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Fantasy Cricket Update - MVP Race Heats up

In what has very much become a theme of the season, two games have been played since the transfer window closed a fortnight ago and both have been second team fixtures! Indeed, the second team have now played as many games as the other two sides put together and with the unfortunate withdrawal of the third XI from their league, it is safe to say that Fantasy owners of second team players will be feeling particularly pleased entering the second half of the season.

The top of the table has been consistent since week 1 of the season and this update provides no change. The gap between the top 5 and the rest of the league has opened up to over 400 points with Rich Barnett extending his lead over Matt Jackson.

The bottom half sees Adam Battisson climb considerably from the foot of the table, helped by his own contributions over the last two weeks. Rooted to the bottom, despite making transfers at the half-way stage, sits resident dog trainer Dan Pownall. A trio of teams at the top of the bottom half benefit from the top two points scorers from the previous two weeks and put themselves within striking distance of the much coveted Europa League spots.

The most interesting developments have occured in the MVP race, with the top two points scorers playing only one game between them over the last two weeks. A three wicket hall extends Shaun Little's lead over Matt Wood, but Pete White and Adam Battisson both climb in the overall standings, the former now sitting over 200 points ahead in the bowling standings.

With only two sides now involved in Saturday Cricket, availability is sure to play a huge part as we enter the business end of the season. Weather, particularly where the first team is involved, will also dictate final league positions, but with such variance in the sides selected, there will surely be a few twists to come over the next couple of weeks.

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