C Grade beat Norths

Next, a grudge match with Toads

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE weather for As­tute Fi­nan­cial Mud­dies Cs sec­ond week ver­sus Norths had seen a wet morn­ing but gen­er­ally cleared for play to re­sume on a good bat­ting wicket, Norths 3/15 chas­ing Mud­dies’ 4/221 dec.

The first hour saw Norths score 38 runs off 19 overs to be 3/43 while the bowlers toiled well in try­ing con­di­tions due to in­ter­mit­tent show­ers damp­en­ing the ball es­pe­cially over the wet out­field. Mud­dies played with pa­tience de­spite hopes of an out­right win slow­ing but soon af­ter drinks a break through, Keel pre­sent­ing Walz with a stump­ing fol­lowed two balls later by bowl­ing the new (0), 5/52.

Tay­lor picked up the 6th caught by Matt and Norths 6/89 slowly but looked beaten against the Mud­dies bowlers de­spite the con­di­tions and a couple of chances be­ing missed by field­ers. Not the case as the next part­ner­ship went over 50, 6/144.

Norths al­most started to have a sniff with bats­men set on 59 and 29 need­ing about 80 off 11 overs.

Once again over drinks Mud­dies col­lected them­selves re­turned to line and length with Barnes bowl­ing Hunt for 59 and Happy Gil­more clean­ing up the tail in quick suc­ces­sion but offering Barnes the last wicket to fin­ish on top with 4/44 Norths all out 155.

Gil­more (2/15), Keel (2/18), Tay­lor (1/28), Levi, Matt, Damo all bowled well and trou­bled the bats­men on oc­ca­sions.

A sat­is­fac­tory win given the con­di­tions and some back­bone shown by Norths mid or­der bats­men, the Mud­dies were of­fered the last half hour’s play so James Willo Wil­son with­out his aus­pi­cious new wil­low ven­tured to open a sec­ond in­nings with Buck­ets who as so of­ten has helped the C’s from B’s.

Both bats­men were off the mark from their sec­ond de­liv­er­ies but Buck­ets flay­ing at his third with style over cover was plucked from the heav­ens by Norths’ tallest fielder.

Gil­more (9), fol­lowed by Levi (15), Keel (1no) joined Wil­son who pro­vided ev­ery­one with an ed­u­ca­tion of some new bat­ting shots, one de­scribed as a “leg side cut shot” or “switch hit cut shot”, judge for your­self from the photo, he re­mained un­con­quered on 3? Game over 3/31, Dave’s Take­aways Man of Match Damian Dar­ling­ton 124 runs.

Next week a grudge match against Mul­grave Toads, who are the only team to trump the Mud­dies Cs this sea­son to date, al­beit in a one day match, this one will be two days on Toad Ter­ri­tory, Fuller Park, Ed­mon­ton 1pm Sun­day. Go The Mud­dies, re­tain those top of the lad­der po­si­tions!

New­comer James Wil­low at­tempts an odd shot for the C Grade Mud­dies

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