Muddies up for a fight
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.
Randal Smith piled on runs quickly in his second dig