B grade apply the heat
Solid performance takes out second rung Barron
A strong win against the sec- ond place Barron river saw the Astute Financial Mud Crabs B grade lads guarantee their spot in the one-day grand final,
Skipper Adam Lucas won the toss on a stinking hot day and was quite happy to send the Barron lads out to field first. Things didn’t start off too well for the Crabs though, losing four quick wickets for just 19 runs. With our backs against the wall the Muddies needed something to steady the ship – enter Ethan McCulloch and Benny V, who applied them- selves in a fantastic 108-run partnership which put the Crabs back in a winning position, before Benny V fell for 42 with the score at 5 for 127.
Young Ethan was next to go for a well-made 37.
Darren Wall’s string of not outs finally came to an end with the skipper running him out for just 3, and the Muddies finished their inning on 9 for 151 with Randal Smith retired hurt with quite a nasty hamstring injury – rest up young man and we will see you back out on the park soon,
With the innings break the Crabs thought there may have been a break in the heat; well that wasn’t going to happen, and realising there was nothing they could do about mother nature the Crabs turned their attention to Barron and the job ahead.
With a switched on Muddies outfit walking out onto the field the lads knew what had to be done and it didn’t take too long before a fired up Captain Grumpy produced a peach of a short ball smashing into the Barron batsman, popping the ball in there air for a simple catch – Barron 1/11. Things didn’t really get any better for Barron: 2/27, 3/30, 4/30, 5/48, /6/56, 7/65, 8/73, 9/83, all out for 91 with everyone bowling to plan and some great catching. The Crabs were unstoppable,
Bowling figures for the day: Captain Bobby 4 overs 1/14, Mr V 7 overs 1/15, Kingy 4 overs 1/21, Dan Harris 2 overs 1/5 breaking his wicket drought, Sam Evans 1 over 1/4, D Redfern 7 overs 2/13 and the pick of the bowlers was by far Pete Gilmore with 3/10 of 4 overs.
This week sees the Crabs travel down to Fuller Reserve to take on the Toads in the final one-day game before the grand final,
It didn’t take too long before a fired up Captain Grumpy produced a peach of a short ball smashing into the Barron batsman, popping the ball in there air for a simple catch
Ben Shrimpton wields the long handle for Muddies B