• From Captain Radar….

    Welcome back to a new Quokkas season. A great game to get us off and running for the new year, against one of our favourite oppositions The Curtin. (Their nickname is pretty gross, so I’ll leave it out)

    The Curtin had lost one of their longest standing members over the off season, so this game was played in remembrance of Owen.

    With a handful of new players, some of which look exactly the same as their old players, we got underway with a terrific showing with the bat. Dutcy and Alex got us off to a great start with 44 and 32 respectively, followed by Special with a 32 on debut, then some traditional lower order hitting from Ed (33) leading us to very competitive 210 (ish).
    With the ball the team was equally impressive. Although we did struggle to contain the runs a little, and did fall asleep for our traditional 3rd quarter fade out, we managed to take wickets regularly, and really never let them back into the game. Notable performances with the ball were Pup and Dutchy with 2 wickets a piece. With Dutchy also only going for 8 runs. We also held onto catches (3) but perhaps more importantly took wickets via bowled and stumped dismissals, which given our abilities with the ball in the air, is perhaps a good tactic for the future. All except for 3 of us (including me) took a wicket. Great job.
    Thanks to everyone for a good day, particularly the Curtin who are always a great bunch of people to spend a day at the cricket with, and to Jay who provided the keg. Also thanks to everyone else who chipped in with the catering. Made my day very easy.
    Looking forward to the rest of the season.
  • Match Facts:

    Alphington Park, View St, Alphington

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    here ’tis

    Time: 1pm

    The Big Picture:

    “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tsu

    “You ran me out by several steps” – many of my team-mates

    With Winter dreams behind us, The Quokkas have hatched from their cocoons like a flight of butterflies, ready to bring colour and beauty into the world. Like Butterflies though, this is likely to be short lived, leading to a quick decomposition and composting period for the rest of the summer, bringing a small amount of energy to the garden of Pub Cricket.

    This, the first game of the season, sees us take on one of our favourite teams in the John “Beefy” Curtin Hotel. As has been mentioned before, we were the first team the Beefies ever beat, ever, in the pub league and we have played many entertaining games since. Some of them have involved cricket.

    The Beefies will be without one of their founding members, Owen, who sadly passed a few weeks ago. The game will be a great way of remembering someone whose efforts allowed others to enjoy and benefit from Pub Cricket.

    Vale.

    Form Guide:

    Being the first game of the season, there isn’t a lot of form to speak of in the cricketing sense. That being said, the few net sessions that the Quokkas have run have been extremely well attended, so we are looking good at getting large numbers of people to turn up.

    If only that counted towards runs and wickets.

    Delving beneath the surface, many of the faces at training have been new ones, who haven’t had the rude truth of being a Quokka destroy their hopes and dreams. Yet.

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    In the Spotlight:

    Monty is back for his second season with The Quokkas and we are all looking forward to the man with the wild tattoos bowling with metronomic line and length again. And again. While Monty only went for 6 runs an over, he also picked up 5 wickets, which is unique in that its normally one or the other (or neither) for the Quokkas.

    Team News:

    To borrow from one of Steve Martins great movies, The 3 Amigos, we have a PLETHORA of players this week. This has made selection tricky, so we’ve had to preference those that have attended “training” (& bought the new kit bag). That being said, that may (read: will) all change by Sunday morning, but at the time of writing, the XI looks like this:

    1. Radar (c)
    2. Special
    3. Liam
    4. Alex
    5. Big Dog
    6. Fizz
    7. Ed
    8. Dutchy (w/k)
    9. Jay
    10. Ami
    11. VP
    12. Monty
    13. Pup
    14. Pete Sforcina

    Pitch and Conditions:

    This game is being played at the luxurious surrounds of Alphington Park, one of our favorites, with its grandstand and lush outfield. The last time we played here we got close to pipping Royston, but The Skip didn’t score enough runs. It wasn’t a bad result though, as The Royston put on an open bar afterwards.

    Artists impression of the results of an open bar

    Artists impression of the results of an open bar

    Its expected to be an overcast 19 degrees on Sunday, so not too tough going.

    Stats and Trivia:

    How I’ve missed this.

    • With as many as 4 debutants, this looks more like it is an Australian Mens Test team, rather than an established side like The Quokkas
    • A few milestones ticking over this week, with Ed playing his 70th Quokka match, Pup his 40th, and Alex & Jay their 30th (how cute!)
    • Captain Radar is sitting on 415 career runs, 5th overall and is only 103 away from The Big Dog – can he overtake the club legend this season?
    • Dutchy is sitting on 966 career runs, 1st overall, and is a good chance to reach 1,000 in this match if given 17ish balls to hit
    • We will have a double father-son combo in this match, with Radars Snr and Jnr in the match, as well as Pup and The Big Dog
  • From Captain Local…

    When I was 17 years old I caught a coach service from Melbourne to Townsville. Somewhere in the never-ending blackness of the third night I had a dream that I was a ghost and that the bus I was on was somehow a tiny fragment of rock which was all that remained of Alderaan; and together we were spinning through the void in a kind of endlessly repeating scream of horror in the second after the Deathstar had blown the entire planet to smithereens.

    Sometimes I remember that dream when Rev bowls an over.

    Thankfully, on a dull day of restless wind and heat-mad flies at Fairfield Oval against the Curtain Hotel, Rev produced the finest spell I have yet seen him bowl, sending down two near-perfect overs of line and length thunderbolts that were – for me – the highlight of the Quokkas fielding effort.

    Yes, the highlight.

    The Curtain, or ‘Beefies’ as they are known (possibly humorously) enjoyed the goodwill of the Quokkas field and set us a target of 190 or something similarly absurd.

    Like Ernest Shackleton rowing – in desperation or madness or both – across the endless bitterness of the Southern Ocean, we began our chase with a determination to achieve against the odds.

    J-Rod opened reluctantly, and yet repaid the faith – or bullying – of his captain by smashing the ball to various points on and over the boundary, often with a casual insouciance that was as surprised as the rest of us to be used in a description of his batting.

    With this laissez-faire flair from the opener came a renewed sense of ambition in the hearts of the Quokkas. Perhaps. Or it may have just been the captain who felt it. Who knows, it may have simply been the lunchtime sausages.Whatever the case, the ambition was for a victory that seemed unlikely an hour earlier when the Quokkas had just dropped their 67th catch of the afternoon.

    However.

    The death of ambition is a quiet cut that lays bare your hollow bones. It comes inevitably on a slow, grey afternoon amid the heat and tiny flies.

    Chef batted with courage and power, and without thought, which is when he bats best. Dutchy scored some inevitable runs. Rev attempted a last-wicket something, and attempted it well.

    Alas. Like the doomed people with no weapons on the peaceful planet that has just come into range of the most powerful weapon the Galaxy has ever known, the Quokkas were never going to end up as anything more than space dust.

    “Fire when ready”

    Congratulations to the Curtain, they played well, and thanks to Big Dog for making the Captains speech in my late absence. I am now 4 from 4 and can only accept that the blame must squarely fall on the playing group’s refusal to adhere to my instructions regarding the Nu-Metal theme. Next time gentlemen, next time.

  • Match Facts:

    December 4, 2016

    Fairfield Cricket Ground

     

    Time:

    1pm

     

    The Big Picture:

    This is the tenthy-second time that the Quokkas have taken on the “Beefys”, or very close to that figure indeed. This preview has gone over historic matches between the two clubs in the past, so I wont revisit that.

     

    The main point is that this game oft-represents all that is good in pub cricket, and all that can be good in this world again.

     

    The Beefies, with or without the Ford Laser, are a great group of lads and the Quokkas always look forward to getting to know the Beef Curtins a bit better, particularly after they are nice and moist after a day in the field.

     

    Form Guide:

    After winning their first game of the season in a thriller, The Quokkas have lost the last two in relatively convincing fashion.

     

    The last loss was against a combined Nerrena squad that featured a young blonde all-rounder about whom Dutchy astutely observed; “he looks like a female Russian tennis player”. Unfortunately for the Quokkas, he grunted as well as he bowled, batted and fielded and was a big part of the difference between the teams.

    Nice shape

    Nice shape too

     

    As good as the Quokkas fielding performance at Nerrena was, the Quokkas still managed to put down a number of catches, something that helps you win…something. Apparently.

     

    In the Spotlight:

    James Gow is a welcome addition to the team after a 12 month absence spent finding inner peace in a dilapidated RnB club in downtown Kilmore. James brings much needed disciplined bowling to the Quokkas, with a career RPO average of 5.67 and a bowling average of 17. For those that are interested, this is much lower than his brothers average of 21.17.

     

    Local gets the Captains Jacket this week (it turns out the Big Dog has been holding on to it for reasons unknown), which is kind-of like giving Donald Trump control of the Worlds largest economy. Very similar in fact.

     

    Local is coming off a great game with the ball (3 overs, 1 for 17) and bat (17 off 7), his batting innings in Nerrena including some of the more outrageous shots ever seen in South Gippsland. It was similar to Captain Kirk exposing the white-skinned people to the Enterprise at the start of “Star Trek: Into Darkness”.

    The Nibirans, responding to the SAULSCOOP

    The Nibirans, responding to the SAULSCOOP

     

    Team News:

    With the greatest recording studio in Melbourne, 400 Acres, having its Christmas party this Sunday, the Quokkas are suddenly short of many of its famously stable 2016/17 squad.

     

    Thankfully, we know others who can actually play and are available.

     

    The XI, at the time of writing, is:

    1. Rev
    2. Bowl’en
    3. Chef
    4. Dutchy (w/k)
    5. J Rod
    6. Big Dog
    7. Tuesday
    8. Jay
    9. Local (c)
    10. James Gow
    11. Nickname AW

     

    Pitch and Conditions

    Formerly a regular ground for the Quokkas, Fairfield Oval has now become the forgotten school friend that you bump into irregularly and promise to catch up with, but never do.

     

    The ground has become a smooth, green carpet since the drainage has been fixed, unless the soccer team has been on it first – in which case it is a cabbage patch.

     

    Its expected to hit a top of 32 degrees on Sunday, which should be great fun to field in first. There is supposed to be a late shower in the day, which may help the team bowling second, which just happens to not be the Quokkas.

     

     

    Stats & Trivia:

    After updating the database at Quokkas HQ to include mixed games, some of the appearances data has changed, so apologies for any confusion here:

    • This match will be Chefs 20th appearance for the Quokkas, the broad-chested legend took out the bowling award in his first season and has 16 YPCA wickets at 15 to prove his (Kiwi) chops. Throw in his 220 runs at 24 and you get to understand the value he brings to the team, without even mentioning the Pinot Gris
    • On the subject of Bowling-award winners, Jay is has sent down 6 overs in the YPCA this season at a cost of 33 runs (5.5 RPO) without luck. He has taken 9 wickets for 151 runs in his career so perhaps he should let the Dog out and go a bit more vertical?
    • With Ed out, Dutchy has the opportunity to extend his lead for all-time runs over Ed, which currently stands at 1. Should he do so, it will probably be via going big, Dutchy scores 60% of his runs from boundaries (40% fours, 20% sixes) as opposed to Eds 48% (33% fours, 15% sixes)
    • Bowl’en was a little hard on himself on hitting 7 last weekend, but it was consistent. His career average in the YPCA is 6.44. The long-limbed, guitar-picken man is a real nurdler, challenging the Rev for runs scored off boundaries (21% v 23%). Neither has hit a six.

     

  • From Captain Local….

    “The only things that are certain in life are death and taxes”, said someone who had obviously not picked up Dennis Rodman’s autobiography Bad As I Wanna Be and experienced the clear insight that this was indeed a book that should be judged by it’s cover and left unread.
    To this list of certain things can be added “catches win matches”.
    Fairlea West is a hard place for a gentle game. You go there without hope, because in a place like this hope gets sucked down to the dirty river along with the rest of the rubbish, and who’s got enough of it to spare? The freeway cuts a canyon behind the ground, the toilet block is locked (whether to keep you out or to keep something worse in) and running water is like human kindness in the rush to secure an overhead locker on the Tiger flight back from Bali – nowehre to be found.
    I heard a story once about this kid who used to wash dishes at a greasy spoon on Smith Street, back when you had to watch out that junkies didn’t steal the spoons, greasy or otherwise. He played in a punk/polka 5-piece called “Zombie Arse” and had some connections with a group of anarchists who ran a popular underground chess night out of a mouldy squat near Victoria Park. This dishwasher punk-rock anarchist kid took some bad acid one night and ran off up to Fairlea West, trying to shake The Fear. There on the narrow, mean strip of concrete that gets called the pitch, The Fear caught up with him. That kid is an old man now, living behind the torn and tattered flywire door of a one-bedroom flat in Thomastown, and his neighbours know to ignore his panicked cries in the night.
    The Quokkas batted first against the Curtain (The Beefies) and with solid contributions from most everyone – Tuesday and Dutchy the retirees – posted a competitive total of 7/174. After an excellent  lunch effort from Radar and Smallgoods on the bbq bike, we returned to the field and held the Beefies tightly until the drinks break. That is not a euphemism.
    However, it may be that The Fear still lurks among the yellowing grass up there at Fairlea, and all it takes is a couple of loose overs, some balls falling into empty space where a fielder should be and a catch or two going through hands for the tables to be turned as if they were specifically designed to do so, perhaps because they have been made for a catering or functions company that requires that capacity in a table.
    Several massive sixes and some traditional Quokka overthrows later and it was handshakes and congratulations all round for The Beefies.
    Nonetheless, it a testament to the Power of Cricket that this game was played in a spirit very much at odds with the brutalist surrounds. I mean, it could be that maybe the surrounds are actually not that brutal. Maybe this report is overstating the influence of the ground on Quokka fielding. Maybe there is in fact no evil malingering influence that lurks at the ground. Who knows – not me, I am not a Ghostbuster. I do know however that –  much like the type of idealised love that Paul Young and Zucchero long for in the sometimes overlooked hit Senza una Donna – when cricket is played as it was here then winning and losing simply become abstract concepts with which to illustrate, rather than define, the game.
  • Match Facts:

    Sunday, November 8

    Ground TBC

    Start Time:

    1pm

    The Big Picture:

    I’m going to just put this out there…the Quokkas love the Beefies.

    One of our longest-standing opponents and a great bunch of blokes to boot, there has been some cracking matches and moments between the two teams, not least the Beefies first-ever Pub league win!

    Other moments of merit from previous Beefy-Quokka encounters include Rowdy’s 87 off 23 balls (not mentioned in Eds book), Revs cover drive off one knee, Chefs 3/18 off 3 and the time Dutchy (while captaining) pleaded with the team for one more wicket – when the game was already won.

    Good times.

    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas started the 2015/16 season with an honorable loss, going down to the Royal Derby by 10 runs.

    Given that the Derby’s opening 3 put on 116 runs after 13 overs with the rest putting on 57 in the remaining 12, and the Quokkas had a much more even performance (only 1 retiree & 7 wicket takers).

    It’s a good sign from the boys in Maroon & form that will be needed to battle the high-scoring & hard-drinking “BEEFIES”.

    Little is known about the BEEFIES start to the season, though it almost certainly involved a Ford Laser, a case of Fireball and the girls from the Playboy 2015 Calendar.

    What happens in the Laser, stays in the Laser

    What happens in the Laser, stays in the Laser

    In the spotlight:

    Local is coming off arguably his best performance as a Quokka, with 37 not out, 2 wickets and 2 catches (we won’t mention the drops). In the spirit of reactive field placements, we have made him Captain for this match.

    The quietly conquering Chef clocked up his 10th YPCA match for the Quokkas last weekend, and another wicket in the process. Our Kiwi-import has been smiling from ear-to-ear since the All Blacks won something on the weekend, one can only hope he continues his sleep-deprived & excellent form.

    Team News:

    For the second week in a row, the Quokkas look like they will have a full XI come game day, with the added bonus of a possible 12th man available on the day. Unheard of.

    The availables (at the time of writing) are:

    1. Big Dog
    2. Ed
    3. Dutchy
    4. Local (c)
    5. Tuesday
    6. J Rod
    7. Snipper
    8. Chef
    9. Bowl’en
    10. Jim
    11. Jay
    12. Pup?

    Pitch and Conditions:

    As of 6 days before the match, I still haven’t been told where the game is. Any insights would be really, really great. The good people at the Bureau of Meteorology tell me its going to be at least 27 degrees, so a pleasant afternoon wherever we are.

    Stats and Trivia:

    • Chef played his 10th YPCA game on the weekend & took his 12th wicket in the process. His average of 10 runs per wicket at 5.22 RPO is simply startling
    • This weekends match will be Snippers 10th, the man in new trousers currently has a batting average of 60.33
    • Along with taking a sensational catch last weekend, Dutchy also scored his 600th run for the club (the record). The man in orange has a batting average of 26.09, with 10 not outs, 55 fours and 21 sixes. Don’t ask about his “bowling” (aka. Throwing) average
  • Even for a newcomer to the Pub league it would be clear to see that the Quokkas and the John Curtain have enjoyed a rich and friendly cricketing history. This felt like a match full of the kind of characters that made you enjoy playing junior cricket so much… just older and a little more un-sober… which is all very nice and everything until, like the sizeable Alfred Crescent crowd, you bared witness to the exhilarating cliffhanger which resulted. It was sensational cricket theatre, unlike Shane Warne the Musical, surely to be etched into the memories of players and punters alike for at least, well, until tomorrow.

    Prior to play the Quokkas took to the field in searing heat in a way almost completely un-reminiscent of ducks to a pond for a bit of a “warm up” – but a reappearance from the nimble Pup and a debut from the soft-handed Tinny, who ended the day with 3 outfield catches, ensured the Quokkas continued their epic run of reasonably proficient fielding.

    With play underway the Curtain’s top order curiously took to the Rev’s opening overs (1/9 off 2 overs) like Indian ducks to a pond full of Mitchell Johnston. Solid bowling displays followed from Chef, Cruiser and a very economical Pup before the Curtain’s middle order unleashed some brutal hitting (even by Alfred Crescent standards).

    Wickets from Big Dog and Snipper helped to temporarily stem the flow of runs, but as the heat began to take its toll – forcing the reconfiguration of the outfield to the shaded positions only – the Curtain’s lower order again let loose. Tuesday was taken for three consecutive maximums for an over of 18, and captain Snipper – not to be outdone – was then belted for 19. Thankfully the innings wrapped up with some tidy death bowling from Chef 3/18 and Ed 1/25.

    Chasing 190 for victory the Quokkas batsmen got stuck in with Local, Pup and Chef hitting retirement scores. Big hitting also came from Tuesday and Tinny with quick scoring cameos from Cruiser and Big Dog… but there was drama to come!

    With Radar and the Rev enjoying a leisurely pootle at the crease it came down to the last over with the Quokkas needing 12 to win. The crowd was beginning to get vocal and someone ingeniously decided to tell the batsmen what the score was. That news to Radar was like an intravenous barrel of spinach to a cricketing Popeye. Teeth gritted, veins popping, the first ball of the over was heaved over the offside boundary for six. The second carted through mid-wicket for four and suddenly victory was looming…  but the third ball was mishit and skied upwards. The catch was taken as the batsmen began to cross – but in a moment of brilliance the non-striking Rev began to back-peddle, handing the pressure to the newcomer Ed who, amidst wild scenes from the sidelines, dealt the winning boundary with poetic flare.

    Congratulations to the Quokkas on a nail-biting win to cap off a strong run into 2015 and have a safe and happy Christmas.

    Very Merry Xmas

    Very Merry Xmas

  • Match Facts:

    Sunday, December 21 Pederson Oval, Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North

    Start Time: 1pm

    The Big Picture

    The Quokkas last game for 2014 comes amongst a flurry of good tidings and cheer.  Not only are the Quokkas 3 wins from 4 games, but their 1 loss was against far superior opposition & even it wasn’t a blow out. Their last game, against the Marquis, saw them win a very highly skilled match against brilliant opposition.  This has led many to ask; “what have you done with our Quokkas?”.

    The “Beef” Curtin are one of the Maroon armys favourite teams to play, having co-hosted the Small Day Not Out last season & also our opposition to perhaps the greatest Quokka game of all.

    With Christmas just around the corner, this match is sure to contain plenty of festive cheer.

    Form Guide

    Quokkas: WWLW

    John Curtin: n/a

    In the spotlight:

    Since coming into the side this year, Tuesday & Chef started slowly but have put in ever-improving performances with each game.  While Tuesdays fantastic year in the field (6 catches, more than Curto) has had the crowds talking, its his efforts with the bat (scores of 1, 6 and 25) that are really starting to change games.

    Similarly, Chef is starting to build confidence from his bowling performances and is starting to hit runs, and in a hurry too.

    Team News:

    The lost dogs home has called and as a result we have the indefagitable Pup back amongst our numbers.  The left-armer had a break-out summer last summer, and I’m not just talking about pimples.  Finishing second in the B&F only on a countback, Pup (16 career wickets at 13 & 178 runs at 16) is a welcome addition to the team.

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    He’s baaaaack…..

    Perhaps due to the Christmas rush, the pull outs are a little premature this week.  Rowdy and J Rod have confirmed their unavailability, to be replaced by similar players; Rev and (new boy) Barnesy.

    Quokkas XI (probable):

    1. Snipper (c)
    2. Radar
    3. Big Dog (w/k)
    4. Ed
    5. Local
    6. Rev
    7. Chef
    8. Tuesday
    9. Pup
    10. Cruiser
    11. Barnesy

    Pitch and Conditions:

    The Pederson Oval is the home and heart of Yarra Pub Cricket with its grandiose grandstand and lush, long boundaries. The forecast is for a balmy 28 degrees and with the Quokkas batting second, they should be sure to keep their energy about them in the field.

    Stats and Trivia:

    • This will be Eds 30th appearance for the Quokkas (not counting BDNO or VBCA games), making him only the second player to do so (behind the Big Dog);
    • Locals hot run of form with the bat has seen his batting average this season boom out to over 10 (10.8 to be precise) at a pulsating strike rate of 0.81.  A vast improvement of the average of ~3 that he carried into the season;
    • The Curtins bowlers could be excused for having a double-take at the Quokkas batting averages for this season.  Snipper (62), Radar (45), Emu (68), Ed (48) and Big Dog (50) are all looking like Test candidates on paper, before one considers the YPCA retirement rule;
    • The Quokkas have taken an un-Quokka-like 18 catches already this season, though some of this could be attributed to the lack of attendance by J Rod.  More amazing still is that, even though Curto has been in the form of his life behind the stumps, Tuesday has more catches than him (6 to 5)
  • It was hot and our form coming in to the game wasn’t. So instead of running you through the entire game here’s the highlights
    1 – The red hot form of Cruizer, top score and 2/11 with the wickets being caught at slip and the keeper
    2 – The return of 2011 Robbo both with the ball AND with this comment “that guy with the dreadlocks looked quite sexy when he was lying on the ground (umpiring at square leg)” – no doubt he invited him back for a spa
    3 – Debutante Frosty fielding. Great catch and run-out, unfortunately of 1st balls
    4 – The Mu impersonating Curto by top edging the ball into his face, wedding soon perhaps?
    5 – Shotgun taking a catch, surprising everyone including himself
    6 – The Rev’s bowling – 1/6. Caught Shotgun, bowled Rev – most unlucky dismissal of all time
    7 – My captaincy – twice I moved a fielder and few balls later a catch went straight to them
    8- The food at half time, tacos!
    All this though pales into insignificance with the highlight of the game, possible season in one play….a simple catch was put up at short midwicket off the Rev. The Rev and Canty both go for it, Canty drops it. The striker has run, the non-striker hasn’t, both batsman standing together, Canty 5m away from the stumps…….throw goes over Emu’s head (keeping at the time) who then turns around and throws the gloves on the ground in disgust. Dutchy and Big Dog on the ground in tears in the offside. Welcome to the Quokkas Canty.
    John Curtin – 173 (Cruizer 2/11, Rev 1/6, Emu 1/16, Frosty 1/14)
    Quokkas – 128 (Cruizer 22, Ed 21, Dutchy 15, Dog 13, Emu 0 & 18*)
    A 49 run loss, but there was plenty of free beer and good tunes going at the Curtin
    See you Sunday against the Pinnicle
  • At one win each for the Quokkas and the John Curtin earlier this season this game shaped up to be a thrilling conclusion to an unprecedented tri-series. Actually the real story was that the Rainbow were due to play the Curtin but some inter-club(pub) fallout meant that the Rainbow faded (see what I did there) and left the Curtin with the picturesque Burney Oval booked but no-one to go to the dance with.

     

    What to do in such a situation? Call in your favourite pub cricket team and the only bunch who have so little planned for their weekend that they could rustle up a full 11 just by a few quick emails on a Thursday. Gladys also took the opportunity to blood a few Barbarians and more of the youthful talent of Upper Beaconsfield Cricket Club meaning we had four debutants in Wazza, Brendan, Rory and Matt. This worked out well for the Big Dog as with another Irish person on the team he had some rivalry for player with least natural cricketing talent.

     

    Dutchy was captain for the day so some crazy pitching rotations and the designated hitter were always likely to be the order of the day. Emu turned up sporting a grade one heartstring tear (or something like that) and saving himself for the upcoming Barbarians game. The upside was he filled in the neatest scorebook of the season in the style of an 8 year old girl’s handwriting.

     

    Jimmy and his mates at the Curtin made a staged appearance with a couple making the trip back from a buck’s night down the Peninsula. They certainly looked the worse for wear early on and took the unusual step of sobering up (as opposed to getting drunker) as the game progressed. We invited them to bat first in the customary manner though signs were already good with pre-prepared sandwiches in evidence.

     

    Oh, the cricket, I hear you ask? I can’t really remember much to be honest. Brendan (1-4) and J Rod (2-12) were the standouts while Luke ‘I’m a specialist bowler now’ Curto bowled three tidy overs conceding just ten runs. This could read from any game this season it seems but we took early wickets, we let them back into it and they ended with more than they should have (158ish).

     

    The weather gods obliged as so often this year and the innings break was more akin to a family picnic with our friends from the Curtin. Dutchy managed to fire up the big hitters in the team by opening with the picket fence specialists Curto and Big Dog. In hindsight a masterstroke of captaincy as for once we paced the run chase perfectly.

     

    Curto was first to fall for 10, replaced by his brother, who looked in a hurry and quickly retired undefeated. Young gun Matt made a steady 5 and at drinks we had wickets in hand but were driving Emu apoplectic with the pedestrian scoring rate. The ‘Dog retired next with 33 off 54 balls though it soon became apparent that this has anchored the innings. The Curtin seemed a little disappointed that the Boycott-esque knock had to end as this was clearly keeping them in the game and saving them having to bowl at Rowdy or Gladys.

     

    Wazza added 20 off 10 and Rowdy 26 off 14 before a late order collapse as the game came to the pointy end. Dutchy(1), J Rod(7) and Brendan(2) all departed leaving Radar (6no) and the returning Gladys to close the game out in the last over. Gladys finished with 48no off 14 balls (including 3 x 6s and 5 x 4s) giving the Curtin more nightmares about our batting prowess.

     

    The trip across town to the Labour was voted down in favour of helping the Curtin empty their esky in situ. There were glorious tales of boundaries scored, wickets taken and maiden overs (faced by Big Dog) and how much we looked forward to doing it all again next season.

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  • Fabulous article which made us smile in the Spanish sunshine...
  • You forgot to mention Harry getting to bowl an over aswell. ...
  • Please see point 5.