Under-12s fall just short
THE Muddies Under-12s travelled to Tolga on Saturday where they faced off against a strong Atherton team. Only batting out 17 of their overs, the Muddies fell just short of Atherton’s total of 122.
Captain Connor White won the toss and chose to make the most of the morning’s cool conditions by fielding first.
Opening bowler Ashton Davenport started the day with a maiden and continued that form taking one for three from three overs.
Lachie Dowling, Abel Terry and Scott Cooper all bowled well while Liam Clacherty and Vincent Killeen kept the pressure on during their spells.
Luke Twomey was just too fast for Atherton and they were unable to score a run from him at all.
Nick Rayner was consistent as always taking two for 10 from his spell. Bailey Elliot, Ryan Stanaway and Connor White all contributed with one wicket each.
Sundries were reduced even further this week with the boys’ training really starting to pay off.
Scott and Vincent opened the batting for the Muddies with Vincent hitting seven boundaries on his way to 32 from 28 balls.
Scott was unlucky to be bowled in the second over for a duck with Abel and Lachie suffering the same fate. Ryan (two), Bailey (one) and Nick (one) all fell to catches behind the stumps.
Playing hook shots reminiscent of Andrew Hilditch, Ashton belted four boundaries on his way to 17 before being dismissed under controversial circumstances for the second time in as many weeks.
Liam looked set to hit the ball out of the ground but was caught after skying one, and departed for two.
Connor and Luke combined for a steady partnership before Connor was bowled for one from 14 balls.
The not out batsman for the day was Luke, scoring eight from 10 balls faced.
The boys should be very happy with the improvement shown and should be commended for their sportsman-like behaviour under what was at times trying circumstances.
TOO FAST: Luke Twomey batting last week