C Grade Muddies crush Mulgrave
On a steamy day when Port Douglas C Grade hosted Mulgrave Cricket Club in the second last One day limited overs game, Mulgrave started well by winning the toss. They elected to bat first and after five very tight overs by Court House Hotel Port Douglas C Grade opening bowlers Daniel Pokai and Sam Sanford, the first wicket fell when Sanford had Mulgraves opening batsmen plum in front of his middle stump.
In the very next over Pokai followed his partners lead and bowled the new batter at the crease for a golden duck leaving Mulgrave 2 for 25 after eight overs. Mulgrave were on 47 when the rot set in, brought about by some great bowling. Sanford took his second wicket with a caught and bowled in his sixth over and first change bowler Powell took the first of his six wickets with the very first ball of his first over which actually broke a stump.
Skipper Steve Doble was the only other bowler to get a chance at taking a wicket, which he managed before Powell's rampage continued averaging nearly a wicket an over and finished off Mulgrave with the figures of 6 for 11 of 8.3 overs. Mulgrave were all out for 87 in the 28th over.
With only 88 runs to chase the Muddies were in a great position to notch up win number 3 for the One day comp. A big scare early in their innings saw the wickets of Doble, Sanford, Thwaite, Armour and Pokai fall quickly to some dubious umpiring decisions. Dave Marks looked like he was going to steady the ship for a few overs with Darren Wall but one ball before drinks he cut a ball back onto his stumps leaving the Muddies at 6 for 35 after 17 overs.
Powell joined Darren Wall who was weathering the storm beautifully after opening the innings and when Powell walked out he turned the strike over regularly as he realised Powell was fairly comfortable hitting the bad balls and wrenching back control of the game. With his third scoring shot Powell smashed a six over the long on boundary in front of the club room much to the delight of a healthy crowd cheering the Muddies on. A four followed on the next ball and everyone knew the Muddies were still in the hunt.
Within 10 overs the Muddies had well and truly stamped their authority back on the game with Wall giving great support to Powell who continued to smash the ball to all parts of the ground whenever the chance arrived. When the Muddies won the game in the 29th over it was Powell who sealed the win with another big six and set the crowd alight with a great fighting win. Powell ended on 44 not out and Darren Wall finished on 19 not out. The Muddies won by 4 wickets....Go the Muddies, One more win and we might make the finals and who would have put money on that at the start of the year ?