Mud­dies B go down to Mul­grave

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

Gary Postans

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