Jnr Mud­dies shine in last game

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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