Vic­tory slips through fin­gers of Mud­dies

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE C-grade Mud­dies ven­tured up the range to a dusty, straw white wicket at Ker­ribee Park, Ma­reeba on Sun­day to play the lo­cal un­beaten team.

Blessed with an over­sup­ply of play­ers, the Mud­dies fielded a strong side while still of­fer­ing op­por­tu­nity to young emerg­ing play­ers like Ben Shrimp­ton.

Win­ning the toss, the for­mula of bat­ting first back­fired early with B-grade opener Ryan Th­waite fall­ing to a poor off­side shot for 0 prior to opener sam Evans and in-form bats­man Dar­ling­ton team­ing for a well-paced 94-run part­ner­ship, the lat­ter first to fall at 63 af­ter some lusty blows in­clud­ing a lost ball clear­ing the fence out of the park.

Evans went on to con­trib­ute 33 al­low­ing Miglio­ranza (34) and Gaul (28) to put on a 57-run part­ner­ship to leave Mud­dies with an im­pres­sive 5-174 off their 30 overs.

Strong per­former Chan­dra was se­lected to open the bowl­ing with his slow spin in the ab­sence of fel­low In­dian Aryan Singh who be­came an un­em­ploy­ment statis­tic in Port, mov­ing to the Sun­shine Coast and Chan­dra rel­ished the op­por­tu­nity bowl­ing Ma­reeba’s opener in his first over fol­lowed by some very close LBW ap­peals and some poor dropped catches from his team­mates.

Ma­reeba were 2-69 af­ter 15, with Saint who again strug­gled with length man­ag­ing one bowled, Ma­reeba’s other opener for 30.

On pa­per Mud­dies looked in com­plete con­trol, but they knew that un­der graded 1st Grade Ma­reeba play­ers were still to come in the bat­ting or­der.

Af­ter drinks, skip­per Doble was chal­lenged in mak­ing bowl­ing de­ci­sions given the poor form of Saint, an in­jured Shrimp­ton and the max­i­mum of six overs im­posed un­der the 30/30 rules.

Gaul was handed the op­por­tu­nity and Stallen, with two cen­turies un­der his belt, loved the op­por­tu­nity, tak­ing 35 off his two overs leav­ing Doble again short in the bowl­ing stakes, even­tu­ally re­sult­ing in a loss, de­spite a late or­der resur­gence from Miglio­ranza (2-27) who took bowl­ing hon­ours for both teams.

The re­al­ity how­ever is that Mud­dies did have their op­por­tu­ni­ties to cre­ate an up­set win with at least three or four catches that should have been taken spilt, and a few tighter chances not be­ing up­held, de­spite the bowl­ing woes.

To date the side has fielded 27 dif­fer­ent play­ers for the sea­son and this lack of sta­bil­ity has not helped a cou­ple of bat­ting col­lapses and some poor catch­ing.

Fur­ther changes are likely this week with B-grade seek­ing some re­place­ments.

C-grade play at home in Port Dou­glas against a strug­gling Bar­ron River who two years ago bragged about never los­ing to us, some­thing that has been en­tirely re­versed ever since.

The game starts at 1.30pm with spec­ta­tors wel­come and re­fresh­ments avail­able.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

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