Two-day cricket re­turns to Mud­pit

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE sum­mer of cricket is in full swing with the talk around town not of the dis­mal dis­play of the Aus­tralians but the blistering form of the As­tute Fi­nan­cial Mud­dies.

Head­ing back into the two day for­mat (our own mini Test match) B grade were hop­ing their win­ning ways in the shorter games would con­tinue against United.

Three changes to the team with Damo, Travis and Pete un­avail­able and Ben Shrimp­ton at U/21 rep du­ties saw Jared and two veter­ans of Dou­glas cricket in Keith ‘Golden Arm’ Tay­lor and Matt ‘Shirvo’ Schiesser added to the Mud­dies line-up.

Sent into bat af­ter los­ing the toss on a hot Sun­day af­ter­noon, the newly formed open­ing pair of Ran­dal and Keith walked to the mid­dle full of con­fi­dence and plan­ning to be out there as long as pos­si­ble.

Both bats­men dug in deep at the start of the in­nings to not give the United bowlers a chance with Kei­thy frus­trat­ing the bowlers with his rock solid de­fen­sive tech­nique and Randy do­ing the bulk of his scor­ing with his trade mark pull shots and dabs.

The pair put on a 55-run part­ner­ship be­fore Keith was dis­missed by a peach of a de­liv­ery that gripped and spun out of the rough bowl­ing him around his legs.

Jared came and went hardly trou­bling the score­book and Ethan was start­ing to look comftable in the mid­dle un­til a mix up run­ning be­tween the wick­ets saw Ethan run out for 10.

Ran­dal’s master­class of an in­nings came to an end on 66 af­ter 2½ hours of break­ing down the United bowl­ing at­tack on a dif­fi­cult bat­ting deck, set­ting up the mid­dle or­der to cap­i­talise on a great start.

Cody was joined by Evans at the crease and the run rate im­me­di­ately picked up be­fore Evans was dis­missed. Buck­ets came to the crease and con­tin­ued the scor­ing with Cus­tard Arm Cody who was on fire again, hit­ting glo­ri­ous shots to all ar­eas of the Mud­pit.

Buck­ets was caught out for 13 and Luco came and went without scor­ing Cody was left to bat with the tail again, this time the tail had a bit of wag in the way of 6 foot 8 Kaiden ‘buy me an adult size bat’ Sorensen.

Kaiden cop­ping a bit of ban­ter from his team mates went out with a point to prove club­bing 25 runs off 15 balls in­clud­ing a 6 that lifted the crowd out of their seats cheer­ing.

At the tea break, proudly spon­sored by Dave’s Take- away/ Port BBQ Chick­ens, the score was 9/196 and Cody on 46 not out the skip­per de­cided to de­clare and give the bowlers a bit un­der an hour to get a few quick wick­ets.

The Mud­dies en­tered the field with en­thu­si­asm and ban­ter lev­els at max­i­mum ready to snag a cou­ple of the weary United bats­men who had been field­ing in the heat for the last four hours.

The new ball was handed to a fired up Luco who had im­me­di­ate ef­fect tak­ing wick­ets with the 2nd and 4th balls of the in­nings and bowl­ing both bats­men with pace and ag­gres­sion.

Up the other end Kaiden was bowl­ing his un­playable de­liv­er­ies trap­ping the opener in front LBW and Luco picked up his third with a base­ball style catch off his own bowl­ing.

Keel bowled with con­trol, flight and turn, bowl­ing three con­sec­u­tive maid­ens and the age­less work­horse Shirvo bowled a great line and length and both bowlers were un­lucky not to grab a wicket each.

At the end of the day United were 4/31 (Lu­cas 3/11, Kaiden 1/13) chas­ing the Mud­dies 9/196 dec (Smith 66, Cody 46*, Kaiden 25).

Come down to the Mud­pit at 1 pm to watch the lads push for an out­right win to pro­pel the Mud­dies into the top 4.

Free en­try and food and drinks at mem­ber’s prices for all home games this year.

Ran­dal’s master­class of an in­nings came to an end af­ter 2½ hours of break­ing the at­tack

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Ran­dal Smith hits out

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