Sunday, February 21, 2021
Fairlea West Oval
The Big Picture
With the Pride Round game being called off last weekend due to Global Pandemic, this game becomes the 100th match for THE BIG DOG for The Quokkas. A few years ago we held a social match for his 50th where I marvelled at his commitment to this rabble, a feeling that has only magnified with 49 more games played.
The whole point of The Quokkas, and the YPCA, is to provide inclusive cricket and The Big Dog has been an incredible proponent of this; welcoming any and all to the club and helping to make sure said rabble continues in his various roles (sometimes all of them) on the committee.
Congratulations to the great man.
There is also the small matter of the game to be played, against old friends the Terminus.
It has been a few seasons since we last crossed paths and they have always given a good contest in the right spirit. Here’s looking forward to a Covid-safe afternoon and a few cheers for The Big Dog.
With the last match called off, The Quokkas only have the form from the previous game at Nerrena to go on. Without a match report to reference (I’m pretty sure that’s a fine Local), I’m going to use my memory and say we did OK? Pretty sure we didn’t win and I got hit for one of the biggest sixes in the history of measurement.
In the spotlight:
What more can be said about the jewel in the Quokkas tiara that is The Big Dog?
He’s played 73 YPCA games, 8 Big Day Not Outs, 11 miscellaneous games (e.g. T20s etc), 5 games against the VBCA and 2 in Sri Lanka. Assuming each game took at least 5 hours, that’s 495 hours of Quokka cricket, or 20 days (whichever you prefer).
In YPCA games, The Big Dog has batted 61 times (he often doesn’t bat to give others a go) for 646 runs at an average of 15.76 and a high score of 35. He has bowled 124 overs for 50 wickets at 23.74 and has taken 19 catches and EXECUTED 2 run outs.
That’s an enormous amount of commitment and we are all better for it.
Stats and Trivia:
- Alex has stormed up to 28 career YPCA wickets, only one behind J Rod and two behind the Zampa to his Stoinis; RAY JAYNER
- The Animal is having a WILD season, with 3 wickets at 23 and going for less than 6 RPO – he’s also score 50 runs for the season at a strike rate of 100
- Radar is having another great season with the gloves, averaging MORE STUMPINGS (3) than catches (2)
- I’m really enjoying caps lock at the moment, I must be over 40
- Ed is hard to top on RPO though, averaging a miserly 2.89
- Runs are where we have struggled this season, with only 2 players having made more than 100 runs (in 5 games)
- That being said, we have two players who seem very on edge in Jay (95 runs) and J Rod (99)
- Remember Sizzle? I miss Sizzle