• Match Facts:

    Jan 24, 2021

    Fletcher 2 Oval, Burnley



    The Big Picture:

    Welcome to 2021. I’m not going to add my two cents to the plethora of comments about 2020 being a dumpster or unprecedented, but I will add my plethora joke.

    A man is asked to speak at a funeral, he gets up and says “plethora”.

    The family thanks him, saying “that meant a lot”.

    You’re welcome.

    Quokkas season 2020/21 has gotten off to an exciting start, with a lot of fun games, though with no additions to the win ledger; if that means anything.

    One upside this season has been the transformation of Jay Rayner into our own Nostradamus, correctly predicting everything from the weather to the outcome of every test match and innings. Entertaining stuff.

    We have only played The Cherry Tree once, in their debut YPCA game last season, which we won thanks to a huge total being put on by most of the team (30s to Big Dog, Alex, Jay, Ed, Sizzle) followed up by bowling so tight that skinny jeans manufacturers were made to blush (average RPO of 5.3).

    Form Guide:

    As mentioned, The Quokkas have put in some good efforts this season without any wins. Still, the games have all been played in a good spirit and everyone has had a go, which is the point of the whole thing really.

    In the Spotlight:

    The Animal has been in ferocious form this season, taking wickets and not getting hit for many, while also scoring plenty of runs at the tail. Perhaps the rest of us will hit this hot form in 20 years when we get our movie discounts?

    The Animal, seen here focusing his chi

    Stats and Trivia:

    Been a while, so here we go:

    • Since becoming a proper umpire The Big Dog has slowed down with his appearances, he is still sitting on 96 games for The Quokkas (71 YPCA, 8 BDNO, 10 other*, 5 v VBCA, 2 in Sri Lanka) – BRING ON THE DOG
    • On appearance milestones, Local (47) and Jay (45) also have lifetime membership on the horizon
    • The Big Dog and Ed are now equal on career wickets (48), with Ed becoming a specialist bowler this season can he overcome the large hound?
    • J Rod is on 491 runs, only needing 9 to join the 500-club (with Jay, Alex, Radar, Dutchy, ahem, Big Dog and Ed), and only 2 behind Snipper (493)
    • Similarly, Local is on 486 runs so we may be able to get a 500-club XI soon
    • Radar is on 593 runs, so on the cusp of the rare 600-run club. He also has 28 dismissals for the club; 11 catches and an insane 17 stumpings / run outs
    • Jay (29 wickets) is about to run into the 30-wicket club, sitting behind Dutchy (40), Rev (32), Big Dog and Ed (Sri Lankan opening specialists),

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  • Match Facts:

    WJ Cox Oval

    Deepest darkest Peru





    The Big Picture:

    Much like every movie made in the 80s, the Quokkas are back again.


    Unfortunately we haven’t been replaced by an all-female cast with cameos by the original team (with the affable Chris Hemsworth for a bit of light comedy relief), but will be seeing somewhere in the vicinity of 359 games of YPCA experience take the field.


    This is the Quokkas 10th season in the YPCA, having started as some nervous drinkers trying to post 120 runs in 25 overs, we now start as seasoned drinkers who recycle the same jokes.


    We are coming up against one of the new teams in the league, The Cherry Tree, who begin with the same promise and child-free existences as we did coming in. What a Dorian Gray moment this will be for them.



    Form Guide:

    Its been a long and fruitful off-season for the Quokkas, moving from the Gasometer to the Empress Hotel. We’d like to thank the “Gaso” for having us and wish them all the best with their young-person music and such going forward.


    Despite the move in pubs, the recruitment of new players has been quiet so far. What we haven’t gained in youth we’ve added to with experience. And injuries.


    Again, Dorian Gray shit.


    In the Spotlight:

    Special had a brilliant debut season last summer, scoring 56 runs at 18 and taking 3 wickets at 23. His pace with the ball increased as his injuries dissipated and he has shown plenty of zip in the nets so far. If only he’d shut up.


    Team News:

    A very solid XI is available at the time of writing, with the order to be confirmed by the Captain:

    1. Ed
    2. Big Dog
    3. Dutchy
    4. Local
    5. Radar (c)
    6. J Rod
    7. Alex
    8. Jay
    9. Pup
    10. SPECIAL
    11. Sizzle


    Pitch and Conditions:

    Cox Oval is one of the more exotic grounds in the YPCA, with bushland so dense on one side of it that it has its own moon.


    A little tricky to find, it is at least a quiet and isolated spot with only the refreshing waves of the Eastern Freeway for company. That, and the Bunyips.

    here 'tis

    here ’tis


    Stats and Trivia:

    • This will be Radars 50th appearance for the Quokkas (37 x YPCA, 6 x BDNO, 4 x T20s*, 2 x VBCA games), putting him at 5th overall for games. He’s been a sensational player for the club for a long time, literally doing everything; batting, bowling and ‘keeping. Though not all at once. Well done mate.
    • Radar only needs 15 more runs to make it to 500 for his career. With an average of 17, it could be a close-run thing. Only 4 other players have reached more than 500.
    • Jay is 1 wicket away from 20 total YPCA wickets, only 7 others are ahead of him.
    • Dutchy is 1 wicket away from 30 total YPCA scalps, with only the chosen two ahead of him


    Radar Radars

    Radar Radars





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