Un­der 16s bat­tle it out

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

Vin­cent Killeen

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