Tail wags to gain a lead

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS - CRICKET

DE­SPITE a few show­ers be­fore the Mud­dies C- Grade game, the pitch dried quicker than expected leav­ing a va­ri­ety of cracks which were thought un­likely to influence the game.

Nev­er­the­less, Mud­dies won the toss chose to bowl first, Sorensen un­lucky to not break through with an early dropped catch from his 0-10.

The runs dried up af­ter an early flurry and Sorensen as­sisted in cre­at­ing pres­sure with his part­ner Smith 1-17 af­ter each had com­pleted six overs to have Norths 1-27.

Ju­lian Har­rold in his re­turn to the Mud­dies af­ter a few years away was sur­pris­ingly in­tro­duced early as first change and re­warded in his fourth over and sixth overs to have fig­ures of 2-2.

Mean­while Smith with cal­cu­lated dis­ci­pline at the other end was de­stroy­ing the bat­ting line up in a spell to re­mem­ber.

Norths fell from 1-29 to be 9-38 over the space of nine overs.

Smith was taken for 12 runs off his last two overs to fin­ish with 8-33 off a 13.1 over spell.

New player Vishah Arora along with Red­fern, Walz, Miglio­ranza and Doble all took catches to as­sist in scrap­ping Norths for 52.

Mud­dies felt the pitch played okay and set about the chase for first in­nings points but a few jit­ters set in af­ter both open­ers were out softly to leave Mud­dies 2-19 then 4-40 but an eight- over 52-run part­ner­ship be­tween a some­times big-hit­ting Red­fern (41) and Har­rold (31) each with sixes, set up for the tail to wag.

Arora man­aged a promis­ing 17 in a 31-run stand with Walz (12) and Ar­mour con­trib­uted 7 n.o. as Mud­dies who were in­tend­ing to de­clare overnight in­stead lost their last wicket in the fi­nal over, but hap­pily some 95 runs ahead of Norths.

This lead should be suf­fi­cient runs, with a full day’s play to pres­sure Norths again next week and pro­vide the Mud­dies an op­por­tu­nity to chase out­right points.

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