Mud­dies win out­right

Move to top spot af­ter Toads two-day con­test

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

MUD­DIES b grade win out­right and claim top spot,

With a stink­ing hot day at the Mud­pit and the Toads’ overnight score of 5/36 it was al­ways go­ing to be a tough day for both sides in the B grade clash last Sun­day.

The As­tute Fi­nan­cial Mud­crabs were well and truly in the box seat for an out­right vic­tory but they had their work cut out for them.

Cap­tain Bobby and young Kaiden J Sorensen started they day’s pro­ceed­ings, bowl­ing some great line and length. The As­tute Fi­nan­cial Mud Crabs B team de­feated the Toads on Sun­day in the sec­ond part of the two-day clash. It puts the Mud­dies at the top of the lad­der.

Kaiden was the first to strike, bowl­ing an ab­so­lute peach to clean up the Toads bats­man, making it Toads 6/60. The heat (maybe) had over­come cap­tain Bobby pretty early on and he looked to the ever re­li­able good bloke Mr Red­fern to take over.

With Red­fern bowl­ing his ever so tight lines he was pretty un­lucky with 2 pretty sim­ple catches be­ing dropped in the out­field. Af­ter some words of wis­dom from Benny V, Red­fern popped one a bit wider to the bats­man who found the edge, guid­ing the ball straight to the safe hands of Nathan King – Toads 7/85.

Benny V came on to take over from Kaiden and pro­duced the goods pretty much straight away.

Benny claimed two quick ones and Red­fern got an­other, see­ing the Toads all out for 94 and a lead of 46.

Bowl­ing fig­ures: Cap­tain Bobby 3/16 off 9, Deep 1/8 off 4, KJ Sorensen 2/25 off 14, The Good Guy Red­fern 2/34 off 13 and Baby Face Benny V 2/7 off 3.3.

With just 47 to chase down for the out­right win, things didn’t start off as planned, with Randal un­well. Dan Har­ris and Benny V opened the bat­ting. Three overs in, Har­ris lost his wicket, caught for just 3 runs. Mud­dies 1 for 4.

The in-form Nathan King came to the crease and he and Benny started to take to the Toads bowlers.

It wasn’t long be­fore they had put on a 45-run part­ner­ship, with Benny V 28 not out and King thir­teen not out, which saw the As­tute Fi­nan­cial Mud­dies claim their first out­right win for the year.

It also el­e­vated them to where they be­long, on top of the lad­der.

With two games left un­til Christ­mas the Mud­dies take on United this week at home and will be look­ing for an­other big vic­tory to ce­ment their spot on the top.

Nip­pers out lads.

Pic­ture: SHANE NICHOLS

Kaiden Sorensen steams in for Mud­dies B

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