JU­NIOR CRICKET

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

TAK­ING on the stronger of the two Ather­ton teams, the As­tute baby Mud­crabs went down by 76 runs in a mas­sively im­proved ef­fort from their last en­counter.

Look­ing to im­prove their team score of 5 the last time they played this Ather­ton team, the Mud­dies un­der 12’s were bol­stered by the in­clu­sion of Bai­ley El­liot and Daniel Nash who had a bye for their un­der 14 comp.

Hamish Bat­ter­ham lost the toss and his team were sent in to bat. Open­ing with Bai­ley and Daniel, Bai­ley started qui­etly just find­ing his feet. Daniel had a mas­sive swing on his first ball, be­ing dropped from a one handed at­tempted catch at short mid-wicket.

The runs slowly ticked over un­til Bai­ley skyed a catch only to be called a waist-high noball. How­ever, Daniel Nash wi­didn’t re­alise that you can be run out on a no-ball, stopped run­ning half-way down the pitch only to be run out for 7.

Daniel Twomey took on the at­tack, show­ing new­found com­bi­na­tion of de­fence and at­tack, in­creas­ing the scor­ing rate with Bai­ley. Bai­ley re­tired af­ter smack­ing the ball to all parts of the bound­ary, as did Daniel.

Ethan Scott and Banjo looked com­fort­able un­til Ethan got a bounc­ing ball that popped up off his de­fen­sive shot to the close in fielder to be caught with­out scor­ing. Finn Vikionko­rpi and Banjo, dubbed the ‘in­vin­ci­ble midgets’ by the Ather­ton team, com­fort­ably de­fended against the kids nearly twice their age, sneak­ing in a few sin­gles here and there. Af­ter they both re­tired, Eli Smith and Lach­lan Bat­ter­ham be­gan their of­fen­sive, with Lachie dis­patch­ing the ball to the bound­ary with his favoured leg side shot.

Eli showed great game aware­ness sneak­ing in the sin­gles where he could and dis­play­ing a new found con­fi­dence with the bat.

Af­ter these two re­tired, An­gus Vikionko­rpi and Hamish Bat­ter­ham had three overs left to smack the bowlers around.

Hamish had a swing and missed, and when the keeper missed the ball as well, An­gus called for a quick sin­gle, but the keeper had got just enough glove on the ball to slow it down and An­gus was un­for­tu­nately run out for a di­a­mond duck.

Hamish then got car­ried away and sent a ball into the clouds that had ice on it when it was caught. Eli and Lachie B then fin­ished out the overs, with the Mud­dies fi­nal score on 126, their high­est team to­tal of the year.

The young fel­las started strongly with Hamish tak­ing an early wicket, rat­tling the stumps. Daniel strug­gled to find line and length but even­tu­ally hit his straps. Finn and Banjo bowled tidily with Finn claim­ing an­other bowled to his name. Bai­ley swung the ball like a mad­man with the bat­ters hav­ing no idea where it was go­ing.

Eli bowled with re­newed vigour send­ing down flat, straight balls that trou­bled the bat­ters. Ethan strug­gled for line early, but af­ter chang­ing to around the wicket, he bowled per­fectly, claim­ing a wicket af­ter a great catch from Lachie Bat­ter­ham at point.

Lochie Nash bowled re­ally well with his new run up and de­liv­ery stride, clean­ing up the leg stump of an un­sus­pect­ing bat­ter.

Ev­ery sin­gle player per­formed ex­cep­tion­ally well in the heat. Mak­ing 121 runs more than the last game against this Ather­ton team and re­strict­ing them to 60 less runs, the proof is in the pud­ding of how much these young men are im­prov­ing their game.

This week they travel to Walka­min to take on Ather­ton 2. The boys will be happy for the re­turn of Harper Hen­ning this week to bol­ster the ranks.

Hamish sent a ball into the clouds that had ice on it. Eli and Lachie B fin­ished out the overs, with the Mud­dies on 126, their high­est team to­tal of the year

Daniel Twomey bat­ted and bowled well for the ju­nior Mud­dies

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