B grade ap­ply the heat

Solid per­for­mance takes out se­cond rung Bar­ron

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Ben Shrimp­ton wields the long han­dle for Mud­dies B

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