• Match Facts:

    Fairfield Oval

    Cnr Heidelberg Road and Yarra Bend Road

    Fairfield

     

    Time:

    1pm

     

    The Big Picture:

    After a thumping win in the first game of the Season, the Quokkas have emerged from the seemingly haunted and overgrown forest that is Cox Oval to face the Royston Hotel at the luxurious surrounds of Fairfield.

     

    The Quokkas haven’t taken on The Royston for approximately 2 years, the last game being a close loss for the Maroons. Not all bad though, The Royston were good enough to put on an open bar when we went back to their pub.

     

    I’m not saying which shouldn’t win, but maybe we shouldn’t not not lose.

     

    Form Guide:

    Much like my year 8 music recital, my fingers are currently trembling over the keyboard as I face the unfamiliar; The Quokkas may have peaked.

     

    Victory in the last game against the Cherry Tree saw the boys in maroon smash over 200 runs in their 25 overs (including 5 retirees and one out on 29*), then bowl the opposition out for 130.

     

    Sure, there are a lot of variables not being counted here, including; it being the Cherry Trees first game, the weather being atrocious and…well, those are the main two.

     

    To be fair, the Quokkas did keep it competitive by seemingly start to drop catches competitively, but it was as concise a victory as we have ever put on and quite the change from normally being the ones on the other side of the pasting.

     

    Little is known about the Royston, though Radar and Dutchy did undertake some clandestine work last weekend to discover they are a strong batting side if a little weaker on the bowling front. Well matched teams then perhaps?

     

    Revisiting the only other score card against them shows that, batting first, we put on 164 before t hey chased that down with an over to spare. For context, that match did involve some slow batting at the start from a YPCA debutant before a vet closed things with a strike rate of 225.

    Artists impression of a YPCA debutant

    Artists impression of a YPCA debutant

     

    In the Spotlight:

    After lulling bowlers into a sense of confidence over his last 4 games, THE SIZZLE burst out of the blocks in the last match, smashing 33 off 25 balls including 3 fours and 2 sixes. Here’s to more fireworks from the man in the bluey.

     

    Team News:

    Its that magical time before Christmas, Festivals and hangovers when the squad all seems ready and able to play. As a result, the team (at this stage) is:

    1. Ed
    2. Bid Dog
    3. Dutchy
    4. Local ©
    5. Radar
    6. J Rod
    7. Alex
    8. Jay
    9. SPECIAL
    10. Sizzle
    11. VP
    12. Pete “The Animal” Sforcina

     

    Pitch and Conditions:

    Fairfield is a beautiful ground that has been much improved since the drainage was “done” at the ground. With plenty of room around the pitch, the boundaries can be set as deep or as short as the fielding teams energy allows for.

     

    We are expecting a mostly sunny day with a top of 22, so it should be a rather pleasant day out.

     

    Stats and Trivia:

    • Jay and J Rod are currently equal for YPCA wickets taken (21), though J Rod has it over the TFB for runs conceded per over (5.8 v 6.35). Insert excuses here
    • J Rods average catches per match of 0.085 really is very impressive though
    • This will be Specials 10th Quokka match in total, though he says it feels like a helluva lot more
    • This will be Dutchys 60th YPCA match for the Quokkas (his moonlighting obviously doesn’t count), he is 2nd only to The BIG DOG (63)
    • Radar is now only 2 runs off joining the 500 run club

     

     

     

     

  • Match Facts:

    WJ Cox Oval

    Deepest darkest Peru

     

    Time:

    1pm

     

    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.

    dorian-grey-2

     

    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

     

     

     

  • Quokkas v Nerrena Cricket Club

     

    Match Facts:

    Feb 10, 2019

    Nerrena Cricket Club, Nerrena

     

    Time:

    12:30 start

     

    The Big Picture:

    The Little Red Engine is a famous story about a small train that pushed (or pulled?) some carriages over large mountains to get them to their destination. If anyone ever tells you public transport isn’t inspirational, spit in their eye.

     

    With this story in mind, a brave and diminutive Quokkas squad heads east to the rolling green hills of Nerrena for our annual tussle with the mountains that are their cricketers.

    Artists impression of the Nerrena bowling attack

    Artists impression of the Nerrena bowling attack

     

    The Quokkas managed to take out the O’Donovan-Gannon trophy last year, before the bar staff of the Gasometer Hotel managed to take it somewhere else and lose it.

     

    The trophy has been replaced though, and one would bet there is a good chance that the hosts want it to stay in the proximity of the very affordable drinks in the safety of their clubhouse.

     

    Form Guide:

    Quokkas: WLWWLW

     

    Team News:

    Its that time of year when the energy to play cricket (and organise!) starts to wane, gear starts going missing and patience is simply a game your grandma plays. Thankfully the Quokkas are made of sterner stuff and up to the chase.

     

    Unfortunately Dutchy has selfishly decided to spend this week in hospital, while Sizzle and Ami have developed friendships that require their presence elsewhere. Seems over-rated to me.

    That's more like it

    That’s more like it

     

    The reduced squad (at the time of writing) is:

    1. Ed
    2. Big Dog
    3. Pup (c)
    4. Jay
    5. Alex
    6. Radar
    7. Pete Sforcina
    8. Local
    9. Snipper

     

    In the Spotlight:

    The last time Snipper played at Nerrena it was with a busted left arm, so he bowled right-handed with no ‘lever’. It was a site to behold and still effective. Here’s hoping our resident electrical engineer can do some more damage with a 33% increase in available limbs.

     

    Pup hasn’t done too much in the way of official Captaincy in the last few years, letting his actions inspire those around him to greater things. Or perhaps jus twear Stefan Edbergs tracksuit. Either way, the younger hound is in charge this week & we all look forward to inspiring words throughout.

     

    Pitch and Conditions:

    Nerrena is possibly as close as one can get to the gates of heaven while still tilling this mortal toil. The forecast is for a very serene 22 degrees, so it should be a great day out.

     

    Stats and Trivia:

    • Unless something drastic changes on Sunday, this game wont be played under YPCA rules, so stats wont count
    • Ed, Alex, Jay, Local, Dutchy and Cat have all played Nerrena 3 times; such is their love of Gippsland
    • This will be Pups 45th appearance for the Quokkas, drawing ahead from J Rod (44)
  • From Captain Jay….

    Ed Batted well and his first ball ended up on the pavilion roof, as is standard. Dutchy batted very well and bowled a great over.
    Great catches from Rev and Special gave QCC some inspiration in the field. Generally dreadful batting from the nine batsmen (other than Ed and Dutchy) left QCC to defend 120ish runs. Was never going to happen.
    Artists impression of Revs catch

    Artists impression of Revs catch

    Weather was perfect, ground was perfect,  VP cooked the snags like a pro. Great day for cricket. QCC really shat the bed though, and ruined its so far perfect pub league record for season 18/19
  • Match Facts:

    Fairfield Oval, Fairfield

     

    Time:

    1pm start

     

    The Big Picture:

    Happy New Year.

     

    The Quokkas come into 2019 in unknown territory, having won all of the Pub League matches that they played in at the end of 2018.

     

    This game is being played against a team being made up of (largely) Rainbow Hotel players, but is being completed with players from the Terminus and the Curtin. All 3 pubs are among our favourites to spend Sunday afternoons with, so it should be good fun.

     

    The Quokkas will be looking to kick off 2019 in the way they finished 2018, while having fun along the way.

     

    Form Guide:

    The rules of Pub League cricket are egalitarian, but heavily in favour of the batters, with no LBWs, first ball free hits etc. With that in mind, its particularly impressive that The Quokkas now seem to be a bowling side, having bowled out their opponents in each game this season.

     

    Further, The Quokkas are only conceding 6.42 runs per over and taking a wicket every 17.6 runs; or one wicket taken for less than 3 overs bowled.

     

    Quokkas: WLWW

    Mixed all-sorts: n.a

     

    In the Spotlight:

    The Quokkas TFB (Token Fast Bowler), Jay, comes into this game as Captain; mostly because he was so keen to get an extra game in January that those in Quokkas HQ approved it so long as he organised the whole thing himself.

     

    Which he has done with typically positive energy.

     

    The TFB is in fine form this season, averaging 28 with the bat and 21 with the ball.

    Jay

    One of these guys is Captain

     

    After a few years of playing commitments interrupted by wine, and not necessarily in the good way, Tuesday is a welcome inclusion to the team.

     

    The big-hitting left hander has looked very comfortable in the nets, and in the Members on Day 3. Good warm ups.

     

     

    Team News:

    Once again, we come into the game with more than enough players ‘available’, though what this translates to will probably be another Sunday morning of doing the ring-around to make sure we have XI.

     

    The team, at the time of writing, is:

    1. Ed
    2. Tuesday
    3. Ami
    4. VP
    5. Dutchy
    6. Liam
    7. Pup
    8. Jay (c)
    9. Sizzle
    10. Radar (wk)
    11. Rev
    12. Special
    13. Big Dog (protecting his bowling hand)

     

    Pitch and Conditions:

    The Quokkas return to the refurbished surface for Fairfield, a happy hunting ground for them from days of yore. Also, a less happy hunting ground for those that played in the game when the Curtin held 7 of the craziest catches ever, essentially performing gymnastics yet still holding them.

     

    We are experiencing peak Melbourne at the moment, with the weather going from 42 degrees, to 21 (with rain), to 23 on game day. A good chance that the ground will be fast and dry.

     

    Stats and Trivia:

    • Radar is up to 478 YPCA runs and is averaging 31 this season, so is a good chance to become the 5th member of the 500-run club this week if given the opportunity
    • The TFB, with 19 YPCA wickets, is 1 off joining the 20+ wickets club as its 8th member and draw level with J Rod
    • This match will be Tuesdays 20th for the Quokkas and with 26 dismissals (catches + runs outs / stumpings) has the chance to go ahead of Dutchy (26) and catch up to the leader in Curto (29)
    • Ed (983 career YPCA runs) is 17 off becoming the second member of the 1,000 run club. With a career average of 37, and a strike rate of 1.7 this season, he should get there in the second over
    SONY DSC

    The socks that enabled nearly 1,000 runs

     

  • 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:

    Cox Oval, Fairfield

     

    Time:

    1pm start

     

    The Big Picture:

    The Quokkas return from Bruny Island this week with a palpable sense of joy that can only come from a great game, played in the right spirit, in breathtaking surrounds.

     

    The size of the outfield on Bruny probably aided some of the breath being taken away, Im still recovering from walking from Point to Long On.

     

    The Rose is our opponent this week, a team that has taken on almost mystical status within Quokka HQ due to some of the epic battles in the past.

     

    This game will be a great opportunity to get back into Pub Cricket from the lofty standards set by the Penguins, and enjoy the freedom that comes from free hits and no LBWs.

     

    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas started the season with an impressive win against The Curtin, scoring over 200 off their 25, defending it, and enabling a large number of our (bursting) squad to have a game.

     

    This was backed up with an 8 wicket loss against the Bruny Island Penguins, though a lack of experience playing “proper” cricket (as well as a lack of numbers) didn’t help our cause.

     

    Quokkas: WL

     

    In the Spotlight:

    Reigning B&F winner Alex comes into this game as Captain, with a solid 30 and a wicket already this season. In charge of the field and the votes, it will be interesting to see how he goes at backing up in taking the broken bat home 2 years in a row.

     

    Pete Sforcina is back in the side to provide some guile with the ball and it is entirely possible he may actually have a bat as well. Go Pete!

     

    Team News:

    Once again we are blessed for numbers, though with some shift-work allowance for this match. It is a Sunday after all. The XI, at the time of writing, is:

    1. Pete Sforcina
    2. VP
    3. Monty
    4. Mad Max (Ami)
    5. Local
    6. Radar
    7. Jay
    8. SPECIAL
    9. Alex (c)
    10. Pup
    11. Big Dog (part timer)
    12. Dutchy

     

    Pitch and Conditions:

    Cox Oval is certainly a favourite for rabbits and Dentists, such are the pot holes in the surface. Its also a nice ground for those that enjoy looking for balls in the bush, given the short boundaries and scrubby surrounds. Bring your long socks.

     

    It is expected to be overcast and 18 on Sunday, after a week of fairly solid rain, so the outfield could be slower than normal with a bit of swing on offer for Pete and the medium pacers. Coincidentally, that is also the name of my new barbershop quartet.

     

    Stats and Trivia:

    • With no fanfare, Dutchy became the first Quokka to pass 1,000 YPCA runs in the last game; blasting his way to 1,010 in total. This has included 96 fours and 45 sixes, a total of 65% of his runs coming from boundaries. Dutchy also finishes Not Out in 34% of his innings.
    • IF he makes the game, this will be the Big Dogs 80th outing for The Quokkas, while it will be the 35th YPCA match for Radar
    • Alex and Local are retirement scores away from bringing up 400 career runs each for The Quokkas, needing 29 and 27 runs respectively. The fans would tip Alex to get their sooner, given he is averaging 41.2 for his career with 47% of his innings being not out.

     

  • Match Facts:

    Alonnah,

    Bruny Island,

    Tasmania

     

    Time:

    11:30am

     

    The Big Picture:

    Ahhhhh…the tour match…the annual chance to spread the gospel of inclusive and fun cricket, needed so badly now in these grim days of sandpaper and ‘good blokes’.

     

    Indeed the current climate very much reminds me of a story told by Martin Flanagan, Australian writer, about a conversation he had with the Chaplain of the Western Bulldogs;

    Flanagan: “There’s no limit of goodness in the world”

    Chaplain: “I agree, it’s just not organised, and the other side is”.

     

    With this in mind, The Quokkas are preparing to take on a team from Flanagans home state; Tasmania. The team itself being the Bruny Island Penguins, a club that has one of the most idyllic places to call home that I have been lucky enough to grace on a cricket tour, or any tour to be accurate.

     

    For those unfamiliar with Bruny Island, Google it. For those with no patience for engines that search, observe the view from my balcony minutes ago:

    bruny

     

    But back to the game. This match provides us with an opportunity to make new friends and rekindle old ones, as well as enjoy the bounty that this beautiful island that lies off another beautiful island, that lies off our own island, has to offer.

     

    As an aside, I have been somewhat astounded at the number of times that:

    1. Ive been asked if Im from “The Mainland” (I am); or
    2. Called “Cobber”

     

    For context around the match, the genesis of this game springs from Local, who hails from the island amongst other places including; Ballarat, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Perth and the Carringbush. Christmas must involve a killer commute for him.

     

    Many thanks to him though, Captain for this game, for helping bring us to this wondrous spot and arguably the southern-most point that a Quokka match will ever be held.

     

    Many thanks to the Penguins for making it happen too!

     

    Form Guide:

    With only one game in the locker for the season, The Quokkas are looking pretty good.

     

    In that outing we managed 215 runs from 25 overs, which we were able to defend, bowling the other side out for 190-odd.

     

    That being said, the 14 players available for our last match against The Curtin are not as available here, so form may be extremely un-useful (a-useful? Dis-useful?).

     

    Also working against us are the inclusion of ‘real’ cricket rules including; LBW, wides, no balls and the like.

     

    Its just not cricket, or maybe it is.

     

    In the Spotlight:

    “More Steve”, the Tasmanian Tour specialist comes back into the Quokkas squad for his first game since Jays hedonistic intra-club match at the end of last season, or last recorded match since our tour of Launceston many moons ago.

     

    I’m not suggesting that he is the most naturally talented cricketer in his family (there are plenty of others to do that), but he is able to bowl medium pace off the mark with alarming accuracy, as well as play proper cricket shots.

     

    More Steve. Forever.

     

    Team News:

    Its been a tough gig getting a touring team together for this match, as it seems to be with every tour match, and we go into this one with only 9 available ahead of the game (unless Liam turns up on Saturday morning).

     

    Thankfully the Penguins have volunteered to provide us with a couple of players and Maxy and Sime are on standby, so we should be OK.

     

    The team, at the time of writing, is:

    1. Ed
    2. Big Dog
    3. Dutchy
    4. Rev
    5. Local (c)
    6. Will (Captain of the Royal Oak in Launceston)
    7. More Steve
    8. Wills mate
    9. Pup

     

    Pitch and Conditions:

    After an earlier inspection of the ground, I can confirm it is the MCG realm in regards to size, if not catering. The boundaries are simply exhausting to comprehend, let alone traverse. Further, the pitch has both ‘stickiness’ and bounce.

     

    Thankfully, the Quokkas have the ultimate weapon for such conditions; The Big Dog.

     

    If only we had the fielders to support him.

     

    Saturday is expected to be a sunny day, top of 20, with a very cool breeze sweeping across the ground from the arctic.

     

    Stats and Trivia:

    • With his wicket from the last match, Pup moved to 5th in the all time wickets, taking them at a healthy 5 per over and an average of 14.91
    • Local has looked the good in the nets thus far, and has a good record while captaining, he has also scored 373 YPCA runs at 17.76 with 38 fours and 12 sixes – an impressive 60% of his runs coming from boundaries
    • This is the Quokkas second tour match to Tasmania. The first, like the tale of the giant Rat of Sumatra, is another story
  • Match Facts:

    Alphington Park, View St, Alphington

    here 'tis

    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.

    snidely

    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 Snipper….

    One minute we’re walking out on the field, bowl pretty good, get a bit unlucky in the field, go out to bat, don’t hit enough sixes and what feels like 10 seconds later we’ve lost the match.

    Ahhh the BDNO.

    We had some stand out moments – Monty copped it tough being peppered at deep mid wicket but kept his cool and remains a massive legend in my books.  Gaz was kept busy at deep-backward point and saved a bunch of boundaries without putting a foot wrong.  Pup affected an insane run-out off his own bowling flicking a direct hit at the non-strikers end from side-on, some credit for which must go to J-Rod who obligingly departed the field so that I could bring Pup on (thanks J-Rod).

    Rohan kept wicket tremendously and took every chance that came his way.  Jay bowled a tight line getting the most out of the flat track.  Big Dog bowled a really tidy penultimate over and claimed another scalp.  Alex tossed one up and got carted for four, then dared the batsmen to do it again and got the wicket next ball and another one the ball after that.

    Ed’s over was water-tight and also removed someone’s leg stump while Local closed out the death sharply.

    The fact that hardly any runs (maybe 2?) were scored behind square leg was testament to our good line – the stumbling block being the semi-regular drag-downs which disappeared over mid wicket.

    We were kept well in check with the bat and unfortunately just couldn’t find the boundary enough with the exception of Dutchy who made retirement in the usual quick time.  I flat batted one over square leg that missed a small child’s face by a few inches… horrific situation avoided.

    Luckily the only drama that followed was that we pretty easily lost the match.

    Sincere apologies to those who missed out on the chance to contribute with the bat namely Pup, Big Dog, Monty and Local.  Your understanding and sportsmanship was truly appreciated despite some obvious frustration.

    Also big thanks to Kathleen behind the bar and those who put in so much time and effort behind the scenes for the wild and unique event that is the BDNO.

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