GIANT KILLERS C grade smash top placed Mareeba
WHAT a ridiculous topsy- turvy game cricket can be! After losing to winless, bottom-placed Norths last week, the local C grade players smashed top of the table and lossless Mareeba here at home on Sunday.
The new pitch covers arrived in time to cover puddles of water on Thursday and fortunately daytime sun Friday and Saturday morning along with vigilant work by groundsman Keith Taylor saw the pitch suited to play.
Rain fell for the hour before scheduled start and the pitch was sweaty at 8.30am as the covers finally came off and the captains tossed the coin for the one day 30/30 match.
Mareeba hesitantly chose to bat and young Shultz ripped through their opening three batsmen despite some wayward wides to return 3/16 off 5 overs.
Along with Muddies other opener Scheisser who had a couple of dropped catches to return 0/10 off 6 overs, Mareeba were 3/ 26 in the 10th over when Barnes was introduced to the attack.
It was another eight overs before Mareeba added to their runs tally as Barnes and Redfern bowled consecutive maidens, Barnes ( 3/ 10 off 6) breaking through in his first, third and fourth overs, Redfern (1/4 off 6) gaining a wicket in his fourth, caught by Barnes.
Postans (2/1) brought his B grade talents to the game, giving keeper D Wall one of his four catches behind the stumps and clean bowling the last Mareeba batsmen all out for 41 in the 25th of a limited 30 overs.
The Muddies’ only real disappointment were the four dropped catches which had the potential to embarrass Mareeba even further.
Muddies openers Damien Darlington ( pictured) and Steve Doble set a pact to not forgo any wickets in the run chase, knowing the pitch surface was still likely to pop a little and they did want to expose their team mates to any pressure.
Fortunately for them they were successful, thanks also to wayward bowling by Mareeba.
Darlington was happy to still include a lofted six in his 20 off 30 balls; Doble played the ‘‘rock’’ for 7 off 40 and as wides amassed 14 along with 2 leg byes he didn’t really need to play too much!
Muddies achieved the meek target in the 10th over – 0/43 to seal the win.