Under 16s battle it out
ON day two of the Rovers vs Muddies clash the Astute Financial Muddies dug deep with a fine bowling display to restrict Rovers to a second innings total of 51.
Nathan Deuble’s well-crafted 57 in the Muddies’ second innings was enough to avoid an outright loss and saw the Muddies fall just 52 runs short of victory.
Continuing on with their first innings, Rovers added just 20 runs for their last four wickets with Tex McDowall, Curtis White, Ryan Doble, and Reuben Allison cleaning up the tail.
Rovers began their second innings looking for quick runs and a declaration, with the hope of bowling out the Muddies for an outright win.
The Muddies were not prepared to concede an outright loss and gave up only three boundaries in a tight bowling display backed up by ‘on point’ fielding.
Both opening bowlers Tex McDowall, 0/6 and Reuben Allison, 1/3 were tight with Reuben picking up the wicket of one of the Rovers openers.
The other opener fell to the well-directed leg spin of Tom Harvey who finished with 1/14 from his two overs. Connor White picked up the prize wicket of the Rovers in-form batsmen taking 2/11 from three overs.
Nathan Deuble was as economical as it gets, finishing with figures of 0/0 from one over. Vincent Killeen found his length and had the Rovers batsmen playing with caution to finish with the figures of 0/6 from three overs.
Nick Rayner clean bowled two of the Rovers batsmen and finished as the pick of the bowlers for the innings with 2/1 from his three overs.
Ryan Doble was unlucky not to pick up a wicket bowling some real heat and finished with 0/9 from two overs.
The last wicket before the declaration was taken by Curtis White who finished with 1/1 from one over.
A very good bowling performance and tight, dedicated fielding restricted Rovers to 51 from 19 overs.
Chasing 154 from a recalculated 32 overs, Muddies openers captain Daniel Davidson and vice-captain Ryan Doble made a steady start before Ryan was bowled with the score at 13. When first drop batsmen Curtis 2, Daniel 16 and Nick 0 lost their wickets in quick succession the task of avoiding an outright loss seemed insurmountable.
Tex McDowall and Nathan Deuble had other ideas however and put together a 75 run partnership effectively saving the team from an outright loss to Rovers.
Tex played the steady innings that was needed of him, but eventually falling for 21 from 54 balls.
Nathan Deuble showed the Rovers’ bowling attack no respect. When he fell to a freakish catch for 57 from 74 the score was 111 which is where it remained.
The only other wicket to fall was on the last ball of the day with Vincent being stumped on 1 from 6 balls faced. Connor White remained the not out batsmen on 0 from 0.
The 111 from 32 overs saw the guys fall just 52 runs short of victory.
Next week sees the Astute Financial Muddies play host to Atherton at the Mudpit. ROD Marsh has become the first major casualty of Australia’s humiliating Test series loss to South Africa.
The Australian selection chairman, due to finish his contract in June, stood down today as the pressure for change became overwhelming.
“This is my own decision and no-one within Cricket Australia has pressured me or even suggested that I should do this,” the 96-Test veteran said.
“Clearly, though, it is time for some fresh thinking, just as it is for our Test team to welcome some new faces as we build for the future.
Cricket Australia’s board was to hold an extraordinary meeting last night to appoint a new chairman. Fellow selector Trevor Hohns, who was a 10year chairman, was one of the candidates.