Mud­dies B’s fal­ter

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

PLAY­ING against Norths at the pic­turesque Port Dou­glas Mud Pit, Mud­dies B-grade didn’t quite do enough to de­fend a to­tal of 118.

In the end, North’s fin­ished the day at 3-100 off 41 overs, need­ing only 19 runs for first in­nings vic­tory.

Mud­dies B-grade won the toss and im­me­di­ately chose to bat on a clean look­ing deck.

This pos­i­tive start was short-lived with Sam Hodg­son los­ing his wicket on the third ball of the day. This set back the teams plans and seemed to put a dent in the Mud­dies con­fi­dence. This re­flected in the bat­ting through­out the early part of the day, with the bats­men not show­ing enough pa­tience and re­silience, re­sult­ing in a col­lapse to be 6 - 35. Jor­dan But­terss stead­ied the mid­dle of the in­nings with the top score of 31 for the day, part­ner­ing with Ben Vikionko­rpi (30 from 50 balls) to bring the to­tal to 99, where Ben lost his wicket.

Kaiden Sorensen and Dave John­son then com­bined in a free flow­ing last wicket part­ner­ship to bring the to­tal to 10 - 118. As one of the four quick bowlers in the team, Kaiden is show­ing ev­ery­one how to bat, still yet to be dis­missed this sea­son.

The bowl­ing started off tight and pos­i­tively, feel­ing that 118 would be enough to roll North’s.

A cou­ple of dropped chances early on made the task all that more dif­fi­cult. With North’s now feel­ing more con­fi­dent than ever, they bat­ted with the in­tent of tak­ing their time and just whit­tling away at the to­tal, which they did very well, much to the frus­tra­tion of the Mud­dies.

The Mud­dies bowled tight all af­ter­noon, and ev­ery­one put in a big ef­fort all af­ter­noon, but it wasn’t enough to get over the top of North’s. With Kaiden Sorensen and Ethan McCul­lough both out on rep du­ties this weekend, the team needs to bond well and take some early wick­ets to give them­selves a chance of win­ning.

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