Hard fought win over Rovers seals the dream
ASTUTE Financial Muddies’ weekend of finals saw C Grade successfully defend their total to snatch a victory against Rovers and enshrine a back to back premiership.
On day one they started play after the lunch break due to wet ground delays.
some thought the MudCrabs would take to the muddy field but their skipper won the toss and elected to bat, and ideally bat and bat as “finals rules” permit, batting Rovers out of the potential 180+ over game.
Taylor and Doble showed patience and commitment in seeing off 20 overs from the openers, the first and second change bowlers but then bowler five had Doble caught, fol- lowed by a dubious Walz wicket and then Taylor; 3/36!
Tom Goodall (swapping with Simon Cody in a B to C grade swap) looked poised and powerful with two big boundaries and although Darlington fell at 5/52 it was the follow up of Tom, the only “bowled” in the match at 5/55 off 34 overs that looked daunting.
Postans set about to support Harrold and the pair pushed the ones and twos for a 21-run stand followed by Gilmour supporting at 6/76.
Then in 9 overs from 6/95 the pair smashed their way to 6/158 and the Muddies were back on top still with a slow outfield but a less active wicket.
Harrold (58) and Gilmour (45) added 82 but unfortunately the tail didn’t wag much and Muddies set a 1st innings total of 170.
Given earlier delays, play had been extended to 6pm leaving Rovers 7 overs to face and an impatient Pete Gilmour with ball in hand and greedy Mr Barnes ready at the other. Pete bowled 3 consecutive maidens and Barnes 1, but it was Pete’s 5th and 6th first deliveries that really shook Rovers as Taylor took a slow motion catch diving forward at gully and Pete trapping an LBW next delivery – Rovers finishing at 2/5 and lots of work for day 2. The ground had improved and the pitch freshly rolled looked great for batting but superb lines from Gilmour rendered him too difficult, taking the edge of the bat to Barnes at slip. 3-14 became 4/23 as Gilmour trapped another LBW.
Keel Sorensen was brought into the attack as his Muddies team mates overheard Rovers’ #1 batsman waffling something about “great, gunna hit some sixes off the kid”.
Rovers’ #1 batsman was waffling something about “great, gunna hit some sixes off the kid”
Muddies C grade savour the moment, with their second premiership in two seasonsemiers in 2016