Mann, Deans lift Demons to con­vinc­ing vic­tory

Alpine Observer - - Sport -

By JEREMY WIL­SON

HALF cen­turies to Andrew Mann and Luke Deans have pro­vided the back­bone to Ded­erang’s com­fort­able 51-run vic­tory over How­long on Satur­day.

The Demons bat­ted first in fine con­di­tions but were in im­me­di­ate trou­ble with first round cen­tury maker Andrew Creamer (1) and Nick Hynes (0) both back in the pavil­ion with just two runs on the board.

How­ever, that was bless­ing in dis­guise for Ded­erang with Mann and Deans com­bin­ing to first get the Demons out of trou­ble be­fore help­ing to build a for­mi­da­ble to­tal.

Mann was the more ag­gres­sive of the two as he found the bound­ary on five oc­ca­sions while also hit­ting a mas­sive six in his 59run in­nings.

Mann’s dis­missal with the score on 120 trig­gered a mini col­lapse as Cameron Gregg and Andrew Dishot both fell with­out scor­ing.

How­ever, Deans pushed on and com­bined with Corey Jones (12) and Jay­den Dai­ley (10) to push the Demons’ to­tal to 9/177 at the close of the 45 overs.

In re­ply, the Spi­ders got off to a per­fect start with their open­ers putting to­gether a 42-run stand for the first wicket, how­ever, from their the Demons took con­trol.

While they never threat­ened to bowl How­long out, Ded­erang’s con­trol and tight bowl­ing made runs hard to come by for the home team.

Jones fin­ished with 3/32 off seven overs while Creamer picked up two wick­ets.

Bernard Ruaro made an un­beaten 44 for the home team but he didn’t get enough sup­port as the Spi­ders fin­ished well short at 7/126. Paul Vey – C.P.A. Ac­count­ing for small busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als. 4-1a Camp Street, Bright Ph. 5755 5105. Mob. 0409 162 245

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