Win over Ather­ton the fourth for C grade

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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