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Telegraph Fantasy Cricket (TFC) - County Challenge 2019

Season starts April 5, 2019 @ 11am UK time

These are my additional internal rules for this years Telegraph fantasy County Cricket game.

The Telegraph has now released its rules for their new Fantasy Cricket - County Challenge game of which full details can be found via this link:-

TFC County Challenge 2019 Rules

If after reading the Telegraphs game information / rules and my additional internal Super League rules you wish to play in my ’ BLM COUNTY CHALLENGE ’ Super League then please feel free to sign up and join my Super League online.

MY SUPER LEAGUES ARE OPEN TO ANYONE WHO WISHES TO PLAY - so if you have any friends or family you think would be interested in playing please forward them a copy of this information.

The rules and everything are as the Telegraph print them… they run everything… the only difference with this Super League is I am charging an extra £25 per team to join my Super League on top of the *entry fee you pay the Telegraph to play their game (*which is currently £8 per team but the Telegraph have deals at present called packs where you get a % off more teams you buy. Register before 11am on Friday, March 29 - early bird offer - you can currently get a 3 cricket team credits pack for £12 or 10 cricket team credits pack for £20 for you to use as you choose in either this game or their forthcoming domestic T20 or ODI World Cup games later in the season - which I will also be running Super League’s for money on both those games).

The Telegraphs early bird offer this season is as follows:

  • 3 team pack for £12 - 50% off (£4 per credit)
  • 10 team pack for £20 - 75% off (£2 per credit)

Naturally if you buy more teams there are loads of people’s private leagues you can join out there that won’t cost you to put your extra teams in (unlike my money league) but multiple teams are welcome in my league - just each one will cost you £25 .

The £25 internal fee may sound like a lot but it works out at approximately £1 per week for the duration of the County Cricket Season (April 5, 2019 - September 26, 2019). I do this to promote competition and create a keen interest in my Fantasy Super Leagues. This allows me to offer cash prizes within our own small Super League to the eventual winners / best performers plus if enough teams enter (20+) a weekly prize to.

Once you have joined the league contact me to sort out how to pay - if you don’t have direct contact details for me then just PM me from here on TFP.

So what exactly do you get for your money… well the £25 (per team) internal Super League entry fee goes to make up our own prize fund and will be paid back out in full as follows:

If I can get enough teams in my league (20+) then there will be a weekly prize of £10 to the highest scorer every week of the season in my league. The rest of the money left after paying out the weekly prizes will be paid out as listed below at the end of the game to the eventual winners. Likewise should we not manage to get 20 or more teams in my Super League then all the money will be paid out to the eventual winners as listed below. For your information I have never had 20 teams yet in past seasons sadly (so please spread the word - I would love to grow my league and be able to do a weekly prize).

Overall Super League table finishers
1st - 40%
2nd - 20%
3rd - 10%

Starting XI League table winner - 10%
Leading Run Scorers table winner - 10%
Leading Wicket Takers table winner 10%

Big leagues, big benefits
If I manage to put a league together of 10 or more members, I’ll receive three limited-edition medals to present to:
• the overall champion of this league
• the highest run scorer in this league
• the highest wicket taker in this league

Now the prize positions are given as percentages above because the final prize amounts will be affected by the number of entrants I get, if weekly prizes are being paid out or if anyone defaults - i.e. someone does not pay up after joining etc. However I will confirm on the leagues message board when all the money has been collected in or if any one has welched. If we have enough entrants for weekly prizes you are only eligible to win these after you have paid the internal league entry fee(s) so if your late doing this then you only have yourself to blame if you miss out on a weekly chart win.

Any tie for prize positions at the end of the season will result in an adding together of the prize’s due for those tied positions and then them being split equally between the tying managers. However what is key is how the Telegraph game lists you - they may have a tie breaker that separates tied scorers - for instance in the overall league they may split tied positions by what team has scored the most runs - I don’t know what tie breakers if any they are using (read their rules) but what is key is if on the final table they list 2 teams in an equal prize position then prize is split but if they list you as say 2nd and 3rd then you are 2nd and 3rd.

If we have enough teams for the weekly prizes then should there be any ties for the highest weeks score the prize will be split between the tying teams.

The League of Leagues
Every valid Private League (five teams or more) will automatically qualify for the League of Private Leagues which has a first prize of £200 . This league is compiled by taking an average score of the top five teams in every Private League - so the bigger your league, the better your chances of topping the table. Should we by some miracle win this then it will be split between the top 5 teams in this league - £40 each team.

Finally any teams joining my league late (after the game has started - 11am on April 5, 2019) must appear in the league on zero points. No adding in a team that got off to a good start later on, by all means enter late if you wish but you must be starting a brand new team and accept the handicap of being behind other teams in the Super League on points and from experience late starting teams will also not be entered in to the Starting XI league either (so you lose the chance at winning that internal super league prize). Any team which appears in this league after the start of the game with points showing will be deleted. This is to make sure it is fair and an even playing field for all, no waiting to see which team (if you bought multiple teams) gets off to the best start and adding it into the league later on. Multiple team entries are welcomed from all managers but all must be entered into the Super League before the start of the game or with no points showing after the start of the game and each one will cost an internal entry fee of £25 in this league.

Super League Pin:- 8031005
Passcode:- 2019

Good luck for the new season should you chose to play - I look forward to seeing your team in my league ASAP! (Do please share a link to this information with any county cricket fans you know who you think might be interested in joining this league to - the more teams the merrier as far as I’m concerned).

Noel Symonds (aka bluelionman)

Final Results:

1st - Marc Perni / not on TFP - £120 (40%)
2nd - Mark Pearson / not on TFP - £60 (20%)
3rd - Tom Bryan / not on TFP - £30 (10%)
Starting XI - Tom Bryan / not on TFP - £30 (10%)
Runs - Noel Symonds / bluelionman - £30 (10%)
Wickets - Noel Symonds / bluelionman - £30 (10%)