Mud­dies do it tough at Mareeba

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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