Mud­dies lose in Ma­reeba but im­prov­ing each week

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

IN the fifth game of the sea­son, the As­tute Fi­nan­cial Dou­glas Mud­dies ju­niors went down to Ma­reeba in a mas­sively im­proved per­for­mance, 3-143 to 5-89.

In his first out­ing as cap­tain re­plac­ing the sick Daniel Twomey, Hamish Batterham lost the toss and the Mud­dies were sent in to bat. Hamish and Lochie Nash got on with the job of keep­ing the Ma­reeba bowlers at bay and scor­ing off the loose balls.

With both young boys show­ing cool heads, Hamish re­tired with a new high score of 15, and Lochie with 4 runs when he re­tired.

The left handed combo of An­gus V and Lachie B proved dif­fi­cult to bowl to with both bat­ters again re­tir­ing with new best scores of 11 and 5 re­spec­tively. Finn and Eli were bat­ting com­fort­ably, de­vel­op­ing their call­ing and run­ning be­tween wick­ets.

Both boys were aim­ing to pick out the gaps and had some suc­cess hit­ting the balls where they wanted to.

How­ever, a change in bowl­ing saw Eli bowled with an off­spin­ner for 4 runs. Harper joined Finn at the crease but Harper re­ceived a mon­ster spin­ner that took his leg stump on his third ball.

Af­ter fac­ing a few balls with Ethan at the crease and Finn due to re­tire at the end of the over, Finn smacked a full toss straight to the in-close cover fielder to be caught for 1.

Banjo looked com­fort­able at the crease keep­ing out the bowlers with ease.

He was only dis­missed af­ter tak­ing on the fielder in an ac­cu­rately called quick run, but in the dive for the crease he for­got to ground his bat and was judged out with his whole bat past the crease but in the air.

Ethan was dis­play­ing his crack­ing new shots when he was joined by the reg­u­lar fill-in player from Ma­reeba, old mate Ben, who was out there hit­ting the ball well, un­til he too took on the fielder and was found short of his ground.

The Mud­dies fin­ish­ing their in­nings at 5 for 89, their high­est score of the sea­son with­out any sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion from a fill-in player.

The boys just keep get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter.

The opening bowl­ing pair of young­sters Banjo (age 6, bowl­ing fig­ures 1-16 from 3 overs) and Finn (age 7, bowl­ing fig­ures 0-17 from 3 overs) got the As­tute Mud­dies off to a great start with Banjo tak­ing the bats­men’s stumps out of the ground in his sec­ond over – Ma­reeba 1-11 from 4 overs. Harper bowled up a con­sis­tent storm with sen­sa­tional fig­ures of 0 for 1 from his two overs.

Ethan bowled su­perbly with his newly de­vel­oped run up re­strict­ing the bat­ters to 0 – 4 from his two overs and Lochie Nash bowled a tidy 0 - 6 from 2. Eli started his overs re­ally well but got the wob­bles af­ter he over­thought the sit­u­a­tion end­ing up with 0-25 from 3 overs.

The big hit­ters from Ma­reeba were by then bat­ting, but were some­what re­stricted with great bowl­ing. An­gus and Hamish took up the at­tack and bowled great, tidy lines, An­gus 0 – 10 off his first two, and Hamish hit­ting the stumps to fin­ish with 1 – 16 from 3.

With an ‘As­tute’ field­ing ef­fort, Finn, for the sec­ond week in a row, ran out one of the bat­ters with a di­rect hit from com­pletely side-on (just like his old man in his younger days), find­ing the bat­ter well short of his ground.

An­gus copped a ball to the eye when field­ing one of Hamish’s de­liv­er­ies, leav­ing some stitch marks and some swelling and bruis­ing just above his right eye­brow.

An­gus then strug­gled to fin­ish his last over with his head knock, end­ing up with 0 -27 from three overs.

By this stage, Ma­reeba had man­aged to pass the re­quired total of 90, end­ing up with 143, but at no stage did they look like they were ever re­ally dom­i­nat­ing the young Mud­dies bucks.

Next week’s fix­ture is a home game at Moss­man State High School start­ing at 8:30am vs Ather­ton. If any­one wants to come along and watch, I strongly en­cour­age you to do so, and bring down your sons and daugh­ters.

We are still look­ing for more play­ers for all of our age groups so come down and check out the game or train­ing. Un­der 14 and 16 train Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon from 3:30 on­wards at Moss­man Pri­mary and Un­der 12

Thurs­day af­ter­noon at Moss­man pri­mary from 4pm. Milo In2cricket in­tro­duc­tory cricket for 5-8 year olds (but not re­stricted to those ages) Thurs­day af­ter­noon from 3:30 to 4:30pm at Moss­man High, and the Milo T20 Blast pro­gram (for 8 -10 year olds but not re­stricted to) at the Port Dou­glas Sports Com­plex un­der lights from 5:30pm – 7:00pm Thurs­days.

For more info, con­tact club Pres­i­dent and ju­nior coach Ben Vikionko­rpi on 0438 190 517 or email at ben­

Ryan Stan­away

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