Wantage CC 124 (Egg 2/4, Professor 2/7, Faggy 2/30) lost to Quokkas CC by 4 wickets (Shandy 38, Skip 37no, Mo 18no)
I can’t remember the last time the Quokas batted first. I think it was around the time of the napoleonic wars, but some say it was actually during the late Jurassic period. Anyway, the skip made us field first in the heat of a lovely June Sunday afternoon again.
Mo, on debut, bowled a miserly spell first up which deserved more than his solitary wicket. At the other end the returning Quokka heartthrob, Faggy, reacted to being hit for the biggest six ever by “Nordic” Steve by taking both openers in two successive balls the next over. Some fine keeping by the other quokka debutante, Josh, was letting nothing past and contributed to the ring of steel™ in the field.
For Wantage, Martin and Summersbee put together a good 50 partnership, mainly by carting Guru around the ground, until Ches and Skip were repaid for their perseverance with a wicket apiece.
The tail was quickly mopped up by the professor and the egg taking extremely slow but deadly accurate bowling to new levels. Like last week we held onto nearly all our catches and the Quokkas had a total of 124 to chase.
Following a plentiful tea, Professor was so sure he’d not be called into bat he started on the beers. Alas, Frumkin was not so lucky and was soon back in the pavilion as Moobs struck second over. Josh went quickly as well to be replaced by the Guru, which put pay to Egg’s dreams of a 1990s sax-based post-acid house partnership. Guru played his cover drives, and then missed a straight one. Fortunately Shandy was dealing mainly in fours and keeping his end up and the score ticking.
Gymnast was hard to shift from the pavilion, watching his beloved Kiwi’s stick one to the cheating italians at the world cup. When finally roused the big kahuna strode in to the middle, struck a couple of glorious drives and then strode back out for 8 after being bowled in an an action packed over.
Skip’s last innings here was a 99no (in a game we still lost by 10 wickets!) and he was in no mood to be denied a victory this time. Despite losing Shandy for 38 and Ches for 7, Skip kept the Quokkas always above the required run rate. When Mo smashed three 4s in four balls, following advice from the captain to take it easy and bide his time, victory was ours for the first time this season.
We always look forward to playing the wantage lads and it was a very enjoyable game. Lets hope the council see sense and don’t turn their pitch into flats.