Toads hop rusty Muddies
Seconds go down in key match
WITH the NQ Homes Muddies second grade side sitting equal second on the T20 ladder, Sunday’s match against Mulgrave at Edmonton was always going to be an important one.
The Christmas break saw the Muddies return a little rusty, going down to the Toads by 34 runs.
On what is still a relatively new ground, losing the toss is not always a bad thing.
The Muddies bowlers had first crack at the new ball and were economical early on as openers Kaiden Sorensen (1-12), and Nicholas Rayner (1-26) kept the Mulgrave batsmen honest with some tight lines.
Adrian Bannerman was also tight conceding just four runs an over but was unable to add to his total of 27 wickets for the season to date.
Mitch Williams returned to the squad and chimed in with 1-11 with the Toads batsmen finding him particularly hard to get away.
Ben Shrimpton and Sam Evans each had a crack at the batting line up, both with no luck going for five and 12 respectively.
The other wicket taker was Keel Sorensen, with a respectable 1-22 from his four overs.
With wickets in hand Mulgrave lifted the run rate late in their innings to finish with 4-108 from their 20 overs.
With the total of 108 well within reach for the Muddies, opening batsmen Ben Shrimpton and Kaiden Sorensen started steadily before Ben was caught behind down the leg side with the score at 7.
Kaiden Sorensen and Vincent Killeen put on a partnership of 18 runs before both had their stumps knocked over for 17 and two respectively.
Nick Rayner started strongly with a huge six before he was caught on 8.
Ryan Stanaway looked solid in defence before he was bowled on four after 20 balls.
Matthew Santarossa looked to steady the ship with some fine stroke play before having his castle rattled (8).
Damian Darlington started defensively before he was caught without troubling the scorers.
With batsmen dropping like flies, Sam Evans looked to up the run rate scoring a run-aball 5 before he was also caught.
Fresh from batting lessons from the Marsh brothers, Adrian Bannerman did not trouble the scorers falling for a duck from three balls faced.
Mitch Williams looked like a capable Muddies last hope with some fine shots but when he fell for 13, Keel Sorensen was again left with red ink as the not out batsmen with the score on 74.
Next week sees the last of the home-and-away T20 matches with the Muddies needing a strong win over Rovers at Endeavour Park to be a chance at making the semi-finals the following week.
The Muddies third grade side return on Saturday, February 2, with a game against Norths at the Mudpit.
Matthew Santarossa looks for the boundary in the Muddies loss to Mulgrave.