Jnr Muddies just miss out
DOUGLAS Muddies Under- 12s played host to Atherton with both teams under manned.
It wasn’t quite enough to beat Atherton this week but the boys are looking forward to fielding a full strength team next week on the Tablelands.
Fielding first, the Muddies toiled hard but had to wait until the eighth over for their first wicket with Connor White taking the first of his two.
The second wicket soon followed with Luke Twomey’s pace responsible for disposing of Atherton’s top two batsmen. Nick Raynor only just missed out on a hat-trick while Ashton Davenport and Scott Cooper contributed with one wicket each.
Vincent Killeen, Abel Terry, Lachie Dowling, and captain Bailey Elliot all bowled economically keeping the pressure on.
This week saw a marked improvement in the sundries with one third less wides bowled than the previous week.
Nick and Luke opened the batting for the Muddies with Nick being bowled for a duck.
Luke displayed his usual polished stroke play to retire on 9 not out.
Both opening batsmen immediately travelled to the Tablelands where they’d been seconded to play in the Under-14 team. In a first for the cricketing world Ashton was run out after hitting a four which confused players and spectators alike.
Connor played a steady innings before being bowled for 4 runs while Lachie was faced with Atherton’s best bowler and fell for a duck.
Abel was unlucky to be out, caught and bowled for four after smashing one back at the bowler that somehow stuck.
Scott Cooper was cruising along at a strike rate of 100 per cent before being caught for five.
Bailey Elliot played a great captain’s knock making 5 from his 24 balls faced. Vincent Killeen hit 5 boundaries on his way to a personal high score of 32 not out, which bought the Muddies total to 96.
BATTER UP: Luke Twomey