Muddies C premiers once again
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Keel oblivious to this simply bowled his own game no different to his teammates playing “their brand of cricket, the Muddies way” and BANG second delivery the mouthing bunny was caught behind. Rovers still had Forsyth 17no off 69 deliveries but when Keel had him caught and bowled Rovers were reeling worse than the Muddies had fared, 6/38.
Big hitting Barry Lea had been a bunny for Keel during the season but he took Gilmour over the boundary for 1 six followed by Keel for 2 as Rovers quickly doubled their score in just 8 overs, now 6/77.
Barnes put an end to it, Gilmour catching Lea for 27 then the other threatening batsmen #7 Koch caught behind off Gilmour (his 5th wicket). 8/107 again looked attractive to the Muddies but their plight was far from over as some great all round bowling failed to produce much and the only two chances went to grass!
Patane combined with a junior player and 8/110 became 120, 130, 140. At drinks, despite many a bowling change and significantly more field adjustments Golden Arm Keith Taylor (pictured) in his 101st game was approached by the skip to bowl and Walz brought back to replace Barnes.
Keith’s first over went for 6, Walz 1, then Taylor with all the gusto of a cyclone appealed for an LBW landing on the batsman’s boot – GONE!
Rovers, needing 22 to win, had 1 wicket in hand but their prior 3 wickets had produced some 111 runs! Nerves were frayed. The last 9 overs trickled just 12 runs, and Muddies had only 9 runs left to defend and a Premiership waiting to be snatched.
Walz was defended first ball of his last over prior to an overflighted delivery meeting the blow of the bat straight back to Matt Scheisser at shortish mid on to complete the winning wicket! Muddies C Grade back-to-back premiers – THEY LOVE CRICKET! GO B GRADE!