Mud­dies U12s fin­ish strong

A highly suc­cess­ful sea­son closes

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Ben Vikionko­rpi, coach, DCAI Pres­i­dent

PLAY­ING in their last game for the sea­son, the Un­der 12 As­tute Fi­nan­cial Mud­dies fin­ished with their best per­for­mance of the sea­son, los­ing by 47 runs against Ma­reeba at Moss­man State High School.

The young bucks had 10 play­ers of their own team for the first time this sea­son, mean­ing that no play­ers from the op­pos­ing team were fill­ing in, mean­ing that what­ever they did on the field they could own as their own. Daniel Twomey has shown good suc­cess with call­ing the toss cor­rectly as of late, show­ing prom­ise for twoup games on fu­ture An­zac Days.

Choos­ing to field first, Lochie Nash and Lach­lan Bat­ter­ham opened the bowl­ing. Nashy had a few loosen­ers but soon held the dewy ball across the seam and im­me­di­ately found his line and length.

The lit­tle Bat­ter­ham brother sup­ported Nashy well and soon claimed the first wicket of the day, claim­ing his first bowled wicket in the process – Ma­reeba 1 for 14 af­ter 4.

Ethan Scott and Caleb Wil­son then joined the at­tack in a solid bowl­ing part­ner­ship. Ethan picked up a wicket af­ter a com­fort­able catch to Daniel Twomey.

Eli Smith and Finn V bowled well but were bowl­ing to the big mid­dle or­der af­ter the Ma­reeba opener re­tired.

Big An­gus Camp­man came out swing­ing hard across the line, but Finn had his mea­sure and should have had him caught twice in the same over but for two missed chances through the hands in the out­field.

Finn still man­aged to claim two wick­ets (with another catch to Daniel) with his two overs though. Ma­reeba 4 – 64 af­ter 12. Banjo Jenk­ins and Daniel Twomey took up the at­tack ei­ther side of drinks with tight bowl­ing but no wick­ets to their name.

An­gus and Hamish bowled well with An­gus get­ting good shape on the ball, but they couldn’t break through the solid Ma­reeba bat­ting. Af­ter the boys had bowled their third overs, pro­vid­ing mul­ti­ple chances of run outs and catches but to no avail, Ma­reeba fin­ished at 4 for 157 from their 27 overs.

The broth­ers V opened the bat­ting but the part­ner­ship fal­tered with Finn be­ing re­moved third ball. Eli also de­cided to join Finn back on the side­line af­ter only three balls as well. Ethan then stead­ied the ship with An­gus who hit a crack­ing four, but then popped up a high bounc­ing floater to be caught. Daniel, Banjo and Ethan all then fell in quick suc­ces­sion cre­at­ing panic in the As­tute Mud­dies quar­ters.

The con­stant prac­tice at home paid off for the Bat­ter­ham broth­ers who then slowed the wick­ets and in­creased the run rate. Lach­lan Bat­ter­ham was re­moved for 6 which saw new­comer Caleb join Hamish at the crease. The had a long stand with Hamish pro­vid­ing good call­ing and run­ning be­tween wick­ets to see Caleb face 15 balls be­fore los­ing his wicket. Hamish re­tired for 26 in a solid in­nings.

Lochie Nash looked in great touch and un­for­tu­nately fell to a tidy catch off a great look­ing shot for 3. At this point the As­tute Mud­dies were 9 for 90. Hamish then re­turned to the crease with sec­ond round ef­fort from Finn.

They were run­ning well but Finn was again re­moved with­out scor­ing, An­gus then 5 for runs be­fore be­ing re­moved and Eli turned the strike over with Hamish.

The older Bat­ter­ham then pro­ceeded to belt his was past his pre­vi­ous best score to see him make 37. At the end of the game, the Mud­dies fin­ished at 110 from their 27 overs, their high­est score of the sea­son with­out any play­ers from any other team. It was a great way to fin­ish off a suc­cess­ful sea­son for the Mud­dies.

The boys will be back big­ger and stronger next sea­son. They will be a force to be reck­oned with next sea­son with their first sea­son of cricket un­der their belts.

A mas­sive thank you goes to Dee Vikionko­rpi for scor­ing through the sea­son, Greg Bat­ter­ham for help­ing at train­ing and on games days, Ben Jenk­ins for the arm he pro­vided in throw downs for the boys, and to all the par­ents for al­low­ing their kids to play cricket for the As­tute Mud­dies. I look for­ward to see­ing you all next sea­son.

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