C Grade beat Norths
Next, a grudge match with Toads
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