Last Sunday 13th November saw the LiV Quokkas take on the mighty Union Club Hotel. It was always going to be a tough day on the park for a Quokka squad featuring several new recruits, pitted against last season’s runner up.
Quokkas brought the barbecue (minus fittings) and therefore chose to bat first.
The Union struck early. Big Dog was caught fishing wide of his off stump, and Snoop was out soon after to a good ball that pitched at the stumps – a rare and unlucky occurrence at Pub level.
That brought Ed and Curto to the crease, and both performed very well against quality bowling. Ed’s unbeaten 34 was a highlight. Curto quickly reached 30 runs also, but in true cop-action-movie style, was cut down on the eve of his retirement.
Jazzron struggled early before a brief rain delay, then came back out to keep struggling on the way to 23. Radar showed some good middle-order aggression, belting three boundaries and helping himself to 22 runs in quick time.
Morts and Tiger were unlucky to miss out, but will have plenty of opportunity as the season unfolds. Pup (with some nice shots off his hip) and Paz batted out the remainder of the overs.
DNB: Mo, Rev.
The Quokkas were fairly satisfied with our total of 135, but it simply wasn’t enough against a very strong batting side like the Union.
Rev took the new ball, bowling a fuller length than we’re used to seeing from him. Unfortunately the Union’s top order treated it with little of the respect it deserved, leaving him with figures of 1/19 from his two overs. This theme continued for the remainder of the innings.
The innings wasn’t without its highlights, though. Paz and Morts showed a lot and could easily have picked up more than one wicket each. Tiger snared a couple to keep us in the match, and Mo was typically tight, taking 1/11 at the end of the innings.
Curto did his best to fire up the troops with some excellent glove work and lively chatter, and overall our efforts in the field was above average. Special mentions go to Snoop with two catches, Paz with three catches, and Big Dog who seemed to field every second ball.