Or­di­nary bat­ting stumps Mud­dies

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

AF­TER los­ing the toss, Mud­dies C grade were put in the field to play sec­ond-placed Rovers at home on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The 30/30 one-day match was slow to start, with some tight but wicket-less bowl­ing by Singh and Ryan see­ing the vis­i­tors to 0-8 af­ter four overs.

Both open­ers re­turned for sec­ond spells that saw re­turns of 0-11 by Singh off the al­lot­ted max­i­mum six overs and a fruit­ful 3-23 for Ryan, in­clud­ing two good catches by Ryan and Doble.

It was Chan­dra who got the ini­tial break­through, firstly via a run-out, fol­lowed by per­son­ally bowl­ing Rovers’ num­ber three bats­man. Spin­ner Walz dis­missed the key Rovers’ opener when he was look­ing set on 30, although Walz’s fig­ures of 2-42 did not do jus­tice to his chal­leng­ing length and speed through the air.

At drinks, Rovers were 4-70 and Mud­dies did well to con­tain them to 9-148 with four wick­ets fall­ing in the last five overs.

Mud­dies’ open­ers Doble and Evans were chal­lenged by some ex­cel­lent line and length giv­ing them lit­tle to leave and af­ter one bound­ary Evans (12) was ad­judged LBW to a foot crush­ing yorker on leg stump.

Doble (2) was some­what un­lucky to get LBW to a ball Rovers’ field­ers said would have missed a sec­ond set of stumps and The Mud­dies were look­ing shaky af­ter 0-20 to be 4-28, with the in­form Dar­ling­ton (2) caught at slip and Gaul, with a six off his third ball, caught on the fourth ball he faced.

Daniel Har­ris (12) oc­cu­pied the crease for six overs and Muller fol­low­ing con­sec­u­tive ducks also looked set for five overs com­pil­ing 13 be­fore be­ing bowled af­ter drinks.

Four ducks left Chan­dra stranded on two off 21 balls, all out for 65 with 14 overs to spare.

Skip­per Doble com­mended the Rovers’ bowlers but lamented his side’s bat­ting.

“Our bat­ting was ap­palling with ba­si­cally only three bats­men valu­ing their wicket, this ul­ti­mately cost us a game where con­di­tions would have al­lowed a tight end to the run chase,” he said.

Mud­dies play United at Cazaly’s Sta­dium on Sun­day at 8.30am and some for­tu­nate play­ers may ben­e­fit from test­ing the ground un­der lights for an A-grade T20 bash at 6.30pm to­mor­row in which The Mud­crabs field a com­bined B/C Grade team to take on the top level in Far North Cricket - free en­try for spec­ta­tors with Ju­nior T20 games at 4.30pm on­wards.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

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