Mud­dies poised

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

BOTH grades of the Port Dou­glas Mud­crabs cricket club might end up mak­ing the fi­nals of the Cairns competition.

The B-grade match against Mul­grave re­mains finely poised af­ter the first day’s play last Sun­day.

The Mud­dies knocked over the vis­i­tors for 124, but then lost four early wick­ets to fin­ish the day on 4/42.

Ben Vikionko­rpi was the best bowler for the Mud­dies, tak­ing four wick­ets, ably as­sisted by Daryl Mi­son with 3/15 and a fur­ther two wick­ets to Shel­don Walz.

“We need 83 runs, we’ve got six wick­ets left,” Mud­dies cap­tain Nathan King said. “If we play to our abil­ity, we can beat them, no wor­ries about that.”

“We’ve got a good chance of win­ning it again this year,” he said.

“We’ve only had one loss for the sea­son, against Rovers.”

The C-grade team won a wel­come for­feit when their op­po­nents Norths didn’t show up.

“I think they looked out of the win­dow and de­cided they couldn’t be both­ered show­ing up,” King said. “Norths were sec­ond on the lad­der and we were sixth, so they prob­a­bly fig­ured it wouldn’t make much dif­fer­ence.”

How­ever, be­cause the Mud­dies are still wait­ing to have points awarded fol­low­ing an ear­lier match, they may end up sneak­ing past North on the fi­nal lad­der and squeez­ing into the semi-fi­nals.

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