Turns out Hattricks aren’t that special after all.
This time it was you favourite marsupial themed brethren on the receiving end, putting pay to a spirited, if not ultimately close, attempt at chasing down a big total. With the propensity for Quokka batting collapses it’s a surprise we’ve never succumbed to 3 in 3 balls before.
A unusually generous Evil Dave, captain for the day, allowed the low in numbers Barnes Common Team to bat first leaving the Quokkas to field in the sweltering afternoon heat. After some tight-ish opening overs from Ankeet and the skipper, including a wicket for Satan bowling from the railway end, the Barnes number three, Sanjay, decided to unleash the long handle. Mr Saucisson and Beelzeebub took the punishment including three 6s in three balls until the introduction of some spin from Arunav and Milind took the pace of the ball and brought some control back.
Seil continued the tradition of taking a wicket with his first ball on Quokka debut and he and the Yak followed it up with another wicket each but the Barnes Common team had posted an impressive 237 off the 35.
At tea, the Quokkas built their hopes up remembering the multiple scores of 240+ scored last season, those thoughts soon dampened as they then remembered that they’d never chased a total of such magnitude. Milind and Arunav opened well enough and Conan introduced Barnes to the SMASH on his way to top scoring with 38, despite running Mr Fawcett out for a duck along the way. Mr Saucisson and Seil got into the teens and at drinks we were nearly up with the required run rate.
Sadly it wasn’t to last. First Tom, then Conan, then Evil Dave were victims of Barnes bowler Joe in successive balls on his way to a fifer. When Ankeet couldn’t repeat his heroics of the previous week and went soon after for 2, it was not to be our day.
With only the Egg and Verger left to get the remaining 105 it was never going to be a happy ending, despite putting on a few runs. Our disappointment only furthered when retiring to the Coach & Horses with the Barnes chaps to learn that the kitchen wasn’t open and there weren’t to be any Scotch Eggs!