Ad­van­tage De­latite in lo­cal derby

De­latite and Be­nalla go head to head at Lords

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By PAUL DUN­CAN

THE Be­nalla Bushrangers trav­elled to Mans­field to take on De­latite in last Sat­ur­day’s round five of the WDCA ‘A’ Grade cricket com­pe­ti­tion.

De­latite skip­per, Matt Steven­son, won the toss and sent the visi­tors in on an ex­cel­lent wicket that looked good for the bat­ting team but was prob­a­bly much bet­ter for the field­ing team.

Steven­son’s de­ci­sion was in­deed the cor­rect one as Mitch Pur­cell took a scalp in his very first over with the score on zero.

A sub­se­quent 36 run part­ner­ship be­tween Tom Rigby and Wade King added some re­spectabil­ity to the Bushies’ to­tal, but that’s about as far as it got as the De­latite at­tack soon had the visi­tors reel­ing at 5/44 thanks to vet­eran off-spin­ner, Aaron Madsen, who took three quick wick­ets.

The ex­pe­ri­enced for­mer Vi­o­let Town all­rounder, Rob Saker, came to the wicket and was show­ing his col­leagues how it should be done as he and Dale Strat­ton put on a very handy 40 run part­ner­ship.

All was pro­gress­ing well for Be­nalla un­til an un­for­tu­nate ac­ci­dent to Saker’s an­kle with the score on 133 saw him re­tir­ing at 70 and head­ing off to Mans­field Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

Be­nalla was bowled out soon af­ter to fin­ish on 9/155 from 62 overs.

Wick­ets were shared among the De­latite bowlers with Madsen tak­ing the hon­ours (3/36 from 16 overs). Steven­son was his usual fru­gal self with 2/9 from 13 overs while Pur­cell, San­ford, Thom­son and Pat­ter­son each took a wicket.

With nine overs t o face un­til the close of play, De­latite is 1/16 and has the tal­ent to get the re­main­ing 139 runs to se­cure a win against the ‘old foe’ with Chris An­der­son and Fer­gus Pat­ter­son cur­rently the not out bats­men.

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