From Captain Jay…
O dim delicious heaven of dreams-
The land of boyhood’s dewey glow-
Again I hear your torrent streams
Through purple gorge and valley flow,
Whilst fresh the mountian breezes blow.
Above the air smites sharp and clear-
The silent lucid spring it chills
But underneath, move warm amidst
The bases of the hills.
– Joh O’Donnell (1837-1874)
Gippsland is a curious place. It looks like Ireland; every place is named with a nod to Mother Ireland and much like our QCC, the Irish-Australian folk willfully attempt cricket.
After several country lattes (premix bourbon and cokes) and an inner urban hunt for some match balls, the splendid site that is Nerrena Recreation ground rolled up from the hills to meet Radar’s 2005 Mazda 3 like a cricketing mirage.Picture perfect, a lush outfield and solid locals on the lawn.
Nerrena’s captain ‘Irish’ Brian and I met at the center where QCC suffered the first lost toss of the year (0/1).
Sensing the Quokkas wished to bat first due to widespread, general and overwhelming fitness concerns Brian kindly sent the Quokkas out for a bowl.
Nick Name AW was tossed the new ball.
The captain favoring his late, subtle swing, solid line and wanton pace in these conditions.
Determined to run a competitive and tight field, captain, bowler and catcher (Ed) were rewarded just 5 balls into the innings with the scalp of Nerrena’s captain – Big ‘Irish’ Brian – a duck off 4 tightly held balls.
This was the start we were after. Sun is shining, catches being held, fielding is at times inspirational. T’is was happy Quokkas.
Ed (caught Dutchy – behind) and Big Dog (catch at short cover by Nick) struck in quick succession..
Then came the retirements, 4 in all.. (scores of 38 and 39) followed by a few guys that just wanted a walk in the sun before retiring – rotating the batting in a great gesture of sportsmanship from the Nerrena 11.
Some excellent bowling from Nick, Local, Ed, Big Dog, and Rev and some tight fielding left the Quokkas with little reward at drinks.. 3/91
Post drinks, Nerrena with batsman in the shed had begun to stride out before Big Dog (QCC’s in form strike bowler) and local (put’n on the pace) struck, followed by some pressure from Tuesday QCC slowed Nerrena to a mere trickle before the end of their innings.
Nerrena – 5/166
F.O.W – Possibly tells the story best;
1/1, 2/33, 3/37, 4/150, 5/161
Fielding/Bowling – Special Mentions:
Big Dog: Brought on as strike bowler with immediate success in both spells. In form bowler of the season so far, great flight!
Rev: Managing to get under a sky ball, miss it entirely and knock himself out in the process. (Glad the neck is better now mate! )
Nick AW: Inspired positivity, and fielding at short cover – Kept QCC spirits up all day (Especially between 2/37 and 4/150).
With some serious health concerns over Rev’s fielding fall the opening batting position was left open.
After some general avoiding of eye contact from most in the QCC Local stepped up and took the bull by the.. rib eye.
Local combined with Radar to get QCC off to the start it needed!
Shano then tried to steady the ship for an over but was eventually caught – Bowlin 6/12
After a perfect start (1/26) this was now familiar QCC territory (3/37).
Tuesday and Jay (C) took a vow to hold the fort which resulted in some test match like batting from the pair as they put on 40 odd runs at a steady rate.
On 25 Tuesday, generally bored of watching the ball on to the bat tried to unsuccessfully put a yorker into the bass straight (62km away). It was 4/90
Jay missing Tuesday’s company played on off his thigh.. now 4/92.
Dutchy, Alex, Ed, Cat and Big Dog tried in vain to bail the water but the ship was sinking..
Good tight bowling/fielding from Nerenna did the Quokkas in on this occasion.
Restricting QCC to a slower than required run rate Nerrena held QCC to end on 8/145.
The Country folk rolled us again!
Great day in the sun in a beautiful part of the world.
Cricket was the winner today (and Nerrena)
Tuesday 25 / 31
Big Dog 8/8*
* Not Out