Mud­dies no crabs at the bat­ting crease

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE B-Grade Mud­dies se­cured first in­nings points in their first two-day match with their de­mo­li­tion of In­n­is­fail last week­end.

In­n­is­fail won the toss and elected to bowl, Dou­glas opened up with Sam Evans and Shane Palmer (play­ing in his last game for the club due to re­lo­cat­ing for work) when the first wicket fell on 13 runs with Evans be­ing bowled for 3.

Cap­tain Nathan King came in at num­ber three and to­gether with Palmer put on a 33 run part­ner­ship be­fore Palmer was caught at deep mid off for 26 with the score 2/46.

This bought ’’Golden Arm" Keith Tay­lor to the crease at num­ber four where he com­bined with King for an im­por­tant 73 run part­ner­ship when King was ad­judged lbw for 56 with the score 3/119.

Haig Varcoe came in at num­ber five re­turn­ing to the club af­ter a sea­son off due to work com­mit­ments and added 10 to his tally be­fore be­ing bowled with a score 4/142.

With Tay­lor still bat­ting solidly Daniel Har­ris joined him in the mid­dle and de­cided to stamp his author­ity on the game where he then pro­ceeded to hit the In­n­is­fail at­tack to all parts of the ground mak­ing a quick­fire 59 not out in­clud­ing 5 sixes.

With the score on 4/222 and Tay­lor mak­ing his well made 51 not out King de­clared to un­leash his fresh fast bowl­ing line up on the tired In­n­is­fail top or­der and with 13 overs in the first days play re­main­ing the Mud­dies wasted no time in pick­ing up there first wicket in the 5th over with new re­cruit Ben Vikionko­rpi clean bowl­ing the In­n­is­fail opener.

The flood gates were then opened with Matt Mitchell and Daryl Mi­son also pick­ing up wick­ets to have In­n­is­fail in trou­ble at 4/8 at the end of the first days play.

The weather threat­ened the sec­ond days play but the Mud­dies were keen to take early wick­ets and se­cure first in­nings.

Matt Mitchell com­bined with Vikionko­rpi (3/6) ripped through a shell shocked In­n­is­fail bat­ting line up to have them bowled out for a to­tal of 17 in 25 overs with Mitchell fin­ish­ing with man of the match fig­ures of 10 overs 10 maid­ens 6 wick­ets for no runs.

The Court House Ho­tel Port Dou­glas C Grade Mud­crabs just failed to take the first in­nings points in their two day game at the Port Dou­glas Sports ground against Rovers on Satur­day.

On Day One, the Mud­dies had failed to score enough in their first in­nings fin­ish­ing with just 114 all out de­spite a promis­ing start by the top or­der bat­ters. Rovers re­sumed Day Two on 2 for 38 but de­spite a solid all round ef­fort by the Mud­dies bowlers, they slowly but re­lent­lessly closed in on their tar­get suc­cess­fully fin­ish­ing their first in­nings on 124 all out, a lead of 10 runs to take first in­nings points.

Mud­dies star for the day was Palmer who fin­ished with 4 for 21 off 13 overs, with Dave Joyce adding to his sea­sons im­pres­sive haul with an­other 2 for 48 off 13 overs, and Matty Schiesser who pro­duced 2 for 23 off 11 overs.

How­ever, the dam­age was done by Rovers num­ber 3 bats­man, Prest who scored an ex­cel­lent 51 be­fore be­ing caught by Simeon Miglio­ranza off Simon Cody. So with an hour and half still left of the day, the Mud­dies went in again to see if there were any bonus points to be sal­vaged.

The crowd was en­ter­tained by open­ers Dave Joyce and Josh McCon­nell who put on a pow­er­ful dis­play of big hit­ting reach­ing 54 in just 6 overs be­fore Joyce was caught on 32 hav­ing hit two sixes and three fours in his in­nings. McCon­nell con­tin­ued the on­slaught fin­ish­ing his in­nings of 36 hav­ing hit 4 fours and a six be­fore be­ing caught be­hind.

Ryan (31) and Car­ling (11) also hit well and the Mud­dies fin­ished on 8 for 118 at the close of a dis­ap­point­ing day, with spe­cial­ist bats­man Marty Tran­ter putting his hand up to open the in­nings next week with a solid 3 not out.

This was the Mud­dies C Grade first de­feat of the sea­son and il­lus­trated the need for the team to build on the early work bat right through to num­ber 11 if they are to keep their win­ning mo­men­tum go­ing.

Simeon Miglio­ranze was awarded the Rat­tle n Hum Man of the Match Award.

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