• Match Facts:

    Ramsden Street Oval, Clifton Hill

    Sunday, January 21

     

    Start Time:

    1pm

     

    The Big Picture:

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    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas nearly snatched victory from the jaws of defeat last week against The Royston in a game they should have lost by a lot more. The ability to recover from 5 for 60-not-much at drinks in their batting innings to post 170-odd and then nearly defend it was a great effort.

     

    Batting first certainly was tough on a very slow pitch and outfield & The Quokkas showed great resilience in making it into a game.

     

    I do make a lot of jokes on here about traditionally bad form and lack of success, but the men in maroon have been really taking up the fight this season; active in the field, supporting each other and having some fun with it.

     

    More of that and there is no reason why we can’t get another W this weekend.

     

    Quokkas: WWLLWLL

     

    In the spotlight:

    The prodigal son, Pup, returns this week for his annual match that allows him to qualify for the BDNO. That’s not fair, Pup has played this season, but hasn’t  batted – so does it count? Given that I didn’t really bat for my first 15 years as a Quokka, I will say his efforts do count.

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    Pup, seen here doing stuff

    Pup is in synchronous career form, having bowled 60 overs for 20 wickets at a cost of 300 runs at an average of 15 at 5RPO. It takes me back to those heady first days at cricket stats school. Wild times, let me tell you. If anyone remembers what happened that night after we stayed up discussing the advantages of the mean average versus the median average, let me know.

     

    Team News:

    1. The Rev
    2. Big Dog
    3. Pup
    4. Local
    5. Ed
    6. Roley
    7. Radar
    8. Alex (c)
    9. VP
    10. Dutchy
    11. Monty

     

    Pitch and Conditions:

    Last weeks game was played in what can only be described as “Melbourne” conditions; starting in some coolish-damp weather before the sun came out and dried everything up. Its always a great excuse to blame the weather and conditions in deciding the result of a Cricket match, and that’s exactly what I’m doing here.

     

    Its going to be a hot week this week but will cool down to a respectable 29 on Sunday so at least it should be an even contest in that regard.

     

    Ramsden Street has been a happy hunting ground for the Quokkas in recent seasons and is located deliciously close to The Gasometer, so here’s hoping we make the quick trip back to the big red car Sunday evening.

     

    Stats and Trivia

    • Last weeks efforts saw Radar pass 400 career YPCA runs for The Quokkas, making him the 5th highest run scorer of all time. This has been done in 29 innings at an average of 17, with 48 fours and 5 sixes. Congratulations Radar!
    • This will be Locals 25th YPCA match for The Quokkas, to go along with his 4 BDNOs, 3 T20s and 1 VBCA match
    • Ed is only 21 runs away from 900 career YPCA runs, and given he is averaging 94 for the season, he should get there this week – if given the opportunity

     

     

  • Match Facts:

    Alphington Park, Vere Street, Alphington

    January 14, 2018

     

    Start Time:

    1pm

     

    The Big Picture:

    A very happy new year to all. With a new year comes new hopes and, inevitably, failed resolutions. And so it is with The Quokkas, who managed to win 3 of their 5 games at the end of 2017 and so go into 2018 with a new – perhaps temporary – confidence.

     

    The Quokkas ended 2017 in hitherto unknown form; holding catches, scoring (lots of) runs and taking wickets. Much like working on the Death Star, it was pretty fun at the time but you definitely got the feeling it wouldn’t end well.

    Artists impression of The Quokkas intuition

    Artists impression of The Quokkas intuition

     

    The Royston are something of an unknown entity as the Quokkas have never played them before. That means little for The Quokkas as they get beaten by unknowns, as well as knowns, regularly.

     

    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas have already started 2018 with an impromptu game against the VBCA to assist them with some practice ahead of the All Abilities Carnival. The game was a loss for the Quokkas, but that is hardly the point.

     

    A scan of The Quokkas results from this looks more like morse code than anything else:

    Quokkas: WWLLWL

     

    In the Spotlight:

    It’s been a long-time coming, but the co-founder of the Quokkas; Skip, will be making his debut for the Australian team this weekend.

    Yes, I could have found a better picture

    Yes, I could have found a better picture

     

    Originally flown over for back up for Ben Stokes, the Skipper has been released by the ECB as it seems the role of drunken larrikin has already been filled within the team. Also, he couldn’t punch his way out of a wet paper bag.

     

    Not sighted by the Aussie Quokka lads since his majestic Century at Galles Test Ground (that’s right), we are all looking forward to a big knock from Skip here.

     

    Team News:

    The ebbs and fortunes of team selection continue this week as we don’t have 14 available at the start of the week, which could be dicey as all the ‘reserve’ players have all ended up going into the starting 11 by game day so far this season.

     

    The XI at the time of writing is:

    1. Skip
    2. Jay
    3. Chef
    4. Ed
    5. Dutchy
    6. Big Dog
    7. Alex
    8. Monty
    9. VP
    10. Local
    11. Radar (c)
    12. Rev

     

    Pitch and Conditions:

    Alphington Park is a Quokka favorite. Seemingly permanently soft, flat and green outfields, a picturesque white pavilion and a car park almost a safe distance from the middle (thanks Dutchy for “adjusting” my Subaru).

     

    We are expecting an English Summers day on Sunday; a few clouds and a top of 23, so it should be a cracker.

     

    Stats and Trivia:

    • This will be Eds 50th YPCA match, the bearded one is quite the Quokka legend with 846 career YPCA runs (at 32.54) and 39 YPCA wickets (at 18.69) – congrats Eddie;
    • Jay in on track to be the most run out player this season, here’s wishing him slow heels for Sunday;
    • The Big Chef missed out on a bat in his last game so is still 11 runs off getting to 250 YPCA runs for The Quokkas, here’s hoping the big kiwi can get the job done quickly;
    • This seasons leading wicket-taker race is currently a non-sexy 4-way between Big Dog, Dutchy, Jay and the VP – will this match see the winner scream to the front like Usain Bolt, or watch the others fall over in front of him like Steven Bradbury?
    Yes, I could have found a better picture

    Not Steven Bradbury or Usain Bolt

     

     

     

     

  • “Twas the week before Christmas

    And all through the web

    The VBCA were looking for opponents

    And came across The Rev”

     

    The All Abilities Cricket Carnival may not be the most widely known Cricket event in Australia, or even in Geelong (where its held) but its an important event, giving disabled Cricketers the opportunity to compete at the highest domestic level.

     

    Excited about the Tournament, the Victorian Blind Cricket Association (VBCA) reached out to us just before Christmas looking for a warm-up game, even if it did involve The Quokkas.

     

    They must be really very excited.

     

    With the Australian summer in full effect, a squad was difficult to find & so the ring-around was undertaken and enough of a team was herded together including:

    • Rainesy, The Quokkas Blind Cricket specialist
    • Monty, the keen Rookie
    • Roley, who is more Wookie than Rookie
    • Yvette Hollings, cricket raconteur
    • Dave, yes, Dave
    • Cousin Sean (MK II), keen to break a run of 7 ducks in a row
    • The Rev, and
    • Maxy

     

    Would this rag-tag bunch be up to the task of pushing the VBCA to higher levels of performance? No.

     

    Would they create a dent in the free snags put on by the VBCA? Yes.

     

    Keeping his coin toss record in place, The Rev informed the team they were being told to field and so they ambled out to populate the oval as sparsely as only 6.5 people can.

     

    I won’t comment too much about the opening bowlers / rollers, but the top 3 batsmen for the VBCA all retired with scores of 14, 37 and 12 in pretty quick time. Maxy started to sulk, and with good reason.

    Sledging went to unexpected places too

    Sledging went to unexpected places too

     

    Cousin Sean was very tidy behind the stumps though, and 3 sharp run-outs were executed after the midway point of the innings. Rainesy then followed with a wicket and the last ball of the 20 overs saw Sean taking a good catch that came off the top edge. Exciting stuff.

     

    117 was the target for The Quokkas, which had been helped along by 18 very generous extras. This was always going to be tough, particularly without Maxy who finished his Twisties and left in search of better role models.

     

    Monty and Rainesy made a strong start to the batting innings, scoring 6 off the first, but this is the point that the wheels started to fall off.

     

    Monty was given LBW to a ball that hit his foot that was planted firmly outside the leg stump (proper Pub Cricketer, Monty). Yvette came in and played proper straight drives, which was impressive but probably not the shot for Blind Cricket and she was eventually bowled by one that went under the bat. Dave put his beer down and wandered out to the middle for a bit, but he too was undone by the lack of bounce and was bowled for an egg.

     

    I recently discovered that a good person to help fix a cars headlights was Roley, so hoped that he could do the same with the wheels on a batting innings, and it almost turned out to be true.

     

    Roley and Rainesy started to put on a clinic, constructing a partnership of 38, with Rainesy taking the lead; hitting drives to the boundary through cover and forcing his partner to run twos.

     

    Roley was also showing some nous, opening up his bat face and hitting the ball like a sand wedge for some entertaining ‘popped’ balls. The running was obviously getting to him though and he was eventually run out for 12.

     

    This brought The Rev to the crease, which Rainesy obviously wasn’t too keen on as he started hitting out and soon got out (bowled) for a team high 32 runs.

     

    The Rev wasn’t done though and kept up his seasons record by running out Cousin Sean for 4. At least it wasn’t a duck. Or a diamond one.

     

    Monty and Yvette then both had second chances to help round out the overs, but it wasn’t enough, The Quokkas all out for 79.

     

    Many thanks to everyone that filled in on the day, thanks also to the VBCA for the chance for the game and best of luck to them at the All Abilities Carnival.

     

     

     

   

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