C grade lose cliffhanger

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

IT was a re­play of last sea­son’s two day Grand Fi­nal with Mud­dies 3rd Grade tak­ing on Rovers at home last Satur­day, with the lo­cal lads reign­ing Champs and things start­ing well for this one-day clash when the toss was won, Mud­dies elect­ing to bat.

Dar­ling­ton (11) swung from ball one although his tim­ing was not too good, squirt­ing balls to the on and off sides rather than straight where in­tended, typ­i­cally caught only a few overs in to give class bat Alex Jenk­ins an op­por­tu­nity to part­ner the veteran Tay­lor.

The pair took the score to 42 be­fore Alex (16) dis­ap­pointed him­self to a sec­ond rate bowler. En­ter Dan Har­ris.

The pair con­tin­ued with Tay­lor turn­ing the strike over well and the team scor­ing at 4 an over prior to the drinks break, Har­ris (6) stumped just prior. Walz (7), keen for a big score, started well but didn’t last – stumped. Mud­dies’ wheels were get­ting wob­bly at 4/64 and after Tay­lor was bowled for 24 the wheels fell off, Mud­dies all out for 100 with 2 overs to spare.

Rovers were out of the blocks early and scor­ing eas­ily to some loose bowl­ing, after 7 of the 30 overs 0/47, need­ing just 54 off the re­main­ing 23 overs! Barnes (1/2 off 6) was held back and Golden Arm Tay­lor (4/17 off 6) came on with al­most im­me­di­ate ef­fect, Red­fern (2/23) at the other end con­tain­ing the bats­men as ev­ery­thing the Mud­dies did turned to gold, wick­ets at 49, 51, 64, 66, 74, 75, 92, 92 (in­clud­ing a 5 over spell with just 1 run).

This left Rovers with 1 wicket in hand and 5 runs re­quired off 6 balls. They scratched over the line and Mud­dies were de­feated, although as skip­per Steve Doble told his team; “Take strong merit from that ses­sion lads. Rovers will go home think­ing wow we only just won that after one of the best hours of cricket most were likely to see.

“What a come­back! We took away all ad­van­tage we pos­si­bly could and they will have even more re­spect for us as the Grades’ most threat­en­ing team. Don’t for­get we are the cur­rent Champs and come fi­nals we will have the chance to re­verse this re­sult”.

Pic­ture: SHANE NICHOLS

The eyes have it: Matt Schiesser in char­ac­ter­is­tic fight­ing mode for the C grade Mud­dies

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