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