Win over Atherton the fourth for C grade
THE Astute Financial Muddies third grade team stretched their winning start to the season to four wins with a convincing victory over Atherton at Tolga on the weekend.
The Muddies headed to the Tablelands full of confidence and discovered perfect batting conditions with a flat pitch and lightning outfield. Hoping to bat first and post a big total, skipper Doble lost the toss and the Muddies were sent into the field to start the game.
With a full strength bowling line up at his disposal, Doble gave Pete Gilmore and Matt Schiesser the new ball to knock over the Atherton top order.
Both openers bowled in great areas and were too good to get an early breakthrough, building pressure, conceding 4 runs in the first 6 overs. Schiesser starting his spell with three straight maidens. Genuine allrounder Damien Darlington was given the ball and immediately took a wicket with his liquorice allsorts.
Young spinner Keel Sorenson was brought into the attack and began a probing spell that ended up with man of the match honours. Sorenson ripped the heart out of the mountain men’s middle order, ending up with 4 for 14 off his 6 overs and unlucky not to pick up a ‘Michelle’. Barnes chipped in with and expensive 3 for 23 off 6 overs, bowling his stump to stump line. Atherton held to a beatable 8 for 123 off their allotted overs.
The Muddies started cautiously with Doble and evergreen Keith Taylor opening. Doble didn’t bother the scorers for his first failure of the season but Taylor took up the slack, scoring freely to push for a spot in the second grade team, carrying his bat with 35 runs off 60 balls.
Sheldon Walz again made an excellent contribution with 32 runs off only 22 balls. Walz dismissal brought in a rusty Darlington who had to face spin early in his innings.
Darlington exploded, hitting three sixes and 5 fours to score an entertaining 47 off just 30 balls to provide the Muddies with an emphatic win, 8 wickets in the shed and 8 overs left to bowl.
Next, the Mulgrave Toads at the Mud Pit on Sunday.