GI­ANT KILLERS C grade smash top placed Ma­reeba

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

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