Tail wags to gain a lead
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.