C grade look­ing to win

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

AS­TUTE Fi­nan­cial Mud­dies third grade started their sixweek away game stint in style last Sun­day, win­ning the toss and bat­ting ver­sus Norths at Grif­fith Park, Cairns.

\With a few changes to ac­com­mo­date sec­ond grade needs, Keith Tay­lor re­turned to his open­ing spot with skip­per Doble, only to be back in the shade af­ter four de­liv­er­ies and one too many cut shots, caught be­hind for 2, 1/3.

In-form Shel­don Walz ranked third in the grade bat­ting ag­gre­gates joined the skip (ranked fourth) but fell vic­tim to a tough LBW call. Damian Dar­ling­ton who for­merly opened the bat­ting but with re­cent key bowl­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties has moved to num­ber four, let his first de­liv­ery go, typ­i­cally wound up for a woolly woosh ball two (and missed), but ball five went sail­ing into the heights of neigh­bour­ing trees off the arena and his well know in­tent was un­der­way.

Doble the Rock saw off the open­ing bowlers with some cau­tion and with Dar­ling­ton the pair man­aged a 50-run stand over the next 10 overs, 2/65 off 17.

This be­came 2/117 af­ter an­other 10 overs, cel­e­brat­ing a 100-run part­ner­ship as the pair piled pres­sure on the bowlers.

Doble, scor­ing at half the rate of Dar­ling­ton, tried to keep his part­ner calm al­though ex­pe­ri­ence should have seen him not bother as DD con­tin­ued with arms and bat flay­ing at most de­liv­er­ies, many made it to or over the bound­ary, oth­ers through field­ers’ hands and sev­eral not even con­nect­ing.

The 100-run part­ner­ship be­came 150 as Doble brought up his half cen­tury ahead of Dar­ling­ton’s sec­ond cen­tury for the club.

The skip­per gave in­struc­tion that 220 was a dec­la­ra­tion tar­get and 15-20 min­utes the av­enue to de­liver it as he threw his wicket away on 55, stumped, in pur­suit of the team’s needs, 3/182.

Young Levi Trewick join­ing the team from U16 was given lat­i­tude to con­tinue the spree and man­aged 17 off 11 de­liv­er­ies, los­ing the cen­tu­rion DD (124 off 96 balls) at 4/209 and Matt Schiesser pro­duced a quick 5 for the dec­la­ra­tion of 4/221 off 41 overs!

Know­ing 20 wick­ets were re­quired, the Mud­dies’ bowlers with 11 al­lot­ted overs be­gan well as Barnes – field­ing ag­gres­sively – man­aged a con­fused run out, 1/8, then fol­lowed up with bowl­ing North’s num­ber two and three.

Norths limped to 3/15 off 12 overs ready for the March Of The Crabs next week where the lads will eye off their sec­ond out­right win.

Steve Doble built a strong in­nings with Damian Dar­ling­ton

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