Late recovery crushes Toads
THE Muddies B Grade travelled to Cairns to take on the Mulgrave Toads in the final regular one-day game of the season before this Sunday’s decider.
Things didn’t start too well after captain Luca elected to bat, with Harris’s early departure leaving King and Benny Shrimpton at the crease.
The two set off to get the Muddies back on track before King (21) was trapped LBW.
Benny (27) was the next to go, and from there the Muddies lost their last seven wickets for just 30 runs, finishing with a sub-par team total of just 99.
Luca and Benny opened the bowling and it wasn’t long before Luca produced a gem to remove the Toads opening batsman.
Harris and Redfern were brought into the attack and the two worked on steadying the ship.
Between them the pair produced four much-needed wickets, before Benny V and Luca came back on and destroyed the Toads middle and lower order.
The Toads lost their last nine wickets for just 19, leaving the Muddies with an excellent win on an extremely hot day.
THE Muddies C Grade team hosted an undermanned Mission Beach team at Griffith Park last weekend.
The visitors started well with left-handed opener Miller pouncing on anything short in his knock of 32 from 28 balls.
The skipper’s son, Ryan, bowled with great maturity, extracting an uneven bounce out of the pitch and picking up the number two and three batsmen. He took a solid 2 for 20 off six overs.
Keel Sorenson had Miller caught by Darlington and the remaining Muddies bowlers made light work of the long tail.
Barnes (3/7) ended his wicket-taking drought while Glenn McDonald (1/10) took his first wicket for the Muddies.
The Mission Beach team was all out for 97 off 26 overs.
The Port Douglas batsmen strode out full of confidence, thinking they could knock off the small total in a hurry.
But the speed wobbles struck early, with Darlington and Taylor out after just two overs.
After a scratchy start Gary “Buckets” Postans made a neat 30, sealing victory with Cap- tain Doble adding a useful 15. Walz was another standout batsman, scoring a classy 35.
The team has a week off before hopefully winning the remaining three games to take out the two-day final.
THE Under 16 Muddies clashed with Barron River in a steamy one-dayer last Saturday, with the Muddies looking for their third win of the season.
Captain Keel Sorensen lost the toss and the Muddies were sent in to bat.
Ryan Doble and Levi Trewick (36) settled in with a good partnership of 19 until Ryan was caught for eight.
The Muddies were eventually bowled out for the low but defendable total of 90.
Ryan and Liam opened the bowling and Liam soon claimed the first wicket.
Finn dismissed the second opener with help from wicketkeeper Daniel, who completed a fine stumping. Levi then chipped in with a wicket, combining with skipper Keel who claimed a great catch.
The other wicket-takers were Keel (3/2), Tex (3/11), Reuben (1/17) and Tom (1/16).
Nathan also showed his fielding ability with a neat catch in slips.
The Muddies managed to dismiss the Barron batsmen in 27 overs, but not before the opposition reached a winning score of 119.
Muddies bowler Fraser Allen fires down a delivery at training.