Minden Playing Card Cricket - Cricket Board Game

A member of Minden Cricket's Delphi Forum and long time Minden Player, Anthony A from the good old US of A has kindly provided us with a set of Basic Ratings and rules for various ODI World Cup teams. These are included in our Freebie Section and the following are Anthony's observations about his set.

You can download the full set from here.


Observations on using the ODI World Cup Basic Ratings from Anthony A:

Here are the rules I use in conjunction with the World Cup ODI sides.

I wanted to follow up on the World Cup sides I rated for anyone who has them. I played a 32-team tournament (2003 Australia over 79 West Indies in the finals) and had a great time. The better teams won when they should have, generally. However, I have no doubt that the scoring was too low. A quick summary of my scoresheets showed that most sides scored around 150-175, with an occasional outburst above 200. I think one side managed 300. The real par score for ODI should be around 230, and there is a fair chance for teams to score in the 300s. So, I set about changing the Basic Results Chart for ODI, and through some trial and error have come up with something better.

I replayed 2003 Australia and Sri Lanka twice with the latest version of my charts.

In real life, they met twice in the WC, with Australia winning 319-223 and 212-123.

With the new charts, Sri Lanka won one by 9 wickets (213-211) and Australia pounded them in the return by 124 runs (336-212). I am going to play them again, but it seems like the scoring range falls close enough to what the sides actually did. Here's what I do:

  • Teams must use attacking rules. Upgrades at 30 and 60 per the rules.

Change the results on the attacking chart as follows:

  • 3-Becomes Flurry
  • 7-Becomes Flurry
  • 8-Becomes Flurry if first 15 overs (or power play), otherwise becomes Batting rating

These upgrades are only if a better is rated B- or better. Anyone rated less than that refers to the usual reading. (If not, their scores would be too high.)

If you have the WC charts I created, you'll see players are rated for career and also the tournament itself. When a player reaches his high score for the tournament (if its lower than his career high score), I do the following. Roll a six-sided die, and a roll of 1-4 means the high score adjustments are in effect. A roll of 5-6 means it is not. Furthermore, once a player has the high score effect, he cannot get a flurry reading. The flurry reading becomes a possible out roll. The last thing of note is that once the high score gets hit, players rated B- or better are dropped down to a C rating. Anyone rated C- or less who hits their high score drops to an F. This ensures that players do not bat for much more than their career highs.

I split the career and tournament draws depending on the color of the card. If the suit is red, I use the career rating. If black, I use the tournament rating.

This adds a lot of the explosiveness that one gets in ODI that the present chart does not deliver. It also keeps it kind of simple, which I love about the game. If anyone tries this, let me know how it goes but I think you'll find it your results more accurate.

- Anthony A

Written by Dagbo Star — July 14, 2013

Leave a comment

Please note: comments must be approved before they are published.


Minden Playing Card Cricket is a cricket board game and is usually shipped each Monday.

Ashes, Career and Series Sets of Players Cards are delivered as PDFs and are available to download immediately after purchase.