Mud­dies on at­tack

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

On the at­tack: Bron­son Ryan al­most scored a hat-trick on Sun­day for the Mud­dies

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