Muddies U16s eye spot in the finals
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.