Mud­dies in box seat

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Courthouse Ho­tel Port Dou­glas C Grade cricket team only man­aged an hour of play on day one of their two day match against Ma­reeba.

Even that was a sur­prise with the tor­ren­tial rain that had fallen overnight and early morn­ing.

Opener Dave Joyce didn’t let the damp con­di­tions hold him back, with six fours and three sixes to fin­ish the day on 58 not out.

He was ably sup­ported by both Jack Goodall, who stayed un­til he was caught with the score on 38, and then by skip­per Steve Doble who an­chored the part­ner­ship un­til he too was caught with the score on 63.

Simon Cody (7no) was with Joyce at close of play with the Mud­dies at 2/76.

C Grade re­sumes play next Sun­day at the Port Dou­glas Sports Day at 8.30 (weather per­mit­ting).

The Mud­dies are hop­ing to con­sol­i­date their good start and then bowl the op­po­si­tion out to sal­vage at least the first in­nings points de­spite the de­layed start to the match.

The B Grade Mud­dies were more for­tu­nate with the weather.

With the pitch still very damp they man­aged to start on time at 1pm.

On the dif­fi­cult pitch the top or­der bat­ters Josh McCon­nell (17) and Nathan King (16) man­aged to get the Mud­dies to 4/44 be­fore Haigh Varcoe (43) and Kane Ue­ber­gang (46) fi­nally got to grips with the con­di­tions and guided the B Grade Mud­dies to a re­spectable 176.

Skip­per Nathan King was go­ing to declare in any case to have a crack at North’s top or­der in the fad­ing light.

The sun con­tin­ued to hide be­hind the low clouds giv­ing the bowlers some move­ment in the air but the bounce re­mained un­even and dif­fi­cult to read all day.

Norths strug­gled to 6/16 by the end of the day, prov­ing what a good to­tal the Mud­dies had ac­cu­mu­lated in their first in­nings.

Mat Mitchell, last week’s man of the match, bowled the Norths open­ing bats­men and fin­ished with 1/7 off seven overs.

Ben Vikionko­rpi took 3/6 off nine overs, Tony Good­ing took 1/1 in one over with a run out fin­ish­ing the tally for the day.

In a strong po­si­tion at the end of day one, the Mud­dies B Grade must look to fin­ish­ing Norths off early to get them in again to take a much needed out­right win to catch up the weather stricken start they ex­pe­ri­enced at the start of the sea­son.

B Grade con­tin­ues their game from 1pm on Sun­day at the Port Dou­glas sports ground im­me­di­ately af­ter the C Grade game.

Next week­end looks even bet­ter for fans with both teams sit­ting in the box seat for a win in both grades.

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