Quokkas CC 176 (Attack 42, Terrible 26, Lavers 25) lost to Sheen Park Cavaliers representative VIII 245-7 (Professsor 2/12) by 69 runs
After a beautiful sunny morning, 2pm on Saturday afternoon brought a torrential shower and the Quokkas and our nominated opponents, Fawe Park CC, retired to the local hostelry for some refreshment. After a pint and no let up in the downpour, Fawe Park threw in the towel and left. The Quokkas are made of sterner stuff however and, fortified with another pint each and the Professor’s homemade lemon drizzle cake, talk began to turn to an England vs Rest of the world six-a-side game.
Our persistance was rewarded when, firstly the sun came out, secondly the Attack nearly ran over a cricket bat wielding pedestrian whom happened to have also been the victim of an abandoned fixture. A few swift phonecalls and some ferrying about and at 4pm the Quokkas had themselves a friendly 25 over game against 8 members of the Sheen Park CC 3rd XI, a Middlesex and Surry league affiliated club!
So a step up in class for the Quokkas, who lost the toss and were put into field. The innings followed a currently familiar pattern with the Attack and Evil Dave keeping it tight but not taking any wickets, while our change bowlers claimed some scalps, but got tonked all over the park in the process. The Professor was top of the class, adding bowling to his baking and scholarly skills with a twofer at the death.
Needing nearly 10 an over, the Quokkas came out to bat the only way they know how, swinging. The Attack was pick of the bunch with a lusty 42, ably supported by the Terrible in a good mid-innings partnership. Mantis and Tom the Yak hit a few shots up top, and Lavers swung hard at the death until his back went and he was stumped advancing down the track once again. We were all out for 176 after 23 overs after giving a good go, but falling a fair few short. Still it was good to get some sort of game in after we’d been looking forward to it all week and had brought the largest quiche based teas ever seen in south west london. Thanks to the guys from Sheen Park for the game/attack aggro/comedy banter.