Mud­dies Un­der 12s hang on to beat Ma­reeba Bad Boys in tight clash

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

WHEN open­ing bats­man Abel Terry was some­how run out on the first ball of play against Ma­reeba Bad Boys the Dou­glas Mud­dies un­der 12s’ win­ning streak was sud­denly look­ing shaky.

Recog­nis­ing the sit­u­a­tion Daniel Twomey solidly de­fended his wicket and with Darcy McMa­hon brought the team to dou­ble dig­its be­fore re­tir­ing.

Darcy was joined by Bai­ley El­liott and the pair de­lighted on­look­ers by find­ing the bound­ary at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, with Bai­ley land­ing the first 6 of the sea­son. Both re­tired not out Darcy at 18 off 19 balls and Bai­ley at 37 runs from 22 balls (pb).

Ma­reeba then stepped in and put the brakes on, with Jake Bom­badieri tak­ing a bril­liant catch to dis­miss Lachie Dowl­ing.

Ma­reeba bowlers con­tin­ued to make things tricky on the pitch even­tu­ally trap­ping Mud­dies new­com­ers Claire Deu­ble and Hamish Batterham LBW.

Af­ter show­ing some form with a bound­ary, Ryan Hawk­ing went the same way. By this stage Mud­dies’ run rate had slowed to 1 an over, with only 7 overs re­main­ing. For­tu­nately Daniel Nash was tail end­ing and was able to hit 5 bound­aries across the man­i­cured Port turf.

He scored 25 from 25 balls be­fore be­ing caught be­hind. An­other run out brought the in­nings to a close with Mud­dies on a de­cent 135.

At the be­gin­ning of Ma­reeba’s in­nings, ex­cel­lent bowl­ing by Ryan Hawk­ing and Daniel Nash saw Ma­reeba un­der pres­sure. Daniel bowled out the opener for 4 and a great catch by Bai­ley in silly point left Ma­reeba 2 for 13 in the third over, with Daniels fig­ure an im­pres­sive 2 for 9.

Ma­reeba’s in­com­ing bats­man fared bet­ter bring­ing the score to 50 by the 8th over be­fore Bai­ley took the third wick­bats­man et. De­spite de­cent bowl­ing by Mud­dies in­clud­ing new­comer Claire Deu­ble, Ma­reeba bats­man had a few lucky es­capes and were on 83 when rain in­ter­rupted play in the 14th over.

This run rate could have given them a win.

Play re­sumed al­low­ing Mud­dies new­comer Hamish Batterham to show his skill. In his first ever game Hamish took his first wicket and fol­lowed this up with a fan­tas­tic div­ing catch giv­ing Fred­die Cam­bage a well earned wicket.

Tight bowl­ing by Abel and Fred­die slowed the run rate dra­mat­i­cally. Cap­tain Gus Gaske made the smart de­ci­sion to bring Ryan and Darcy back in to fin­ish, with a catch by Ryan giv­ing Darcy two wick­ets in his fi­nal over.

Time con­straints due to the weather saw the game end at 25 overs, with Ma­reeba’s 113 runs in­suf­fi­cient to beat Mud­dies’ score at the 25 over mark of 129 runs.

Pic­ture: SHANE NICHOLS

Claire Deu­ble bowl­ing, in her maiden game

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