Sunday, January 11 2015 Ramsden Street Oval, Clifton Hill
Start Time: 1pm
The Big Picture
With a new year brings new opportunities, which probably doesn’t bode so well for The Quokkas given their successful record of late. Of the 5 games played by the men in maroon so far this season, 4 have been impressive wins (either by large margins, or against good opponents). The lads will certainly be hoping that the opportunity in this year of the goat isn’t one to revisit the losers tables at their opponents pubs.
This match, against the Prince Patrick will be a good litmus test for where the Quokkas are at after the New Year break, with both teams fairly even in their previous encounters.
Prince Patrick: n/a
In the spotlight:
Dutchy, freshly back from high altitude training in Canada, is in life-best form; averaging 36 with the bat at a strike rate of 203. That may not be much chop in baseball terms, but the Dutchman is playing the rectangular bat game now.
Also, having given up his suspect swing bowling & taken to bowling left-arm Chinamen, he is in the wickets for the first time in several seasons (2 @ 25, compared to his career average of 10 @ 40).
As is often the way first thing on a Monday morning, The Quokkas have 13 available for this game though that is certain to change come midday Sunday. As per the normal custom where there is an excess of players, 2 of the 13 will be ‘bowling only’ players, which will also give the Captain the opportunity to rest less effective bowlers; which is generally all of them.
Quokkas XIII (possible):
- Big Dog
- Curto (C and W/K)
- J Rod
Pitch and Conditions:
The Ramsden Street Oval is a biggy, and after a week featuring a mix of rain and sun, the grass could be shoulder height by Sunday. Toughing out the runs will be the name of the game Sunday, something that Captain Curto will relish in.
Stats and Trivia:
- With a 4 off the only ball he faced in the last game, Ed brought up his 100 runs for the season before Christmas. This was last (famously) done by the Big Dog whose form tapered away steadily from then. Can Ed avoid the Santa (doesn’t deliver after Christmas) award?
- Dutchy is 27 runs off 100 runs for the season so far & in startling form;
- Local is on 97 runs for the season, only bettered by the Big Dog (98). Runs against that is;
- If the players listed do play, it will be the first time this season that the Quokkas haven’t fielded a debutant