Mud­dies Un­der 14 take win and loss

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Dou­glas Mud­dies Un­der 14s team trav­elled up to Ma­reeba on Satur­day for two T20 games against Bar­ron Blue and Ma­reeba and came away with a big win and a close loss.

Bar­ron won the toss and sent the Mud­dies in to bat.

Bar­ron were keen for re­venge af­ter los­ing to the Mud­dies by just four runs in the last game be­fore the Christ­mas break but open­ers Luke and Bai­ley showed great in­tent to hold Bar­ron out for nine overs be­fore Luke was bowled for 39 of 22 balls and Bai­ley re­tired on 15.

Char­lie made a quick­fire 16 of 11 be­fore his brother Lockie played his best in­nings of the sea­son by frus­trat­ing the Bar­ron bowlers with quick sin­gles to keep a fir­ing Ryan fac­ing to set up a match win­ning part­ner­ship. Ryan was blast­ing the ball to all parts of the field, even­tu­ally retiring with 53 from only 22 balls in­clud­ing 2 sixes and eight fours. Lockie also re­tired un­beaten on 14.

The Mud­dies fin­ished their 20 overs at 5\171.

The Bar­ron bats­men then came out and ran into the best bowl­ing ef­fort the Mud­dies had put in all sea­son and all their play­ers found it hard to score.

Al­though three Bar­ron bats­men re­tired, their top score was only 18 – only three Mud­dies bowlers con­ceded more than 10 runs off their two overs.

While the best was Bai­ley with two clean bowled for only 4 runs, he was backed up by Darcy, Ashton and Luke only con­ced­ing three runs, Bren­nan with only 5 and Lockie only 6.

Bar­ron Blue fin­ished on 5\87 to give Mud­dies a com- pre­hen­sive vic­tory.

The boys knew they were in for a tougher match against a Ma­reeba team that would not have looked out of place on a Rugby field. A re­versed bat­ting line up saw Abel open.

He man­aged to get runs on the board be­fore what may have been a ramp shot went wrong and he was out for 8 off 5 balls. Darcy played well to re­tire on 18 but the top or­der strug­gled against fast, ac­cu­rate bowl­ing.

Ashton swung the game back to the Mud­dies with a pow­er­ful 20 of 18, in­clud­ing three fours and a mas­sive six. Char­lie car­ried his form from the first game and fin­ished not out on 30 from only 15.

The boys did well to scramble to 7\126.

Cap­tain Ryan asked the boys for early wick­ets and led from the front.

His first ball caught the edge and was bril­liantly caught at slip by Jake in a div­ing one­han­der. Bai­ley also bowled well again with 1\6. De­spite con­tin­ued good bowl­ing the big­ger Ma­reeba bod­ies con­tin­ued to get runs on the board and Sac re­tired on 35.

De­spite some great field­ing re­sult­ing in three runouts, in­clud­ing a di­rect hit from Dil­lon, a cou­ple of tough dropped catches helped Ma­reeba get on top and Jett with 27 off 14 not out and rep player Jar­rod 12 not out took Ma­reeba to a win with 5\ 143 off their 20 overs.

The boys put in all day but af­ter 80 overs in the Ma­reeba heat ev­ery­one was happy to see the last ball bowled, not least the coach who um­pired all day.

With only four rounds left in the reg­u­lar sea­son the coach would also like to in­vite any play­ers think­ing about play­ing Un­der 14 next sea­son to come to train­ing at Moss­man pri­mary af­ter school on Wed­nes­days for the next few weeks with all gear sup­plied.

It’s a great way to meet the play­ers who will be your team mates next sea­son and pick up tips from the ex­pe­ri­enced boys who will be mov­ing up to Un­der 16s.

Picture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Ashton Daven­port swung the game back to the Mud­dies U14s

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