Quokka’s “YMCA” moves needed some work
The Skip turned in probably one of the best all-time Quokka bowling performances to sink Salix on an overcast and windy day at the QPR training ground in Harlington (Yes I know that is football, but you do get the opportunity to park in old bagpuss’s spot). The first five-for in a Quokka shirt since the Fatman in 2008, including three wickets in four balls, put the brakes on a spirited Salix response to a competitive first innings total of 179 by the boys in the tight maroon.
That first innings score seemed a good one as breaking with tradition the Quokkas played their best batsmen up top – first Skip and Mr Saucisson, with 23 and 30 respectively, then a thirsty pairing of Lord Faggy Frumkin Jr and the Hairdresser got themselves in and accelerated to a useful total. No way was there any implication that this was mainly as they didn’t want to take the risk of running out of partners which could happen if you bat lower down for us.
An unusual occurrence in Quokka circles these days, us visitors were only 4 down at the close of the first 35, with Ches and Conan the other willowsmiths. Tickets didn’t even have to rise from his pitchside post-hangover slumber.
This was probably for the best – his opening spell of bowling went for plenty as the Salix batsmen set about the Quokka total. Tom the Yak, opening at the other end, bagged the first wicket but was also seeing his good balls despatched to the boundary by the dangerous Spurr in at first drop, until the match-swinging bowling changes were precipitated by the previous night’s drinking. Tickets, feeling worse for wear, took himself off and this brought about the double change of the Mr Saucisson and the Skip. Bowling into the wind Sausageman bamboozled the remaining opener with one that swung from outside leg to take off stump, and then the Skip did the business, Salix tumbling from 70 for 1 to 90 odd for 8 in short order.
After some overs by Ches and Slick, The Egg and Knacker Pete – with his first Quokka wicket – mopped up the tail and capped a fine performance in the field with no dropped catches and some splendid takes from Conan behind the stumps. The Skip remarked that “we looked like a proper team” and he was “looking forward to beating Wantage next week” which just goes to show what a difference a win makes.
Edit: Salix have embraced the digital video age and some highlights can be found here http://youtu.be/q0JIDOUP9oc. A particular highlight at 00:45