Muddies Under 12s and U14s Results

Wednesday December 11 2013

Muddies U12s fall to Atherton



Muddies played host to Atherton on Saturday with both teams fielding a full line-up of 12 players. 

This week saw the welcome return of Josh Edward, who’d been assisting the U14’s team for most of the season. Unfortunately, the boys weren’t quite able to hold off Atherton, who took the honours 150 to 116.

Under overcast conditions, Muddies captain Nick Rayner won the toss and sent Atherton in to bat. Opening bowlers Ryan Stanaway and Lachie Dowling got the Muddies off to a good start with the Atherton openers only taking 15 from the first 4 overs.

First change bowler Charlie Dowling then had one of the Atherton openers caught behind finishing with figures of 1 for 10 from his 2 overs. Nick Rayner’s consistency was rewarded with figures of 2 for 14 from his 3 overs while Liam Clacherty produced career best figures of 3 for 6 from his 3 overs.  Scott Cooper and Connor White went for 14 and 12 respectively while Bailey Elliot took 1 for 19 from his 2 overs. Abel Terry and Luke Twomey came up against Atherton’s best two batsmen and both did well to keep the pressure on. Vincent Killeen bowled well and produced his best figures for the season taking 3 for 12 from his 3 overs. The polished spin bowling of Josh Edward saw him close out the Atherton innings taking home figures of 0 for 4 from 2 overs.

Opening batsmen Liam and Vincent got off to a steady start. Once they’d seen off the opening bowlers Liam unleashed belting 16 from 1 over which included consecutive 6s, and finished on 25 from 29 balls faced. Vincent retired unbeaten on 10 from 27. Charlie and Abel were both bowled for 1 while Josh was not out on 5 from 22 balls. Luke was the victim of a sharp catch at gully departing for a duck. Lachie protected his wicket well before being bowled for 1 from 14.

Scott and Bailey saw out 30 deliveries between them making 5 and 1 respectively. Connor fell for a duck while Nick was coasting along on 10 from 10 before one snuck through and knocked his stumps over. Ryan made 10 from 21 including consecutive 4s and was unlucky to be run out on the last ball of the day.

U14s relish T20 format


Final club games for U14s this year were in a T20 format up at Morrow Park in Atherton.

The boys relished the social, carnival atmosphere, with all seven teams from the competition playing at one venue it was a great chance to catch up with friends and foes.

Our first game was against Mareeba Gold, an experienced team that had beaten us soundly on our home turf early in the season. Muddies were happy to bat first and sent openers Keel Sorensen and Levi Trewick to the crease, hoping to see out some of the fiercest bowling with their allocated 20 balls to face each. That plan didn't work too well with Keel being caught out after 2 runs and Levi walking with a waddle back to the shed after being caught close to the ground by a tiny but nimble fielder for the Mareeba side.

First drops Nathan Deuble and Brayden Wall came in to rescue the day and left the crease after a much more respectable 19 balls each,(Nathan having contributed a much needed 19 runs) both also being caught by well-timed fielding, off the bowling of Liam Bajsak, a Mareeba bowler with the very tidy figures of 2/4 from his 2 overs. Rex Hawke and Ryan Doble succumbed cheaply to the next bowler (Reece Thomas) in the Mareeba arsenal but the tone changed a little when Reuben Allison and Curtis White took to the crease. Curtis was able to retire on 6 off 20 and Reuben and Finn Stanaway batted out the remaining overs finishing on 16 off 30 and 1 off 9 respectively. After 20 overs the Muddies has finished on 6/68. This was not a score that Mareeba was shy of chasing down in the second half of the game.

After a few games of really tightening up our bowling and fielding work, this was not our best performance. Muddies bowling suffered from a bit of the sundries virus and a few of the Mareeba batsmen received second lives from our slippery hands. Wicket takers were Finn (2/9), Nathan (2/11), Brayden (1/10) and Reuben (1/11) off their 2 overs apiece. Catchers of the game were Nathan, Levi and Rex. Mareeba finished on 6/147 giving them a 79 run victory.

Lunch was a short affair as we moved fields to take on a team we had not previously played, Innisfail Storm. Innisfail was batting first and we had a chance to improve on our bowling performance from the last game, which we did, keeping the sundries this time to a much more respectable 14. Levi took an early wicket from the opening batsman, assisted by a catch from Curtis that put us off to a good start. Ryan and Keel worked together to get a run out soon after and we felt like we were on a roll, but not for long.... Innisfail had put 60 on the board before Keel was able to break the drought and take a much needed wicket with his handy catch off his own bowling. A bit further along Ryan followed suit with a caught and bowled that took care of another batsman that was putting way too many runs on the board for our liking. Reuben and Tex also contributed a wicket each, and after the 20 overs we had Innisfail at 6/135.

Muddies felt confident that they could run down this score with some effort and sent in-form batsman from the last game (Reuben) in to open. Luck was not on his side this game though and he went out for a duck. His opening partner Brayden however found his feet and was able to get into the swing of things retiring on 23 off 22 balls. Curtis (5 off 11) andRyan (9 off 13) contributed well and Levi made up for last game's duck by hitting the Innisfail bowlers around to retire on 31 off 22. Rex and Finn came in but copped some good bowling and nifty catching and promptly left the crease with only a couple of runs. Our last two batsmen steadied the ship, Nathan making 20 off 20 and Tex 9 off 14, both not out. Valiant as the batting effort was, it wasn't quite enough, leaving us trailing Innisfail by 13 runs, disappointing when we had thought it within our grasp.

We are all looking forward to resuming our season after the Christmas break and moving the U14Muddies up a few notches on the leader board.