Out­right win

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

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