Lightened workload works for Muddies
THE NQ Homes Muddies 2nd grade side had a lightened workload this round with just one T20 scheduled against Atherton at Loder Park.
With an understrength bowling attack the Muddies did well to restrict Atherton to 9-129.
A solid start followed up by a devastating knock by Damian Darlington saw the Muddies take the win with 7-133.
Winning yet another toss, captain Ben Shrimpton sent the opposition in to bat on an overcast Loder Park deck.
Pace spearhead Nick Rayner made the early breakthrough in the third over removing the Atherton captain for just 5 runs. Another wicket in his second spell saw Nick finish with 2-24.
Two overs later saw Adrian Bannerman pick up the first of his two wickets, both at vital stages of the match, as he finto ished the pick of the bowlers at 2-11.
Keel Sorensen again took a wicket with his first ball of the day courtesy of a fine outfield catch by Ben Shrimpton, and finished with 2-23.
Vincent Killen (2-27) took a sharp bowled-and-caught chance before he claimed his second wicket thanks to a catch by Matthew Santarossa at long-on to close out the Atherton innings at 9-129.
The Muddies knew they had a tough run chase ahead and started strongly at 10 runs an over with both batsmen scoring freely.
Vincent Killeen was the first to fall when he slashed at a wide one and caught at fly-slip for 15.
Nick Rayner departed in exactly the same fashion for 5 off 10 balls. Ben Shrimpton looked in ominous touch before he was caught on the boundary on 24.
Matty Santarossa fell victim the Atherton leg spinner with 4 off five balls.
Ryan Stanaway and Damian Darlington steadied the ship before Ryan fell for 8 from 15 balls.
Adrian Bannerman came and went without troubling the scorers which bought Luke Twomey out to the middle to join Damo.
With no scoreboard to refer to, regular updates were given to the batsmen.
Damo blasted six boundaries, including one ball that was permanently lost, on his way to 39 from just 14 balls.
He was well supported by Luke Twomey who blasted 26 off 19 balls to get the Muddies over the line.
Next week sees the Muddies second grade side transition to the one-day format to take on Mareeba on their home ground.
After a delayed start to their season, the Muddies third grade side will kick off their season away against Mulgrave on Saturday. Best of luck to both teams. — go the crabs!