• From Captain Radar…
    First game for a new season for the Quokkas saw regulars and some new faces playing for the team. Given that I had been away for the previous season, Rev gave me the honour [/took the risk] of handing me the captaincy for the day. Really I think that was just because I introduced the team to Snipper, who is the teams star recruit. The game was against The Terminus Hotel at the Alfred Crescent Ground.

    Batting first as it was a home game, the opening pair of Robbo and Local hit a couple of nice looking shots before unluckily going cheaply. This brought Snipper and myself to the crease. Snipper looked great and had hit 18 of 8 balls before I negated any favours of introducing him to the team by running him out.

    This brought Curto out to steady the innings before he eventually was removed for 9. Emu then came to the crease and proceeded to bat the way we are accustomed to; scoring 32 of not very many. Running wasn’t on the agenda as Emu was nursing some back issues. Clearly channelling Michael Clarke for the day. At some point during this onslaught I made my first retiring score which I am still pretty pleased about.

    This bought a short interlude to the hitting with Chef and debutante Don slowing the place until Ed came out to hit a Blistering 37.

    That's right, this guy

    That’s right, this guy

    Big Dog and Rev held down a couple of ends to see us close to the 25th over before both were dismissed with myself and Emu having one more brief and not very prosperous crack at the last couple of overs. In truth that was just down to myself not Emu being on strike. The Quokkas ended up with 8 for 180.

    Bowling at Alfred crescent is always a tough task with short boundries in every direction usually meaning that everyone has their fare share of boundaries hit off them. This game played out in that way also, but with some fairly unusual statistics for the Quokkas.

    Emu opened the bowling and continued his great game by taking 2 wickets in his first 2 overs giving us a great start. Snipper also took an early one before a few overs of hitting from The Terminus’ strongest performers with the bat.

    Ed eventually came on to take a couple of wickets and get the Quokkas back on track. Special mention has to be made of Curto’s great performance behind the stumps, with two stumpings and a couple of catches.

    Big Dog chipped in with a wicket, and Chef bowled a very economic spell with a maiden and 1 for 7. Don also bowled great after a shaky start. Finishing with the same figures as Chef. All this left the Terminus all  out with a total of 125.

    So back to unusual statistics. The quokkas being known for their ability (or lack there of) to catch a cricket ball took 6 catches. Including some tough outfield catches as well as a great slips catch from Emu. 6 catches. That’s almost more catches taken in one week than I’ve dropped over my entire career.

    Captain Radar

    Captain Radar

    All in all a great day, and the terminus were a great bunch of guys. Its great to be back in Quokkas colours!

  • It has been a long time since The Quokkas have won two matches in a row, so it was fitting in a way that they were made to wait out a long game against The Palace Hotel to continue their unbeaten start to the season.

    Journeying over the bridge to the dreaded South of the River, the Quokkas arrived at JL Murphy reserve and looked at the wicket in puzzlement; when did pub league games start being played on turf?

    With warm-ups in full swing, The Quokkas did a head count and found they managed to have 14 players available for the game, though no opposition, so a 7-a-side begun being discussed in earnest.

    The Players from The Palace did appear eventually, though it seemed they had already had their post-match celebrations such was their merriment and revelry.

    Captain of the Day, The Rev, let The Palace bat first under the impression that the match may be over quickly given the state of some of their players.  How wrong he was.

    How could this man be wrong?

    How could this man be wrong?

    Where he was right though, was opening the stanza with a quartet of slow-bowlers in one-over bursts (despite protestations from Emu).

    Opening up with The Big Dog and Ed, wickets were taken early while Dutchy kept the run rate down with his left-handed Chinamen; something else surely never seen in Pub Cricket & a welcome change from his traditional dog-leg swingers.

    Relenting to the cries from behind the wicket, The Rev brought on Snipper who bowled with accuracy and pace, though without wickets. The same went for the other seamers; Robbo, Local and Matt.

    It was left to the big Emu to break the wicket-drought, hitting the stumps with an in-swinging Yorker.  The voice from first slip is in delicious form already this season.

    A run out & a great catch from new boy Matt off the bowling of Ed, who must be getting confused by all the wickets he is getting from catches being held, saw The Palace at 5/60 at drinks.  A good score, particularly when considering the wicket was playing like a Barry White ballad: slow and low.

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    Ohhhhh yeah

    The post-drinks session was a real test for The Quokkas, Cade from The Palace was punishing the bowlers through the offside whenever given a chance.  The effects of the beer seemed to actually empower The Palace’s batsmen and the score ticked over to a daunting 140 by the end of the 25 (very long) overs.

    The Big Dog disappeared with Chef at innings break to find a working barbecue (many thanks to The Palace for availing their kitchen to us!) , requiring a quick restructure of the batting line up & depriving Cat of the chance to run out her partner. Again.

    A quick note on the lunches: really excellent work.  Prawns, BBQd dim sims, snags and a great salad.  Also, all the profits from the…donations (not beer sales) went to the Father Bob Foundation.

    Right…back to it:

    Cat and Matt walked out to bat looking every bit like proper cricketers, which actually brought about their downfall.  Playing proper shots against erratic bowling on a turner was not the place for Rolls-Royce cover drives, but Ford Fiesta nurdles around the corner.

    With the openers contributing a combined total of 1, The Big Dog was found and sent in at first drop with Radar soon to follow.  The ‘Dog put on a demonstration of Fiesta batting, nudging the ball everywhere apart from forward of the wicket, testing The Palace’s increasingly unsteady fielders.

    The man is an excitement machine.

    The man is an excitement machine.

    Radar was unluckily beaten by a straight delivery, bringing The Rev to the wicket who heeded the Big Dogs lesson & helped lay a foundation, taking The Quokkas to 3/56 at drinks.

    Thankfully The Rev didn’t stick around for any more foundation development after drinks, bringing a sequence of Dutchy, Curto and Ed to the crease, all of whom made runs in quick time & brought the required run rate back to a level more in tune with todays interest rates.

    The retirement of the Big Dog and the loss of Emu (not playing for his average) and Local for few runs suddenly put the chase in question, though the steady and powerful play of Snipper and Robbo (23 off 10) saw The Quokkas home.

    Many thanks must go to everyone at The Palace, particularly Mark Pratt, for putting the team together, helping with the barbecue, providing more beer when we ran out etc.

    Thanks also to the team at EcoEnergy Ventures, for providing a trophy for the game & the ground hire.

    Happy Days

    Happy Days

  • Match Facts

    Sunday, October 26, JL Murphy Reserve (Port Melbourne),

    Start time 1pm (AEDT)

    The Big Picture

    After equalling their total YPCA wins from last season in the first game of this, the Quokkas are flying high.

    Big totals from Ed, Emu and the Captain on the day (Radar) saw the Quokkas post 180 on the relatively small Alfred Crescent Oval before bowling the Terminus all out for 124.

    Apart from the individual performances, one of the more impressive parts of the win was the all-around efforts in the field.  For possibly the first time ever, not one catch was dropped.

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    May have something to do with J Rod and Shotgun being unavailable

    On the non-Maroon side, this is the first Pub Cricket match featuring The Palace Hotel, making them something of an unknown quantity.   They are expected to be fielding the entire bar and kitchen staff, so this may be a good opportunity for punters to visit the pub during the game and pour their own.

    Form Guide

    Quokkas: LWLLW

    The Palace: n/a

    In the Spotlight

    Returning from several years out of the side with Parenting-related issues, Cat returns to provide some class and run-outs (of the Big Dog) at the top of the order.  Being one of the only women to play cricket for a mens team (successfully), we are all looking forward to seeing the dashing Fernando ring the bells.

    After taking 3 and 2 wickets last week, Emu and Ed are really heating up the highest-wicket taker competition.  Ed was possibly fortunate from some excellent glove work from Curto and a ridiculous catch from the Rev, though Emu was also lucky his wickets were against batsman not taking full advantage of the no-LBW rule.

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    Not naming names

    Team News

    Once again the Quokkas go into this game with numbers to spare, though that will likely change at any stage up to the start of the game.  With a full 12 available, it is likely they will field 1 batting only player (Cat) and 1 bowling only player (tbc).

    Quokkas XII (probable):

    1. Cat
    2. Big Dog
    3. Dutchy
    4. Rev (c)
    5. Chef
    6. Curto (wk)
    7. Snipper
    8. Emu
    9. Local
    10. Robbo
    11. Ed
    12. Radar

    Pitch and Conditions

    Almost amazingly, The Quokkas have been given access to a TURF WICKET this week.  The results are sure to be hilarious, if not down-right dangerous.

    Stats and Trivia

    • Last matches efforts took Ed to 403 runs and 21 wickets, second and first on the overall totals, while Emu now sits on 491 runs and 19 wickets – so first and second overall;
    • The Revs death-over, match-winning wicket took him to 12 in total, even with J Rod and 5th overall;
    • Robbos first ball 6 took him to 105 career runs.  Unfortunately he didn’t get any further;
    • This will be Curto’s 20th match for the Quokkas, only the 7th player to pass the 20 game milestone, after Big Dog (33), Ed (26), Dutchy (25), Rev (24), Emu (21) and The Phantom (20).

    Quotes

    “The Quokkas on turf?  Who let that happen?!”

    – Emu

  • Match Facts

    Sunday, October 19, Alfred Crescent Start Time 1pm (AEST)

    Big Picture

    Another big summer of cricket commences this weekend for The Quokkas, who have had a much lower-key off season than in recent seasons.  They can only hope that this results in a better start than in recent times, the last two seasons commenced with big interstate losses in Tasmania (to The Royal Oak Hotel) and in South Australia (to The Heapsgood XI).

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    Happy Memories from South Australia

    The usual mix of retirements and disappearences have occurred in the off season, with some new and old faces returning too.  Of the new bunch, Snipper and Chef show real promise and even commitment, which will be handy given the packed schedule ahead.

    Of the familiar faces, Radars return from the USA is a real boon for the Quokkas, given he can open the batting and the bowling and is just a really good bloke in general.

    The schedule itself will see the Quokkas compete in (at least) 12 matches, including 4 non-YPCA games.

    In all, it’s a big season ahead and it kicks off this weekend against the YPCA new (and unknown) boys; The Terminus.

    Form Guide

    Quokkas: LLWLL

    The Terminus: n/a

    In the Spotlight

    Radar is Captain in this, his first game back in the mighty Maroon.  Unseen for a year while smashing ear drums and realities all over the USA, the bowler in tight denim has been right into pre-season; throwing down unplayable leggies, screaming seamers and destroying the odd car or two with the one that goes OVER the net.

    With the need for more players, especially younger ones, more dire than ever; Snipper is a welcome addition.  Unfairly, he seems able to bat, bowl and field.  AND his girlfriend bakes fresh scones.  It’s all a bit unfair really.

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    Snipper

    Team News

    The late mail is that The Phantom and Lonely unavailable due to parenting requirements.  We are hoping that Don (the Big Dogs mate) will be able to make it though and that “Is Don, is good”.

    Quokkas XI (probable):

    1. Robbo
    2. Local
    3. Snipper
    4. Radar (c)
    5. Big Dog
    6. Ed
    7. Rev
    8. Chef
    9. Emu
    10. Curto (w/k)
    11. Don

    Pitch and Conditions

    The last time the Quokkas graced Alfred Crescent local was the semi-finals of the Big Day Not Out in which The Phantoms bowling was pogo-d all over the neighbourhood.

    It’s also the ground where, under Radar’s captaincy (and Rowdy’s 87* off 23), the Quokkas hit over 260 runs in a 25-over match.  Aside from the memories of the run-fiesta, this ground is a favourite of the Maroon army due to its central location & for having a playground that small children can be locked in for hours.

    The lackadaisical streakers are always a treat too.

    Never with this result, though

    Never with this result, though

    Sunday is expected to be a dry 28 degrees, so similar to the run-fest of 2012, though without the Quiet man.

    Stats and Trivia

    • This will be The Big Dogs 33rd match for The Quokkas, quite fitting given his Irish accent;
    • Ed (366 runs) is marginally behind Dutchy (369) in regards to total runs, with the Dutchman out with Bread and Butter Pudding related illness, this is “Le Coqs” big chance to move to 2nd on the all-time runs list;
    • Radars statistics are quite binary: 12 matches, 11 innings, 112 runs, 11 fours and 1 six

    Quotes

    “The last time I played (baseball) at JL Murphy Reserve it ended in a bench clearing brawl and a member of the opposition subsequently being charged with assault. Any correlation between this event and my prior pitch decking the batter is purely coincidental”

    -Dutchy

   

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