Mud­dies set for out­right

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Mud­dies B-grade out­fit are primed for a crack at out­right vic­tory in their two-day match against United.

Skip­per, Nathan King has won ev­ery toss for the year and cho­sen to bowl.

But his team were keen to pull the pads on first af­ter an­other coin landed his way last Satur­day.

Af­ter in­ces­sant rain caused the cov­ers to re­main in place for longer than usual, the pitch was slow, pro­vid­ing some dif­fi­cult con­di­tions for open­ers King and Th­waite.

De­spite this, the out­field was light­ning fast and gave full value for shots which al­lowed the open­ing pair to es­tab­lish a strong part­ner­ship.

Af­ter 16 overs and with the score on 47, Th­waite was caught off the bowl­ing of Bartholomew for 16.

Palmer joined King and was play­ing some nice straight drives be­fore los­ing con­cen­tra­tion and play­ing a poor shot to be caught on 18.

Var­coe, who made 68 last week, was in great form but was con­tro­ver­sially caught be­hind for 14 with the score on 4-112.

Mean­while, King was ac­cu­mu­lat­ing the runs mak­ing 41 off 76 balls be­fore be­ing trapped in front, LBW from the bowl­ing of Mar­shall.

Mc­connell strode to the crease and hit top gear, play­ing some beau­ti­ful drives and be­ing well sup­ported by Tay­lor.

Af­ter a valu­able part­ner­ship of 46 (36 of these from the bat of Mc­connell), an out­side edge from Mc­connell’s bat sent him back to the pav­il­ion.

Tay­lor con­tin­ued to play an an­chor­ing role with 28 off 87 balls, but Koch re­moved him with the score on 199.

First time player, Alex Ben­dle, came in at num­ber 11 and fin­ished with seven not out as the Mud­dies score to­talled 209 af­ter 66.2 overs of play.

With time enough for five overs be­fore stumps, King un­leashed Ben Vikionko­rpi who had snared 14 wick­ets in the pre­vi­ous match.

While he was eco­nom­i­cal with 0-2 off three overs, it was the first gamer, Ben­dle, who struck the blow, re­mov­ing Tat­ter­sall for a duck with a caught and bowled.

At stumps the Mud­dies are in a strong po­si­tion with United 1-2 and a run yet to be scored off the bat.

The C-grade Mud­dies one­day match against Bar­ron River was washed out af­ter Bar­ron failed to pre­pare the pitch.


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