Muddies not wallowing
THE Under-16 Douglas Muddies played Mareeba at the Mudpit for a 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 into bat.
Daniel Davidson and Curtis White got off to a great start before the Muddies lost their first wicket in the fifth over, with Curtis bowled for three.
Ryan Doble joined Daniel at the crease and the pair made a good partnership before Ryan was caught for 15.
Levi Trewick was next in, but it wasn’t long before the Muddies lost their next wicket, with Daniel bowled for 25.
Keel Sorensen was next to bat and he and Levi were looking good, before Keel was LBW for eight.
Nathan Deuble was next and he and Levi were looking good with both batsmen making quick runs before Levi was out for 25.
With three overs left, Tex McDowall was next with both batsmen trying to up the run rate before Nathan was out for seven.
Liam Clacherty chipped in with eight runs, and the Muddies finished their 32 overs with a competitive score of 7/122.
It was time for the Muddies to take the ball, and opening bowlers Ryan and Liam bowled well but without luck.
Reuben Allison was the next bowler but also was unlucky to not take a wicket.
Captain Keel eventually got the breakthrough, finishing his spell with two handy wickets to his name.
The Muddies kept at it with Levi (1/9), Liam (1/17), Tom Harvey (1/22), Tex (2/18), Daniel (1/30) and Nathan (1/11) all bowling well for their side.
The Muddies managed to dismiss 10 Mareeba batsmen, but the opposition proved too strong, finishing with a winning total of 225.
Meanwhile, the Second Grade Muddies will look to put the disappointment of a grand final loss behind them when they take the field against Norths this weekend.
The Muddies were hot favourites leading into their oneday final against Mulgrave Punjabi last Sunday.
The visiting Mulgrave side batted first, compiling a competitive 170 from 35 overs.
But, despite a handy knock from teenage opener Ben Shrimpton, the Muddies could only manage 143 in reply.
“We lost a couple of wickets early and we struggled to turn the strike over,” Muddies player Ben Vikionkorpi said.
He said the Muddies, who are guaranteed a home semifinal in the two-day format, were confident of bouncing back when they take on Norths away this round.
Douglas Netball has already attracted 15 senior sides for the new season, and there’s still time for more to enter.
Douglas Muddies player Ryan Doble has enjoyed a strong season.