Muddies lose in Mareeba but improving each week
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.