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  • On a clear and sunny day that we have started to become accustomed to in Mid-March, The Quokkas made their way to the main oval in Edinburgh Gardens, excited by the opportunity to play on the newly laid turf wicket and have some fun in the process.

    Unfortunately for The Quokkas, the clear and sunny weather available to us on Sunday wasn’t the case on Saturday, leaving the turf wicket looking like northwest Ohios famous Black Swamp.  That’s right, the famous one.

    The Black Swamp of Fitzroy

    Thankfully the good people at the City of Yarra had the sense to keep the astro wicket in the ground, so we were able to get a game going with little interruption.  In fact, I arrived to see wickets set up and the boundary cones laid out with some of the Quokkas warming up having a bit of kick-to-kick with one of the better used Sherrins I’ve ever come across.

    It’s probably not worth noting that I, the Captain of the day, was the last to arrive to the ground because I got distracted liberating some lemons from trees in Clifton Hill, but it is worth noting that citrus would be my only successful catch of the day.

    Catch of the day

    With covid restrictions still in place, a coin toss was had to decide who would bat first, which I promptly lost and the directed the team to do some catching practice.  Probably should have started this about an hour earlier.

    I asked Dutchy to take the new ball, leading to one of the strangest starts to a YPCA game I’ve come across.  The first ball, a free hit, was pinged straight to mid-wicket and resulted in a diamond duck for the non-striker.  Good run out Local and Dutchy.

    The second ball, another free hit, was belted out of the ground and nearly into the stands.  The third ball was belted straight at me, though about 100m above my head, leading to a call of “Mine!”, followed by me running around in circles on the spot and ending with the ball landing 5m behind me.

    You, dear reader, may be starting to pick up a theme here.

    J Rod took the second over and kept it to 2 runs, the start of a dominant afternoon from the suddenly aggressive man from Moree.

    The bowling card kept rotating with good efforts from a high-quality buffet of medium pacers including Local, Jay (having lost TFB status to Radar, according to J Rod), VP and Ed.

    Few runs were given but even few wickets (e.g. zero) were taken until the introduction of Snipper, fresh from learning how to kick a drop-kick, who hit the pegs with his second ball. Fair effort, that.

    This brought on a brace of wickets before drinks, with Ed taking a good catch off Alex’s bowling and Radar getting (another) stumping, this time off Dutchy’s bowling.  It should be noted that Dutchy entered the swamp in his first over to field a ball and was nearly lost to us forever.  Not all heroes wear capes.

    After 12 overs The Rose “Petals” were 4/84 and I was feeling pretty good about our chances.  It’s the hope that kills you.

    It should be noted that the game was interrupted on multiple occasions by a group of families that were playing a number of ball sports on the edge of, and sometimes within, the boundary cones.  Now, I’m not sure if they were somehow magnetised to that location but it seemed an odd decision considering the amount of space at Edinburgh Gardens available that didn’t have a cricket match on it.

    Shown: Edinburgh Gardens inc WT Peterson Oval (cricket ground) and other area that is not a cricket ground

    We returned from drinks and were given a display in fast bowling from Radar that J Rod had one or two comments about that may have been directed at Jay.  At the other end The Fridge came on and was, and I don’t think its over-cooking it to say this; un-playable.

    More Westinghouse than Hilfenhaus.

    Lord knows where this bowling form has been hiding but it was great to watch, even from knee-deep in Mordor, which is where I’d chosen to field for some stupid reason.

    I eventually brought myself on to bowl and got one of the more embarrassing wickets of my “career”, with the batter backing away to the leg side for one that was heading that way, missing the ball by a minute or two (it may have been deceptively slow), letting the ball ricochet off his pads and onto the stumps. 

    The last few overs were wrapped up by Jay, hitting the top of off stump, J Rod, Fridge (un-playable) and Local; also taking a pole in the last over.  I should note that it was good that our bowlers kept hitting the stumps as I kept dropping them.  Apologies, J Rod.

    With a total of 145 set, I was still feeling confident about our chances and sent Ed and Radar in to get the chance underway. 

    Ed, doing stuff

    I didn’t get a chance to give them any last minute messages, but Radar was soon back on the sidelines and free for a chat.

    1/7

    Ed was then joined by James in the middle, both of whom worked extremely hard for runs against some excellent swing bowling.  Unfortunately James did not come out to bat with his paddle, as Ed sold him down the river and he was soon run out. 

    2/19

    Snipper, appointed by Local as a specialist 4, soon arrived and found the boundary regularly, though went out just as quickly trying to hit their captain out of the ground.

    3/28

    Next up came Local, who looked very calm in his approach after initially trying to reverse-sweep the first ball for 6.  He missed that and then missed another one that hit middle stump.

    4/34

    Fridge, fresh from his dominant bowling spell, came to the wicket looking to hit out but struggled with the excellent bowling on display.  A rank full-toss finally arrived but it so surprised him that it got right past him to find middle stump.

    5/47

    At this point I was feeling less confident but still had Jay, Alex, Dutchy and J Rod in the sheds.  A couple of retirements and we should be fine. This was also the point I had to put down the scorecard and pad up.

    Jay and Dutchy battled bravely, even hitting out for the first boundaries in a while, but neither managed to get more than 22 runs.

    Alex was out quickly trying for fast runs but J Rod was getting well set, hitting sixes with ease while everyone else had struggled to get off strike.  Unfortunately I was the only batting partner he had left and I ran myself out searching for quick runs, leaving J Rod on 37 off 19 (not out), and more importantly, The Quokkas 12 runs short of a draw.

    Sometimes life gives you lemons, and sometimes you steal them from someones front yard.

    While it would be possible to ruminate over the areas that could’ve won us the game, and believe me – I have, its also important to remember the words of Rahul Dravid: “Cricket is like life, you lose more often than you win.” And this from a man who scored over 13 thousand Test runs.

    What makes more sense is to reflect on the sunshine, the friends and the fun that was had – thanks all for a great afternoon out.

    In all, it was a great day out and it was great to see the joy that the win (their first in years) brought to The Petals’ faces.

  • From Captain Local…

    Alphington Oval on a sunny afternoon is one of the prettier places to enjoy pub cricket – an irony maybe lost on the Quokkas as we experienced an ugly mauling.

    Our opponents: The Royston, a nemesis from recent years who luckily don’t mind throwing on a few jugs after the game when we inevitably get back to their pub. They’re a very decent bunch of humans – it’s just a shame that the decency doesn’t extend to not smashing you relentlessly over the fence at deep long on.

    Where to start.

    Captain Local went in to his 7th game as captain with a hope, a plan and an intact W/L ratio of 0/7. The Quokkas had offered to get pizza for the innings changeover (thank you Ray Jayner), so we batted first.

    Our openers J-Rod and Jay battled battlingly on the spread-out field, before Dutchy and Radar went to work in the overs pre-drinks, both bringing up hard-fought 30s. Boundaries were difficult to come by and all the Quokkas batsmen were made to run, except Dutchy, who was able to get over the fielders regularly.

    Coming in next, Alex wasn’t able to capitalise on recent good form unfortunately, but Ed and Local then combined for a 50-run partnership that saw them both retiring back to the pavilion at the end of the same over. A great day for Tasmania, if not necessarily for power hitting.

    What followed was definitely not a great day for Ami (who, it has to be said, had stepped in to the breach when Nimble wasn’t available and driven quite a long way to be at the ground that day – thank you Ami). Batting with The Reverend ‘yes/no/YES’ Nicholls, Ami was unhappily run out at the non-strikers end before facing a ball. A small consolation is that he is now the member of the exclusive Diamond Duck club, and a very nice trophy is coming his way.

    The remaining batsmen cycled through, which brought Dutchy back to the wicket for one last tonk, getting him to a half-century. Well done Dutchy, well batted.

    Overall, it was a better than solid batting performance, setting a total we thought could be competitive against the big-hitting Royston.

    Sadly, no.

    Ami suffered his second indignity for the day, opening the bowling with Radar and becoming the first in a long line of Quokka cannon-fodder for the afternoon, despite bowling well.

    Local shuffled the bowling options and fielding positions and was fortunate that the Quokkas found wickets regularly. Radar had an outstanding game behind the stumps and both Jay and Alex held excellent catches.

    But the Royston batting lineup was too strong and the runs kept coming. They had a number of retirees and any bowling success we had just meant that the retirees were closer to returning. Things turned unpleasant at about the 19th over when Ami was repeatedly picked out at cow corner. Unfortunately for him, the balls that were picking him out were already well over the fence when they reached him.

    Not long after that, the Royston reached the total and the game was over. Congratulations are in order for them – they played well and in great spirit. Congratulations also to all the Quokkas who played, for their spirit and good humour. It was a great afternoon despite the loss.

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  • Well, that was rather exciting.

     

    A cursory look at the scoreline above may tell you the game was close, but what it didn’t tell you how close, with (spoiler alert) Dutchy hitting a 4 on the last ball of the day to get the winning score.

     

    Before that, the game had collapses, run outs, horses (no, really) and almost seismic shifts in momentum before the aforementioned dramatic finish. It really was rather exciting.

     

    But lets, you and I dear reader, reminisce.

     

    The game was scheduled to start at 2pm on a very warm and unusually muggy Melbourne day. With the Curtin hosting, we would be fielding, which caused me trepidation as captain as I wasn’t sure how The Quokkas would fare in the conditions. How foolish I was!

     

    Having started the week with 16 players available, a series of text messages conveying various levels of interest had me with an interdeminate number of players as the game started.

     

    Tell a lie, we had ten players walk onto field, but Nimble represented his brand well; appearing from seemingly nowhere with a cheery smile and goodwill. I took this as a good omen. And a relief.

     

    Soon after Rowdy also arrived, giving us a spare fielder for the arduous fielding conditions, as well as a handy cricketer.

     

    Our fielding innings before drinks went extremely positively, with Jay making an early breakthrough, thanks to a solid catch behind the stumps from Dutchy.

     

    Pup followed his Captains request and dumped the Sam (or Tom?) Curran-inspired change to his bowling action, resulting in only 3 runs scored from his 2 overs. His efficiency was replicated by the Big Dog, Sizzle and Ami before the drinks break.

     

    Ed bowled two overs as well.

     

    The Animal, by now visibly frothing at the mouth and having to be restrained by chains, was then unleashed and showed us all the lost art of bowling on a good length. Rowdy, who had silently substituted on to the field for Pup provided support to The Animal with genuine pace that the Curtin batters struggled to hit and the rest of us struggled to see. Amazing what 5 years out of the game will do for you.

     

    Nimble, Jack and Local then came into the attack, each of them claiming a wicket, which was something of a relief. Jack bowled some excellent spin, toyed with his length and had The Curtins biggest hitter back in the sheds for only 2 after he tried to clear yours truly on the fence. He really was very unlucky.

     

    Local dug deep from his sweat-laden fielding position for have a ball pop to Pup and Dutchy made use of Rowdy behind the stumps to get a very handy caught-behind.

     

    I also bowled two overs.

     

    Jay then got to bowl the last over of the game, picking up another wicket (caught Pup) and leaving us to chase over 161 for the win.

     

    After a really very enjoyable barbecue provided by The Curtin, Local and Rowdy padded up and walked up full of vim and vigour. Rowdy then hit the first ball for four, all along the ground to the cover boundary.

     

    “Woosh” I thought, “91 off 24 now”. I started to wonder if he’d get to 100 runs against the Curtin before he tried to launch an inswinger over midwicket and had his middle stump knocked out of the ground.

     

    “Ah” I thought.

     

    Pup then came to the wicket and very promptly Local was back in the sheds. The less said about it the better, I thank you.

     

    2 wickets for 4 runs in the first over wasn’t the start I’d hoped for, nor was a combined 4 runs from Rowdy and Local.

     

    The weather had also started to change at this point, with the humidity almost gone and a strong breeze billowing in from the East. I knew it was strong as it knocked my beer over.

     

    Sizzle arrived at the wicket to my curiosity; which Sizzle would this be? The Sizzle that hits them out of the park, or the Sizzle that goes out in the most unlucky circumstances conceivable? It turns out it was the Sizzle who plays with aggression and intent and soon another 38 runs were added in quick time before Sizzle got so aggressive that he (unluckily) ran himself out.

     

    Pup retired soon thereafter, having compiled a patient 31 off 29 balls, leading to a period of the game that shall henceforth be referred to as “the rebuild”. Nimble and The Animal (batting at last!) put on another 40 runs, leaving the Quokkas at 4 wickets for 81 in the 15th over.

     

    It really was a terrific effort from the pair, running singles and creating a platform for the “finishers” in the team to work their bludgeoning trade from.

     

    Ami, in his debut game for the season, was the first on the scene; blasting 28 from 21 balls, including 2 massive sixes over cow corner. I’m fairly certain one has permanently damaged the road adjacent to the ground, such was the ferocity with which it was hit.

     

    Ed then came to the crease for his first hit since reappearing from the shaky isles, striking and running as wildly as his appearance. Eventually he ran himself out, also wildly.

     

    The last partnership of Jay and Dutchy then went about chasing the total with purpose, running twos and threes as the target reduced but still remained unflinching and intimidating.

     

    From 61 needed from 7 overs, it became 47 off 6, 41 off 5, 33 of 4, 26 off 3, 18 off 2 and finally 9 off 1.

     

    The ending, dear reader, has already been shared but the excitement of the day was palpable and really, that is what we will remember; how enjoyable the contest was. Not the result, but the experience. Experiences like this can only be achieved through collective team performances and collaboration, and with an equally respected opponent who shares your philosophy.

     

    This game wouldn’t have been possible without the Curtin, or the culture which they fully embrace. Both of these things were started by Owen, whose name adorns the trophy that is passed to the winner of these contests, and who we will always be grateful to.

     

    Many thanks to Owen and to everyone involved for a great day, and here’s looking to many more.

    Curtin

  • From Captain Special…

    After several months’ worth of rain over the last week, Fairfield Oval was almost unrecognizable with Its trademark concrete hard outfield replaced with a lush forest of thick greenery. This, combined with the boundaries being set to regulation MCG proportions, was enough for the collective hamstrings of all those present to quiver in trepidation of what was to come.

    Radar and Special opened up in as-expected contrasting styles with Radar smashing a rollicking 24 from 12 balls to get us off to a rapid-fire start. Unfortunately, a steady flow of wickets though the early overs saw us in somewhat of a precarious position at 5 down after 10 overs.

    With the run-rate still healthy, Pup and Rev, two of the great cricketing minds of our generation, came together to form a highly controversial tactic at the crease. In the coming overs, this ploy became clear to all those in attendance. It was to value their wicket, manipulate the field and work their way into their innings with singles and twos. This tactic went against the very ethos of every pub league regulation ever conceived and will likely lead to the forfeit of 50% of their match fees.

    60-odd runs later, Pup had retired and Rev was dismissed for 29 which brought an even mixture of agony and hilarity from the hearty crowd who had gathered on the sidelines for their chance to witness history being made. A great mixture of hitting and finesse from Flanders, VP and Big Dog through the final few overs saw us post a very defendable total of 173.

    The Dog in action

    The Dog in action

    Spirits were high as we went out to field only to see the first ball of the innings fly over mid off for six. However, memories of this ominous start were swiftly forgotten as Flanders chalked-up two wickets and Pup chimed-in with a direct hit run-out off his own bowling to have the Rose thee down within the first four overs.

    We continued to build the pressure with tight bowling from The Animal, Local (who only conceded three runs from his two overs) and Big Dog, which was all combined with an amazing all-round team performance in the field. This pressure resulted in two more run-outs from Pup and Rev to see the Rose reeling at 5-64 at drinks.

    Any fears of a fluky first session in the field were quickly snuffed-out after drinks as Rev (held together with sticky tape, heat gel and anti-inflam tablets) wound back the clock with loopy swinging deliveries taking two for eight including a caught and bowled. VP then chimed in with an unbelievable maiden over before Dutchy and JRod wrapped up the tail with a scalp each to have the Rose all out for 84.

    An unbelievable team performance made this game particularly easy to captain. Special mention has to go to our bowling and fielding performance. The pressure was never let up and the spirit of the game was maintained throughout (except for Radar’s utter disdain of the stumps).

    Winners are grinners

    Winners are grinners

     

  • 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

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    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.

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