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