Match Preview: Quokkas v The Rose Hotel
March 14, 2021
Brunswick Street Oval
The Big Picture:
It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to season 2020/21, a season which meant so much to so few. After the 15 (?) weeks of lockdown, the possibility of being on an oval with 10 of your mates trying to knock over 2 other “cricketers” seemed quite the pipe dream.
Incidentally, if you are dreaming of pipes, you could be a plumber.
Which reminds me, why should you never buy drugs off a plumber?
You never want the plumbers crack.
Things are going as seamlessly as ever.
Back on track though, it has been therapeutic in a way that I didn’t realise to get back on the park this season, so many thanks to Ed, Foz and all the team at the YPCA for all their hard work in making it happen.
Many thanks also to the good people at Nerrena CC for hosting us (again), the offer for us to host you is absolutely alive and well. Maybe a few Covid symptoms, but never mind.
Final thanks goes out to everyone who has turned out for us this season, it wouldn’t be possible without you giving up your precious Sunday afternoons to spend time with a plethora of fearsome athletes.
This weeks game is the last for this season, and while previous Autumns have been positively scorching, this year has been as cool as the mood in lockdown, giving us hope that Sundays game will happen without any guarantee.
That being said, its been a great season, if not on the field. The Big Dog played his 100th, Local played his 50th, and this game will be Jays 50th for the club. But more stats later.
Well, it hasn’t been great of late. We were fairly well drubbed by the Terminus in the last game and pipped by Nerrena before that. That being said, there have been some great efforts put in (though maybe not in the catching department) and the conviviality of the team is as high as the number of useless cricket training objects J Rod has collected.
In the Spotlight:
J Rod is having what can only be described as a golden summer. 120 runs with the bat at 24 and 62% of his runs coming from boundaries, with an average of 8.18 runs per over. Moreso than that has been his bowling this season, taking 5 wickets (oh yes, he’s near the top of the wicket-takers and run-makers) at 20 and going at only 7.14 an over, he’s also taken ONE CATCH this season!
Stats and Trivia:
I was disappointed that in all the hype around The Big Dogs 100th that I missed Locals 50th. I can comfort myself that he still owes me for the bet around whether Steve Smith will ever Captain Australia’s Mens Test side again.
In the words of Heath Ledger, here we go:
- As mentioned above, this will be Locals 51st game and Jays 50th for the club, many thanks to you both, you tireless servants
- Jay has played in 32 YPCA matches and batted 30 times for 591 runs @ 32.83 (not bad) and a high score of 38*. He’s also taken 31 wickets (5th highest overall) at 16, giving away 6.24 runs per over. You’ve got to bowl a bit worse to get wickets at this level, champ. He’s also the leading catcher for this season with 6. Pity we don’t have an award for that.
- Local has played 35 YPCA games with 34 Innings, scoring 526 runs at 18.79 with an incredible high score of 46. When he goes, he goes big. He’s also taken 21 wickets at 24, going at 6.81 an over if you don’t mind.
- Yours truly is on 396 YPCA runs and is hoping to join the 400-club with the likes of Snipper. Sure, 20 less innings, but so what?
- Dutchy is on 980 runs conceded in the YPCA, does he have it in him to join the stratospheric region that is the 1,000 club? I’ll give him every chance to do so.