B grade in good place

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

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