Un­der 14 crick­eters to de­fend 115

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By CLIN­TON SCOTT

ON Satur­day morn­ing many of the De­latite un­der 14 crick­eters were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing play­ing on a turf wicket for the first time at Lords Re­serve ver­sus Greta Cricket Club.

De­latite once again won the toss, but in a change from pre­vi­ous weeks de­cided to bat.

Jake Berry and Nathan Buchanan opened the bat­ting suc­cess­fully see­ing off the Greta open­ing pair of bowlers be­fore Buchanan was caught in the sixth over.

Although Nathan Buchanan did not score, his bat­ting set up our other bats­men for the day by tak­ing the shine off the ball and frus­trat­ing the open­ing bowlers with his solid de­fence.

Austin Scott was next to the crease bat­ting for five overs with Jake Berry be­fore be­ing bowled off a rank full toss for seven runs, much to the cha­grin of his coach.

Luke Ber­ri­man fol­lowed be­ing caught for one run off a lead­ing edge to have De­latite strug­gling a lit­tle at 3/22 off 12 overs.

Sam Bell joined Berry with the pair pick­ing up from their ter­rific in­nings to­gether last week to start build­ing a solid part­ner­ship.

The boys took us into drinks look­ing in a much bet­ter po­si­tion with nei­ther player los­ing their wicket to have the home side 3/58.

Their part­ner­ship con­tin­ued af­ter the break and never looked like be­ing bro­ken with Jake Berry re­tir­ing not out for 36, in­clud­ing five fours, and hav­ing bat­ted for close to 35 overs.

Sam Bell also re­tired not out mak­ing a ter­rific 29 runs with four fours in­clud­ing two con­sec­u­tive cover drives to the bound­ary when asked to get things mov­ing along.

Billy Dun­stan and De­clan Cal­la­han didn’t miss a beat and kept the score tick­ing over quickly in the fi­nal few overs, with Billy adding a quick six runs be­fore be­ing caught and De­clan smash­ing a cou­ple of bound­aries in his 11 not out.

Char­lie Christo­pher came in for the last cou­ple of overs mak­ing one not out.

De­latite made a solid score for the day, fin­ish­ing on 3/115 af­ter 42 overs.

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