Under 16 cricketers win in a thriller
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.