Something happened on sunday that led to copious drinking and singing in the street. From at least half the quokkas anyway….
Quokkas CC 160-9 (Shandy 73, Rob F 18) bt Tusmore CC (Smithers 2/31) by 2 runs
A welcome return to the lovely Tusmore estate for the quokkas, where the outcome of 3 out of our last 4 visits has gone right down to the last over. Indeed, less than 6 runs has now separated the two sides on three occasions making this our closest match up of the season.
Batting first, the quokkas got off to a good start with Rob F and Shandy sharing a 50 partnership until the fear got to Rob F and he pushed weakly to mid off. Ivan the terrible, promoted up the order to scare the opposition, survived a few overs despite/because of the efforts of the hungover umpires until he was finally given out caught at slip. This left Shandy to complete a great knock of 73, abley supported by the Hairdresser, the Skip and Smithers. The Quokka’s made 150 in 35 overs, a competitive but certainly gettable score.
With a belly full of cake from the best teas of the year, gymnastics from the Quokkas would have been the last thing in the mind of any spectator, but how wrong they would be. The team had previous on this ground, after Nige’s spectacular effort last year, and the Hairdresser took an equally glorious catch at deep cover to claim the scalp of the dangerous Winton. This acrobatic display was topped off by a perfect dismount from Karl the Gymnast, after chasing one over the fence.
Despite miserly opening spells and a wicket apiece from Trigger and Evil Dave, it was all looking to easy for Tusmore with the runrate ticking over nicely and wickets falling slowly, foiling attempts to lure the batsmen into playing shots by Edmond (on debut) and The Egg. That is until Smithers and Skip returned to the attack. A dodgy ankle had forced the big lad to come in off a 3 pace run up, noticeably increasing his wayward accuracy and rewarding him with a couple of quick wickets. With the skip showing parsimony at the other end, it all came down to the final over with 3 needed for the win. Skips unplayable bowling made the oppo go for suicidal runs, getting out in the process. Still needing 3 off the last ball to win, Tusmore again went for broke and were easily run-out returning for the second run necessary for them to tie the scores. Another close end to a match played in the right spirit.