Mud­dies U16s eye spot in the fi­nals

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Dou­glas Mud­dies Un­der 14s hosted Mul­grave at the aptly named “Mud Pit” on Satur­day and the boys were fired up.

Af­ter last week’s game was washed out this was a must win to ce­ment fourth spot and a shot at play­ing in the fi­nals.

The grounds­man asked for a de­layed start to help dry the field and due to a fol­low­ing game the match was re­duced to 28 overs each. Mul­grave won the toss and had no hes­i­ta­tion in send­ing the Mud­dies in on a slow wet out­field and a sticky pitch.

Open­ers Char­lie and Ryan faced the tough­est bat­ting con­di­tions of the sea­son with Ryan even let­ting the first over go for an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic maiden.

With Char­lie scor­ing a sin­gle to be­gin the next over Ryan de­cided the best way to avoid the out­field was to go over it and a big six got his team­mates out of their seats ap­plaud­ing.

That broke the shack­les and when Char­lie was out for 10 five overs later Ryan was al­ready 35. Mul­grave had no an­swer to Ryan’s pow­er­ful strokes to all parts and were happy to have him re­tire on 60 of just 53 balls, in­clud­ing two sixes and four fours.

Things were look­ing good at the start of the last over with Scotty and Luke at the crease but Scotty could only watch on as Will from Mul­grave pro­duced the over of the match. Luke caught be­hind to a blinder of a catch from the wicket keeper, Abel duck­ing the next ball bouncer but nick­ing it to the keeper, Dy­lan get­ting a genuine edge to be caught be­hind for the hat trick and Jake just avoid­ing a loud LBW ap­peal of the last ball of the in­nings.

The Mud­dies fin­ished a re­spectable 7\145 that could have looked a lot bet­ter.

Jake opened the bowl­ing and had the Mul­grave bats­men jump­ing around some rip­ping York­ers and only conceded 1 run. Scotty bowled the sec­ond and had Josh well caught by Daniel first ball. Those two overs set the tone as all the boys bowled well and Mul­grave found scor­ing dif­fi­cult and lost reg­u­lar wick­ets.

The field­ing ef­fort was also first class and noth­ing was get­ting past Bai­ley.

The skip­per mixed pace and spin through­out the in­nings and this slowed the run rate even as the pitch dried out and got bet­ter to bat on.

Mul­grave fin­ished on 7/99 to give the Mud­dies a good win and per­cent­age boost. The boys play fifth placed United next week and af­ter United lost this week a win will see the Mud­dies Un­der 14 al­most cer­tain to be in the fi­nals.

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