Sunday, 5th of February
Hayes Park, Thornbury
The Big Picture:
This is the second time that The Quokkas have been invited to play in the Holy Trinity Cricket Club Pride Round, and something we are very proud and excited about.
The Pride Round is a great way to celebrate and promote inclusiveness in Cricket, which is pretty-much what The Quokkas are all about; giving everyone the chance to play the game regardless of age, gender or any other category you can dream up (even ability).
The corresponding game was great fun and we are all looking forward to more of it this Sunday.
I should probably write more about this, given our incredible (and initial) win over The Nomads in the last game, though I may leave that for a more appropriate time. I think it will be a long time before we forget that one. I think its going to be a long, long time.
The Quokkas have been in good form though and a large and supportive squad that is excited about having some fun this Sunday.
In the Spotlight:
Big Dave takes the helm as Captain for this game and we are all looking forward to his acknowledgement before the game.
Dave was one of 3 Quokkas to hit their top score in the last game (along with Fargo and Hendo) and few of us will soon forget the unadulterated joy he exuded when he hit his first 4 last year.
Aside from batting heroics, Big Dave has also been something of a wizard with the ball, taking 4 YPCA wickets at 18 while only going for 6.55 RPO.
Really proud of this, particularly given the game starts at 9am, but we have a plethora of Quokkas turning up to this one to support the cause. I’m going to be coaching the HTCC U10s on the neighboring oval, but Maxy will be taking my place.
- Big Dave c)
- Max (vc)
- J Rod
Pitch and Conditions
Hayes Park actually has pretty decent Astro-pitches and the outfields are green and pretty flat considering the amount of cricket and dog walking that occurs on them. Soccer training has started too, so perhaps a few more potholes than normal, but hardly mouthguard-requiring-areas.
The BoM tells me that we are expecting some cloud cover with a top of 21, so pretty nice conditions if a little cool in the morning. There may be a bit of dew about too, so possibly a slow outfield.
Stats and Trivia
- This will be the VPs 20th Quokkas appearance (18 YPCA, 1 T20) – unless he has detention;
- The Animals efforts with the bat took him to exactly 150 career YPCA runs for The Quokkas (at a very healthy 16.67), shine on you crazy diamond;
- Although it isn’t a YPCA game, J Rod is sitting on 39 wickets so very close to joining the burgeoning 40 wicket club;
- Radars efforts with the gloves in the last game took him to 51 career YPCA fielding dismissals with 19 catches and a whopping 32 run outs / stumpings. For context the next best is Ed with 38 (33 catches, 5 run outs / stumpings)