Cricket 19: ODI Inception

In our first ever ODI, against Ireland in Ireland, we recovered from 67-5 and 103-7 to post 208 from 40.4 overs. Phillipe Fernandes (55) top scored and his eighth-wicket stand of 61 with Dirk Shaffer (34) was what helped us put a score of some sort on the board. Kasper Beck (25) and last manContinue reading “Cricket 19: ODI Inception”

FIFA 20: $8m Man!

We returned to winning ways with a convincing win at home to Houston. We had no problem! Cristian Espinoza netted the opener after excellent work from recalled right-back Paul Marie. Fellow full-back Marcos Lopez later rounded off a superb move to double our lead and seal a 2-0 win against weak opposition. We fell behindContinue reading “FIFA 20: $8m Man!”

Cricket Captain 2021: Ashes to Ashes

With the Ashes and a T20 World Cup on the horizon, New Zealand first came to town! 5-86 from spinner Mason Crane followed by a partnership of 210 between Dom Sibley (119) and promising young batter Henry Peters (93) paved the way for victory in the first Test. Prodigious Peters would sensationaly follow that upContinue reading “Cricket Captain 2021: Ashes to Ashes”

FIFA 20: Rios Rich in Form!

Picking up where we left off, we came from behind to draw 1-1 with Chicago Fire. Andres Rios bagged his fifth goal of the season. We then won 3-0 in Toronto, in what was one of our most satisfying performances so far. Siad Haji had already had a couple of great chances to score butContinue reading “FIFA 20: Rios Rich in Form!”

Cricket Captain 2021: South… West…

We were resoundly beaten by Pakistan in the first home Test but a partnership of 259 between Jos Buttler (148) and Ollie Pope (144) set us on our way to ro parity in the second Test. Sam Curran (84*) also batted well in the first innings meanwhile David Payne claimed match figures of 9-90. InContinue reading “Cricket Captain 2021: South… West…”

Cricket 19: T20 Debut!

Following our efforts in the Global T10 Championship… https://planetpaul.blog/2021/08/05/cricket-19-switzerland/ We moved onto our first Twenty20 Internationals in a triangular series featuring hosts USA as well as England. We posted 145-7 against the home side with all-rounder Max Schutt (45) top scoring. Some late blows from Loic Iversen (27*) lifted us to a competitive total. WeContinue reading “Cricket 19: T20 Debut!”

FIFA 20: Signings, Injuries… and some goals!

With Andres Rios and Danny Hoesen struggling in front of goal, we splurged a hefty $8.5m dollars on 25-year-old Syrian striker Omar Kharbin. Sadly, he wouldn’t be able to join us until the transfer window opened. Experienced Austrian winger Christoph Kropfl was also snapped up but for a lot less money! We would later addContinue reading “FIFA 20: Signings, Injuries… and some goals!”

Cricket Captain 2021: Choked by the Chokers!

We went to Pakistan for a Test series… it was to be one of England’s greatest wins (No hyperbole)! Pakistan posted 468 first up in the opening Test but we responded with 454 (Root 125, Crawley 105). Pakistan then made 347-6 declared… but we only chased down 362! All of our top seven contributed asContinue reading “Cricket Captain 2021: Choked by the Chokers!”

FIFA 20: Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

Having been appointed as Manager of San Jose Earthquakes, I quickly delved into the transfer market. Three players (Bulgarian winger Todor Nedelev, South African defensive midfielder Thato Mokeke and further midfield steel in New Zealander Matthew Ridenton) were snapped up on free transfers. They’d compliment a youthful squad. A couple of players were allowed toContinue reading “FIFA 20: Do You Know the Way to San Jose?”

Cricket Captain 2021: Ups and Downs!

Following the drawn Ashes in Australia, we headed to the Caribbean for our first T20s since World Cup semi-final heartbreak. Despite Ed Pollock (75 off 51) announcing his arrival in an opening stand of 127 with Jason Roy (55), we lost by the opener by five wickets. Mark Wood claimed 2-… 65! In the secondContinue reading “Cricket Captain 2021: Ups and Downs!”