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  • Match Facts:

    Sunday, 5th of February

    Hayes Park, Thornbury

    Time:

    9am start!

    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).

    Happy Days

    The corresponding game was great fun and we are all looking forward to more of it this Sunday.

    Form Guide:

    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.

    Team News:

    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.

    1. Big Dave c)
    2. Max (vc)
    3. Prez
    4. F1
    5. Ed
    6. Dutchy
    7. Radar
    8. Jay
    9. Oscar
    10. Sizzle
    11. VP
    12. Animal
    13. J Rod
    14. Ami
    15. Fridge
    16. Fargo

    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)
  • From Captain F1….

    W J Cox oval, an oval the size of a postage stamp and a pitch with a width not that forgiving. With the clouds around and the humidity about, it was perfect conditions to replicate Steve Harmison’s famous first ball of the Ashes. 

    The Nomads were going to host an amazing BBQ and due to this they were sent in to bat. We were gifted an orange ball which felt a lot harder than the traditional cricket balls we have played with. After discussions with the various Vice captains within the Quokkas (approximately 10 in total), we needed a different gameplan to tackle the strong batting side of the Nomads. One over spells was the tactic to be employed for our innings.

    The first 12 overs were not great. We leaked around 135 runs and we only managed two wickets during this time and their team have retired two of their batters. A few extra drinks during the break and we really turned up our fielding. Every player was backing up the throws and our bowlers were keeping the economy down. We managed to restrict them to 218 by the end of their innings!

    The pick of the bowlers was Pete ‘The Animal’ with 2/19 from 3 overs but all our bowlers really contributed in that second half of the Nomad’s innings.

    219 was definitely a score that could be chased down as long as we have batters in the shed. The field size was small so as long as we hit it in the gap, we should be able to score runs. The Nomads immediately set an aggressive field to try and create wicket chances. This didn’t work early as Radar was seeing it like a beach ball and scoring quickly. Ed was just on the opposite end and focusing on a well built innings. However, soon as Radar was eyeing off retirement, the Nomads pulled off a miracle catch to dismiss Radar for 28 from 13. Alex was next in and he and Ed put on a 20 run partnership before Ed was  caught and bowled for 15 from 16. Alex kept at the same attacking gear and putting away each delivery for 4, unfortunately he was bowled for 21 from 9.

    By the end of the 12th over, were were below par at 4/111 as Dutchy had performed the Quokka BBQ of burning Prez. To redeem himself, he top edged a bowl near his temple and re-energised his innings to retire at 38 from 20. We had an attacking cameo from Hendo which unfortunately ended when he perfectly picked the fielder at deep square leg, ending his innings at 20 from 10.

    HENDO!

    Our innings was at 8/171 in the 21st over. 48 runs needed from 4 overs. The Animal and myself trying to work out what we need to do with the comfort that Dutchy is in the sheds. The Animal was in charge of rotating the strike which he did cleverly and my job was to just get bat on ball, which all 10 VCs kept reminding me. The final over required 16 from 6, The Animal and I already agreed just to hit out or get out as Dutchy could come back in and finish the job. 2 sixes and a couple of hard run 2s managed to finish the job for the Quokkas and we won with 2 balls to spare!

    A memorable game for the Quokkas!

    Radar and The Animal
    Cricket is very much the winner
  • Match Facts:

    Sunday, January 29th 2023

    Cox Oval, amongst the gum trees,

    With lots of plum trees,

    A sheep or two,

    A kangaroo

    Time:

    1pm

    The Big Picture:

    After starting the season like the 2022 Melbourne Demons Mens team, The Quokkas seem to be following their lead by having something of a drop-off, losing fairly convincingly (again) to The Rainbow Hotel in their last game.

    The Rainbow were simply able to bowl in much better areas for a prolonged period, not letting the Quokka batters settle or score runs easily.  A great game and a good benchmark for where we can improve.

    One important area where we have made great improveents is the mid-innings barbecue, not spotted since pre-covid, but relaunched on the weekend with great success mainly thanks to the energy of Ray Jayner.  Nice one, Ray.

    Improvement in the middle will certainly be of great import this Sunday against The Nomads.  Traditionally contestants at the pointy end of the Big Day Not Out, they bring the sort of batting power that could result in several balls being lost into the wild scrub at Cox Oval, and possibly losing some of our players trying to retrieve said balls.

    Form Guide:

    As mentioned, The Quokkas have hit a mid-season dip after starting the Summer in the sort of form that requires SPF 50. 

    We take a settled squad into the game this week for some balanced heads and big hitting.

    In the Spotlight:

    This was quite remiss of me, but I missed the fact that last game was Eds 100th appearance for The Quokkas.  This has included 75 YPCA games, 10 Big Day Not Outs, 10 T20-type appearances, 3 VBCA games and 2 games in Sri Lanka.

    In the YPCA, Ed has scored 1,350 (second-most) runs at 36.49 with a high score of 58*.  This has included 108 fours and 37 sixes.

    He’s also bowled 170.2 overs for 58 wickets (a Quokka record) at 18.81, gong at a miserly 6.41 runs per over. Furthermore, he’s taken 32 catches and affected 5 run outs, giving him 37 dismissals – which is also the second most at the club.

    More than all of this though, he has been secretary of the league for the last 10 (?) years – making sure we all get on every week, sheltering us from the pain of herding the clowder that are the YPCA captains.

    Finally, he’s a great bloke and it’s genuinely been a privilege to spend time with him.  Thanks Eddie.

    Team News:

    A long weekend looms large on the horizon, so some desperate calls may need to be made before the weekend, but at this stage the team is:

    1. El Prez
    2. F1 (c)
    3. Jay
    4. Alex
    5. Radar
    6. Ed
    7. Dutchy
    8. Oscar
    9. Big Dave
    10. The Animal
    11. Hendo

    Pitch and Conditions:

    It’s no secret that Cox Oval is my least favourite ground in the YPCA, and probably in the great State of Victoria too.  Surrounded by nettles, wattles, Yowies, Yetis (and other unpleasantries) just beyond the very short boundaries.

    The pitch itself is wafer thin, which doesn’t help those of us that occasionally stray a little wide.

    It’s looking cloudy with a top of 25 on Sunday, so there could be a bit of swing in the air for the likes of Animal and Prez.

    Stats and Trivia:

    • This will be The Animals 30th appearance for The Quokkas, here’s looking forward to the Wildman on the mysteriously powered bicycle terrorising batters for many more to come;
    • Oscar is only two runs off 100 for the season from only 3 digs.  Pretty rude really;
    • As announced by Slug, Dutchy got his 50th YPCA wicket in the last game, he’s averaging a wicket every 24.52 runs at 7.25 per over and 2.67 bounces before each delivery;
    • Radar was out after hitting his 1000th run in the last game, which was very considerate of him in regards to keeping things tight numerically.  His average has jumped to 25.64 this season from 22.64 at the end of last season – not easy to do;
    • Jay kicked the door in on the 40 wicket club last weekend (he’s up to 41), just in time to see Dutchy walk to the next-door club house.  Jay is averaging an insane 17.68 at 6.42 RPO;
  • Match Facts:

    Sunday, January 15th

    Burnley Oval, Burnley

    Time:

    1pm

    The Big Picture:

    Welcome to 2023!  I read something the other day that said the theme of my year would be the song that was #1 on the charts when I turned 23, which turned out to be “wherever, whenever” by Shakira.  If you can trust anything in life, it’s the internet.

    That being said, with The Quokkas form so far this season, we will look to take our opposition on wherever and whenever – and often with success.

    This week sees us return to Burnley Oval to take on The Rainbow Hotel.  The corresponding fixture last year was played in fits and starts due to some pretty torrential weather, though ended with us neither fitting nor starting and being rolled by our old friends.

    The last time we managed to beat The Rainbow, our Token Fast Bowler (not Radar, Jay) was Captain, and so he is again.  Here’s hoping we ‘Dare (la la la)’ to take the game on and Jay helps us to ‘Did it again’.

    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas are in good form this Summer, possibly benefitting from the cooler weather on their (mostly) older bones, with 3 wins from 4 matches and the one loss possibly being due to incredible use of Crocs.

    With a mix of (again) older hands and some YOUTH being injected into the side (courtesy of The Empress), the camaraderie and spirit is certainly ‘Loco’.

    In the Spotlight:

    The Animal hosted a brilliant after-training session last Sunday, treating those in attendance to some of his home brews.  Absolutely delicious stuff – many thanks to the wild man on two wheels.

    On top of this, the long-haired one has scored 137 YPCA runs at 15.22 and taken 7 YPCA wickets at only 6.76 runs per over.

    Team News:

    The summer break has obviously invigorated a few bodies and we are well stocked ahead of Sunday.  The Squad (at the time of writing) is:

    1. Hendo
    2. Big Dave
    3. Ed
    4. Dutchy
    5. Alex
    6. Jay (c)
    7. Radar
    8. Fargo
    9. Animal
    10. Prez
    11. F1
    12. Fridge
    13. Rev

    Pitch and Conditions:

    Burnley Oval may be one of the more distant grounds that you have to travel to in the Pub League, but it’s certainly worth it.  The outfield almost always has grass with very little in the way of pot holes or dog shit.  The pitch itself isn’t too narrow, the toilets are almost always open and there are BBQ facilities available. 

    If only it wasn’t more than a 10 minute drive away…

    It’s going to be a scorcher on Saturday, but Sunday looks a lot more reasonable with a cool change coming in and a top of 23. Remember to slip, slop, slap and slide.

    Stats and Trivia:

    • Ed is currently sitting on 58 career YPCA wickets (average of 18.66 at 6.43 runs per over), could the former off-spinner swing his way to being the first to 60 this weekend?
    • Radar has hit 983 YPCA runs and is well-placed to be the third to crack 1,000 this weekend, currently averaging 84 for the season)
    • Jay, 39 YPCA wickets (average 18.21, 6.4 rpo), is one away from joining the 40-club with Dutchy and I
    • This will be The President of King Islands 10th YPCA match for The Quokkas, she is averaging over a wicket a game and has become a most welcome member of the team
    • Shakira is accused of defrauding the Spanish government of 14.5 million euros through tax fraud
  • From The President of King Island….

    It was forecast to be 34 degrees and that would make it the hottest game I’d play in yet. Stamina was the name of the game. We arrived at an abandoned oval where no punter dared braving the heat. It was set out to be a cracker and extra beers were on order to share with our friends from the Pinnacle.


    Walking over to the other team it appeared that they were a captain short with a number of fill-ins to help them form a team for the day. We had made ourselves comfortable in the stand and the Pinnacle decided to remain in the shade of the clubhouse. There was a cooler, two slabs of beer, two bags of ice, and too many tea towels.

    A substitute captain was identified in AJ, we flipped a coin, and they won so chose to bat. They were struggling with numbers so this might have been the only outcome for the toss. 


    I always prefer to start bowling in a game. My theory is that it brings the team closer together and committed to the day. I think there is more energy at the start of the day and that’s best used playing together as a team defending any advances the other team might want to make.

    We were off to a flying start. 

    Four Quokkas Quokking


    Fielding was tight and I was leaning on the expertise of others in the team. Radar, Alex, and Rev were able to direct the team around the field and prioritise taking advantage when learning new things about the Pinnacle’s batting.

    There were some screamers but we kept them down to 169 before stepping up to the crease.

    Some notable mentions to make go to: Pete ‘Fargo’ Wells for incredible reflexes to catch a ball with the one hand; Jay Rainer diving for a successful catch; Matt stepping in to fill in for the Quokkas and scoring a big graze on his leg stopping boundaries and catching a huge hit; Radar securing another couple of stumpings; and, Oscar diving for a catch and missing it by millimetres. What a team.


    So we were up to bat, and the heat was peaking for the day. Radar and Tim were the first partnership of the day and the runs were coming through in force.

    With all the running, Tim retired shy of his 30, but the trend had been set. Radar, Oscar, and Dutchy all retired and came back to the bench ready to jump back on when needed.

    TBC Death

    Alex was in there on a streak when he was caught. A notable mention to Oscar for getting his first 30! The final partnership between Jay and me led us to the win. A huge day and an excellent show from the mighty Quokkas.

    Alex avec high elbow
  • I saw Haley’s comet in 1986, Aguero’s 93rd minute goal for ManCity’s first premier league title in 2012 and I was there for Glenn McGrath’s half century at the Gabba.

    But on Sunday December 11 2022 something even more rare and prestigious occurred. We’ll all remember where we were sitting (on the esky, scoring) when Dylan Nichols in his 63rd game retired 31 not out!!!. And it wasn’t a scratchy 30, there were shots through cover point that made grown men cry (the bowlers). 

    Men: This will bring you to tears


    Although insignificant to witnessing the moment many thought would never happen, the Quokkas won the game through swashbuckling batting from Dutchy and Alex 70 & 40 respectively and 30’s to Oscar, myself and some guy calling himself The Rev….261 on the board!

    Dutchy on his way to a very angry 70
    Oscar, smashing 6s
    Ed, doing something


    The Rose got off to a flyer, but after drinks some tight and wicket taking bowling from Jay, Alex & Dave B (who’s tribute to the Rev was a wicket off his 15th delivery) and 2 catches and a stumping to the man you can’t keep out of the game, Radar and the Quokkas won easy, 261 to 216.

    Jordan, opening the bowling despite injury


    I have a feeling the stats were updated pretty quickly after the game…. 

    (editors note: many thanks to Slug for the photos)

  • Match Facts:

    Sunday, December 11th

    Fairfield Oval, Yarra Park Dve

    Fairfield

    Time:

    1pm

    The Big Picture:

    Similar to the tea break after a delayed commencement to a Test, The Quokkas have their last game of 2022 this Sunday after only getting started. 

    We are, though, coming into this game with some good form (see below) which has been based on some excellent fielding efforts, and the addition of excellent recruits to a reasonable settled squad (thanks to The Empress).

    This game sees us take on our old friends from The Rose hotel, whom we haven’t played since March 2021 in what was a game in which J Rod showed his Hulk tendencies and we were unable to chase 140-odd.

    Form Guide:

    Two wins from three games is a suspiciously positive start to the season for The Quokkas, the last one of those wins being pretty comprehensive; holding The Pinnacle to 169 (nice) before chasing it pretty easily in 20 overs.

    There were 6 batters who either retired or were not out in that match, as well as some fantastic efforts in the field; Ray Jayner taking screaming catches (plural) a highlight. Kudos also to Radar for another fantastic effort behind the pickets with multiple stumpings.

    In the Spotlight:

    While his numbers this season have been staggering, it’s hard to quantify the impact Radar has had this season. 

    Yes, he’s averaging 151 with the bat (strike rate of 1.82 and 30% of the total team runs), but he got the chance to bowl last week and picked up a couple of poles; including the wicket to finish the game. On top of that, he’s taking stumpings and marshalling our fielding innings.

    Well done Radar.

    Team News:

    The word “unprecedented” has been thrown around a lot over the last few years, and selection at this time of year is probably not an occasion to use it.  Christmas, Covid and “can’t be arsed” have all played a role in squad availability, though we do have XI at the time of writing:

    1. Ed ©
    2. Jay
    3. Radar
    4. Prez
    5. Rev
    6. Linguist
    7. F1
    8. Dutchy
    9. Alex
    10. Animal
    11. Big Dave
    12. Fridge

    Pitch and Conditions:

    We are back to Fairfield Oval this Sunday, the site of many happy days out even though it has become something of a cabbage patch of late.

    The weather looks pretty iffy for Sunday, but when hasn’t it this season?

    Stats and Trivia:

    • This will be Radars 70th match for The Quokkas (55 x YPCA, 7 x BDNO, 5 x T20, 2 x VBCA) – congratulations to the man in the ink – he is also closing in on his 1000th YPCA run, currently sitting on 966 but averaging 151 this season
    • Prez and TBC both had their top scores in the last game (17* and 21*) – congratulations both
    • After being the first Quokka to 1,000 runs, Dutchy has kept accumulating and is only 2 off 1,600 YPCA runs
    • It’s all very even in the wickets this season, with four players having taken 3 and four having taken 2 – though Big Dave got all of his in just one match
  • Match Facts:

    Sunday, December 4

    Alphington Oval

    Time:

    1pm

    The Big Picture:

    The sun is finally starting to shine in Melbourne, some have suggested it’s to do with the State election being done with, but those aren’t my words.

    While the incumbent Government have been returned to power, The Quokkas are returning to the lush surrounds of Alphington Oval to take on The Pinnacle Hotel. It’s been quite a while since we played “the pinny” but we’ve had some fun in the past and here’s hoping for a lot more.

    Form Guide:

    After starting the season with a surprising and elating win against The Royston, The Quokkas balloon was not just punctured but torn asunder against our old friends from The Curtin Hotel.

    We haven’t faced off against The Pinnacle in some time, the last time we did was a game in which Pup and the Big Dog played, and given that one of these has been on the injury list as “Foot – under observation” for about 4 years and the other has been on the unavailable list as “Umpiring” says something.

    Not much is known about how they are travelling this season, I mean I could probably look it up on Facebook, but the Test is on.

    In the Spotlight:

    The President of King Island takes on a new title this week; “Captain”.  Jordan has been a very, very welcome addition to the team; swinging the new ball around, encouraging teammates and generally causing consternation about what her cricketing background is (or isn’t?).

    Team News:

    A fair amount of confusion regarding availability at this stage of the season, which is pretty normal considering some of the other events that happen at this time (Sheffield Shield, Geocaching events etc) but we do have an XI at the time of writing:

    1. Oscar
    2. El Pres (c)
    3. Dutchy
    4. Radar (w/k)
    5. Jay
    6. Alex
    7. The Animal
    8. Rev
    9. TimBChapman
    10. Big Dave
    11. TimBChapmans mate

    Pitch and Conditions:

    We are back to the lovely Alphington Oval this Sunday. Young Oscar asked me during the week if we are playing at the same ground as his last game and I really hope his expectations around YPCA grounds isn’t being set incorrectly.

    Looking like it could be a bit warm this Sunday, hitting 30 after 29 the day before, so it could be a bit dry underfoot.  Keep hydrated people.

    Stats and Trivia:

    • Big Dave took 3 wickets in his last game, which has only been done by a Quokka twice before, here’s hoping he gets a few more poles;
    • Dutchy is still sitting on 49 YPCA wickets.  Boring;
    • This will be Jays 60th match for the Quokkas (41 YPCA, 5 BDNOs, 11 T20s, 2 in Sri Lanka) – 6th most appearances overall
  • From Captain TBC….

    The day dawned blearily, but thankfully a sizzling light bacon aroma seemed present. Checking the radar presented a small chance of rain, but nothing to bank on. Sigh: captaincy looked likely to sit heavily on my shoulders today.

    After rechecking my responsibilities email from Rev, I start to ponder how to approach the day. Uber or bicycle. Food that might stay down. Drinks. Some dissolute wandering clutching a bacon and egg sandwich ensues. My lightly comatose reverie is broken with my first (and most significant) support for the day: Slug! Not only is he offering me a lift, he’ll bring along extra water and snacks to see me through. Game on.

    The muggy weather held the promise of a tough day, but there was no time to waste with rain threatening. The Curtin were running a little low for numbers so we graciously allowed them to bat first.

    Bowling highlights were concentrated pre-drinks….

    F1 and Ed opened with Ed taking an early wicket but (like the rest of us except for Jordan) copped a few boundaries.


    The runs started to dry up with Alex, Oscar and Rev all putting in some great bowling. Most of this greatness was sealed by Radar whose work behind the stumps would put an electric wicky to shame, very few balls getting through and 3 stumpings.

    6 for 80 at drinks. Coasting…. Into a storm of 10+ an over and the recently retired going the tonk. While fielding didn’t live up to the heroics of the last game, we were pretty tight and kept the errors (my 2 dropped catches aside…) down.

    Big call-outs to debutante Oscar with a tough boundary catch and a wicket, plus saving what seemed like 20 runs with diving action at cover; also to Pete who also picked up a tough catch and wicket on debut. Great to see! Call out also to Jordan strangled them for runs, plus got a played-on, and 2 wickets to Alex.

    Curtin all out for 229. Then they buggered off to buy chicken.

    Our batting was consistently inconsistent. Once again Radar did the damage – to the scoreboard and Alex. Run out off a sumptuous Radar straight drive touched (?????) by the bowler.

    There was a hubbub of excitement with Oscar coming to the crease. He said he was a batter and had already done well in the field. The unknown quantity:

     ……1…1….. 

    geeze he’d better get a move on! With his eye in he picked up the run rate to score 34 of 35, before breaking my heart getting out 2 balls before retirement.

    J-Rod popped in with a nice 16 before a run of outs against some frankly far too good bowling for this stage of a pub game. I barely had time to get my pads on before coming in at 10. 

    Stoked that I hit a couple of boundaries. A rare occurrence indeed. 

    Not as rare however as being caught by a keeper wearing Crocs

    Rev helped me in a rearguard action and put in a great overall performance with 2 wickets, 18 off 15 and a reverse cut. Amazing that he still has it in him.


    This is the picture you wanted included right Ed?

    A final flurry from Radar, a run out, and the game was done. 229 to 148 to The Curtin.

    We had a good crowd back at the Curtin for what we thought may be their last drinks ever (possibly no longer true) and the banter and friendliness on the field continued at the pub.

    Thanks for the friendly captaincy suggestions from all the far more skillful players about me on the day, the Curtin for good craic, and Slug for photos and ensuring I turned up!

  • Match Facts:

    Alphington Park Oval,

    b/w Parkview Road and View Street,

    Alphington

    Time:

    1pm

    The Big Picture:

    The impending end of the ICC Mens T20 World Cup this weekend (is it this weekend? It feels like it’s never ending) should bring joy to the hearts of cricket-tragics everywhere, its only the start of November and the real stuff is just getting started.

    Some would argue that the real stuff got started months ago with the Matador Shield competition being kicked off on Karen Rolton Oval, but neither of them were answering their phone, so no more to be ventured or gained on that front.

    All eyes will be on Alphington Park Oval this Sunday as The Quokkas take on old friends, The John Curtin Hotel.  Somewhat ironically – or perhaps appropriately – The Curtins existence is being threatened by property developers, which should reaffirm your political beliefs if nothing else does.

    The Curtin are one of the few teams we have a trophy match against, the prize of which currently sits on their shelves thanks to a classic match.  Actually, you could do worse than spend your free time in revisiting some of our past encounters, there are some classics in there.

    Here’s hoping for another!

    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas are coming off a rare win against The Royston; piling on 206 runs, largely through the help of Radars 83, and holding a very good team to 177 through an excellent bowling and fielding performance.

    While consistency in Pub Cricket is as hard to find as a free pint, The Quokkas are heading into this game with more than a little pep in their collective step. Or is that pop in their hop?

    In The Spotlight:

    TimBChapman advised me some weeks ago that he has a “massive wedding” the night before, and so has been promoted to Captain.  Should be good fun in the humidity.

    But in all seriousness, the bloke has been a wonderful addition to the club, laughing at my jokes and our general attempts at cricket. 

    Team News:

    Without wanting to jinx us too much, we begin this week with a more than full complement for the Game Sunday.  With my left shoulder suddenly doing over-40 things, I’m happy to take my position as a scorecard specialist and possible extra fielder if / when required.  Ed has also adopted the position as specialist swing bowler, discarding the vulgaries of batting, so we should be Ok to get everyone a go.

    The squad, at the time of writing, is (in no particular order):

    1. Tim B Chapman (c)
    2. Prez
    3. F1
    4. Oscar Canning
    5. Dutchy
    6. Radar (w/k)
    7. Alex
    8. VP
    9. Pete Wells
    10. J Rod
    11. Ed
    12. The Rev*

    Pitch and Conditions:

    Alphington is possibly the nicest ground in the YPCA, though that is to be properly tested later in the season when we take on the Vic Hotel.  That being said, that game will be played once Summer has properly started and the grounds have been baked. 

    Alphington should, at the time being, be its lovely lush self and offer no reprieve from the expected humidity Sunday as the dew evaporates under the afternoon heat.

    Good times for sweat enthusiasts.

    Stats and Trivia:

    • Radar is obviously in pretty good nick, having hit 83 in the last game.  A little more interesting is that his first 31 came off 22 balls and the second 52 runs off…22 balls.  Amazing.  He’s also only 2 runs off 900 YPCA runs in total (avg 24.27) – well done that man;
    • F1 zooms back into this game having scored 75 YPCA runs, but does have an average of 25 – so should hit the 100 this weekend.  Statistically speaking.  He also has only conceded 49 runs from his bowling, a runs for:against of 1.53 – the best in the club for any player with more than 5 matches;
    • On the subject of runs, Ed is 3 off 1,300 YPCA runs in total and J Rod is sitting on 794 YPCA runs.  The man in the Maroon strides is also 1 wicket off 40 in total for his career.  Elite areas.

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