• Coming off a close win two weeks before, returning to Fortress Quokka and a much nicer day than the arctic winds experienced the previous game, Quokkas tails were up like Tiger Woods on tour. Electing to bat by default, vibrant (I work for govt) opening pair of Ed and Big Dog got the innings underway. Slow and steady scoring built a solid platform before the Dog was unceremoniously bowled for 19. Ed picked up the pace before losing his next partner in JRod who had half convinced the Captain pre-game that the law of averages demanded he never bat top 3. Consider this captain convinced!

    A handy retirement for Ed at 31 could lead to votes for the Tasmanian Pirate Man.

    Enter Nickname who pounded away in Bill Clinton intern style with a quick fire 26 before being caught behind without a reach around. Meanwhile some Gow called Alex had strode to the crease and proceeded to craic on at lightning pace. Very un-Quokka-like display of crafted shot after shot. Backfooted cover drives reaching the boundary – the lot! 32 off 19 deliveries no less.

    Enter the human volcano Dutchy who quickly raced to 29 off 14 AND Quokkas tails positively hard by this point.  Captain’s apology to Local who really should have been batting instead of Dutchy but due to Local sunbaking out the back with his formidable white skin rendering him invisible to this Captain.

    Captain’s log – pre-game injury had forced the withdrawl of Cookem up Chef. By all reports, even though he didn’t step onto the field in anger, many many runs were scored with consistent backend play:/ Yowsers!

    Total of 181 allowed us all to enjoy the fine burgers during the break.

    Local (suddenly visible) opened up from the end we always bowl from and started with a tidy 2 run over. Tuesday followed suit with another tidy over and  ‘Nice – here we go’ thought the Captain, ‘my first win at the helm coming up’. Old Bar boys Blair and George had other ideas, blasting 34 off 12 and 32 off 13 respectively. Dilshan, Cuss and Andy picked up from where they left off and we were staring at 108 at drinks!

    Beer is the natural fluid choice of the Quokka and after refreshments, the Dog had his first wicket on second delivery. A Riccardo-esque celebratory beer in shoe display left no Quokka wondering how questionable hygienic choices may have led to his dengue fever contraction over the Winter months. Further wickets to Alex, Dutchy and Ed combined with some great Siddlish JRod bowling (5 runs conceded from 2 overs) gave the Quokkas a chance, but in the end Old Bar boys ran away with the spoon with 2.5 overs to spare.

    All in all though a fun day against a good bunch of guys and we look forward to our next game against them. Next up – we get our deliverance on in Nerrenna. Yee Ha!

    Finally  – A Fast Fact

    Our Don 99.94% batting average

    Their Don 99.94% grope ‘o’ pussy average

  • 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:

    Sunday, November 22

    Fairlea East Oval, Yarra Bend

    Time:

    13:00 EST

    The Big Picture:

    For a team that prides itself on participation over a focus on wins and losses, this season has been a real winner for the Quokkas. Going into the game with only ten available to play after 3 steady losses, the saggy maroons are in top form to play a team new to the YPCA league.

    This version of the Old Bar is new to the competition & little is known about their cricketing or drinking prowess. I’d like to think they are a rag-tag bunch of plucky misfits, but maybe that’s because I’ve been watching The Goonies again.

    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas go into this game still winless for the 2015/16 season, having snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in their last game against the good folk in Nerrena.

    In the Spotlight:

    Tuesday comes back into the team at the top of the order with his big-hitting housemate, the Quokkas are hoping that the man under the ink can bring some more big runs to start the innings.

    After opening with Dutchy last week, Alex helped put on a 44 run stand & also bowled his customary deep, deep heat – though without the short balls. If he can keep this form up, he could well go home with a firm piece of plastic in his hands on Gownlow night.

    Team News:

    After the rush to play at the start of the season, the Quokkas only have 10 available for match day at the time of writing for the second week in a row. With several on standby, we should get the XI up fine.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    Absolutely nothing.

    Absolutely nothing.

    The Ten at the time of writing is:

    1. Pup
    2. Curto (c)
    3. Dutchy
    4. Local
    5. Tuesday
    6. Tuesdays housemate (man Friday)
    7. Chef
    8. Alex
    9. Jay
    10. Nick A-W

    Pitch and Conditions:

    And so the Quokkas trek back to Fairlea East, the home of knee grazes where backpackers go to disappear. Also the home of Shotguns 30, its truly the modern Bermuda Triangle. The ground is likely to be dry with a fast outfield, have no running water available or toilets. What a glamorous life these Quokkas lead.

    On the plus side, its only going to be 21 degrees.

    Stats and Trivia:

    • Incredibly, Tuesday and Chef both sit on 142 runs off 9 innings with 3 not outs each – for a matching average of 23.67
    • Tuesday has, though, taken 13 catches – better than 1 per match
    • If Pup should bat in this match, it will be his 20th innings for the Quokkas. He has scored 248 runs (9th highest) @ 19.08 for his career and taken 17 wickets (4th highest) @ 15.12 (so far)

   

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