Jnr Muddies claim their first victory
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!