• From Captain Alex:

    Woke up 11am.

    James said he’d pick me up.

    Got a strong latte.

    James picked me up midday-ish.

    Got another latte.

    On root to Ramsden Street Ed says we got booted.

    Stand by for a new ground.

    Ed sorted out a ground near the Yarra.

    Grass was long and short and the pitch was notably narrow.

    Vote to Ed for sorting out new ground.

    BBQ set up no worries.

    Cones dropped.

    Quokkas fielding first.

    I asked everyone to pitch it right up at the toes.

    To bowl em.

    To avoid short balls which traditionally get hit for runs.

    Opening bowlers didn’t bowl as good as usual.

    Bowled short.

    Got hit for heaps o runs.

    That’s essentially it.

    Ground was Gallipoli-esque and ball was soap.

    Dog didn’t mind.

    Held catches.

    Legend.

    Even Ed stuffed a few up.

    Bowled myself.

    Realised the bowling was hard yakka.

    Narrow pitch was crippling.

    I understood.

    I bowled shit.

    At drinks we were up against it.

    BUT – we had a great attitude going on.

    Big talk in the field.

    Heaps of encouragement.

    Impressive.

    We decided we would try to get through the overs real quick in the second half.

    I reckon that worked well.

    Rohan kept really well.

    Kept rolling the ball back the bowler real quick after each bowl.

    The batsmen were caught off guard.

    Pup bowled like a legend.

    Even after being flattened by a large bloke with no sense of spacial awareness.

    Ed bowled good.

    Local bowled good.

    Dutchy bowled real good.

    Fielding remained a challenge and we let a few through.

    We really kept the run rate down toward the end.

    Pressure was high.

    We walked off at the the end of the innings like a bunch of legends. We supported the hell out of each other while under the pump. It wasn’t an easy day to be captain. But an easy day to be proud of the Quokkas attitude.

    We needed 220ish to win. lol.

    Dutch and Pup opened.

    Dutch got out.

    Dylan came in.

    Dylan blocked it to a fielder.

    Called yes when he was 3 paces from the bowlers end and took a few extra skips past Pup.

    Bowler rolls ball to keeper.

    Keeper knocks bails off.

    Rainbow think it’s all pretty funny.

    Pup surprised to see Rev his end o pitch.

    Rev stands his ground.

    Pup displays an impressive feat of maturity and martyrdom decides to solve the stale mate by leaving the field.

    Top order collapsed.

    Local and Dog looked good but saw red and got unlucky.

    I went in at 6.

    Over 8 maybe?

    We were probably on 60ish.

    I hit excellent cricket shots and retired.

    Then Ed did the same.

    Rolley did a good job of holding up an end.

    I came back in and batted like Brian Lara.

    Then I got out which was shitty because we could have won if I had of kept my head and batted on.

    Ed continued to bat like a hero.

    We lost.

    But only by 20ish.

    Which is incredible.

    As captain I was so impressed with the Quokkas attitude.

    We faced a better team and almost got there.

    We (almost) maintained a positive and supportive attitude all day.

    Then we went to the Rainbow, proud as punch.

    See you in Nerrena for some quality Quokkas cricket. 

  • 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

     

     

  • From Captain Alex…

    Things that happened.

    Lots of people dropped out. Maybe 5,6, or 7 people. That’s ok. 

    This meant that James Gow stepped in. As did Ren. As did cousin/God son Sean Scales. As did Simon ‘Slow Dancer’ Okely and this bloke Jaime was supposed to but he got home at 5:30am so he didn’t. Actually we still expected him to turn up, so I placed him last in the batting order. He didn’t. Luckily Rev was back from picking up the kids so he stepped in. Simon was pretty hungover. I asked him to play at 1am that morning. He and I were drinking whisky and I was singing bad harmony to his new songs. Simon hadn’t played cricket before. But Simon has this new go-get’em/up-for-whatevs/I-Ching attitude so he gone done did it anyway. 

    In the AM I received several phone calls and text messages about the rain. Yes it was going to rain on and off all day. Would the cricket be affected? Yes it would. The Rainbow dudes said they were willing to turn up and try for a result. So we did the same. It was raining pretty hard in Fitzroy on arrival. It was actually quite depressing. There was a strong, icey wind a-blowin’ and I felt quite guilty about asking Sean, Simon and James to play. They didn’t seem to mind, “we don’t mind” they said. JAMES ASKED HIS PARTNER MIRANDA TO MARRY HIM THE NIGHT BEFORE AND SHE SAID YES AND HE STILL CAME TO PLAY CRICKET FOR US HE IS A LEGEND. I was pretty hungry and it was still raining hard so I decided that we should eat some dim sims and wait for the rain to pass. That we did and that it did. 

    Simon had never batted before. That comes as no surprise to you as I wrote earlier that he hasn’t played cricket before. That in mind I had him open the batting with me. Why did I open with myself? I guess I had some lofty notion of leading by example and so on. Why did I open with Simon? I felt personally responsible for his good time and wanted to do my best to provide it. I provided it with positive comments from the other end of the pitch. Simon didn’t know how do put pads on. That was pretty funny and also understandable. Sean Was batting 5th but was padded up on arrival and was receiving throw downs before Simon and I. That was cool and funny. Simon and I did pretty good but probably lost the match for the Quokkas. Because we didn’t score quick enough. I hit lots of good cut shots directly to fielders. Simon missed the ball a bit because he hadn’t batted before. Eventually Simon hit some great shots including a ‘4’. With the blessing of the Rainbow’s captain, Simon and I planned to retire pre 30 (we were on approx 20) so as to give someone else a shot and having a good time and also maybe scoring heaps of runs quickly resulting in victory. I threw my wicket. Simon retired. I don’t remember much about the game after this as I started thinking about my life. My new album for instance. Is it gonna be respected by my peers? How am I gonna pay for mastering and marketing? I also thought about this great girl I’ve been seeing and then I got sad because she is pretty hot and cold and she was cold that day. I also thought about the bike the Dutchy generously gave me. How long has it been since I’ve cycled? How do you do it? I know that saying says that once you’ve learnt you can’t forget but some times saying are incorrect. Like the saying – “Life is like the ocean. It can be calm or still, and rough or rigid, but in the end, it is always beautiful”. That’s not true. Think about those who died violent deaths after a life time of suffering and so on. I got to thinking about Centrelink too. 

    This is what I remember happening even though I wasn’t really concentrating – 

    Sean came in. He has played district cricket. I don’t know that that means but the way James said it gave me in the impression that district cricket is and impressive level o quality. My intuition was proven correct. Sean gifted us cricket card (and or poster) quality stroke after stroke. His technique wowed us. He wasn’t hitting the ball very hard though. Once again, pub cricket frustrates the best equipped. What else happened. Oh yeah. The star of the day. Ed. Ed hit some awesome cricket shots. He made 32 off 14. He tried his best to help us win. Which we did not. In the end. Win. Jay hit some nice shots too. He was dropped a few times and almost got bowled a couple of times but made the most of his 9 lives with a score of 15. Dutch came in and did what he had to do. Hit the ball hard with his batt. He made a quick and needed 10 runs. Res, Nick, Big Dog and James Gow also contributed with the bat. They played good shots and ran hard and tried their best. For that we are grateful. It was raining a fair bit during this time so credit to those who endured. It reminded me of a film Jay and I are yet to make titled ‘Warnie In The Trenches’.

    As mentioned Jaime didn’t turn up.

    Luckily Rev arrived with his cute kids. Rev batted great and made 10. Rev also bowled very well later in the match. I probably should have given him a vote. Sorry Rev. 

    Sad Rev

    Sad Rev

    Then we drank more beers. 

    Then practiced catching. 

    Then we went out to field. 

    James and Jay opened. 

    I’m getting bored. 

    Lets just say everyone bowled well. Jay, Rev, and Ed bowled especially well. I bowled pretty good. Sean’s second over was unreal. 

    Ed caught the first dude. Then the second dude. Then the third dude but that didn’t count on account of it being a free hit so he decided to run him out instead. Then Ed caught the fourth dude. Simon took a great catch in his new jacket.

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    Artists impression of Slow Dancers jacket

    Big Dog’s second over was good too. Listen everyone bowled great. Dutchy kept well. One dude stepped back onto his own wicket. He seemed disappointed so Nick shouted “Life is like the ocean. It can be calm or still, and rough or rigid, but in the end, it is always beautiful”. This didn’t seem to help because he was still out on account of walking into his stumps which is truly depressing. 

    We had a break when it started raining again. 

    Also, we fielded one person down. That didn’t help. Thanks Jaime.

    We got close. The spirit was correct. Everyone seemed to have a good time despite the weather. We needed to get 3 wickets prior to them scoring 40 runs. We didn’t. 

    Thanks Big Dog for the salads. Saul for the bbq. Ed for the food. James for the Dim Sims. 

    Sorry if someone did something note worthy which I haven’t included. 

    Nb. I have not, and will not check for spelling and grammar errors.

  • Match Facts: Sunday, February 19th 2017, Alfred Crescent Oval, North Fitzroy

    Time: Midday for a 1pm start

    The Big Picture:

    This is the Quokkas last Pub League game of the season, offering them their last chance to get a win in an otherwise winless season.

    The Rainbow was one of the few pubs that the Quokkas beat last season, but that doesn’t seem to matter for much this season, with the boys in maroon seemingly able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at every chance.

    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas are coming off the back of their annual first-round exit from the BDNO, though this years version was a little more promising than previous years and showed glimpses of what was possible.

    The Quokkas bowled and fielded well by their standards in the BDNO, holding catches, taking wickets and stopping singles. They’re all good signs & also very likely to disappear as quickly as they appeared.

    In the Spotlight:

    Alex comes back in to the Quokkas squad for his first game since Nerrena and his first game as Captain. The square-shouldered leggie showed some excellent form in his last spell in Gippsland, repeating it will surely provide as many issues to batsmen as it will fielders (who will have to catch a spinning ball off the bat).

    Team News:

    Its been a tough week at Quokkas HQ with players declaring unavailability like it was some sort of hipster trend. The XI for this weekend (at the time of writing) is:

    1. Alex (c)
    2. Jay
    3. Ed
    4. Dutchy
    5. Big Dog
    6. Tuesday
    7. Nickname AW
    8. Bowl’en
    9. Sean*
    10. Local
    11. James How

    Pitch and Conditions

    The game is scheduled to be played at Alfred Crescent, defined in these pages previously in detail. It’s a ground with small boundaries that favours the big hitters, or even the medium-distance hitters, with those disinclined to run not finding penalties.

    The predicted top for Sunday is 19 with a prediction for some light showers in the morning and early afternoon.

    Stats & Trivia

    • Jay is sitting on 175 career runs at 35, so is well positioned to crack the 200-run mark in this match
    • Similarly, Tuesday is sitting on 279 career runs at 23, so is well placed to crack the 300-run mark
    • Bowl’en hasn’t had much luck this season, but 2 wickets will take him to 10 career wickets
    • James Gow has had a little more luck this season, going for only 5.7 runs per over
  • The most Quokka of moments

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    From Captain Ed…

    The sun was shining and while we were missing  a few of the Quokkas A-listers in Snipper, Dog and Chef, a find of L7’s Bricks are Heavy Album on Cassette in the shed Sunday morning had feeling it was going to be a good day.

    The Rainbow batted first and the Jay/Dutchy opening partnership yielded 2 wickets, Jay doing all the yielding. James (Alex’s brother) bowled first change on debut and learnt that bowling line and length leads to nothing but dropped catches at slip. Rev was the other first change bowler and started his spell with a few wides……

    Day Two

    Rev completed his 16 ball over and I had to drag him as a second over would have resulted in dehydration of the fielders waiting for the drinks break. Rainbow only 66 at drinks. I mentioned to Local on the walk back out that they key was getting through the period where we tend to drift and concede a few runs….that key was still under the mat. The rainbow got to 171 with the highlights of the second set of overs being Alex bowling leggies and landing them,  Radars two stumpings and the captain being questioned about his third over by two veteran quokkas after an unlucky 2nd over went for a few.

    The half time feast was amazing, 4 types of meat, fish and salads to challenge the Dogs culinary skills.

    The batting order was drawn from a hat and after dismissing Dutchies protest that 11 was actually roman numerals for 2, Local and Radar got us off to a flyer, 40 off four overs before Radar was caught hookin’ which he walked off sookin’ and kind of disappointed lookin’. Local retired for a dashing 32, Rainsey 15 (all to backward square), Jay 30 odd, Shane 30 less, Me, a Captains knock 0f 35, Tuesday hit the winning runs and we were home with an over to spare.

    Went back to the Rainbow anyway for a few beers, questions on the necessity of the length of Jay’s run up, discussions on what Alex sleeps in when his favorite shorts are elsewhere and queried the selection process for the captain of mixed team 2.

    And that’s about all. There was something else, but its slips my mind….Oh yeah, that’s it… ENTER THE REVEREND!!!!!!  26 not out, 32 balls, 5 off drives, highest pub league score, guiding us home for Victory.  Yes it happened and we were there.

  • Match Facts:

    Sunday, February 14

    Ramsden Street Oval, Clifton Hill

     

    Time:

    1pm

     

    The Big Picture:

    This will be the Quokkas first Pub League game for 2016, discounting the Big Day Not Out, and one that they hope will start better than 2015 ended (1 win from 4 Pub League games).

     

    This is the first time the Quokkas have played this incarnation of the Rainbow Hotel, the last time was c.2010 before the last incarnation went on to being Sentido fUnf (then the Fitzroy Beer Garden, then The Marquis of Lorne).

     

    Here’s hoping the new mob are as uncompetitive at cricket as the old mob were good at moving pubs / bars / wine bars.

     

    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas have only won the one game this season, against the Old Bar, which was highly reliant on the big hitting of Chef (44 off 14) and J Rod (41 off 24).

     

    Of course neither is available for this game, which leaves more of a crater than a hole in the run-scoring department.

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    Artists impression of the Quokkas run scoring capability

     

    That being said, the Quokkas did bowl and field in their last showing (at the BDNO), bowling out the Standard in 10 overs. Shame they couldn’t chase the runs.

     

    In the Spotlight:

    Tuesday is in sparkling form this season, averaging 86 with the bat in the Pub League, as well as scoring a handy 59 against the Vic Deaf team before I ran him out. You’re welcome.

     

    Jay and Local can expect a good go with the new ball on Sunday, combining for 7 wickets for 144 runs. This might not sound world beating, but you have to remember that many of their deliveries are just too good for the batsmen to hit.

     

    Team News:

    Snipper was an early withdrawal from this game due to a bad case of ‘somethingbettertodo’.

     

    Thankfully Alex’s brother John has slipped straight in, bringing some handy seam bowling as well as a touch of the Steve Henty’s. That is, better looking than his brother and more loved by his parents.

     

    The XI at the time of writing and in no particular order is:

    1. Ed (c)
    2. Dutchy
    3. Local
    4. Alex
    5. John Gow
    6. Radar
    7. Rev
    8. Nick AW
    9. Tuesday
    10. Jay
    11. Bowl’en

     

    Pitch and Conditions:

    This is the Quokkas first venture back to Ramsden Street Oval since the first game of this season, a narrow loss to BDNO winners The Royal Oak.

     

    A ground with potentially long boundaries, depending on where you lay the witches hats, as well as the calming sounds of cars rushing along the Eastern Freeway.

     

    The new practice nets at the ground, described by some as the best in the Southern Hemisphere, provide tricky complications in regards to making excuses not to warm up. Well, for those inexperienced at making excuses anyway.

     

    The ground is also the site of where one of my deliveries was once hit into a light tower, which was a little like that scene in ‘The Natural’, but without Robert Redford or baseball.

     

    Stats and Trivia:

    • You should know by now that I’m making up 67% of these and sometimes 81%, or 23%
    • Dutchy has now hit 22 career YPCA 6’s, the equal most of all time (with Rowdy), this game offers his opportunity to take the lead
    • This will be Radars 25th YPCA game for the Quokkas, the inked-up all-rounder (bats, bowls, keeps) has scored 284 runs at 14.95 (top score of 37) and 11 wickets at 24.64

     

     

     

     

  • Thanks for the opportunity of allowing me to (unconventionally) Captain the team last Sunday.  It was a great day but unfortunately we couldn’t walk away with a win… rundown as follow:

    After losing the toss (OK, there was no toss, they just asked to bat first) we found ourselves in the field.  An unconventional 4 pronged opening attack was adopted, which seemed to work in our favour.  It was a great start by ‘Bad Boy’ cracking their opening batsman in the head with the opening ball of the day and drawing blood.  Two balls later we had their Captain out caught behind, to a dubious decision from the umpire.  I think the decision even surprised the Bad Boy.  Next to bowl was high hat Mo, taking another wicket by knocking the bails off the stumps without the batsman knowing what had happened…  Pup and Gregor followed up with some tidy work, with Gregor unlucky not to take a wicket with Jazzron ‘the clouds make it hard to see’ Keeper putting down a caught behind opportunity.  Luckily we weren’t made to pay, with Bad Boy clean bowling the same batsman in the next over.  Pup bowled extremely well, taking 1/12 with his opening spell. 

    Moving further into the innings, Rev was asked to bowl the next over.  His response was that he needed to go ‘wee wees’ first and asked if I could bowl someone else first.  Instead we found him an incontinence pad, which allowed him to run on in and take a wicket from a pie with extra sauce.  It must have been the ‘mystery fieldsman’ he put in place that scared the batsman – somewhere between long on and long off.    

    We managed to bowl the team out with some tidy bowling from all, for a score of 116.  A target we thought was quite achievable.

    Special mentions on the bowling:

    Ed: 2/2

    Bad Boy: 2/6 – plus a head-hunter drawing blood

    Big Dog: 1/10

    Dutchy & Rev: both 1/11

    Special mentions on fielding:

    Rev:  The mystery fielding position

    Rev:  Sore arm so can’t field in the deep

    Rev:  I need wee wees 

    When it came to batting we sent in our resident opener Ed, along with Rob for his first time of opening.  It was fair to say it was a difficult assignment, as getting the Rainbow’s bowlers away was no easy feat.  This was reflected with a ‘not so lightening’ start of 19 runs from the first 12 overs.  A run rate of 1.6.  This left us requiring 98 runs from the final 13 overs, a required run rate of 7.5.  So one by one we all (except Bad Boy) walked out to the middle, swung the bat with ferociousness, then walked back to the sidelines with our tails between our legs.  Jazzron however put up some fight near the end with a good knock of 20 – overcoming his fear of the clouds and shoving it up the captain for putting him down at number 8.  Unfortunately we fell short of our target by 28, reaching 9/89. 

    Special mentions on the batting:

    Jazzron: 20 (two 4s)

    J Bomb: 19 (two 4s, one 6)

    Rob: 17 (three 4s)

    Gregor: 15 (one 4, one 6)

    Cat: When asked if she wanted them to slow down the bowling?  Answer:  Absolutely not.  Very Gutsy, I reckon most of us would have said yes! 

    Thanks for the game lads, was a good one that we were expecting to get belted in – but we can hold our heads high.  One final hit-out against the Derby before the BDNO, so let’s finish off with a win.

    J Bomb

  • Resplendent Quokkas

    Match Facts

    MLQCC v Rainbow Hotel

    13th February, 2011

    12.30 (be there at 12.00)

    Ramsden Street Oval, Clifton Hill

     

    The Big Picture

    After coming up against their first established ‘competitive’ side in the league, the Quokkas were able to get a better feeling for where they are in the competition.  Early feedback suggests that the club is unsurprised with this position.

    The Rainbow promises to be an equally tough contest, with the boys in Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet rumoured to spend their Saturdays playing club cricket.  The other rumour is that they spend their Saturdays hand washing their carefully assembled ensemble. 

    Well, it’s a rumour now.

    This is the first Quokka game since our initial hit-out in which we haven’t hosted the game, making this a Litmus test of our ability having the burden of BBQing lifted from our enormous shoulders.

    Form Guide

    Quokkas LWWWL

    Watch out for

    After noticing that Shane Watson is regarded as the best cricketer not wearing grey and maroon in the country, the Quokkas brain trust have moved Dutchy/Mason up the order to bring more run-outs and moisturising product to the top order. 

    Team news

    After spending the last few months exhaling steam in the outfield whenever he saw a field placement he didn’t like, J Bomb has been appointed captain for this game.  Expect the mantle of responsibility to rest easy.

    The response to this game has been mute with Cath, Rob and Chooka yet to confirm attendance.  As always, there are plenty of opportunities to change the order.

    The Rev has survived a net session with Mrs Rev (she only *mostly* beat the bat) on Sunday afternoon and has declared himself fit.  He is looking to have another net on late Saturday afternoon @ Edinburgh gardens if anyone wants to join.

    Quokkas (possible)

    1. Ed
    2. Rev
    3. Dutchy
    4. J Bomb (c)
    5. Gregor
    6. Mo
    7. Jazzron (wk)
    8. Big Dog
    9. Pup
    10. Horse
    11. Bad Boy
    12. 12.   Chooka  – The Enigma 

    Others – Rob Seddon, Cath

    Quotes:

    “What about Darragh?” – Ed, on being asked who our best WAG is

    Other News

    • I am putting in a new shirt order for Gregor (m), Bad Boy (xl), Dutchy (L) and Mrs Mo (s) – let me know if I’ve missed anyone.
    • Our famous subs have gone to work and bought a team bat & set of pads and gloves;
    • Net session late Saturday afternoon in Edinburgh gardens if anyone is keen – contact the Rev;
    • Once again, subs will be $10 – this will go towards more kit & the end of year presentation night (WAGs: get your fake tan on);
  • From Captain Jay…

    It was with high hopes that the Q.C.C arrived at Alphington Park last Sunday for the final Yarra Pub League match of season 2015/16.
     
    This Captain’s quick pre game assessment of team morale was a solid 7/10. A definitive seasonal high.  Q.C.C members were spotted stretching, walking fast, tossing balls, inspecting the pitch, in the nets and at the ground early.
    This was, of course a big day for the hungry Quokkas. Coming off the back of the 2nd win of the season against the Rainbow Hotel, Q.C.C was in the hunt for a double and the Terminus could be just the blokes to satiate the Quokkas appetite. 
    A quick conversation with the Terminus revealed a squad with a total of just 19 hours sleep between the first 11 with an average of 11 stubbies consumed the night before.
    While morale was high, there were significant doubts that two in a row was possible. Last week Mike McDermott, a resident of Oxford in the UK won the lottery for the 2nd time in a year with the exact same numbers. According to the Daily Mail, the odds of the same six lottery numbers coming up at random again are 5,400,000,000,000 to one, or 2,330,636 squared. The Rev assured this captain that the Quokkas odds of winning the two in a row were in the same region of probability.
    It was with this weight and responsibility that two of the clubs elder statesman strode to the middle to face an impatient (keen to get back to bed) Terminus attack.
    Big Dog and Dutchy put on a solid opening stand with Dutchy retiring on 40 odd and Big Dog hitting out for 11. A fine opening partnership. Seeing off the new ball and setting up the middle order to pile on the runs.
    Snipper, back for his first match in a while went for 13 of 15 balls.
    Then came the middle order.. and what a middle order. Alex leading the way and pushing forward the run rate right up where she needed to be. Alex (ret 34), Curto (ret 30), Tuesday (30), Jay (25 n/o) and J Rod (8) piling on 127 runs in 70 odd balls. (all batters with S/Rate of over 1.6)
    The ever generous Nick AW and Local bowing out for 1 and 1 respectively.
    Ed, inspired by thrilling middle order batting and in at number 11, put on 19 runs off 9 balls (S/Rate 2.11)
    Quokkas finally had a total that leg side bowling and dropped catches could (maybe) defend..  7/229
    Earlier in the day the cones were strategically placed real deep to protect our leg side. Which for the most part (save Ed and Revs final overs) worked to our advantage.
    Tuesday and J Rod opened up the bowling from the Heidelberg Rd end. Tuesday, overlooked as an opening bowler for most of the season relished the opportunity with the new ball. 2 overs 1/7.
    Tuesday’s solid line and length set a difficult precedent for the remaining 10 bowlers to follow. 
     
    J Rod, under an injury cloud, worked away and kept the pressure on –  2 overs 0/6. The first 4 overs going for 1/13 runs (a run rate of 3.25). This was proper cricket.
    The Quokkas of old started creeping back in at around the 5 over mark. Dutchy cowering under a skied top edge at an expertly placed gully. Nick and Curto colliding under a catch at fine leg.
    Tuesday and Snipper dropping deep field catches. Almost unheard of..
     
    The fix was in? 
     
    Dutchy, Nick AW,  Ed and Rev bowling really tight (first) spells. Terminus, down a few wickets decided to finally install some batsman at the crease and they quickly lifted the run rate before drinks (12 over mark) 
     
    3/60 at the break. Not bad. It was only uphill from here..
     
    It was time to turn the screws. Jay and Snipper put on a pace attack after the break. Jay being hit for 6 off the first ball back from drinks.
     
    Was this the beginning of the end?
    What had the Terminus been drinking?
    Had the Terminus’s hang over subsided? 
     
    Jay and Snipper straightened up the attack with 4 overs of solid line and length, a few dots balls even. It was time to bring on the newly reformed (Aria Award Winner) Alex Gow. Recently turning to leg spin. Sighting the obvious advantage of having less of a chance of being charged for manslaughter than when he bowls short pitched/headhunting pace. 
    Alex’s first leg spin wicket has been compared to Warnie’s first Test ball on English soil.
    Bowling the batsman round the legs, from outside leg to take out the top of off. The umpire was confused. A few dropped catches later, and a staggering total of 76 runs coming off just 5 overs courtesy of – Curto (1/18), Big Dog (0/21), Rev (1/39) and Ed (2/23).
    A nervous captain retired to the deep outfield (in the shade) counting down the overs. “You can only put the cones out so far” – his internal mantra.
    Terminus 9/177!  Quokkas win 2nd match in a row. 
     
    Special mentions: 
    Dutchy – 2 short of a 50. Solid batting.
    Rev – 4 dropped catches / 1 taken (off his own bowling)
    J Rod – Dropping a catch off his own bowling and dropping his guts at the same time (causing fits of laughter from the batsman)
    Curto – Good match back, solid form with the bat and the gloves, good luck with the twins!
    Nick AW – Great bowling, great fielding, good bloke. Endearing comments at every change of end.
  • Match Facts:

    Sunday, February 28

    Alphington Park, Parkview Road, Alphington

    Time:

    1pm

    The Big Picture:

    And so another YPCA season rolls to its end for the Quokkas, though this isn’t the last game of the season, it’s the last one not pitched against other Quokkas of one form or another. It hasn’t been the most successful of seasons for the Quokkas, but that’s hardly the point and besides we beat the Rainbow in the last match to ensure we had TWO wins for the season.

    Yay, us.

    This is only the second encounter between the Quokkas and the Terminus, the last contest was the Terminus’ opening foray into Pub Cricket and resulted in a win to the Quokkas, with Radar and Ed scoring 37s.

    This man also bats

    This man also bowls

    The match was also famous for  The Revs bowling being responsible for the death of Possums in the trees surrounding the Alfred Crescent oval.

    Here’s hoping the Quokkas can pull off another win to finish the YPCA season well, or at least enjoy the day and head back to the “Termi” anyway for some brilliant tap beers.

    Form Guide:

    2016 has started positively for the Quokkas, it’s a shame they seem to be hitting form right before the season ends. Or is it?

    After getting smashed by a way better team in the ASRC, the Quokkas put up a good showing in the Big Day Not Out and somehow managed to beat the Rainbow (good lads, them).

    So there you have it, the Mozz is officially ON.

    In the Spotlight:

    Jay (Lo) makes his Captaincy debut for this game, so is sure to be given a hard time by all and sundry. The big opening bowler is in fair form in his debut season, averaging 44 with the bat and having taken 5 wickets at 18 with the ball.

    Once again ladies and gentlemen, MOZZ.

    Team News:

    The last league game of the season was always going to draw a few out of the woodwork, not least because it’s against a pub we will probably lose against that has a decent beer selection. Also, their Pub may be showing the NAB mugs competition, and who would miss that?

    Who indeed?

    Who indeed?

    The available list (at the time of writing) is:

    1. Big Dog
    2. Ed
    3. Dutchy
    4. Local
    5. Radar
    6. Tuesday
    7. Rev
    8. Curto
    9. J Rod
    10. Snipper
    11. Alex
    12. Nickname AW
    13. Jay (c)

    Pitch and Conditions:

    The game is to be played at Alphington Park, which (I believe) The Quokkas have only graced once, in their infamous 1-run loss to The Rose. The ground is next to the old paper mill, which is currently being torn down to make way for FIVE THOUSAND new folk to move into the new apartments being built. Here’s hoping the construction dust settles on the pitch, giving it lots of turn.

    All we’d need then is a spinner.

    Ed

    It’s looking like a very pleasant 24 degrees on the day, so it should be fun.

    Stats and Trivia:

    • The Bad Boy curse has continued this season, with last seasons B&F winner (Snipper) only playing 2 YPCA matches. Here’s hoping the golden boy doesn’t have paint to watch dry or grass to watch grow so he can play his 10th YPCA innings for the club & add to his 220 career runs (@ 55) and 6 wickets (@25)
    • This may be Curtos last pub league game for a while as he is expecting Twins over the Winter. Curto has the record number of dismissals for the Quokkas; 29 (23 catches and 6 run outs / stumpings). We wish them all well.
    • Radars barn-storming 18 last week took him past 300 career runs (302 to be precise), only the 7th to do so
    • The Revs 26* in the last game took him past 150 career runs, the absolute slowest ever to do so.

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