Sunday, November 16
White Flat Oval, Hickman and Moyle Street, Bakery Hill
Start Time: 1pm
The Big Picture
With The Quokkas winning the first two games of the Summer, spirits are up and available numbers are high. This game should change all of that back to normal programming.
While Ballarat was once the richest city on earth, its fall back to earth hasn’t been without highlights, particularly as the producer of sporting excellence.
As a result, The Quokkas go into this game expecting much the same result as that which they experienced on tour in Adelaide and Launceston.
Similar to previous tour games, this match is a friendly, with no impact on league tables or rankings. Any funds on the day will go towards local charities.
The game is being played on turf, which will suit the long list of slower bowlers on the Quokkas list, it may well also suit the seamers from Seymours on Lydiard (SOL).
In the Spotlight:
Returning to his hometown, the destroyer behind the stumps (Curto) has been in sumptuous form. Conservatively involved in 40% of all dismissals this season, the home-town boy has an opportunity to show how far he has come from the emotional kid with sausage roll arms that left the ‘Rat all those years ago.
There are a few more familiar and new faces in the Squad this week, with the return of Mo for the first time since last season. Everyones favourite bowler that wears his hat on top of his head is back this week for some push ups, accurate slower balls and boundary slogging (Mo has as many sixes as fours (5)).
Joining Curto and Mo will be Tulip, who hasn’t turned out for the Quokkas since their match against the Tramways way back in 2009/10. “Tulio” swore off the game after suffering from heat stroke for the 3 days that followed it, though this may have more to do with him playing in black jeans, a black t shirt and black boots.
Once again the Quokkas have an array of players available for this game, which should make the Sunday morning drop-outs less of a worry.
Cat returns for another bat, though wont be bowling, which will open up space for a bowling only player. Captain Local will make the hard call on Sunday morning.
Quokkas XIII (probable):
- Cat (bat only)
- Big Dog
- Curto (w/k)
- Local (c)
Pitch and Conditions:
Ballarat is experiencing a fairly regular spring, which means cool weather and a fair bit of rain. There is every chance that the pitch will be a greentop & the fielders will be in long sleeves.
Stats and Trivia:
- Mo returns to the Quokkas for his 19th match, with as many fours as sixes (5), the only player to have this stat;
- Ed will take full advantage of Emu’s absence & look to put daylight between them on the all-time wicket tally (Ed on 23, Emu on 21);
- Dutchy (383 career runs) is aching to catch Ed (411) on the all-time runs list, so we could see some damage done to the Mallow Hotel
“You won’t find a fine leg up there. Maybe a short backward one.”
– Local, on the locals