Muddies in box seat
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.