De­spite Buchanan’s ef­forts, Greta pass De­latite un­der 14s

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By CLIN­TON SCOTT

ON a stun­ning Sat­ur­day morn­ing De­latite set about de­fend­ing its 115 runs in search of our first win of the sea­son.

Un­for­tu­nately for the De­latite open­ing bowlers Greta’s open­ing bats­men were in one-day mode and scored quickly in the first 10 overs to be none for 63.

Nathan Buchanan broke the open­ing part­ner­ship in his third over tak­ing two quick wick­ets fin­ish­ing with the ter­rific fig­ures of four overs, one maiden, two wick­ets for 12 runs.

The Greta bats­men, how­ever, con­tin­ued to score freely af­ter los­ing a cou­ple of wick­ets and were able to sur­pass De­latite’s overnight score be­fore the drinks break.

Af­ter the drinks break and want­ing to im­prove on their first 22 overs the boys were able to get the ball in the right area and take some much-needed wick­ets in­clud­ing the Berry broth­ers of Trent and Jake tak­ing five of the nine wick­ets for the day

Trent Berry fin­ished with fig­ures of two wick­ets for 10 runs off his two overs with Jake tak­ing three wick­ets for two runs off his two overs af­ter re­lin­quish­ing the keeper’s gloves to Luke Berriman.

Berriman took two catches be­hind the stumps in his stint as keeper.

Greta de­cided to de­clare at 9/165 giv­ing De­latite the op­por­tu­nity to al­low our boys who missed out on a bat the week be­fore to go out and have some fun.

Nathan Buchanan scored 14 not out in­clud­ing three fours and seemed to rel­ish not hav­ing the pres­sure of open­ing the in­nings as he has done in pre­vi­ous weeks.

Char­lie Christo­pher also fin­ished not out on seven and looks to be grow­ing in con­fi­dence each week.

The game be­tween De­latite CC and Greta CC club was played in tremen­dous spirit cul­mi­nat­ing with both teams lin­ing up on the ground at 11am for a minute’s si­lence to hon­our Re­mem­brance Day with all par­ents and team of­fi­cials also tak­ing part. Lest we for­get. Man of the match goes to Nathan Buchanan for a ter­rific in­nings open­ing last week.

De­spite not scor­ing he did his job as opener tak­ing the shine off the ball for the fol­low­ing bats­men and also took the first two cru­cial wick­ets for De­latite CC when it looked like the Greta open­ing bats­men were go­ing to win the match off their own bats.

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