Mud­dies out­classed

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE C-Grade Mud­dies bat­tled hard but in the end proved no match for a red hot Ma­reeba out­fit at the Port Dou­glas Sports Com­plex on Sun­day.

Chas­ing Ma­reeba’s first in­nings score of 8-315, Mud­dies open­ers Ryan Th­waite and Steve Doble set solid foun­da­tions in steamy con­di­tions with great shot se­lec­tion and leav­ing the right balls in a dis­ci­plined dis­play to their team mates.

At 0-60 in 58 min­utes off 16 overs Doble (26) again played the shot that saw his dis­missal in the first fix­ture and was caught be­hind.

Drinks were taken and Si­mon Cody as­sist­ing as a sub player strolled out to fol­low up on his 44 in B-grade round 1, but af­ter get­ting his eye in (seven off 36 balls) a swing­ing de­liv­ery re­moved his leg stump.

Ea­ger to be­gin his sea­son fol­low­ing a work-re­lated in­jury, Matt Coombe re­placed Cody only to be sent back LBW to a de­liv­ery which ap­peared to be drift­ing down leg side.

The hoodoo score of 87 had claimed two scalps and Dar­ling­ton, who has looked all the part of an ag­gres­sive stroke­maker, en­tered to a feisty spell from Ma­reeba’s cen­tury maker Stallen (6-16 off 10) scor­ing a bound­ary off his head evad­ing a short de­liv­ery be­fore be­ing sent back bowled off a well concealed slower ball.

The Mud­dies’ tail lasted longer than game one, but did not wag long enough to of­fer de­serv­ing sup­port to the in-form Th­waite who con­tin­ued to his per­sonal best for the Mud­dies over sev­eral years with 63 runs, yet he was the last wicket to fall at 9-131, one player short due to ill­ness and leav­ing a keen debu­tant Ma­claren stranded 0 not out off 0 balls.

Ma­reeba chose to par­tially re­verse their bat­ting or­der and the un­ortho­dox swat­ting shots of their tail took Mud­dies bowlers to the bound­ary nu­mer­ous times, with Hilditch and Dar­ling­ton cre­at­ing gal­lant at­tempts at tough catches.

It was a tough game with three play­ers only avail­able in week 1, then two play­ers ill week two, although Jack Goodall still at­tended and gave his best.

Ma­reeba’s team con­tained three ex A-Grade play­ers and this was ob­vi­ous with 750 runs in­clud­ing two back-to­back cen­tury mak­ers from their two games to date.

When asked why they did not play at a higher level, Doble stated they replied with “they were too old”.

“We will re­group, train harder, work on our men­tal prepa­ra­tion and look to de­liver a bet­ter form of game with a more bal­anced side from here on, af­ter all next week we will all be older too if that is the se­cret,” Doble said.

C-Grade play at home against United who have had very low scor­ing matches to date this Sun­day at 8.30am, fol­lowed by B-Grade com­ing off a bye at 1pm against Norths who have won one game and lost one.

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