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Fantasy Update - One Month to go!

The last fortnight of Fantasy action has finally seen some uninterrupted cricket, at least as far as the First and Second XI go. Unfortunately for some, availability of key players has been patchy at best - Brewer, Little and the most junior of Bate's are the most selected players and none have played a game over the last few weekends. The fantasy league has turned into a test of endurance with the biggest movers the sides with most players in action rather than the those with the highest scoring players.

After 12 weeks, there is finally a change in the top two, with this writer interrupting the Barnett-Jackson dominance, albeit only by 3 points. Below them, Shaun Little, despite his unavailability, has maintained his spot in the top 4 with Gillot, Mundy, Gurd and White making up the chasing pack.

Looking at the players picked by the top 4 sides, the only selection common to all 4 is Little, although only one manager is foolish enough not to hand him the armband. With Sleeman and Wood each appearing in 3 sides and a couple of players not anticipated to play much throughout August, each side will be relying on one or two key differentials to close out the season strong.

As has been the case all year, the middle of the table is much more congested, with under 400 points between 9th and 22nd. Pottage leads the mid table battle, and along with Mitchell, Wood and a few others, does still have a good chance to break into the top 8, although the top 4 might just be out of reach. Newbury and Holtby hover just above the danger zone, but are currently just clear of the relegation places.

The bottom of the table needs little attention, but Dan Bingley does deserve a special mention for proving he is to Fantasy Cricket what Kieran Jones is to Fantasy Football.

In actual fact, Bingo's side would actually form a very good 6-a-side team, but unfortunately, the lack of game time (not one of them has played since the middle of June) is a more important stat here. The other bottom sides are presented, without comment, for the reading pleasure of the thousands of subscribers to the Shrewton website.

The MVP race remains unchanged due to the huge points earned by Little and Wood in the early games of the year, but Will Harries has snuck up to a score just under 500 points and is only a bit of late season batting form away from making this a much more interesting end of the season.

10 games of cricket remain and although it would be unrealistically optimistic to claim anything can happen, bragging rights are still up for grabs in both the league and in the overall MVP standings.

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