Toads hop rusty Mud­dies

Sec­onds go down in key match

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Dar­ren Killeen

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.

Pic­ture:

Matthew San­tarossa looks for the bound­ary in the Mud­dies loss to Mul­grave.

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