First Class Cricket is a freeware DOS program by Rob
LeGrand III. It is the successor to Britannic Assurance County Championship Cricket
which was an old DOS program I did not know who the author was to give them credit. I have
since heard from Rob who told me where to get the latest version.
First Class Cricket is unsurprisingly a simulation of first class cricket.
Unlike the previous version that only simulated the Britannic Assurance County
Championship this version allows you to sepecify a data file. There are 16 different data
files available. When first run you are presented with 9 options or Exit program.
- Print a side
This allows you to view the squad for any squad. Unfortunately in some cases there aren't
a full squad entered and Mr. Cricketer makes up the rest of the Squad. Also some data
files have players like Botham in multiple teams (Somerset, Worcestershire and Durham).
- Play a match or series
This plays a one off match or series. You select each team and then decide to play match
quickly, show only fall of wickets, or show play by play. If you elect play by play you
get a scorecard and can elect batting strategy for each ball from normal, aggressive or
defensive. There is no bowling strategy.
- Play one round of the season
This lets you play a complete round of matches. For each match you get the same options as
Play a match. After each match the current points table is displayed.
- Play a quick season
This plays a complete season with no user interaction.
- Print current points table
- Print compiled statistics for this season
This allows you to view the season averages for any squad.
- Print batting and bowling leaders for this season
- Reset simulated results
- Save or restore a season
The presentation for this program is very basic. The different data files
provide more variety than the previous version. There is no way to alter the players
within the program but looking at the data files they are text files and hence could be
edited. The results sometime don't seem that accurate.
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