Mud­dies B take fight to old foe

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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

Picture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Si­mon Cody for the B grade Mud­dies ver­sus Pun­jabi

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