C Grade look­ing healthy

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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

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