An all-run six!
THE Muddies B grade side’s first home match of the season produced a big 98-run win against Mulgrave Punjabi.
Openers Sam Hodgson and Hayden D’Addona got the team away to a flying start, with Hodgson hitting the second ball of the day for six over square leg, and the fifth ball for another six, with 15 taken off the first over. The pair batted well, turning the strike over until Hodgson was bowled for 37 off just 24 balls.
That wicket produced a mini collapse for the Muddies, with Nathan Taig, Jordan Butterss and Kaine Freyling all falling for consecutive ducks, to leave the home side teetering at four for 50 after just 11 overs.
This brought Gary ’Buckets’ Postons to the crease and in his best dig of the season so far, Buckets hit a comfortable 40 off 51 balls, again well supported by D’Addona.
Benny Vik and Luco set about destroying Punjabi’s confidence, hitting them all over the park.
This partnership brought about one of the strangest cricket plays ever seen: Luco and Vik took an all-run six.
Ben hit a sitter that was dropped, and in the ensuing moments Luco and Vik made a mockery of Punjabi’s fielding by running an extra 5 runs off three overthrows while they continued to try to run out both batters.
This visibly deflated Punjabi, allowing 29 runs to be scored off the last two overs, with Vikionkorpi (33 n.o.) and Lucas (20n.o.) taking the Muddies’ total to seven for 192 off 35 overs.
The Punjabi opening pair started positively, but scoring slowly off tight bowling from Kaiden Sorensen and Dave Johnson. The first wicket should have come early but Captain Vik put down a fast chance at second slip diving to his right.
This fired up DJ who found some extra wheels, charging through the crease and delivering some thunderbolts that surprised even his own team. Davey J ripped the stumps of Pal Jhaj, but had another sharp chance put down by Lucas at gully.
Sorensen picked up two tidy wickets but had an easy chance dropped by Butterss who was keeping for the day. The bowling change brought on Taig and Lucas, who set about decimating the Punjabi batters. Taig bowled tantalising off-spin that the batters couldn’t resist, and they kept making a meal of it, giving Taig his first five wicket haul for the Muddies.
Luco continued his dominant form with the ball going straight through the Punjabi batters like a hot curry.
He had them dancing around the crease with a barrage of fast, targeted short pitched bowling and then cleaned them up with devastating, full length toe crushing deliveries, nabbing himself another two clean bowled victims. Sheppard finished off the Punjabi innings with his second deep outfield catch off Taig’s bowling, as the visitors were bundled out for 94.
It was a great win giving Muddies B’s a 3-point lead atop the B grade table.