Muddies’ mile­stones

An­other win puts C Grade at head of the league

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

IN what was a great week­end for both lo­cal cricket as well as statis­ti­cians, the As­tute Muddies 3rd grade team had a solid win against pre­vi­ous spar­ring part­ners, the Ma­reeba Ban­dits. The Muddies team were cel­e­brat­ing the 100th game of skip­per Steve Doble as well as vice cap­tain Doug Barnes’ 50th game for the club.

Doble didn’t start well, los­ing the toss, and the Ban­dits choos­ing to bat on a road of a wicket and an out­field de­void of grass and un­for­giv­ing for field­s­men. The Muddies’ open­ers, Matt Shiesser and Ryan Doble, bowled in good ar­eas with the lat­ter mak­ing a mas­sive break­through, re­mov­ing one opener and the dan­ger­ous Payne in con­sec­u­tive de­liv­er­ies to pile the pres­sure on.

The younger Doble fin­ish­ing with 2 for 29 off his 6 overs. Keel Soren­son was next to the bowl­ing crease for the Muddies and also had a mile­stone to achieve.

The spin­ner bowled with great con­trol and guile to mes­merise the Ma­reeba bats­men, tak­ing an in­cred­i­ble 5 for 7 off 6 overs and rack­ing up his 50th wicket for the Muddies.

Dar­ling­ton and chipped in with an as­sorted spell of 2 for 33. The Ma­reeba team dis­missed in the 28th over for a be­low par 112.

Cen­tu­rion Doble and in form bats­man Dar­ren Wall strode onto the Ker­ribee dust­bowl con­fi­dent the to­tal was achiev­able as long as they could see off the open­ing bowlers. Wall didn’t spend time in the mid­dle, LBW to Roy for 4.

Walz joined his skip­per in the mid­dle and looked to take ad­van­tage of the quick out­field, putting on 15 runs be­fore be­ing bowled. Dar­ling­ton came and went quickly leav­ing the hard work to be done by Doble (31), Sam Evans (23) and Chewy Gar­bellini who bat­ted with con­fi­dence and skill to make 17 runs to win the game.

With In­n­is­fail los­ing their week­end match, the Muddies find them­selves on top pf the C Grade ta­ble head­ing into six weeks of travel with away games against Norths, Mul­grave and Unit­eds.

Three wins should seal a fi­nals spot so the pres­sure to fin­ish the year play­ing solid cricket lays squarely on the Muddies’ shoul­ders.

Sam Evans in the groove for the Muddies

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