Advantage Delatite in local derby
Delatite and Benalla go head to head at Lords
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.