Muddies take on Innisfail

Friday January 23 2015, 11:00am

Watched on from the training nets by young Astute Financial Muddies – Jack Carr, Scott Cooper and Fraser and with thunder rolling and lightning strikes behind Mowbray, the Muddies entered the Mud Pit to take on travelling Innisfail last Sunday afternoon.

Muddies won the toss and elected to bat in the thirty overs a side one day match undeterred by the potentially deteriorating conditions, sending in Taylor and Darlington, the latter in a form slump lasted just three balls to bring Ged the Pom to the crease in his last game.

Taylor (6) pushed around a couple of singles and twos before being caught and when Tom Goodall was bowled soon after Muddies were scoring at three an over but had lost three top batsmen 3/27 in the 8th over.

Bowling reasonably well Innisfail gained some movement in the air and the pitch was keeping just a little low, so Doble and Ged decided that turning the strike was essential to not getting bogged down.

They did this once too often pushing quick singles to aged fielders, Ged running himself out for 12 off 29 deliveries. Darren Wall took up the same game plan before losing the skipper to a top edge sweepshot caught for 16 off 21 deliveries. Schiesser broke in his new bat with four singles off 5 balls but admitted he was then plumb LBW, Muddies 6/64.

Enter Redderz who has always looked like a batsman but lacking in any required luck and perhaps some self belief. Perhaps his new $4.50 batting inners were the secret as he hit cleanly to the outfield offering consistent singles, twos and boundaries, top scoring with 25.

Wall (14) and Barnes (6) offered assistance as Shulz was left not out on 9, Muddies all out in the second last over 118.

Shulz was offered the new ball to see what bounce he could extract managing a maiden first up, with Redderz following suit for his two overs but it was the youthfulness of Shulz (1/8) that broke through bowling the Innisfail opener for a duck, 1/2. Seventeen runs later Deep (1/8) cramped the #3 who spooned a catch to the infield to a magnificent athletic dive forward from Goodall. At 2/19 Innisfail were already well behind the run rate off 9 overs as second change bowler Schiesser also started with a maiden before in his second over bowling two batsmen in two balls only to chase his hat trick with an appalling loose delivery that had no chance.

Bowling an honest line and length though he again broke through in his third and fourth overs, the batsmen also bowled off pretty awful shots, Schiesser on fire with 4/9 and Innisfail reeling at 6/32 at virtually the midway point.

Innisfail’s Captain who opened offered the only resistance to be the only bat to make double figures (30) as Redderz (1/12) chimed in with a caught behind and Barnes (2/15) cleaned up both the skipper caught amazingly by a wrong footed Schiesser and the number eleven for a duck, Innisfailing to be all out for 63 in the 23rd over.

Another home game at the Mud Pit awaits the Astute Financial Muddies this Sunday 1pm Vs United.