C’s set for victory
IN preparation for watching the Roosters trounce Manly, third grade Rovers requested an early match start at 9.30am instead of 1pm.
Muddies won the toss and thinking they had filled their one player short situation due to the arrival of baby Ella for Matt Scheiser they chose to bat.
The eleventh player never arrived but the boys broadly performed well. Openers Darlington (29) and Doble (10) completed their third straight 40+ opening stand and chanceless at that, but it was the combination of Taylor at #3 and Ben Gaske at #4 that lifted the run rate after the openers fell in close succession soon after the drinks break, Muddies 2/44 in the 24th over.
The middle order batsmen complemented each other well, Taylor driving and Gaske nudging in particular on leg side. Gaske, suffering a niggling groin strain, placed his partner under pressure with a quick single, resulting in a run out for Taylor who was otherwise set on 24.
Gaske exceeded his own expected run rate prior to being bowled for an impressive 49 off 60 as the pair contributed a 52-run stand, followed by Gaske and young Ashley Davidson put- ting on 43 before Gaske fell at 4/139 with 8 overs to go. Again Davidson was stumped but this time for a strong 26 as wickets fell around him, Muddies seeking quick runs.
Redfern was very pleased to get off the mark managing a quick 10 off eight balls although the Muddies handed a hat trick to Rovers’ 14-year-old Sumner who turned his 0/70 off 19 overs to be 3/70 in the 20th, Barnes (1) the last to fall after a Bronson Ryan golden duck!
Muddies finished on time with 164 to defend next week. Back to full strength with Shervo and an otherwise ill Shulz available to bowl the team to victory this Sunday.
MUDDIES SET: Darren Wall playing for the Muddies