Ordinary batting stumps Muddies
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.
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