Luke Curtain – A Captain’s Diary
Sunday 27th November saw the Labour in Vain do battle with newcomers ‘The Prince Patrick’. And although ‘Prince Patrick’ sounds more like a discrete body piercing than a reputable drinking establishment, they proved to be formidable adversaries for the Quokkas.
The Pre-game net session was lively, and our bowlers were looking sharp.
Unfortunately there was confusion over who was the home team for the day, so a late beer run from Emu and Robbo meant that the Quokkas would have to pad up in overcast conditions.
Again, the batting order was afresh with new faces. Emu, Gladys and Robbo were all making their debuts, while Bad Boy got his first chance for the season.
Rowdy and the Rev opened the batting and both got of the mark in the first over.
But The Prince Patrick struck early. Rowdy (Not unlike a 14 year old boy watching a Sophie Lee hosted cartoon program) was caught pulling.
J-Bomb came in a made a quick-fire 27 (including 6 boundaries) but was caught out, agonizingly close to his second 30 of the season.
Matt (Gladys) was next at the crease and a first ball six was followed by some majestic stroke play. His cover drives were not matched by his running between the wickets, with partner ‘Rev’ the casualty, ending a steady-handed innings.
Gladys was quick to bring up his 30 after the drinks break and when Gregor was out for 7 (after playing all his best shots in the nets pre-game) veteran Dutchy and first gamer Emu put together a partnership worthy of winning the match.
Dutchy chanced his arm for 22 and Emu who overcame some early nerves went onto make a swashbuckling 32 including a massive six.
Curto did his best to slow the run rate late with a ‘very hard to watch’ 11, and there were some late contributions by Pup, Bad Boy and Robbo.
With the clouds clearing and the pitch drying out, the Prince Patrick had the better of the batting conditions.
Robbo and Bad Boy took the new ball both from the Eastern Freeway end.
Aided by a breeze on the back Bad boy’s first over was a nasty one, and he had the opener dragging back onto his stumps with a peach of a delivery late in the over
Bad Boy’s jaffa would prove to be the only wicket of the day.
The boys from Victoria Parade picked their deliveries for the duration of the innings with no less than 5 batsmen going onto make 30.
The Quokkas tried hard in the field and with the red pill, but inevitably we were chasing leather.
A miscalculation of our score made the chase a little more interesting (The opposition thought the target was 166), but either way they reached both scores comfortable with an over to spare and wickets in hand.
The highlight in the field was young Sam Curtain showing vigor and fleet-footedness at 3rd man late in the game. Most importantly he showed that listening to the captain’s instructions pays off in the field
Special mention must go to all those who came to support the team.
Beth, Jo, Sarah, Sally, Julie, Will, Navina, Trudy and Kristin (who ruled himself out of being a late substitute with a net related injury)
The signs look good for the of rest season so keep your chins up.
Luke Curtain; Curto, The Captain, Viv Richards, The Master Blaster