Toads crawl past Mud­dies

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

THE Port Dou­glas Mud­dies C Grade were beaten with only three balls to play in a nail­biter at Fuller Park against the pre­vi­ously win­less Mul­grave Toads.

Mud­dies won the toss and elected to bat on an ab­so­lute bel­ter of a wicket but were quickly un­der pres­sure when Damien Dar­ling­ton fell for 2 af­ter hav­ing a trade­mark ag­gres­sive swing at the 3rd ball he faced in only the sec­ond over of the day.

The pres­sure was com­pounded when usu­ally rock-like Keith Tay­lor didn’t trou­ble the scorer.

With the score at 2 for 3, opener and skip­per Steve Doble and nudger Ben Gaske stead­ied the Mud­dies ship.

Gaske sup­ported his cap­tain but found field­ers all day with a very steady 41 off 84 balls. The pair added a club record 112 for the 3rd wicket be­fore Gaske was dis­missed try­ing to force the run rate.

This brought Ash­ley David­son (8*) to the crease and he used his speed to squeeze out a few more runs with only a few overs re­main­ing.

Doble fired in the later overs, car­ry­ing his bat through­out the in­nings in a su­perb cap­tain’s knock of 72no off 73 balls, a per­sonal best in his time with the Mud­dies. Mud­dies fin­ished with a semi-re­spectable 3 for 135 from their 30 overs.

The de­fence of the to­tal started well with Michael Shultz strik­ing in the sec­ond over with a vi­cious in-swing­ing de­liv­ery to have the Toads 1 for 11.

Shultz struck again soon af­ter, sup­ported by a sharp catch taken in first slip by Dan Red­fern.

The Mud­dies bowlers fought hard in the mid­dle overs with the wel­come re­turn of ‘‘Golden Arm’’ Keith Tay­lor (1 for 26 off 6 overs) and Doug Barnes (0 for 28 off 4.3 overs), both un­lucky not to have a few more wick­ets be­side their names.

The Toads limped home with three balls to spare, leav­ing the valiant Mud­dies dis­ap­pointed. Mud­dies B and C grade both play at home over the next two weeks at the Pit.

CAP­TAIN’S STAND: Steve Doble bat­ted well

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