Jnr Mud­dies claim their first vic­tory

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

AGAINST Ma­reeba at Moss­man SHS last Satur­day, the Un­der 12 Mud­dies, in a game of many per­sonal bests, claim their first win for the sea­son, de­feat­ing Ma­reeba 185 – 164.

With ill­nesses and in­jury play­ing havoc with team num­bers, the baby Mud­dies were left scram­bling for play­ers in the lead up to the game (much like their se­nior grade coun­ter­parts).

Daniel Nash and Abel Terry put up their hand to help out the young Mud­dies pro­vid­ing some much needed size to the in­vin­ci­ble midgets.

With Ma­reeba also hav­ing an ex­tra player, they loaned the Mud­dies Angus Camp­man to help bol­ster the ranks.

Hamish Bat­ter­ham fi­nally won the toss and elected to field reap­ing im­me­di­ate suc­cess. First ball saw a dropped catch that re­sulted in a run out from Campo; Daniel Nash then picked up a sec­ond wicket in the first over; Ma­reeba 2 for 0.

Daniel Twomey then claimed two beau­ti­ful wick­ets with the first two balls of his first over to be on a hat-trick and Ma­reeba at 4 wick­ets for 0 runs. Daniel then found the edge on his hat-trick ball but went past the keeper to third man.

Ma­reeba were also bol­stered by a vis­it­ing player from Bris­bane, tak­ing an ag­gres­sive ap­proach to bat­ting and scor­ing freely, the shin­ing light scor­ing nearly one third of Ma­reeba’s runs. The young Mud­dies then all bowled re­ally tight lines and fielded like demons, in amongst the spear grass go­ing half-way up their shins and their whites full of grass seeds, to re­strict Ma­reeba to 165 runs.

Hamish sent in Lochie Nash and Abel Terry to open the bat­ting. Abel was steady and Lochie looked solid un­til a quicker ball slid through his gate tak­ing out his stumps. Daniel Twomey and Abel then lifted the scor­ing rate un­til Abel re­tired for 25. Finn V went out at num­ber 4, and with a new found con­fi­dence hit his first bound­ary and re­tired with a new best score of 7. Daniel Twomey also re­tired which saw Ethan and Eli at the crease. Eli was look­ing good un­til his stumps were rat­tled in a new best score of 6.

The ever im­prov­ing Ethan also hit his first bound­ary and re­tired for the first time with a new best score of 5.

Angus V and Hamish then paired up. With Angus look­ing to con­tinue the scor­ing, he smoked a short ball only to be taken by a sen­sa­tional catch at short mid-wicket after mul­ti­ple catches had al­ready gone down. Hamish and Daniel Nash then teamed up and started blast­ing the Ma­reeba bowlers all over the park.

Hamish showed good poise, ini­tially block­ing when needed and then putting the bad balls away. He even­tu­ally got the rush of blood and started swing­ing at ev­ery­thing, but it came off as he fin­ished with a new best score of 35 not out re­tired. Daniel Nash (26 not out) and Angus Camp­man then worked to­gether to chase down the Ma­reeba to­tal and push the Mud­dies score to 185, their high­est score this sea­son and claim­ing their first win in the process.

It was a sen­sa­tional day for the Mud­dies, made all the bet­ter by the sports­man­ship on dis­play and the boys fill­ing in for other teams, dis­play­ing a level of re­spect, cour­tesy and ca­ma­raderie that of­ten goes missing in adult life.

The As­tute Fi­nan­cial Christ­mas Party is this Satur­day night, December 17, at the Mud Pit, start­ing at 4:30pm with a ju­nior T20 game. All club mem­bers, play­ers and life mem­bers are wel­come to at­tend. Merry Christ­mas from the Mud­dies!

Ju­nior Mud­dies

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