• From Captain Rowdy…

    The Quokkas did battle with Tramways and Sentido Funf in a ‘manaja twa’ of round robin pub cricket

    Whispers were that 75 to 80 was a par score so we aimed for 100 just to be safe and fell only 2 short with 6/98 upon completion of our 10 overs

    The salt and pepper opening partnership of Gladys and Rowdy proved fruitful with both retiring in the 20s. After bench pressing and bicep curling his way to 195 home and away season runs, Emu lost his off stump for a duck – as Jake the Muss said in Once Were Warriors “too much weights, not enough speedwork”

    The shock of losing our premier batsmen cheaply didn’t faze the middle order as Curto (20) and Dutchy (16) pushed the score into the 90s with Rob Seddon icing the cake with a boundary off the final delivery

    Robbo (0/11) the anaesthetist took the new ball with the task of putting the opening pair from the Sentido Funf to sleep. Bad Boy (0/7), Rev ‘(0/9), Ed (1/2) and Big Dog (2/2) all bowled well in our first 5 overs and were backed up with our best fielding display of the season. Gladys’s diving catch and Rev’s overhead mark on the boundary line the highlights. I’ve excluded Big Dog’s 2 wickets from the highlights, as this level of performance is expected from the the clubs leading wicket taker 

    Pup (0/14) led the attack in our second 5 over stint to the Tramways and was backed up by Mo (0/8), Rob Seddon (0/6), Snoop (1/4) and Rowdy (0/3) who all executed to plan. The fielding yet again the highlight with a sharp catch from Bad Boy (amazing what 8 hours sleep and a night off the sauce can do for a man) and Dutchy’s patrolling of deep cover coupled with his attempts to break Curto’s fingers with bullets from the boundary

    With the job done of restricting the opposition to a lesser run rate than that required to achieve the 98 posted we could only look on and watch the final 5 overs between Tramways and Sentido Funf with fingers crossed. The final overs were tighter than our playing shirts and like a Jazzron innings, it was hard to watch. Fortunately the result went our way and the Quokka’s were deserving winners through to the Semi

    I will try and write the report for the Semi v Newry in a similar style to the match itself – brief

    The salt and pepper combo both fell in the first over. Emu strode to the crease still needing 5 runs for the elusive 200 season runs, the situation had the hallmarks of Bradman’s final innings at The Oval in 1948. The 50 strong crowd waited with baited breath, would the champ bring up his milestone on the way to a match saving innings? No, in keeping with the Bradman theme the Emu fell cheaply. This has resulted in a petition being started (allegedly by Dutchy) to have him removed from the Australian Coat of Arms

    With the Quokka’s slumping to 3/3 and the big guns out, the pressure was on. Pressure as they say makes diamonds…and Dutchy saluted to bring up the first diamond duck of the season. Wickets continued to tumble….and tumble. JBomb (15) and Ed (18no) providing the only resistance to what turned out to be the Premier attack of the BDNO. Quokka’s finshed 9/48 from the allotted 10 overs which proved to be 10 to 12 dangerous balls short of what was needed in a cut throat Semi

    The Newry made light work of the target and notched up the 49 required in 4.1 overs. Special mention to Rev who went for 22 off his over, a few ‘possum killer’ deliveries that landed in all areas of the surrounding parkland

    Despite the disappointing end to the tournament for the Quokka’s the overall result was a success to finish unofficially 3rd in the 12 team competition, going down to the eventual Premier

    Congratulations to all players on the day and over the course of the season

    Thank you to all the helpers and supporters

    Big thank you to Serena for a season of scoring and supply of culinary delights

    See you all Presentation Night, I’ll bring the wheelbarrow for Emu

    Rowdy out

  • LiV Quokkas v Standard Hotel

    LiV Quokkas v Standard Hotel

    From the mind of Emu…

    Much like Edward Smith (don’t google it, he drove the titanic) I like to
    think my Captaincy be judged by the highlights rather than the end result.


    Put into the field by Needling Nick, the captain of the Sub-Standard
    (because at 1:00 they had 9 blokes) it became clear that he was a little
    bit precious in slagging off Luke Curtain for bringing an esky that
    contained…water.

    I could say that he was an anal retentive, medial job working control freak
    with poor social skills whence combined with low sporting aptitude means he
    treats Sunday cricket with a degree of pettiness usually reserved for
    sociopaths who commit postal murders, but that would not be nice.


    So, off to field in 36 degree odd heat we did start a little shaky. Their
    top order was strong; which had Captain Emu scratching his head.
    Fortunately, much like Celine Dion, you know they have to retire
    eventually, but it doesn’t help you in the meantime. Most bowlers got some
    treatment. Much like Robbo who went for 22 off one over. His revenge would
    come.

    Daniel “Ming” Grigg created some great tension, the boy from Torquay a
    frugal threat (1 for 10 from 3 overs) Luke Curtain passing the gloves to
    his brother and bowling two overs (1 for 9) was handy before drinks. Rowdy
    also showed his volleyball skills; a perfect set saw him push a catch
    neatly over the boundary. Classic.

    Three gents contributed 113 so once they were not in operation, wickets
    would fall. This was a chance for the swing of new guy JJ to come into
    play. Pleased himself bowled well, upset he missed a diving effort. A few
    then wickets tumbled as Emu finally found the line that saw Curto snaffle a
    caught behind. Emu snagged a few more catches before new recruit Jarrod
    seized on a ball and lobbed it in to the stumps to effect a timely run out.
    His fielding, combined with Dutchy and JJ who were tireless on a hot day.
    Gladys also bowled some peaches, showing his tricks to suppress the score
    and take a wicket or two.


    Chasing 200, the opening pair fared a little Indian, but when Matt “Gladys”
    Curtain strolled it, it changed. He ended on 53, a great effort from Mister
    Cricket, freed from pressure of work and kids. He watched Mo denied a
    certain four via an outstretched boot then dismissed for 11, Emu depart
    cheaply (still scored a six), but support arrived in Robbo (29 off 25)
    including 3 consecutive 4s. Dutchy who rode some short pitched balls to
    secure 22 and a very sullen Dan ‘I don’t run singles’ Grigg (24 runs)


    By the time Luke Curtain arrived, new guy Jarrod ran himself out and new
    guy JJ had taken a ball on the wrist, breaking his ulnar bone in his
    forearm. How he batted on to hit two fours is another story. As was Big
    Dog, who was unable to replicate his huge score of last bat and somehow
    Dutchy forgot to pass him on the ceremonial Duck.  With some 35 runs
    required in two and a half overs Gladys returned to smash the Labour in
    Vain close, not before an incident between the before mentioned Sub
    Standard captain. A dangerous ball bowled by Needling Nick and an angry
    Curto saw umpire Emu mediate the situation like a Year 9 Girls Health and
    Human development class.


    Matt Curtain could do no more, holing out to Long On leaving Curto alone in
    his teens (again) the team some 13 runs shy of the desired 200.

    Epilogue:
    *Dutchy  may have hurt his knee. Doubtful.
    *JJ has had a plate inserted. His 8-month pregnant wife blames Luke.
    Doubtful.
    *Robbo is captain next week. Nice guy!
    *Matt Curtain is class.
    *Even with salad you can lose friends, as Needling Nick found

   

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