Sunday, November 15
The ground is on Nerrena Hall Rd a short distance west off the C454 at Nerrena.
The Big Picture:
It is with great excitement that the Tour match for the 2015/16 season has come upon us.
While the tour match is normally the first game of the season and/or a good excuse for the team to get away together to see some of the sights of this fine country (e.g. the Barossa Valley, the Tay valley, Ballarat), this years looks to be much more low-key with the vast majority of the team heading up on the morning of the game itself.
This may be due to increased parenting duties by the majority of the team, or the organizational abilities of the tour organizer (the Big Dog) or a combination of the two.
Most likely the latter though.
The game against the Nerrena 3rd XI is a welcome opportunity to travel to Gippsland to take in the famous hospitality of the region, the South Gippsland rail trail, the tourist railway and (possibly) the Mirboo North brewery.
The Quokkas are going into this game with a winless record for the 2015/16 season, going down to the Royal Derby by 10 runs then the Curtin Hotel by 8 wickets last week.
Also going against the boys in maroon is that this game will be played using normal T20 rules, so there will be; LBWs, first-ball outs, Wides, Extras and other rules that go against the pub-cricketers norm.
Its not-not cricket, I tells ya.
Little is known about the form of the Nerrena 3rd XI, largely as a combination of laziness on my part, as well as their Facebook page being a closed group.
In the Spotlight:
The Big Dog goes into this game as Captain, being the organiser of the game. The Veteran is in mixed form so far this season, cracking some late-order runs (including a scintillating hockey-paddle six into the carpark) against the Royal Derby as well as taking a wicket in that game. His game against the Curtin wasn’t as successful, yielding 8 runs and his 2 overs going for 14.
His cricketing nous and experience is likely to be tested to the fullest this Sunday with the LBW rule in play, as well as a fleet of bowlers used to playing with no ‘Wide’ rule. More important still will be his recruiting ability to get a full XI up in time.
Dutchy has started the 2015/16 season in promising big-hitting form, with 60% of his runs coming from boundaries (48% fours, 12% sixes). With the opportunity to not be asked to bowl in this game, the man in the van could seriously gather some votes & keep them.
Unlike the previous 2 matches, the Quokkas only have ten good men and true available for this game at the time of writing. Given that we had 12 available on the Monday before the last game, 2 pull out before the weekend, yet managed to find another 2 – we should be OK to put forward a full XI. That being said, its very likely the majority of the team still hasn’t realized the game is in Gippsland and may pull out due to conflicting Soccer / live Gig / hair washing interests.
The Ten at the time of writing is:
- Big Dog (c)
- J Rod
Pitch and Conditions:
Very little is known about the pitch at Nerrena, but being Gippsland you can pretty easily bet that the ground has seen a fair amount of rain since the last ice age.
The Quokkas are hoping desperately that we aren’t playing on turf. Wet weather, turf and shoes without spikes make for an interesting game (as the Bushrangers recently learned).
Its set to be a sunny 21 degrees in Melbourne on Sunday, so may hit the heights of 19 in Nerrena.
Stats and Trivia:
- Given that this isn’t a YPCA game, the stats won’t count come end of season time, though they will be recorded;
- On the YPCA stats, J Rod has now bowled 58.5 overs, the most of all time…behind only Ed (85.1), Dutchy (71), Big Dog & Emu (63), Robbo and Rev (59);
- For his efforts, J Rod has collected 16 wickets at 21.25, going at 5.81 RPO;
- While the Quokkas mostly use the internet for geo-caching and other nefarious purposes, Tuesday has generously set us up with an Instagram account! Look us up at QUOKKAS_CC