Van­dals rip up square

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

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