• 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.

    And this

    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

     

  • Match Facts:

    Sunday, October 22,  Alfred Crescent Oval, Edinburgh Gardens, Fitzroy

    Time:

    1pm Start

    The Big Picture:

    Good day to you and welcome to another Australian Summer of Quokkas Cricket, a heady time of year for any fan of shambolic representations of the great game.

    This seasons first game is against the might of the Launceston Pub League (LPL), whose genesis began with the Quokka tour to play the Royal Oak at the start of the 2011/12 season. While the spoils of the day did not go to the Quokkas, it did lead to the creation of the LPL, making the great game more accessible to more people, which is (kind of) the point of the whole thing.

    And so the LPL have put a combined ‘All Stars’ team together, with a little assistance from the Quokkas and the YPCA and travelled north to kill their maker. Its kind of like the story of Oedipus, though the role of the mother is yet to be cast.

    Form Guide:

    Being the first game of the season, the Quokkas are in (arguably) their best form of the year. There is a cluster of new faces in the team, a cluster being the collective noun for diamonds, as well as some familiar ones that are a little less shiny.

    The game between the Quokkas and the Royal Oak back in 2011/12 ended with ‘the oak’ knocking over the 109 runs required in 12 overs for the loss of only 2 wickets. Highlights of the game included Eds mate Mark driving up from Hobart to get hit for two of the biggest 6s in history, The Big Dog smashing up some play equipment, Morts meeting some locals and Kathleen making her debut.

    The only Quokkas who played in that match who are available this time around are Dutchy, Big Dog, Ed and The Rev. On form, the LPL are looking good.

    In the Spotlight:

    After starting a bet with Local on who could do the best disappearing act, Pup returns to the starting XI this week to grace us with his left-arm swing bowling and powerful pull shots.

    Being one of the few Quokkas under the Pension age, there is a bit of pressure on the younger O’Donovan to do the parts of cricket that require running, so naturally Pup has brought a mate (Robbie) down to delegate this to.

    Team News:

    After spending much of the off season fretting about how they were ever going to get an XI together, the committee now finds itself with a cluster of Quokkas, whereas the LPL are a bit short. As a result, Roley and The Rev will be filling in for the LPL and possibly one more.

    The Quokkas XI, at the time of writing, is (in no particular order):

    1. Dutchy (w/k)
    2. Big Dog
    3. Pup
    4. Robbie
    5. Alex Gow
    6. James Gow
    7. Sean Scales
    8. Ray Jayner
    9. Gaz / Gary
    10. Stewart Denmead
    11. Radar
    12. Ed (c)

    The nickname sub-committee clearly has some work to do.

    Pitch and Conditions:

    Conditions have conspired to ensure that the nano-sized ground at Alfred Crescent be available for the LPL touring team, a welcome spot for any touring batsman who doesn’t mind culling a few trees while hitting 6s. The weather is supposed to be a bit cooler than the rest of the week (only 18 degrees) with some cloud cover, though the only movement expected through the air will be off the LPL bats at a great pace.

    Stats and Trivia:

    • This will be the Big Dogs 70th overall appearance for The Quokkas, still a club record
    • Interestingly, it will be Radars 35th appearance, though Im not sure if that makes him half the Quokka
    • Despite having a hand average of 22 with the bat and a high score of 37, Alex has only batted in 75% of the games he has played in; Im not sure why team captains may be afraid of winning
    • James Gow averages an impressive 1 wicket per match and will surely be a cornerstone of Sundays formidable bowling attack
    • Jay is only 10 runs off 200 career Quokka runs, hitting them at a healthy average of 31 with a high score of 38*
    • Despite only playing once every other leap year, Pup is still 5th on the all-time wicket-taking list with 20. He only needs 3 to equal The Rev.
  • Match Facts: Sunday, March 19 2017, Alfred Crescent Oval, North Fitzroy

    Time: 1pm Start

    The Big Picture:

    This weeks game is pure Quokka, designed to ensure those that want to play some social cricket (though don’t want the rigors of club cricket).

    This game follows on from last years intra-club mixed game, which was considered a success & even drew the praise of Cricket Victoria for providing a bridge to Cricket to women that doesn’t necessarily otherwise exist.

    The rules for this game have been somewhat modified to ensure everyone gets a go:

    • 25 over game
    • No LBWs
    • No Wides (just rebowl)
    • Cant go out first ball
    • Retirement in the over the batsman gets to 20
    • Female players to bat / bowl first
    • Any excess overs (e.g. 22-25) are to be bowled by female players
    • Male players bowling to female players only to go off 3 step run-up
    • Female players can bowl from forward of the crease if needed

    The Old Bar have been good enough to agree to a game and we hope it becomes a regular thing, not just with the Old Bar, but other pubs too.

    Form Guide:

    While the Quokkas YPCA team has had a fairly ordinary season, with only one win from nine games, the female players have been in pretty impressive form. Cat and Ren both played in our games in Sri Lanka, and have both played a number of games this season too, scoring runs and taking wickets.

    The Quokkas had a warm-up mixed game last Sunday, where we saw some typically strong batting from Rosemary, Cat and Ren, as well as fast bowling from Karly and all-round dominance from Eliza.

    Here’s hoping everyone can have a go and some fun Sunday.

    In The Spotlight:

    Karly has been an enthusiastic new starter to the group, attending several training sessions, and playing the VBCA game before this, her first Pub League match. She has impressed in the nets and in the recent inter-club mixed game with her pace bowling, which is surely linked to the energy gained from eating tofu as part of a vegan diet. Promises to be a real handful against The Old Bar if she gets her radar right.

    Team News:

    It’s always a distressing moment at QHQ when the selection committee comes forward and says there are more than enough numbers for the next week, it almost always means that half the team will drop out by the time you’ve had time to throw your cup of Earl Grey at them.

    It often resembles the Boston tea party at QHQ

    It often resembles the Boston tea party at QHQ

    I’m happy to report that, at the time of writing, there are 14 listed as available for this weeks game and my tea is yet to stain the walls. Happier still, the Quokkas have up to 6 girls available for this game, which will go a long way towards giving interested punters a chance at a game.

    1. Cat (c)
    2. Ren
    3. Karly
    4. Eliza
    5. Vibeke
    6. Rosemary
    7. Don
    8. Jay
    9. J Rod
    10. Bowl’en
    11. Big Dog
    12. Snipper
    13. Local
    14. Dutch

    Pitch and Conditions:

    Alfred Crescent oval is the friend of Pub Cricketing batsmen, whichever pub they heil from. With its short & inviting boundaries, conveniently located loos, and ample shade provided by the trees that line it; it’s a great place to watch deliveries get belted into people having an otherwise enjoyable picnic.

    Maybe aim for this guy

    Maybe aim for this guy

    While the Australian mens cricket team is in India, the Indian summer has arrived in Melbourne and we are expecting a sunny day with a top of 32 degrees on Sunday. Make sure to slip, slop, slap and drink plenty of water.

    Stats and Trivia:

    • Cat is the most capped female Quokka, with 7 YPCA appearances and 14 overall. Cat has scored 44 YPCA runs at 11 and is yet to bowl a ball in the league – quite an achievement!
    • Ren is the second most capped, with 2 YPCA appearances and 7 overall. While she only has 7 YPCA runs against her name, she did hit more 4s on the Sri Lanka tour than the Rev.
    • Eliza is making her 4th Quokka appearance and looks like she is ready for a break-out game after some excellent efforts in the warm up game & recent VBCA match
    • The “Ice Man” (J Rod, the bloke who brings the ice) is making his 40th Quokka appearance this weekend, which is the 5th most of anyone to wear the saggy maroon. The Plod has hit 346 YPCA runs at 14.42 with a top score of 41 not out. He has also taken 19 wickets at 22 at a RPO of 5.78. There is no statistic for his catches held.
  • Match Facts: Sunday, February 19th 2017, Alfred Crescent Oval, North Fitzroy

    Time: Midday for a 1pm start

    The Big Picture:

    This is the Quokkas last Pub League game of the season, offering them their last chance to get a win in an otherwise winless season.

    The Rainbow was one of the few pubs that the Quokkas beat last season, but that doesn’t seem to matter for much this season, with the boys in maroon seemingly able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at every chance.

    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas are coming off the back of their annual first-round exit from the BDNO, though this years version was a little more promising than previous years and showed glimpses of what was possible.

    The Quokkas bowled and fielded well by their standards in the BDNO, holding catches, taking wickets and stopping singles. They’re all good signs & also very likely to disappear as quickly as they appeared.

    In the Spotlight:

    Alex comes back in to the Quokkas squad for his first game since Nerrena and his first game as Captain. The square-shouldered leggie showed some excellent form in his last spell in Gippsland, repeating it will surely provide as many issues to batsmen as it will fielders (who will have to catch a spinning ball off the bat).

    Team News:

    Its been a tough week at Quokkas HQ with players declaring unavailability like it was some sort of hipster trend. The XI for this weekend (at the time of writing) is:

    1. Alex (c)
    2. Jay
    3. Ed
    4. Dutchy
    5. Big Dog
    6. Tuesday
    7. Nickname AW
    8. Bowl’en
    9. Sean*
    10. Local
    11. James How

    Pitch and Conditions

    The game is scheduled to be played at Alfred Crescent, defined in these pages previously in detail. It’s a ground with small boundaries that favours the big hitters, or even the medium-distance hitters, with those disinclined to run not finding penalties.

    The predicted top for Sunday is 19 with a prediction for some light showers in the morning and early afternoon.

    Stats & Trivia

    • Jay is sitting on 175 career runs at 35, so is well positioned to crack the 200-run mark in this match
    • Similarly, Tuesday is sitting on 279 career runs at 23, so is well placed to crack the 300-run mark
    • Bowl’en hasn’t had much luck this season, but 2 wickets will take him to 10 career wickets
    • James Gow has had a little more luck this season, going for only 5.7 runs per over
  • Match Facts: Sunday, February 5th, 2017

    Time: 11am

    The Big Picture:

    This is the 6th or 7th time the Quokkas have appeared in the Big Day Not Out (BDNO), which says about as much about our record-keeping as it does our blind perseverance.

    Aside from providing the recalcitrant with an avenue to enjoying social cricket on a semi-regular basis, this event is the jewel in the Yarra Pub Cricket Associations crown, a knock out tournament for 16 of the 18 teams in the league that can be bothered showing up.

    The Quokkas have never got close to the finals of the day, though The Rev did help the Prince Pat get to the final by filling in, taking a wicket and then spending the rest of the day playing kick-to-kick in the outfield.

    This year offers the annual glimmer of hope though, with a lucky 11am start time at the oval on Alfred Crescent, the most boundary friendly of grounds. This works in The Quokkas favour, given their lack of ability to catch a ball and the relatively high number of boundaries they have hit this season.

    The first, and possibly only, game is against the Rose, whom the Quokkas put in a good showing against earlier in the season. If the Quokkas are able to produce some efficient overs like Snipper, Jay, Big Dog and Radar did last time (4, 4.3, 4.7 and 6 RPO) did last time, they should be in with a chance of making it through to the next round.

    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas have won one match this season, the first for 2016/17 against The Terminus in a blizzard at Ramsden Street. Its possible they aren’t any good at Summer sports. With this summer being what it has, they may be in with a chance.

    The Rose have won at least one game.

    In the Spotlight:

    J Rod is an early omission from the team for motivation issues, to be replaced by Pup for his first game of the season.

    A Quokka veteran with 33 total appearances, Pup is also something of a BDNO specialist. Not necessarily for anything on the field, but he usually turns up.

    Tuesday takes the reigns of the team after winning the ‘Best Player in the BDNO’ award last year. No doubt relishing the opportunity of starting a game of cricket at 11am that could be over by 11:10am, the man in the ink has no doubt been strategizing the best routes out of North Fitzroy on a Sunday afternoon all week.

    Team News:

    J Rod has found something else to do, which means Pup walks into the side.

    At the time of writing, The Quokkas have 12 available for this game, which means we will be able to field specialist batting and fielding sides (if everyone shows).

    Bowl’en voted for an afternoon of minding the Esky but Captain Tuesday had other ideas and he will be in the batting side.

    The XII (at the time of writing) is:

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

    Pitch and Conditions:

    The pitch at Alfred Crescent Oval has seen better days, with a re-carpeting job on the asto-turf cover seemingly started and aborted after they got just short of a good length at one end. Unfortunately, that’s the batting end, so gives bowlers plenty to aim at.

    The BOM is predicting a top of 25 degrees with rain, so the Duckworth Lewis system may come in to save the day.

    Stats & Trivia:

    • Ed and Pup have played in the most BDNOs for The Quokkas, 6, a battle for supremacy that will be decided by age and interest;
    • Boundary hitting is the key for BDNO batting and The Quokkas leaders are Dutchy (75% of runs through boundaries), Chef (71%), Local (70%) and Radar (67%)
    • Efficiency is the key to bowling in the BDNO and the Quokkas leaders are Snipper (3.3), Dutchy (4.5), Jay (5.5) and Radar (6.0)
  • Match Facts: Sunday, January 29th 2017, 454 Glenferrie Rd, Kooyong

    Time: 1pm start

    The Big Picture:

    This weekend marks the Quokkas annual match against the Victorian Blind Cricket Association (VBCA), an event that we are very proud of and happy to play each season.

    The VBCA are coming off a very busy Christmas break, with the State Team coming off an intensive T20 Championship and many of the National players in India for the World Cup.

    The Quokkas, on the other hand, have started 2017 by being carted around Alfred Crescent by the ASRC and dropping more than a few catches along the way.

    This game will be played as a T20, with retirements, LBWs and other such rules in place.

    This game lets The Quokkas the ability to experience the game in the way vision-impaired players do, while also giving the VBCA players an opportunity to have a hit.

    Form Guide:

    As mentioned, the VBCA are coming off a very hectic schedule, so are probably in great form and ready to tee-off against some very muddling bowling. The Quokkas have managed to field a full XI for every game so far this season, which is at least 1 positive.

    In the Spotlight:

    J Rod comes into this game fresh from dropping a quarum of catches, scoring 30+ runs off not many and generally being so laconic that sloths look at him enviously.

    A comparative excitement machine

    A comparative excitement machine

    Captain for the game against the VBCA for the second year in a row, J Rod will bring the rat cunning he developed growing up in Moree to the field.

    Eliza comes in for her 3rd Quokkas game, including her 2nd against the VBCA. A wicket taker in last years game, the underarm specialist could be a real handful in this match.

    Team News:

    The XI for this weekend (at the time of writing) is:

    1. The Big Dog
    2. Cat
    3. Dutchy
    4. Bowl’en
    5. Chef
    6. Snipper
    7. Radar
    8. J Rod (c)
    9. Ren
    10. Karly
    11. Eliza
    12. Rev *

    * Expected to be calling the game for most of it

    Pitch and Conditions

    It doesn’t get much better than the lovely fields at Kooyong. The pitches are well kept and manicured, and the bar in the pavilion is both conveniently close to the players benches and full of cold beer. The bar staff can be pretty hot on opening times, Rev experienced their discipline a few years ago first hand, so be sure to wait until midday to ask for your first cold one.

    The BOM is predicting a top of 28 on Sunday, which is the kind of weather that really works up a thirst when combined with running around in goggles.

    Stats & Trivia

    • This is the 4th match between the VBCA and the Quokkas, the VBCA hold a 2-1 lead in the ledger
    • Big Dog, J Rod and Rev have all played the most number of VBCA games; 3
    • This match will be Dutchy’s 60th appearance for The Quokkas, here’s hoping he bring some CHEEKY GOAT ice cream to celebrate
    • Karly should be making her debut this week, which is very exciting. Karly has shown great promise in the nets & we hope she can become a key part of the mixed team going forward
  • Match Facts:

    Sunday, January 15th 2017

    Alfred Cres

     

    Time:

    12pm start – not 1pm!

     

    Rules:

    Modified T20 Rules:

    • No LBW
    • No out on first ball
    • No dangerous balls (bouncers at the head, full tosses above the waist)
    • No wides (bowl again with no penalty)
    • Everyone bowls 2 overs (keeper can opt out)
    • Batsmen retire at the end of the over they reach 20 runs

     

    Donations:

    The ASRC is looking for Donations to help its on-going programs, if you are able, please bring along any of the following to the game and we will make sure it gets to them:

    https://www.asrc.org.au/get-involved/donate-food-and-goods/

     

    The Big Picture:

    Welcome to 2017. For those that missed 2016, The Quokkas played cricket in Sri Lanka and Australia, played mixed games, pub league games, games against blind and deaf opponents, and had a thoroughly good time all-round.

     

    The first game for the Quokkas in 2017 is the annual match against the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre (ASRC) at Alfred Crescent Oval, one of The Quokkas favorite opponents at one of their favorite grounds.

     

    This game allows the Quokkas do what they do best, which is provide the opportunity to smash some fairly terrible cricketers to people that normally don’t have the chance to.

     

    The corresponding fixture last season saw a fairly comprehensive defeat for the Quokkas, with one of the ASRC batsmen scoring a handy 50 after scoring an unbeaten 100 in a match earlier that morning. Fair effort.

     

    Regardless, this game is pure Quokka, providing a game of cricket to those that may otherwise not have the opportunity. Many thanks to the good people at the Yarra Pub Cricket Association for organizing the ground.

     

    Form Guide:

    To be perfectly honest, the Quokkas are in pretty ordinary form this season.

     

    They won the first game of the season before losing the next four, though not all by the widest of margins.

     

    While in good form with the bat this season (6 players average 20 or more), the fielding has been the let down, particularly the catching. It’s a good thing we don’t count drops as my abacus doesn’t go that high (it’s a crapacus).

     

    20 catches have been held in 4 YPCA games this season, but at least that many again have gone down. The ASRC would do well to aim at the fielders, or the fielders hands if possible.

     

    In the Spotlight:

    While not leading the club for Runs (with 58), strike rate (1.04), or wickets (2), Ed is the leading catcher for the season with 4.

     

    Shame on all of us.

     

    He will be looking to take his good form from last years game against the ASRC, where his Tony Greig-inspired helmet was debuted to good effect, enabling him to hook bouncers from in front of his face over the fine leg fence.

    Artists impression of Ed sans-helmet. We really need a new artist.

    Artists impression of Ed sans-helmet.
    We really need a new artist.

     

    Cat comes in for her third game of the season, batting in Big Dogs place, enabling him to focus on adding to the wickets he has snared this season.

     

    Cat is possibly one of the best placed to face the ASRCs fast bowlers with her excellent technique, and should benefit from the short boundaries; 36% of her YPCA runs come from fours.

     

    Team News:

    The XI for this game (at the time of writing) is (in no particular order):

    1. Ed
    2. Big Dog / Cat
    3. Dutchy
    4. Tuesday
    5. Ren
    6. Local
    7. Snipper
    8. J Rod
    9. Rev
    10. Jay
    11. Nickname AW

     

    Pitch and Conditions:

    While Alfred Crescent is a lovely spot, surrounded by parkland, laughing children and working toilets (a miracle in the Pub League), it is also the size of a postage stamp.

     

    This usually means less running for the batsmen, but it is a risk with the ASRC batsmen seemingly able to hit the boundary just by taking guard.

     

    Expect a lot of runs and dead possums.

     

    Its supposed to be 26 degrees this Sunday with the chance of a shower, so anything could happen going by the weather so far this summer. Expect 20 metres of snow and a possible sharknado.

    Still better than facing the ASRCs quicks

    Still better than facing the ASRCs quicks

     

    Stats & Trivia:

    • This match will be Big Dogs 65th appearance for The Quokkas, easily the highest among the uncommitted cricketers in maroon
    • It will also be a milestone game for Snipper and Nick, their 20th and 15th appearances for the Quokkas respectively
    • The Big Dog is averaging a wicket every 2.39 overs, so it’s a shame he will only get the 2 this week
    • After breaking his season drought in the last game with 2 wickets, Jay moved into the 11 wicket club with; Mo, Radar, Robbo and……Snipper
    • Other notable 11s include Big Dog (again) who has 11 not outs and Nickname AW who has 11 innings
    • Local is (characteristically) a man-apart with 12 wickets
  • Match Facts:

    Sunday, December 18th

    Alphington Park, Alphington

     

    Time:

    1pm

     

    The Big Picture:

    This is the last game for the Quokkas in 2016, which has been a massive year for the club, with games in Nerrena, Colombo and Galle (also known as Crickets “Big Three”).

     

    I’ve always been confused by the expression “results haven’t gone their way” as the result is not a determinant, its an outcome. If you change the determinant (e.g. the outcome of the game) then the result will automatically change. Its got no impact at all.

     

    Anyway, the results haven’t gone the way of The Quokkas so well in the last half of 2016, with one win and three losses. They would certainly like to go into Christmas with one more win under their belts (another expression I’m not a fan of).

     

    Interestingly, the last time The Quokkas played The Rose at this very ground the game produced one or two contentious moments, some of which have been recorded in print.

     

    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas have had little trouble in scoring runs this season, with 454 runs being scored at a strike rate of 1.12, which is normally a competitive total in the YPCA. The main issue has been around taking wickets, we have only taken 18 + 4 run outs / stumpings, meaning each wicket costs 28.72 runs.

     

    The main issue here is catching. The Quokkas put down at least 7 chances in the last game, including 1 drop per over for the first 4 overs after drinks. Some may suggest less in the way of drinks, but they can get stuffed.

    Artists impression of the Quokkas in the field

    Artists impression of the Quokkas in the field

     

    In the Spotlight:

    Snipper returns for his second game of the year, which could be another reason why The Quokkas have struggled so much; he scored 33 runs (including the winning 6), took 3/8 and held a screamer in his only appearance this season. Not that there is any pressure on him or anything…

     

    The other man from 400 Acres, Radar, returns to us this week, offering a mix of pace bowling, big hitting and even wicket-keeping if required.

     

    Team News:

    The nearly-hero from the last time we played The Rose at Alphington, Ed, returns to this squad this week and slots quite loosely into the fragrant Captains Jacket. Ed should be pleased with the players listed as available, being:

    1. Big Dog
    2. Dutchy (w/k)
    3. Tuesday
    4. Bowl’en
    5. Chef
    6. Local
    7. Snipper
    8. Radar
    9. Jay
    10. Nickname AW
    11. Ed

     

    Pitch and Conditions:

    The Alphington Park ground is one of the most picturesque in the YPCA, resting by the banks of the Yarra with a lovely white Grandstand and playground nearby. Its really quite lovely.

     

    The BOM is predicting a top of 20 with some cloud cover, so it could well be torrential rain or desert-like heat, based on how accurate their other predictions have been this year.

     

    Stats & Trivia:

    • Its been a good season with the Bat for the Quokkas so far this season, Dutchy and Alex lead for runs scored per over with averages of 10.2 and 10.1 respectively, the team average is 5.9
    • Dutchy also has the highest amount of runs scored by boundaries (78%), unless you count Radar (100%), Chef is on 71% while Local is on his heals with 70%
    • The Quokkas have hit 50 fours and 9 sixes in total in the YPCA this season
    • Things haven’t been so great with the ball, with the team giving away 7.2 RPO, though they do average a wicket every 4 overs
    • Snipper has the best RPO (conceded) average of 2.7, the next best are Matty (3.0) and J Rod (3.3). Unfortunately the last 2 mentioned are not playing.
    • Tuesday hit his 251st career run in the last match, he is currently 12th on the all-time runs scored list with an average of 22.82

     

     

     

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