Muddies B take fight to old foe
WITH the one day competition done and dusted it was time for the Muddies cricket teams to return to two-day competition. The B Grade Astute Financial Douglas Muddies went up against old rivals Mulgrave Punjabi at the Mudpit last Sunday.
It was a hot and still day at the Mudpit, with Muddies having the return of Simon (Custard arm) Cody and with Daniel (Reders No. 2) Redfern and Keith (Fossil) Taylor coming up from C Grade to help out the B Grade team.
With captain Ethan McCullough winning the toss Muddies elected to bat and young guns Randal Smith and Keith opened the batting.
Randal was gutted to be called LBW on the first ball of the innings, followed shortly by Keith bowled out 2/10 after 12 overs.
It was again the Kiwi bros Simon and Travis Gooch who produced the goods and led a charge against the Punjabi’s bowlers with both batsmen digging in and consistently putting runs on the board with an important partnership of 54 before Simon lost his wicket caught on 33, which seems to be a consistent score for Cody.
This brought Captain Courageous to the crease and he and Gooch continued to show the Muddies’ batting expertise making another important partnership of 56 before McCullough was stumped for 22.
Jared Stewart went in and returned shortly after being bowled for 6. Gooch was in fine form top scoring on an awesome score of 60.
This brought Gary (Buckets) Postans and Kaiden (Kaos) Sorensen to the crease, with both batsmen looking toup the run rate until Kaiden got an inside edge onto his wickets bowled for 6. Michael (Sergeant) Schulz marched to the crease, scoring his first runs for B Grade with (8no) with he and Buckets picking the gaps and some boundaries finishing off the Muddies innings with a great team effort Buckets (35 no) (nice Gary) and Muddies declaring on 7/182.
With three overs left in the day’s play Muddies went in to bowl. Kaos and Schulz brought heat to the Punjabi’s batsmen with Michael picking up a wicket.
Punjabi’s were 1/0 at the end of day one.
Muddies will be looking to continue their great performance with both teams returning to the Mudpit to finish off the second half of this twodayer. Let’s go Muddies
Simon Cody for the B grade Muddies versus Punjabi