Muddies Under 14 take win and loss
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.
Ashton Davenport swung the game back to the Muddies U14s