Match Report courtesy of our captain on the day, Dutchy…
The first hit out for the Quokkas was to be against the Curtain, traditional rivals, in as much as we were playing against them and we had played them before. Hence the tradition.
The Curtain threw the first tactical punch by turning up well before us and proceeded to warm up, whilst we were still in the process of, err, turning up.
Not to be out done we stymied their naive efforts by denying them beer; a tactic obviously on target as they sulked around listlessly.
New face Clamp and Jazzron opened the batting and gave us a solid start. Almost too solid, as memories of last season’s closer Tavare/Boycott efforts started to seep in and the natives were starting to get restless but Clamp and Jazz opened up and got the runs ticking. Greg soon followed and after Clamp finished off his masterful 41 with a Six, was joined by J-Bomb. These two then proceeded to liven things up with the willow.
Gregor fell and I joined J-Bomb and from memory i was supporting J-Bomb’s efforts by trying to make him run three’s and four’s as often as possible.
J-Bomb followed the team plan and also ended his knock with a Six.
Rev and Rob kept things moving along and new faces Paris, Tiger and Curto did likewise.
Pup got a golden duck but it shouldn’t count as it was to a bowler wearing 3/4 length jeans and a New Romantics haircut.
A total of 133 which must be close to our highest score (that i know of?) and quite defendable.
In the meantime Jazzron had been cooking up a storm and the team’s new signature dish, grilled dim sims, were introduced to Oooo’s and Aaaah’s. MasterChef Quokka award going to Sarina.
We took the field, ignoring the Curtains’ whimperings about the heat.
I decided to engage a captaincy masterstroke of only bowling our openers for one over each and keeping them for later in the game; a masterstroke i only became fully aware of when it was pointed out to me later in the game. We struck early, and then relatively regularly knocking over their top order and subduing the runs but the Curtain bit back and by halftime they had racked up 78. Things were looking tight. After drinks we spread the field outwards, inwards and sideways. This ply seemed to work, helped along by their best bat reaching 30 and leaving the arena.
This allowed us to make inroads again and stem the flow of runs. The Curtain were choking under the pressure but required less than a run a ball. Tiger demonstrated why it IS wise to wear shoes whilst bowling, but not surfing. Their best bat soon returned after we had knocked over the tenth wicket and promptly proceeded to send a Jazzron thunderbolt down Paris’s throat on the deep leg boundary.
The relief was palpable.
Not so palpable to ‘il Capitano’ as I proceeded to rev the team up in the middle to get the next wicket. Just one minor problem; Our victory had robbed us of the opportunity to take twelve-for!
In summary, a great team effort. Consistency was the key, with some outstanding performances by Clamp and J-Bomb with the willow, Jazz with the gloves and the BBQ, Solid performances by the other rookies Curto, Paris and Tiger. More consistent bowling and fielding including some great catches by Pup and Paris plus two run-outs by the men wearing gloves (another Quokka innovation) brought the win home