Con­fi­dent Mud­dies B eye the cup

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE B Grade As­tute Fi­nan­cial Dou­glas Mud­dies played an­other suc­cess­ful match in their sec­ond game of the year at the Mud­pit in a one dayer against the Rovers Green Caps.

It was a hot and sweaty day at the Mud­pit, with groundskeeper Kei­thy Tay­lor pro­duc­ing an­other great pitch for the B grade Mud­dies and the re­turn of Pete (Happy) Gil­mour, Ran­dal Smith, Adam (Bobby) Lu­cas and a new player KB.

With cap­tain Ethan McCul­lough los­ing the toss Mud­dies were sent into bat with Ethan and Jared Ste­wart open­ing. It didn’t look good for the Mud­dies when both bats­men fell in the first 3 overs 2/9.

But it was the Kiwi bros Si­mon Cody and Travis Gooch who pro­duced the goods with both bats­men putting runs on the board with an im­por­tant part­ner­ship of 61 be­fore Si­mon lost his wicket, bowled, on 35.

With Ran­dal re­turn­ing, both he and Travis con­tin­ued to show the bat­ting ex­per­tise with easy runs and the help from Rovers with some bad field­ing/catch­ing be­fore Ran­dal was caught for 19. Gary (Buck­ets) Postans and Gooch con­tin­ued the great bat­ting per­for­mance be­fore Travis un­lucky to be called LBW two runs short of an­other 50.

This brought Pete to the crease.

He looked like he was play­ing a big bash, not quite as good as Chris Lynn, but mak­ing 34 off 12 balls with 4 sixes.

Gary (12) and KB (5no) fin­ished off the in­nings with some good hits and Mud­dies com­plet­ing their 35 overs with a great team ef­fort of 7/179.

Mud­dies open­ing bowlers Kaiden (Skippy) Sorensen and Pete bowled well be­fore both bowlers picked up a wicket each in their sec­ond overs, as­sisted by catches from KB and Buck­ets. The heat was get­ting to the bowlers so cap­tain Ethan opted to give them a spell which brought on first change bowlers.

Michael Klein-Boon­schate (KB) who picked up his first smash­ing wicket clean bowl­ing one of Rovers rep play­ers with the first ball of his spell and Keel (1000 grams) Sorensen who fin­ished his spell with 2 wick­ets, one with a great catch by Ran­dal and the other a well earned stump­ing by Ste­wart.

Ran­dal also bowled four overs, achiev­ing a wicket with an­other quick stump­ing by Ste­wart. It was the re­turn of the open­ing bowlers who fin­ished off the Rovers’ bats­men and with a run out by Bobby.

The Mud­dies had Rovers all out for 78.

Wicket tak­ers for Mud­dies were Pete 3/10; Kaiden 2/14; Keel 2/27; KB 1/7 and Ran­dal 1/17.

Next week B grade Mud­dies go up against Norths in a 1 dayer at the Mud­pit. Mud­dies are keen to re­main at the top of the 1 Day lad­der with the One Day Fi­nal to be held on Fe­bru­ary 5.

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