B-grade avoids out­right de­feat with fight­back

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

A DIS­AS­TROUS first in­nings per­for­mance of 52 all out left the Mud­dies B Grade star­ing down the bar­rel of an out­right de­feat at the hands of Cairns Norths from their home games last week.

Their fight back on day two held Norths to a first in­nings lead of 166 af­ter they bowled them out for 218 with David Coulthard lead­ing the bowl­ing fig­ures with 6-52 and Ben Vikionko­rpi sup­port­ing on 2-45.

This meant the dam­age had at least been lim­ited to a first in­nings loss.

It’s in­ter­est­ing to note had the op­po­si­tion skip­per not been so con­ser­va­tive with his de­ci­sion to pro­tect that first in­nings lead he may well have lived to re­gret it.

In fact, the Mud­dies sec­ond in­nings bore no re­sem­blance to the in­ef­fec­tual bat­ting seen in their first in­nings.

Ryan Th­waite, 30 and Glen Ives 27 put on a good dis­play in their open­ing part­ner­ship to build a base from which to claw the game back.

Then fol­lowed an in­nings that even at this early stage of the sea­son may well stand as one of the best of the year from David Coulthard who hit a cul­tured 92 not out be­fore the end of the day ul­ti­mately ended the match be­fore Coulthard could hit the magic fig­ure of 100.

The op­po­si­tion cap­tain had a smile on his face at the end of the game hav­ing jus­ti­fied his ul­tra care­ful ap­proach to what he ob­vi­ously knew was an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic first in­nings per­for­mance from The Mud­dies.

Their sec­ond in­nings was much more what the Mud­dies should be striv­ing to make their “norm” and had they achieved that on the first day, the smile would have been on the other side of the op­po­si­tion cap­tain’s face.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

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