Saker’s season over due to injury
BENALLA Bushrangers’ Rob Saker took off to complete a run, something he had done often to that point of the innings as he led a fight back against Delatite, but something went wrong.
Saker looked as though he had been kicked according to Bushrangers captain Sam Gladstone, who was the square leg umpire at this stage.
Saker played a shot, took his first stride down the pitch and started limping before he fell to the ground at the other end with the pain unbearable.
A trip to the Mansfield emergency department revealed that Saker had ruptured his Achilles tendon.
While the key strike bowler will have a scan and a surgeon confirm the injury, he is expected to miss the remainder of this season.
Saker had scored 70 runs before he retired hurt and, along with Chris Lockhart (eight runs) and Dale Stratton (13 runs), led a lower order fight back as the Bushrangers came from 5/44 and 7/90 to be all out for 155 in the 63rd over.
“We were just coming off three or four injuries in the last match and were close to full strength for this match,” Gladstone said.
“Rob is a massive loss for us, he came in and settled down the scoring and just looked good; I have no doubts he would have made a century if he had kept on batting, he was batting so sensibly.
“It feels as though we are back to square one on the injury front; it really minimises our depth.”
Delatite faced the final nine overs of the match to head into day two 1/16 with Gladstone bowling Mitch Purcell for five runs.
“We are a big show, we just have to bowl tight,” Gladstone said.
“We know that they can bat, but we know we can defend 155.”
In the other game, Wangaratta Magpies bowled Greta out for 185 in the 59th over.
Seven Blues’ batsmen made over 20 runs with Tom Aggett (32 runs) and Lachie Hadden (29) the main scorers.
Wangaratta’s Jarryd Wallace took three wickets, captain Zac Guilfoyle took two wickets in successive balls, while Tim Lewis (1/44), Nick Hallam (1/7) and Sameera Fernando (1/18) each chipped in a wicket.
The Magpies are 1/13 in reply after facing the final 13 overs of the game.