WHAT a disappointing game Muddies C Grade completed on the weekend, trumped by bottom placed Norths.
Week one saw the Muddies on top for the first hour with Norths 4/18, but the local lads never got on top again as they chased 157 for victory only to be bowled out for 101.
Week two started as poorly as week one, team mates running around Port Douglas at 6.30am to try and get players out of bed for the trip to Cairns; yet to bat Kaine Freyling this week not even showing along with fill in player Nathan King who had already batted.
U14 player Braydon Wall offered to assist as he has honourably done in the past and off the team went, still one short. Keith and Ash started well taking the team from overnight 3/43 before poor shot selection saw Keith (11) drag one on in the first over of Norths’ change bowler, 4/65.
Darren Wall was immediately off the mark tucking one around his legs for a single but then 2 overs later played over the top of a quicker bowl to see his castle in disarray. After 60 balls at the crease Ash (13) moved out of his crease for another troubling ‘‘stumped’’ as Muddies slumped to 6/77.
Depth of batting was required via Scheisser (6) and Redfern (12) who via Friday night’s T20 social comp had found renewed confidence, but both were out with the score on 95 to poor shot selection or no footwork. Barnes remained not out on 2 when Shultz was caught and being a key player short Muddies were forced to bowl again in what they hoped may end up being a sporting declaration by Norths who had 55 run lead and two hours of play. The bowlers were rewarded early when Shultz managed an edge to keeper Wall, Redfern followed as he was brought early into the attack giving a sharp but direct catch to Darlington (injured) at slip, Norths 2/29. Another Norths’ batsmen had retired hurt, straining his GBM and Muddies’ skipper suggested to his opposing number that a declaration at Tea would be met with Muddies making a go of approximately 110 runs in the last hour. Instead boredom set in as the Norths players batted with seemingly no purpose, although warmed by a great run out of Norths’ skipper by Ash. Scheisser bowled reasonably well but luckless and Barnes, Redfern and Doble picked up one a piece as the game petered out.
Muddies C Grade after a great start to the season now need to re-group ahead of this weeks home clash Sunday 8.30am Vs Mareeba for a 30/30 one day match, followed by B Grade at home immediately afterwards.