C Grade looking healthy
TWO new teams greeted the Muddies C grade cricketers to open their season which started two weeks ago; Mission Beach and Tully each played in 30 over per side half-day matches. Firstly Mission Beach on September 22 made the long trek north to The Muddies Pit and elected to bowl first - triumphant in their toss win.
Muddies openers managed a fastpaced 49 runs in six overs before the first wicket fell.
Darlington went on to smash 43 off 37including consecutive sixes. Newcomer Ben Gaske (22) looked settled contributing partnerships with Darlington then ex junior batsman Ashley Davidson (15) to help the team score grow from 1/ 49 to 3/108.
Returning players Matt SchieserShervo(22no) and Darren Wall (13no) cruised in the last six overs to build a 45 run partnership lifting Muddies to a very respectable 6/158.
Mission Beach played in great spirit but were heavily underdone and this was confirmed in their batting, all out for 31.
Young Michael Shulz, also stepping up from Muddies Under 16 team of 2012-13, struck his first wicket to return 1/10 off three overs.
Shervo, who had lived up to his personally promoted batting ability, had lost nothing with the ball with six overs 5/12 but it was the surprise Darlington who managed 4/ 5 off three overs.
Mission only had one batsman go past five and he made eight among seven clean-bowled wickets of teammates. It would have been a long drive home.
Week two match saw the Muddies return the travel but with worse timing - an 8.30am start at Innisfail vs Tully.
Winning the toss Muddies chose to bat on a more difficult pitch although Darlington still managed a virtual run a ball 36 off 40 but fell as the second wicket at 2/55.
Doble (6) had been out again hitting across the line although the two had partnered for a worthy 40 seeing off 10 overs.
Keith Taylor revelled at first drop although was unlucky to be given out for 14. Muddies had aimed for 120 on a slower deck but in a bid to add extra runs they went from 3/73 to be all out just six overs later for 101, Shulz stranded on 9n.o.
Shervo opened to take 2 wickets in his 2nd over after new player Deep had 14 taken from his first over for the Muddies.
Barnes replaced Shervo (2/8 of 6) and also managed 2 wickets in his third over followed by a third wicket off his last ball of 6 overs to manage 3/19. Deep broke through in his 3rd asonce again wickets fell in clusters for Tully as he took 2 wickets in the overand another in his next.
Daniel Redfern was attacked by a Tully slogger for 18 off one over before Shulz bowled and managed a run out, Darlington taking the last Tully wicket with an underserved delivery, all out 84.
Two day matches commence this weekend for Muddies C, equal first on the points ladder.
Head to the Muddies Pit for a 1pm home start.
WELL LEFT: Keith Taylor lets one past