VS. UP. NASA

PLAYER BAT BOW
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#16 A Wood LHB LMF
#4 A Baxter RHB RFS
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Guide to the AODICC-Matchday 2

Postby StrayaRoos » Sun Sep 25, 2022 6:54 pm

all opinions below are strictly IC
Group One
Krytenia vs Inteachan
The first match of the day in group one is most likely to be a thrashing,with perennial runners up Krytenia taking on debutants Inteachan,who lost by 152 runs to co-hosts Avorago on MD1,and I'm going to guess that Krytenia will win
Avorago vs Ko-oren
The second match in group one is Avorago vs Ko-oren,and it'll be much closer than the previous match,with the Ayelanders and Dragonflies being tied 1-1 with H2H wins,so i'm gonna say Ko-oren in a super over
Group Two
StrayaRoos vs Featherstonehaugh Cholmondeley
in Group 2,the Southern Stars have a match against a team with the second longest name in the multiverse (after S&WR),but the Poms should be an interesting challenge,with them having Bowled out and beaten The Plough Islands,I'm tipping StrayaRoos (as always)


Final part and scorecard to come with uppen nasa later
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Postby Inteachan » Sun Sep 25, 2022 9:58 pm

Inteachán.

The land of the iris that was best known for its greeneries, and warm climate - relatively so, compared to Mainland Quebec known to be permanently frozen in the eyes of many - the long-asleep volcano of Mount Seongsan. Primary sectors have long dominated the entire island's economy, with its long-famous seafood of 'Ara' (Dageumbari), Red Tilefish (Okdom), Japanese Amberjack (Bang-eo) and cod (Dae-gu), high-quality potatoes and barley, and rare horse meat and black beef (黑牛) being heavily coveted and traded assets for those back in Mainland, especially Joongyeong circuits of high and middle classes. Most farms, ports and homes operate under small-scale, family-level operations that have long been protected by federal regulation against increasing tides of free trade from abroad.

Whether this directly translated to the improved lives of Quebecois individuals was a bit more complicated state, however, as the people often had to deal with their geographic isolation from the mainland, and the unpredictable weather conditions of all three seas that had surrounded the island - the Blood Sea up north, the Strait of Mokweol out west, and the Grinshem Sea (also known to the Quebecois as the East Sea or Dong-hae) out east - had meant that the lives of its residents, while relatively well-off on financial metrics, would not always be the easiest out there among the average people.

Anyways let’s stop talking about the economics and daily livelihoods that may bore all those reading it. Being an ancient domain that was only recently part of the greater Quebecois crown, Inteachan always held different signifiers that bound the people together. Those signifiers would usually unify the people along the lines of cricket, football, shamrock, and the Inteachanian crown that had run somewhat separately from the rest of the mainland. The warmer climate of the province, where only most of its volcanic centre had remained temperate, had meant that it was possible for cricket and football pitches to be played on a year-round basis without trouble or conflict that would plague many other sporting authorities with one another back in the mainland or even among other sports in Inteachan.

Still, the recent Quebecois emergence into the international cricket world had certainly caused cricket to establish a clear vantage position over association football in the past half-decade. It was an interesting phenomenon that had more to do with luck than anything else. St. John’s Arsenal, previously the only team to have not been relegated to the Quebecois Championship until its historic relegation five years ago, has not won a Q-League title in over a decade and a short period in the Quebecois Championship, that the people have viewed as no less than a sheer matter of ‘Ohne Worte', have no doubt turned around the narrative over the two sports. More importantly, what the continued representations of the sports abroad - whether in the greater Quebecois national team that would play in the GCF tournaments to limited success or as Inteachanian team in the Anaian ODI Cricket Competition - did was further stirring the pot of goods that was to come for this talent-rich island.

The small town of Bel-Havre was just one of those towns out on the southwestern corner of the province. Separated from the rest of the province by a narrow strait, the homonymous island rarely saw people enter on their own volition. Those who would move to this part of Inteachan, let alone Quebec, were rare breed who chose to return to where they had grown up with young families or saw the opportunity from a job listing. Besides them however, the same old story persisted with the elderly finding their means through fishing and farming, and the young either following their elders or choosing to leave, whether with means or ability or neither of the above. The Strait of Mokweol’s rough waters, which separated Inteachan from the mainland, and the mouth of Grinshem Sea had made it a particularly bountiful sea, and the fishing season restrictions placed by Her Majesty’s Government were not limiting enough for the people to revolt [yet], meaning that the people here lived a fairly well-sustained life of their own.

When we look at it that way, Bel-Havre sounded like one of many Inteachanian towns out there, that would often be turned into the abstract, proverbial ‘Town of N/X/????’, something that originated from the works of 1800s Novopetrogradian literature (see the Russophone nation on the eastern half of the Gatchingerrak Union), but has also been used in Quebecois romantic novels.

Of course, the island of Bel-Havre was unusual in one aspect, however, and it was that the island still held remnants of the earliest, medieval-era features or relics not found in the greater Inteachan as a whole. To the mainlanders, Inteachan was an island of mysteries, folkism and abnormalities, but the island itself had taken centuries to adopt and appropriate the mystics of its peoples, whose ancestry had comprised of Gaelic, Koreanophone, and Indigenous ancestry of equal standing, as part of a greater narrative.

In Bel-Havre, however, those aspects were simply a lot less refined, with the nationalistic narrative being eschewed in favour of actually taking the mysticism as it is. The island itself had never really pledged allegiance to the Shingoryeoite Crown even after the merger of the Shingoryeoite and Inteachanian crowns in the royal marriage of Alexandre II and Queen Caillech in the year 1781, and thus did not partake in the Mainlander efforts that sought to neutralise the mystiques of the greater Inteachan as a whole.

It would remain a mystery as to why the Inteachanian province or those in Joongyeong had not touched upon them, but people had a hinge on why little to no measure were taken. The stories told from historical records, as well as from the mouths of the residents’ ancestors, were more than enough to suggest that a greater force, one who would be able to overrule even the mightiest of three thousand deities residing in this north of Calania, had loomed over it. Their strange presence, which would sometimes come in natural disasters or unexpected findings that would save a fisherman’s life from the brink of death, was more than enough to suggest that it was not up to a mere mortal, or even the Quebecois monarch, the mediator between human and spiritual worlds of the Shingoryeoite people, to interfere in them.
Now, now. Bel-Havre, the only town in this southwestern island, was a small town of 12,000 people where everybody remembered their names. Being a small island with little newcomers, most would remember an average jack and joe and their families down to their generations, and the schoolmates would normally see each other for all twelve years (and maybe kindergarten, depending on family size). This had its own pro’s and con’s - sometimes the social outsiders who weren’t really ready to leave would instead feel the gravitational pull to leave and struggle in the Mainland instead, while the entitled jocks and hotshots would find their ego pegged down a couple of times once they hit the bigger cities. In any case, however, the people knew each other and tried their best to stay as friendly to one another as possible, something that was particularly important when considering the mysterious occurrences that would come about every now and then here.

But what happens to someone who was never really part of one or another? Let’s say there’s a young genius who’s from this island. He doesn’t go to school here, nowadays spending time as a dormer at a famous public high school in Perce a four hour ferry ride across the sea. People would say that he’s the Master of Taewha Era (alluding to the RL Japanese concept where a rare talent would come and people would name him after a certain Japanese Tenno - Matsuzaka Daisuke being the Ace of the Heisei Era). It was a well-backed nickname, one could say, for his intellect, proven by his Lundriganian way with the words and status as the only man to have received all A++’s at the Quebecois A-Levels in the last fifty years, was more than enough to draw the certain figures’ attention after all.

But as with every man of this status this early in their life, there also existed other sides of his that left him a relative recluse. He was someone who had never known his mother and whose father’s one of most unspeakable names in Quebec over a decade and after he was buried. All his life he would live with his long-retired grandfather a twenty-minute bus or car ride away, but he would never explain to someone else why he and his grandfather, who had more than what was needed to live on decent means, had to live some distance away from everybody else back in Bel-Havre. This would reflect in his relationships with others as he, even as a prefect and three-sport athlete in baseball, cricket and gridiron, mostly kept to a friend or two. Being an introvert and a relative recluse (relative being a key part - he would not count as one on absolute’s) he did not really want to stand out and with exams having finished, he was back home.

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Postby StrayaRoos » Mon Sep 26, 2022 12:39 am

md2 cutoff


.Avorago. 221/? (50 overs)
.Ko-oren. 222/? (35.3 overs)
Ko-oren By X Wickets with 57 balls remaining
.Avorago. 221/6 (50 overs)
.Ko-oren. 222/6 (35.3 overs)
Ko-oren By 4 Wickets with 57 balls remaining


.Inteachan. 276/? (44.3 overs)
.Krytenia. 272/? (50 overs)
Inteachan by X wickets with 33 balls remaining
.Inteachan. 276/7 (44.3 overs)
.Krytenia. 272/7 (50 overs)Inteachan by 3 wickets with 33 balls remaining

Group 1     Pld   W  D  L     NRR  Pts 
1 .Avorago. 2 1 0 1 +0.852 2
2 .Ko-oren. 2 1 0 1 +0.634 2
3 .Krytenia. 2 1 0 1 -0.115 2
4 .Inteachan. 2 1 0 1 -1.223 2
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Postby Avorago » Mon Sep 26, 2022 12:43 am

Cutoff for group two, matchday two. Reminder you have four days after this, so plenty of time!


Group Two

@ Pale Cricket Ground, StrayaRoos
.Uppen Nasa. 350/? (50 overs)
.The Plough Islands. 141/? (50 overs)
.Uppen Nasa. win by 209 runs

.Uppen Nasa. 350/9 (50 overs)
.The Plough Islands. 141/3 (50 overs)
.Uppen Nasa. win by 209 runs


@ Coal Coast Stadium, StrayaRoos
.StrayaRoos. 178/? (24.5 overs)
.Featherstonehaugh..Cholmondeley. 175/? (50 overs)
.StrayaRoos. win by X wickets with 151 balls remaining

.StrayaRoos. 178/5 (24.5 overs)
.Featherstonehaugh..Cholmondeley. 175/9 (50 overs)
.StrayaRoos. win by five wickets with 151 balls remaining


 Group Two Table                      Pld   W  D  L     NRR  Pts 
1 .Uppen Nasa. 2 2 0 0 +2.163 4
2 .StrayaRoos. 2 1 0 1 +1.567 2
3 .Featherstonehaugh..Cholmondeley. 2 1 0 1 -1.343 2
4 .The Plough Islands. 2 0 0 2 -2.265 0
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Postby Featherstonehaugh Cholmondeley » Tue Sep 27, 2022 2:42 pm

(Provisional) match details as published in the Londontown Times.
Featherstonehaugh Cholmondeley 175-9 (50 overs)
R B 4/6

HRT Ashburton-Lockwood c Healy+ b Molineux 4 (11) -/-
QIP Crepusculant-Wilkinson* c Jones b Anderson 12 (29) 1/-
J Hamilton lbw b Bradman 25 (27) 4/-
J Shahid Khan lbw b Anderson 11 (21) -/-
AQS Zoomtwat obstructing the field 6 (8) 1/-
RC Garbert-Smythe c Livingstone b Jonassen 51 (91) 3/2
P O'Shaughnessy+ c & b Anderson 5 (18) -/-
ECG Shagcarpet-Henderson b Anderson 27 (58) 2/-
T Mumford st Healy+ b Molineux 29 (32) -/2
CLC Fitzgerald NOT OUT 0 (8) -/-
UBLYIVVI Jones NOT OUT 0 (0) -/-
EXTRAS (2wb, 3nb) 5

FoW: 1: 10 (Ashburton-Lockwood, 3.2 overs); 2: 28 (Crepusculant-Wilkinson, 8.3 overs); 3: 50 (Hamilton, 12.1 overs); 4: 57 (Zoomtwat, 13.6 overs); 5: 61 (Shahid Khan, 16.2 overs); 6: 75 (O'Shaughnessy, 22.3 overs); 7: 123 (Shagcarpet-Henderson, 39.1 overs); 8: 173 (Garbert-Smythe, 48.3 overs); 9: 174 (Mumford, 49.1 overs)

O M R W
Greene 8 1 24 0
Molineux 8 0 37 2
Anderson 10 0 39 4
Livingstone 10 0 30 0
Bradman 10 0 34 1
Jonassen 4 0 11 1

StrayaRoos 178-5 (24.5 overs)
R B 4/6

J Phillippe* run out (Crepusculant-Wilkinson) 69 (nice)
A Jones lbw b Zoomtwat 17 (26) 3/-
A Jun run out (Garbert-Smythe) 22 (18) 4/-
Tui b Garbert-Smythe 2 (5) -/-
D Bradman NOT OUT 29 (24) 3/-
I Healy+ c O'Shaughnessy+ b Jones 1 (3) -/-
C Greene NOT OUT 14 (7) 1/-
Did not bat: J Jonassen, J Anderson, S Molineux, L Livingstone
EXTRAS (4b, 12lb, 8wb) 24

FoW: 1: 58 (Jones, 9.3 overs) 2: 89 (Jun, 14.3 overs); 3: 103 (Tui, 16.2 overs); 4: 145 (Phillippe, 20.5 overs); 5: 154 (Healy, 22.2 overs)

O M R W
Mumford 4 1 26 0
Zoomtwat 6 0 28 1
Jones 3 0 24 1
Hamilton 4 0 19 0
Shahid Khan 4.5 0 47 0
Garbert-Smythe 3 0 18 1

Featherstonehaugh Cholmondeley innings
Powerplay: 45-2 (Hamilton 23, Shahid Khan 3)
RC Garbert-Smythe: 50 in 84 balls, 3x4 2x6 (Featherstonehaugh Cholmondeley 169-7)
7th wicket: 50 in 55 balls (Mumford 28, Garbert-Smythe 22)

StrayaRoos innings
1st wicket: 50 in 43 balls (Phillippe 24, Jones 15)
Powerplay: 62-1 (Phillippe 29, Jun 4)
Rain stopped play: StrayaRoos 79-2, 13.2 overs (Phillippe 36, Jun 14)
J Phillippe: 50 in 51 balls, 6x4 (StrayaRoos 113-3)

Match result: StrayaRoos win by 5 wickets


In wherever the Pale Cricket Ground was, a man with a sensational moustache was doing whatever activities would be appropriate for wherever that particular location was. Sid was ironing his trousers. There was a knock on the door.

“Oh, blood and thunder and dammit, what now?” fumed Harry, looking up from his magazine, which had published a striking new poem by the great Featherstonehaugh Cholmondeley writer, T. O. Ilets.

Sid proceeded to the door and opened it with eyebrow preemptively arching. “Mr Crepusculant-Wilkinson, sir,” he announced in caustic tones.

Harry rolled his eyes as Quentin hemmed and hawed his way into the room, clutching his harlequin cap in an obsequious gesture of submission.

“Ah, hallo there, Harry old chap, wot wot.”

“Wot wot.”

“Wot wot.”

Quentin directed a “wot wot” at Sid, who merely arched his eyebrow one eighth of an inch higher and returned to the ironing board.

“So who’s next, eh, Quintin?”

“Ahem, well, the matter of the fact is, old bean, we do have another game coming up. Chaps and chapesses, wot wot.”

“Wot wot.”

“Give the old Hazelnut another crack, wot wot, bit of a shame we couldn’t have her in the last game.”

“I should say! That bloody useless Ashburton-Lockwood was about as useful as a one-legged man in an arse kicking competition!”

“By Timothy! But, ahem ahem, wouldn’t be so quick to write off old Henry, jolly good player on his day.”

“Pity his day wasn’t yesterday then,” grumbled Harry.

“Fact is, think we might be finding room for both her Ladyship and his, ahem, one-legged manship, as it were,” simpered Quentin.

“Dropping a fella to make room for that chocolate teapot? Pah! Piff and blimey! Shouldn’t like to see the look on the face of the chap who had to be told he was going to miss out on a jolly old game of wickets for him, I should say!”

In the silence that followed, the only sound was the hiss of Sid’s iron, though anyone listening very, very closely might also have heard the sound of the unflappable butler’s eyebrow arching even higher.

Harry looked up from his magazine, aghast, and rose from his chair, towering over Quentin.

“I say, have you lost your flippin’ mind?”

“Now, Harry old sport, old bean, old banana, don’t let’s be hasty,” stammered Quentin. “Fact is, there was some, uh, smoothing over, if’n you’ll pardon the expression, required after that little, ahem, incident…”

Harry had been given out obstructing the field in the last match, as he attempted to both race a quick single and put in an audition for starting three-quarter for the national rugby team.

“Talk of, ahem, ahem, sporting conduct and all that, lot of flippin’ hot air of course, absolute bally nonsense, but thought it might be best to, ahem ahem ahem, give the old wotsits a bit of sacrificial howdoyoulike?”

“By Jehosaphet’s silver nipple! I’ve never heard such bleedin’ rubbish!”

Fuming, Harry turned to Sid. “Sidhu,” he said. This was serious – he never used Sid’s full name. “Load up the plane! We’re going home!”

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Postby Avorago » Wed Sep 28, 2022 4:32 pm

NKE DORO ANYA, AVORAGO - After slaughtering a shellshocked Inteachan side to get off to a galloping start to the second AODICC on home soil, Avorago have been brought back down to Anaia with an eight-wicket thumping at the hands of Ko-oren. The result comes as payback as the Ayelanders stole third place last AODICC from the nation that is now the defending runners-up in the ODI World Trophy, the Ko-orenites eager to show who truly are the better team of the two. And in front of the entire Avoragan nation at Nke Doro Anya, they did just that with a commanding eight-wicket win to grab their first victory of the tournament and climb into second place on the Group One table.

While Avorago expertly handled the pitch in their tournament opener and reaped the rewards for intelligent batting and bowling, they still had to rely on some sub-par cricket from Inteachan to capitalise and emerge with a 152-run triumph. And while the hosts attempted to use similar tactics against Ko-oren yesterday, the Dragonflies had also completed their homework and from the first ball of the Avoragan innings to Reginald Twaddle’s single on the third ball of the 36th over in Ko-oren’s, the visitors did not relent.

Avorago’s final total of 6-221 from their 50 overs - well below par even considering the atrocious nature of the Nke Doro Anya pitch - was probably more than they deserved, with an excellent, unbeaten 43 to Coobine Muljohn adding some impetus and helping his nation score 76 runs from the final ten overs. However, that would be the only period of the entire match that Avorago would dominate, with Ko-oren restricting them to 1-23 in the powerplay and despite a 100-run partnership between Anenechukwu Daniel and Otutodilinna Choike, they kept the squeeze on. If it wasn’t for Muljohn, the hosts likely would’ve finished with an undefendable total below the 200 mark. Even so, 221 was not much, but at least it was possible to defend.

Chiwetalu Okwuoma picked up right where he left off against Inteachan, only taking ten balls before ripping through Lyojall Firembee’s defence and trapping him plumb in front. However, it would be his and his nation’s last success before Ko-oren were less than fifty runs out, with young star Cofan ySalw taking to the Avoragans with disdain, taking on each and every bowler without any fear whatsoever. On a pitch such as the one at Nke Doro Anya, you’ll eventually get a ball with your name in it - so why wait? In his 75-ball knock, the right-hander belted eight fours and six sixes but with a century four runs away, went for one hack too many and only succeeded in feathering the ball into Coobine Muljohn’s safe gloves. However, at 2-179 in the 28th over, the game was all but over, with Avoragans streaming back into their huts, already knowing the result. And eight overs later, it was all over, with Twaddle racing through for a quick single to complete an eight-wicket win with a massive 87 balls remaining. The 28-year-old had once again shown why he was one of the best in the multiverse with a controlled 82, while Levi Pardey had also graced the remaining Avoragan crowd with a calm 22 from 26 balls.

However, not all was bad for the Avoragans. Yes, the defeat was shocking, but it was not enough for Ko-oren to jump them on net run rate, or even get really close to it. With a much-improved Inteachan defeating Krytenia, Avorago is still at the head of the Group One table heading into their clash with ODI cricket’s perennial runners-up - one of two teams that Avorago have only ever lost to.

Right now would be a great time to change that.

Avorago Batting
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
C Chinama c Barklas b Taylor 13 29 2 0 44.83
O Choike c Meredith (+) b Barklas 65 106 6 0 61.32
A Daniel st Meredith (+) b yLellmedd 44 80 3 1 55
E Onwuamaeze (c) c sub (Gainsburton) b Taylor 25 29 4 0 86.21
U Nebeolisa b Barklas 3 6 0 0 50
C Muljohn (+) not out 43 36 4 2 119.44
M Muolemu b Courtenay 11 9 1 1 122.22
N Anayolisa not out 8 5 0 1 160
EXTRAS (2 b, 2 lb, 5 wd) 9
TOTAL for 6 wickets 221 (50 ov; 4.42 RPO)
Did not bat: R Chialuka, C Okwuoma, C Udegbunam

FOW: 1-23 (C Chinama, 9.1 overs); 2-123 (A Daniel, 34.6 overs); 3-134 (O Choike, 37.1 overs);
4-142 (U Nebeolisa, 39.2 overs); 5-186 (E Onwuamaeze (c), 45.4 overs); 6-209 (M Muolemu, 48.4 overs)

Ko-oren Bowling
Bowler Ov M R W Econ Ext
N Courtenay 9 3 32 1 3.56
A Renbeck 10 3 39 0 3.9 (1 wd)
R Taylor 8 1 47 2 5.88 (2 wd)
B yLellmedd 10 2 35 1 3.5
M Enright 7 0 28 0 4 (1 wd)
F Barklas 6 0 36 2 6 (1 wd)

Ko-oren Batting (Target: 222)
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
R Twaddle not out 82 103 10 1 79.61
L Firembee lbw b Okwuoma 8 10 1 0 80
C ySalw c Muljohn (+) b Choike 96 75 8 6 128
L Pardey not out 22 26 2 1 84.62
EXTRAS (1 b, 4 lb, 8 wd, 1 nb) 14
TOTAL for 2 wickets 222 (35.3 ov; 6.25 RPO)
Did not bat: R Taylor, F Barklas, F Meredith (c) (+), A Renbeck, M Enright, B yLellmedd, N Courtenay

FOW: 1-11 (L Firembee, 2.5 overs); 2-179 (C ySalw, 27.1 overs)

Avorago Bowling
Bowler Ov M R W Econ Ext
C Okwuoma 7 0 39 1 5.57 6 wd)
E Onwuamaeze (c) 6 1 32 0 5.33
N Anayolisa 2 0 22 0 11 (1 wd, 1 nb)
C Udegbunam 8 0 46 0 5.75
R Chialuka 7 0 47 0 6.71 (1 wd)
O Choike 5 0 29 1 5.8
C Chinama 0.3 0 2 0 6.67

Venue: Nke Doro Anya, Avorago
Match number: Match 5
Toss: Avorago won the toss and elected to bat
Season/Tournament: AODICC II
Matchdays: Matchday Two
Player of the Match: Cofan ySalw (KOR)
Series result:
Debut: none
Umpires: unknown
TV Umpire: unknown
Reserve Umpire: unknown
Match Referee: unknown
Match Result: Ko-oren win by eight wickets with 87 balls remaining



Playing XI vs Krytenia @ Nke Doro Anya, Avorago
1. Chinwuebo Chinama
2. Otutodilinna Choike
3. Anenechukwu Daniel
4. Eberegbulam Onwuamaeze (c)
5. Uzodimma Nebeolisa
6. Coobine Muljohn (+)
7. Mbanefo Muolemu
8. Maduabuchim Chinomso
9. Rapuluolisa Chialuka
10. Chiwetalu Okwuoma
11. Chiazagomekpere Udegbunam

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Postby The Plough Islands » Thu Sep 29, 2022 3:20 pm

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"Mama! Mama! Look! Red car!" Amber Nasrullin bounced around in the back seat of the coach, tugging at her mother's sleeve while frantically scanning the windows for the car she thought she had just spotted. "Red car! Red car!"
"Awww, Amber, I think Mama's tired!" Catherine Nasrullin nodded, yawning as she glanced down at her daughter, a curly-haired stubbily-proportioned two-year-old with cheeks even rosier than her own, babbling away happily as her teammate Naomi Salisbury, crouched awkwardly in the aisle of the Plough Islands team bus, kept the conversation going. "I think that car is blue, anyway, but good job spotting it!"
Catherine was glad that Naomi was keeping her daughter occupied; she had indulged Amber with gusto in car-spotting and games of I Spy at the start of the eight-hour trip, but the questions at the back of her mind had begun to overwhelm her and she was all too happy for the Plough Islands' all-time top wicket-taker to pick up the slack. Naomi, on the pitch always the intense, focused professional, had surprised her with how keen she was to, virtually, parent her daughter - maybe what her gay brother had told her about lesbians and children was true. It was more likely she had just taken six wickets against Uppen Nasa and was therefore the only player to have come away from the previous night's debacle with any of her dignity intact, and consequently had the bandwidth to play car guessing games with a hyperactive toddler.

And it had been a debacle, one with direct implications for her. Catherine had not been at the Pale Cricket Ground for the game, but she had seen more than enough to know what had happened and to get the broad thrust of the conversation that Kevin, Lourens, and Shauna Weaver were having in the crowded front seats, still, after their head coach had vowed to leave any decision making until they got back to the Coal Coast. She knew as well as anyone that changes would need to be made for the next match - a point she thought she could hear Audrey Leggett making forcefully, the vigour of her partner's argument making Naomi's head swivel sharply at times. And given the nature of the defeat, the need for some new firepower in the middle order was self-evident.
With the Plough Islands Cricket Association unable to get further players out to the Coal Coast, that firepower would inevitably be Catherine. The neatly typeset page sent out, inconsistently, by the Association to some of the media covering the tournament made that much clear;

#9: Ekaterina Sergeievna NASRULLIN
Born 7th December 1999, Eleuthera, New Dalmatia Left-hand bat, slow left-arm orthodox
A robust and confident middle-order batter, "Catherine" was brought up in the fishing port
of Eleuthera by parents of Soviet descent who met while working at the nearby Plough Islands
Air Force base, but first discovered cricket while attending higher school in Sutton. She
was part of the Young Foxes team that attended the World 20-over Championships in Liventia
in 2019
, and found her rhythm on the quick, flat Rushmori pitches, scoring 362 runs at 72.40
including three half-centuries.
Catherine also captained the Young Foxes in two of the eleven matches played by the team;
she possesses a keen cricketing brain and a naturally attacking instinct with the bat, and
may well prove a useful source of extra runs in Avorago and StrayaRoos. More recently, she
scored two centuries in Sutton & Avalon's 2022 Sutcliffe Shield campaign, in addition to
helping the Four Anchors first XI win the Ho Chi Minh Trophy final with a well-judged 65 from
48 balls. She lives in the Sutton highlands.

She slumped back into her seat. There was a lot to her story that was not in the media guide - much of it understandable, on the face of it. In most other countries, a player with those figures aged nineteen would have already made or been on the cusp of their senior debut, instead of having an awkward, unexplained three year gap. Kevin Laing's and Andrew Baxter's profiles made much of their children and personal lives, but the 'teenage single mother' label was a challenging one to explain to people outside the Plough Islander bubble of society, and Catherine had often winced at the notion, projected relentlessly from the outside world, that people in her situation were a problem to be solved, a symptom of failure.
Cricket had always been an escape for her, something to dedicate herself to where success and judgment were a lot simpler than a family life she preferred not to dwell on. That tournament in Liventia had been a welcome respite from the deafening cacophony of expectations and unfulfilled needs at home, and how every cut and drive had been an emotional high she found herself needing more and more of. How quickly her emotions had changed - from mingling with the Ko-orenite players at the weekend after the Dragonflies had ended the Young Foxes' run, and Seophyn yMharwn, one of her heroes, complimenting her as an equal, to the sickness that came in waves almost as soon as the team landed at Echodale on the Monday, and the fear and uncertainty before a visit to the hospital confirmed a different sort of certainty, and with it a more existential kind of fear.

"Mama! Mama! Mama!" Catherine felt the tug at her sleeve again. "Is that a red car?"
Naomi was making discouraging noises already, but Catherine leaned forward to confirm. "Sorry, Amber, that one is white. White car."
"Awwww!"
"White like this!" Naomi held up a cricket ball with '6-58' inscribed on it, scuffed and worn to the point where it could no longer in good conscience described as 'white', to approving gurgles from the youngster. "White ball! White, see, like that car!"
Catherine glanced back at the front of the bus and found that she could see Lourens Hendricks' bald head, now capless and twitching as he slipped into Afrikaans to try and argue some point Kevin or Shauna had made, peeking over the rows of seats ahead. Catherine was determined not to intrude on the details, but she would always be grateful for Lourens, who had taken her in when her mother's reaction to her pregnancy had left her feeling unable to share space with her family for a while. She did not know whether it was out of a sense of decency or some recognition of whatever talent she had, but when she was sixteen she had told her then-youth coach confidently that she wanted to play international cricket for the Plough Islands, and Lourens had reminded her of this as she moped over changes to her body and the logistics of what was to come.
It was he that had kept contact after Amber's birth, and invited Catherine to the summer cricket festival at the Four Anchors club in Sutton when her daughter was barely old enough to walk. She had felt badly out of shape and only managed a few boundaries in her first innings before being stumped, but no sooner had she come back over the boundary rope than Lourens had been there, praising her technique and asking what she thought needed to be done to get her back into second XI cricket. A lot of the difficult training and schedule management that had followed had come from Catherine herself, and the many other people that had helped her come back from the Four Anchors seconds to the Sutcliffe Shield heroics of the summer, but it was Lourens who had made sure cricket was not lost to her.
And now, whatever strategy was being thrashed out at the front of the Foxes' team bus, it seemed inevitable it would involve him giving Catherine her international debut.

She sighed. "I really hope I live up to it, if it happens"
"Huh?" Naomi paused, looking up from trying to extract the ball from Amber's tiny fingers. "Are you still worrying about playing?"
Catherine nodded. "Yeah. I cannot understand why, honestly"
"It is a major event, of course you are going to be a little scared," reassured Naomi, "but you are stronger and better than you think you are. I felt exactly the same when it happened to me."
In reply, Catherine mumbled an acknowledgment, but the words, well-meant as they were, did little to calm her brain down. The thought of representing her country, and all that came with it, had been gnawing at her all journey, the possibility of wearing the green shirt in anger looming large enough to be all-encompassing, to make her feel insignificant and unworthy of the task. And try as she might, she could not banish it; like a hungry cat it came back again, and again, and again, each time demanding more of her attention.

"Mama?" Amber looked up at Catherine, her eyes wide in thought. "I want to see a racist car!"
And sometimes, an event just demanded all her attention. In the split second before she dissolved into hopeless, snorting laughter, she tried to parse what on earth a racist car would look like, and failed entirely as she lost her grip on an oblivious Amber and practically howled into her open palms. Naomi, by contrast, was entirely stunned; a brief flash of mirth came over her before it was overcome by curiosity.
"A...racist...car?"
Amber proudly repeated herself. "A racist car! It has a whooshing engine that always--"
"Oh!" The shilling finally dropped for Naomi, and she stifled a laugh. "You mean a racing car. Racing. Rac-ingggg. "
Catherine drew a deep, badly needed breath, and took her chance to lean back and stretch. Having Amber come along on the tour had proven a good idea, in the end, despite some of the reservations from within the Association; if nothing else, her daughter was excellent at distracting her brain from harder, more troubling thoughts. After all, cricket was only a game, even international cricket, and no matter how things went over the next few days it helped to be reminded that there were things more important than sport. She wondered if Amber would be watching - maybe briefly, she thought, if one of her new friends could hold her attention with the television long enough. Maybe she would see Mama for a few moments, if the camera found her in the lineup, and ask why she was there; she was asking so many questions recently. Maybe the significance would be entirely lost; to a nearly three year old, it probably just seemed like her Mama had gained lots of new aunties and uncles, who were all really pleased to see her and who happened to dress the same.

"Mama! Red car!"
Catherine startled to attention, wondering if for a second Amber somehow knew her mother was thinking about her. She looked over at Naomi, who frantically gestured for her to look out of the window instead, and there it was - probably more of a utility vehicle than a car, but resplendently, brilliantly red, against the dull colours of the road, passing beneath the windows of the bus and shifting Catherine's brain away from thoughts of cricket for just a moment.
"Yes! That is a red car!" She pulled Amber close, ruffling her daughter's hair. "Oh, good girl, good girl!" She heard Naomi chuckling, and even thought she could sense a lull in the arguments still raging up at the front of the bus.
If Amber could finally spot a red car after so many tries, then maybe her mother could make this cricket thing work out.

ImagePLOUGH ISLANDS CRICKET ASSOCIATIONImage
XI FOR ANAIA O.D.C.C. VS. S'YAROOS

PLAYER BAT BOW
#13 ANL Weaver RHB
#7 AC Leggett RHB RLB
#14 SLC Weaver RHB RLB
#12 ADM Tyrie RHB RLB
#1 KCT Laing (c) RHB RMD
#9 ES Nasrullin LHB
#5 TM Bleasdale (w) RHB
#2 DV Andreyev RHB RFM
#3 S Ashe RHB ROB
#15 SH Wilson RHB ROB
#10 NA Salisbury LHB SLA
National team
Test rank: 8th
ODI rank: 3rd
T20 rank: 5th
Commonwealth of the Plough IslandsPopulation: 139,550Golden age, revealed today
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who wander are lost
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Postby Inteachan » Thu Sep 29, 2022 11:03 pm

OOC: Had a long day, will post more after cutoff.

During his primary and middle school days at his native Bel-Havre, Jang Joon-Gweon had found school to be a particular bore. He had studied little at school, spending most of his time playing or tending to his grandfather at home, but he had little to no trouble putting it together with little inspiration and lucidity of his thoughts, and therefore always managed to come out on top of his class. In most cases a child of his talent and habits would have found his own studies plateau due to lack of exposure to further intellectual stimulation on his setting, but a stroke of luck, combined with the very fortune of meeting the most unexpected of figures in the nighttime (we'll talk about this later), allowed him to school outside of the island early at Perce Collegiate on the other side of the sea.

The high school scholarship he had received for bed-and-board and additional living stipend came from a generous donor in Joongyeong, Sir. Yi Cheol-Yeong, a famous air force officer and the CSKA Quebec season holder also chaired the Perce Collegiate's alma mater society. Of course Sir. Cheol-Yeong had a major say on which of the so-called gifted children on the Gaspesie peninsula or the surrounding areas he would choose to sponsor a four-year scholarship. But even if the old Sir had not done his job, then he would have had his strings pulled from a generous donor at home. another alumnus, or even the Athletics department who kept an eye on the wicket-keeper from an early age. With the relatively high cost of playing secondary-level cricket and baseball having some form of financial backing, with him paying practically none, was important to at least cover the void that was the material lack he would feel every now and then as 'the lonely boy from Bel-Havre'.

Now let's go back to his native Bel-Havre. Ironically enough it is there where the coexistence of such paternal infamy and the potence of his own talents have made the entire island a friend of his. He was born in Songwha City, on the country's northeast that was better known for the divide between the increasingly progressive youth and the first peoples, and the radically-enveloped tories, but had no recollection of his time for he came to live his grandfather, Ik-Seong, when he was two. The subsequent arrest of the far-right terrorist cell in the crackdown directed by that of the moderate faction of the Moogoonghwa Party, had meant that the records of Jang Hak-Seon, even if he had wanted to check them out, were mostly left out of his own reach, something that he had wondered but did not have particular courage or interest to do so.

Thus those he had remembered for the most part were the elderly in his surrounding, who spoke stunningly little of his late father whom they had known, and would to both give laudation to and establish some distance away from him at the same. The others he had known were mostly his classmates, who he had never exactly found himself comfortable with, but they had shared enough commonalities required of a lifetimer and had become intimate chums since. The benefits of his small-town origin had meant that for all the inconveniences those may have produced on his earlier years he would have little to no limit on smaller gifts, tips and reminders that his native islanders would give, and he would have no trouble taking those chances as his own. Partly thanks to his introverted nature, and also occasional forgetfulness that would come from being overloaded with thoughts at all times, he had managed to be liked by all, something that was rare considering the nature of an isolated, small-town environment.

While at the schoolyard Joon-Gweon was not only liked for his athletic or academic gift, but for his aloof, slow way of answering the enquiries or teases, and still finding a way to give a soft feather-stroke of an answer. In his tall, awkward figure, his grey eyes, black hair, and seagull-like eyebrows, there was something that generated a small wave of emotions for those unfamiliar with him. The word 'Genius of the Taewha Era' or the 'Master Wicketkeeper' had no doubt added the anxiety and the nerves into his heavy heart, but he knew that the people had awed not as a matter of jealousy, but as a matter of genuine awe. Even though many would wonder why Jang, who should be taking full advantage of all the doors that were open for him, would rather stay reserved and selective on his choices, there was no doubt that the universal sentiment was that 'Jang Joon-Gweon will move to Joongyeong and will end up a great man one day'.

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Postby StrayaRoos » Thu Sep 29, 2022 11:07 pm

MD3 Cutoff!


.Krytenia. 228/? (36.5 overs)
.Avorago. 226/? (50 overs)
Krytenia win by X wickets with 79 balls remaining
.Krytenia. 228/7 (36.5 overs)
.Avorago. 226/6 (50 overs)
Krytenia win by 3 wickets with 79 balls remaining


.Ko-oren. 228/? (50 overs)
.Inteachan. 232/? (40 overs)
Inteachan win by X Wickets with 60 balls remaining
.Ko-oren. 228/6 (50 overs)
.Inteachan. 232/4 (40 overs)
Inteachan win by 6 Wickets with 60 balls remaining

Group 1      Pld   W  D  L     NRR  Pts 
1 .Krytenia. 3 2 0 1 +0.42 4
2 .Inteachan. 3 2 0 1 -0.442 4
3 .Avorago. 3 1 0 2 +0.065 2
4 .Ko-oren. 3 1 0 2 +0.015 2
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Postby Avorago » Thu Sep 29, 2022 11:57 pm

Cutoff for group two, matchday three


Group Two

@ Pale Cricket Ground, StrayaRoos
.Featherstonehaugh..Cholmondeley. 270/? (31 overs)
.Uppen Nasa. 269/? (50 overs)
.Featherstonehaugh..Cholmondeley. win by X wickets with 114 balls remaining

.Featherstonehaugh..Cholmondeley. 270/3 (31 overs)
.Uppen Nasa. 269/5 (50 overs)
.Featherstonehaugh..Cholmondeley. win by X wickets with 114 balls remaining


@ Coal Coast Stadium, StrayaRoos
.The Plough Islands. 303/? (50 overs)
.StrayaRoos. 271 (all out)
.The Plough Islands. win by 32 runs

.The Plough Islands. 303/7 (50 overs)
.StrayaRoos. 271 (36.3 overs)
.The Plough Islands. win by 32 runs


 Group Two Table                      Pld   W  D  L     NRR  Pts 
1 .Uppen Nasa. 3 2 0 1 +0.748 4
2 .Featherstonehaugh..Cholmondeley. 3 2 0 1 -0.160 4
3 .StrayaRoos. 3 1 0 2 +0.767 2
4 .The Plough Islands. 3 1 0 2 -1.292 2
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Postby Ko-oren » Fri Sep 30, 2022 8:58 am

The Pyramid

Everyone pays attention to the top six regions, who compete in the one-day and four-day arena, and forming the base of the 12-team T20 league, that originally had two T20 sides per region (through later moves, that system was thoroughly broken).

Beneath that, each of the six regions has a 12-team (yes, always with the twelve teams) 'feeder' league with differing levels of play and differing levels of excitement among players and fans:
Greencaster - with twelve teams located close together, as the Greencaster cricket region is bordered on all sides by West and East Surbourneshire, it's pretty clear what constitutes as Greencaster and what doesn't. Not every team is located within city limits: nearby towns like Abingdon, Caringmeadow, and Kingsfield, as well as the West Surbourneshire town of Marinwood - which is practically a Greencaster suburb if you look at employment and commute data - which has two teams. The level of play is decent, but with many people moving to Greencaster from non-cricket areas to work in its port it's more of a league that exposes people to their first cricket. So while it does a lot for drawing in new fans, commitment to teams is more visible in the village teams than in the Greencaster city teams. The main rivalry here is between the Marinwood teams, Marinwood and Regenton.

Willowbourne - like Greencaster, it's a city league, though unlike Greencaster, Willowbourne doesn't border another cricket region to its north. In theory, it can claim players from, and put teams in, everything up to the Salamantic coast - and to an extent, it does. The level of play, like in Greencaster, isn't super high but it does a lot to spread the gospel of cricket in the northern and eastern areas that normally don't play the sport. The Norille v Anarcourt rivalry - both towns outside city limits - is a fun one. Within the city, it's Penshaw v Swadlincote and Dalmington v Auctermuncty that get pretty decent numbers of tickets sold.

Mawryshire - The odd one out. The far southwest is very excited about cricket but the number of days suitable to play it are very limited. Even mid-summer can see long stretches of grey clouds, rain, and generally unplayable outfields. The teams are more important to their communities than anywhere else, but the quality of play is debatable. Given the different weather conditions, Mawryshire does produce some of the country's better spinners and swingers, but all that does is create some extremely low-scoring 'domestic' matches. The Mawrystwyth derby - Mawrystwyth vs Lawchwmaen - is the best visited one, but that's mostly because other teams are in some pretty untravelable places. Penstead versus Demteoffin is a rare derby between teams of that island all the way out in the Salamantic Sea, so if you can ever go to one, please do. The problems is that Mawryshire is hard to get to already, so there's no way tourists can easily reach that.

East Surbourneshire - Flat tracks, sunny days... scores a little higher in the east. The depopulating area - a modern economy turned out to be not-that-compatible with the original way of living there - clings to its sports, though. With Cirelbourne and Bruncester relegated from the Top League, cricket is one of the few ways in which they can feel powerful. The level of play is pretty good, and it even draws in players from the non-cricket francophone areas, so East Surbourneshire is getting the best of both worlds. The Cirelbourne derby (Cirelbourne v Gemwright) is somewhat famous, and the blue collar Abbennes versus white-collar Granon is a strangely competitive match played in said non-cricket francophone area. Opalshire versus Zinchester is the derby of the southeastern cape, and then the large, rural stretch of Surbourneshire all the way to Greencaster sees only a few teams (Moonbright, Onilens, Alwill, Emberstead, Limecroft) that - as much as we hate to admit - produces most of the good eastern players.

And then for the two best ones.

Leeshire - With plenty of towns and mid-sized cities to choose from, Leeshire has a wealth of different conditions for players to tackle. It produces some of our most flexible players, from the stable weather conditions close to the mountains to the unpredictable lower lying areas. It has a team all the way up in capital Maethoru - that team travels more kms than most of the top-level regional teams. It has two teams in Eaglebury on the west coast, which shares the rainy, windy, cloudy conditions of Mawryshire. While there are no rivalries between close teams, it does showcase some of the best non-top-level cricket in the country.

West Surbourneshire - Like Leeshire, it's got a high level of play, but unlike Leeshire, the conditions are similar from place to place. Like East Surbourneshire, we're seeing a lot of small-ish towns with strong connections to their sports teams, but unlike the East, they're well off economically and it shows in the equipment these teams have. Most teams have a strong opinion on the teams around it, so stakes are higher here than elsewhere. There's the south island clash: Burnet versus Wolfwater. There's Ansonville versus everyone, with Ansonville the only place to pass for a city in the area. And every other team has beef with nearly every other team.

But that's not all. Recently, with cricket's popularity booming, four growth areas were also given 8-team leagues. We shouldn't discuss the level of play here - we're sure that will improve over time to be halfway acceptable at some point.

Amandine - also known as North East Surbourneshire, but it's firmly not Surbourneshire anymore. Teams in the entertainment capital of Aminey, as well as other places along the Bay coast, but also a team in Bruncester (which is VERY East Surbourneshire). Rivalries are still getting formed here, but the Aminey derby (Cote Austral vs Addeau-Aguemin) is one to note. Abyss versus Bruncester, as the teams currently already in a cricket-playing area, have so far produced the most palatable cricket.

Eleanor - not to be confused with the Saint version, Eleanor is the region around Eaglebury (which is also included in Leeshire) but in this definition extends across the mountains into Leeshire, as well as some areas of the plains around Willowbourne that didn't get their place in that league.

Grainshire - to cover the missed areas between West Surbourneshire and Mawryshire, because there's a lot of farmland in between those that is only partially grabbed by either region, there's Grainshire. It's a name nobody really wears with pride, but it's a neat way to refer to the area if you're not from there and you want a word that's not 'breadbasket'. It has teams in Brighthaven, Oceanside, Cherrytown, Southwold, Oak Church, and other touristy areas on the south coast, but also one in Ansonville - and yes, that was also covered before.

Mayara - this one is it's own thing with no real relation to top six regions. A league for the Capitals, with players mostly coming from the six regions but moving to the Cities for employment reasons. The level of play might closest to the top six, with the Gehrenna derby (Insin vs Torkhega), the Senoren derby (Senoren vs Irisontha), the Maethoru-Mayara battle, and two towns between the capitals and Willowbourne to cover that entire region with just the Ekurinna and Angloren clubs.
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