Mud­dies B make it five in a row with vic­to­ries in Cairns

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE As­tute Fi­nan­cial Mud­dies trav­elled down to Grif­fith Park in Cairns to try to push their re­cent win­ning steak with two 20/20 matches against Norths and Mul­grave Pun­jabi.

Los­ing the toss and be­ing sent into the field skip­per Ethan con­veyed a clear and con­cise mes­sage to the lads that tight bowl­ing and a good team field­ing ef­fort will win the game.

Pis­tol Pete and Luco opened up bowl­ing with a tight and at times un­playable line and length leav­ing the Norths bat­ting line-up in a bit of trou­ble at 2/17 after 6 overs and when Keel caused a run out off his own bowl­ing things were look­ing up for the Mud­dies.

Norths bats­men dug in deep through the mid­dle overs scor­ing a lit­tle bit more freely with the change of bowlers un­til the 48-run stand was stopped in its track by Kaiden with good field­ing and ter­ri­ble run­ning be­tween the wick­ets re­sult­ing in an­other run out.

The field­ing was in­fec­tious with some great div­ing saves and two more run outs, Ethan and Kaiden, in the fi­nal overs com­pounded with some tidy bowl­ing at the death re­strict­ing Norths to 87 – a very su­per­sti­tious and un­lucky num­ber for some.

Ran­dal started slowly and strug­gled to ro­tate the strike over but when Damo got to face the bowl­ing the re­sults were im­me­di­ate, smash­ing two bound­aries off his first three balls. Mud­dies were chas­ing 56 runs off 66 balls.

Gooch ‘Jesse Ry­der’ was joined by Evans at the crease and the plan was sim­ple – score runs quickly, and that they did.

Ry­der turned the strike over nicely for The Big Show to un­leash a cou­ple of sixes, in­clud­ing a mon­ster clear­ing the outer fence and into the gut­ter in a short lived cameo of 20 runs of 9 balls. Four wick­ets in 3 overs brought Si­mon Cody out to the mid­dle, after Gary Buck­ets was out for his first golden duck in his ca­reer.

Need­ing 25 runs and bat­ting with the tail Cody took charge and hit some ele­gant shots to top score and close out the match hit­ting the win­ning runs with 21 not out and leav­ing some real se­lec­tion headaches for next week.

As­tute Fi­nan­cial Mud­dies won by 3 wick­ets with 13 balls to spare Norths 8/87 (Lu­cas 2/15, Smith 1/4) def by Mud­dies 7/90 (Cody 21*, Evans 20,)

The se­cond match was the saw a one-day grand-fi­nal re­match from last year against fierce ri­vals Mul­grave Pun­jabi in a highly an­tic­i­pated match for the Mud­dies to ex­act a bit of re­venge after last year’s loss.

Skip­per Ethan lost the coin toss again – maybe some ex­tra toss­ing prac­tice is needed.

The Mud­dies were sent back into the field with Ethan re­it­er­at­ing the same mes­sage as last game. Pis­tol Pete set the tone for the match with the first over tak­ing a wicket maiden and things looked down from there for the Pun­jabi’s, up the other end Luco bowled with pace and ag­gres­sion tear­ing apart the top or­der tak­ing three wick­ets.

A change of bowl­ing saw no rest for the bats­men as the Sorensen brothers Kaiden and Keel toyed with the bats­men like they were play­ing in the back­yard at home, pick­ing up five wick­ets be­tween them and bowl­ing out the Pun­jabi’s for a woe­ful score of 57.

The odd cou­ple had a point to prove chas­ing down the small tar­get, with a lit­tle bit of role re­ver­sal with Ran­dal be­ing the ag­gres­sor pun­ish­ing the ball to all parts of Grif­fith Park while Damo up the other end was hav­ing a hard time find­ing the bound­ary but was more than happy to ro­tate the strike.

Both bats­men stayed strong and chased the to­tal down com­fort­ably­with Ran­dal hit­ting a 6 right in front of the Mud­dies crowd to an almighty roar, Damo fin­ish­ing the match in style bring up the vic­tory with a 6.

Mud­dies walk­ing away con­vinc­ing win­ners with 8 overs to spare Pun­jabi 10/57 (Kaiden 3/13, Luco 3/14, Keel 2/10, Pete 1/14) Mud­dies 61 (Ran­dal 36*, Damo 19*)

This week­end is LADIES day with the Mud­dies B grade back in Port Dou­glas at the Mud­pit at 1pm play­ing in a dou­ble header against United, with C grade play­ing in the morn­ing.

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Ran­dal Smith de­parts

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