Cox Oval, Fairfield
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.
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.
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!
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:
- Pete Sforcina
- Mad Max (Ami)
- Alex (c)
- Big Dog (part timer)
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.