Muddies Under 12s beat Atherton in thrilling finish
PLAYING their first home game on the first turf pitch produced at The Mud Pit this season, the The NQ Homes Muddies Under 12s came away victors defeating Atherton 1 by 12 runs.
The Muddies lost one of their valued members after a battle with illness this past week, so the boys all wore black arm bands to pay their respects to Nina and her surviving family.
Banjo and Hamish were using their feet early to attack the bowlers. However, Banjo went a bit hard and was bowled for 2.
Hamish continued his run of good form, being the rock of the innings.
Hamish retired on 43n.o. from his allocated deliveries, having now scored 146 runs from his two innings without losing his wicket.
Finn batted up a storm with Lachie taking an aggressive approach. Lachie was caught for 7 and Finn soon followed with a new high score of 13. Daniel Twomey was looking the goods again and made a solid 26 before being retired.
Alex in his 2nd game and Rudra in his first, both scored their first runs for the NQ Homes Muddies and seeing out the innings; Muddies 6 for 137.
The Atherton boys were looking for a quick start but Finn delivered a wicket maiden in the first over..
Banjo backed it up, picking up 2 wickets in a row in the second over to be on a hat trick. The hat trick ball was just about perfect but the batsman survived.
Atherton were staring down the barrel at 3 for 1 from 2 overs.
After 10 overs, the Muddies had restricted Atherton to 3 / 38. From here, the Atherton partnership built and started to see the ball disappear to the boundary more often.
Captain Daniel Twomey then had the opportunity to win the game for the Muddies, with Atherton needing 18 runs from the final over to win. Daniel bowled great areas and was duly supported by his fielders stopping the boundaries by putting their body on the line.
The second last ball was absolutely nailed straight back at Daniel who managed to get a hand to it and stop the four runs.
He injured himself in the process but stuck to his guns and walked back to his mark. He then steamed in and bowled an absolute cracker of a ball, delivering an inswinging yorker, destroying the stumps. The NQ Homes Muddies winners by 12 runs.