MUDDIES C grade felt comfortable in defending their 164 of last week and a mere two balls into Rovers’ innings promoted Muddies position as Scheiser ripped the opener’s stump out of the ground 1/0.
Newcomer Deep who is quicker than the average C grade bowler was struck for a boundary in his first over followed by 3 consecutive maidens, breaking through in his 5th over with a simple keeper catch to Darren Wall.
While Scheiser managed another clean bowled in his 3rd over to leave Rovers reeling at 3/6/ after 10 overs before he was rested for what was likely to be a full day of bowling.
Barnes bowled tight and used the cloudy conditions for prodigious swing that compounded Rovers’ position as he broke through after 3 maidens.
After 20 overs Rovers had managed a poultry 24 runs but had lost 7 wickets.
Michael Shulz (2/20) chimed in too as his fellow bowlers returned excellent figures: Scheiser 2/1 off 4, Deep 4/17 off 10 and Barnes 2/22 off 10 Rovers all out just shy of the follow on figure at 62.
Skipper Doble barely hesitated in making the opposition bat again despite the cloud clearing and the pitch baking up hard.
After 6 bowled wickets and 2 LBW’s in their first innings Rovers set about a change of batting order to further dull their strike rate and managed just 49 runs after 30 overs, losing 4 wickets (all caught) for some handy extra points to the Muddies.
Deep (now brandishing various nicknames from Deep Heat to Deep S***) was named man of the match 5/21 off 16 overs, Darlington (2/9) again chipped in with a few purchased wickets, Redderz managed to tie the Rovers revised order down 0/6 off 7 but the Rovers #3 batsman thwarted an outright win boring the grass mites with match batting of 9 runs off 110 balls!