• From Captain Sizzle…

    Due to a scheduling error the Quokkas played their best cricket in the nets prior to the game.
    Once actual play started the boys were spent. Limited by the “captain” of the day, the derby pounced and made a meal of the pies on offer.
    After the drinks break we had a break through and didn’t need the yahoos on the balcony at square leg to field anymore.
    A screamer from Snipper and a wicket from the dog’s first ball steadied the ship.
    Then “that bloke” came back in for the umpteenth time and sent the neighbours scurrying.

    Our run chase started well until the quokkas top up fielders started fielding better than they would for their own team.

    Once Roger took a pearler of a catch that made him look 80 years younger, the writing was well and truly on the wall for the quokkas.

    The derby took home the choccy’s and in the end pub cricket was the winner, as was the bush on the other side of the road at square leg – catching plenty of sixes.

  • Quokkas v The Royal Derby


    Match Facts:

    Ramsden Street Oval, Clifton Hill



    1:45 start


    The Big Picture:

    And so the last YPCA match of this season is upon us, in a season that has provided no end of highlights and the usual administrative nightmares.


    But its on positives that we focus and with this in mind we remember winning at Nerrena, the oysters on Bruny Island, Ed throwing his bat away when he was denied a run for a leg bye, the Big Dog injuring his elbow due to excessive geocaching, Ami’s navigational skills, Specials conversational skills and everything Sizzle.


    The Royal Derby always put on a great game and anyone that has lost against them will attest to how well they host afterwards.


    Here’s looking forward to a bit of fun on Sunday.


    Form Guide:

    Quokkas (most recent last): WLWWLWW


    Team News:

    With a winter of no cricket suddenly on the horizon, the Quokkas have a very strong side who are looking to hold on to what isn’t theirs to hold.


    Regardless, the XI at the time of writing is:

    1. Ed
    2. Big Dog
    3. Dutchy
    4. Rev
    5. J Rod
    6. Snipper
    7. Local
    8. Sizzle
    9. SPECIAL
    10. VP (c)
    11. (very wrestling MC voice): JAAAAAAYYYYYY RAAAAAAYYYYNER


    In the Spotlight:

    The Waste Management issues in the State of Victoria.


    With the main man behind the sticks suddenly out and Dutchy only having 1 working knee, the wicket keeping tasks may need to get passed to either The Dog or Ed (who have done OK before), though I suspect SPECIAL may have some magic glove lotion in his kit bag.


    Pitch and Conditions:

    Ramsden Street is a big favourite of The Quokkas, having been their primary training and pre-season base in the years when the Gold Coast and Dubai facilities are unavailable.


    We are expecting a sunny day with a top of 28 on Sunday, so an almighty day for smashing cans.


    Stats and Trivia:

    “Facts are stubborn but statistics are pliable”

    – Mark Twain


    • This will be Snippers 20 YPCA game and 33rd overall, bringing him level with Alex and 1 behind Jay
    • This will be Locals 40th appearance for The Quokkas, the 7th highest overall
    • Dutchy and The Rev are both on 29 wickets for The Quokkas, with the Dutchman taking poles for fun over the last 2-3 seasons while The Rev has…attended
    • Jay is on 19 YPCA wickets (at 17.95 and 6.31 RPO) and averages 0.9 wickets per match (or one wicket every 2.84 overs), so could join the s-club 20 with Pup (24), Dutchy and Rev (29), J Rod (20) and Voldemort (22)
    • VP comes back to Captain again despite being called “wack” by a student after the last time he did – resilience indeed



  • From Captain Radar…

    Last weekend the Quokkas returned for the start of the new season against a team we haven’t played before in the Royal Derby.

    The Quokkas sent the opposition in and The Derby went on on take our all start opening attack for quite a few runs with some strong top order batting. After a couple of retirees the innings slowed significantly and the Quokkas were able to keep them to a surprisingly respectable total. The derby also went the way of India and refused to allow the DRS which did cause some controversy. Notable performances in the field:

    Local – 2 wickets and two catches (one caught and bowled)

    Rev – 1/1/grunts

    Ed – 3/14

    With the bat the Quokkas got off to a good start with Dutchy and Snipper opening. Snipper had a new bat.

    After an opening stand in the high 30’s, it was all down hill through the middle order for a while with a classic Quokkas collapse. Local stayed solid up one end though and backed up his good performance with the ball with an innings to keep us in the game. My tactics of putting proven Quokkas performers down the bottom of the order to get us out of trouble nearly paid off and chef, big dog and ed and had a swing and nearly got us over the line. But it was not to be with the Quokkas eventually going down 173-163

    Notable performances with the bat

    Local 37

    Chef 29
    Curto 26

    Thanks everyone for a great game and a welcome back to a new season.


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