B-grade avoids outright defeat with fightback
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.
Celebration: Josh McConnell takes a slips catch to the delight of teammates