Light­ened work­load works for Mud­dies

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Dar­ren Killeen

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!

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