Muddies B go down to Mulgrave
FOLLOWING their strong performance with the bat last week Douglas Muddies B Grade returned to the Mudpit to play the second half of the two-dayer against Mulgrave Punjabis and after the longest fielding innings all season the Muddies went down to the visitors.
It was a very hot and steamy day with the Muddies looking to continue their winning streak not knowing which way the cards could fall but needing 9 wickets to win and Mulgrave needing 183 runs to win.
Kaiden (Kaos) Sorensen and Michael (Sheep) Schulz from ball one found their area and troubled the Punjabi batsmen, with Kaos picking up the first wicket of the day.
First change Keel (Keelo) Sorensen and Gary (Buckets) Postans followed what the opening bowlers’ example, Gary picking up two wickets, one LBW and the second bowled, while Keel also took a wicket assisted by a sensational catch from Buckets. Nice Gary!
With five wickets down at 25 overs the Punjabi batsmen started to dig in, taking to the spin and hitting boundaries which pushed the run rate. With captain McCullough changing the bowling to Daniel Redfern and back to pace trying to break the onslaught and with nothing going the Muddies’ way Mulgrave put on a 120-run partnership over the next 41 overs without a wicket to the home team.
With Mulgrave nearing victory Keithy (Golden Arm) Taylor was thrown in as was Buckets again but the Punjabis made the Muddies’ score in the 66th over. With the victory in their pocket and an hour left of play the Punjabis continued to bat the day out with Muddies wanting to get back to the sheds and out of the sun. Redfern picked up 3 wickets, one LBW and the other with catches by Buckets and Schulz.
Randal took the ninth wicket with his first ball caught by Kaos. The Punjabis declared the game over with a score of 8/204.
Wicket takers: Kaiden 1/16 off 16; Dan 3/31 off 12; Michael 1/23 off 10; Gary 2/39 off 12; Keel 1/68 off 16and Randal 1/0.
Next week the Muddies go up against Barron River at Crathern Park in their last two- dayer before the finals.
The Muddies are sitting fourth on the ladder and will be looking to keep or move up a spot for the finals. Good luck Muddies.