Mud­dies best team but still lose

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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