Ma­honey’s form con­tin­ues in un­der 16 cricket

Mansfield Courier - - CLASSIFIEDS - By PETER SCALES

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.

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