Mud­dies B sit­ting pretty

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

THE Mud­dies B-grade cricket team is in a strong po­si­tion af­ter the first day of its open­ing match of the sea­son at Loder Park in Ather­ton.

Af­ter los­ing the toss, Dou­glas bowled first.

Af­ter a rea­son­ably tight but wick­et­less open­ing spell, David John­son came in and broke the shack­les with just his sec­ond ball of the sea­son, clean bowl­ing the opener mid­dle stump.

Davey J con­tin­ued to bowl well and picked up a sec­ond wicket in his open­ing spell.

A suc­ces­sion of bowl­ing changes oc­curred re­sult­ing in each bowler pick­ing up at least one wicket.

Gary Pos­tons started very suc­cess­fully pick­ing up a wicket with his first de­liv­ery, and then fol­lowed it up with three maid­ens.

Adam Lu­cas bowled par­tic­u­larly well nab­bing two wick­ets for just 16 runs off 12 overs. Ather­ton was bowled out for 145. Dou­glas replied very pos­i­tively with Simeon Migliorenza tak­ing to the at­tack early be­fore be­ing trapped in front for the only LBW of the day.

That brought young­ster Hay­den D’Ad­dona to the crease with Sam Hodg­son.

The pair bat­ted su­perbly with Hay­den ro­tat­ing the strike well al­low­ing Sam to tame the at­tack, scor­ing 54 in his first bat for the sea­son.

Un­for­tu­nately Sam was caught at mid-off with only eight min­utes be­fore the close of play.

New­comer Nathan Taig came to the crease and im­me­di­ately took con­trol.

Hay­den and Nathan com­fort­ably closed out play with Mud­dies B 2 for 93 at stumps, re­quir­ing a fur­ther 53 runs for a first up vic­tory.

Mean­while, 10 lo­cal boys from schools in­clud­ing Moss­man, Miallo, St Au­gus­tine’s and Alexan­dra Bay were re­cently se­lected to rep­re­sent the Dou­glas Re­gion at the Penin­sula School Sports Cricket Tri­als in Tolga.

Held over three days, the boys played 40 over matches against teams from Ather­ton, Cairns and Ma­reeba, fin­ish­ing sev­enth over­all in the com­pe­ti­tion.

It was a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence for the young crick­eters, with many of the boys achiev­ing per­sonal bests in runs scored and wick­ets taken.

Three of the Dou­glas team, Nathan Deu­ble, Daniel David­son and Josh Ed­ward, were in­vited back for a fourth day of cricket, in a Pos­si­ble vs Prob­a­bles match, from which a team was cho­sen to rep­re­sent the Penin­sula re­gion.

Nathan and Daniel were both suc­cess­ful in achiev­ing se­lec­tion in this team, and will head to Bris­bane in early Novem­ber to con­test the State Ti­tles.

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Lo­cal boys se­lected for the Penin­sula tri­als in Tolga

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