Mud­dies C fal­ter in semi fi­nal bat­tle

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE As­tute Fi­nan­cial Mud­dies Third Grade team played a topsy turvy sea­son in a bid to back up their mul­ti­ple Pre­mier­ships of the past two sea­sons but still dug deep enough to make the week­end’s Semi Fi­nal in third place vs Mulgrave in Cairns.

Los­ing the toss, Mud­dies were sent into the field against a very strong bat­ting line up that saw the open­ing bowlers de­liver tight but in­ef­fec­tive line and length un­til the youth­ful dis­ci­pline of Nick Rayner cap­tured the first wicket at 1/38.

But Mud­dies al­lowed a 120run part­ner­ship be­fore Dar­ling­ton took his “catch of the sea­son”. The bat­ting plat­form was strongly built how­ever and it was only Rayner who re­turned bet­ter fig­ures with 4/43 from Mulgrave’s for­mi­da­ble 7/284 off 75 overs.

The sec­ond day’s play started poorly. Rayner was again the ex­cep­tion with a fine 36no and Red­fern a fast 15 off just 7 de­liv­er­ies to see Mud­dies all out and their sea­son over for just 131 off 50 of the 75 overs.

The Team and Club ex­tend a huge thanks to all vol­un­teers, the com­mit­tee and spon­sors: As­tute Fi­nan­cial, Court­house Ho­tel, Sta­tionery Hub, NQ Car­pet Clean­ing, Port Dou­glas Den­tal, LJ Hooker, Hem­ing­way’s, Cen­tral Ho­tel, Dave’s Take­away and Blake Hen­ning Elec­tri­cal.

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