B’s knees

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

THE Dou­glas Mud­dies B grade team (138) nipped the Mul­grave Toads (137) by the barest of mar­gins at Fuller Park, Ed­mon­ton, on Sun­day to claim their third win of the sea­son.

Chas­ing a fur­ther 87 runs for vic­tory with 9 wick­ets in hand, the Mud­dies put on 21 runs at the start of play be­fore los­ing Sam Hodg­son for 27 to be 2 / 72.

This wicket brought Ben Gaske to the crease in his first Mud­dies B grade game. Ben looked at ease from the start to put on a 24-run part­ner­ship with Nathan Taig to take the to­tal to 96 be­fore Nathan was clean bowled. Ethan McCul­lough and Gaske got to 117 be­fore Ethan lost his wicket for 5.

At 4 for 117, and need­ing only 21 runs for vic­tory, the Mud­dies looked to be in com­plete con­trol and set to make a big to­tal; how­ever, once again, the cricket gods de­cided to dras­ti­cally change the game.

But­terss (4), Vikionko­rpi (1), and Chiz­zonitti (0) all fell quickly to be 8-135.

Down to the last bats­men of Sorensen and John­son, the Mud­dies still needed three runs for vic­tory.

Tensely view­ing play from the side­lines with baited breath, the lads watched as Kaiden clipped a ball off his pads to fine leg for a sin­gle, which then turned into two runs as the ball went be­tween the fielder’s legs. Kaiden scam­pered back for the sec­ond to tie the scores up and ready to hit the win­ning run. Re­ceiv­ing a full pitched de­liv­ery out­side off stump, Kaiden went for the win­ning shot with a big off drive, only to take the edge of the bat which car­ried to first slip, where it was duly put down, much to the relief of the Mud­dies.

The over fin­ished to leave David John­son on strike against Ether­ing­ton. Not wast­ing time, David scored his only run of the day off the sec­ond ball of the over to win the game for the Mud­dies, re­ceiv­ing a re­sound­ing cheer in the process. Kaiden com­fort­ably faced out the over, only to have DJ lose his wicket sec­ond ball next over – Mud­dies all out for 138, win­ning by just 1 run.

Still with two hours to play, the Mud­dies looked to have a great chance at rolling the Toads flat and get­ting some great bonus points out of the game. Claim­ing wick­ets in the fourth and sev­enth overs, the Mud­dies looked set to bowl the Toads over, how­ever, a slip in con­cen­tra­tion and at­ti­tude saw a se­ries of catches be­ing dropped.

But­terss and Vikionko­rpi both took two wick­ets apiece, hav­ing Mul­grave reel­ing at 6/148, but at this point five catches had al­ready been dropped (Taig 3, Chizzo 1 and Hodg­son 1), help­ing the Toads’ con­fi­dence no end.

McCul­lough then dropped an easy chance with the gloves which would have had Mul­grave 7 for, ex­pos­ing the non-wag­ging tail. Un­for­tu­nately, the six dropped catches in two hours saved Mul­grave from be­ing bowled out and al­lowed them to score 190 from 37 overs, putting a damp­ener on the Mud­dies vic­tory.

As the adage says ‘‘ catches win matches’’ – this is never more true than now for the B grade team, which needs to en­sure they main­tain at­ti­tude and con­cen­tra­tion if they are to con­tinue to win and look at get­ting back to the top of the com­pe­ti­tion.

This is a real pos­si­bil­ity with B grade play­ing the next rounds home game against Bar­ron River (cur­rently are sit­ting in the bot­tom half of the com­pe­ti­tion) this Sun­day at 1pm at the Port Dou­glas Sport Com­plex Mud Pit. Get down and see some great lo­cal cricket ac­tion and sup­port your lo­cal team.

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