Sunday, January 23rd
Fairlea East Oval
The Big Picture:
Perhaps were we a bit optimistic about this Covid thing blowing over so quickly when the season was getting started, as it seems like the realisation of each game is a day-by-day proposition.
Our last scheduled game was against the combined Rainbow and Raccoons team as that was the only way they could make up an XI. Last weekend the call went out from the league (well done Huss) for players to make up other games and we had 6 of us turn up for The Standard, who managed to get none out on the park for the first time in 25 years.
Not their fault at all, its all very fluid at the moment.
Speaking of fluid, we are breaking into new territory with this weeks opponent, The Carringbush.
Hopefully everyone stays safe and well and we can have a game on Sunday. Three games in three weeks, this might test us.
After starting the Summer strongly, The Quokkas have reverted to form and dropped their last couple of games, including the ‘all stars’ combo match played last Sunday.
Batting has been a particular concern, with only two Quokkas making over 100 runs for the season so far (5 games).
That being said, this has never been about wins and losses, to perhaps the more pertinent stats is the 24 different players that have turned out for us already this season. Welcome, all.
In the Spotlight:
While he certainly does have the appearance of a hermit, or as my Nanna might say “a gentleman of the road”, Ed has also taken on the habits of one this season; only turning out for the two games and batting in only one of those.
Perhaps his return will rectify some of the run-scoring issues we’ve had, or perhaps he may tell us of his travels in his famously verbose way. Either way, welcome back Eddy.
We’ve had some breaking news, literally, already; Alex out with a badly broken finger for the rest of the season. Here’s hoping our leading centurion makes a quick recovery.
The squad, at the time of writing, is:
- Ed (c)
- James Gow
- J Rod
- The Animal
Pitch and Conditions:
Fairlea East can be a brutal place on a hot summers day with not a lot of shade, but it is isolated and resisted by dog walkers and pitch invaders. It is expected to be a very hot one Sunday, with a top of 35.
Stats & Trivia:
- Alex goes out for the season with 149 runs off 115 balls from 5 innings, only being dismissed once, for a strike rate of 1.3 and an average of 149. He’s hit 16 fours and 1 six. He’s also taken 5 wickets at 17.4 and 5 catches (25% of the team total).
- This will be Eds 69th YPCA game for The Quokkas – nice
- Dutchy is sitting on 1,475 YPCA runs for The Quokkas, 25 more and he gets to the landmark 1,500. With a career average of 30.10, it could well be this week
- Jay is on 693 YPCA runs, and with an average of 28.88 he should crack the 700 club in this match. He is currently bested by Dutchy, Ed (1218), Alex (813) and Radar (737)