Muddies Under 12s hang on to beat Mareeba Bad Boys in tight clash
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.
Claire Deuble bowling, in her maiden game