Blues aim for dou­ble up

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

MUD­DIES Blue are on track for the C-grade dou­ble af­ter bat­tling to a five wicket win over their Green coun­ter­parts in an epic two-day bat­tle at the Port Dou­glas Sports Com­plex over the week­end.

The match could not be tighter coming af­ter the first day with the Greens need­ing one wicket and the Blues need­ing four runs to se­cure vi­tal first in­nings points and although the Greens came back on Sun­day to take first in­nings points it was the Blues who ul­ti­mately pre­vailed in an topsy-turvy clash.

Greens skip­per Steve Doble won the toss and chose to bat on a good pitch but pre­dictably slow out­field.

The Greens were on the back foot early when Hay­den D’Adonna shoul­dered arms to the fourth ball of the in­nings and was clean bowled.

Damien Dar­ling­ton and skip­per Doble set about build­ing a plat­form and slowly but surely ne­go­ti­ated their way through to 34 be­fore Doble was out, un­luck­ily, LBW for 18. This set about a chain re­ac­tion with five wick­ets fall­ing for just eight runs.

Ju­lian Har­rold set about res­ur­rect­ing the in­nings for the Greens and two good overs in a row and some handy lower or­der part­ner­ships saw the Greens make it through to 89 be­fore Har­rold holed out go­ing for one hit too many.

He was one of the few bats­men to play with in­tent in the in­nings and eas­ily top scored with 34. Both Dave John­son and Sam Hodg­son fin­ished with four wick­ets for the Blues with Hodg­son re­turn­ing the im­pres­sive fig­ures of 4-7 off 13 overs.

This should have been a warn­ing for the Blues bats­men but they were also un­able to make much head­way against the tight Greens bowl­ing, led by their two miserly ju­niors Kay­den Sorensen and Hay­den D’Ad­dona.

Wick­ets fell at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals and of the recog­nised bats­men only Lo­gan Marsh was able to make it to dou­ble fig­ures, bat­tling hard for 26.

As the day wore on and the wick­ets kept fall­ing it looked more and more like be­ing a very even con­test.

And so it proved as the day ended al­most with the teams on al­most level peg­ging.

Coming back on day two the Blues needed four more runs to se­cure the vi­tal first in­nings points, es­pe­cially given the Greens only needed first in­nings point to progress to the fi­nal.

It was not to be how­ever, as Jor­dan But­terss stepped up to dis­miss Adam Lu­cas with the Greens in front by one run.

For the Greens Kay­den Soren­son was the pick of the bowlers, tak­ing 5-17 off 15 overs.

Know­ing that a draw was all they now needed the Greens set about oc­cu­py­ing the crease for as long as pos­si­ble at the ex­pense of col­lect­ing runs.

It was not un­til the run rate crept above one an over.

The de­fen­sive ap­proach had not pre­vented wick­ets fall­ing at rea­son­ably reg­u­lar in­ter­vals how­ever and when again the Greens had their mid­dle or­der ripped out the need to score runs be­came ap­par­ent.

Troy Shep­pard tried with some success to lift the run rate be­fore he was trapped in front by John­son for 24.

An­other clump of wick­ets then fol­lowed be­fore young­sters Soren­son and Ethan McCul­lough com­bined for a frus­trat­ing 15-run part­ner­ship be­fore Sorensen was caught off the bowl­ing of Hodg­son.

This left the Greens all out for 66 leav­ing the Blues 68 for vic­tory.

Vic Chan­dra had the im­pres­sive fig­ures of the in­nings tak­ing 4-12 off his 14 overs while Dave John­son picked up three wick­ets to take his match to­tal to seven.

Gary Postans bowled tightly as did Adam Lu­cas who also bowled with­out luck.

With 68 the tar­get the mantra go­ing into the fourth in­nings was to bat with in­tent and Sam Hodg­son cer­tainly did.

He at­tacked the bowl­ing, try­ing to dis­rupt both line and length, do­ing both on his way to 41 and ef­fec­tively seal­ing vic­tory for the Blues.

There was still time for a lit­tle bit of a wob­ble af­ter his de­par­ture with the Blues get­ting over the line with five wick­ets to spare.

Cap­tain Simon Cody and Gary Postans were at the crease at the end when the win­ning runs were scored.

There were a num­ber of can­di­dates for the Man of the Match award with some hugely im­pres­sive per­for­mances over the two days, es­pe­cially from the bowlers.

Both teams had play­ers who took wick­ets and were miserly in their run rates but none more so than Sam Hodg­son whose match fig­ures read 23.4 overs, 15 maidens, 5-9. Added to this he was the high­est scorer in the match and while it was not sin­gle hand­edly, it cer­tainly went a huge way to se­cur­ing the vic­tory for the Blues. The Blues’ op­po­nents in the Grand Fi­nal will be the Mul­grave Pun­jabs and the game will once again be played at the Port Dou­glas Sport­ing Com­plex. Play will be­gin at 10am on both days so get down and cheer on the boys and hopefully watch them bring home the two-day tro­phy to add to the one-day tro­phy al­ready in the cab­i­net.

NO RUN:

Lo­gan Marsh calls it

HOWZAT: Doug Barnes calls to the um­pire

GOOD BALL: Jor­dan But­terss bowls an­other fine one

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