Match Facts: Sunday, February 19th 2017, Alfred Crescent Oval, North Fitzroy
Time: Midday for a 1pm start
The Big Picture:
This is the Quokkas last Pub League game of the season, offering them their last chance to get a win in an otherwise winless season.
The Rainbow was one of the few pubs that the Quokkas beat last season, but that doesn’t seem to matter for much this season, with the boys in maroon seemingly able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at every chance.
The Quokkas are coming off the back of their annual first-round exit from the BDNO, though this years version was a little more promising than previous years and showed glimpses of what was possible.
The Quokkas bowled and fielded well by their standards in the BDNO, holding catches, taking wickets and stopping singles. They’re all good signs & also very likely to disappear as quickly as they appeared.
In the Spotlight:
Alex comes back in to the Quokkas squad for his first game since Nerrena and his first game as Captain. The square-shouldered leggie showed some excellent form in his last spell in Gippsland, repeating it will surely provide as many issues to batsmen as it will fielders (who will have to catch a spinning ball off the bat).
Its been a tough week at Quokkas HQ with players declaring unavailability like it was some sort of hipster trend. The XI for this weekend (at the time of writing) is:
- Alex (c)
- Big Dog
- Nickname AW
- James How
Pitch and Conditions
The game is scheduled to be played at Alfred Crescent, defined in these pages previously in detail. It’s a ground with small boundaries that favours the big hitters, or even the medium-distance hitters, with those disinclined to run not finding penalties.
The predicted top for Sunday is 19 with a prediction for some light showers in the morning and early afternoon.
Stats & Trivia
- Jay is sitting on 175 career runs at 35, so is well positioned to crack the 200-run mark in this match
- Similarly, Tuesday is sitting on 279 career runs at 23, so is well placed to crack the 300-run mark
- Bowl’en hasn’t had much luck this season, but 2 wickets will take him to 10 career wickets
- James Gow has had a little more luck this season, going for only 5.7 runs per over