Mud­dies mix it with top Twenty20 teams

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

The Mud­dies played their sec­ond dou­ble­header of the 20/20 A Grade com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son at Grif­fiths Park in Cairns on Satur­day.

Game one went ac­cord­ing to plan when Bar­ron Rover won the toss and elected to bat while Mud­dies’ stand in skip­per Keith Tay­lor was keen to take to the field.

Tay­lor’s bowlers de­liv­ered from the first over as Vikionkopi struck with his fourth ball thanks to a beau­ti­ful catch down leg side by wicket keeper Jack Goodall.

The bowlers main­tained a tight grip on the game with the stand­out per­for­mance com­ing from Dar­ryl Mi­son who took 3 for 17 in 4 overs, just fail­ing to get a hat trick when clean­ing up the mid­dle or­der.

Vikionko­rpi (2-9 off four overs) and Kane Uber­gang (1-10 off four overs) stran­gled the Bar­ron River bat­ters early, ably as­sisted by Joyce (2-14 off four overs) and Car­ling (0-8 off two overs) who kept a tight line al­low­ing Tay­lor (1-3 off just four balls) to fin­ish Bar­ron River’s in­nings on just 63 runs.

By the eighth over the Mud­dies’ open­ers, Uber­gang and Joyce, were al­most half way to the to­tal when Uber­gang mist­imed his shot and was caught.

Josh McCon­nell came to the wicket look­ing de­ter­mined and pushed the score along even af­ter Joyce had pulled a ham­string and been caught.

The Mud­dies had a mid­dle or­der wob­ble with Migliorenza and Goodall go­ing cheaply. Sammy Evans joined in the fun with a quick fire 10, and af­ter McCon­nell had been caught, helped to reach the to­tal with the skip­per Keith Tay­lor achiev­ing the sea­son’s first win in the 20/20 style of cricket.

Dar­ryl Mi­son was awarded the um­pires man of the match.

Head­ing into Game Two and con­fi­dence was high, but the venue changed to Grif­fiths 2 where the Mud­dies have al­ways strug­gled to win, gain­ing no­to­ri­ety as a bo­gey ground for the club.

The Mud­dies bat­ted first and all looked com­fort­able af­ter amass­ing a rea­son­able to­tal of 6 for 108 af­ter their 20 overs were com­pleted. Top scor­ers were Vikinko­rpi (22), Uber­gang (22) and Dar­ryl Mi­son (23 not out) with Sammy Evans chip­ping in with 12 and Jack Goodall not out at the end on 13.

How­ever arch ri­vals United set about the task from the open­ing over and kept their mo­men­tum go­ing through­out the in­nings de­spite los­ing March in just the third over.

Free­body played the in­nings of the match ably sup­ported by Davis (19) scor­ing 40 be­fore Steve Doble caught him off Dar­ryl Mi­son.

But the dam­age had been done and United cruised home in the 16th over at 5-113.

Next Satur­day sees the fifth and sixth rounds of the A Grade 20/20 com­pe­ti­tion in Cairns, and then on Sun­day the Mud­dies B Grade team is back at home in one day ac­tion at the Port Dou­glas Sports Com­plex from 10am.

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