Greens scrap past the line

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - CRICKET

MUD­DIES Green ex­pe­ri­enced a few ner­vous mo­ments be­fore com­ing out on top at home against Rovers on Sun­day.

Chas­ing down Rovers’ 137 to win and re­sum­ing on 1-27 from last week, Mud­dies Green bats­men Dar­ling­ton and King pro­gressed steadily.

King was the an­chor man play­ing straight with power and build­ing to beat the in­field, whilst Dar­ling­ton typ­i­cally worked to play over the top reach­ing 50 in the 25th over be­fore be­ing ad­judged as one of seven LBW’s, leav­ing the Mud­dies at 2-79.

Red­fern showed dis­dain for the bowl­ing, es­pe­cially Rovers’ Law­son who had found him­self un­der warn­ing from the um­pire for un­sports­man­like be­hav­ior and plun­dered a quick 23 be­fore be­ing the start of a mini col­lapse in­clud­ing King (20), H D’Adonna (0), Barnes (0), as Mud­dies Green went from 2-106 to 6-109.

Law­son was the ben­e­fi­ciary with four wick­ets in the space of six of his de­liv­er­ies.

Miglio­ranza (12) wanted to fin­ish the to­tal off too quickly caught be­hind as Mud­dies sat qui­etly on the side still 16 runs short.

It was a calm and cal­cu­lated un­bro­ken part­ner­ship of 19 be­tween keeper McCul­lough (9 n.o.) and Walz (10 n.o.) that got the Mud­dies home be­fore declar­ing four runs ahead to at­tempt to max­imise some bonus points af­ter the first in­nings win by send­ing Rovers back in.

Smith opened well af­ter his first week loosen­ers, suc­cess­ful with a clean bowled in his first over, pick­ing up 3-14 off six overs, while H D’Adonna lament­ing his first ball duck man­aged to not only take Rovers’ top scorer Cook for 20 LBW as a vir­tual solo ap­peal but an­other wicket for im­pres­sive fig­ures of 2-6 off seven overs, with a tight missed caught and bowled as well.

Rovers fin­ished on 5-66 hand­ing some use­ful bonus points to the home team.

Mud­dies Green again op­er­ate at home next Sun­day at 1pm, so get down and show some lo­cal sup­port.

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