De­latite humbled by su­pe­rior side

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By PAUL DUN­CAN

THE De­latite First XI was soundly beaten in last Satur­day’s round four of WDCA ‘A’ Grade cricket at Baar­mutha Park, the home ground of last sea­son’s pre­miers, the Beech­worth Wan­der­ers.

Fol­low­ing a com­pet­i­tive to­tal of 9/205 from 70 overs, Beech­worth showed their all­round strength by dec­i­mat­ing the De­latite bat­ting line-up with ex­cel­lent field­ing cou­pled with a fe­ro­cious bowl­ing at­tack led by open­ing bowlers Hamish Malsem (3/11) and Richard Worces­ter (3/18) who had the vis­i­tors in all sorts of trou­ble.

Only three of the De­latite bats­men showed any de­ter­mi­na­tion to oc­cupy the crease at all costs.

Young Joel San­ford weath­ered the on­slaught for an hour and a half be­fore he was bowled by medium-pacer Jake Bid­dulph for 28.

Earl Ree-Good­ings made a wel­come re­turn to the side and looked im­pres­sive un­til he drove a sharp chance back to Beech­worth coach Mark But­ters for 16 from 46 balls faced.

The e ff e r ves­cent J a mie Shea­han showed prom­ise as he was strik­ing the ball well, how­ever, the pace and ac­cu­racy of Worces­ter got the bet­ter of him as he was com­pre­hen­sively bowled for 17 from 96 balls faced.

The re­main­ing De­latite bats­men eas­ily suc­cumbed with­out so much as a whim­per that saw the vis­i­tors dis­missed for a pal­try 89 from 50 overs.

With 17 overs still due un­til the close of the day’s play, Beech­worth bat­ted once again and fin­ished the day on 2/94 with Jack Ryan re­main­ing un­de­feated on 62.

Next week’s round five of Ge­off Welch Cup cricket sees the old foe, Be­nalla Bushrangers, trav­el­ling to the Lords Oval in Mans­field.

This is a must win game for the De­latite team fol­lowi ng t heir poor form against Beech­worth.

It has been pre­vi­ously proph­e­sised by many that, on their day, De­latite has the ca­pa­bil­ity to in­flict sig­nif­i­cant an­guish to an op­po­si­tion side with their po­ten­tially sta­ble bat­ting line-up and bal­anced bowl­ing at­tack led by Matt Steven­son

The con­scious­ness of this proph­esy should now be para­mount in De­latite’s quest for a fi­nals berth in March.

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