Match Preview: Quokkas CC v Quokkas CC
Sunday, March 6
Alphington Park, Parkview Road
The Big Picture:
The Quokkas CC was started on a whim but has continued with a substantial dose of fortune.
It was in 2003 when the Rev, working at a Private Equity firm in London was wondering how he’d fill his day, saw an ad for an indoor cricket league on the newly popular “internets”.
Emailing an English friend, they quickly decided to enter a team, with neither players nor a name. A recently published article on attacks to the worlds least threatening marsupials, Quokkas, provided inspiration for the name while desperate calls and emails brought in the players.
The Quokkas spent 2 years in the indoor league without managing to trouble the “win” column too often, eventually taking out a league award for turning up.
Taking the hint, the Quokkas soon started organising outdoor games against Village sides and tour matches throughout Europe, always striving to find someone worse than them. The endless search goes on.
Moving back to Australia in 2009, the Rev started up the team again in the Yarra Pub Cricket Association, from which it has moved on to playing regular tour and charity games.
One of the first players to sign up to the Quokkas in Australia was the Big Dog, his name derived in the Arabic sense, being that it was in relation to the name of his eldest son; Pup.
This game was originally organised to mark the Big Dogs 50th game for the Quokkas, but a countback has revealed he has already played 55 games.
Oddly, though, this WILL be the 50th game for 2 other Quokkas stalwarts, Ed and Dutchy.
The game will be played between past and current Quokkas and see the return of such luminaries as Bad Boy and Lonely.
Perhaps most importantly, it guarantees that a Quokka team will win the game. Not that that has ever been the point.
The current Quokkas are coming off 2 wins in a row in the YPCA, which is unprecedented in recent times.
In the spotlight:
After starting the week with 28 available to fill up the 2 teams, the night before the game sees only 23 available, so anything could happen before 10am.
That being said, the night before also sees The Rev settling in to watch another episode of ‘If you are the one’, so there are definitely bigger problems in the world.
The available list, for each team, at the time of writing is:
- Big Dog
- Pup (c)
- Bad Boy
- J Rod
- Phantom (c)
- Nickname AW
Pitch and Conditions:
The match is to be played at the wondrous Alphington Park, with grass so lush that you just want to spill a catch on it so you can sprawl for a while. That’s my excuse.
Stats and Trivia:
- 66 players have turned out for the Quokkas since 2009, with each player playing an average of 9.4 games
- The average Quokka bats in 8.3 innings, with an average high score of 20.4
- The average Quokka has taken 5.5 wickets at the cost of 125 runs & has taken an average of 3.4 catches
- Of the 66 Quokkas to have played for the Quokkas in YPCA-rules games, Big Dog has played 45, with 39 innings, 405 runs (10 not out), with an average of 13.97 and a high score of 35
- The Big Dog has also taken 27 wickets for 660 runs at 24.44, or 9.71 runs per over, with 11 catches and 1 run-out
- For the party boys, Ed has 675 runs at 29.35 and Dutchy has 686 at 28.58
- Ed has 57 fours and 16 sixes, Dutchy 68 fours and 22 sixes
- Ed has bowled 94.1 overs for 34 wickets at 16.29 and 5.89 runs per over, Dutchy has bowled 80 overs for 13 wickets at 45.69 at 7.43 runs per over