Un­der 16s well placed for sec­ond day vs Ather­ton

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

AF­TER an en­ter­tain­ing Fri­day evening pitch re­port from ap­pren­tice grounds­man Red­derz, the As­tute Fi­nan­cial Un­der 16s Mud­dies were keen to get a look at the deck for day one of their two day match against Ather­ton.

Af­ter ar­guably the boys’ best per­for­mance of the sea­son to date, they led Ather­ton with both teams still in their first in­nings – Ather­ton 7/111, Mud­dies 3/124.

Win­ning a cru­cial toss af­ter a wet night, cap­tain Daniel David­son sent the Ather­ton boys in to bat.

The Ather­ton opener, and cap­tain, popped one up on just the third ball of the match and was out for a duck, caught off the bowl­ing of vice cap­tain Ryan Doble.

Ryan’s five overs saw him fin­ish day one with 1/25. Reuben Al­li­son con­tin­ued his im­pres­sive form with the ball fin­ish­ing with 0/9 from three overs and first change bowler Cur­tis White con­sis­tently bowled good ar­eas, trou­bling the bats­men with his 0/8 from three overs.

Liam Clacherty’s heat had the Ather­ton bats­men jump­ing, and Nathan Deu­ble’s good form with the ball con­tin­ued, pick­ing up both the other opener, and the prize wicket of Sa­madhi Baker to claim an im­pres­sive 2/6 from four overs.

Vin­cent Killeen’s leg spin played havoc with the Ather­ton mid­dle order ac­count­ing for three of their bats­men from his six over spell, in­clud­ing a dou­ble wicket maiden.

Nick Rayner took care of the Ather­ton keeper, again im­pres­sive with 1/5 from four overs in­clud­ing two maid­ens. Tom Har­vey and Tex McDowall were both im­pres­sive tak­ing 0/16 and 0/4 re­spec­tively.

When the Mud­dies took to the crease the Ather­ton opening bowlers strug­gled to make an im­pres­sion un­til Daniel David­son was trapped in front LBW for 23 from 35 balls faced. Nathan Deu­ble was as im­pres­sive with the bat as he was with the ball com­pil­ing a well crafted 34 from 48.

Ryan Stan­away, play­ing up a grade from the Mud­dies U14s team, is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly valu­able to the U16 team with his at­tack­ing bat­ting style.

At the close of play on the first day the not out bats­men are Vin­cent Killeen 32 from 55 and Cur­tis White 11 from 39.

Day two of the clash kicks off at the re­vised time of 9am at the Mud­pit next Satur­day.

Vin­cent Killeen’s leg spin played havoc with the Ather­ton mid­dle order ac­count­ing for three of their bats­men from his six over spell

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