Un­der 14s bat­tle it out with top team

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Dou­glas Mud­dies Un­der 14 team have spent the last two Satur­days trav­el­ling to Tolga for a top of the ta­ble clash against an Ather­ton side boast­ing sev­eral re­gional and State rep­re­sen­ta­tive play­ers and came away with a well-earned draw.

After be­ing sent in on a hard and fast pitch, cap­tain Ryan was un­for­tu­nate to be out in the first over with­out trou­bling the scor­ers but the rest of the team all made runs against some fast and ac­cu­rate bowl­ing.

Char­lie led the way with a pa­tient 27 and was well backed up by Bai­ley, 18, and Jake, 17.

An in­di­ca­tion of how fast Beau from Ather­ton was bowl­ing was when he got an edge from Abel that went in be­tween the keeper and first slip for four with­out ei­ther player at­tempt­ing a catch.

Ather­ton took the field full of con­fi­dence that was short lived as the boys had them in trou­ble early.

Only two play­ers in the top nine reached dou­ble fig­ures but their cap­tain, Ma­son, and num­ber 10, Beau, stead­ied the ship and saw out the first day with a slen­der five-run lead.

The se­cond day saw the Ather­ton bowlers rip­ping in again and the Mud­dies tail did well to get the score to 150 and a 30-run lead.

Ma­son and Beau then con­tin­ued their in­nings and took the game away from the Mud­dies with Ma­son even­tu­ally re­tir­ing with a chance­less 101 not out and Beau even­tu­ally run out for a typ­i­cal fast bowler’s en­ter­tain­ing 64.

This saw Ather­ton take first in­nings points and the se­cond in­nings re­duced to 10 overs each with both sides mak­ing 1\80 and the match drawn.

Con­grat­u­la­tions also to co­cap­tain Luke Twomey and Bai­ley El­liot for mak­ing the CFN rep team.

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