Muddies chase down Toads
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.