Muddies step out for first one-day of season
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.
Ben Shrimpton bats against Mareeba Douglas Cricket Association.