Bowl­ing starts well

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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

LOS­ING the toss, Mud­dies Green were sent into the field at home against the Rovers who were play­ing their first game of the sea­son.

Troy Shep­herd did a su­perb job pre­par­ing the wicket and the weather obliged as new player Jules Smith and de­vel­op­ing ju­nior Kaiden Sorensen opened the bowl­ing - de­spite a ner­vous mum watch­ing.

Jules was a lit­tle er­ratic but cer­tainly trou­bled both bats­men with missed catch­ing chances af­ter Sorensen broke through in his fourth over, caught low by Doble to have Rovers 1-18 off eight overs.

A 69-run part­ner­ship en­sued as King (0-23) and Miglio­ranza also had missed catches be­fore Walz (1-19, de­spite in­jury) had a feath­ered edge well caught be­hind by McCul­lough.

At 2-103, shortly af­ter tea, the Rovers looked well set as the Mud­dies had missed their early chances at bats­man Cook (57) who con­tin­ued to squeeze runs gen­er­ally in ar­eas he had not in­tended.

But it was Sorensen (5-23 off 13 overs) who fol­lowed the in­struc­tion to drop in a short one and was re­warded with the key scorer’s wicket to one of two great catches by Smith in a spell re­turn­ing 4-7 off 17 de­liv­er­ies to have Rovers on their knees.

Miglio­ranza (2-19 off 10) man­aged two LBW’s in as many balls, fol­lowed by a quick 2-4 off 15 de­liv­er­ies by Dan Red­fern to wrap up a team turn-around of 8/33, with the Rovers all out for 136.

The Mud­dies open­ers started well be­fore a du­bi­ous LBW, to leave Dar­ling­ton and King un­beaten at 1-27 ready for next week.

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