Match Preview: Quokkas CC v The ‘HATED’ Dan O’Connell CC
Sunday, December 6th
WT Peterson Oval,
Edinburgh Gardens, Fitzroy
The Big Picture:
Perhaps 5 overs is a bridge too far for the highly trained athletes in maroon.
While the Quokkas will be looking to carry their good form from the last month into this game, they are up against a formidable opponent on an unforgiving, big ground.
The Quokkas are coming off their first win in a while and a 1-run loss against a State-representative side.
The DOCCC, on the other hand, are the reigning BDNO winners so should romp this in.
In the Spotlight:
Jazzron returns to the Quokkas for his first game after a 3-4 year absence. The man in bizarre hats and Hawaiian shirts may not have had a bat in his hand for a while, but there is little doubt he knows what to do with a can of beer in it.
Jim comes back into the side after some time spent on the road, no doubt being inspired for some new songs.
The selection merry-go-round was well and truly in force this week, with Tuesday dropping out of the original selected XI on Tuesday, the normal mad scramble occurring, then Jam Boy (Bowl’ens brother in law) confirming availability.
The Selected XI at the time of writing is:
- J Rod
- Chef (c)
- Jam Boy
Pitch and Conditions
WT Peterson Oval is something of a mirage. It looks like a true pitch, accompanied by its splendid grandstand and other remnants from the early 20th Century, but really it’s a road with big boundaries.
Big scores can be hard to come by at this ground, while there is little reprieve from the hot sun.
Its going to be a stinker of a day on Sunday, 31 degrees with little relief, so tough going for the team that fields first (The Quokkas).
Stats and Trivia:
- Jim brings with him a RPO average of 6.6 and a batting average of 42, both of which will be welcome for this game
- This will be Jazzrons 10th match for the Quokkas, he has a batting average of 20 and a bowling…well, the less said the better
- Radar is back into the side after his delayed honeymoon, this will be his 24th YPCA match for the Quokkas, which will move him onto equal 7th for all-time appearances