Muddies put winning runs on the board
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.
On the attack: Simeon Miglioranza