Bowling starts well
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.