Jnr Muddies shine in last game
DOUGLAS Under- 16s Muddies played their final two-day match of the season against top of the ladder team Atherton at Port Douglas over the last two Saturdays. Muddies were sitting seventh on the ladder. The first Saturday saw Muddies with only seven players available and took the opportunity to bring up a few Under-12s Muddies to field a team. Muddies won the toss and elected to bowl. Kaiden Sorensen and Michael Schulz opened the bowling keeping the opposition at 0-9 after the first six overs but it was Hayden D’Addona who took the first two wickets with one catch to wicketkeeper Ethan McCullough and the other brilliant catch at square leg by Under-12 player Ryan Doble. Ryan then proceeded to take the next wicket with a straight catch to D’Addona. Ethan McCullough also showed that he’s not just handy as a wicketkeeper but can bowl well too taking the next two wickets with a catch to Adon Trewick and the second clean bowled. Reuben All- ison also fielded well and bowled two overs for the first time in an Under-16s game. The top wicket of the day though went to Daniel Davidson who removed Atherton’s top scorer from the pitch with another catch to D’Addona. Atherton finished their first innings on 6-95. Muddies went in to bat and openers Ashley Davidson and Keel Sorensen worked well together playing through Atherton’s opening bowlers. Keel showed his calm determination facing Atherton’s fastest bowlers and although he did a bit of ducking and weaving from high bouncers even a smack in the helmet didn’t shake his resolve or remove him from the crease. Finally it was their third bowler who bowled Keel for four after facing 27 tough opening balls. Sean Evans joined Ashley and before long Ashley was unlucky to be caught out on 12 and Sean followed on eight. Hayden D’Addona and Michael Schulz made a 20-run partnership until Schulz was caught out on 13. Ethan followed suit on only three and Kaiden ran himself out to return to the clubhouse without a run. Adon Trewick was shortly thereafter clean bowled and Daniel Davidson assisted Hayden in getting the score to 7-78 at the end of first innings. On the second Saturday Muddies returned with their full team with a plan to give it their all and possibly outright their opposition. Ben Shrimpton, showed his skills taking the first wicket shortly followed by two wickets to Kaiden. Ben took the last two wickets finishing Atherton all out for 108 at 41 overs. Muddies returned to bat with Ben and Hayden making a partnership of 23 with Tom replacing Ben who made 14 of those runs. Tom was unlucky to be caught out on eight with Nathan Evans batting to five and not out with Muddies declaring on 10-115 winning first innings. With a ladder position in sight and 36 overs remaining Muddies sent Atherton back in to bat for a second innings. With wickets taken by Michael, Hayden, Tom and Ashley Atherton declared on 4-69 off 24 overs. Muddies had 12 overs to make 62 runs and the team gave everything they had with an aim of a run a ball. Nathan and Levi opened the batting and after getting out for two and one consecutively it was Ben (23) and Ashley (11) followed by Hayden 13 who ticked over the major runs making quick ones and twos putting pressure on the opposition fielders and Muddies making the winning runs by the second last over outrighting Atherton on their very last match of the draw. After waiting for other teams in the draw to enter their results the U16 Muddies were very unlucky to finish fifth on the ladder just missing out on a finals berth by 0.8 points with the two Innisfail teams also outrighting both of their opposition to move above Douglas on the ladder into finals positions. Although the Under16s team are finished for the season there are four players who have also played in the Muddies C-Grade teams all season who still have two day semi-finals to play.