Muddies make life difficult for themselves
THE Port Douglas Court House Mudcrabs have seen better days of play after finishing the first day of their two-day game in the C Grade Cricket Far North League last weekend. According to Captain Steve Doble they should have been more in control after having been on 5 for 90 in the 35th over only to collapse to 114 all out just 7 overs later in the 42nd over. A great game was played by Josh McConnell(18), Dave Joyce (16) and S.Miglioranza who just fell short of his half century when run out for 47 meant that there was a reasonable total to bowl at when opponents Rovers went to the crease. Opening bowlers Dave Joyce and Matt Schiesser struck in their second overs leaving Rovers on just 2 for 12 after 4 overs. The Muddies started a great game by applying early pressure which has become their trade mark for winning this season however they couldn’t break the resolve of Prest (24 not out) and Woolf (3 not out). They dug in and carefully played out the last 11 overs of the day finishing without further loss of wickets on a respectable 2 for 38. The Muddies opening bowlers will have to strike early again next week to test Rovers depth of batting and to reach their first target of a first innings lead. Only then will they be able to think about an outright win from the second innings. The second day will be played next Saturday 13th November at the Muddies home ground at the Port Douglas Sports Ground starting at 10am.