LBWs rife in B grade, Benalla has the edge
Delatite 5/54 vs Benalla Bushrangers 6/97
IN what has become a quasilocal derby in the Wangaratta and District Cricket Association, Delatite’s Division B side played nearest competitor the Benalla Bushrangers on the weekend.
In a new format that the association is trialling in B Grade, this two day match is being played in quarters.
Instead of potentially facing 68 overs for the afternoon, each side plays out 34 overs.
On the second day the teams resume their innings from where they left off.
It is hoped that this innovation will engender greater interest among players and spectators and new tactics can be put into practice.
From the player point of view t here might be s ome relief t hat t hey will not be required to field for the entire afternoon, especially on days of extreme heat.
The experiment was rolled out at the Benalla Showgrounds where a poorly prepared pitch led to balls frequently keeping very low.
As a result five leg before wicket decisions out of 11 dismissals was the outcome.
Delatite won the toss and opted to bat.
Openers Lachie Scales with nine and Harry Mahoney 11 battled gamely against a persistent Benalla attack.
Number four batsman Brett Bradley also almost made it to double figures with nine but when three wickets fell without the addition of any runs, Delatite was looking to be in trouble at 5/34.
With great determination Joe Kelleher four not out and Peter Scales 11 not out managed to guide the visitors to 5/54 by the end of the 34 overs changeover.
The Bushrangers’ Travis King was almost unplayable, capturing 2/3 from nine overs.
Luke Dunne 2/14 and Oliver Chivers 1/13 were almost as parsimonious.
When it came Benalla’s turn to bat, it was again the Travis King show as he helped himself to a forceful 48.
At stumps Darren Skelton remained on 15 not out and Kieran Linke was on f our not out.
Joe Kelleher was clearly the pick of Delatite’s bowling attack with a hearty 2/8 from seven overs.
Ken Neale also tasted success to the tune of 2/24 while Peter Scales was steady with 1/8 and Justin Deutscher took 1/22.
Not only was the pitch conducive to leg before wicket adjudications but also a nightmare for wicketkeepers.
Of the total of 22 extras for the afternoon, 17 were byes.
Nick Scales nabbed one catch as did Joe Kelleher.
Despite being in arrears by 43 runs, captain Peter Scales is optimistic that the Delatite ship can be turned around.
He hopes that with an extra wicket in hand, the team can surge to victory against the odds on Saturday.