Mahoney’s form continues in under 16 cricket
HARRY Mahoney again led the way in the Delatite under 16s innings.
On Saturday morning the team travelled to the WJ Findlay Reserve in Wangaratta to take on top side Rovers-Bruck United Red.
Stand-in captain Nick Scales won the toss and had no hesitation in batting on what was a hard, flat wicket.
Mahoney and Alec Ritchie opened up with a steady start, seeing off the first seven overs and getting some shine off the new ball.
Ritchie snicked one to be out caught behind for 5.
Tom Dunstan was in at three and faced a barrage of quick bowling, one getting through his defences, bowled for one.
Scales joined Mahoney with the side in a bit of bother at 2/14, but the pair steadied the ship and combined for a terrific 63 run partnership.
They kept the good balls out and leapt onto anything wide, and ran between the wickets with purpose.
With 15 overs to go Scales attempted to put the foot down, but scooped one up to be caught out for a well-compiled 29.
This brought Paddy Smith to the crease who smacked a couple of big fours, but also popped up a catch, out for a quickfire dozen.
Luke Murray joined Mahoney and the pair added a valuable 25 runs before Murray was bowled doing the right thing by the team and trying to hit out for late runs.
Lachy Scales, Max Lange and Isaac Murray gave late support to Mahoney, to elevate the score to 7/139, a tremendous effort after being 2/44 at the 21-over halfway drinks break.
Mahoney finished his heroic innings on an unbeaten 47.
He provided the foundation for this solid total that hopefully the team can defend when the game continues next Saturday.