Strollers CC 238 (I Krunic 100+, French 50, French 4/24, Lupton 3/??)
Quokkas CC 138 (Skip 50 n.o, PJ 19, Professor 11, Egg 2/24)
Following on from last weeks 1 run loss, the Quokkas committed to improving; turning up early for fielding practise (well, most of them), not drinking the night before the match (well…) and conceptualising (no, really). This certainly did improve on the 1 run loss, turning it into a 100 run loss.
In many ways though, it was an actual improvement, particularly in the field with sensational catches being held by PJ and the Rage. Unfortunately Skip was supervising the fielding practise, proving to be fatal when he missed a sitter off Fatman.
The game started well, with The Strollers only having 8 players at the start of the game, resulting in them being sent in and struggling against the raw pace of The Attack and swing of The Rage. The Strollers quickly settled though and seemed well on top of the merry-go-round bowling line-up implemented by the Skip
It wasnt enough though, as The Strollers piled on the runs, with one of their openers going on to score a century after two curious let-offs by the Hairdresser from the Eggs bowling. The Egg wasnt to be denied though, taking 2 quick wickets and creating a run out.
While there was some joy from dismissing the Strollers, it was a little shallow being in the last over of their innings and the score sitting on 238. Still, the riverside boundary was almost within spitting distance from square leg and The Mantis had been threatening to play 60 pull-shots for some time.
Unfortunately for the Quokkas, The Strollers number 3 (named ‘French’) had the same effect on them as Standardd CC (in Paris) did, in short, demolishing them. French was easily the fastest bowler the Quokkas had faced, particularly in bad light, and one of the smartest too. Clean bowling the top order and leaving the Quokkas at 5/26 after 8 overs, the signs were grim.
Composure was regained through the Skip and PJ, who forged what must be a record 7th wicket partnership for the Quokkas, and then through the Professor, but it wasn’t to be enough.
Though resolutely beaten, the Quokkas showed great spirit throughout and were sharp in the field, while the middle and lower order batted well once the French was spent.
Next up, the tour game to Slovenia….