Mud­dies face chal­lenge

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

TRAV­EL­LING to play first placed Ma­reeba at Ker­ribee Park (Ma­reeba Rodeo Ground) was al­ways go­ing to be a chal­lenge de­spite Mud­dies’ C Grade smash­ing win ear­lier in the sea­son at The Mud Pit home ground; Mud­dies 0/43 off 10 overs Vs Ma­reeba’s 10/41 off 25 overs.

For this game the first chal­lenge was the weather that saw B grade at home washed out 24 hrs early then Ma­reeba un­sure un­til Mud­dies’ de­par­ture time if their out­field would drain; then con­flict­ing re­ports about which route to take with Bushy Creek po­ten­tially still flood­ing, but it wasn’t un­til play was ef­fec­tively un­der­way that the great­est chal­lenge be­came ap­par­ent

Mud­dies chose to bowl af­ter see­ing a mois­ture af­fected but other­wise well pre­pared pitch with soft out­field and un­usu­ally af­ter 6 overs nei­ther open­ing bowler had bro­ken through shar­ing 0/7 each. Red­fern, brought in for the 7th over with a slightly blus­tery cross wind was ef­fec­tive catch­ing a well flighted de­liv­ery on the bats­men’s in­side edge, played on to have Ma­reeba 1/14 off 7. Porter man­aged a 12 ball first over, al­though he too broke through sec­ond ball, Ma­reeba 0/25 off 8. Red­fern re­mained in con­trol at one end as Barnes waited to the sec­ond ball of his sec­ond over to break through prior to hav­ing a hat trick op­por­tu­nity in his third, even­tu­ally re­ceiv­ing the um­pire’s vote of the day with 4/9 off 6 overs. Red­fern bowled through of­fer­ing few scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties with 1/15 off 6. Early sea­son team mem­ber with a self pro­nounced nick­name "Sven" from be­ing a for­mer Uni stu­dent/masseuse Ben Gaske was of­fered to take over from Red­derz. He was en­cour­aged to go back to the mas­sage bench af­ter just one over that saw some of the only fair wide calls the um­pire man­aged all day. Schulz and Scheisser re­turned to the at­tack, the lat­ter vic­tim of some cor­ri­dor balls out­side off be­ing called wide to re­turn 0/11 and Schulz gave Scheisser his sec­ond catch at cover and Bron­son Ryan a skied catch to man­age 2/16, both off 6. Wick­ets had fallen steadily and with Ryan bowl­ing tightly at one end Porter re­turned with a more apt 2/4 off two to go with his first over of 0/11. Ma­reeba were all out in the last over for 85, wides top scored with an il­le­git­i­mate 19.

There is not much to say about Mud­dies early batting, Harold (0) slash­ing an edge to gully in the first over per­haps lit the um­pire’s gun as quickly three more bats­men saw them­selves trig­gered LBW and back in the shed, a to­tal of 2 runs be­tween all 4 of them! At one point fol­low­ing a wicket the um­pire ap­peared to be as much a part of the cen­ter wicket hud­dle as any fielder. By the time 11th over Mud­dies de­spite 4 bats­men con­tribut­ing 2 were 4/36 and by 14 overs 4/54 - it was Darlington who had plun­dered ev­ery­thing Ma­reeba could pro­duce, even­tu­ally bowled for 54 off 51 balls. Mud­dies’ Red­fern (10) and Scheisser (6) part­nered well at the crease tak­ing the team to 84 and Ryan who closed out the bowl­ing re­mained 1no to re­turn a Mud­dies win and no doubt a big blow to the lo­cal chal­leng­ing num­ber 12. In­n­is­fail at In­n­is­fail this com­ing Sun­day af­ter­noon for C Grade, B Grade at Ma­reeba Satur­day for the B Grade One Day Grand Fi­nal and at home ground The Mud Pit Sun­day af­ter­noon for the start to a fur­ther qual­i­fy­ing two day match. Get down and en­joy.

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