Mud­dies step out for first one-day of sea­son

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Dar­ren Killeen

THE Mud­dies 2nd grade side trav­elled to Ma­reeba on Sun­day to take on the home side in their first one-day match of the sea­son.

Ma­reeba were all out in the 32nd over with their score at 173.

The Mud­dies fought back with the bat to be 3/174 and take the win with five overs left in the day.

Mud­dies cap­tain Ben Shrimp­ton is mak­ing a habit of win­ning the toss and this week was no ex­cep­tion. Ma­reeba were sent in to bat on what looked to be a bowlers deck and quickly re­alised it was just the op­po­site. The Ma­reeba opener started strongly smash­ing 60 from just 36 balls be­fore be­ing trapped LBW by Luke Twomey who fin­ished with 1/25(4). Sec­ond change bowler Adrian Ban­ner­man tore through the op­po­si­tion mid­dle or­der to claim 5/32(8) tak­ing a sharp catch off his own bowl­ing for his fifth. Open­ing bowler Pete Gil­mour took 1/36(4) while Nick Rayner con­tin­ues to be eco­nom­i­cal with 1/11 from his four overs. Spin­ners Keel Sorensen and Vin­cent Killeen fin­ished with 1/38(8) and 1/24(4) re­spec­tively. A greatly im­proved ef­fort in the field saw catches taken by wicket keeper Ryan Stanaway, Luke Twomey, Damian Dar­ling­ton, Matthew San­tarossa, Vin­cent Killeen, Keel Sorensen and Adrian Ban­ner­man.

With 173 to chase the Mud­dies were go­ing to need to be on top of their game. Any thoughts of ‘start­ing steady’ and ‘bat­ting our­selves in’ were thrown out the win­dow when Ben Shrimp­ton promptly dis­patched Ma­reeba’s open­ing bowler out of the ground for a huge six off the first ball of the in­nings.

Luke Twomey started well be­fore sky­ing a slower ball to be caught at mid-off for 5 runs. Vin­cent Killeen also started steadily be­fore an LBW shout saw him de­part for 8. Nick Rayner was in at num­ber four and con­trib­uted 30 runs in a 68 run part­ner­ship with his cap­tain be­fore also be­ing out caught. Ryan Stanaway joined Ben at the crease at was not out at the end of the match on 13 runs. The stand­out per­for­mance with the bat once again came from Ben Shrimp­ton who fin­ished on 100 not out from just 109 balls faced, and in­cluded 1 six and 14 fours.

The 7 wicket vic­tory will hold the team in good stead for their up­com­ing match against United at Grif­fith Park next Sun­day. Stand­out per­for­mances with the bat from Ben Shrimp­ton and the ball from Adrian Ban­ner­man have seen them rise to the top of the bat­ting and bowl­ing ta­bles not only for the Mud­dies, but for the en­tire CFN com­pe­ti­tion which is a great re­ward for the hard work of both play­ers.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

Ben Shrimp­ton bats against Ma­reeba Dou­glas Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion.

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