• 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

     

     

     

  • Match Facts:

    December 4, 2016

    Fairfield Cricket Ground

     

    Time:

    1pm

     

    The Big Picture:

    This is the tenthy-second time that the Quokkas have taken on the “Beefys”, or very close to that figure indeed. This preview has gone over historic matches between the two clubs in the past, so I wont revisit that.

     

    The main point is that this game oft-represents all that is good in pub cricket, and all that can be good in this world again.

     

    The Beefies, with or without the Ford Laser, are a great group of lads and the Quokkas always look forward to getting to know the Beef Curtins a bit better, particularly after they are nice and moist after a day in the field.

     

    Form Guide:

    After winning their first game of the season in a thriller, The Quokkas have lost the last two in relatively convincing fashion.

     

    The last loss was against a combined Nerrena squad that featured a young blonde all-rounder about whom Dutchy astutely observed; “he looks like a female Russian tennis player”. Unfortunately for the Quokkas, he grunted as well as he bowled, batted and fielded and was a big part of the difference between the teams.

    Nice shape

    Nice shape too

     

    As good as the Quokkas fielding performance at Nerrena was, the Quokkas still managed to put down a number of catches, something that helps you win…something. Apparently.

     

    In the Spotlight:

    James Gow is a welcome addition to the team after a 12 month absence spent finding inner peace in a dilapidated RnB club in downtown Kilmore. James brings much needed disciplined bowling to the Quokkas, with a career RPO average of 5.67 and a bowling average of 17. For those that are interested, this is much lower than his brothers average of 21.17.

     

    Local gets the Captains Jacket this week (it turns out the Big Dog has been holding on to it for reasons unknown), which is kind-of like giving Donald Trump control of the Worlds largest economy. Very similar in fact.

     

    Local is coming off a great game with the ball (3 overs, 1 for 17) and bat (17 off 7), his batting innings in Nerrena including some of the more outrageous shots ever seen in South Gippsland. It was similar to Captain Kirk exposing the white-skinned people to the Enterprise at the start of “Star Trek: Into Darkness”.

    The Nibirans, responding to the SAULSCOOP

    The Nibirans, responding to the SAULSCOOP

     

    Team News:

    With the greatest recording studio in Melbourne, 400 Acres, having its Christmas party this Sunday, the Quokkas are suddenly short of many of its famously stable 2016/17 squad.

     

    Thankfully, we know others who can actually play and are available.

     

    The XI, at the time of writing, is:

    1. Rev
    2. Bowl’en
    3. Chef
    4. Dutchy (w/k)
    5. J Rod
    6. Big Dog
    7. Tuesday
    8. Jay
    9. Local (c)
    10. James Gow
    11. Nickname AW

     

    Pitch and Conditions

    Formerly a regular ground for the Quokkas, Fairfield Oval has now become the forgotten school friend that you bump into irregularly and promise to catch up with, but never do.

     

    The ground has become a smooth, green carpet since the drainage has been fixed, unless the soccer team has been on it first – in which case it is a cabbage patch.

     

    Its expected to hit a top of 32 degrees on Sunday, which should be great fun to field in first. There is supposed to be a late shower in the day, which may help the team bowling second, which just happens to not be the Quokkas.

     

     

    Stats & Trivia:

    After updating the database at Quokkas HQ to include mixed games, some of the appearances data has changed, so apologies for any confusion here:

    • This match will be Chefs 20th appearance for the Quokkas, the broad-chested legend took out the bowling award in his first season and has 16 YPCA wickets at 15 to prove his (Kiwi) chops. Throw in his 220 runs at 24 and you get to understand the value he brings to the team, without even mentioning the Pinot Gris
    • On the subject of Bowling-award winners, Jay is has sent down 6 overs in the YPCA this season at a cost of 33 runs (5.5 RPO) without luck. He has taken 9 wickets for 151 runs in his career so perhaps he should let the Dog out and go a bit more vertical?
    • With Ed out, Dutchy has the opportunity to extend his lead for all-time runs over Ed, which currently stands at 1. Should he do so, it will probably be via going big, Dutchy scores 60% of his runs from boundaries (40% fours, 20% sixes) as opposed to Eds 48% (33% fours, 15% sixes)
    • Bowl’en was a little hard on himself on hitting 7 last weekend, but it was consistent. His career average in the YPCA is 6.44. The long-limbed, guitar-picken man is a real nurdler, challenging the Rev for runs scored off boundaries (21% v 23%). Neither has hit a six.

     

  • Match Facts: November 20, 2016, Nerrena Cricket Club

    Time: 1pm

    The Big Picture: This is The Quokkas second visit to Nerrena for a social match against the locals. Normally this would qualify as a tour game, but considering we just played 2 games in Sri Lanka, its more of a social visit.

    Still, we are looking forward to it eagerly.

    Not being a pub league game, we are playing by the standard T20 rules, which will bring the nastiness of LBWs and other ways of getting out. So unfair.

    Form Guide: The Quokkas started the season with a famous win, with Snipper hitting a 6 off the last ball to win it. They backed it up by piling on 181 runs against the Old Bar in 25 overs, only to watch their opponents chase the total with 3 overs and 3 wickets to spare. Not exactly the sort of thing that will terrorize the Nerrena batsmen as they sleep this week.

    In the Spotlight:

    Nickname AWs last innings of 26 took him to 46 total career runs, more than doubling his run tally in his previous 8 digs and showing us what he is capable of with the bat. He also averages a wicket every 4 overs, and not having taken a wicket with his last 2, is due.

    Dutchy famously scored a 49 in this fixture last year and will certainly be looking for the chance to go literally 1 better.

    Team News: The Quokkas playing stocks are plentiful this season. If only they had the ability to match their availability. Jay has been handed the Captains Jacket for this game, but only metaphorically, I have no idea where the actual Jacket is. If anyone with any information on the whereabouts of the Jack could get in touch, that’d be great.

    At the time of writing, there are 14 players available for this game:

    1. Tuesday
    2. Local
    3. Jay (c)
    4. Rev
    5. Radar
    6. Tigger
    7. Chef
    8. Cat
    9. Bowl’en
    10. Alex
    11. Nickname AW
    12. Dutchy (w/k)
    13. Ed
    14. Dog (w/k)

    We are going to rotate through the fielders to make sure everyone gets a bowl, but not everyone will get a bat. Those that have only batted once this season will get a priority.

    Pitch and Conditions: In this same match preview last year I joked about how wet and awful Gippsland is, then we were presented with sunshine, undulating hills and green countryside. It’s a beautiful spot.

    Stats & Trivia

    • Nickname AW is the leading 4 hitter for the Quokkas so far this season, with five boundaries
    • The Big Dog has the highest batting average this season (54) and has faced the highest number of balls (73), the next highest is Ed (38)
    • The mode average for balls faced this season is 17; 4 players (Rev, Dutchy, Jay and Local) have all faced that many
    • The last game v the Old Bar was certainly one for milestones, J Rod played his 30th YPCA game for the Quokkas, the Big Dog had his 60th total Quokka appearance (club record), Local had his 25th Quokka appearance
    • The last game also saw Ed get his first Century for the Quokkas, having now bowled 100.2 overs
    • Tuesdays last catch took him to 24 dismissals (catch or run outs / stumping) for The Quokkas, he is quickly closing in on Curtos record (29). His catches per match average (1.44) has daylight between him and the rest
    • Alex was a little worried about his lack of involvement in winning teams of late, but should be happy about his latest wicket; it took him out of the 11 wicket club (Mo, Radar, Robbo, Local & Snipper), which was getting a little crowded. He is the only member of the 12 wicket club.
  • Match Facts: November 6 2016, Ramsden Street Oval, Clifton Hill

    Time: 1pm

    The Big Picture: With the first game of the season over and won, The Gasometer Quokkas have a bit of a spring in their step coming into this match. Futher, the game is at their new favourite ground; Ramsden Street, where they have been training ALL WINTER (may not be true).

    It should be noted that The Quokkas got out of jail in the last game largely thanks to a hard-fought 30* from the Big Dog and a rather spectacular 30* from Snipper who hit a 6 off the last ball to win the game. That aside, the Quokkas did bowl well, dismissing the Terminus for 142 with no retirees. Ed may have taken a couple of catches too.

    Oh what a feeling

    Oh what a feeling

    Interestingly, the last time the Quokkas played the Old Bar, they conceded ~141 runs before the Chef (44*) and J Rod (41*) steered them home.

    Form Guide: The Quokkas come into this game with an actual win under their belts. You read it here first.

    In the Spotlight: The Big Dog is coming off the second 35 of his YPCA career, including two 4s and one 6, which is something considering the conditions of the last game. He also took a wicket in his 2 overs for the cost of only 12 runs. Career form? Very possibly.

    Jay comes in for his 8th YPCA game and 13th Quokkas match overall. Often given the new ball, largely based on his ability to actually bowl well and quickly, Jay is the only Quokka with more than 2 games to average 3 overs per game in YPCA matches. Remarkable, really.

    Team News: It wouldn’t be a Quokkas game without a fair amount of change.

    After hitting the winning runs last week, Snipper is out with South-Australian-related issues. His death-batting partner, Cat, is also out with parenting-related illness.

    After confusing all and sundry with his availability, Local is actually playing now. Maybe.

    local

    Into the side comes Alex, Radar and J Rod, who add runs, wickets and run outs to the team.

    The team at the time of writing is (in no particular order):

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

    Pitch and Conditions: The Ramsden Street Oval offers plenty of bounce for the pub cricketer (who usually likes a short line on leg), which can be good for the leg-side fielder and bad for the people who have their cars parked on the western side of the field.

    It looks like a lovely day at 21 degrees and little wind, which will make a welcome change from the last game in which Chef contracted pneumonia.

    Stats and Trivia:

    • The Revs 2 wickets for 21 runs in the last game took him to 21 career wickets. Spooky.
    • Local is now on 249 career runs (at 16.6)
    • Bowl’en cracked 50 career runs last week, here’s looking forward to the next 50 being scored this Sunday
    • Ed, 707 career runs, is 3 off Dutchy for the club record. He also holds the club record for wickets (34 at 17.29), though this is being hunted by the man in form – The Big Dog (29 at 23.76)
  • Match Facts:

    October 21, 2016 Ramsden Street Oval, Clifton Hill

    Time: 1pm

    The Big Picture:

    The Quokkas 2016/17 season gets started this weekend after a winter of activity. The Quokkas played indoor cricket through some of the Winter, which resulted in a finals appearance that was ended by a group of spritely 14 year olds.

    Another notable moment was the changing of pubs, from The Labour in Vain to The Gasometer. We’d certainly like to thank Roman and the team for their hospitality in the past, particularly when we trudged through the Sunday crowds with our coffins to get upstairs.

    The Winter also saw The Quokkas tour Sri Lanka with members of the UK Quokkas squad. While the games were a little one-sided, a good time was had by all.

    This first game of the season will be against the Terminus, one of the teams we were lucky to beat last season and a great group too. The Quokkas will be looking to get the season underway successfully, though will settle for hitting the middle of the pitch.

    Form Guide:

    Being the first game of the season, you could say that there is no form to go by. That being said, our last game was at GALLE INTERNATIONAL STADIUM where we got our arses handed to us.

    In the Spotlight:

    Nickname AW is Captain for this game and comes into the new season after an excellent Winter in the indoor league with bat, ball and in the field. Here’s hoping he brings this form and his famous enthusiasm to the game on Sunday.

    Team News:

    1. Dutchy (w/k)
    2. Local
    3. Big Dog (w/k) + Cat
    4. Nickname AW (c)
    5. Rev
    6. Jay
    7. Tuesday
    8. Chef
    9. Ed
    10. Snipper
    11. J Rod

    Pitch & Conditions:

    Ramsden Street Oval is no GALLE INTERNATIONAL STADIUM but it certainly is a favorite with The Quokkas, not least because it is close to the “Gaso”. The new pavilion provides great shade & the other facilities are some of the best in the City of Yarra.

    The only downside is the foliage on the eastern side of the ground, where friendly deliveries can get lost.

    Stats & Trivia:

    • Local is only 13 runs off 250 career runs for The Quokkas, given his average is 16.9, he should make this;
    • Jay is on 114 runs scored and 118 runs conceded, and could soon join the elite company of players with more runs scored than conceded;
    • Cat has 40 YPCA career runs at an average of 10, so should pass the 50 this weekend
  • Match Facts:

    Sunday, March 20

    Alfred Crescent Oval, Edinburgh Gardens, North Fitzroy

    Time: 1pm

    The Big Picture: 

    Finally, the last game of a very prolonged season is upon us.

    After the Quokkas Legends v Quokkas All Stars game a fortnight ago, this match will finally see match gear packed into filthy kit bags to fester until the start of next season in 6 months…or the start of indoor cricket (which is the next day).

    This match, a mixed game, will pit female supporters and spectators (and sometimes bakers) of the Quokkas against their male counterparts who have hitherto now been the players. The exception to this, of course, is Cat who has turned out for the Quokkas on 8 occasions & will be Captain of one of the teams.

    The intention of the game is to give all Quokkas a go at the game and have some fun, so not a huge change from normal operation at all.

    The game will be played under modified T20 rules, making sure that everyone gets a go at batting and bowling. We will also bring in the LBW rule for the blokes, so I’m hoping a few techniques get figured out on the day.

    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas managed to beat the Quokkas in the last intra-match, which is a good and bad sign.

    The centre-wicket hit-out that was held between The Quokkas and some of the female supporters after the ASRC game was fairly hotly contested, with the double-bounce delivery a constant & more than a few cans knocked over in the field from well-placed shots.

    In the spotlight:

    The level of nervous competition that has developed for this game is something that is hard to describe.

    Many of the female players are nervous about poor performances, while many of the male players are nervous about being out-played by their partners. Two of the male players have even asked to be on the same team as their partners, just to make sure they don’t go out to them.

    Not naming names

    Not naming names

    Team News:

    We’ve had a few changes to the two squads since this match was announced due to a number of reasons including: work commitments, nervousness and (of course) lack of interest.

    The two teams, at the time of writing, are:

    Team A

    1. Cat (c)
    2. Big Dog
    3. Rosemary
    4. Small Goods
    5. Mia
    6. Tuesday
    7. Radar
    8. Caitlin
    9. Liv
    10. Jay
    11. Alex
    12. Chef*

    Team B

    1. Ren (c)
    2. Rev
    3. Russian
    4. Nickname AW
    5. Shweta
    6. Bowl’en
    7. Eliza
    8. Snipper
    9. Fe
    10. Dutchy
    11. Jazzron

    Pitch and Conditions

    The game is to be played at the home of Pub Cricket, Alfred Crescent Oval, which is as picturesque as it is a batters paradise. The BOM is predicting a sunny day at 23 degrees, so its sure to be a fun day out.

    Stats and Trivia

    • Cat has played 6 YPCA games for the Quokkas, scoring 40 runs in 6 innings with 2 not outs for an average of 10
    • The Dutchman took his total Quokka run count to 708 in the last match and has declared he is going after the thousand next season – potentially in the first game
    • Alex has transformed as a bowler this season after turning to leg-spin, picking up 5 wickets at 21.8
  • Match Preview: Quokkas CC v Quokkas CC

     

    Match Facts:

    Sunday, March 6

     

    Alphington Park, Parkview Road

    Alphington

     

    Time:

    1pm

     

    The Big Picture:

    The Quokkas CC was started on a whim but has continued with a substantial dose of fortune.

     

    It was in 2003 when the Rev, working at a Private Equity firm in London was wondering how he’d fill his day, saw an ad for an indoor cricket league on the newly popular “internets”.

     

    Emailing an English friend, they quickly decided to enter a team, with neither players nor a name. A recently published article on attacks to the worlds least threatening marsupials, Quokkas, provided inspiration for the name while desperate calls and emails brought in the players.

     

    The Quokkas spent 2 years in the indoor league without managing to trouble the “win” column too often, eventually taking out a league award for turning up.

     

    Taking the hint, the Quokkas soon started organising outdoor games against Village sides and tour matches throughout Europe, always striving to find someone worse than them. The endless search goes on.

     

    Moving back to Australia in 2009, the Rev started up the team again in the Yarra Pub Cricket Association, from which it has moved on to playing regular tour and charity games.

     

    One of the first players to sign up to the Quokkas in Australia was the Big Dog, his name derived in the Arabic sense, being that it was in relation to the name of his eldest son; Pup.

     

    This game was originally organised to mark the Big Dogs 50th game for the Quokkas, but a countback has revealed he has already played 55 games.

     

    Oddly, though, this WILL be the 50th game for 2 other Quokkas stalwarts, Ed and Dutchy.

     

    The game will be played between past and current Quokkas and see the return of such luminaries as Bad Boy and Lonely.

     

    Perhaps most importantly, it guarantees that a Quokka team will win the game. Not that that has ever been the point.

     

    Form Guide:

    The current Quokkas are coming off 2 wins in a row in the YPCA, which is unprecedented in recent times.

     

    In the spotlight:

    Basically everyone

     

    Team News:

    After starting the week with 28 available to fill up the 2 teams, the night before the game sees only 23 available, so anything could happen before 10am.

     

    That being said, the night before also sees The Rev settling in to watch another episode of ‘If you are the one’, so there are definitely bigger problems in the world.

     

    The available list, for each team, at the time of writing is:

    Quokka Legends:

    1. Big Dog
    2. Pup (c)
    3. Howie
    4. Lonely
    5. Dutchy
    6. Local
    7. Jay
    8. Bad Boy
    9. Tinny
    10. Chef
    11. Bowl’en

     

    Quokka All-Stars:

    1. Cat
    2. J Rod
    3. Ed
    4. Rev
    5. Snipper
    6. Alex
    7. Gregor
    8. Tuesday
    9. Phantom (c)
    10. Cuz
    11. Nickname AW
    12. Mo*

     

    Pitch and Conditions:

    The match is to be played at the wondrous Alphington Park, with grass so lush that you just want to spill a catch on it so you can sprawl for a while. That’s my excuse.

     

    Stats and Trivia:

    • 66 players have turned out for the Quokkas since 2009, with each player playing an average of 9.4 games
    • The average Quokka bats in 8.3 innings, with an average high score of 20.4
    • The average Quokka has taken 5.5 wickets at the cost of 125 runs & has taken an average of 3.4 catches
    • Of the 66 Quokkas to have played for the Quokkas in YPCA-rules games, Big Dog has played 45, with 39 innings, 405 runs (10 not out), with an average of 13.97 and a high score of 35
    • The Big Dog has also taken 27 wickets for 660 runs at 24.44, or 9.71 runs per over, with 11 catches and 1 run-out
    • For the party boys, Ed has 675 runs at 29.35 and Dutchy has 686 at 28.58
    • Ed has 57 fours and 16 sixes, Dutchy 68 fours and 22 sixes
    • Ed has bowled 94.1 overs for 34 wickets at 16.29 and 5.89 runs per over, Dutchy has bowled 80 overs for 13 wickets at 45.69 at 7.43 runs per over

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Match Facts:

    Sunday, February 28

    Alphington Park, Parkview Road, Alphington

    Time:

    1pm

    The Big Picture:

    And so another YPCA season rolls to its end for the Quokkas, though this isn’t the last game of the season, it’s the last one not pitched against other Quokkas of one form or another. It hasn’t been the most successful of seasons for the Quokkas, but that’s hardly the point and besides we beat the Rainbow in the last match to ensure we had TWO wins for the season.

    Yay, us.

    This is only the second encounter between the Quokkas and the Terminus, the last contest was the Terminus’ opening foray into Pub Cricket and resulted in a win to the Quokkas, with Radar and Ed scoring 37s.

    This man also bats

    This man also bowls

    The match was also famous for  The Revs bowling being responsible for the death of Possums in the trees surrounding the Alfred Crescent oval.

    Here’s hoping the Quokkas can pull off another win to finish the YPCA season well, or at least enjoy the day and head back to the “Termi” anyway for some brilliant tap beers.

    Form Guide:

    2016 has started positively for the Quokkas, it’s a shame they seem to be hitting form right before the season ends. Or is it?

    After getting smashed by a way better team in the ASRC, the Quokkas put up a good showing in the Big Day Not Out and somehow managed to beat the Rainbow (good lads, them).

    So there you have it, the Mozz is officially ON.

    In the Spotlight:

    Jay (Lo) makes his Captaincy debut for this game, so is sure to be given a hard time by all and sundry. The big opening bowler is in fair form in his debut season, averaging 44 with the bat and having taken 5 wickets at 18 with the ball.

    Once again ladies and gentlemen, MOZZ.

    Team News:

    The last league game of the season was always going to draw a few out of the woodwork, not least because it’s against a pub we will probably lose against that has a decent beer selection. Also, their Pub may be showing the NAB mugs competition, and who would miss that?

    Who indeed?

    Who indeed?

    The available list (at the time of writing) is:

    1. Big Dog
    2. Ed
    3. Dutchy
    4. Local
    5. Radar
    6. Tuesday
    7. Rev
    8. Curto
    9. J Rod
    10. Snipper
    11. Alex
    12. Nickname AW
    13. Jay (c)

    Pitch and Conditions:

    The game is to be played at Alphington Park, which (I believe) The Quokkas have only graced once, in their infamous 1-run loss to The Rose. The ground is next to the old paper mill, which is currently being torn down to make way for FIVE THOUSAND new folk to move into the new apartments being built. Here’s hoping the construction dust settles on the pitch, giving it lots of turn.

    All we’d need then is a spinner.

    Ed

    It’s looking like a very pleasant 24 degrees on the day, so it should be fun.

    Stats and Trivia:

    • The Bad Boy curse has continued this season, with last seasons B&F winner (Snipper) only playing 2 YPCA matches. Here’s hoping the golden boy doesn’t have paint to watch dry or grass to watch grow so he can play his 10th YPCA innings for the club & add to his 220 career runs (@ 55) and 6 wickets (@25)
    • This may be Curtos last pub league game for a while as he is expecting Twins over the Winter. Curto has the record number of dismissals for the Quokkas; 29 (23 catches and 6 run outs / stumpings). We wish them all well.
    • Radars barn-storming 18 last week took him past 300 career runs (302 to be precise), only the 7th to do so
    • The Revs 26* in the last game took him past 150 career runs, the absolute slowest ever to do so.
  • Match Facts:

    Sunday, February 14

    Ramsden Street Oval, Clifton Hill

     

    Time:

    1pm

     

    The Big Picture:

    This will be the Quokkas first Pub League game for 2016, discounting the Big Day Not Out, and one that they hope will start better than 2015 ended (1 win from 4 Pub League games).

     

    This is the first time the Quokkas have played this incarnation of the Rainbow Hotel, the last time was c.2010 before the last incarnation went on to being Sentido fUnf (then the Fitzroy Beer Garden, then The Marquis of Lorne).

     

    Here’s hoping the new mob are as uncompetitive at cricket as the old mob were good at moving pubs / bars / wine bars.

     

    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas have only won the one game this season, against the Old Bar, which was highly reliant on the big hitting of Chef (44 off 14) and J Rod (41 off 24).

     

    Of course neither is available for this game, which leaves more of a crater than a hole in the run-scoring department.

    Crater

    Artists impression of the Quokkas run scoring capability

     

    That being said, the Quokkas did bowl and field in their last showing (at the BDNO), bowling out the Standard in 10 overs. Shame they couldn’t chase the runs.

     

    In the Spotlight:

    Tuesday is in sparkling form this season, averaging 86 with the bat in the Pub League, as well as scoring a handy 59 against the Vic Deaf team before I ran him out. You’re welcome.

     

    Jay and Local can expect a good go with the new ball on Sunday, combining for 7 wickets for 144 runs. This might not sound world beating, but you have to remember that many of their deliveries are just too good for the batsmen to hit.

     

    Team News:

    Snipper was an early withdrawal from this game due to a bad case of ‘somethingbettertodo’.

     

    Thankfully Alex’s brother John has slipped straight in, bringing some handy seam bowling as well as a touch of the Steve Henty’s. That is, better looking than his brother and more loved by his parents.

     

    The XI at the time of writing and in no particular order is:

    1. Ed (c)
    2. Dutchy
    3. Local
    4. Alex
    5. John Gow
    6. Radar
    7. Rev
    8. Nick AW
    9. Tuesday
    10. Jay
    11. Bowl’en

     

    Pitch and Conditions:

    This is the Quokkas first venture back to Ramsden Street Oval since the first game of this season, a narrow loss to BDNO winners The Royal Oak.

     

    A ground with potentially long boundaries, depending on where you lay the witches hats, as well as the calming sounds of cars rushing along the Eastern Freeway.

     

    The new practice nets at the ground, described by some as the best in the Southern Hemisphere, provide tricky complications in regards to making excuses not to warm up. Well, for those inexperienced at making excuses anyway.

     

    The ground is also the site of where one of my deliveries was once hit into a light tower, which was a little like that scene in ‘The Natural’, but without Robert Redford or baseball.

     

    Stats and Trivia:

    • You should know by now that I’m making up 67% of these and sometimes 81%, or 23%
    • Dutchy has now hit 22 career YPCA 6’s, the equal most of all time (with Rowdy), this game offers his opportunity to take the lead
    • This will be Radars 25th YPCA game for the Quokkas, the inked-up all-rounder (bats, bowls, keeps) has scored 284 runs at 14.95 (top score of 37) and 11 wickets at 24.64

     

     

     

     

  • Match Facts:

    Sunday, January 17

    Alfred Crescent Oval, Edinburgh Gardens, Fitzroy

     

    Time:

    1pm

     

    The Big Picture:

    This will be the first game in 2016 for the Quokkas, which they are pretty happy to see after going 1-7 to finish off 2015.

     

    With the game being against the ASRC and played at Alfred Crescent Oval, it is sure to be a highlight of the Quokkas season; promoting the inclusiveness of cricket at the home of Pub cricket.

     

    Truly, there hasn’t been a feel good coming together like this since Hall & Oates reunited.

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    So, so good

     

     

    The Quokkas will be looking to use this game to welcome others into the community and have some fun while doing it. Even they can surely win at that challenge?

     

    dont-call-me-shirley

     

    Form Guide

    Don’t ask.

     

    In the Spotlight:

    Bowl’en (Shane) is Captain for this game, his first time at the helm of the motley collection that call themselves Quokkas. Bowl’en has had a mixed season so far in Pub League games, but has dominated on turf pitches. Perhaps the classicalist in him is struggling to escape.

     

    On the subject of struggles with form, Ed returns for this game, deigning to grace us with his presence. A big fan of the size of Alfred Crescent, the fans on the boundary can surely look forward to pocketing a few cherries when he comes on to bowl.

     

    Team News:

    This is the first game in some time that The Quokkas have a full XI available for in the week before the game, but we all know that will probably change before Sunday.

     

    This weeks side is a strong mix of age and experience, as it seems those young people have better things to do with their time.

     

    1. Ed
    2. Chef
    3. Curto (w/k)
    4. Big Dog
    5. Bowl’en (c)
    6. Alex
    7. Rev
    8. Jay
    9. Snipper
    10. Tuesday
    11. Local

     

    Pitch and Conditions:

    Alfred Crescent Oval is the scene of many happy days for the Quokkas, winning or otherwise.

     

    The ground has that wonderful true bounce you can only get off astro laid over the top of concrete, as well as the most charming of pot holes in the outfield caused by soccer matches, picnics, dogs and the like.

     

    The BOM predicts a top of 28 on Sunday with plenty of sunshine. Where else would you rather be?

     

    Stats and Trivia:

    • With only 4 games remaining for the season, there really is no clear stand-out in the runs scored or wickets taken categories. There are 6 players tussling for most runs and 5 for most wickets;
    • As a collective, though, the Quokkas have taken 27 wickets in YPCA games this season at 26.4, with a wicket being taken every 3.6 overs
    • With the bat, the Quokkas have scored 643 runs off 538 balls for a strike rate of 1.2 & 55% of runs being scored through boundaries
    • The Big Dog needs only 9 runs to take his total for the club to 400, making him the 4th to do so
    • Chef needs only 13 runs to take his total for the club to 200, which he should do easily given his average of 26.71

     

    Vale Bowie

     

     

     

     

     

     

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