Tail en­ders put up a fight

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Mud­dies C-Grade out­fit proved their tails can wag with the best of them at the Port Dou­glas Sports Com­plex on Sun­day.

The Mud­dies won the toss against United and chose to bat de­spite the pitch look­ing to favour bowl­ing and af­ter four soft dis­missals leav­ing the score at 4-28 it again looked like a plan gone wrong.

Bats­men found it dif­fi­cult to drive with both side­ways move­ment off the pitch and a vari­able some­times pop­ping bounce.

Matt Coombe came to the crease and with keen ap­pli­ca­tion, mov­ing early and smoth­er­ing the ball with bat and pad he man­aged to ar­rest the col­lapse.

At the other end Damien Dar­ling­ton suc­cumbed to the pres­sure of­fer­ing an­other sim­ple catch with the team score at 5-43.

Mov­ing down from B-Grade, Shel­don Walz worked hard at the crease with Coombe, both steady­ing the ship and cer­tainly giv­ing the Mud­dies a chance to re­deem a to­tal closer to three fig­ures, con­tribut­ing a part­ner­ship of 39 in 11 overs to be 6-82 at the fall of Walz, caught for 16.

Bat­ting in his de­but in­nings for the Mud­dies, Vik Chan­dra was quick to of­fer sup­port to Coombe (29) who fell shortly af­ter to what fi­nally was a hard catch for Ma­reeba, rather than the easy ones pre­sented to date, leav­ing the Mud­dies at 7-94.

Hilditch as­sisted with seven be­fore an­other North In­dian Aussie Aryan Singh (11) walked to the crease to join Chan­dra.

The two were very con­trolled, as­sist­ing one an­other to con­cen­trate whilst tak­ing the to­tal to a re­spectable 9-128.

Skip­per Steve Doble, who was per­form­ing the role of um­pire in the ab­sence of a CFN supplied ad­ju­di­ca­tor, men­tioned to Chan­dra that his num­ber 11 part­ner Bron­son Ryan was not likely to “stick around” in de­fence, although his of­fence may well see a quick­fire 30 or so and that is ex­actly what hap­pened.

Chan­dra worked hard in de­fence and of­fered the strike to Ryan who con­trib­uted five bound­aries to tally 37 in the 45-run part­ner­ship be­fore be­ing bowled as the only Mud­die not caught.

Chan­dra re­mained not out on a fan­tas­tic stint at the crease with 21, af­ter en­ter­ing at 6-82.

Mud­dies were all out for 173, left them five overs to bowl.

They went all out at­tack against the United open­ers who were merely look­ing to sur­vive and off the last ball of the fifth over Dar­ling­ton took a close in sim­ple chance off Ryan.

At 1-7 United will have a tough task on an out­field that is start­ing to slow again with wa­ter­ing and sun­shine en­cour­ag­ing grass growth and length.

Photo by MAR­TINE COTTON

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