Muddies best team but still lose
THE C-grade Muddies dominated for most of their match against United but came up short in the end last weekend.
Sent into bat, the Muddies received their preferred option to get the runs on the board and defend their total, although with both openers back in the shade contributing a combined 10 runs, sundries were already playing a part and at that point had contributed a further 11.
Matt Muller looked surprised by his promotion to number three and was looking confident in the role on 8, finding the gaps for twos before being one of the six batsmen dismissed caught.
It was a welcome return to have Miglioranza in the team and he did not disappoint, attacking with 19 runs in five overs.
Grant Law (25 runs of 70 contributed while at the crease) also returned and was watchful in steadying the ship for 16 overs, combining with Darren Saint (17) in a partnership of 43.
Hilditch was presented with the need to quickly build runs with only seven overs left and he too fired off some great shots for seven in a fast partnership of 15, defiant against the improvement in line and length bowling by United at this stage of the match.
Pinch hitter Ryan managed 10 off the first over he faced, out in the second, and the Muddies finished their 30 overs with 9-125.
New recruit Kerrod Andrews is bound to be given more opportunity next week after being 0 not out, facing 0 balls, although his fielding was a highlight, showing skill and agility that unfortunately was not enough on its own to turn the match.
Muddies got early wickets, Walz opened 2-12 off six overs and Ryan 1-25 off six, with United going to drinks at 3-44 off 15, but with Laghari and Martin set, they returned and managed the run a ball ask although (on holidays from Tassie) Scheiser (3-17 off six overs), a Muddies veteran removed Laghari for 42 with United still needing 15 off five overs.
A couple of dropped catches off Martin (53no) when the score was closer to 100 may have been the best chance Muddies had of winning, as United had plenty of inexperience to come but it was not to be and Muddies relented losing the match despite probably playing the better two-thirds of the battle.
“Sometimes it makes us wonder as cricketers why we come back, but we always do - a love for the game, contributing to a team and the overall challenge,” captain Steve Doble said.
The C-grade Muddies play at home this Sunday against Mulgrave Pujabi, starting 12.30pm, and everyone is welcome.