Un­der 16 crick­eters win in a thriller

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By PETER SCALES

THE De­latite un­der 16 team’s fine form con­tin­ued in their round three clash against Rover­sBruck United Red on Sat­ur­day morn­ing at Find­lay re­serve in Wan­garatta.

The boys were con­fi­dent of de­fend­ing their 139 runs scored the pre­ced­ing week, but with a few play­ers away Max Les and Flynn But­ter­worth an­swered the call to help out in the field.

Lachy Scales and Harry Ma­honey took the new ball, and ap­plied pres­sure from the start.

But­ter­worth was straight into the ac­tion tak­ing a sharp chance at mid-on to re­move Paddy MacNa­mara off Ma­honey’s bowl­ing in the sec­ond over of the day.

The United bats­men then stead­ied to see off Scales and Ma­honey, who kept a tight line and length.

Luke Mur­ray and Sam Thom­son were in­tro­duced but could not get a break­through, and United seemed to be get­ting on top at 1/40 off 14 overs.

The next bowl­ing change brought a change in De­latite’s for­tunes, with Max Lange (0/11 off five overs) bam­boo­zling the United bats­men with his left-hand off cut­ters to cut the scor­ing rate, and from the other end Pa­trick Smith struck with suc­ces­sive wick­ets.

The first saw the dan­ger­ous Baily Dale (26 runs) sky a catch off the lead­ing edge, and the sec­ond saw a grub­ber take out the other opener, Alex John­ston.

Un­for­tu­nately Smith could not com­plete his hat-trick, but in his next over he dis­missed North East Knights wicket- keeper Matt Whit­ten for a duck, Joel Brad­ford show­ing a safe pair of hands at mid-on.

Brad­ford then came on to bowl and also picked up a wick- et, clean-bowled, putting the visi­tors well on top at 5/52 af­ter 23 overs.

United, how­ever, showed why they had been the top side prior to this game, dis­play­ing strong depth in their bat­ting.

Bai­ley An­nett hit back hard, pun­ish­ing bad balls and run­ning des­per­ately, and he brought his team back from the brink.

Thom­son came back for a sec­ond spell and re­moved An­nett’s main part­ner in crime, Matt Win­ter (16), Ma­honey com­plet­ing the catch.

Nick Scales then came into the at­tack, hav­ing handed the gloves over to Lange at the halfway mark.

He picked up a wicket, bowled, the score now 7/95 with eight overs to go.

United then piled on 30 runs in quick time, be­fore a runout left them on 8/124, with An­nett still in and look­ing set to steal vic­tory.

He chanced his arm once too of­ten, how­ever, and he too was run out for a heroic 52 runs with the score now on 135, just five runs short of the tar­get and an over re­main­ing to be bowled by Smith.

De­latite held its breath and its nerve, with But­ter­worth swoop- ing on the ball and throw­ing to the bowler’s end, a di­rect hit on the stumps and a third run out to fin­ish United off.

He had a great day in the field as did Max Les, and the team couldn’t have won with­out their help.

This was a fan­tas­tic win against a qual­ity op­po­si­tion and has placed De­latite on top of the lad­der.

Smith with his three wick­ets won the O’Mal­leys Pizza Player of the Match Award.

Next round the team plays host to City Colts White at home at Lords.

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