Mud­dies up for a fight

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

WITH the NQ Homes Dou­glas Mud­dies B grade off the field for a few weeks due to weather, the boys were ex­cited to con­tinue their 2018 win­ning streak, go­ing up against United Pun­jabis at the Mud­pit in a two-dayer.

Cap­tain Ethan Mc­Cul­lough won the toss and elected to bat first on a green­ish pitch.

The Mud­dies’ open­ing pair Ben Shrimp­ton and Ran­dal Smith looked to get the team off to good start, but couldn’t do it with Ben fall­ing on the se­cond ball, hav­ing picked out the only fielder on the off side.

Travis Gooch came to the crease but couldn’t get started, fall­ing for 1.

Ethan came to the crease, but Ran­dal fell for the dreaded dough­nut. With the Mud­dies 3/5, Nick Rayner joined Ethan at the crease and were able to re­build the Mud­dies’ in­nings with an im­por­tant part­ner­ship of 38 be­fore both fell for 17.

Adrian Ban­ner­man and Matt San­tarossa were next and dug in well be­fore Matty fell for 6. Even­tu­ally the Mud­dies wre all out for only 74.

With that pretty or­di­nary to­tal it was time for the Mud­dies to bowl. be­ing at the top of the lad­der, United Pun­jabis only needed a win but they didn’t ex­pect the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the Mud­dies play­ers.

Tak­ing the new ball, Kaiden and Nick Rayner got straight down to busi­ness.

Both bowlers trou­bled the Punjabi bats­men with each pick­ing up a wicket in their se­cond over.

In the face of per­sis­tently tight bowl­ing the Pun­jabis strug­gled to strike out.

Nick picked up four wick­ets with some great catches from Ran­dal and Kaiden.

Then Keel and Mitch took the ball and were able to main­tain the pres­sure on the op­po­si­tion which brought a mis­take from the Pun­jabis’ bats­man with a fan­tas­tic run out by Ethan from the out­field.

With the op­po­si­tion 6/39 the Mud­dies had the Pun­jabis on the ropes, but they started to re­build.

It was the re­turn of the open­ing bowlers Kaiden and Nick which brought the end of the Pun­jabis’ in­nings, on 68, with Nick pick­ing up an­other two wick­ets and Kaiden one more.

With an out­right win in sight the Mud­dies had 10 overs to bat out the day.

Open­ing bats­men Ben and Ran­dal got off to a good start, with both bats­men play­ing some great shots, ap­pear­ing as if they were play­ing a twenty20 match in­stead of a two-dayer.

The part­ner­ship was good for 33 runs be­fore Ran­dal fell on 11.

This brought Ethan to the crease and he and Ben were able to sur­vive the day, to see the Mud­dies 1/45 at the close of play.

It wasn’t the only in­spired per­for­mance by the Mud­dies – C grade, sit­ting se­cond on the lad­der and tak­ing on third­place hold­ers Norths, despatched their op­po­si­tion for a mere 40 runs, which the Mud­dies chased down eas­ily – in time to be back at the Mud­pit and wit­ness Nick do his magic.

This Sun­day at 1pm will see the ex­cit­ing fin­ish of this two dayer at the Mud­pit.

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Ran­dal Smith piled on runs quickly in his se­cond dig

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