Mud­dies put win­ning runs on the board

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE C-grade Mud­dies stuck to the for­mula of “runs on the board” by bat­ting first in their 30/30 clash at home against Bar­ron River on Sun­day.

Play­ing on a hard, dry home deck that ap­peared to of­fer an even, well-rolled grass cover for the bats­men, al­beit at one end, with some de­vel­op­ing cracks likely to pro­duce some un­even bounce.

But the pitch of­fered no great bounce and the first three Mud­dies bats­men found them­selves out early from the slow pace of the pitch, the ball not “com­ing onto” the bat, plac­ing the team 3-22 af­ter seven overs.

Matt Muller at four part­nered with Ker­rod An­drews to in­crease the run rate and stave off wick­ets.

Tak­ing the team to­tal to 48 within a fur­ther four overs, Muller was caught on his 16th ball for 12, with An­drews hav­ing just hit a six the wick­ets were still a worry, but the run rate was look­ing bet­ter.

The first three balls Saint (6) faced were wides and his lusty out­field hit­ting was only re­warded with twos be­fore sur­pris­ingly be­ing bowled to a york­ing slow off spin, yet adding a part­ner­ship of 37, the small framed An­drews bat­ting with great power and tim­ing that had the crowd chant­ing and cheer­ing at 5-85.

En­ter Hilditch equal to his set part­ner with a bound­ary off his fourth ball, although An­drews (39) was bowled try­ing to be de­fen­sive next ball.

Ben Shrimp­ton (10) of­fered sup­port in adding to a part­ner­ship of 31 and the Mud­dies had strong mo­men­tum at 7-119 with four overs to go be­fore Jor­dan But­ters (25) de­buted with 16 off his first six balls, Hilditch (29) had three of his five bound­aries miss the rope by a me­tre be­fore be­ing bowled and the tail of Kaiden Sor­rensen and Wil Ben­dle pro­duced a run a ball as Mud­dies fin­ished 30 overs at 9-157.

Bar­ron River started in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion at 3-21 suf­fer­ing early losses to Simeon Miglio­ranza who fin­ished with 3-5 off six overs, while Kaiden Sor­rensen also tied the bats­men down with 1-15 off his open­ing five-over spell.

Be­hind on run rate, Bar­ron River at drinks were 3-37 but when Joyce (2/22) dis­missed Date (19) LBW Trewin pro­ceeded to smash 46 off 29 balls to give a glim­mer of hope for the vis­i­tors.

Ex­cel­lent field­ing en­sured Trewin had to do it solo as fur­ther wick­ets fell around him, even­tu­ally fall­ing bowled to Miglio­ranza who also man­aged a vir­tual di­rect hit run out.

This left too much to do in the sec­ond half and Bar­ron River only man­aged 8-113 off their 30 overs with Mud­dies as­sert­ing their dom­i­nance yet again.

Photo by GREG MCLEAN

On the at­tack: Simeon Miglio­ranza

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