Match evenly poised
THE Astute Financial Muddies U14s hosted Cairns United on Saturday morning with the first day of the two day match played in fine conditions.
First innings points went to the Muddies and with a full innings each left in the match the game is evenly poised with United making 72 and Muddies sitting on 84.
Muddies Captain Vincent Killeen won the toss and sent United in to bat.
The pace of opening bowler Charlie Dowling was way too hot for the United openers to handle with one opener falling for a duck in the first over.
The other United opener also failed to score, run out thanks to a spectacular direct hit by Ryan Stanaway from the outfield.
With the score at 2 for 0 from two overs the boys were looking confident.
Charlie then sent United’s first drop batsman back to the shed in his next over and finished with the impressive figures of 2 for 3 from three overs which included two maidens. Nick Rayner produced one the tightest bowling spells of his cricketing career to finish with 1 for 2 from four overs.
Connor White bowled three tight overs to finish with 1 for 8. Vincent Killeen and Jake Read were both economical finishing with 0 for 6 and 1 for 8 respectively.
Brennan Jones took a great catch off the bowling of Ryan Stanaway who finished with the figures of 1 for 5 from his two overs.
Ashton Davenport built the pressure taking 0 for 3 from his overs while Scott Cooper was again impressive taking 2 for 9 from his three overs. Brennan Jones bowled well to come away with 1 for 6 while Tom Walker 0 for 4 and Travis Assman 0 for 11 also bowled well.
The boy’s improvement in the field this week was easy to see and the fact they had United all out for 72 reflected this.
Experienced opening batsman Nick was joined at the crease by Scott.
The pair started steadily before Scott was bowled for 5 runs in the sixth over. Nick fell victim to a freakish piece of field placement for 6 runs four overs later.
Tom and Jake ‘the master blaster’ Read combined for a good partnership before Tom fell for 3 from 21 balls. Connor was unlucky to be stumped on 2 and Brennan fell victim to the United leg spinner who turned a ball from a foot outside leg stump to have him bowled.
Jake continued to assault the United bowlers smashing three boundaries on his way to 18 before being bowled.
With Vincent and Ryan at the crease the good natured verbal onslaught from the United boys was quickly silenced with Ryan making a quick fire 16 from 13 which included a six and two four’s.
Charlie was unlucky to be bowled for 1 and likewise Travis for 0.
After playing such an impressive innings last week Ashton took a wild swing at former team mate Jack Carr and was bowled for two.
Vincent remained unbeaten on 17 including two boundaries to bring the first innings total to 84.
The second innings kicks off at 8am Saturday morning where the boys will be looking to capitalise on their good form and bring home their first win of the season.
Under 14s Muddies in action