• Match Facts: Sunday, March 4, 2018

    Alfred Crescent Oval, Edinburgh Gardens
    Fitzroy North

    Time: 11am

    The Big Picture:

    The Big Day Not Out (BDNO) has been more agile than a Quokka fielder in recent seasons, moving from the end of the season to anytime where the Edinburgh Gardens is available during the Summer. This seasons effort has been moved to the quasi-traditional spot at the end of the season, providing the garlic sauce effect by adding a little more spice to the contest as YPCA teams battle it out for supremacy in the T10 format.

    With the ICC looking to get T10 cricket included in the Olympics, now would be a good time to get the IOC to look away at something else.

    distraction

    It is with a little sadness that The Quokkas go into this game, as it bids adieu to what has been a busy Summer, but a thoroughly enjoyable one in which the squad actually won some games and really supported one another throughout (almost).

    Thanks for everything, all of you.

    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas come into this game having narrowly lost to the ANSC by about 20 runs, or the difference of their best player. Given this format is much shorter, the opportunity for good players to score 40-odd is non-existent, which works in the Quokkas favor.

    Huzzah for lack of opportunities! Bring back serfdom!

    hooray

    In the Spotlight:

    Pup comes into this match after the best game of his career (that we know of), having scored 46 and bowled some crazy left-arm swing. His Runs Per Over rate this season is an incredible 3.6, which is probably a little too ridiculous.

    Snipper is Captain for the match, having been the best on ground last season. The man in the shades has “only” averaged 27 with the bat this season, but done so at a strike rate of 2.08 & with 74% of his runs coming from boundaries (44% sixes) – which is more than enough for the BDNO.

    Team News:

    Young snip-snip has a quorum of Quokkas to choose from this week, including:

    1. Ed
    2. Big Dog
    3. Dutchy
    4. Jay
    5. Alex
    6. Radar
    7. Monty
    8. Pup
    9. Snipper
    10. Local
    11. J Rod
    12. Gaz

    Pitch and Conditions:

    Autumn will truly be on show this Sunday, with a wet and windy day predicted and a high of 21 degrees. The start time of 11am may include some tough conditions and sore heads, but may help the bowlers with swing.

    Alfred Crescent Oval is notable for its small boundaries, which can appear to get mysteriously smaller once the batsmen get started.

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    Stats and Trivia:

    • This will be the Quokkas 8th attempt at winning the BDNO, this years squad arguably being the strongest since Rowdy and Gladys appeared;
    • Ed and Pup are the only players to appear in every Quokka BDNO, with Dutchy and the Big Dog having missed 1 each
  • Match Facts

    Ramsden Street Oval,

    Ramsden Street,

    Clifton Hill

    Start Time

    1pm

    The Big Picture

    And so the penultimate Quokka day of the Summer is upon us with this, the match against All Nations Social Cricket (ANSC).

    The genesis of this match came from the games that The Quokkas used to play against the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) which came to an ending as untimely as any of my batting innings, though more due to the volunteer who organised their team leaving due to work commitments, rather than one of my brain fades.

    The ANSC has picked up where the ASRC cricket program left off, providing a means for asylum seekers and refugees to access the game, and all the physical and mental health benefits that this brings – as well as engagement with the broader community. Indeed this game is more a celebration of what the game can bring, rather than a demonstration of the game itself, which is a good thing considering the strong Quokka involvement.

    Here’s looking forward to a fun match.

    Fun

    Fun

    Form Guide

    Unbelievably, The Quokkas are coming into this match having won their last two.

    In The Spotlight:

    Monty returns to the field of dreams (Ramsden St) this weekend for his first crack at the Captaincy. Having shown that he obviously played quite a bit of junior cricket through his reticence to swing wildly at every ball and the ability to bowl on the pitch, it will be interesting to see whether he goes with 4 or 5 in the slips cordon.

    The BIG DOG returns to the side this week with this seasons leading wicket takers award firmly in his sights. The soul of The Quokkas is sure to surprise the ANSC with his bowling technique, here’s hoping the deep midwicket fielders can surprise the rest of us by holding a few catches and handing the large hound the trophy.

    Artists impression of batsmen facing The Dog

    Artists impression of batsmen facing The Dog

    Team News:

    With another 8 months without cricket staring them in the face with an expression as lifeless as the MCG pitch, its been all hands up in response to the call for availability at the start of the week.

    The squad (at the time of writing) is:

    1. Local
    2. VP (vp)
    3. Gaz
    4. Roley
    5. Pup (vc)
    6. Jay
    7. J Rod
    8. Snipper
    9. Radar
    10. Big Dog
    11. Monty (c)
    12. Alex

    Pitch and Conditions:

    Ramsden Street Oval (aka. Revs-den) has been a happy hunting ground for The Quokkas for many a season, as well as their preferred training venue. With wide boundaries and short grass, the ground lets both the belters and the nudgers score runs, as well as open up many more opportunity for (dropped) catches.

    Our last match their ended up not being there, but another place that wasn’t there, so we will be very happy to be there where it is.

    Be-Present

    The forecast for Sunday is a potentially damp 20 degrees, so there may be some swing early and better batting conditions later. A good toss to win.

    Stats and Trivia:

    • Dutchy is only 30 runs off 200 for the season, and 35 off one thousand career runs, which is quite remarkable really and quite a credit to him;
    • Jay is sitting on 17 career wickets, a casual 3-wicket haul will bring him into the elite group of 20 wicket takers. Given he averages 0.4 wickets per over, he will need to channel his inner Chef (0.94 WPO);
    • Snipper is only 20 runs off 400 career runs for the Quokkas, given he averages 47.5, he should get there this weekend if given the chance. Only 5 other Quokkas have hit more than 400 runs
    • Alex is currently leading the team for balls faced this season, having faced 17.5 overs, narrowly ahead of Ed 15.8
    • Ed is leading the team in legal deliveries for the season with 84, narrowly ahead of the reborn tweaker Dutchy, who is on 78. Of course, The Rev has the most number of total deliveries with 839
  • Match Facts:

    VBCA Grounds,

    454 Glenferrie Rd,

    Kooyong

    Sunday, Feb 18

    Start Time: 11am

    The Big Picture:

    This match is the second-leg of this seasons bipedal series between the VBCA and The Quokkas, with the VBCA taking out the first match earlier this season (which was a warm up for them ahead of Nationals). The last match was relatively one-sided, The Quokkas happy just to get the majority of a team on the park.

    This match, though, is a little different. The Quokkas have a full XI available at the time of writing, meaning there should be possibly (maybe) 8 ready by Sunday morning. The games against the VBCA are always good fun and played with a great spirit, at least once the bar is opened at midday.

    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas are actually coming off their first Tour win EVER, having beaten Nerrena in Nerrena in a tightly contested match last weekend. This is a matter that should illicit wonder as much as it does concern, I‘m pretty sure a Quokkas away win is one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. Taken in context though, an away win won’t have too much impact on this game as the nuances of the rocking & rolling ball take hold.

    Similar to touring games, The Quokkas are traditionally pretty poor at Blind Cricket matches, but perhaps all that is about to change too.

    In The Spotlight:

    J Rod returns for his annual Captaincy stint, fresh from the birth of his second child, full of vim and vigor. And sleep. ‘The Rod’ has been known to get so worked up at games that others can tell he is actually breathing, so it will be interesting to see how he approaches captaining a match when the soft, shaded outfields of Kooyong are available.

    The Quokkas are also hoping to welcome back Gaz, who has been missing in 2018 due to a combination of sickness and cardigan-related issues. We all look forward to seeing how the casual cover-driver handles the rolled ball.

    We also see the return of the only Quokka to get paid for appearing, albeit with what he calls “fizzy drink” and “twisted up chips”.

    Sledging went to unexpected places too

    “I want Twisties!”

    Team News:

    The XI (at the time of writing) is:

    1. Ed
    2. Dutchy
    3. Snipper
    4. Radar
    5. J Rod (c)
    6. Rev
    7. Roley
    8. Jay
    9. Pup
    10. Gaz
    11. Maxy

    Pitch and Conditions:

    The VBCA grounds are a real delight, with soft outfields, lots of shade and the comforts of the commentary box readily available. The slight slope to the ground also creates some challenges for the bowlers, similar to bowling into v with the wind in non-blind cricket.

    Who in The Quokkas will be their Peter Siddle?

    Artists impression of Peter Siddle

    Artists impression of Peter Siddle

    The BOM is expecting a top of 22 on Sunday, so it should be a very comfortable day out.

    Stats and Trivia:

    • This will be the 6th match between the VBCA and The Quokkas (someone should really organise a trophy), the only Quokka to have played in all of them being The Rev;
    • J Rod, Dutchy and Big Dog have all played in 4 VBCA games.
  • Match Facts:

    Nerrena Recreation Reserve,

    Nerrena Hall Road

    Nerrena, Gippsland, VIC

    Australia, The World

    Sunday, February 11

    Start Time: 1pm ???

    The Big Picture:

    This will be the third match between Nerrena and The Quokkas, and the first time we are playing for the O’Donovan – Gannon Trophy. The O’Donovan- Gannon Trophy is surely in the top 10 of Irish cricketing trophies, so there is plenty to play for there.

    Samuel Beckett would be amused, or possibly bemused.

    This match is an annual fixture that The Quokkas look forward to with great anticipation, the Nerrena ground being as beautiful a pitch as you will find in Gippsland, much like the representatives of the team itself. Despite all this, and perhaps unsurprisingly, The Quokkas have never won in Nerrena; which possibly explains why we keep getting invited back.

    Last years game was great fun; The Big Dog got his opposite number out in the first over of the game, Tuesday hit some handy runs, The Rev knocked himself out while fielding, everyone had a laugh at that and a general good time. Oh yeah, we also raised some cash for Beyond Blue.

    Form Guide:

    After starting the season in imperious form, normal programming has returned on Channel Quokka, with 3 losses in a row. The efforts and attitude have remained high though, and some players (Radar, Dutchy, Alex and Ed) are arguably in career-best form. Should these 4 keep up their form (and the rest not play too badly), The Quokks are a good chance to push for a win here.

    In the Spotlight:

    After debuting against Nerrena in our first match against them, Jay, has gone on to play pretty much every game since, whether they be in Sri Lanka, Rottnest Island or Clifton Hill.

    Jay

    One of these guys has taken 17 wickets. The other has taken 15.

    In his 16 YPCA games, Jay has taken 17 wickets at 16.12 and scored 254 runs at 25.4. All of this has been done with impeccable technique that speaks of afternoons spent at proper cricket training and an application that is possibly wasted at our level. More than this, though, has been Jays contribution to the team. Always positive and supportive, Jay has brought the spirits and the performances of the team up with him.

    Team News:

    It’s obviously been a long season, as we’ve had to scramble to get an XI together for the first time this season. While many weeks this season have started with 14 or so available for the coming weekend, this week started with horse trading and has ended with a high likelihood of a full squad.

    Radar has managed to convince his Dad to play, which will be a real boon to the teams bowling stocks, as well as the general level of cool in the team. Can anyone else’s Dad casually talk about working with Sugarman?

    Yeah, thought so.

    Snipper is scheduled to make his long-awaited return to the team this Sunday too, though musical commitments may provide an obstacle.

    The XI (at the time of writing) is:

    1. Local
    2. Radar
    3. Dutchy (c)
    4. Jay
    5. Alex
    6. Ed
    7. Big Dog
    8. Pete Sforcina
    9. Snipper
    10. Roley
    11. Cat *
    12. Rev *

    * Cat will probably bat & Rev will probably field for her (this way he cant run anyone out – on either team)

    Pitch and Conditions:

    The Nerrena Recreation Ground is an absolute Quokka favourite and has an average rating of 5 stars on the Quokka Travel Guide**. With the green, undulating hills of Gippsland making up the background and pine plantations neighboring it, Nerrena is an empowering place for the spirit and the senses – kind of like the opposite to India. The weather forecast is for a cool 22 on Sunday with a chance of rain, here’s hoping that the wet stuff stays away long enough to get a game in.

    ** May not exist

    Stats and Trivia:

    • Local is only 21 runs off hitting 100 for this season, which he should do rather quickly as long as he stays in. His strike rate for the season is Darcy Short-esque at 1.61
    • Roley got his first Quokka YPCA runs in the last match, scoring 14 in fairly quick time after deciding that hitting boundaries involved a lot less running that singles
    • Captain Dutchy is only 35 runs off ONE THOUSAND career YPCA runs for The Quokkas. Given he is averaging 56.7 for the season (at a strike rate of 2.02), he could get there in a couple of overs on Sunday
  • Match Facts:

    Ramsden Street Oval, Clifton Hill

    Sunday, January 21

    Start Time: 1pm

    The Big Picture:

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    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas nearly snatched victory from the jaws of defeat last week against The Royston in a game they should have lost by a lot more. The ability to recover from 5 for 60-not-much at drinks in their batting innings to post 170-odd and then nearly defend it was a great effort.

    Batting first certainly was tough on a very slow pitch and outfield & The Quokkas showed great resilience in making it into a game. I do make a lot of jokes on here about traditionally bad form and lack of success, but the men in maroon have been really taking up the fight this season; active in the field, supporting each other and having some fun with it. More of that and there is no reason why we can’t get another W this weekend.

    Quokkas: WWLLWLL

    In the spotlight:

    The prodigal son, Pup, returns this week for his annual match that allows him to qualify for the BDNO. That’s not fair, Pup has played this season, but hasn’t  batted – so does it count? Given that I didn’t really bat for my first 15 years as a Quokka, I will say his efforts do count.

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    Pup, seen here doing stuff

    Pup is in synchronous career form, having bowled 60 overs for 20 wickets at a cost of 300 runs at an average of 15 at 5RPO. It takes me back to those heady first days at cricket stats school. Wild times, let me tell you. If anyone remembers what happened that night after we stayed up discussing the advantages of the mean average versus the median average, let me know.

    Team News:

    1. The Rev
    2. Big Dog
    3. Pup
    4. Local
    5. Ed
    6. Roley
    7. Radar
    8. Alex (c)
    9. VP
    10. Dutchy
    11. Monty

    Pitch and Conditions:

    Last weeks game was played in what can only be described as “Melbourne” conditions; starting in some coolish-damp weather before the sun came out and dried everything up. Its always a great excuse to blame the weather and conditions in deciding the result of a Cricket match, and that’s exactly what I’m doing here. Its going to be a hot week this week but will cool down to a respectable 29 on Sunday so at least it should be an even contest in that regard.

    Ramsden Street has been a happy hunting ground for the Quokkas in recent seasons and is located deliciously close to The Gasometer, so here’s hoping we make the quick trip back to the big red car Sunday evening.

    Stats and Trivia

    • Last weeks efforts saw Radar pass 400 career YPCA runs for The Quokkas, making him the 5th highest run scorer of all time. This has been done in 29 innings at an average of 17, with 48 fours and 5 sixes. Congratulations Radar!
    • This will be Locals 25th YPCA match for The Quokkas, to go along with his 4 BDNOs, 3 T20s and 1 VBCA match
    • Ed is only 21 runs away from 900 career YPCA runs, and given he is averaging 94 for the season, he should get there this week – if given the opportunity
  • Match Facts:

    Alphington Park, Vere Street, Alphington

    January 14, 2018

     

    Start Time:

    1pm

     

    The Big Picture:

    A very happy new year to all. With a new year comes new hopes and, inevitably, failed resolutions. And so it is with The Quokkas, who managed to win 3 of their 5 games at the end of 2017 and so go into 2018 with a new – perhaps temporary – confidence.

     

    The Quokkas ended 2017 in hitherto unknown form; holding catches, scoring (lots of) runs and taking wickets. Much like working on the Death Star, it was pretty fun at the time but you definitely got the feeling it wouldn’t end well.

    Artists impression of The Quokkas intuition

    Artists impression of The Quokkas intuition

     

    The Royston are something of an unknown entity as the Quokkas have never played them before. That means little for The Quokkas as they get beaten by unknowns, as well as knowns, regularly.

     

    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas have already started 2018 with an impromptu game against the VBCA to assist them with some practice ahead of the All Abilities Carnival. The game was a loss for the Quokkas, but that is hardly the point.

     

    A scan of The Quokkas results from this looks more like morse code than anything else:

    Quokkas: WWLLWL

     

    In the Spotlight:

    It’s been a long-time coming, but the co-founder of the Quokkas; Skip, will be making his debut for the Australian team this weekend.

    Yes, I could have found a better picture

    Yes, I could have found a better picture

     

    Originally flown over for back up for Ben Stokes, the Skipper has been released by the ECB as it seems the role of drunken larrikin has already been filled within the team. Also, he couldn’t punch his way out of a wet paper bag.

     

    Not sighted by the Aussie Quokka lads since his majestic Century at Galles Test Ground (that’s right), we are all looking forward to a big knock from Skip here.

     

    Team News:

    The ebbs and fortunes of team selection continue this week as we don’t have 14 available at the start of the week, which could be dicey as all the ‘reserve’ players have all ended up going into the starting 11 by game day so far this season.

     

    The XI at the time of writing is:

    1. Skip
    2. Jay
    3. Chef
    4. Ed
    5. Dutchy
    6. Big Dog
    7. Alex
    8. Monty
    9. VP
    10. Local
    11. Radar (c)
    12. Rev

     

    Pitch and Conditions:

    Alphington Park is a Quokka favorite. Seemingly permanently soft, flat and green outfields, a picturesque white pavilion and a car park almost a safe distance from the middle (thanks Dutchy for “adjusting” my Subaru).

     

    We are expecting an English Summers day on Sunday; a few clouds and a top of 23, so it should be a cracker.

     

    Stats and Trivia:

    • This will be Eds 50th YPCA match, the bearded one is quite the Quokka legend with 846 career YPCA runs (at 32.54) and 39 YPCA wickets (at 18.69) – congrats Eddie;
    • Jay in on track to be the most run out player this season, here’s wishing him slow heels for Sunday;
    • The Big Chef missed out on a bat in his last game so is still 11 runs off getting to 250 YPCA runs for The Quokkas, here’s hoping the big kiwi can get the job done quickly;
    • This seasons leading wicket-taker race is currently a non-sexy 4-way between Big Dog, Dutchy, Jay and the VP – will this match see the winner scream to the front like Usain Bolt, or watch the others fall over in front of him like Steven Bradbury?
    Yes, I could have found a better picture

    Not Steven Bradbury or Usain Bolt

     

     

     

     

  • Match Facts:

    Alphington Park, Vere Street

    Alphington

     

    Time:

    1pm Start

     

    The Big Picture:

    After winning the first two games of the season, the Quokkas have reverted to form and lost the last two on the bounce. That being said, the first lost was only by 6 runs and the second was a close contest against The Dan O’Connell and one of the best all-round efforts that The Quokkas have ever put together in the YPCA.

     

    Well done lads.

     

    If they are able to take this form into Sundays game against The Pinnacle, they are a good chance to finish 2017 with a win.

     

    The Pinnacle is a team we have had mixed results against, but also one that has provided many classical YPCA moments; not least when their Captain got so drunk that he passed out, leading to one of the most disjointed post match speeches of all time when he was roused from uner the pile of kit that had been piled on him.

     

    Form Guide:

    Quokkas: WWLL

     

    In the Spotlight:

    He’s been in the spotlight more than Kermit the Frog, though Dutchy does wave his arms in the air a helluva a lot less than the little green frog.

     

    The man in the hot-pink lycra is in equally hot form this season, taking catches behind the stumps, taking wickets when he comes on to bowl and – oh yeah – he hit 72 off 35 balls in the last game.

     

    Dutchy has already passed 100 runs for the season (112) from 3 innings (2 not out), facing 53 balls and hitting 11 of them for 6 (20%)!

     

    James “VP” Gow comes in for his record third game for the season and this will also be his first as Captain.

     

    Team News:

    Once again, the week starts with The Quokka bus is bursting at the sides, though it remains to be seen if it will be its normal semi-vacant self by Sunday.

     

    The squad for the game (at the time of writing) is:

    1. Pup
    2. VP (c)
    3. Tuesday
    4. Alex
    5. Radar
    6. Local
    7. Snipper
    8. Big Dog
    9. Jay
    10. Ed
    11. Stewart
    12. Dutchy
    13. Monty
    14. Rev

     

    Pitch and Conditions:

    Alphington Park is one of the prettier grounds in the YPCA, with a lovely white grandstand at the northern end and feint traces of asbestos floating past from the construction site over the road.

     

    This is also the park where Tuesday, a welcome inclusion back in the squad, once hit a ball for 8.

     

    After sweltering through the hottest November in Melbourne since the Big Bang, the local weather has forced Crowded House to change the name of its song from ‘4 seasons in one day’ to ‘4 seasons in one season’ as a result of the ridiculous volume of rain and cold.

     

    Hopefully things dry up a bit ahead of Sunday.

     

    Stats and Trivia:

    • Without banging on about him too much, Dutchy is on a hat-trick. Nearly impossible in the Pub League but he has managed it. He may need to bribe VP with a few Moon Dogs to get a go at some of the Pinnacles lesser-batters (if they exist)
    • The Dutchman is also now on 907 career YPCA runs for the Quokkas, the record and the thousand mark may well be beat this season. This will also be his 50th YPCA match for the Quokkas
    • Not to say he’s half the man, but this will be Jays 25th appearance for the Quokkas
    • The Gow brothers are 3rd for matches played by brothers in the same team for the Quokkas (4), behind the Curtins (13) and the Nichols (8), but are closing the gap and are wellnahead of the Hentys (1)
    • Alex and the Big Dog are close to new records, with 489 and 198 career runs respectively
    • This will be Radars 30th YPCA match for the Quokkas
    • There is a laneway in Dandenong named “Lois Lane” – I kid you not.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Match Preview: Gasometer Quokkas v The HATED Dan

    Match Facts:

    Alfred Crescent Oval,

    Edinburgh Gardens,

    Fitzroy

    Time: 1pm start

    The Big Picture:

    The Quokkas have returned from their not-so-triumphant tour of their spiritual home having chalked up their first loss from the season. Given that their record against the HATED Dan is far from impressive, it’s a good bet that the ledger will be balanced by Sunday evening.

    The last time these two teams played, 2 seasons ago, The DAN helped themselves to over 230 runs while The Quokkas could only manage 148 in reply. The day was notable for being stinking hot and hazy, as well as Snipper taking one of the greatest catches of all time; initially running in one direction, before sprinting back in the opposite direction and diving to catch the ball millimetres from the ground.

    One can only hope that The Quokkas can start holding normal catches too.

    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas returned to form last week, losing their tour match on Rottnest Island. Notably, the other side hadn’t played a game in ten years and the Man of The Match had never played a game in his life.

    Go Quokkas.

    The form of the Dan is unknown, largely because I cant be bothered looking up their results. Im assuming they aren’t getting beaten by teams that don’t play regularly, or smashed for 25 in an over by a bloke whose never played before.

    Sigh.

    In the Spotlight:

    LOCAL makes his long-awaited return to the team, this being his first game of the season. He is marking his return by Captaining this game, so we look forward to his taciturn and disappointed stares at us at regular intervals.

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    And this

    Team News:

    The Quokkas continue their bizarre season of having excess numbers available for games, though we are (as always) expecting last minute changes.

    The XI (at the time of writing) is:

    1. James Gow
    2. Roley
    3. Chef
    4. Local (c)
    5. J Rod
    6. Big Dog
    7. Gaz
    8. Stewart Denmead
    9. Dutchy
    10. Snipper
    11. Ed
    12. Jay
    13. The Rev

    Pitch and Conditions:

    The nano-sized Alfred Crescent Oval is always a favorite for batsmen and less so for people having picnics. Melbourne is doing its thing at the moment, starting the week with temperatures in the mid-30s before turning to lightning and storms, then calming down to a more civilised 26 degrees on Sunday.

    Stats and Trivia:

    • This will be Locals 30th total appearance for The Quokkas and he is only 26 runs away from 300 for his YPCA career
    • Chef is on 239 career runs and averages 23.9 per innings, so should crack the 250 in the first over faced
    • Snippers last innings, his 14th, was also the 8th time he has finished not out – helping lift his average to 57.33. Mark Waugh: he is definitely unavailable to play for Australia, I believe S44 rules him out
    • J Rods enigmatic bowling could hold a key to success, he goes for a miserly 5.78 runs per over and is one wicket away from 20 career wickets (6th highest overall)
  • Match Facts:

    Saturday, November 11

    Rottnest Island Primary School Oval

    Rottnest Island, Western Australia

    Time: 11.30am Start

    The Big Picture:

    Well, it doesn’t get much bigger than this. Some 15 years since the Quokkas were first created in West London for an indoor cricket team, their name being inspired by the overtly friendly and predator-less Marsupial that is native to Rottnest Island. What other animal could resemble the fear that we strike into the hearts of our opponents?

    No, it had to be the Quokka, and the Quokka it has stayed.

    After moving home from London in 2009, The Rev (club co-founder), pieced together the Australian interpretation of the Team, which has blossomed in-line with his grey hairs. Having played tour games in Launceston, Adelaide, Nerrena and Sri Lanka, the Quokkas are finally visiting the home of the Quokka; Rottnest Island.

    Their opponents for the match will be the local team that, delightfully, share the nickname. This may end up being like that Monty Python sketch where everyone is named Bruce, or simply called Bruce to save confusion.

    Form Guide:

    The touring Quokkas are coming into the game having won their first two games of the season so far, unprecedented as this almost equals their total wins for the last two seasons combined. The visiting Quokkas have chased scores of 170 in their last two matches in about 23 and 22 overs, so have the opportunity to get a big score once they get started. They have, though, been impacted by the customary withdrawals from the game, so have had to perform the also-customary ring-around to pull in some ringers.

    The home Quokkas have requested a T20 game, with no bowler to come off more than 3 steps, which should play right into the hands of the visiting Quokkas highest wicket-takers; Ed and The Big Dog. The home Quokkas haven’t played a game since the decline in the mining boom out West, so should be in similar form

    In the spotlight:

    A late and welcome inclusion for the game, Radar has been in awesome form so far this season. Opening the batting against the Launceston All Stars, he retired with 30 from 22 balls, then bowled 2 overs for 1 wicket and 1 run.

    Radar is 6th for total Quokka appearances (36) and ‘kept up to the wicket like a young Tim Zuehrer in the last match, something that will be very useful with the 3-step limit.

    The great man

    The great man

    Team News:

    It wouldn’t be a Quokkas match, particularly a touring match, without a few changes and change is what we have. Thankfully, we also know people in Western places so 4 new faces come into the team, as well as one highly-anticipated debut. The team, at the time of writing, is:

    1. The Rev (c)
    2. Vince
    3. Ed
    4. Dale
    5. Big Dog
    6. Ivan
    7. Jay
    8. Radar (w/k)
    9. Karl
    10. Cat
    11. Max Nichols (vc)

    Pitch and Conditions:

    The pitch is the only cricket ground on the island and in surprisingly good condition given the amount of sports that it hosts, as well as the backpackers and (actual) Quokkas that do *things* on it throughout the year.

    Looks a treat

    Looks a treat

    It being November in Western Australia, we are expecting a dry day of about 24 degrees with blue skies and plenty of debate about whether the Eagles should have let John Worsfold go / whether Bancroft will be opening / keeping wicket for the First Test.

    Its really not terrible here

    Its really not terrible here

    Stats and Trivia:

    • This being a T20 match, the stats wont count towards player records (apart from appearances)
    • This will be Jays 23rd appearance for the Quokkas, bringing him equal with Alex and Chef, and only 3 behind The Phantom (26)
    • This will also be Cats 16th appearance, bringing her level with previous B&F winner Rowdy and 1 appearance ahead of another B&F winner; Gladys
    • The Quokkas have NEVER WON a tour match, so there is absolutely no pressure to change that now.
  • Match Facts:

    Sunday, October 29

    Fairfield Oval, Fairfield

    Time: 1:30pm start

    The Big Picture:

    This is the first YPCA match for the Quokkas this season, after hosting (and winning) their season opener against the touring Launceston Pub League All Stars last week.The Quokkas opened their last season against The Terminus in a game that they won in freezing conditions, courtesy of Snipper hitting a 6 off the last ball of the game.

    Wild celebrations followed

    Wild celebrations followed

    The Terminus always play the game in the right spirit(s) and the Quokkas are very much looking forward to this ‘contest’.

    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas are coming into this game having won their last match, so are (statistically) likely not to win it…or any other games this season. That being said, the incumbent men in maroon seem to do much better off the pitch (recruiting new players) than on it, with new Quokkas Stewart, Gaz and Robbie (aka. Burner) all impressing on debut.

    Jay, Captain for this game, has a swag of bowling options available to him and some of them are even decent.

    The Terminus are hosting this game, so Jay will have the ability early to emulate a 19th century textile factory owner, and test out his seamers.

    Jay, overseeing the team

    Jay, overseeing the team

    In the Spotlight:

    After losing the highest wicket taker mantle to the Big Dog last week, Ed has the chance to reclaim it while the Dog is uncharacteristically absent; geocaching on the Nullarbor. Ed has cost the Quokkas the devils number (666) in runs conceded but has taken 36 wickets at 18.5 and only costing 6.27 runs per over. The Captain may do well to open with his economical breaks. Some would argue they are economical as they don’t break.

    On the subject of economical bowling, Radar shook the very ground he walked on last week, taking 1/1 off 2 overs and retired hitting his 30 off as many balls. One suspects a new child and no sleep could be helping him along here.

    Team News:

    Its all cheers and guffaws at QCCHQ this week, as the team pats itself on the back after getting the annual win, so plenty have already signed up for the next game. This may well change by Sunday morning, but the XI (at the time of writing) is:

    1. Jay (c)
    2. James Gow
    3. Snipper
    4. Radar
    5. Chef
    6. Gaz
    7. Roley
    8. Burner
    9. Rev
    10. Dutchy (w/k)
    11. Ed

    Pitch and Conditions:

    Fairfield Oval is sentimental favourite of the Quokkas, with several highlights of seasons gone by occurring there, including the time that Ed ran out of the toilets to wave his little master around. The ground is in pretty good condition since the new drainage facilities were installed by the council, though the junior soccer program that ran there over the summer has ensured it meets Quokka ground standards. For those wanting to know more about Quokka ground standards, simply Google “cabbage patch”. Or Ask Jeeves, whatever.

    So many options

    So many options

    We are expecting a sunny day with a top of 29 on Sunday, so quite different to last years match & something that may impact our ageing lists ability to make it through the afternoon awake.

    Stats and Trivia

    • Snipper made his debut against the Terminus and has a batting average to match his appearance order (52)
    • The Big Chef is only 11 runs off 250 career runs for the Quokkas and averages 23.9 per game, so should get there in the first over he faces.

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