U12s struggle in Ma­reeba

Juniors look­ing to make amends with loom­ing home game

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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

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