• And so to that most titanic of battles, the 2011 Quokka Ashes. 16 brave and hardy souls ventured down to Old Deer Park in Richmond for the annual club day/sledging fest, and with the weather turning what can only be described as a bit parky, hardiness was a attribute not to be under-rated.

    Filled with stirring words of encouragement from their spiritual leader, The Rev, the Aussies won the toss and put the English into bat. Specialist batsmen Binman and Snoop opened up for England and put a cracking 50 against the bowling of Faggy, Shannon and Slick for only a couple of negative wickets under the indoor rules.

    Evil Dave and Tom the Yak (english by marriage) continued the strong positive scoring, with even the umpires now taking a furious barraking from the chirping boys from downunder.  Rage and the Egg just about made it in to positive figures territory added to some assistance from return of the crazy ivan bowling phenomenon.
    Skip and anti-aussie Gymnast brought up the rear with some more trademark lusty hitting and a net total of 132 was recorded for the holders, would this be enough?

    Proving how manly they truely are, the Quokkas pushed on to the second innings foregoing tea until later in the day. Blasting off like the last space shuttle, Mantis and Shannon  started an onslaught against the bowlers, bringing their T20 form to the crease. A desperate Skip turned to the spin triplets of Snoop, Gymnast and Egg which bamboozled the pace hungry pair and brought some much needed wickets to slow down the run rate.

    Now we know why he never wears a box

    Slick pulls a lady

    A bet with Ches at the annual dinner over the outcome of some other sporting contest, saw Faggy adopting the regional dress of western australian for his stint with Slick. Some tight bowling from Rage, Binman and Gymnast kept the pair honest though, limiting their run scoring.

    Cycling buddies, The Attack and Sammy D were in next, a dangerous pairing in previous ashes tournaments. Skip brought himself on, bowling with conviction to try and secure the win, but the batsmen continued ticking the scorebaord along.

     The last Aussie pairing of Terrible and Shandy needed 30  off 6 overs. All was going well set with 2 needed off Snoop’s last over, but the pressure told as Shandy sucumbed, not once, but twice, to stumpings by the Binman behind the wicket. Some decidedly dodgy scorebook updates and an increase in the number of (australian) umpires on field  later, and 2 were needed off the last two balls. Showing his more accomplished batting colleague how to do it, the Terrible smacked 4 off the last ball to seal the victory for the batting side.

    The cold was really biting now so it was back to Binman’s for the sausagefest and presentation of the Quokka trophy to the Australians. Man of the Match was Slick for his skill with the scorebook.

    Lucky in Cricket...

    Lucky with the Quokkettes

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  • Following on from the terrible floods in North Queensland this year, the Victorian Quokkas bound together to help raise funds for their northern brethren.

    While Big Dog and Cat manned the phones at the Red Cross, others organised a bit of a trip for the light fantastic at the Drunken Poet in West Melbourne.

    Supporting the team were local acts Shaun Kirk, Nigel Wearne, Luke Watt and the official band of the Quokkas; “The Lawnton Bowls Club”.  The night was a great hit with all donations being matched dollar-for-dollar by the pub and all acts also playing tribute to The White Stripes by covering one “stripes” song each.

    Many thanks to all for a great night!

    Rock on!

  • Quokkas CC – 167 for 3 off 20 overs defeated Blue Square Yard Dogs – 156 for 4 after 20 overs

    Riding on the high from Sunday’s debut win to start the season, the Quokkas wanted to replicate the performance in the opening match of the Twenty20.  The evening started well with 10 keen Quokkas turning up for the 8 aside match, and the Umpire arriving with no team shirts. 

    The actual match faired better with the Quokkas winning the toss and choosing to bat before the English sun disappeared into the night sky.  Mantis and Snoop opened with a strong partnership, Mantis continuing from last seasons form and scoring a quick 51no off 30 balls.   Upon his retirement the Terrible sent in the secret weapon, Binman, riding high from his tour performance and quickly swinging the bat in the only way he knows how.  The opposition caught onto his only shot and took the fielding power play putting 4 on the onside where Binman continued to hit towards.  After a quick-fire 10 Binman was given LBW, how ironic! 

    Debutant Shannon strolled to the crease and quickly showed some real potential.  After Snoop snuck in with his first retirement, a handy 53no off 39 balls, the Aussies, Terrible and Shannon, got some good practice for the weekend’s Quokka Ashes before Shannon fell for 12. He was followed by a quick bash by Paul for 10, with Terrible 16no and the Quokkas finished on 167.

    Simon opened the bowling like he never stopped over the winter, his first over going for only 2 and finishing with match wining figures of 4 overs for 9 runs.  The early pressure proved too much for the opposition, Satan providing great support the other end and being rewarded with 2 wickets.  Paul bowled some tight overs, getting a couple of genuine edges to a non existent second slip, but despite this the fielding backed the bowlers well with extras being kept to a minimum. 

    After Binman, Snoop and Shannon chipped in with a couple of overs each, the Blue Square Yard Dogs required 23 off the last 2 overs, difficult but still achievable.  Thanks to tight bowling and sensible fielding they were kept to 156 giving the Quokkas a second win of the season.

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  • RV Strollers CC 162/7 (Skip 3/7, Evil Dave 2/22) lost to Quokkas CC (Skip 37no, Shandy 27, Faggy 25) by 2 wickets

    The news that a cricket ground is being turned into new housing would normally draw the ire of the Quokka cricket loving brotherhood. Our record at the civil service ground in Chiswick however (Played 5, Lost 5), may suggest that the Strollers moving on to pastures new is not to be lamented by us with too heavy a heart. 

    So to sunny Greenford, under the drone of the A40 and a uniquely sand-enhanced outfield  for the first game of the season for the mighty UK Quokkas.  After winning the toss and electing to bowl, much rustyness was on show in the field. Skip was one unaffected by the winter break as he pinned down the openers with a fine opening spell of 3/7 off 6, including both a spectacular diving c&b and a sharp take from Terrible behind the stumps, devilishly supported by beelzebub with a twofer at the other end. When Paul Lavers , on weekend debut, also skittled the stumps, Strollers were in trouble at 34/6 after 14 overs. But that only put the Buswell-ian figures of French and Krunic at the crease. These two have kicked the Quokkas around in matches past and quickly put on 50 together, before Snoop Rob convinced the Skip he needed to take some pace off the ball and was rewarded with French caught in the deep with his very first delivery.

    All still appeared under total control until a litany of dropped catches and mis-fields then ensued and the batsmen reached a more competitive 162-7 off the 40 overs, with Faggy, Binman and the Egg unrewarded for their bowling efforts in the face of punishing hangovers. 

    The Strollers opening bowlers must have the greatest speed differential in the history of the game with the lightening French paired with the slightly more stately Mellan. It was the more sedate of the two, not Mr Angry however, who took early wickets with Snoop and Mantis caught playing the same (garbage) chip shot to gully.

    Shandy steadied the innings as returning Joe the Rage and the Terrible came and went, though a strong Quokka lower middle order was quietly confident. Faggy supported first Shandy and then the Skip with a collection of fine singles until he was bowled with 55 needed off the last 10 overs.  After surviving being dropped second ball, the Skip saw us home with an over and a couple of wickets in hand, Paul Lavers and Evil Dave chipping in at the other end. Specialist batsmen Binman was not even required.

    A first winning start to the season since 2007! Heady stuff indeed, but the post match talk was all about next week and who will prevail in the Quokka Ashes. The English currently hold both the Quokka and ‘proper’ ashes, but what will the outcome be from Old Deer Park in Richmond…

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  • After last year’s dismal performance taking on the Oxford alumni of the St Anne’s Allstars in their annual pub quiz battle, a bolstered  Quokka contingent(now with 100% more Snoop and the Knock) descended on the City Tavern seeking revenge.

    Thanks to some excellent girly-cocktail ingredient knowledge from the Verger,  Snoop’s recollection of the 1980’s West Indian pace attack and ignoring the Skip’s worrying preoccupation with flowers, with the final round to come we were in second place, only a point off the lead. Sadly it wasn’t to be, but a creditable third was a vast improvement and we contributed to the St Anne’s playing fund/drank lots of beer. A great evening.

   

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