Mud­dies in a thriller

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

MUD­DIES Blue pre­vailed over their Green club­mates in last Sun­day’s epic grand fi­nal of the Far North Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s third-grade one-day com­pe­ti­tion.

Chas­ing the Blues’ 115 for vic­tory at the Port Dou­glas Sports Com­plex, the Greens started slowly and were al­ways be­hind the run rate and although there was a late in­nings as­sault they still fell 10 runs short.

The Blues won the toss and skip­per Simon Cody has no hes­i­ta­tion in bat­ting first on a typ­i­cally hard wicket.

As has been the case in re­cent weeks though runs were hard to come by with some tight bowl­ing from the Greens and the slow out­field and the Blues were in trou­ble with the loss of three early wick­ets.

How­ever Lo­gan Marsh and Simon Cody put on 45 runs for the fourth wicket to steady the ship and al­low a plat­form from which to ac­cel­er­ate in the later stages.

When Cody fell for 18 in the 22nd over the Blues had made it through to 70 and with wick­ets still in hand the time was right for the lower or­der to tee off.

Marsh bat­ted su­perbly bring­ing up his 50 with a lofted drive for six over long off and fin­ish­ing un­beaten on 69 off 75 balls to help the Blues to a very com­pet­i­tive 115 off their 30 overs.

Even two di­a­mond ducks did not dent the Blues’ con­fi­dence go­ing into the sec­ond half of the match.

All the Greens bowlers bowled well but young­sters Kaiden Sorensen and Hay­den D’Adonna were the most im­pres­sive with fig­ures of 2-13 and 1-10 re­spec­tively off their six overs.

The Greens started very cau­tiously with Damien Dar­ling­ton and Hay­den D’Adonna tak­ing 13 overs to get through to 20.

With the score­board pres­sure be­gin­ning to tell, the Blues bowlers struck. Four wick­ets fell for just one run and the mo­men­tum was all with them.

Sam Hodg­son and Gary Postens both bagged a cou­ple of wick­ets with Hodg­son’s 2-8 off his six overs swing­ing the game even fur­ther in the Blues’ favour.

Jor­dan But­terss joined Dar­ling­ton and set about res­ur­rect­ing the Greens in­nings and with pos­i­tive in­tent and some lusty hit­ting looked to get them back into the con­test.

Just as the mo­men­tum was be­gin­ning to swing, Marsh re­moved first Dar­ling­ton and then But­terss although the runs were still flow­ing.

As the weather started to close in, Greens skip­per Steve Doble came to the crease in­tent on be­com­ing the hero.

He played well and ran hard be­tween the wick­ets, even run­ning five at one stage to get the Greens to within a whisker of the ti­tle, but the rein­tro­duc­tion of open­ing bowlers Dave John­son and Vic Chan­dra saw the Blues over the line by 10 runs to clinch the one day ti­tle.

Blues cap­tain Simon Cody said his team were ‘‘pretty wrapped with the re­sult’’.

‘‘It was a great day for the club with a really good turn out from the com­mu­nity,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s been a long sea­son, but we won the game that counts in the end.’’

Greens cap­tain Steve Doble said while his team was dis­s­a­pointed with the loss in a very tight game, the match was played in good spir­its and it was good for the club to win the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘Lo­gan Marsh in this game was the dis­tinc­tion, rather than much of a dif­fer­ence be­tween the teams,’’ he said.

‘‘Both teams played well although I think the Greens prob­a­bly have a more balanced over­all side.

‘‘I think there is a much greater level of re­spect for each other and we are look­ing for­ward to play­ing the Blues again this week­end.

‘‘This week will be com­pletely dif­fer­ent and will be a big chal­lenge for both teams.’’ Mr Doble said.

The two sides meet again this week­end in the semi-fi­nal of the two day com­pe­ti­tion with the Blues look­ing to push to­wards the dou­ble while the Greens will be out for re­venge. The ac­tion starts at 10am on both days.

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