C’s set for vic­tory

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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

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