Muddies do it tough at Mareeba
BEING relegated to play at Walkamin State School due to the Tolga races, the mighty Astute Muddies Under 12s were no match for the strength of Mareeba, losing 230 – 94.
After losing the toss, the Muddies were sent in to bat. Hamish and Lochie Nash opened up and seemingly Hamish had some pent up energy from the drive, swinging hard across the line early. He didn’t last too long, being given out (uncharacteristically for under 12) LBW for 5. Angus and Lochie held the bowlers at bay for a long time, giving Lochie time to see the ball better.
He soon smashed some front foot cut shots through cover for 4 in new found confidence.
Angus was just about to retire but found the edge to be caught behind by the keeper. Daniel Twomey was also swinging hard across the line early on but struggled to make contact.
He soon had his stumps removed from a classy in-swinging yorker.
Lochie Nash eventually reat tired at drinks with a new top score of 13. Finn and Eli resumed after drinks with the little fellas sneaking singles and keeping to much bigger Atherton bowlers out.
Finn retired, Eli was caught and Lachlan B and Ethan held their wickets.
However, the quicker reaction times of the bigger opponents saw Ethan and Lachlan both caught by in close fielders. Hamish got a 2nd chance in the last few overs and quickly raced to 9 with 2 boundaries before the innings was closed at 94 runs.
Taking to the field for the third hour of play, the heat was rising and the fatigue was setting in.
The boys all bowled in two over spells, with Daniel and Lochie N opening up. From the get go, it was clear the Atherton team had plans to go hard the bowling of the much smaller and younger and opposition.
Lochie N bowled tidily not going for many. Finny and Angus bowled nice straight lines but they were in the hitting zones so they saw a few balls race over the boundary. Lachlan B and Eli both bowled well with Eli improving his action and line every week. After Hamish finished keeping he bowled with Ethan.
Ethan bowled a few out the back of the hand that ended up short but then corrected these errors to bowl with absolute heat. Ethan became the only Muddies bowler of the day to take a wicket, rattling the stumps with a great nut.
In the end, size and experience proved the difference.
The most pleasing thing about the day was the effort of the young Muddies.
The boys performed really well throughout the day and should be proud of their efforts this season. The last game before Christmas is this weekend at Mossman SHS against Mareeba. The game starts at 8:30am and will be a cracker.