From Captain Alex:
Woke up 11am.
James said he’d pick me up.
Got a strong latte.
James picked me up midday-ish.
Got another latte.
On root to Ramsden Street Ed says we got booted.
Stand by for a new ground.
Ed sorted out a ground near the Yarra.
Grass was long and short and the pitch was notably narrow.
Vote to Ed for sorting out new ground.
BBQ set up no worries.
Quokkas fielding first.
I asked everyone to pitch it right up at the toes.
To bowl em.
To avoid short balls which traditionally get hit for runs.
Opening bowlers didn’t bowl as good as usual.
Got hit for heaps o runs.
That’s essentially it.
Ground was Gallipoli-esque and ball was soap.
Dog didn’t mind.
Even Ed stuffed a few up.
Realised the bowling was hard yakka.
Narrow pitch was crippling.
I bowled shit.
At drinks we were up against it.
BUT – we had a great attitude going on.
Big talk in the field.
Heaps of encouragement.
We decided we would try to get through the overs real quick in the second half.
I reckon that worked well.
Rohan kept really well.
Kept rolling the ball back the bowler real quick after each bowl.
The batsmen were caught off guard.
Pup bowled like a legend.
Even after being flattened by a large bloke with no sense of spacial awareness.
Ed bowled good.
Local bowled good.
Dutchy bowled real good.
Fielding remained a challenge and we let a few through.
We really kept the run rate down toward the end.
Pressure was high.
We walked off at the the end of the innings like a bunch of legends. We supported the hell out of each other while under the pump. It wasn’t an easy day to be captain. But an easy day to be proud of the Quokkas attitude.
We needed 220ish to win. lol.
Dutch and Pup opened.
Dutch got out.
Dylan came in.
Dylan blocked it to a fielder.
Called yes when he was 3 paces from the bowlers end and took a few extra skips past Pup.
Bowler rolls ball to keeper.
Keeper knocks bails off.
Rainbow think it’s all pretty funny.
Pup surprised to see Rev his end o pitch.
Rev stands his ground.
Pup displays an impressive feat of maturity and martyrdom decides to solve the stale mate by leaving the field.
Top order collapsed.
Local and Dog looked good but saw red and got unlucky.
I went in at 6.
Over 8 maybe?
We were probably on 60ish.
I hit excellent cricket shots and retired.
Then Ed did the same.
Rolley did a good job of holding up an end.
I came back in and batted like Brian Lara.
Then I got out which was shitty because we could have won if I had of kept my head and batted on.
Ed continued to bat like a hero.
But only by 20ish.
Which is incredible.
As captain I was so impressed with the Quokkas attitude.
We faced a better team and almost got there.
We (almost) maintained a positive and supportive attitude all day.
Then we went to the Rainbow, proud as punch.
See you in Nerrena for some quality Quokkas cricket.