Muddies B sitting pretty
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