Hungry Muddies hit straps with first win of the season
The C-Grade Muddies wrapped up their first win of the season beating United by 44 runs after club groundsmen worked overtime to prepare the pitch after the unseasonal weather of last week.
Openers Ryan and Miglioranza bowled with discipline in seven and eight-over opening spells to return 2-37 off 16 overs for Ryan and then with Miglioranza bowling the final two overs of the United innings to take the last wicket with figures of 3-25 off 14 overs.
It was the excellent line and length of Aryan Singh who stole the show though in just his second game in Australia, taking wickets in his first over followed by two in his fourth over and an eighth over wicket maiden to finish with 4-18 off a 10 over spell.
Fielding was very good throughout the United innings, creating numerous difficult chances, but most importantly keeping the opposition batsmen under pressure and not really allowing any partnerships to develop.
Captain Doble said he was “wrapped with the energy shown to win, real hunger and purpose, plenty of support for the team and our team mates, rather than senseless banter or sledging, which is attracting Association scrutiny for some clubs.
This is something the team must uphold for the rest of the season if they are to put away that first game defeat, followed by the carnage of an under graded Mareeba in round two - energy and purpose.
United were all out for 130, with a 32-run stand for the ninth wicket the only shining light, but some 44 runs short overall, allowing 30 minutes for Muddies to give some opening experience to Darlington 13 and Coombe following on from his improved first innings of 26 with another 23, leaving Muddies 3-47 at the end of play.
Most other fixtures for C-Grade were already classed wash out draws, so the win will assist in the race for points.
Barron River at Crathern Park, Trinity Beach is the next challenge, a team Muddies have beaten every time in the past two seasons and will be looking to repeat as they continue to build their momentum.
Starting 8.30am, players are to meet at 7am at Craiglie. Training is at Port Douglas Sports Ground Tuesday and Thursday after 4pm, new players very welcome. Also look out for the planned Trivia night on November 25.
Star of the day: Aryan Singh