U12s struggle in Mareeba
Juniors looking to make amends with looming home game
THE mighty Under 12 Muddies played Mareeba in Mareeba last Saturday, but went down to a bigger and stronger team.
Travelling to Firth Park, the boys arrived to a rarely seen lush green field Mareeba outfield. Obviously this was due to the recent wet weather, and the field was still very wet upon arrival. Daniel Twomey won the toss and elected to bowl, avoiding oncoming hot weather in the third and fourthhours of the game.
The lads started tidily having Mareeba 2 / 2 with Daniel and Angus both claiming wickets in their first overs. From there on, Mareeba changed the game with some solid batting and running between wickets, regularly ticking the score over.
The ball became very wet with the overnight rain and dew refusing to evaporate from the field making throwing and bowling that much harder. Each of the boys fielded and bowled very well with lots of great efforts happening.
Unfortunately new-comer Caleb succumbed to the winding road and had to leave the field due to illness. In a valiant effort, he later returned but was forced to immediately chase two balls in a row to the boundary, upsetting his stomach even further, resulting in him being unable to take any further part in the game.
The young fellas showed immense promise having another direct run out, their third in the last three games. The Mareeba boys finished with a total of over 150 from their 27 overs.
Two of the youngest and smallest players on the team, Finn and Eli, opened the batting. With a renewed focus on aggressive running between the wickets, they were taking early byes off the keeper. However, Finn misjudged a bye, resulting in him being run out for a duck by a direct throw. Eli held his own and spend some good time at the crease, but was caught not long before he was due to retire.
Daniel batted confidently for a time but soon lost his stumps. Lochie Nash looked in great form clearing the infield with some big hitting but didn’t last until retirement. Ethan provided good resistance but found a leading edge to be out caught. Being short players, two Mareeba boys filled in and sent their own team to all parts of the field. Once the retirement of Angus from Mareeba, Banjo joined Mack from Mareeba at the crease. Banjo was looking solid as even when he played a solid shot to cover and called yes, but the Mareeba batter refused to budge.
The miscommunication saw Banjo run out. Angus didn’t last long forgetting to move his feet resulting in him playing and missing and full length ball hitting the top of middle, gone for a duck.
The second innings of all the batmen proved successful with all making runs and spending valuable time in the middle, except poor Finn who was bowled first ball, making 2 ducks in one day.
At the end of play, the Muddies fell well short of the Mareeba total but gained valuable game experience showing their continual seasonal improvement.
They boys play at home this Saturday at Mossman SHS starting at 8:30am. Good luck Muddies!
Finn Vikionkorpi batting in the Muddies U12s. Below: Ethan Scott