Choose your Essex heroes in the new Cricket Draft


For the upcoming 2022 LV= Insurance County Championship season, PCA have partnered up with the Cricket Draft to launch the ultimate fantasy cricket game for fans, with some of Essex’s star players being among the top picks!

The free to play game equips you with a budget of £1.5m to pick your squad of 15 players (minimum) to select a starting XI from each game week, which you will use to earn points through them performing well in real-life fixtures, to battle against mates and other Essex supporters.

Essex players are already being acknowledged by the current player base; with many of the Essex players being among some of the most picked players in the entire game. Alastair Cook is one of the main batter picks with 24% of all players choosing him for their teams at the top of the order.

In addition, two of our quality bowling attack back up Alastair as main picks, including 2021 DeVines Player of the Year, Sam Cook being selected by 22% of game players, which saw him take 58 wickets in 13 matches last year at an average of 14.43.

Simon Harmer is also a popular choice, who is the 2nd most picked player behind Darren Stevens. This comes after another impressive season last year, which saw him achieve career-best stats of 9-80 against Derbyshire. Harmer has taken 308 first-class wickets in five seasons since his arrival in county cricket.

Furthermore, the ultimate fantasy cricket game has touted Paul Walter as a good wildcard option as he looks to fill the boots in the middle of left by Ryan ten Doeschate. This is due to his incredible last 12 months in an Essex shirt, scoring 631 runs at 37.11 and being an option when bowling, so could be a worthy choice at a very good, low price of £74,000.

The excitement is building for the new season with many of the Essex squad featuring in the game’s top picks. Shane Snater is the game’s ‘One to Watch’ after a string of impressive bowling performances last season, taking 31 wickets in 9 games last season with an average of 16.48.

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