Match Preview: Gasometer Quokkas v The HATED Dan
Alfred Crescent Oval,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- James Gow
- Local (c)
- J Rod
- Big Dog
- Stewart Denmead
- 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)