Match Facts: November 6 2016, Ramsden Street Oval, Clifton Hill
The Big Picture: With the first game of the season over and won, The Gasometer Quokkas have a bit of a spring in their step coming into this match. Futher, the game is at their new favourite ground; Ramsden Street, where they have been training ALL WINTER (may not be true).
It should be noted that The Quokkas got out of jail in the last game largely thanks to a hard-fought 30* from the Big Dog and a rather spectacular 30* from Snipper who hit a 6 off the last ball to win the game. That aside, the Quokkas did bowl well, dismissing the Terminus for 142 with no retirees. Ed may have taken a couple of catches too.
Interestingly, the last time the Quokkas played the Old Bar, they conceded ~141 runs before the Chef (44*) and J Rod (41*) steered them home.
Form Guide: The Quokkas come into this game with an actual win under their belts. You read it here first.
In the Spotlight: The Big Dog is coming off the second 35 of his YPCA career, including two 4s and one 6, which is something considering the conditions of the last game. He also took a wicket in his 2 overs for the cost of only 12 runs. Career form? Very possibly.
Jay comes in for his 8th YPCA game and 13th Quokkas match overall. Often given the new ball, largely based on his ability to actually bowl well and quickly, Jay is the only Quokka with more than 2 games to average 3 overs per game in YPCA matches. Remarkable, really.
Team News: It wouldn’t be a Quokkas game without a fair amount of change.
After hitting the winning runs last week, Snipper is out with South-Australian-related issues. His death-batting partner, Cat, is also out with parenting-related illness.
After confusing all and sundry with his availability, Local is actually playing now. Maybe.
Into the side comes Alex, Radar and J Rod, who add runs, wickets and run outs to the team.
The team at the time of writing is (in no particular order):
- Big Dog
- J Rod
- Bowl’en (c)
- Nickname AW
Pitch and Conditions: The Ramsden Street Oval offers plenty of bounce for the pub cricketer (who usually likes a short line on leg), which can be good for the leg-side fielder and bad for the people who have their cars parked on the western side of the field.
It looks like a lovely day at 21 degrees and little wind, which will make a welcome change from the last game in which Chef contracted pneumonia.
Stats and Trivia:
- The Revs 2 wickets for 21 runs in the last game took him to 21 career wickets. Spooky.
- Local is now on 249 career runs (at 16.6)
- Bowl’en cracked 50 career runs last week, here’s looking forward to the next 50 being scored this Sunday
- Ed, 707 career runs, is 3 off Dutchy for the club record. He also holds the club record for wickets (34 at 17.29), though this is being hunted by the man in form – The Big Dog (29 at 23.76)