Sunday, January 17
Alfred Crescent Oval, Edinburgh Gardens, Fitzroy
The Big Picture:
This will be the first game in 2016 for the Quokkas, which they are pretty happy to see after going 1-7 to finish off 2015.
With the game being against the ASRC and played at Alfred Crescent Oval, it is sure to be a highlight of the Quokkas season; promoting the inclusiveness of cricket at the home of Pub cricket.
Truly, there hasn’t been a feel good coming together like this since Hall & Oates reunited.
The Quokkas will be looking to use this game to welcome others into the community and have some fun while doing it. Even they can surely win at that challenge?
In the Spotlight:
Bowl’en (Shane) is Captain for this game, his first time at the helm of the motley collection that call themselves Quokkas. Bowl’en has had a mixed season so far in Pub League games, but has dominated on turf pitches. Perhaps the classicalist in him is struggling to escape.
On the subject of struggles with form, Ed returns for this game, deigning to grace us with his presence. A big fan of the size of Alfred Crescent, the fans on the boundary can surely look forward to pocketing a few cherries when he comes on to bowl.
This is the first game in some time that The Quokkas have a full XI available for in the week before the game, but we all know that will probably change before Sunday.
This weeks side is a strong mix of age and experience, as it seems those young people have better things to do with their time.
- Curto (w/k)
- Big Dog
- Bowl’en (c)
Pitch and Conditions:
Alfred Crescent Oval is the scene of many happy days for the Quokkas, winning or otherwise.
The ground has that wonderful true bounce you can only get off astro laid over the top of concrete, as well as the most charming of pot holes in the outfield caused by soccer matches, picnics, dogs and the like.
The BOM predicts a top of 28 on Sunday with plenty of sunshine. Where else would you rather be?
Stats and Trivia:
- With only 4 games remaining for the season, there really is no clear stand-out in the runs scored or wickets taken categories. There are 6 players tussling for most runs and 5 for most wickets;
- As a collective, though, the Quokkas have taken 27 wickets in YPCA games this season at 26.4, with a wicket being taken every 3.6 overs
- With the bat, the Quokkas have scored 643 runs off 538 balls for a strike rate of 1.2 & 55% of runs being scored through boundaries
- The Big Dog needs only 9 runs to take his total for the club to 400, making him the 4th to do so
- Chef needs only 13 runs to take his total for the club to 200, which he should do easily given his average of 26.71