Mud­dies beat hoodoo

Too good for Ma­reeba, now for the grand fi­nal

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE As­tute Fi­nan­cial Mud- dies drove through the rain to Cairns to find a halo of open skies al­low­ing a de­layed start to their semi fi­nal match against po­ten­tial “hoodoo” team, Ma­reeba A Ban­dits.

The pitch had a bit of life with an un­no­tice­able tacky fin­ish, so the Ma­reeba bowlers were en­cour­aged but strug­gled with con­sis­tency. Per­haps just as well given open­ers Tay­lor (0) and Doble (4) were back in the shed at 2/9 by the 11th over of a max­i­mum 75. Lead­ing run scorer

Shel­don Walz was joined by in form bats­man Si­mon Cody pro­duc­ing a 30-run stand be­fore Walz (8) fell to a poor shot.

Dar­ling­ton built again with Cody to pro­duce a 32-run stand be­fore fairly typ­i­cally get­ting through his shot early, caught high from the out­field for 14. Mud­dies built to 4/71 had let the bal­ance be­tween the teams re­turn and con­sid­er­ing the last game’s col­lapse of 6/13 a repli­ca­tion would have seen them all out for 84.

When Cody was ad­judged leg be­fore wicket for 36, Ma­reeba must have felt the con­trol slide their way, at 5/74.

This left Ju­lian Har­rold and Gary Postans at the crease, nei­ther feel­ing in great form but the weight of time still on their side with a fur­ther 40 overs avail­able.

The pair set about some watch­ful bat­ting al­though their stand of only 18 was dom- inated by Har­rold who looked the goods be­fore dab­bing a di­rect catch to short point for 13, 6/92 and not ex­actly where the reign­ing pre­miers had aimed to be.

Postans was joined by Pete Gil­mour who has per­formed in both Mud­dies grades this sea­son, mainly with the ball though and fi­nally a de­cent part­ner­ship en­sued.

The next 10 overs pro­duced 42 runs with the pitch set­tling down and al­low­ing both bats­men to get on the front foot, strangely the only time in the match.

Postans (14) even­tu­ally mist­imed a drive to be the only vic­tim of Ma­reeba’s bats­man skip­per and to­day part time spin­ner. the Mud­dies soon af­ter lost a se­cond wicket, Gil­mour for a match turn­ing 30, 8/133, but at least a to­tal to bowl at.

Try­ing to ri­val Tay­lor’s 31- ball duck Matt Scheisser built a 20-run part­ner­ship with Keel Sorensen for 9/153 fol­lowed by Barnes/Sorensen for an­other 16 for the last wicket.

Since be­ing 4/71, this time the middle or­der and tail united to re­turn 98 more runs, all out for 168 with 2 balls and 1 minute re­main­ing in the day’s play.

A fo­cused bowl­ing ef­fort by the Mud­dies to end the day saw 15 overs com­pleted and Ma­reeba at 1/12.

The As­tute Fi­nan­cial Mud­dies C grade team, look­ing for back to back pre­mier­ships next week­end

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