Mud­dies smash to a win

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

IN the sea­son’s ear­lier en­counter Mud­dies C grade were out­done by the lower ranked Mul­grave Toads who in a close match chased down their re­spectable 3/135.

Given the weather and some ob­ser­va­tion of the ju­nior matches on the same pitch a day ear­lier Mud­dies chose to bowl first af­ter win­ning the toss.

Mul­grave were soon in all sorts of trou­ble on a pitch that ini­tially of­fered great bounce and carry as Schiesser (2/23) mes­merised with the ball.

Well backed by a his luck­less bowl­ing part­ner Schulz (0/21), the ex­pe­ri­enced bowler struck twice in 9 balls along with as­sist­ing a run out taken ul­ti­mately by Postans to have the Toads 3/13.

Driver (0/15) lacked a lit­tle con­sis­tency, but it was Ju­lian Porter who se­cured the bowl­ing end of Schiesser and man­aged his first wicket for the club, a sharp catch to Schulz at short mid wicket to leave the visi­tors 4/17. Barnes bowled from the op­po­site of his usual end but still showed his skill as the Toads skip­per watched his part­ner sky a catch to Postans who was get­ting a hand in ev­ery­thing and Porter (3/15) con­tin­ued with an­other catch to Driver div­ing to a deeper mid wicket and then bowled the num­ber 8 Toad who’s team were now crip­pled at 7/38.

Toad’s skip­per Cata­lano who took the early sea­son game away from the Mud­dies re­mained not out at drinks and not out at the end! The prob­lem with that was he part­nered with his bowler ‘‘West’’ (6 off 34) for a 54-run part­ner­ship and con­tin­ued him­self with 61 off 60 balls and built their to­tal to a more de­fend­able 99, Postans (2/11) chim­ing in again to wrap up the tail with Barnes (2/14).

Mud­dies rested Dar­ling­ton from open­ing the in­nings as he had kept wicket in the op­pres­sive con­di­tions, although he found him­self bat­ting any­way when Driver (0) and Doble (3) went quickly and cheaply. Tay­lor was ad­ju­di­cated caught off a de­liv­ery thought to be above waist height, Mud­dies 3/19 as Postans joined Dar­ling­ton. Dar­ling­ton seemed a lit­tle slower than nor­mal but with Toads de­liv­er­ing some 19 wides in the in­nings some of his op­por­tu­nity was lost as he and player of the day Postans amassed a strong 54-run part­ner­ship, end­ing when Dar­ling­ton was typ­i­cally caught go­ing for the big runs on 32.

Porter had his first chance as his team waited to see if he could com­plete the tri­fecta of su­perb bowl­ing, field­ing and bat­ting, ef­fec­tive with 12no off 11 as Postans (32no) fin­ished off the to­tal with 3 bound­aries in 4 balls. Mud­dies home with 4/101.

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