Sunday, October 19, Alfred Crescent Start Time 1pm (AEST)
Another big summer of cricket commences this weekend for The Quokkas, who have had a much lower-key off season than in recent seasons. They can only hope that this results in a better start than in recent times, the last two seasons commenced with big interstate losses in Tasmania (to The Royal Oak Hotel) and in South Australia (to The Heapsgood XI).
The usual mix of retirements and disappearences have occurred in the off season, with some new and old faces returning too. Of the new bunch, Snipper and Chef show real promise and even commitment, which will be handy given the packed schedule ahead.
Of the familiar faces, Radars return from the USA is a real boon for the Quokkas, given he can open the batting and the bowling and is just a really good bloke in general.
The schedule itself will see the Quokkas compete in (at least) 12 matches, including 4 non-YPCA games.
In all, it’s a big season ahead and it kicks off this weekend against the YPCA new (and unknown) boys; The Terminus.
The Terminus: n/a
In the Spotlight
Radar is Captain in this, his first game back in the mighty Maroon. Unseen for a year while smashing ear drums and realities all over the USA, the bowler in tight denim has been right into pre-season; throwing down unplayable leggies, screaming seamers and destroying the odd car or two with the one that goes OVER the net.
With the need for more players, especially younger ones, more dire than ever; Snipper is a welcome addition. Unfairly, he seems able to bat, bowl and field. AND his girlfriend bakes fresh scones. It’s all a bit unfair really.
Quokkas XI (probable):
- Radar (c)
- Big Dog
- Curto (w/k)
Pitch and Conditions
The last time the Quokkas graced Alfred Crescent local was the semi-finals of the Big Day Not Out in which The Phantoms bowling was pogo-d all over the neighbourhood.
It’s also the ground where, under Radar’s captaincy (and Rowdy’s 87* off 23), the Quokkas hit over 260 runs in a 25-over match. Aside from the memories of the run-fiesta, this ground is a favourite of the Maroon army due to its central location & for having a playground that small children can be locked in for hours.
The lackadaisical streakers are always a treat too.
Sunday is expected to be a dry 28 degrees, so similar to the run-fest of 2012, though without the Quiet man.
Stats and Trivia
- This will be The Big Dogs 33rd match for The Quokkas, quite fitting given his Irish accent;
- Ed (366 runs) is marginally behind Dutchy (369) in regards to total runs, with the Dutchman out with Bread and Butter Pudding related illness, this is “Le Coqs” big chance to move to 2nd on the all-time runs list;
- Radars statistics are quite binary: 12 matches, 11 innings, 112 runs, 11 fours and 1 six
“The last time I played (baseball) at JL Murphy Reserve it ended in a bench clearing brawl and a member of the opposition subsequently being charged with assault. Any correlation between this event and my prior pitch decking the batter is purely coincidental”