From Captain Jay…
Crowds arrived early at Ramsden St Oval for what was the Quokkas final clash of the decade. The cricketing gods, having had this day pencilled in their diary for all eternity, ensured that it would be a day built for cricket. 24 Deg. in the shade, overcast in the morning, a firm green outfield, a decade’s worth of previously unwanted craft ales, a 50 bag of sausages, six stumps, two match balls, four bails, 34 cones and two teams. Perfect day.
The QCC arrived nearly an hour early and hit the nets. The opening pair having a rare opportunity to see a few and find the edges before the match.
The Rainbow opted to bowl from the Southern End.
This is a controversial decision for Ramsden Street Oval as bowling from the South sees cow corner edging a snake-infested valley of native bushland. Preferably bowlers line up from the North providing a batting target over mid-wicket in a neat line of Range Rovers, Rav 4’s and entry-level BMW’s.
Tuesday and Sizzle opened up the account.
Tuesday playing his traditional two-hand forehand shot down the ground for multiple boundaries. Sizzle punishing the first ball of the day and then being bowled for 5 runs off 3 balls, he had taken the Capt’n pre-match instructions on – “Run Rate mate”.
Dutchy strode to the middle to join Tuesday, and it looked like a run feast was in store, this pair having put on multiple fast flowing 50 run partnerships in the past. Dutchy, eying a good ball, full of a length on off stump decided it was the perfect ball to launch over the leg side into Snake Corner and was promptly bowled for 7.
Rainbow had their tail up @ 2/38, with Tuesday piling on the majority of those runs. Tuesday retiring for a fantastic 30 off 20 balls. Good to have him back in the squad.
Jay © and Snipper set about steading the ship and put on steady 60 run partnership off 44 balls before Jay, tired off running 2’s and 3’s ran himself out to make way for the inform number 6 – Alex Gow. 3/108 off 13 overs.
Excellent first session from the QCC.
Alex proceeded to tear the Rainbows arms off, smashing 33 off 15 balls and again retiring (3rd, or 4th time this season). Joining his brother James (VP) Gow put on a steady 14 off as many balls and retired not out. JRod – arguably QCC’s high-performance coach, teamed up with the Big Dog to put on a combined 45 runs off 31 balls.
Ed carefully saw out the innings, slowing the run rate, with 1 run off 2 balls faced.
All up – QCC: 3/199 ( 7 retires / Not Outs)
A near-perfect, team-oriented batting performance. (Except for Ed).
A competitive total on the board, but a few known hard hitters in the Rainbow camp Capt’n was not taking any chances. Tossing the new ball to Snipper and the Animal with the task of putting the Rainbow openers on the back foot.
Snipper taking a wicket on the 3rd ball of the day.
Rainbow 1/2. Animal working the other end and the QCC was off to a good start with the pair finishing out the spell with 1/30 off 4 overs.
Ed and Jay took the next spell applying the clamps to the run rate and Jay dismissing the now set opener with a late in swinging, slower ball yorker, clocked at 124.2 Km/hr.
Ed bowling some peaches and slowing the rate with 0/11 off 2.
With two set batsman at the crease and a bit of pressure on the run rate QCC had brought in the field, with a slip, a gulley, a catching short fine leg, catching mid-wicket. Cutting off the singles and providing some great cricket all round.
Sizzle came into the attack, and it tends to go either way for the QCC’s king of spin. Either picking up a tonne of wickets or a conceding a tonne of runs. Unfortunately, today was the latter with one of the batters mucking up Sizzle’s perfect length by using his feet and launching Sizzle downtown. It was time to spread out that fielding net again.
JRod taking QCC to drinks with a pair of economical overs conceding 0/11 off 2.
At the break – Rainbow in the hunt with 2/ 91 (Just 9 runs shy of QCC’s drinks total).
Stepping back on the field QCC needed to halt the carnage and there was a bloke fielding at a shortish mid-wicket, who said – “I’ll do it mate”.
VP served up 2 stingy overs at 0/5 (and was unlucky not to have at least 2 wickets). This was the match turner, Rainbow needing to up their run rate by a small percentage, slowed considerably. In partnership with Big Dog (1/14 off 2), the four overs after the break provided a scoreboard pressure that stuck for the remainder of the inning.
Followed up by 5 straight fantastic overs from Dutchy and Alex, 2/11 (off 3) and 1/13 (off 2) respectively the pressure was on the Rainbow now to score at 12 an over.
Snipper, Jay and VP turned the screws conceding another 25 runs over 3 overs of desperate hitting from some of the Rainbows seasoned veterans.
Ed fittingly bowling the final over of the QCC’s decade and taking the team to a well-deserved 20 odd run win.