• From Captain Ed…

    It was the week before Christmas, in the Yarra Pub League…..

    That was a far as I got before the little Chef on my shoulder reminded me it would never be near his poetry. So instead, as I’ve been at a VCAT panel, the match report will be in a series of statements.

    Case – Quokkas versus The Rose Hotel

    The Bowling:

    1 – Conditions, as always were perfect at Alphington, except for the 10 quokkas present, which meant for the first time ever I was excited to see the Rev turn up at last minute to help us out. This lasted 2minutes to when Jack, aka Nimble, (credit – J.Rayner) also answered the SOS and became Quokka #70.

    2 – Shane opened the bowling and then once he finished told me he couldn’t see, which explains why he bowled better than ever.

    3 – Nick built himself a shanty town at backward point

    4 – The Rev took 2 catches and a wicket. Keen not to be outdone, Nimble also took a catch and a wicket and as was pointed out to the captain was doing something with the ball, “turning it” I believe is the phrase. Nimble let a catch bounce before him, to which Dutchy welcomed him to the Quokkas. This statement was retracted when he hit the stumps from 50m side on, on the return throw.

    5 – The captain was hit for some say the biggest 6 off a quokka, 84m onto the roof of the rooms. See attached image. It must be noted the bowler brought the field in prior to this ball thinking the guy couldn’t bat….

    Editors note: Image does not convey that the ball was 3 stories up at its peak

    Editors note: Image does not convey that the ball was 3 stories up at its peak

    6 – At Drinks the Rose we 101 (7.77runs/over), however only managed to get to 175 at the end of their innings. Captains tactic of eliminating the post drinks slump worked. Predrinks….Captains tactic of not utilizing a deep mid wicket didn’t work.

    7 – Quokkas held 7 catches!

    8 – Big Dog had the best bowling figures (3 overs 2/14) by an Irishman in the Pub League since Paddy O’Igotsmackedagain in the infamous 1986/87 summer where the league banned steel cans, eskies on the field, Darryl Summers and upped the price of beer to 50cents.

    The Batting

    1 – Nick A-W got out to the Rose’s Big Dog impersonator for 4 and then claimed the Rose had no bowlers. His opening partner Jay guided us to drinks with a solid 35 from 37 balls, providing the back bone for Snippers 30 retired, Dutchy’s 26 and 23 from 14balls from Radar, who continues to deny his age by loving score sin the twenties.

    2 – 45 required from Tuesday and myself from the last 5 overs which we decided to make harder with airswings, refusing to hit boundaries and more two’s than the day I spent confined to my room in Sri Lanka.

    3 – Not all was lost though as Tuesday, who already had his man of the match Harley parked at the ground was facing the last over with 17 required.

    4 – Last over 2 – 2 – 6 – 0 – 2…..6 to win of the last ball

    5 – Rose wins by 4 runs, Tuesday a gallant 28n.o, still got the bike and joins the didn’t win it off the last ball club with me and Dutchy.

    6 – Loss mitigated by plates of wedges, chips and salt’n’vinegar onion rings at the Rose

  • 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

     

     

     

  • From Captain Dutchy…

     

    Beware the Ides of March (and Keyser Soze).
    The Rose, 1st of March @ Fairlea West

    Captaining is a unique experience. You are informed of your impending captaining-ness, safe in the knowledge that you shall be the only one. That and Emu+Curto weren’t playing so the bluff was on. Having decided some left field thinking was due for the Quokkas I promptly arrived at the ground at noon. Unheard of. As were my team mates. Upon phoning Rev and discovering the opposition were making requests for the BBQ bike as there were no such facilities at the ground, I smelt a rat whilst standing next to the perfectly functioning BBQ facilities. At Burnley Oval.

    In my endeavors to introduce Left -field thinking I had gone so far beyond the outfield as to be at the wrong ground. 20 minutes of channeling that Ford-financed-Ad-I-mean-Bullitt-movie involving Steve McQueen and the Green Mustang (not easy in an ex ambulance!) saw me safely at the correct ground.

    JRod had inspired (shocked) me the previous week by arriving organised so I decided to follow in those footsteps and wrote down a list for both bowling and batting.

    We only had ten but the Rose lads kindly agreed to supply a fielder. Perhaps they sent him to the Burnley oval as he never eventuated. Ironically we fielded much better than normal as we avoided ‘getting in each others’ way’ with one short. The Oval was looking strangely green, as opposed to its usual dead grass tones and not its usual cow-paddock come runway type speed.

    Cuz, another Nichols family member more talented than Rev, opened the attack and managed to miss the bat at a pace and movement not seen since Lennie Pascoe terrorised batsmen in the 80’s.

    Pup, and Snipper bowled the 2nd (8 runs) and third overs (12 runs) as part of the rotating (possibly confusing) one over each policy.
    Snipper seems to have developed the ability to bowl really good line and length and STILL get carted. There is no justice in Pub cricket. But more about that later…
    Bowl’en (I think Rev misplace that apostrophe just to wind me up!), Rev and Cuz all were at the wrong end of some lusty hitting by their captain (Tooms) but luckily my ‘left’field’ captaincy knew this would result in retirees. Both openers for that matter. Time for my secret weapon. JRod.
    I knew he could regain medium pace glory, as long as i gave him most of the match to recover before his second over. He proceeded to bowl two Maidens. Potentially a Quokkas first?!
    It seemed like the right time to hide my bowling whilst the batters were somewhat comatose. 25 runs, a wicket (we shan’t mention that someone dropped another chance nor shall we mention it was Bowl’en…) and a tea break later I could let the real bowlers back onto the track.
    So at the break The All new Rose were about 114 and the numbers were looking ominous. With the Rose’s first three batsmen making a combined 115 runs (all retired including 50!!! from Tooms). The Quokkas have historically entered a ‘recession we had to have’ like post drinks torpor. Or to be blunt we tend to get spanked in the second half.

    And then a miracle descended upon the ground, placed curiously next to a female prison. To be clear no prisoners descended upon the ground but an escape was the order of the day.

    Mick, Don ‘small goods’, and Rev were really tight (insert your own double entendre ) and then he arrived. The Big Dog.

    ‘Sending down’ isn’t really applicable as Dog tends to send the ball vertically upwards. He even hit the pitch consistently (it must be noted the pitch was 60% its usual width due to the City of Yarra’s ‘maintenance regime’ or lack thereof…). Never a dull moment as the Irishman, dreaming of Irish cricket glory (not the English captain’s. who is also Irish, but those actually playing for Ireland…) totally bamboozled the batsmen.

    One lad asked Pup who was behind the stumps “What does this guy do wit the ball?” to which Pup replied “Usually puts it over the midwicket fence”.

    Audible sniggering was heard from the crease, proceeded by repeated swishing of willow as the Rose batsmen managed a meagre 20-odd off Dog’s deserved three (YES, 3!) overs. Possibly another first for the Dog. And why? 2 wickets is why. We all gathered at his messiah-like presence as he held his arms aloft with a total look of “I told you so!” as fell at his feet. Don ‘smallgoods’ sent down a couple of handy overs and the Rose were starting to slow… Bowl

    Having only ten players turned out to be a strange blessing as it meant five of our bowlers had to bowl a third over. This resulted in Rev, Cuz, Snipper, Pup and the aforementioned Dog to make up the extra five overs. And what overs. Dog’s 2 wickets, a plethora of dot balls and only a handful of precious boundaries ensued and none of those pesky retirees revisiting the stage saw The Rose end up with 181.

    The batting scorecard looked not unlike one of those horizontal bar charts comparing a disparate array of elements. Such as Quokka email response-rate (some might place me on that top line…) or the variability of Local’s run-up length (it gets shorter with each delivery…).
    In other words, a big triangle.

    Back at the start of this tome I mentioned BBQ issues. The Rose didn’t bring one. There was genuine fear in some players’ hearts but luckily some lateral thinking saw a grand spread of sandwiches (which doesn’t really do them justice) placed before us. 181. Could we do that?

    Cinderella moments come upon us rarely but the romantic notion of sending Big Dog and Pup out to open seemed fitting. That and a good balance of belligerence and scoring ability.

    The Dog continued a spanking game by scoring 22 off 21 and Pup 18 off 12. A solid start and the captain was pleased.

    Snipper arrived at the crease continuing the merriment with 31 retired off 22 cherry-ripes. Small Goods meanwhile noodled out a handy 8. Thus it was my turn and reeling from some liberal feedback from fellow Quokkas the previous game, where I dared score at a meagre run a ball, I felt the need to get the worm pointing north and to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Feeling somewhat redeemed with a 31 off 20, despite an entire over (Tooms again!) of dot balls (the lad can bowl; when he hits the pitch; a rather disconcerting thing to face…).

    ‘Cuz’ meanwhile was diligently ticking along and only conceded two dot balls, ending in a J-Curve finish to his dig with a sequential 4-6-6-1. At the other end JRod was putting on a master class of running singles. No matter how far the ball was hit. The concept of a ‘two’ seemed about as likely as a Demon’s premiership and i may have given some ‘feedback’ whilst chasing Maxy’s lusty hitting on the sidelines.
    Nick, Bowl’en and Radar came and went in a flurry. Cuz’s last gasp had dragged the equation back within reach and with only ten players the Quokkas were back into the retirees. Re-enter Snipper, who added another 12, among which Radar was run-out in the urge to score. I walked back out and faced Tooms again! I managed to ‘Noodle away a run to leg side’ * and got the Snipper back at the business end.

    With 12 off 12 deliveries required it was a tense affair. The vast majority of 2014/15 Quokka matches seem to have been decided in the last over. Great for TV ratings. All we needed was TV coverage. Eliza and her ‘allegedly’ home baked goods would have to suffice…

    With a four and a six dispatched by the Broadie (not-so) wide-boy we now only required one run with seven balls to go.

    I whispered to Snipper that I was equal with Ed on the season’s runs and was keen to vanquish the engineering Hipster in the runs tally.

    Snipper, being a team player promptly dispatched the next delivery for six!

    And not just for six but, with sedition in his eyes, hit the aforementioned six INTO MY VAN!!!

    Such a nice lad with such a nice smile and disposition; Henceforth to be referred to as ‘Keyser Soze’.

    Oh, and we thus-ly won the match. What a great escape in great weather, a great spread and The Rose lads a truly lovely bunch of lads.

    Much merriment ensued, we returned to the Labor in Vain and all was good with the cricketing gods.

    Yours ‘never lost as captain’ Dutchy.

    * Pup, manning the scorebook, generously scored my legside shot as a run off the bat, putting me one run ahead of Ed in the season’s tally, but I must confess it was a leg bye, which makes next week’s return leg against the Ballarat Seymour Lads a showdown of the willow for Gownlows Glory.

  • Match Facts:

    Sunday, March 1 – Fairlea West Oval, Yarra Bend

    Start Time: 1pm

    The Big Picture:

    While 2015 has been one of the busiest summers of cricket, it hasn’t been the kindest of years to The Quokkas; with only 2 wins from 6 games. Those 2 wins haven’t been against pub league rivals either, 1 was a very tight contest against the VBCA and the other a 1-wicket win against the ASRC. With a re-match against Seymours on Lydiard scheduled in for March 15, this game against the Rose will be the penultimate game for the season & (probably) the last chance for a win; not that winning is what the Quokkas are about.

    Seen here; what it's about

    Seen here; what it’s about

    As it stands, the approach for playing for playings sake has never been better represented than with this game as no less than 14 players have confirmed that they are unavailable. 2 new players have had to be called in, as well as new players Jim and Small Goods, and Cunners – who hasn’t been seen since the 2010/11 season.

    In regards to the opposition, the Quokkas haven’t played The Rose since the infamous match in 2012/13. That squad has subsequently moved to a new pub, The Birmingham, so The Quokkas aren’t really sure of what to expect. They are, apparently, mates of Radars, so they must be good blokes.

    Not always happy, but good

    Not always happy, but good

    In all, it’s a bit of a melange and a sign of a team that has played possibly too much cricket.

    Form Guide:

    Quokkas: LWLWLLW

    The Rose: n/a

    In the spotlight:

    Dutchy entered the 2014/15 season slightly behind Ed for career runs scored & a private competition between the two of them for the first to 500 was won by Ed a few weeks ago against the ASRC. Since then, though, the Dutchman has passed 500 and only needs 31 to draw level with Ed. Can the big-hitter go the distance and win the batting award from behind?

    This game also represents the 40th time the Big Dog has strode out for The Quokkas in a YPCA-rules match (doesn’t include VBCA or BDNO games). A great reflection of his commitment to social cricket & a triumph of availability over ability. Well done, the ‘Dog.

    The man is an excitement machine.

    The man is an excitement machine.

    Team News:

    As mentioned, the Quokkas have had to search high and wide to get their XI together, which they have done. It is (at this stage):

    1. Big Dog
    2. Dutchy
    3. Snipper
    4. Ball’en
    5. Rev
    6. Cunners
    7. Nick AW
    8. Jim
    9. J Rod
    10. Pup
    11. Small Goods

    Pitch and Conditions:

    The game is being played at Fairlea West, which is one of the most haunted grounds on earth. Despite it being a mild summer with a lot of rain, the ground at Fairlea West is as hard as cement.

    Artists impression of fielders in the outfield

    Artists impression of fielders in the outfield

    It is expected to be a warm day, so The Quokkas will be chasing in the sun.

    Stats and Trivia:

    • This will be the Big Dogs 40th game for the Quokkas, a well-earned record;
    • J Rod is in incredible form with the bat (23, 30* and 25 in his last 3 knocks) & is now only 12 runs off 200 career runs. This will make him the 10th Quokka to hit the milestone (after Ed, Emu, Dutchy, Rowdy, Big Dog, Curto, Radar, Phantom and Pup);
    • Up until the last game, Snipper had only been out once this season, and that was when Radar ran him out in the first match. As a result, his average sits at a lofty 57.
  • Not having played the established Rose Hotel before, The Quokkas were unsure what to expect going into Sundays match. The Rose are  founding members of the league and ever-present at all league events; be it the Big Day Not Out, league meetings or even training.  Further, they all seem to have residency status at their pub.

     

    The Quokkas, in contrast, had to field a combined team at their first BDNO, never train (obviously) and are rarely sighted at 197a Brunswick Street.

     

    Similarly, Sundays match was a game of contrasting styles.  The Quokkas arrived at the game expecting to bat first, as they were hosting, only to be told it wasn’t the ‘done thing’ and a toss would occur.  Following tradition, The Quokkas lost the toss and were sent in.  This proved to be the first of many moments of confusion through the game.

     

    The Rose definitely brought a more direct view to winning to the game, whereas The Quokkas brought a more ‘moneyball’ approach, with little plan to take the points.  Not that there are points to take, it’s a pub league.

     

    This initial confusion (over the toss) did provide some entertainment though, as Cupsy ended up moving his car 3 times to keep it out of the ‘danger zone’.  Given that the ground was roughly the size of the MCG, it was perhaps slightly delusional that anything near the ropes would get hit.

     

    With no wind blowing from behind their backs from the River End, The Rev (captain for the match) opted with a risky approach in handing the new ball to an off-spinner and medium pacer.  Well, a medium pacer and an “off”; you couldn’t call Ed a spinner.

     

    Still, the strategy worked and The Rose had 4 men back in the shed after the first 4 overs. Curto taking a brace of catches and executing an excellent stumping.

     

    Noticing the multiple speeds of the pitch and the success of the slower / more accurate bowlers, The Rev continued the approach by giving the pill to The Phantom (8 runs off 2 overs), Mo (2 off 2) and Paz (2 wickets & 8 runs off 2).

     

    Only when he ran out of slower bowlers (aside from The Big Dog, who was being saved for later) did The Rev bring on the quicker boys. Robbo came on and was immediately penalised with a dangerous ball.  This would prove to be a sign of things to come with The Rose’s umpires awarding 7 dangerous balls against The Quokkas.  The Rose, on the other hand, were awarded 2 against them. Another point of confusion and something that proved to be decisive to the result.

     

    Before all of that confusion though, The Rose went into drinks at 8/50 and the Quokkas were bowling and fielding as well as they ever had.  Only The Rev, possibly distracted by the million field changes he had made in 12 overs, dropped one, but managed to pick it up and get it back to Mo to run the non-striker out.  Spirits were definitely up & there was talk of starting the barbecue during the drinks break ahead of wrapping up the tail quickly.

     

    Actually, the talk about the barbecue continued after the drinks break too, with poor Kathleen being asked by The Rose as to whether the barbecue was big enough, why it wasn’t on, then why it was on, then why the food wasn’t ready.  Much like the time before monkey, primal chaos reigned.

     

    Coming back from drinks, The Rose hit their straps & their dangerous ball calls with Robbo, Alex and even Curto being penalised.  Emu was brought on and showed us all what an in-swinging yorker looks like, Big Dog bowled a couple of tight overs that created chances and The Rev finished off the innings using the Nichols connection with Paz taking a fine catch off his bowling on the fence.

     

    For the Rose, their captain batted well though to make a fighting 33 not out and Mr Byes was next top scorer with 21.

     

    Facing 102 at the innings break, The Quokkas were slightly upbeat but realised that it was a tricky pitch to play on and victory was far from assured.

     

    Continuing the moneyball approach, The Rev asked The Phantom and Paz to open the innings, hoping for a good left-right combination. He would have taken any sort of combination over what he got though, with Phantom soon back in the stands for 1, quickly followed by Robbo (1), Mo (1) and Paz (6).  Alex and The Rev then started something of a partnership, before Alex (10) went out swinging.

     

    It would be easy to blame the 2-speed pitch but The Rose boys could seriously bowl.

     

    Emu then came to the crease with scores at 6/36 and The Quokkas now needing several retirees to save the game.  He wasn’t to be one of them; missing a crafty leg-spinner (who knew that was allowed at this level?) which took out middle stump.

     

    Fresh from taking 3 catches, a wicket of his own and executing a fine stumping, Curto came to the middle ready to save the day.  Pushing hard for singles with clever uses of his flick to fine or square-leg, the total started looking less daunting and more achievable.

     

    The Rev had managed to stick around through all of this, though was tiring from all the running and repeated execution of his old friend; the forward defensive.  Somehow he had scored 19 runs.  Deciding he didn’t have the shots to get the team home, he walked up the pitch offering no shot and was enthusiastically stumped by The Rose’s ‘keeper.

     

    Not wanting to single out the ginger man behind the stumps, all of The Roses fieldsman were enthusiastic and provided a good contest. The main discrepancies / moments of confusion with the fieldsmen arose when they put 3 men behind square of the wicket, then pulled them back saying it was outside the rules, only to put them back there again later in the game.

     

    With The Rev gone, Cupsy arrived at the crease with The Quokkas needing approximately 50 from 8 overs and a sudden sense they could grab the win.  Cupsy and Curto continued to sprint 1s, 2s and 3s, before Cupsy loaded up and hit 14 off a tricky over of in-dipping out-swingers. Curto then tried to follow, but was caught on the boundary with another fine Rose catch.  The Rose really couldn’t be faulted in their fielding, never dropping a catch and keeping the pressure on the batsmen with good throws back to the ‘keeper.

     

    With the man who produced more singles than the Bee Gees, Curto, joining the rest of the maroon army on the sidelines, Ed strode to the middle like a man averaging 5.  Ditching his 2012 form, he struck the ball straight and powerfully as he and Cupsy kept the chase on.

     

    9 was needed from the last over, then 8 from 5 and so on until 3 were needed to win off the last ball.  Ed was on strike and looking every bit like a man in control. T Bone was bowling for The Rose with pace and guile from around the wicket and got one to swing away from the right-hander.  Ed was playing swiftly and late, and managed to lash it through the covers. The batsmen took off and the fielders gave great chase, it looked like a tie may be salvaged.

     

    “Run!” cried the men in maroon as Cupsy and Ed rounded back for the second, but The Rose’s fielding was too good.  With a single action, the fielder grabbed the ball from the ground, span and threw directly to the ‘keeper, who whipped the bails clean off with a roar.  Eds dive was just too short and just too late.

     

    With the game done, both teams shook hands, The Rev bought T Bone a beer, acknowledgements were made to Kathleens fine efforts and applause was given by both teams to one another.  While they had contrasting styles, both teams had come for a game and got a real contest.

  • Match Facts

    January 13, Alphington Park Oval (between the Dog training school and the Bowling Club)

    Start Time: 1300 (ish)

     

    Big Picture

    The Quokkas are in their 3rd full season in the YPCA, not including a one-off game 4 years ago against the might of Bar Open which was used to gauge their suitability.  While the Quokkas lost that match, they were granted access to the league and are now pitted against one of its founding members.

     

    The Rose has consistently been one of the most successful teams of the YPCA, with rumours circulating that Michael Di Venuto once turned out for them and hit 36 in an over.

     

    While there are (apparently) no Italian internationals playing for them anymore, The Rose remains a consistent force in the league.  The Quokkas, in contrast, remain a hit-or-miss mob.  They have won 3 of 7 contests so far in the 2012/13 season (including the tour match), scoring over 200 runs in the games they have won and approximately 120 in the games they have lost.  Surely this cant all be related to Rowdy’s availability?

     

    This match will enable the Quokkas to see how they fare against some of the leagues old-hands, on and off the pitch.

     

    Form Guide

    Quokkas: LLWLWWL

     

    In the Spotlight

    The Phantom was the forgotten man of the 2011-12 season, so much so that he didn’t get a vote or even a mention at the end-of-season review.  While his turn out this season has been dramatically impacted by parentitis (which is spreading through the squad like wildfire, cross your legs Morts and Cupsy!), he is averaging an impressive 58 with the bat and has a career average of 18.5 with the ball at 5.75 runs per over.  As a previous member of The Rose, we will be expecting him to celebrate his birthday in style.

     

    Team News

    The Quokkas rotation policy means that good performers such as Pup, Gladys, Dutchy and J Rod will sit this one out, giving an opportunity to other sufferers of parentitis; Mo, Paris (severe case), Rev and Robbo.

    1. Phantom
    2. Paris
    3. Robbo
    4. Mo
    5. Alex
    6. Rev (c)
    7. Emu
    8. Curto
    9. Cupsy
    10. Ed
    11. Big Dog

     

    Quotes

    “we heard that you blokes are writing a book about pub cricket, our blokes are fired up to give you a lesson in what its all about”

    –          Brett, The Rose Hotel

     

    “I made my pub cricket debut for the Rose before I was poached by the Rev for the Quokka army. Their loss is… well, yours too.”

    –          The Phantom, LiV QCC

     

    “ain’t nobody got time for that”

    –          Sweet Brown

   

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