Mud­dies chase down Toads

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE B Grade Dou­glas Mud­dies hosted the Mul­grave Toads in a home game at the week­end, and won by chas­ing down the Toads’ miserly tar­get of 54 with more than 10 overs in hand.

Mud­dies were given first use of the ball, in what turned out to a bless­ing in dis­guise. Ex­pect­ing good scores of at least 120 to win, C grade Mud­dies played the morn­ing game and com­fort­ably achiev­ing a to­tal of 99.

Dave John­son and Kaiden Sorensen set about mak­ing this tar­get as small as pos­si­ble. Dave pro­duced a near per­fect start with a deadly ac­cu­rate first ball, rap­ping the bats­men on the pads which ev­ery­one saw was hit­ting the stumps, ex­cept for the um­pire down the other end. Not to be dis­ap­pointed, Dave backed up pro­duc­ing a quick, ris­ing ball that popped up be­hind square third ball of the in­nings, giv­ing Kaiden his first of two catches for the day; Mul­grave 1 wicket down for 0 runs. This brought Mul­grave’s premier run scorer to the crease. His stint in the mid­dle was to be short lived with the com­bi­na­tion of Kaiden’s tight bowl­ing and Dave’s ag­gres­sion bring­ing about many poor shots. Adam Lu­cas and our top qual­ity re­serve Troy Shep­ard took over the at­tack with im­me­di­ate suc­cess. Troy drew a false shot with his first ball of the sea­son which saw Ben Vik take a low div­ing for­ward catch at cov­ers. Troy then pro­duced a splen­did off cut­ter mov­ing off the deck which took out off and mid­dle stump. This short burst then had Mul­grave reel­ing at 7 28 off 14 overs. An­other change saw Hay­den D’Ad­dona and Nathan Taig straight into the ac­tion, both bowlers pick­ing up a wicket. Toads squashed for just 54 runs.

Boast­ing their best bat­ting line up for the sea­son, feel­ing con­fi­dent but wary, the Mud­dies got off to a shaky start los­ing Ben Gaske af­ter he chopped onto his stumps in the first over. Nathan and Lo­gan then set about get­ting quick easy runs, mak­ing the Mul­grave bat­ting look dis­mal. How­ever, Nathan played across the line to a full ball and was given out LBW: Mud­dies 2 9.

Lo­gan then con­tin­ued on his merry way with Hay­den, play­ing with grace­ful ease and scor­ing at will. A shocker of an LBW de­ci­sion saw Hay­den out, and the rest of the Mud­dies team bewil­dered. Later, hit­ting the ty­ing run, Ben Vik scam­pered for a run, feel­ing a ham­mie tear. Not want­ing to leave the field, Ben went to block the next ball but felt his ham­mie dis­agree.

He slapped the next ball with the toe of the bat; the ball flopped in the air to­wards a fielder; Luco was un­sure whether to run, but saw Ben skip­ping and hop­ping to the other end so he scam­pered through to the other end for the win­ning run be­fore Cir­cus could get the ball to the keeper. B grade Mud­dies win­ning 7 56 to the Toads 54. An ap­pro­pri­ately ugly fin­ish to an over­all ugly game of cricket.

The tough win sees B grade Mud­dies com­fort­ably se­cond on the ta­ble, with four games un­til the semi- fi­nals. This week, Crath­ern Park ( Trin­ity Beach) to take on se­cond last placed Bar­ron River.

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