Mud­dies sink fur­ther with poor bat­ting show

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

HAV­ING won an­other toss and choos­ing to bat the Mud­dies were off to a bad start against Rovers Green on Sun­day in Cairns when Dar­ling­ton who has amassed most of the team runs this sea­son was bowled try­ing to drive through the on­side with­out scor­ing.

Opener Doble was joined by Miglio­ranza, the next most pro­lific scorer and af­ter sur­viv­ing a run-out chance the two put on 14 be­fore Miglio­ranza (six) was also bowled re­ward­ing the line and length of Rovers’ dis­ci­plined at­tack 2-14 in the fourth over.

An­drews top scored in the last game but looked like he left his feet at that game, swing­ing to find edges be­fore oddly slic­ing off the back of the bat to al­low the keeper to catch him on the sec­ond at­tempt for 10 which ended up be­ing the sec­ond top score.

Doble con­tin­ued with dis­ci­pline un­til he al­most fell over a slower in-swing­ing yorker, bowled for 17 leav­ing his team at 4-47.

In the pre­vi­ous game it was the mid­dle order that re­cov­ered the team’s to­tal from 3-21 to 150 plus, how­ever, skied catches and an un­lucky LBW for Muller saw the Mud­dies col­lapse from 4/47, los­ing 6 wick­ets for an em­bar­rass­ing 8 runs - all out for 55.

The team knew they had to do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to get back in the match, but when Rovers’ bats­man Moore was dropped in the out­field on 13, the boys had to watch as he went on to 45 not-out and win the match for his team in just the 13th over.

The Mud­dies will look to re-group this week, but in­clement weather and the Australia Day hol­i­day today means they will have to work on the men­tal state of their game more so than phys­i­cal train­ing.

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