Mud­dies hold on

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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Mud­dies Blue cricket team headed down to Fuller Park not know­ing any­thing about their op­po­si­tion and keen to fol­low on from their win the week be­fore.

Once they ar­rived, they were told this was a home game for the Mud­dies so with that skip­per Si­mon Cody won the toss of the coin and de­cided to fol­low the for­mula that runs on the board would put pres­sure on the Tully bats­men.

Keith Tay­lor and Sam Hodgson opened the bat­ting and were look­ing com­fort­able un­til Tay­lor played all round one and was bowled for four. Matt Chiz­zoriti didn’t trou­ble the scor­ers and was dis­missed first ball caught be­hind. That left the Mud­dies Blue 2-13.

Gary Postans stepped up to the hat trick ball and with Tully crowd­ing the bat played a great for­ward de­fen­sive block. Gary was dis­missed for 10 be­ing caught at slip. Si­mon Cody was in next and was just want­ing to hang around as Sam Hodgson started putting Tully to the test with two big sixes in con­sec­u­tive balls and went on to make 34. Mud­dies blue were now 4-47 and look­ing shaky be­fore Sam Jef­fers and Si­mon Cody put on a 60-run part­ner­ship to steady the ship, be­fore Sam had a rush of blood when went for the big shot and was bowled for 27.

In came big-hit­ting Adam Lu­cas who had been pro­moted to num­ber seven af­ter his run-a-ball ef­fort last week and he didn’t dis­ap­point.

Si­mon Cody brought up 50 of 73 balls and the very next over Lu­cas bought up his 50 in 49 balls with six fours and one six. The pair put on 80 runs and left the Mud­dies Blue 6-187 and with the foun­da­tion set, the tail- en­ders had some fun and went out blast­ing leav­ing the Mud­dies Blue all out for 212.

As like the game be­fore, the Mud­dies were given six overs at the end of the day to try and get the break through and they did with Adam Lu­cas clean-bowl­ing their opener four to leave Tully 1-10 off six overs.

The game will re­sume this Sun­day at 1pm where the Mud­dies Blue will look for an out­right win.

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