With everyone keen for the summer to begin, the Quokkas brought much anticipation and excitement for the start of the cricket season. The weather was a bit on the colder side but this did not stop the new team members from bringing all of their visiting family and friends to Regent’s Park to view the sporting excellence that is known as the Quokkas. No pressure. Fielding practice began, went on and then finally ended even when the other team were asking “Where’s your skipper?” Finally after cursing faulty GPS’s and a couple of trips between the car to bring mountains of cakes and sandwiches for tea, the match started with the Whalers starting the batting.
The beginning was extraordinary, as a first ball wicket was bowled by new recruit Tickets and caught at mid-on by the Skip – what a start! Things looked rosy as Evil and Tickets poured on the pressure and the wickets continued to fall. After ten overs the Whalers were 3/55, an excellent performance with some good fielding (did we really need that practice?). Casey then struck while bowling into the wind, with a questionable waist high no-ball the batsmen lightly edged into the slips, that had the Quokkas adjusting their position on sportsmanship. This was quickly forgotten as the next ball clean bowled the new Whaler and now the Quokkas were thinking hat trick (has this ever happened in quokka history?). Nothing came of it but it was still an impressive stint on debut for Casey.
The Whalers continued to score heavily however, despite losing wickets. It seemed that if anything was hit it would somehow make its way to the short boundary. Persistent yet high scoring bowling continued for Yak, Attack, Egg, Faggy and Hairdresser along with a couple of dropped catches along the way (maybe we did need that practice). Well done to the Whalers for persisting in batting after their initial breakdown with good scores of 71, 37*, 25*, 20 and 18 to finish on 237 after the 35 overs.
After amazing teas (well done to everyone who helped) the Quokkas opened with Faggy and Snoop who definitely needed to get some cobwebs out of the system when calling runs. A clear LBW forced Faggy to depart with 11, while Evil (9) and Snoop were then both seen arguing at the same end forcing Snoop to walk off with 12. Short cameos from Skip (10) and Casey (13) added a few, but the highlight that is the Hairdresser kept the Quokkas afloat with a decent partnership with the Yak until slowly things dyed around him. In the end the Quokkas were all out with a respectable (but losing) 137 and Hairdresser wanting more on 54 not out.
In summary, the new Aussie contingent brought a new force and excitement to the Quokkas that will hotly anticipated for the Quokka Ashes in September and all in all the Quokkas showed glimmers of hope at both the bowling and batting ends. Hopefully we can produce a few wins this season as more games will bring out the best in all of us.
Bring on the next game.