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.