Vandals rip up square
THE local lads hosted Barron River for this two-day fixture that is poised for a result next week.
Unfortunately the groundsman had to contact the Muddies president at 7am (just 90 minutes before Sunday’s scheduled start) to report a rather disappointing and immature act of vandalism set to cost the club $3500. With eyelets ripped the pitch covers sat in piles adorning vehicle tyre marks and burns as did part of the pitch itself, along with the centre square being peppered with the securing pegs and even the outer grounds showing a variety of vehicle marks.
Fun perhaps for the class "F" citizens who demonstrated their bottom of the gene pool characters but sad for a volunteer-run club working so hard.
The game was slightly late to start as a result and seeking an opportunity to gain maximum points the bowling strong Muddies opened with Scheisser and Schultz, the former breaking through after forcing consecutive late shots from Barron’s opener who played on – 1/3.
Shultz who is looking more fluent and relaxed has been improving his consistency and was rewarded after 5 overs to return 1/11 beating Barron’s captain clean bowled.
The Muddies new Indian bowler had been in a deep sleep, arriving late but struck in his first with a catch to Doble – 3/18.
At a slow 2 runs an over Barron lost further wickets to the pressure of Barnes and Singh to be 6/56 at Tea.
After the rest a 38-run partnership was broken by Redfern who managed 3 wickets for 19 off 11 with strong catches by Gaske and Scheisser.
Singh finished with a deep-hearted effort of 3/22 off 15, Scheisser 1/13 off 11, Barnes 2/37 off 13 as Muddies eventually finished off a wagging tail – Barron all out 116.
After the umpire had made numerous comments about supposed slow over rates Muddies found themselves ahead of time to face 5 overs at the end of play with an unfortunate Davidson (2) who took a great earlier catch bowled by the respectfully old and talented Peter Whitehead to then also find company back in the change rooms of recently successful Gaske (0).
Muddies 2/11 off 5 overs, the belligerent Darlington have successfully wooly wooshed a six as the only highlight.
The boys will buckle in to fight out their win next week at 8.30am Sunday at home, Darlington and Doble to recommence needing 106 with 60 overs left.