Hun­gry Mud­dies hit straps with first win of the sea­son

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Star of the day: Aryan Singh

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