Ju­niors put up brave fight

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE driz­zly weather couldn’t dampen the en­thu­si­asm of the Un­der 12 Mud­dies cricket team when they tack­led their ri­vals, the Tol­gana­tors from Ather­ton, at Moss­man High School on Satur­day.

De­spite both teams hav­ing to cram their skills into 19 overs each, due to the wet, par­ents and spec­ta­tors were able to watch some great cricket and the Mud­dies did them­selves proud de­spite miss­ing three val­ued play­ers.

Mud­dies took on the job of bat­ting first, do­ing a supreme job of mak­ing runs on the still boggy ground, 102 for the 19 overs with 4 wick­ets still in hand.

Hugo Walker (14 runs off 20 balls) was team cap­tain for the match and tied for top score runs with Levi Trewick, (14 runs off 17 balls.)

First-up bats­man, Luke Twomey put up a fair fight for his wicket but was even­tu­ally run-out af­ter gain­ing two runs from the Tol­gana­tor open­ing bowlers.

Reuben Al­li­son bravely took his place but was un­lucky to be caught out be­fore get­ting a chance to get off the mark.

Ex­pe­ri­enced bats­man Daniel David­son added 13 to the score, re­tir­ing af­ter fac­ing 26 balls.

Adon Trewick who was fill­ing in for miss­ing team mem­bers, part­nered his brother Levi, to con­trib­ute 11 off 14 balls, kept his wicket in­tact and re­tired.

Some tight bowl­ing from the Ather­ton team saw the next three bats­men, Nathan Deu­ble, Ash­ton Daven­port and Ryan Doble all bowled out be­fore they had an op­por­tu­nity to put big runs on their bat.

Bryce Fabi­ani put in a solid bat­ting ef­fort for the last cou­ple of overs, part­nered by re­tirees, hit­ting a nice four on the last ball, bring­ing the boys to a fin­ish on 7-102.

Con­tin­ued show­ers on the pitch called for skil­ful bowl­ing from the Mud­dies and their field­ing did not dis­ap­point ei­ther.

The Tol­gana­tors open­ing bats­man only got to face four of Deu­ble’s balls be­fore the team worked to­gether bril­liantly to ef­fect a run-out. Their next bats­man was putting runs on the board but David­son stopped him in his tracks with a caught and bowled.

More of the same was to come as Daniel and Levi again took spec­tac­u­lar catches off their own bowl­ing.

This was be­gin­ning to seem like the or­der of the day, un­til wick­ets stopped fall­ing and the Tol­gana­tors took ad­van­tage with some strong bat­ting quickly adding up their runs on the board.

Two of the more ju­nior play­ers de­cided this had to stop and took mat­ters into their own hands.

Ash­ton Daven­port used his bowl­ing prow­ess to set up two catches which were both skil­fully taken, de­spite the slip­pery con­di­tions, by Reuben Al­li­son.

This put the Mud­dies in bet­ter spir­its and as a team they were again able to ef­fect a run-out with Hugo Walker’s bowl­ing.

With only the strong­est Ather­ton bat­ters re­main­ing, Bryce ended the game on a fine note tak­ing a wicket with the last ball of the day.

The Mud­dies lost by only 31 runs, a heroic ef­fort against the ex­pe­ri­enced Table­land play­ers.

Act­ing coach Doug Barnes had ev­ery rea­son to be proud of all the boys.

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