Delatite humbled by superior side
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.