Muddies on attack
AFTER winning the toss, the Muddies C-grade batted at home against a disciplined line-and-length attack from Mulgrave Punjabi and were 1-11 off seven overs in their 30-over a side one day clash last Sunday.
Darlington again opened the batting and built a fantastic innings void of his early season “big swings with no dings” as he went on to top score with 46.
His innings was controlled before unleashing his power late in the innings when Muddies were in a strong position, scoring three sixes off his last six-scoring shots.
Play was regularly held up by over-zealous and mainly unnecessary appealing from the opposition before the umpires gathered mid-pitch and instructed the Punjabis’ captain to control his team.
Muller batting as number three again contributed eight, but when dismissed at 2-22 a third of the way through their overs, skipper Doble did not hesitate in elevating pinch-hitter Bronson Ryan from number 11 to number four to try and get some real momentum.
The decision paid off with well-placed shots in short time amassing 25 of a 33-run partnership, 3-61 at the midway point.
Saint (11), Laws (nine), Hilditch (six) and new player Kerrod Andrews (six, who looked every bit a batsman) all realised a total over 120 was ideally needed and showed it by scoring their runs quickly, unafraid to sacrifice their wicket for the betterment of the team.
Sheldon Walz remained 16 not out with a massive six at the death, followed by Singh scoring three off the only ball he faced, leaving the Muddies 8-151.
Having seen the Punjabi batting earlier in the season, Doble encouraged the team that they were in for a lot of cross-bat shots and to remain focused, proven when Punjabi were on target at 1-50 off 11 overs.
Singh (0-11) bowled a luckless three overs, while Walz spun through his six overs for 2-29 and Ryan at one stage on a hattrick broke the opposition back returning 3-21.
Catching was sound with Doble taking two skied to mid-on, while Darlington and Law took sharp chances at slip and gully, the wicket-keeping of 15-year-old debutant Will Bendle also showed plenty of promise.
Hilditch (to the envy of some of his teammates) was tossed the ball with the Punjabis reeling at 6-85.
Spanked off his first ball, a full toss on leg and conceding 15 off four balls, Hilditch was left laughing with two wickets off the other two balls of his over, including a ball that swung, cut and bounced fiercely to clean bowl Punjabi number 10 for a duck.
Another wicket in his second over and just more runs off his next saw Hilditch buying 3-35 off three overs. Saint (1-28 off five) struggled with gripping the ball resulting in some easier shots to Punjabi, although he got a stumping reward in his fifth over to finish their innings, all out for 129, with their skipper stranded on 28 off 15 balls.
Watched by Muddies B-grade due to a wash-out, the boys really enjoyed their support and the Club took a great win to finish the year.
Next game will be a courageously combined B/C team fielded in the A-grade T20 competition under lights at Cazaly’s on January 6 at 6.30pm and B-grade will be playing at home on January 8 at 1pm, while the C-grade boys will venture to the unknown Kerribee Park at Mareeba also on January 8 at 1.30pm.
On the attack: Bronson Ryan almost scored a hat-trick on Sunday for the Muddies