Quokkas CC 60 (Skip 24) lost to Tusmore CC by 9 wickets
The Tacoma Narrows bridge 1940, Greg Norman at the ’96 Masters, Barings Bank 1995. Some great collapses in history that pale into insignificance to the woeful Quokkas at Tusmore 2010. A fine and sunny late July afternoon gave forth to carnage as the Tusmore bowlers rapidly scythed through the Quokka batsmen. It even made the Aussie test side look high-scoring.
It had all started so well. Skip and Faggy, looking to impress his watching missus, opened and looked in control, speeding to 37 off 6 overs and never looking like getting out. In hindsight we blame Evil Dave as he uttered a fateful “We’re looking solid” cursing us with his satanic litany. It seemed only seconds later Faggy was given LBW by the president of the bowler’s union, Binman. Frumkin went in to see off the rest of the opening bowlers, which was a good plan only let down in the execution, falling 3 balls short of his goal. Still 50 for 2 wasn’t disastrous, was it?
Then the sky fell in.
Skip was bowled. Hairdresser ran Shandy out without him facing a ball, and then was bowled himself without troubing the scorer. The gymnast hit 2 and was bowled. The accursed Evil Dave was bowled for zero. Terrible likewise. Karma was a bitch for Smithers as he smashed 4 and then was given LBW. Last but not least, The Prof got one that rolled under his bat and hit the stumps. Out for, you guessed it, nothing. The last 9 wickets had fallen for 10 runs in 5 overs. Embarassing.
Chasing only 60, Tusmore were always in control. Looking to make amends, Satan cast an evil spell of 5-1-8-1 and might have had more had the Egg not practised his juggling to a sharp one at point. Winton was on form for Tusmore, giving the Professor an education in power hitting and finishing it off by smashed a big six off the Binman to bring up the winning runs.
Done and dusted before tea meant the unexpected pleasure of allowing copious feasting on the lovely cakes and a quick 12 over beer match after. The Quokkas saved a little face with a victory in this quick slogfest. Making amends was the batting of Egg and Smithers early doors – both retiring not out on the requisite 20 – and the fielding/daisy dukes of Eleanor. It shouldn’t be un-noted that Hairdresser and Shandy both didn’t score, making it a pair for both of our regular star batsmen for the day.
A great, if not entirely successful, day was rounded off with Faggy showing his log throwing prowess, real ale, BBQ burgers and the Terrible winning a bottle of Cognac in the raffle at the local country pub. Once again, Tusmore didn’t fail to be one of our more memorable fixtures of the year.