B grade in good place
DOUGLAS B Grade Muddies travelled to Fuller Park last Sunday to take on the Mulgrave Toads, and need only 87 runs for victory with 9 wickets in hand from 75 overs this weekend.
The Muddies arrived at Fuller Park chasing their third win for the season against the fourthplaced Mulgrave after being washed out the previous weekend against Norths. The pitch inspection found a well-used, dry and cracking pitch offering little for both batter and bowler.
Taking a gamble upon winning the toss, Muddies sent Mulgrave into bat, hoping the pitch would deteriorate further making batting difficult for the Toads. After a fruitless first 10 ten overs, and the ball copping a hiding on the rough pitch, Ethan McCullough chased down a cover drive to the outfield, turning it into a runout with a superb throw to the keeper.
A dry spell then began in both the runs and wickets department, with Mulgrave scoring at a miserly 2 runs per over.
A bowling change saw youngster Hayden D’Addona brought into the attack, bowling his well flighted and drifting leg spin. In just his second over Hayden bowled a beautifully flighted, dipping ball that snuck under the bat to clean bowl Mulgrave’s batting star.
D’Addona picked up another wicket with an enticing ball drawing the batter to come down the wicket and miss with a wild swing, resulting in some quick glove work from Chizzo stumping Schimke for 4.
Vikionkorpi chimed in with one wicket, seeing Mulgrave go into the tea-break at a comfortable 5-131. Resuming play, Kaiden Sorensen and Adam Lucas took the attack to Mulgrave, claiming two and three wickets respectively in just 4.1 overs after tea, to have Mulgrave all out for 137 off 57.1 overs.
Hodgson and D’Addona once again opened the batting, producing the longest partnership of the season so far, lasting 22 overs. Hodgson was the early aggressor, dispatching two 4’s, but then settled down to spend some time in the middle. Both batsmen comfortably turned the strike over, taking their time scoring runs, frustrating the Mulgrave attack in the process. With only two overs left in the day, and a vicious change in the sunlight, Hayden unfortunately lost his wicket after showing patience and control above his years. Nathan Taig and Sam Hodgson got the Muddies to 1/51 at the close of play. Sam showed patience and determination in his innings, leading the rest of the team, ready to chase down the remaining 87 runs for first innings victory this Sunday.