Un­der manned U12s bat­tle on

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

MAK­ING the trek to Ma­reeba the Un­der-12 Mud­dies found them­selves on the back­foot when only able to field nine play­ers which in­cluded a Ma­reeba sub­sti­tute.

Cap­tain Ryan Stan­away won the toss with a dou­ble headed coin which landed ver­ti­cal in the grass and sent the op­po­si­tion in to bat in the over­cast con­di­tions.

Luke Twoomy ( 0/ 10) and Vin­cent Killeen bowled great line and length, keep­ing the home team to a min­i­mum af­ter 4 overs.

First change bowlers Stan­away (1/16) and Con­ner White (1/10) took ad­van­tage of the ap­plied pres­sure both break­ing through in their sec­ond overs.

The Mud­dies were un­able to grasp some dif­fi­cult catches and re­mained wick­et­less through a 10-over pe­riod un­till Scotty Cooper (1/26) utilised a ball on the pitch clean, bowl­ing what was to be the last wicket the boys took for the day in the 19th over.

The 65 wides bol­stered the op­po­si­tion’s score to 3/133 af­ter their 27 al­lo­cated overs.

Our ju­niors were keen to make in­roads open­ing with Om Pa­tel (Ma­reeba sub) who was quickly dis­missed in the first over while the ‘‘Rock’’ Cooper searches for last sea­sons form was re­moved in the sec­ond. Killeen again top scored for the team, tak­ing 13 from 24 be­fore be­ing dis­missed to an out­stand­ing one- handed catch by the wick­et­keeper.

The ever con­fi­dent Lachie Dowling stood be­fore a more ex­pe­ri­enced bowler twice his height thanks to sheep sta­tion ap­proach from the Ma­reeba coach.

How­ever Dowling wasn’t in­tim­i­dated, belt­ing his first de­liv­ery which only just fell in­side the bound­ary for his first run for the club. When Dowling fell Bai­ley El­liot made great sup­port for the tech­ni­cally cor­rect Luke Twoomey un­til he wasn’t able to fend off a su­perb de­liv­ery.

Twoomey tried to hit the Mud­dies to a more re­spectable score but was caught at square leg to another great catch, leav­ing the Mud­dies all out 8/40.

The boys will be keen to make amends and wel­come back some play­ers next weekend when they face Ather­ton at the Mud Pit.

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