Back-two-back win­ners

Hard fought win over Rovers seals the dream

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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

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