Fairfield Oval, Fairfield
The Big Picture:
Happy New Year.
The Quokkas come into 2019 in unknown territory, having won all of the Pub League matches that they played in at the end of 2018.
This game is being played against a team being made up of (largely) Rainbow Hotel players, but is being completed with players from the Terminus and the Curtin. All 3 pubs are among our favourites to spend Sunday afternoons with, so it should be good fun.
The Quokkas will be looking to kick off 2019 in the way they finished 2018, while having fun along the way.
The rules of Pub League cricket are egalitarian, but heavily in favour of the batters, with no LBWs, first ball free hits etc. With that in mind, its particularly impressive that The Quokkas now seem to be a bowling side, having bowled out their opponents in each game this season.
Further, The Quokkas are only conceding 6.42 runs per over and taking a wicket every 17.6 runs; or one wicket taken for less than 3 overs bowled.
Mixed all-sorts: n.a
In the Spotlight:
The Quokkas TFB (Token Fast Bowler), Jay, comes into this game as Captain; mostly because he was so keen to get an extra game in January that those in Quokkas HQ approved it so long as he organised the whole thing himself.
Which he has done with typically positive energy.
The TFB is in fine form this season, averaging 28 with the bat and 21 with the ball.
After a few years of playing commitments interrupted by wine, and not necessarily in the good way, Tuesday is a welcome inclusion to the team.
The big-hitting left hander has looked very comfortable in the nets, and in the Members on Day 3. Good warm ups.
Once again, we come into the game with more than enough players ‘available’, though what this translates to will probably be another Sunday morning of doing the ring-around to make sure we have XI.
The team, at the time of writing, is:
- Jay (c)
- Radar (wk)
- Big Dog (protecting his bowling hand)
Pitch and Conditions:
The Quokkas return to the refurbished surface for Fairfield, a happy hunting ground for them from days of yore. Also, a less happy hunting ground for those that played in the game when the Curtin held 7 of the craziest catches ever, essentially performing gymnastics yet still holding them.
We are experiencing peak Melbourne at the moment, with the weather going from 42 degrees, to 21 (with rain), to 23 on game day. A good chance that the ground will be fast and dry.
Stats and Trivia:
- Radar is up to 478 YPCA runs and is averaging 31 this season, so is a good chance to become the 5th member of the 500-run club this week if given the opportunity
- The TFB, with 19 YPCA wickets, is 1 off joining the 20+ wickets club as its 8th member and draw level with J Rod
- This match will be Tuesdays 20th for the Quokkas and with 26 dismissals (catches + runs outs / stumpings) has the chance to go ahead of Dutchy (26) and catch up to the leader in Curto (29)
- Ed (983 career YPCA runs) is 17 off becoming the second member of the 1,000 run club. With a career average of 37, and a strike rate of 1.7 this season, he should get there in the second over