DOUGLAS Muddies required just 53 runs for first innings victory over Atherton in the second week of their away game.
Nathan Taig began the day well, hitting a lofted on-drive for four off the first ball. He followed this up with a succession of fours, supported gallantly by Hayden D’Addona. However, Hayden and Nathan fell in quick succession.
This left the Muddies feeling nervous and playing over cautiously resulting in the steady loss of wickets. The Muddies however, did enough to get over the line and take a first innings lead of 18 runs over Atherton before being dismissed for 173.
Keen to make up for the batting collapse, David Johnson (1-25) and Ben Vikionkorpi (3-25) went to work to get Douglas in a position to look at taking an outright win.
Batting like the English Cricket team, Atherton went into their shell, refusing to play at anything that wasn’t on the wickets. This brought Adam Lucas (2-10) into the attack. He made the batsmen play by attacking the stumps and the batsmen’s bodies with a fantastic display of directed, calculated short pitched bowling.
This was well supported with turning off spin from Nathan Taig, picking up two wickets in quick succession. Hayden D’Addona chimed in with the last wicket of the day, with Sam Hodgson taking a stunning grab at first slip, from his first over bowling tight leg spin. Atherton were dismissed for just 87 in their second dig, leaving the Muddies with 70 runs neat for the outright win off just 12 overs.
Taking it all in their stride, Sam Hodgson (43) and Simeon Migliorenza (23 n.o.) set about ensuring Atherton were well and truly buried by dispatching the bowlers to all areas of the park.
Making his 43 from just 22 balls, Sam was bowled with only 7 runs to make. Nathan Taig came out to the crease but didn’t need to make any runs as the bowling went astray and byes let bye, allowing the final runs to be made without hassle.
The Muddies won outright with two overs to spare. This is a dream start to the season for the Muddies B Grade.
They now travel to Cairns this week to play Tully at Griffiths Park 2 from 1pm, Sunday.