Poised for close fin­ish

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

THE two-day match be­tween Mud­dies C Grade and Norths is poised for a close fin­ish as Mud­dies chase down 157 for vic­tory and fin­ished day 1 at 3/43. Played at what Mud­dies thought was go­ing to be a bel­ter of a ground due to $100,000 ex­pen­di­ture by CFN at Grif­fiths 2, the play­ers were highly dis­ap­pointed to see a crum­bling sur­face, plate move­ment on sec­tions of the pitch and an out­field still bran­dish­ing clumped weeds and bare sec­tions of soil only.

Feel­ing the best way to take max­i­mum points Mud­dies chose to bowl first and Shultz took the first scalp bowl­ing Norths’ Skip­per with a cut­ting de­liv­ery.

Freyling who was a missed player from early last sea­son also opened the bowl­ing and was hard to get away but it was quick re­flexes in his fol­low through that de­flected the ball to af­fect a run out of the non striker 2/15.

Barnes was given an ear­lier chance and re­warded with bowled in swinger 3/17 and Freyling (1/31 off 11) in an ex­tended open­ing spell to dust away some pre­vi­ous night’s drink­ing ef­forts opened up the mid­dle or­der with another bowled to have the home side 4/18 in the 10th over.

Norths new bats­men at the crease cer­tainly lacked any fit­ness but made up for it with lusty blows of­ten to way­ward Mud­dies bowl­ing as they re­cov­ered for 12 overs adding another 49 runs be­fore Barnes (2/34 off 9) cre­ated an er­ror for a catch to the skip­per. Another part­ner­ship en­sued to take Norths to 123 at which point Tay­lor (1/30 off 6) broke through and the keeper held one af­ter a cou­ple of tight chances were missed be­tween keeper and first slip.

Shultz 3/18 off 10 took bowl­ing hon­ours and re­moved Norths’ top scorer caught by King for 69 - 8/152 and Red­fern (1/14 off 4) chimed in to com­plete North’s in­nings, one player short for 156.

Dar­ling­ton and Doble were sur­prised by the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing pitch which now had high lev­els of vari­able pace and bounce as it broke up, the pair man­ag­ing a part­ner­ship of 33 be­fore Doble (11), guilty of a split sec­ond of ball watch­ing, was run out com­plet­ing a Dar­ling­ton 3rd run.

Dar­ling­ton (25) fol­lowed with a skied catch and King (0) un­luck­ily man­aged to smash the ball straight into the hands of a short cover field­s­man to leave Mud­dies 3/43 overnight.

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