Saker’s sea­son over due to in­jury

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - By CAM POT­TER

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.

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