THE newly formed Muddies U-14 team were eagerly anticipating their first game against Mareeba Blues at Borzi Park on Saturday. Captain Keel Sorensen elected to put the boys bowling skills to the test first up and with the assistance of two Mareeba boys to fill out our 9 man team, he set the field.
Nathan Deuble bowled out the opening batsman near the end of the second over, which keenly disappointed the Mareeba boys, but they held steady until the 9th over when Reuben Allison took the first of his three wickets for the day, ably assisted by a catch from Ryan Doble.
Curtis White took the next wicket from the Blues, closely followed by another from bowler Josh Edward. With the top order batsmen gone, Mareeba held steady for 10 more overs, but our bowlers did not give up and in the 25th over revved up the pace.
Wickets started to fall in quick succession as our boys showed determination to take all 11 wickets from the Blues before the end of the 32 over game. Tex McDowall, Allison, White and and Edward all upped the wicket tally, while Daniel Davidson, Levi Trewick, Doble and Deuble all kept their bowling tidy and worked to effect some run-outs. Innings ended with an exciting last minute run- out and Mareeba Blues had a score of 11/130 on the book.
The Muddies had a big job to do with the bat as they only had eight wickets to lose, so batting figures were a little disappointing to the boys. Trewick and Doble went to the crease to open with Sorensen, Davidson and Edward bravely bringing up the tail end when the fast opening bowlers had returned.
Experienced batsmen Trewick and Deuble both lost their wicket by stumping to the confident Mareeba keeper, Luke Lamborn. All batsmen made their mark at the crease, some staying longer than others; the stayer of the day was Sorensen facing 36 balls and top scorers were Trewick, Deuble and Davidson. All efforts were not nearly enough to chase the Mareeba score though and the game was over in the 28th over with all Muddies wickets gone on 8/62. Douglas boys can be proud they took all 11 wickets from the strong Mareeba team,