An all-run six!

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

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