LBWs rife in B grade, Be­nalla has the edge

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By DAVID FOSTER

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.

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