Tail enders put up a fight
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.
Big bash: Bronson Ryan helped save the innings