Fairfield Oval, Fairfield
The Big Picture:
I was recently reading about the plan to create a London to Melbourne Airship service between the First and Second World Wars that would’ve involved airships (not blimps), fuelled by highly flammable gasses, making the journey in the then astonishing time of about 2 weeks.
The plans for the service became quite advanced, with flight paths set, areas for aerodromes identified and suitable staff appointed. Enthusiasm abounded for the project and it was all going well, until the first flight, which crashed.
In a similar vein, The Quokkas season has come back down to earth after a giddy start to the season in a fairly painful way.
The last match saw The Quokkas bowled out for 121 with only Ed and Dutchy scoring in double figures. The procession of wickets was so fast that Ed had to be raced back from barbecue duties (thanks Sizzle!) to re-enter the fray after retiring on 30.
<<Insert joke about Eds running here>>
The Pinnacle are usually great fun to play against, so we are looking forward to meeting them on the field of battle regardless of the outcome.
Also, it’s a 1:45 start. Don’t forget that.
Perhaps it’s because its Summer, or perhaps it’s the short turn-around between games (14 days is hardly enough time to recover!), but for the first time this season the Quokkas are struggling to get XI together. Usually this is something that only occurs on Sunday mornings, so perhaps we are just getting really efficient.
Regardless, the XI at the time of writing is:
- J Rod (c)
- Dutchy (w/k)?
- Pete Sforcina
- Big Dog
In the Spotlight:
Leighlan makes his debut this week, entering the books as Quokka #96. The bearded man has looked good in the nets and even better with a can about his person, so fits the bill.
Pete Sforcina returns from high altitude training to bring a little more stability to the bowling attack, conceding only 4 runs an over this season while maintaining a bowling average of 16.
Pitch and Conditions:
The brown paper bag was obviously successfully delivered to YPCA HQ as the Quokkas find themselves back at one of the nicer grounds in the league. However, given our last showing at Fairfield, we have a few demons that need banishing.
We are expecting it to be partly cloudy and 25 on Sunday, so a perfect day for Pub cricket all up.
Stats and Trivia:
- Alex is on 380 career YPCA runs and has a career average of 38, so should hit the 400 mark this Sunday if given the chance, making him the 7th member of that club
- Similarly, Local is on 373 career YPCA runs, so could also be in the 400 club soon
- Now that you ask, there are 10 living Quokkas who are currently in the 300-run club; Pup (355), Rev (323), Curto (324), Gladys (340), J Rod (376), Rowdy (355), Alex (380), Local (373), Tuesday (312) and Jay (343)
This will be our first official 1:45 start