Nail biter for the B grade
AFTER the weekend’s games, it is fair to say that cricket is, without doubt, the best sport in the world!
The B Grade Muddies played in an absolute nail biter of a game against the magenta-coloured Innisfail team at the Mud Pit on Sunday.
Even before play had started, it was obvious it was going to be an interesting day, with the Douglas captain having to toss the coin three times to get it to land properly in the jungle of an outfield. Losing the toss, the Muddies were put in to bat against a strong bowling outfit.
The Muddies opening pair looked confident early on until Simeon Migliorenza tried to hit the over off the ball, only to lose his castle instead. This shot seemed to do something to the Muddies head space, which resulted in a succession of quick wickets. The Muddies collapsed from 1 for 3 off 3 overs, to go to 2 for 4, 3 for 5, 4 for 5, 5 for 6 and then 6 for 10 off 8 overs.
Taig, Gaske, Darlington, Postons and D’Addona were all out, leaving the bowling attack to attempt to make some sort of a score. Adam Lucas and Benny Vik set about restoring some pride, showing patience and sensibility. Luco looked to change the momen- tum, hitting a six clean over midwicket. This changed the tone, allowing runs to be scored more freely, until Luco fell to a skyed ball deep in the outfield, leaving Muddies 7 / 34 off 16 overs. Kaiden Sorensen joined Ben at the crease, and set about building a partnership. They comfortably worked the ball around, but hard to run hard for their 1’s and 2’s as the grass prevented any boundaries from being scored.
With 7 overs left, Ben looked to increase the scoring rate to try and get to 100, but he missed the ball and was bowled for 20, leaving Muddies 8 / 67. Unfortunately, Kaiden soon followed suit, and Deep was run out farcically; Muddies all out for 69.
Knowing that the Innisfail team was full of bowlers, and the Muddies’ last two wins were with similarly low scores, they took the field with confidence. When Hayden D’Addona ran out Jesse Witt in the first over, the Muddies were beaming, and ready to take charge. Luco then found the edge, only to see it slip from Postons’ hands to the ground. Dave Johnson then found an edge that flew between 1st and 2nd slip. Luco again found the edge which pounded into Gaske’s chest, but not his gloves. Dave finally got a faint edge that was caught by the keeper, only to have the umpire call not out as he just didn’t hear anything. Feeling as though they were a pack of dung beetles pushing dung up a hill, the Muddies still fought gallantly, restricting Innisfail’s scoring so that they were only 1 for 36 off 21 overs.
Knowing that Innisfail were starting to push for runs, but were hampered with the length of the grass, the atmosphere on the field began to intensify. Deep then showed his worth, running out Innisfail’s top scorer, taking them to 2 for 42.
Ben Vik then charged in to take 2 wickets in 2 balls; Innisfail now 4 / 42.
Feeling the momentum shift the Muddies way, and the atmosphere increasing on and off the field with the jeering and support of the Muddies C graders, the Muddies went for the kill. Innisfail immediately felt it and looked to take on the field, but Benny Vik forced the third runout of Innisfail’s innings, taking them to 5 / 46. A couple more quick would give the Muddies the edge they needed to win. Dave and Kaiden then returned to the attack, with in immediate success. DJ grabbed two wickets in one over to have the score now at 7 / 48. Innisfail then consolidated, but were unable to score freely. Kaiden couldn’t get a wicket, but was tight as ever, only going for 8 runs off 6 overs. Deep Singh took over from Kaiden, and reaped success, drawing a false shot from Innisfail’s last recognised batter, leaving them at 8 / 65.
The game was now at breaking point.
The Muddies support was screaming to them; the team were buzzing on the field; Innisfail were freaking out; there was electricity in the air. Needing two wickets to win, and bowling his last over, Adam Lucas set about finishing the task. Luco bowls his first ball; dot ball. Luco bowls his second ball; it crashes into the stumps and bowls him out. Innisfail 9 / 65 and the Muddies come scuttling in, pumping each other up to get this last wicket. Luco comes in and bowls his third ball: out! Luco takes 2 wickets in 2 balls to finish the off Innisfail.
The Muddies erupt in celebration with a massive team hug, high fives, bum slaps and incessant whooping, for a four-run victory.The Muddies walked off the field to joyous applause and congratulations by the superb C Grade team. The Muddies now have the next three Sundays at home, and will play a 1 day grand final in Mareeba on March 1.