Muddies beat hoodoo
Too good for Mareeba, now for the grand final
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